Plain Sight Presents Ada Pinkston On Blackness and Beauty Beyond Buildings

By Editorial Team on August 2, 2021

Tue, 27 July 2021 - Tue, 21 September 2021

Courtesy of Plain Sight.
Through September 21, 2021

Plain Sight presents On Blackness and Beauty Beyond Buildings, featuring a new site-specific installation by Baltimore-based artist, Ada Pinkston. The mixed-media installation is a meditation on the social, physical, spiritual, and emotional architecture of memory on Georgia Avenue and Chocolate City. Pinkston’s installation uses hand-painted textiles, images, and research from the AFRO archives, and draws from interviews with residents who have lived in the Park View neighborhood for generations. The exhibition opens on July 27th and on view to the public 24/7 through September 21st, 2021.

Ada Pinkston is a multimedia artist, educator, and cultural worker living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work has been mounted at a variety of spaces including The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, The Walters Art Museum, The Peale Museum, Transmodern Performance Festival, P.S.1, The New Museum, Light City Baltimore, and the streets of Berlin, Baltimore, and Orlando. She is a recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant in Visual Arts, administered by The Contemporary (2017), and a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby’s Project Grant in Visual Arts (2017). A graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.) and Maryland Institute College of Art (M.F.A.) She has presented lectures on public space at The French Embassy, NYU, UCLA, and The National Gallery of Art. She was a part of the second cohort of fellows at Halcyon Arts Lab and is a Monument Lab Transnational fellow. She is also a part of the inaugural cohort of artists participating in LACMA x Snap AR Monument Project with her new work: The Open Hand is Blessed.

About Plain Sight 

Plain Sight is an independent project created by Teddy Rodger and Allison Nance and born out of the many art space closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. By transforming an under-utilized storefront into an active street-view gallery, Plain Sight presents a series of exhibitions created by local artists that can be experienced in a completely contact-free way. Plain Sight is located at 3218 Georgia Avenue NW in DC’s historic Park View neighborhood. Learn more at

This project is generously supported with a Public Art Building Communities grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Plain Sight is located at 3218 Georgia Avenue NW.