Baltimore— “Make Good Trouble: Marching for Change” opens at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Friday, October 30, 2020. The exhibition tells the stories of Maryland artists and citizen protestors who took to the street to raise awareness about social injustices in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Just as the photo of Emmett Till’s mangled body in the pages of Jet magazine in 1955 propelled the Civil Rights Movement, the video of George Floyd gasping for air and calling for his mother, along with the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, sparked another movement. From small American towns to major international cities citizens took to the streets with masks on and fists raised to call for an end to systemic racism. Reminiscent of the 1995 Million Man March, the recent Black Lives Matter protests call for action to address the economic and social issues that have adversely affected Black people for centuries.
The subject matter will feature a collection of protest signs, photographs, murals, and buttons, collected from activists from around the state. On display are four panel murals from the artistic collective, Unity through Art, originally on view at Patterson Park, Baltimore City. Other highlighted work includes a visual experience loaded with intersecting images— Inside the Van, 2017, created by Taha Heydari the artist took inspiration from his own experiences during the 2015 uprising after the death of Freddie Gray. Other works include, paintings by artist Michael Bruley; protest photographers by, Diane Butts, Hillary Davis, Will Kirk, and Kyle Pompey. Along with a 10-minute film produced by, Shelton Hawkins, Marlee Dashiell, and Devon Beck named “Peace of Mind,” the film depicts the story of three men who traveled to Washington, DC, on Juneteenth 2020, for a protest. The exhibition also includes signs made by everyday citizens as they marched against police brutality this summer.
The exhibition was inspired by the late Representative John R. Lewis, who famously said, “Never ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” Lewis was well known for his lifelong fight for change, young people globally have demonstrated their commitment to make good trouble. This exhibit was organized by the Lewis Museum staff and guest curated by Dr. Leslie King Hammond and Dr. Lowery Sims.
For the safety of our visitors, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum has established the following visitor guidelines to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Visitors will enter through the museum’s front doors on E. Pratt Street and exit through the Group Tours on Slemmer’s Alley. Timed passes are recommended. The museum’s hours have been updated to Thursday to Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 – 5 p.m. All visitors are required to wear mask.
For more information visit: http://www.lewismuseum.org.