Views of the USUN Interior Art

Given the large international presence at this post, FAPE wanted to provide a Collection that represents our country’s diverse culture, including artists born abroad but who have since become American citizens. This artistic exchange gives us an opportunity to honor host countries’ artistic traditions, and in doing so, find points of commonality that transcend politics. For example, works by Josef Albers (Germany); Shahla Arbabi (Iran); Christo (Bulgaria); Emilia and Ilya Kabakov (Russia); André Kertész (Hungary); Julian Lethbridge (Sri Lanka); Odili Donald Odita (Nigeria); and Kiki Smith (Germany), are featured in the Collection.


Carrie Mae Weems’ Untitled, a work of 42 colored panels, greets visitors to USUN as they enter into the lobby and go through security.
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Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled, 2009/10, 11 3/16 x 11 3/16 inches per framed panel (42 panels total), 90.25 x 77 inches installed, inkjet print, gift of the artist


Tim Rollins and KOS’ Amerika a Country House Near New York, hangs in the one of the building’s many conference rooms.
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Tim Rollins and KOS, Amerika a Country House Near New York, c. 1992, 53 x 175 inches, acrylic on paper on canvas, gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of Ambassador William H. Luers


Several works from Joel Shapiro’s Boat, Bird, Mother and Child series line the stairs that lead visitors from the lobby, to the 2nd floor press conference room. Shapiro’s GZ 1:8 model, the maquette of a 22-foot-high sculpture designed for the new U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, was also installed in this space.
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(works from left to right) Joel Shapiro, Boat, Bird, Mother and Child (f), 2009, 30 x 23 ½ inches, 5 color screenprint with collage, gift of George L. Farias; Joel Shapiro, GZ 1:8 model, 2010, 34 x 36 ½ x 21 inches, casein on wood, gift of the artist; Joel Shapiro, Boat, Bird, Mother and Child (e), 2009, 40 x 45 3/4 inches, 2 color screenprint with collage, gift of George L. Farias


Ellsworth Kelly’s Mallarme Suite is installed in one of the building’s waiting areas.
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Ellsworth Kelly, The Mallarmé Suite, 1992, 29 x 21 ½ inches, lithograph on Rives BFK paper, gift of the artist


A screen by Jack Youngerman is installed in one of the building’s many conference rooms.
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Jack Youngerman, Two Blues, 1978, 72 x 144 inches, oil on linen, gift of Agnes Gund


Clifford Ross’ Atlantic Wave greets visitors in one of the building’s waiting areas.
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Clifford Ross, Atlantic Wave, 2009, approx. 48 x 82 inches (framed), Archival Pigment Print, gift of Michelle Smith


Works by Ellsworth Kelly and Joel Shapiro hang in one of the building’s conference rooms.
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(Left) Joel Shapiro, Boat, Bird, Mother and Child (c),  2009, 40 x 45 3/4 inches, 3 color screenprint with collage, gift of Stephen M. Salny ; (right) Ellsworth Kelly, Red Curve, State I, 1988, 30 ½ x 88 ½ inches, one-color lithograph, gift of Ann and Graham Gund


Josef Albers’ Ten Variants portfolio hangs in one of the building’s waiting areas.

Josef Albers, Ten Variants portfolio, 1967, 17 x 17 inches, 10 screenprints, gift of The Honorable and Mrs. Earle I. Mack

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