The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy | Opening Reception
Thursday, November 10 • 6-9pm
@ Banneker-Douglass Museum
The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy presents multidisciplinary works of art by fifteen cross-generational Black Maryland-based artists, as well as pieces from the Banneker-Douglass Museum Fine Art Collection. This exhibition, guest curated by Myrtis Bedolla of Galerie Myrtisin Baltimore, explores America’s fraught history of systemic racism while celebrating the resiliency of a people who have persevered despite social and political devices to suppress them.
Investigated through paintings, photographs, prints, videos, and conceptual works are notions of resistance and joy, imagery that gives voice to the voiceless and dispossessed. Presented are thought-provoking narratives that serve as a conversation on Black empowerment while sanctioning and proclaiming Blackness and its humanity.
Featured artists are Devin Allen, Tawny Chatmon, Wesley Clark, Larry Cook, Oletha DeVane, Edward D. Ghee, Sr., Phylicia Ghee, Jerrell Gibbs, Curlee Holton, Monica Ikegwu, Megan Lewis, Charles Mason, III, Wendell Patrick, Joyce J. Scott, and Chrystal Seawood. Also included are commissioned portraits of Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Lillie Carroll Jackson, and Harriet Tubman by Hughie Lee-Smith, and a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Nathaniel Gibbs.
The exhibition will run November 10, 2022 – September 30, 2023. Programming in alignment with the exhibition is scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibit, to include artists’ talks, a conversation with the curator, a jazz & poetry night out, youth events, and more.