Installed in October 2020, Monument & Marker is a collaboration between Golden Triangle Arts and the Smithsonian that extends the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative – Because of Her Story beyond the walls of the Smithsonian and into the streets of Washington, DC. Launched in 2018, the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display and share the compelling story of women.
The partnership includes two artworks located on the iconic Connecticut Avenue; Monument, created by NYC-based artist Maren Hassinger, and Marker, by DC-based artist Rania Hassan. Monument is on display on the Connecticut Avenue NW Overlook, just south of Dupont Circle, and Marker is located on the Connecticut Avenue NW median at K Street NW.
The Golden Triangle BID is proud to offer this opportunity to enjoy museum-quality art outdoors to locals and visitors alike.
Branches on armature
Connecticut Avenue Overlook (South of Dupont Circle)
Formed from sticks and branches, Monument is part of Hassinger’s Monuments series — a group of sculptures first installed in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem in 2018. Selected to complement the built environment, the artwork echoes the curvature of the Connecticut Avenue overlook and mirrors the shape of the underpass below. Monument honors the physical and social achievements of the community and celebrates the possibility of humans working together.
Maren Hassinger is an internationally recognized performance artist, sculptor, and professor based in New York. Hassinger is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery in New York and has a solo performance at the National Portrait Gallery in 2020.
Connecticut Avenue & K Street, NW
Hassan’s Marker is a monument to women’s histories and the fibers that connect us all. Based upon the artist’s knitting, the sculpture’s bright pink hue and bold steel shape are contrasted by its curvy and elegant forms. The artwork can be read as an oversized crown or an abstract knitting project that is at once unraveling and coming together.
Rania Hassan lives and works in Washington, DC. Her artistic practice traverse sculpture, installation, drawing, and performance and investigates human connection, time, memory, and identity.