Rights and Wrongs:
Citizenship, Belonging, and the Vote
Exhibition website https://www.rightsandwrongs.info/
Virtual artist talk on November 19, 2020 — link to YouTube recording
Dates of Exhibition: October 17 – December 6, 2020
Location: The Peale at Carroll Mansion, 800 E. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD
Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm, FREE
About the Exhibit:
Rights and Wrongs is an art exhibition that contends with the centennial of the 19th Amendment and the 2020 elections in light of the fact that equitable voter participation is hardly a settled matter in America — threats to citizenship, belonging, and democratic participation continue to be at stake.
Local Baltimore artists Erin Fostel, Antonio McAfee, and McKinley Wallace III have created new artworks, related to the themes of racial, social, and economic injustice, and the various struggles for the vote. Some of their works respond to physical sites and visual records of contested public memory in Baltimore City.
These local artists’ works are on display at the Carroll Mansion, a historic site of enslavement with many layers of occupation over the generations, alongside the work of artists from outside the region who also consider the personal and political dimensions of citizenship and belonging. The artists in the group exhibition include Stacey Kirby, Julia Kwon, Precious Lovell, JoAnne McFarland, Gina Gwen Palacios, Jason Patterson, and Sarah Paulsen.
These artists approach historic and current events in their work through a variety of methods available to the contemporary artist: abstraction, representation, collage, found objects, textiles, moving image, and interactive works. While the scope of their production methods is varied, their works share thematic and material concerns. These include historic images and texts resuscitated from archives to breathe new meaning into public memory. The artists are also documenting the complex narratives of inclusion and exclusion in historic activist efforts to establish voting rights for women and people of color in the 19th and 20th centuries. These works reflect distinct declarations of self and collective, bearing out the adage that the personal is political.
The works in Rights and Wrongs bring the viewers’ attention to the complexities and contradictions of the history of voting rights and civil right struggles as well as the ways that these struggles continue both in Baltimore across the United States.
- Virtual Exhibition Talk with Baltimore artists McKinley Wallace III, Erin Fostel, and Antonio McAfee // Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:30-8:00pm // FREE
The exhibition will be on display from October 17 through December 6, 2020, at the historic Carroll Mansion in Baltimore. More information about the venue can be found on the website.
About the Peale: The Peale is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation established to restore the historic Peale Museum building as a center to celebrate the unique history of Baltimore, its people, and places. By creating a more inclusive cultural record of the city, the Peale aims to help people everywhere see Baltimore in a new light. The Peale currently also hosts exhibitions at the historic Carroll Mansion, located 1/2 mile from the Peale Building on Lombard Street. For more about the Peale, visit the website.
This project is organized by Baltimore artist and educator Lauren Frances Adams and has been financially supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Awesome Foundation.