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BMA's Art After Hours: The House We’ve Built

By Luca Mochi

The recent Art After Hours event at the Baltimore Museum of Art was inspired by their new exhibition "Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art", which will run until January 19, 2020. This show contains over 70 paintings, sculptures and breathtaking works created by generations of black artists who were inspired by political statements and their own personal experiences. The night contained three acts; The Funeral, The Wedding, and The Anniversary, each capturing the energies of shared pride, sorrow, and joy. There was a themed food and drink menu that shifted with each act, and performances featuring Omnibud, Randi Withani, Monsieur Zohore, Nova Nova, and Miss Alexa & Miss Dottie. In addition to free entry to the exhibition "Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art" (regularly $10), there was a wedding cake for all to eat, collaborative photo booth portraits featuring artwork by Wickerham & Lomax, memento-mori-brooch making with teaching artist Kim Tyson, and lastly a group family photo on the BMA’s grand steps. Wickerham & Lomax were celebrating 10 years of collaborations but also wanted to acknowledge the lives of past generations that have paved a way for the present, and continue to inspire generations to come.

Wickerham & Lomax is the collaborative name of Baltimore-based artists Daniel Wickerham (b. Columbus, Ohio, 1986) and Malcolm Lomax (b. Abbeville, South Carolina, 1986). Their practice is based on the accelerated exchange of frivolous information, gossip, and codified language that crystallizes into accessible forms in hopes of giving dignity to that exchange.

(Source: BMA media advisory)


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