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In Sleep

1983 Simon Dinnerstein Born: New York, New York 1943 conte crayon, colored pencils, and pastel on paper mounted on paperboard sheet: 37 1/8 x 60 in. (94.2 x 152.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation © 1983, Simon Dinnerstein 1986.6.22 Not currently on view

Exhibition Label

The model for Dinnerstein’s multiple images of a sleeping woman was a student at the New York City Technical College in Brooklyn where the artist taught. While posing, the student shared stories of her childhood on the West Indies island of Saint Vincent. Above the sequence of sleeping forms is a dream/memory of her family and community that summons thoughts of constancy and passing time.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Ethnic - African-American

Figure group - female

Landscape - West Indies - St. Vincent

Portrait female - Yorke, Cheryl

State of being - other - sleep


crayon - conté crayon

crayon - pastel