I remember the day that my nine-year-old came home from school and I emptied his backpack. I unfolded the large pieces of white paper and saw the drawings of the nude women. I asked him where they came from and he was reluctant to tell me. After promising that I wouldn’t call this child’s parents he told me it was him. He had always been one of my favorites of Dane‘s friends. He was a special kid, you could just see it! I showed the pictures to my husband when he got home from work that night and we both said that he was going places. We knew he was destined for great things. I remember seeing him a short time later and telling him how talented he was. I tucked those drawings away because I knew one day he was going to be somebody. We moved two more times in the last 15 years and I kept those photos in a box and packed them away.
Many years later I ran into his mom and told her I still had the drawings. I forgot that I had never told her about them. She seemed surprised that our boys were in college and I had kept them. Imagine my surprise when he contacted me last year and told me what he what had been up to.
I was so glad I had kept those photos all those years. I told him that I knew that I had them and they were in storage. The next day my husband and I went to our storage facility and unpacked a couple of boxes until I found them.I took photos of the pictures and sent them to him. I am so glad he was able to use them to express himself through this installation and I can’t wait to get them back. This time I am going to frame them!
Flyer by Luis Maldonado
Photos by Christian Hincapié, Malcolm Peacock, Abbey Parrish, Jody Somers
Structures built by Perrin Turner, Miranda Wagner, Beatrice Modisett, Carlyn Perlow, Nima Jeizan
All Kinds of Things is a one to one experience where individuals listen to three excerpts from The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley and respond to questions regarding enclosure, belonging, and other topics. The work takes place in a garden upon a hill, surrounded by wired barricade.
In conversation with Campbell Argenzio, Colleen Billing, Denzel Boyd, Daniel Diasgranados, Hasabie Kidanu, Kat Lyons, Monique Mouton, Gee Rim, Maxwell Runko, Valerie Suter, Preston Thompson, and Sarah Workneh.
Pictured: Sue Anderson and two of her three children, Jenn and Jon Anderson
Taking place along the 3.1 miles of the Richmond Slave Trail, Something Else is a sharing of 7 narratives that focus on individuals’ most pivotal moments of discovering sovereignty.
Photos by Vijay Masharani
The museum of Trayvon Martin
Malcolm Peacock’s three-part installation at Terrault Contemporary and a separate location on Calvert Street provided a critical and moving analysis of Trayvon Martin’s life, not just a recant of his murder at the hands of George Zimmerman.
The great success of Peacock’s “museum” is its determined and persistent visualization of Trayvon not as a victim, but as a teenager. His life, his joys with family and hobbies are highlighted and remembered. Peacock’s exhibition stressed the importance of not just looking, but seeing Trayvon, and acknowledging that his life is reflected in all of our lives. Peacock considered him a brother, because he could be his brother, and is in many ways a little brother, nephew, or cousin to us all.
On a Monday evening in October, about 50 people came to Druid Hill Park and divided into teams. First we read an essay that touched on death and legacy written by Thomas Cummings’ sibling (Cummings died in 1953 at age 13, when he drowned in the water near the Hanover Street bridge; his death led to the NAACP’s demands to integrate pools in Baltimore). Then we walked as a large, casual procession toward Joyce Scott’s “Memorial Pool”—a meditative monument on the site of the former blacks-only Pool No. 2 in the park. Here, the crowd sat on steps and listened to two tennis players talk about growing up in Baltimore and swimming in that pool (now they’re regulars on the tennis courts); then we sat and communed with one another in the grass, where the pool once was, eating hand pies and watching the sunset. The third act led us down to the tennis court, where we sat on bleachers and watched two sets of doubles play tennis, their bodies backlit by yellow-orange lights powered by a generator, their steps, breaths, racket thwaps, and patter of tennis balls the only other sounds. “Let the Sun Set on You” had us ruminating on death and its impact on the present, but also the ways in which blackness and black lives exist and matter completely on their own, outside of tragedy, too.
Photos by Olivia Obineme
Beyond this body
Beyond This Body imagines a future family’s ritual practice where family members bond nightly through the consumption of edible materials that formerly allowed for them to create a baking business. This business led to their survival and thriving inside of what was known as a capitalist society.
Photos by Daniel Diasgranados
The Black Inventors Hall of Fame
The Black Inventors Hall of Fame brings together objects invented by Black people, hairstylists, and artists to explore overlapping relationships in the practices and lives of these individuals. To enter the exhibition, non Black individuals must be present with a Black person in a 1:1 ratio. The works are spread between two basement locations in Richmond, Virginia that are situated roughly one mile in distance from each other. In order to be granted admission into the second home, one must present a ticket from the previous location.