The Last Supper Sculpture: History & Viewing
February 24 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Image of the bas relief sculpted by Akili Ron Anderson. Photo courtesy of Joe Graf.
During a building renovation in 2019, a 20-foot-wide bas relief of Akili Ron Anderson’s reinterpretation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper was discovered. Upon its discovery, the Studio Acting Conservatory (the new owner of the space) made efforts to relocate the Last Supper to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Although multiple constraints prevented the move, NMAAHC repaired and restored the sculpture, in addition to creating a 3-D rendering and accessioning it into their collection.
Join DCPL and the Studio Acting Conservatory for this rare behind-the-scenes look at this unique sculpture, with a private Q & A with the artist himself, Akili Ron Anderson.
Suggested donation for this event is $15.00. Please donate through the DCPL Venmo account (@DCPresLeague) or online.
Akili Ron Anderson is a tenured Associate Art professor at Howard University. He built the Last Supper bas relief using concrete and a coarse type of plaster called Structo-Lite, and modeled Jesus and the disciples on people he saw around Columbia Heights, where he grew up. Anderson’s body of work includes public and private artworks in stained glass, fine arts, sculpture and other mediums. Local works include Sankofa, at the east and west entrances of the Columbia Heights Metro Station; stained glass at Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel and the Prince George’s County Courthouse. http://www.akilironanderson.com
The Studio Acting Conservatory (SAC) is the premier training institution for actors and directors in Washington, DC. For over 45 years, over 13,000+ alumni have gone on to important theatre and film careers. Founded by Joy Zinoman, and the founding organization for Studio Theatre, the Conservatory is led by a 22-member faculty of committed professionals who teach over 600 students—of every age and background—each year. The Conservatory believes that quality actor training should be accessible to anyone, regardless of identity, background, ability or socioeconomic status, and is committed to fostering a welcoming, inclusive and accessible environment for all.