Token Clerk

Object Number: 
2002.64
Date: 
1987
Medium: 
Oil on linen
Dimensions: 
Overall: 48 1/4 x 40 1/4 in. ( 122.6 x 102.2 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: inscribed reverse on masking tape: "J. HARRINGTON DINNERSTEIN CLASS" Inscription: on stretcher bar in ink: "J. HARRINGTON 718-441-1418"
Description: 
A young, heavy-set man wearing a white, open-collar shirt, stare out from a token booth. Across the tope is lettered "36th St/Avoid Lines Buy a ten Pak Today Save Time.: Lower left of the booth window is a sign "Tokens/$1.00/How many/Please." A turnstile is visible in the center of the painting.
Gallery Label: 
In addition to recording the long-ago $1 subway fare, this painting serves as a portrait of one of New York City's army of service workers, often unnoticed and unrecorded, who have been gradually being replaced by Metrocard machines. The man's stolid expression may be read as either boredom or resignation, another feature of repetitive, unacknowledged work.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Artist
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group