DC -- Public Art: Marker (by Rania Hassan) @ Connecticut & K St NW:
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Installed in October 2020, Monument & Marker is a collaboration between Golden Triangle Arts and the Smithsonian that extends the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative – Because of Her Story beyond the walls of the Smithsonian and into the streets of Washington, DC. Launched in 2018, the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display and share the compelling story of women.
The partnership includes two artworks located on the iconic Connecticut Avenue; Monument, created by NYC-based artist Maren Hassinger, and Marker, by DC-based artist Rania Hassan. Monument is on display on the Connecticut Avenue NW Overlook, just south of Dupont Circle, and Marker is located on the Connecticut Avenue NW median at K Street NW.
The Golden Triangle BID is proud to offer this opportunity to enjoy museum-quality art outdoors to locals and visitors alike.
Branches on armature
Connecticut Avenue Overlook (South of Dupont Circle)
Formed from sticks and branches, Monument is part of Hassinger’s Monuments series — a group of sculptures first installed in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem in 2018. Selected to complement the built environment, the artwork echoes the curvature of the Connecticut Avenue overlook and mirrors the shape of the underpass below. Monument honors the physical and social achievements of the community and celebrates the possibility of humans working together.
Maren Hassinger is an internationally recognized performance artist, sculptor, and professor based in New York. Hassinger is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery in New York and has a solo performance at the National Portrait Gallery in 2020.
Connecticut Avenue & K Street, NW
Hassan’s Marker is a monument to women’s histories and the fibers that connect us all. Based upon the artist’s knitting, the sculpture’s bright pink hue and bold steel shape are contrasted by its curvy and elegant forms. The artwork can be read as an oversized crown or an abstract knitting project that is at once unraveling and coming together.
Rania Hassan lives and works in Washington, DC. Her artistic practice traverse sculpture, installation, drawing, and performance and investigates human connection, time, memory, and identity.
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Monument & Marker
Steel, 6 x 15 feet
Rania Hassan's Marker functions as a candy-colored, supersized and magnified detail of the artist's small paintings of knitting made monumental. Marker has layered meanings and connections to women's history. The sculpture's bright pink hue and bold steel shape are contrasted by its curvy and elegant forms. Marker serves as a monument to women as makers, who perform work that is often hidden from public view by making their work both visible and venerated.
Rania Hassan explains, "My artwork has been inspired by generations of women. It links me to my mother, her mother, and all the women who came before them -- working with their hands, making things for their families and themselves, bringing people together, and connecting us in so many ways."
Rania Hassan lives and works in Washington, DC. Her artistic practice traverses sculpture, installation, drawing and performance and investigates human connection, time,memory and identity.
Monument & Marker is a partnership between the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) and the Smithsonian to extend the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative -- Because of Her Story into the streets of Washington DC's central business district. Because of Her Story, is one of the country's most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display and share the rich, complete and compelling story of women in America.
Golden Triangle Arts brings museum-quality art to the neighborhood and weaves encounters with art into our everyday lives. Visit Maren Hassinger's Monument, the second project in this partnership, on the Connecticut Avenue Overlook, four blocks north of here.
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