Back in 2009, folks living in the Welling Court neighborhood of Queens asked Ad Hoc Art Gallery to help them clean up and enhance their community, and the Welling Court Mural Project was born. Every year since then, Ad Hoc Art invites artists from far and wide to help turn the neighborhood into an open-air art gallery. Their annual block party in June is a celebrated event.
Last evening Gallery 788 in Hampden opened its month-long exhibit Sowebo/Soweto which features work by the preeminent and universally-beloved photographer Martha Cooper.
For a number of years Martha has been documenting street life in Southwest Baltimore. In this exhibit she illustrates and demonstrates the similarities of life in Southwest Baltimore (Sowebo) and the Southwest Townships (Soweto) in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will find the similarities striking and the photos quite evocative. I particularly enjoyed her step sitter series. Baltimoreans love to sit on their front stoops.
Artists came from New York, Baltimore, and places in between to show support for and appreciation of Martha, who has photographed them over the years: Chris Stain, Katey Truhn and Jessie Unterhalter, Logan Hicks, Nether, Pablo Machioli, Richard Best, Toven, and many more.
The Soweto/Soweto show runs through February 28th at Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Avenue, Hampden. More information about Gallery 788 here.
The Articulate:Baltimore Street Art Festival brought together artists from around Charm City Baltimore and the world to bring color, enhance, and promote Baltimore’s new Bromo Arts and Entertainment District. The murals are clustered around and along N Howard and W Mulberry Streets.