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MARIAN ANDERSON

The National Portrait Gallery exhibition ONE LIFE—MARIAN ANDERSON “[explores] the life of the famed contralto, her achievements, and how she became a symbol of the civil rights movement.”*

The show is curated by Leslie Ureña.

“Recognized as one of the greatest American singers of the twentieth century, Anderson is best remembered for her legendary performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where she sang in 1939 after segregationist policies barred her from theaters across Washington, D.C. However, this exhibition broadens the focus, delving into underexplored moments of Anderson’s decades-long career as a celebrated singer and diplomat. It also highlights the ways she inspired visual artists, ranging from Harlem Renaissance painter Beauford Delaney to fashion photographer Irving Penn.”*

ONE LIFE—MARIAN ANDERSON*

Through May 17.

National Portrait Gallery

8th and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C.

From top: Robert S. Scurlock, Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial, 1939, gelatin silver print, Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; Beauford Delaney, Marian Anderson, 1965, oil on canvas, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, J. Hardwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art; Allen T. Winigrad, Marian Anderson rehearsing with Aaron Copland, 1976, chromogenic print, cibachrome; William Henry Johnson, Marian Anderson, circa 1945, oil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the Harmon Foundation; Irving Penn, Marian Anderson, New York, 1948, gelatin silver print, © Irving Penn Foundation; Ruth Orkin, Marian Anderson and Leonard Bernstein, 1947, gelatin silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Brian Lanker, Marian Anderson, 1989, gelatin silver print. Winigrad, Penn, and Lanker photographs from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia. Images courtesy the National Portrait Gallery.

HILTON ALS — A COLLECTIVE PORTRAIT OF JAMES BALDWIN

“Troubled times get the tyrants and prophets they deserve. During our current epoch, the revival of interest in author James Baldwin has been particularly intense. This is in part due, of course, to his ability to analyze and articulate how power abuses through cunning and force and why, in the end, it’s up to the people to topple kingdoms.

“As a galvanizing humanitarian force, Baldwin is now being claimed as a kind of oracle. But by claiming him as such, much gets erased about the great artist in the process, specifically his sexuality and aestheticism, both of which informed his politics.” — Hilton Als*

GOD MADE MY FACE—A COLLECTIVE PORTRAIT OF JAMES BALDWIN—a group show curated by Hilton Als, featuring the work of Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Alvin Baltrop, Beauford Delaney, Marlene Dumas, Ja’Tovia Gary, Glenn Ligon, Alice Neel, Cameron Rowland, Kara WalkerJane Evelyn Atwood, and James Welling—is on view through mid-February.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Metrograph and Als will present a series of films featuring Baldwin through the years, at home and abroad.

GOD MADE MY FACE—

A COLLECTIVE PORTRAIT OF JAMES BALDWIN*

Through February 16.

David Zwirner

525 and 533 West 19th Street, New York City.

HILTON ALS ON JAMES BALDWIN FILM SERIES

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2.

Metrograph

7 Ludlow Street, New York City.

See “The Energy of Joy: Hilton Als in conversation with David Bridel and Mary-Alice Daniel,” PARIS LA 16 (2019): 217–221.

From top: Marlene Dumas, James Baldwin, 2014, from the Great Men series exhibited at Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, image credit: Marlene Dumas and Bernard Ruijgrok PiezographicsBeauford Delaney, Dark Rapture, 1941, oil on canvas; Alvin Baltrop, The Piers (man sitting), 1975-1986, photograph; Richard AvedonJames Baldwin, writer, Harlem, New York, 1945, © The Richard Avedon Foundation; Ja’Tovia Gary, An Ecstatic Experience, 2015, video still; Jane Evelyn AtwoodJames Baldwin with bust of himself sculpted by Larry Wolhandler, Paris, France, 1975 (detail), gelatin silver print. All images courtesy David Zwirner.