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ArtistAlexander Calder
Dimensions1050.0 cm (413+38 in)
LocationNational Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°53′30″N 77°01′55″W / 38.89176900°N 77.03196700°W / 38.89176900; -77.03196700
OwnerSmithsonian American Art Museum

Gwenfritz is a painted steel abstract stabile, by Alexander Calder. It is located at the National Museum of American History, at 14th Street, and Constitution Avenue, in Washington, D.C.[1]

It was dedicated on June 2, 1969.[2] In 1983, it was relocated from the west front fountain plaza, to a corner location. [3] On October 31, 2014, the sculpture was rededicated after being restored and relocated to its original location.[4]

It is named after Gwendolyn Cafritz, widow of Morris Cafritz, who had helped finance the project as head of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

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  1. ^ "Gwenfritz, (sculpture)". SIRIS
  2. ^ "Caftolin or Gwenfritz?", The Washington Post, Meryle Secrest, June 4, 1969
  3. ^ "Calder: Out of Site", The Washington Post, Robert Hilton Simmons, March 30, 1984
  4. ^ "Alexander Calder's "Gwenfritz": Rededicating a modernist icon". American History. Retrieved 9 September 2019.

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