Roy Lichtenstein Plaque Unveiled, Marking Transformative Artist’s 100th Birthday and His Former Studio’s Transformation by Whitney Museum

Last Thursday we were joined by scores of well-wishers, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Lichtenstein Foundation on the eve of what would have been Roy Lichtenstein’s 100th birthday to unveil a plaque marking his former home and studio. That building at 741-45 Washington Street (near Bethune Street) has now become the home of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, thanks to the Lichtenstein Foundation’s donation of the building. Speakers saluting the transformative artist included Adam Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Dorothy Lichtenstein, President of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and widow of the artist. 

This is our 23nd plaque unveiling. Our plaque program has honored and marked the homes of local figures from Jane Jacobs to James Baldwin and Jean-Michel Basquiat; Allen Ginsberg to Charles Mingus; Frank O’Hara to Frank Stella; and Martha Graham to Lorraine Hansberry, as well as historically significant sites such as the former NAACP headquarters, the Fillmore East, and Julius’ Bar.

You can learn more about our plaque program and explore the other plaques here and here.

October 30, 2023