Featuring Artists: Michael Booker, Tawny Chatmon, Wesley Clark, Breai Mason-Campbell, Antonio McAfee, & Ada Pinkston
January 14 - February 17, 2019
Opening Reception Thursday, January 17, 6-8pm
Lecture and Performance: Heroes and Villains
Breai Mason-Campbell and the Guardian Baltimore Dance Company
Thursday, January 31, 6:30pm, McManus Theater
All events are free and open to all.
Wesley Clark, A Tale of Two, 2013, oil paint, latex paint, shellac, plywood, masonry nails, courtesy Galerie Myrtis
“For the horrors of the America Negro's life there has been almost no language. The privacy of his experience, which is only beginning to be recognized in language, and which is denied or ignored in official and popular speech--hence the Negro idiom--lends credibility to any system that pretends to clarify it. And, in fact, the truth about the black man, as a historical entity and as a human being, has been hidden from him, deliberately and cruelly; the power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions." --James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Left: Tawny Chatmon, Deeply Embedded/THREE, 2016, photography, photo-manipulation, montage, superimposition, courtesy Galerie Myrtis
Right: Michael Booker, Just in Case the Devilman Don't Know, 2017, Fineliner pen and collage on paper
Recalling the words of James Baldwin in The Fire Next Time, the exhibition No Language brings together the work of six contemporary artists to reflect on and name the systematic and ingrained racism experienced daily in this country. Each artist in this exhibition gives voice and language (visual, kinetic, written) to the horrors that Baldwin speaks of, and to the continued horrors and discrepancies experienced in contemporary society. Using narrative—historical, present, future, or imagined—to reframe and rewrite history or to create an avenue for discussion and understanding, each of these artists presents the language of art to make visible the truth of our lived realities.
Antonio McAfee, When Heaven Mourned, 2018-, acrylic medium and pigment ink, courtesy Hamiltonian Gallery
Lecture and Performance:
On Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:30pm in McManus Theater*, dancer, scholar, and community activist Breai Mason-Campbell will give a lecture about dance, art, and popular culture, presenting her notion of a “kinetic methodology for social change,” and the role that art plays to take down the prevailing narratives in favor of a more accurate, equal, open understanding of each other, and of history. Immediately following Mason-Campbell's talk, she and the Guardian Dance Company will perform Heroes and Villains, an original dance designed and directed by Mason-Campbell.
Still image from Vulnerability, the second movement of Heroes and Villains, designed and directed by Breai Mason-Campbell
Heroes and Villains:
"Bigotry and systemic injustice are polar ends of the spectrum with which we attempt to explain and make amends for the disproportionate sufferings of Americans who are black- each extreme animated by emotional detachment and resistance to accountability. We consequently remain confounded by a civic order that is unjust, as it is justified. By considering its’ power to broaden imagination, reveal truth, and inspire empathy, Heroes and Villains will explore the ways in which Arts Education is poised to lead the way in repairing relationships and lives in what will be the deciding years of the health of Baltimore, and other black cities in America, making progress possible not through legislation, but by the power of understanding." --Breai Mason-Campbell
*McManus Theater is located just down the hall from the Julio Fine Arts Gallery, in the College Center directly north of Jenkins lot and the Humanities Center. Parking for these events is available in the (paid) Jenkins lot off of Cold Spring Lane, or free parking is available on Cold Spring Lane from 9AM-4PM and after 6PM.
Agents of Transition, Sculpture and Textiles from West Africa