12 May 2011

Curator's Corner

We are pleased to present our newest accession of 2011!

On April 13, Ms. Donna Schmitz, art teacher of Lothian Elementary School, presented us with the school’s mural of President Barack Obama, an adaptation of the now-famous “Hope” campaign poster designed by street-artist and political activist Shepard Fairey during the 2008 presidential campaign. The mural, designed to serve as a reminder of the positive spirit of that historic campaign and created to honor President Obama’s Inauguration in January of 2009, was a collaboration between students and faculty in which each and every member of the Lothian Elementary community participated. The mural itself was painted in sections by different students, and the “frame” that surrounds the mural is a collage that highlights and celebrates American diversity. The border contains the signature of each participant. The sides of the mural features postcards created by older students, which focus on the importance of core values that all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, hold dear: love, freedom, and the importance of education for our collective future.

Our mission here at Banneker-Douglass is to preserve and promote over 4 centuries of African American history, culture, and art in Maryland. President Obama’s election and inauguration are important parts of that history. Lothian Elementary’s mural functions as a reminder to all of us that educating young people about culture, public affairs, and museums is an important part of ensuring that story can move forward. We’re glad to have it as part of our collection.

10 May 2011

Upcoming Special Exhibitions at the Museum

In the month of June, the Banneker-Douglass Museum will be exhibiting two new temporary exhibitions. The first exhibition will display the work of local contemporary artist Cisco Davis. This exhibit has three themes; works on the American Civil Rights Movement, Cisco Davis' personal life, and selected works on the African American experience. Davis draws inspiration from artist like Rembrandt and Cal Massey. His attention to detail is influenced by the work of fashion illustrators of the 1940s and 50s.

In conjunction with the Maryland State Archives, BDM is exhibiting A Charge towards Freedom: Resistance to Slavery in Maryland. This exhibition will highlight events in Maryland surrounding the resistance and call for the end of slavery.