MEDIA NOTE | OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON | SEPTEMBER 14, 2023
The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) continues to commemorate its 60th anniversary through a series of upcoming events as part of the office’s Democracy Collection programming.
Renowned artist and former State Department Medal of Arts awardee Jenny Holzer will illuminate the National Mall with her latest light projection artwork, titled THE PEOPLE.
THE PEOPLE will be on view simultaneously on the façades of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden facing the National Mall. The artwork will be visible from dusk until 11:00 p.m. for five nights beginning September 17, displaying quotations spanning history that extoll the beauty of democracy.
The celebration continues on September 19 with “Democracy Day: Art and Democracy in American History.” The day kicks off with the opening of AIE’s traveling exhibition, “A More Perfect Union: American Artists and the Currents of Our Time,” at the National Museum of American History. A remarkable collaboration between AIE, the University of Virginia’s Karsh Institute of Democracy, and NMAH, Democracy Day will feature distinguished artists who will participate in artist talks and panel discussions at the museum’s Warner Bros. Theater.