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Beyond Granite Exhibition

Updated: January 29, 2024

Beyond Granite was an outdoor, curated exhibition meant to create a more inclusive, equitable and representative way to experience art and commemoration.

Without building a new, permanent structure on the National Mall, Beyond Granit will allow often untold and unknown stories to be shared.

The pilot exhibition Beyond Granite: Pulling Together and it was opened from August 18 through September 18, 2023.

Six leading, contemporary artists has created pieces inspired by Marion Anderson’s historic performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

A crowd of 75,000 people came to the National Mall on Easter Sunday in 1939 to hear her sing after she’d been prevented from performing at Constitution Hall because of the color of her skin.

This exhibit will be curated by The Trust for the National Mall, partnering with the National Park Service and National Capital Planning Commission.

The six artists creating work for the exhibition are

  • Derrick Adams of Brooklyn, NY
  • Tiffany Chung of Houston, TX
  • Ashon Crawley of Charlottesville, VA
  • vanessa german of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Paul Ramírez Jonas of Brooklyn, NY
  • Wendy Red Star of Portland, OR.

More information will be announced in the coming months with additional details regarding the exhibition and installation locations.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Follow On Instagram | I'm a historian & tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. I have written for HuffPost Travel and have been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. I've also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. I am the producer of the podcast, Tour Guide Tell All. I am an authority on D.C. history, and have led tours in the city since 2011. I currently resides in DC, but have also lived in London and South Korea, and have traveled to over 28 countries and every US State but Hawaii. I homeschool my 2 children by exploring the plethora of museums in DC. Read More...
Updated: January 29th, 2024
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