Both exhibitions I’ve curated during my career were a marriage of history and art. Both exhibits involved stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing myself to do more than I thought I could. Performing as graphic designer, researcher, spokesperson for the media, and other duties were essential for me to take on in order to provide a unique experience for exhibit patrons.
This exhibit opened February 21, 2012 at the Maryland Historical Society and features 26 digital archival prints of Paul Henderson’s (1899-1988) work. Henderson was a photojournalist for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper and extensively photographed the African American community of Maryland during the Civil Rights Era. His collection consists of over 7,000 images. In an effort to give this largely unrecognized photographer some much deserved recognition, it was important for me to title this exhibit with Henderson’s name first.
This exhibit is the first to be solely dedicated to black history in Maryland at MdHS in ten years and the first photography exhibit unrelated to war in ten years as well.
The Collections On View
In an effort to promote the collections of the archives, rare books, and special collections at Pratt Institute Libraries Brooklyn campus, the library administration gave me the opportunity to curate an exhibition highlighting these collections.