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Beyond Granite Exhibition

Updated: October 28, 2023

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.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Follow On Instagram | Canden is a historian & tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of the podcast, Tour Guide Tell All. She is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city since 2011. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has traveled to over 28 countries and every US State but Hawaii. She homeschools her 2 children by exploring the plethora of museums in DC.
Updated: October 28th, 2023
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