Sunday, July 8, 2018



WHEN: Opens July 12th and Runs Through August 1, 2018
830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore

Channel Heal: The Writer’s Room is a work intended to survey various metaphysical phenomena and explore their use as correctives to conflict and trauma. The phenomena engaged in this exhibition include: physicality (the physical attributes of a person); mysticality (relating to the spiritual or symbolic), egotism (excessive focus on the self), and transcendence (going beyond ordinary limits).

Wickerham & Lomax have transformed The Reginald F. Lewis lab space into a writer’s room, a stage, where themes will be discussed and collected as reference material for a future endeavor entitled Channel Heal – a video platform chronicling various Baltimore creatives in their transgressive acts – acts that may go beyond established limits or boundaries. On display are newly fabricated pieces that are aberrations of objects typically used by those in the film and television industry. Dry erase boards, clocks, and post-it notes are sample props of the televisual writer, and in this exhibition they crystallize or define moments that would either be provisional or serve to transform the thoughts, ideas, and gestures into an artwork.

The artists work in the space of complicating binary oppositions – virtual vs. real, individual vs. group, and narrative vs. nonsensical. In this exhibition the installation and subsequent programs work in tandem to present both platform and action as a way of externalizing thoughts on conflict and trauma. Ultimately they will be transitioned into form.

WHEN: February 1, 2018 to August 12, 2018


Reflections: Intimate Portraits of Iconic African Americans is a documentary-style series of photographs that differ from traditional portraiture. Instead of a single, close-up, posed portrait of the person, photographer Terrence A. Reese (TAR), takes black and white photographs of renowned Americans in their personal living spaces - environments which reflect their persona. The density of the living spaces sometimes makes it difficult to find the subject, but the viewer is rewarded by analyzing the photographs to imagine a life well-lived. Reese also strategically places mirrors or reflective surfaces in the photographs to reveal the subjects in rich and interesting ways.

These unusual portraits liberate the eye to move about within the boundaries of the image, not encompassing it all in one glance. The exercise reveals the unforeseen and true nature of the individual. It is the challenge of locating the subject's image in the mirror that becomes an intriguing and rewarding experience while exploring their space, their physical extension of self. Each image is accompanied by the photographer’s personal written memoir which reveals a creative collaboration of dialogue that culminates into an emergence of art.

Dive into the Permanent Collection with a Self-Guided Tour

Discover the story of Maryland with a self-guided tour "The Generations Tour: 400 Years, 12 Objects, 1 Hour." Follow the lives of two fictitious characters - Chima and Gladys - as they take you on a journey through the museum's permanent collection. Their stories lead you to 12 exhibits in the gallery that cover 400 years of African American history. Learn more about this self-guided tour.

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Remnants of Hatred: Slavery Artifacts Today

WHEN: April 18, 2018 to September 4, 2018
LewisNow! Gallery, 1st Floor
ADMISSION: Included with museum admission

Showcases new additions of slave artifacts to the permanent collection of the museum. Nearly 20 new acquisitions reveal the harsh circumstances under which enslaved African Americans lived in the 19th century. Many make direct reference to Baltimore and Maryland. The items include: a branding iron used to identify enslaved people, an iron face mask with a protrusion into the mouth which made it difficult for enslaved persons to speak, a whip, slave restraints, a broadside advertising the public sale of negroes and a page from two newspapers published by Frederick Douglass.

Black Women: Image and Perception in Popular Culture

WHEN: August 2, 2018 to September 16, 2018
Included with museum admission

A collaboration between the Lewis and the University of Maryland, College Park, this exhibition will unpack the stereotypical imagery of black women that still exist in popular culture. Throughout American history there have been many stereotypical caricatures that have been placed on black women. Among the most recurring designations are the Mammy, Jezebel, and the Angry Black Woman. Each distortion has its own historical connotations and roots that can be traced to racial slavery in America and beyond. The exhibition, designed under the supervision of Audra Buck-Coleman, Associate Professor of Design, will also provide a timeline of black women's achievements throughout history.

Hateful Things

WHEN: September 1, 2018 - October 14, 2018
ADMISSION: Included with museum admission

Contains material culture from the late 19th century to the present, embodying the terrible effects of the Jim Crow legacy. In the early 1830s Thomas D. Rice created the antebellum character Jim Crow. "Daddy Rice," as he was called, was a white actor who performed in black face a song-and-dance whose exaggerations popularized racially demeaning minstrel shows. The name "Jim Crow" came to denote segregation in the 19th century when southern and border states passed Jim Crow laws; legitamizing a racial caste system. This exhibition contains examples of our segregated and racist past.