Five Performances by Trailblazing Singer Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson has been recognized as one of the greatest American singers of the 20th century. Her story illuminates important moments in the civil rights movement. Anderson traveled the world for her career, including performances in Brazil, Cuba, Russia, and France. At the National Portrait Gallery, you can explore more than 25 objects and portraits that showcase Marian Anderson's career as a famed contralto. Here are just five images from the exhibition, which recall five performances that shaped her life and career.
"One Life: Marian Anderson" will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery through May 17, 2020. The Portrait Gallery exhibition is curated by Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs.
Can't make it to the exhibition? You can explore Smithsonian collections related to Anderson online and learn more from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Compiled by Sara E. Cohen from exhibition text.
Marian Anderson / William Henry Johnson /c. 1945, Oil on paperboard /Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the Harmon Foundation