curated by Sheena M. Morrison
April 15 - May 7, 2017
Pool No. 2, Druid Hill Park
Druid Hill Park Exhibition Exhumes the Promises of a Once-Segregated Pool
Contemporary artworks dignify identity and cultivate hope over despair
The Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA program in Curatorial Practice and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks presents Everyday Utopias, a public art installation at Pool No. 2 in Druid Hill Park. The exhibition is on view April 15, 2017–May 7, 2017 daily from dawn to dusk at Pool No. 2, Druid Hill Park, Shop Road Commissary Road, Baltimore, MD 21217. Rain Date: April 22, 2017
Pool No. 2 (1921-1956) operated as a segregated pool in the historically black section of Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. From the initial campaign to construct the city’s first public pool for black people to the resolute activism that led to its eventual closure, Pool No. 2 reflects the quotidian pragmatism of an “everyday utopia”—a term coined specifically to define those creative practices that we engage in daily to find new and better ways to improve our lives and the world around us.
Everyday Utopias invites viewers to consider the promise of both real and imagined aspects of civic participation as they navigate their way through physical structures and spiritual spaces of the pool’s remains. Pool No.2 was a local flashpoint for the discourse on race that was happening nationally in American society during the mid-1950s and is a physical reminder that the failures and struggles of our efforts at civic repair are just as important as the successes.
Sheena M. Morrison, MFA Candidate in MICA’s Curatorial Practice Program, brings together eleven contemporary artists who respond to the palpable history of Pool No. 2 with imaginative wit, humor, and compassion. Artists in the exhibition: Billy Colbert, Sutton Demlong, Andrew Keiper, Fluid Movement, Tiffany Jones, Lauren R. Lyde, Antonio McAfee, Edward-Victor Sanchez, Michael Trueblood and MacArthur Genius Fellow Joyce J. Scott.
HOURS & PROGRAMMING:
On View Daily from 6am-9pm
Opening Reception: Saturday April 15 (4pm-8:30pm) | Film & Video Projections at 7:45pm
Curator in Attendance: 4/20 (5pm-8pm) | 4/28 (5pm-8pm) | 5/3 (3pm-6pm)
Youth After-School Pool Party: May 3
Artist Talk: May 6
Closing Reception: May 7
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Baltimore Heritage, Friends of Druid Hill Park, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore Office of Arts & Promotion.