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Everyday Utopias: Druid Hill Park Exhibition Exhumes the Promises of a Once-Segregated Pool

April 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The words "Everyday Utopias" above a photo of the ladder at the edge of the former Pool No. 2 (now filled in and covered with grass)

Please join Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) MFA program in Curatorial Practice and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks for the opening reception of Everyday Utopias, a public art installation at Pool No. 2 in Druid Hill Park on Saturday, April 15, 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Film & video projections begin at 7:45 pm (Rain Date: April 22, 2017). The exhibition is on view daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 am at Pool No. 2. The curator in attendance April 20, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; April 28, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; May 3, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. For questions, contact curator Sheena Morrison at smorrison01@mica.edu.

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, Kameelah Rasheed, Edward-Victor Sanchez, Michael Trueblood and MacArthur Genius Fellow Joyce J. Scott.


April 15, 2017
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Pool No. 2, Druid Hill Park
Shop Road and Commissary Road
Baltimore, MD 21217 United States
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