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French Artist, JR, Covers Building at 14th and T Street, NW


14th and T St, NW

From Contemporary Wing:

This October, Washington D.C., joins international cities like Havana, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, London, Hong Kong and New York in welcoming one of JR’s projects. JR brings UNFRAMED, a project started in Vevey, Switzerland, Grottaglie, Italy, and São Paulo, Brazil, to Washington DC. UNFRAMED is a urban project in which JR uses images from famous and anonymous photographers and reinterprets them by taking them out of context, giving the history of photography a new meaning.

JR covered a building at 1401 T Street, NW with celebrated Civil Rights Photographer Ernest Wither’s (Memphis, 1922 – 2007) image of the “I Am Man” demonstration, the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, the last march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before his assassination in April 1968.

The installation happened on October 9 – 10th.

Ed. Note: In Jan. 2012 we heard that Stubs Kitchen and Wine would be coming to the building at 1401 T Street, NW.

Below is a great perspective from ekelly80:


Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

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