Issue 08: Archive

Issue 08: Archive

A conversation with experimental writer and archivist Megan McShea

Proprietary technologies and planned obsolescence collide to make data harder to extract once a file format is no longer supported, leading to a growing concern about the impact of this current “digital dark age.”

Amber Eve Anderson, Lance Bankerd, Se Jong Cho, Ami Dang, Taha Heydari, Eze Jackson, Leslie King-Hammond, Amanda McCormick, Deyane Moses, and Ernest Shaw

For visual artists, curators, performers, composers, and publishers, the purposeful creation of new archives, as well as the respectful transformation of past collections, is a common threat that unifies us on a quest to tell new stories and to diversity existing archives.

Heidi Daniel and the Enoch Pratt Free Library

Libraries as places of possibility regardless of social class enabled Daniel to experience a larger world outside the one she lived in and imagine a variety of prospects that life might hold for her. That capacity drives her vision for the Pratt.

How can we expand notions of scholarship, and facilitate an intimacy with history generated by and for Black people?

What new connections might emerge by inviting thinkers and makers with diverse educational backgrounds and practices into the archives?

The I. Henry Photo Project

Webster’s grandfather, I. Henry Phillips, was a photographer at the Afro-American newspaper. His father, Irving, also worked for the Afro, and traveled around the South with Martin Luther King Jr., documenting his speeches for the paper.

Sun streams in through the large windows at the Walters’ 1 West Mount Vernon Place as Antonio McAfee shows me his installation “Unmaking and Making.” Shadowy faces from long ago, ...

Inside Beyond Video, the rowhouse with the hypnotic paint job next to the Ottobar, there are thousands of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and even some VHS—a defiant, pro-stuff counterpunch to Amazon, Netflix, ...

An Art Collection that Encompasses the History of The Contemporary and Baltimore

Artist Richard “Rick” Cleaver is showing me the childhood snapshots of his husband, curatorial powerhouse George Ciscle, that he keeps pinned to the door of his home studio. “Why on ...

Artifacts from the Faidley’s Seafood’s 133-year history at Lexington Market cover the walls and counters that make up the fresh fish ice boards, the cooked food corner, and the raw bar at the center of the room.

Despite a generation between them, Phylicia and Edward Ghee share kindred qualities as artists and caretakers whose joy and resilience guide their paths.

My go-to ice breaker at any social gathering is to ask people what they are wearing. I don't think it's frivolous to inquire about sartorial choices because clothing is our ...

You are an archive. Your cellular memory and the genetic structures that determined the color of your eyes are archives too, lasting proof about your ancestry. We don’t consider our ...