February 22, 2023 through April 9, 2023 | The Lewis Now Gallery
Member Preview February 21, 2023
In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois, historian Daniel Murray, and librarian Thomas J. Calloway exhibited at the World’s Fair in Paris, celebrating global achievements that looked back over the past 100 years while incubating ideas that would mold the future. The Exhibit of American Negroes was a display that showcased the humanity, diversity, and experience of African Americans at the turn of the century. Over the past three years, we have seen our world shift in ways we never thought; the IMAGINARIUM is a way that Black people can curate their vision, hopes, and ideas to be displayed for the world to see.
The IMAGINARIUM is an experimental and interactive exhibition of social imagination. It provides a space for visitors to share their vision for the feature of Black Baltimore, Black Region D.C., Maryland, Virginia (DMV), Black America, and the Diaspora. In conjunction with our theme Black futures/Black imaginings, the exhibit will ask a series of prompts and scenarios of visitors through engaging design activities that will encourage creative brainstorming for the future.
The investigative prompts that the IMAGINARIUM asks will discuss topics that impact the visitor as an individual and a member of the Black Community. The IMAGINARIUM will discuss socio-economic issues: mental health, nationalism, education, public safety, the workforce, community spaces, and the arts.