Black Lives Matter Inspired Exhibitions at 39th Street Gallery

By Editorial Team on March 3, 2016

Sat, 12 March 2016 - Tue, 12 April 2016

Elizabeth Burden, Hands Up Don't Shoot, 2015, digital print on Gatorboard, triptych, 48 x 90 inches. Courtesy of 39th Street Gallery.
Elizabeth Burden, Hands Up Don’t Shoot, 2015, digital print on Gatorboard, triptych, 48 x 90 inches. Courtesy of 39th Street Gallery.


Artists Reception: Saturday, March 12 from 5pm to 8pm


In The Gallery: Elizabeth Burden
Cartographies: Indictments and Impunities 

Over the past several years, countless black and brown individuals have been killed by police. It is countless because no nationwide statistics are kept. In that same period, a few hundred police officers have been killed in the line of duty.

The works in this exhibition are one artist’s reflection on the conundrums connected to the extrajudicial killings by police and to police officers’ deaths in the line of duty. They are abstractions, creative representations that map the spaces and places where individuals have lost their lives, families have mourned, and communities have questioned.

In the Corridor Gallery
Portrait – Portrayal – Portal

Nehemiah Dixon III
Suits of Armor began as a process to understand image as icon. How can an article of clothing personify traits of humanity specific to race, class, and gender? How much of this personification is based on our own biases and perspectives? What happens for the viewer when the image is recontextualized through repetition?

Leslie Berns
Leslie Berns shows works on paper belonging to her Mixed Race Narrative series. She explores identity through visual autobiography and auto-ethnography. Her work, deeply personal, reflects a lifelong exploration of racial identity and interprets the complex fabric society weaves based on race and elaborate calculations of color.
(Portraits Courtesy of Harry H. Laughlin Collection, Special Collections Department, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University)

Wayson R. Jones
My paintings revolve around the idea of implicit association between image, memory, and emotion. Primal, hard-wired foundations for meaning are engaged through our visual sense. The first thing we recognize, without being taught, is the human face; visual associations proceed from this base through nature, the built environment, to spaces where all these interact.

In the PoP-Up Gallery – Studio 206
Ann Stoddard
Seeing Things
An exhibition of video, installation, and video animation

In her new videos and installations, Ann Stoddard employs social sculpture and digital-video technology as tools for reverse racial profiling.  Drawing-based video animation produces strobe-like effects in “Jumping Jack (2 minute workout),” while split-screen video divides time 4 ways in the “Seeing Things” installations.  Miniature video cameras record viewer movements and prompt empathy in social sculpture installations “Black Angel,” “Big Daddy,” and “SmartSkirt.”Stoddard’s recent work is conceptually linked to her post-9/11 surveillance installations, in which CCTV video and time-delayed (TIVO) images of the viewer recalled pervasive government surveillance and ethnic profiling.

39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.