What stories remain untold on the National Mall?
Six artists, including Paul Ramírez Jonas, Chair of the Department of Art and Professor at Cornell University's College of Art, Architecture, and Planning, have been invited to create largescale artworks addressing this question as part of the inaugural exhibition of Beyond Granite, a new public art initiative launching in Washington, DC this summer.
Curated by Monument Lab's Paul Farber and Salamishah Tillet, Pulling Together is the first show in the planned series and will also feature the work of artists Derrick Adams, Tiffany Chung, Ashon Crawley, vanessa german, and Wendy Red Star.
Ramírez Jonas, whose creative practice focuses on interdisciplinary and socially engaged art, print media, public art, and sculpture, says he finds power in sharing the space with these other creative minds. "It allows me to focus on what I do best for a situation, not just what the site needs the most," he explains.