An exhibit featuring Leslie Nolan and Chantal Zakari; August 18-September 30 with a reception September 22, 6-8pm. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm. Galleries closed on September 4 for Labor Day.
An exhibit featuring Kwame Kena and Paul Santoleri; August 18-September 30 with a reception September 22, 6-8pm. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm. Galleries closed on September 4 for Labor Day.
September 1 - October 14 (closed October 13)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Emory Douglas is a political artist and activist. The former Minister of Culture and Revolutionary Artist for the Black Panther Party, he helped define the aesthetics of protest at the height of the Civil Rights era. Since the 1960s, his work has flawlessly translated complex political issues into powerful, accessible, and globally resonant illustration. This exhibition includes twenty-seven of his most iconic posters.
Every Wednesday from September 6 to October 25
Location: 26th Street Green (E 26th Street & Guilford Ave)
Sign up for a fun and vigorous workout!
All ages welcome. Free & open to the Community.
Dance 2 Fitness will take place in the 26th Street Green area, weather permitting. Sessions will move into the VLP library, if needed.
Lost Boys: Amos Badertscher’s Baltimore is the first career retrospective of artist Amos Badertscher in the United States. Between the 1960s and 2005, Badertscher documented hustlers, club kids, go-go dancers, drag queens, drug addicts, friends, and lovers who were part of LGBTQ+ life in Baltimore. A self-taught photographer, Badertscher (American, born 1936) worked on the fringes of the polite society into which he was born as an upper-middle class white Baltimorean.
At VLP, we honor lifelong learning and understand the importance of starting early and making it fun. We hope you join us for our Tots Tuesday Storytime for toddlers & preschoolers! Tots Tuesday Storytime is an interactive storytime for children ages 2–4 years old and their parents/caregivers.
Tots Tuesday Storytime has just gotten back to being in-person. Check out our past, virtual Tots Tuesday videos on our YouTube channel!
For any questions or concerns please email: [email protected]
Sookkyung Park’s immersive installation of large-scale sculptures and smaller works includes a merging and expansion of her two seminal pieces, “Blooming” and “Rise Up,” to simultaneously underscore the interconnectedness of life and bring people together. This airy and colorful dreamscape—saturated with symbols of hope, strength and harmony—inspires awe and optimism.
Gallery Hours: September 13 – December 16 (closed October 13 and November 22-25)
Monday – Saturday 11 am – 4 pm
Dance & Bmore is offering a 5 week series of Mindfulness Breath and Stretch to get into our bodies this fall.
This series is free! Please register here (link)
Fall Yoga Series –— every Tuesday, September 5 to October 24 from 7pm-8pm
Join us for our Fall Yoga enrichment in the VLP Garden. The series will be facilitated by Dee Satterfield from Blissful Body Yoga. All ages are welcome, and drop-ins are welcome as well. Free of charge! Register at https://bit.ly/VLPFallYoga23.
Inspired by family research into her great-great-great-great grandfather Luke Valentine’s service as a free Black militiaman in the American Revolution, Martha Jackson Jarvis has created mixed-media works that imaginatively retrace his journey from Virginia to South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. The result is a tour de force in abstract painting with 13 grandly scaled works on paper, and a focused group of smaller works inspired by the meditative form of the mandala.
Following an open call to artists based in Maryland and neighboring states, Nekisha Durrett of Washington, D.C. and Jackie Milad of Baltimore were selected by a jury to create new works in dialogue with Fred Wilson’s Artemis/Bast (1992). The sculpture joins the body of Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt, and the head of Bast (also known as Bastet), the more ancient Egyptian cat goddess. The black feline head sits atop the white plaster body, asserting Africa as a vital source of knowledge across the ancient world.
Produced across the world, bark cloth is an artistic object made from the inner bark of trees and is often a critically important artistic product for the communities that produce it. Bark cloth’s ability to function as both a textile as well as a painted decorative surface extends its importance. However, because Euro-American artists have not historically created artworks from bark, the artform has been understudied and under-collected by Euro-American art museums. It also defies traditional Western categorizations of artistic genre (such as painting, textile, and work on paper).
Contemporary ceramicist Michelle Erickson draws from historic ceramic techniques to create works that expose the persistence of racism and exploitation in post-colonial countries.
Erickson is a second-generation American and grew up near Colonial Williamsburg, where she studied the clay bodies and glaze formulas of ceramics imported to the American colonies. These works were integral to a vast network of investment, mercantile exchange, and material movement under English Colonial oppression.
While living and working in Baltimore in the late 1940s, Matsumi Kanemitsu created a remarkable record of his life to date. This exhibition of 60 early works–largely drawings, as well as rare examples of painting and sculpture–offers an intimate glimpse into Kanemitsu’s past experiences and surreal imagination.
Tiona Nekkia McClodden’s genre-defying work, Play Me Home (2021), is a four-channel video with sound and sculptural objects (two horns, a leather-bound script, and seeds) blending narrative fiction and nonfiction. This installation reflects the Philadelphia-based artist’s three-year journey of delving into her family history and funerary traditions in the South.
Do you enjoy being creative? Have a love for performing?
The Dance & Bmore Elder Ensemble for individuals 60+ could be the group for you. Dance & Bmore uses creative storytelling, movement, music, and theater to engage audiences of every age and stage of life.
DATES: Wednesdays, September 20th, 27th, October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
TIME: 1:00 - 2:00PM
LOCATION: Waxter Center, 1000 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
This is a 12-week afternoon class for ages to 9 – 12. Students will focus on building skill, craftsmanship, and discuss technique to build deeper relationships with tools and materials. They will explore texture, color and shape while building technical skills as they create a wide variety of wonderful creations.Each class session will introduce a new technique and present a new, exciting challenge. All works will be created in red earthenware, decorated with vibrant AMACO velvet underglaze and glaze fired to cone 04. Class includes all materials and firing.
Join us for a tour inside Clifton Mansion, the unique Italianate country house that has overlooked Baltimore City for over 200 years! At one time the summer home of War of 1812 captain Henry Thompson and then philanthropist Johns Hopkins, the story of Clifton Estate is one about two prominent businessmen, enslaved & free Black people, and more. You’ll see the latest restorations made possible by the Friends of Clifton Mansion and Civic Works. You will also be invited into unrestored spaces that are brimming with stories to tell!