Ebony G. Patterson: …for little whispers…


I can’t believe I had forgotten to post about this stunning exhibition by Ebony G. Patterson (thanks to Peter Jordens for reminding me). “Ebony G. Patterson: …for little whispers…” has been on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) since October 10, 2018. It will continue through April 7, 2019. The exhibition was curated by Cecilia Wichmann, assistant curator of Contemporary Art at the BMA. [Also see an interview with the artist in the link below.]

Description (BMA): Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaican, b. 1981) creates dazzling tapestries embellished with found and fabricated materials.

In the BMA’s Berman Textile Gallery, Patterson creates an immersive installation featuring her work …and babies too… (2016)—a memorial to children killed in violent crimes. Elevated to waist-height, the glittering tapestry loaded with symbols of childhood is accompanied by 18 pairs of cast glass shoes, faux butterflies, and papier-mâché balloons in a plush pink environment.

Nearby in the BMA’s American Wing, a sculpture comprised of 150 hand-embellished toy guns opens a dialogue with Joshua Johnson’s painting Charles Herman Stricker Wilmans (c. 1804), examining how toys condition children for adult roles, uneven power relationships, and violent futures.

For more information, see https://artbma.org/exhibitions/patterson

See interview of Ebony G. Patterson by BMA Director Christopher Bedford [5-minute podcast] at http://www.wypr.org/post/ebony-g-patterson [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for sharing this link.]

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