Alexander Calder – The Gwenfritz

Alexander Calder Stabile (Sculpture) The Gwenfritz

Alexander Calder Stabile (Sculpture) The Gwenfritz Located Near the Museum of American History at the Intersection of 14th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW.

This sculpture by Alexander Calder is located on the grounds of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. There is an inscription in granite near the sculpture and a plaque on the stone circle surrounding the sculpture that provide information about the work.

The granite marker reads:

STABILE
by Alexander Calder
1968
Gift of the Morris and
Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The plaque reads:

The GWENFRITZ
by Alexander Calder
American (1898-1976)

This stabile, named for Mrs. Gwendolyn Cafritz, is one of the largest and most important produced during Alexander Calder’s career. The 35-ton sculpture was designed and fabricated in France and shipped here for installation in June 1969.

Calder was born in Philadelphia, the son and grandson of sculptors. He preferred to train in mechanical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, however, before going to New York in 1923 to study painting a drawing at the Art Students’ League. While living in Paris from 1926 to 1938, Calder made a miniature circus of animated wire figures and gave performances that brought him renown. His first mobiles, so named by his friend Marcel Duchamp, appeared in 1931.

The East Wing of the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the National Museum of American Art also display Calder sculptures.

Gift of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

The Alexander Calder Stabile GWENFRITZ is located on the southwest corner at the intersection of 14th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Alexander Calder Stabile GWENFRITZ near the Museum of American History.

Closest Metro Station: The Metro Station nearest to The Gwenfritz is the Federal Triangle Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines.

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