View a modern interpretation of Adelaide Johnson's Portrait Monument to the Suffrage Pioneers at Art Reach of Mid-Michigan during Art Walk Central, a month long Art exhibition and contest in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan during August 2021.
Titled "Forward Into Light," this rendering uses technology and projection mapping to project archival photos and video onto two replicas of The Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, which was sculpted in Italy by Adelaide Johnson (1859-1955). Commissioned by the National Woman's Party to mark the passage of the 19th Amendment (in 1920), The Monument was unveiled in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 15 1921. At a symbolic 8 minutes and 26 seconds long (the 19th Amendment took effect on August 26, 1920), the complete digital narrative is a visually captivating experience that helps to tell some of the stories connected to the Portrait Monument and the greater movements of which it is a part.
To learn more about the stories depicted in the visual narrative at Art Reach, click here.
For information about our entry in Art Walk Central, click here.
Members of the National Woman's Party lay a wreath at the Portrait Monument Feb. 15, 1929, the birthday of Susan B. Anthony. From 1921-1997, the Monument was located in the Crypt of the U.S. Capitol. It was returned to the Rotunda in 1997 after an almost 20 year effort to do so. To learn more about that story, listen to episodes 34 & 35 of The Virtues of Peace Podcast.