Still from Red Sourcebook, 2018, HD video. Courtesy of the artist.
Ilana Harris-Babou, American. Red Sourcebook, 2018. 4 minutes, 12 seconds. Single channel video.

Red Sourcebook

February 1, 2020 - February 29, 2020

Media Arts Gallery

Red Sourcebook was one of three videos exhibited at the 2019 Whitney Biennial by artist Ilana Harris-Babou. In all three, she uses humor and the language of advertising to draw attention to the ways high-end home furnishing brands often gloss over histories of oppression and inequality in the United States. Red Sourcebook juxtaposes imagery and text from Restoration Hardware catalogues with manuals on redlining, the discriminatory mortgage lending practice that effectively prevented many African Americans from buying homes.

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Whitfield Lovell, American, born 1959. Epoch, 2001. Charcoal on wood and found objects. 77 1/2 x 55 x 17 1/2 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Richards, by exchange, 2002.13

Community

January 26, 2020 - April 19, 2020

Hodge Gallery Henry Gallery

Community highlights some of the most important African American artists in the FIA’s collection. Through paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photographs, this exhibition shows the diversity as well as the commonalities of African American art, encompassing thematic areas of people, place, and perspective. From portraits of well-known subjects such as Rosa Parks and Claressa Shields to less familiar individuals, these works reflect community. Place is portrayed through real locations and those imagined that nonetheless invite reflection. Lastly, perspective is offered through various lenses from realism to abstraction. 

People's Choice

Unique to this exhibition, visitors may vote for one of three works on loan by artists not currently in the collection. Voting will take place through March 8, 2020. Using funds raised by the Community Gala, the work with the largest number of votes will be purchased by the museum. The voting process and subsequent purchase reinforce the notion that the objects in the FIA’s collection belong to the public while emphasizing the collection’s capacity for change and future growth.

Works on Loan for People's Choice
The Gift of Lineage #5, 2018. Stephen Towns, American, b. 1980. Acrylic, Bristol board, metal leaf, natural and synthetic fabric, polyester and cotton thread on wood panel, 36 x 24 inches. On loan from De Buck Gallery, New York.
The Gift of Lineage #5
, 2018. Stephen Towns, American, b. 1980. Acrylic, Bristol board, metal leaf, natural and synthetic fabric, polyester and cotton thread on wood panel, 36 x 24 inches. On loan from De Buck Gallery, New York.

Stephen Towns is an American painter working primarily in oil, acrylic, and fibers. His work explores how American history influences contemporary society. Born in Lincolnville, South Carolina, in 1980, he received his BFA from the University of South Carolina. He lives and works in Baltimore. He has been exhibited locally and nationally and his work is in private and public collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City.

Le Damn Revisited," 2018. Mequitta Ahuja, American, b. 1976. Oil on canvas, 84 x 72 inches. On loan from artist.
Le Damn Revisited, 2018. Mequitta Ahuja, American, b. 1976. Oil on canvas, 84 x 72 inches. On loan from artist.

Mequitta Ahuja is a contemporary American feminist painter of African American and South Asian descent who lives in Baltimore. She creates works of self-portraiture that combine themes of myth and art history with personal identity. To create her paintings, she relies on a three-step process that involves performance, photography, and drawing/painting. Born 1976 in Grand Rapids, MI, she grew up in Connecticut. She received her BA at Hampshire College and her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was mentored by contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall.
Aina, 2016. Ayana V. Jackson, American, b. 1977. Archival pigment print on German etching paper, 51 x 30 inches. On loan from David Klein Gallery, Birmingham.
Aina
, 2016. Ayana V. Jackson, American, b. 1977. Archival pigment print on German etching paper, 51 x 30 inches. On loan from David Klein Gallery, Birmingham.

Ayana Jackson is an internationally recognized American photographer who is based in the cities of New York, Paris, and Johannesburg. Her work examines the history of black bodies as represented in art and media with a focus on those of black women.Born in 1977 in Livingston, New Jersey, she received her BA in Sociology from Spelman College, also studied at the University of Arts Berlin.

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Winfred Rembert, American, b. 1945, Miss Prather’s Class, 2014. Woodcut and silkscreen. 16 x 20 inches. The Anthony and Davida Artis Collection of African-American Fine Art 

​Wonderfully Made: The Artis Collection of African American Art

January 18, 2020 - April 12, 2020

Graphics Gallery

This not-to-be-missed exhibition of African American art from local collectors Anthony and Davida Artis highlights works that tell a story, especially as a means to educate, encourage, and engage the community. Wonderfully Made presents 18 works through the lens of the Artis family, featuring personal anecdotes regarding their collection.

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Liberty & Co., British, founded London, 1875. Chalice, ca. 1890. Pewter and glass. 6 x 5 x 5 inches. Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.23

Useful and Beautiful: Decorative Arts Highlights

November 16, 2019 - July 26, 2020

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Artfully crafted but functional items like vases, teacups, and flatware are often called decorative arts. The term was created in Europe after the Renaissance to distinguish these items from painting and sculpture. This exhibition explores an array of decorative arts including glass by Auguste Jean and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Prior to the 19th century, most glass manufacturers were aiming for pristine, almost machine-made, objects. However, some artists were seeking a different, more handcrafted, quality. In the 1870s, Auguste Jean gained attention by abstracting traditional vessel forms. While the glass was still malleable, he used tools to create protrusions and ripples in the glass. He later decorated the surface with enameled and engraved designs. Louis Comfort Tiffany applied innovative glassmaking techniques to his nature-inspired designs. Favrile glass—a term coined by Tiffany in 1894—was made to resemble ancient vessels, which, when excavated from archeological sites, had an iridescent surface. Tiffany achieved a similar look by spraying metallic salts on hot glass, a new technique that created a lustrous finish.

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Cristallerie de Pantin, French, 1850–1915. Salamander, 1878. 4 1/2 inch diameter. Photo: Paul Dunlop

Postscript

November 16, 2019 - July 26, 2020

Decorative Arts Corridor

Postscript features 68 weights from a local private collector and highlights major works by classical paperweight manufacturers as well as contemporary artists. This exhibition includes two extremely rare weights made by French manufacturer Pantin. Founded in 1850, Pantin produced paperweights until 1890. Although Pantin did not create as many weights as manufacturers such as Baccarat and Clichy, those it did were­—and remain—some of the most desirable weights for collectors. The two Pantin weights in this exhibition are among less than 15 in existence. In addition to their rarity, these weights are notable because they are considered magnum weights, measuring more than 3½ inches wide.

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