Marian Anderson, Prima Donna Assoluta
Photos, covers, and posters from the life and career of contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993), who was described by conductor Arturo Toscanini as "a voice one…
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The mural celebrates the people watching the landmark concert and looks forward to integration as the new normal. It also stands as a tribute to a new, activist, notion of government-supported art. This was the first time a federally sanctioned work of art both represented a current event and an episode of the struggle for black freedom.
[Washington, D.C. Marian Anderson broadcasting a Negro spiritual at the dedication of a mural installed in the United States Department of the Interior building, commemorating the outdoor concert which she gave at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of Revolution refused to allow her to sing in Constitution Hall]
View of singer Josephine Baker greeting Marian Anderson at the Beaux Arts Ball, Hotel Roosevelt in New York, New York. Harold Jackman on far left. Stamped on back: "Photo by Cecil Layne." Handwritten on back: "Josephine Baker, Marian Anderson, Harold Jackman, extreme left, Beaux Arts Ball, Hotel Roosevelt, New York City, Feb. 12, 1960."
View of contralto Marian Anderson standing onstage with Metropolitan Opera general manager Rudolf Bing. Printed on front: "Sedge LeBlang." Stamped on back: "Sedge LeBlang, photographer for the Metropolitan Opera, 147 West 39th St., N.Y. 18, N.Y. PE. 6-8640." Handwritten on back: "Rudolf Bing, Metropolitan general manager, with Marian Anderson after signing of Met contract, Oct. 7, 1954."