26 August 2011

BDM Closed

Hi everyone!

With Hurricane Irene's pending visit to Maryland, the Banneker-Douglass Museum will be closed on Saturday, 27 August 2011. If you are in the area please take the necessary precautions and stay safe.

For updated safety information and the latest on the State of Maryland's Hurricane Irene preparations, please visit the following websites:

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

MEMA Hurricane Irene State of Emergency page

19 August 2011


Summer is drawing to a close and with it another tourist season ends. As a tourist destination, one would think that the museum would be heading into "slow time," but in fact we are ramping up for the busier time of our year. We have new exhibitions coming in which means installation plans to work out and execute, new programming calendars to plan, school programs and tours to design, research to conduct, publicity to do, etc. Like I said, very busy.

As Tabitha wrote in the previous posting, we are preparing for the arrival of Loring Cornish's In Each Other's Shoes. This exhibit has the staff very excited. For my part, I am working up a series of program offerings for the next eight months that I think is really interesting. The new calendar will have a variety of programs including concerts, performances, family days, artmaking opportunities, and a few other intriguing offerings. We will be releasing the calendar soon, so please make sure to check back on the blog.

For right now, please mark your calendars for Sunday, October 2, 2011 and plan to attend the opening reception for In Each Other's Shoes. More details to come in the next few weeks! Have a great rest of the summer!

10 August 2011

Loring Cornish at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

The Banneker-Douglass Museum would like to recognize the Jewish Museum of Maryland and their current exhibit Loring Cornish: In Each Other's Shoes. Mr. Cornish, known for his row-houses turned art in Baltimore, focused his exhibit on "acknowledging the shared Jewish and African-American heritage of the Lloyd Street heritage."

Mr. Cornish's previous exhibition focused on Civil Rights in the African American community, and was shown at Morgan State University. His perspective changed after meeting with a local Jewish couple: “Everything changed. I realized I could not use my art to talk about the struggles of only one community,” Cornish said. “I was struck by the connections between the struggles of Jews and Blacks.” Mr. Cornish took the mosaics from the Civil Rights exhibition and used the opposite side to create related pieces with Jewish themes.

To read more about this exhibition, please see the Jewish Museum of Maryland's website or plan a visit. The exhibition will be at the Jewish Museum until September 15, 2011, after which BDM looks to exhibit a sampling of the pieces in our galleries. Keep posted for updates!


Pictured above:
Formation of the Star ©2009 Loring Cornish.

03 August 2011

Turner Station Heritage & Praise Celebration Honoring Henrietta Lacks

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2011
Time: Noon-5pm
Location: Baltimore’s Historic Turner Station
Admission: Free
Parking: Free, On-Street
For More Information: Contact Ms. Courtney Speed, Program Organizer, 410-340-4888

Part I: Program
Union Baptist Church
105 Main St
Dundalk, MD 21222 [Turner Station]
(410) 282-7944