James Romberger (American, born 1958)

The Con Ed Building, 1990

James Romberger, The Con Ed Building, 1990, pastel on paper, 36 1/2 x 45 in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 1999.28.

“This drawing depicts the Con Ed building on the northeast corner of 5th Street and Avenue A in Manhattan's Lower East Side, and the homeless people who lived around it in the early 90s...and [who] had chosen to live on the streets rather than deal with the NYC shelter system.”—James Romberger