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One Life: Marian Anderson
One Life: Marian Anderson shifts the attention from Andersons historic 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to underexplored moments in the contraltos career. The exhibition examines the ways artists, concert promoters and others wielded her iconic likeness as a powerful symbol in the pursuit of civil rights. The paintings, photographs, personal effects, and archival materials provide a more nuanced understanding of how Andersons many roles, as singer, diplomat, and muse, helped shatter segregationist policies on and off the stage. Leslie Ureña, the National Portrait Gallerys associate curator of photographs, is the curator of the exhibition.