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The Lincoln Memorial Illustrated

September 30, 2022 — February 26, 2023

Overview

One of the most revered and visited sites in Washington, D.C. and in the nation, the Lincoln Memorial is now a century old. Dedicated on May 30, 1922, it was designed by architect Henry Bacon and Concord sculptor Daniel Chester French, and it has served as a gathering place for some of the most significant and symbolic events of the past one hundred years. It has come to represent the nation’s hopes and challenges, providing an iconic backdrop for civic expression relating to democracy and human rights.

 

To celebrate its centennial, this exhibition explores the planning and construction of the Lincoln Memorial through illustrations, sculpture, archival materials, and ephemera, and it traces its role as a symbolic site in illustrations, political cartoons, and popular culture. The exhibition features works by numerous artists from the past century, including Norman Rockwell, Daniel Chester French, Henry Bacon, Tony Bennett, Istvan Banyai, and others.

 

The Lincoln Memorial Illustrated is a collaboration of the Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood. It will be on view at the Concord Museum from September 30, 2022-February 26, 2023.

Image: Istvan Banyai Set in Stone, 2008 Illustration for Set in Stone: Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of Memory by Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, October 13, 2008.