PIECING A PATH: A NIGHT WITH LORING CORNISH
WHEN: Thursday, July 7, 6-9 PM
WHERE: Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore Maryland
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Brews & Schmooze: First Thursdays at the JMM
Food & Drink provided for purchase
Join JMM for the first installment of Brews & Schmooze with an evening dedicated to the art of Loring Cornish. Take a tour of In Each Other’s Shoes led by the artist, make a mosaic to take home, listen to music and enjoy a falafel dinner. Featuring Pigeons Playing Ping Pong from 6-8 PM.
As a part of the Jewish Museum of Maryland's celebration of its 50th anniversary year, In Each Other's Shoes explicitly acknowledges the shared Jewish and African-American heritage of the Lloyd Street neighborhood.
Cornish uses his own experiences to depict the pain and pride of African Americans and his moral imagination to envision similar feelings in the Jewish community.
Loring Cornish is fast becoming a Baltimore art star, best known for his exquisitely tiled home and studio on Parkwood Avenue. This exhibition presents a new dimension in his work, stemming from his decision to inject a social message into his art.
Two years ago, while completing a civil rights-themed exhibition for Morgan State University, Cornish met a Jewish couple and was touched by their friendship. Suddenly, he says, “Everything changed. I realized I could not use my art to talk about the struggles of only one community. I was struck by the connections between the struggles of Jews and Blacks.”
Cornish took the civil rights mosaics he had already created, “flipped them over,” and began making related pieces on the back, using Jewish motifs. He paired an abstract image of a lynching with the word GHETTO. He backed Target, a mosaic combining images of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy, with the word SHALOM. For the reverse of another work featuring photos of the assassinated leaders he featured the word LIFE in Hebrew and English.
The result is In Each Other’s Shoes, a body of work in which Cornish uses his own experiences to depict the pain and pride of African Americans and his moral imagination to envision similar feelings in another community.
All work on exhibit, courtesy of the artist.
Photo caption: Loring Cornish on his front stoop, 2010. Photo by Ellen Saval