Library of Congress creating virtual exhibit about the coronavirus pandemic
Painting the picture of the past year, portraits capture heartbreak but also humanity of everything that's been endured during the coronavirus pandemic.
painting the picture of the past year. These portraits capture heartbreak but also humanity. Everything we've endured in this pandemic this this collecting has been extremely moving and beautiful and meaningful. Curator Catherine Blood with the Library of Congress. They've been hard at work for a year and counting pulling together this online exhibit. The images and the artworks can connect us that can show that our that our experiences are shared. That includes the rush to stock up on supplies, the sidewalks that became ST Mary's and the endless lines at testing sites. Some pictures honor lives lost due to covid. Others give gratitude to those on the front lines. What we're trying to do is nothing less then acquire and preserve and make accessible a universal record of human knowledge and creativity that includes paintings by D. C artist Tony Lane. She made these works last year to sell as zoom backgrounds. She never expected the Library of Congress would want to buy them. And the fact that people like my art, it's like that means they like me a little bit, you know, that's a good feeling. The exhibit is growing by the day. Anyone can submit photos online, a snapshot of history that honors the people in this pandemic. Amy Chou, NBC News