New Stained-Glass Windows for D.C.’s National Cathedral

In class we were discussing how art and design have the power to shape a space and how people feel when they’re in the space. This article has a strong connection to that idea. Artist Kerry James Marshall was chosen to create a new stained-glass window for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. to replace old ones that depicted Confederate imagery. Such images have the power to make people feel scared or unwelcomed, which directly conflicts with the whole purpose of the cathedral existing in the first place. That is why the decision to replace the windows was so important: to have a piece of artwork that reflects the purpose of the space. When talking about being chosen for this project, Marshall said, “This project is not just a job or only a piece of art. It’s kind of a calling.” Marshall was very passionate about the project and I can’t wait to see what he does with it.

Read more about the article here: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/kerry-james-marshall-cathedral-2012659.

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