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 will be Beyond Granite: Pulling Together and it will be open from August 18 through September 18, 2023.
Six leading, contemporary artists will create 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.