Galerie Myrtis at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is excited to partner with Galerie Myrtis and the James E. Lewis Museum of Art at Morgan State University to present the groundbreaking exhibition “Afro-Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined” for the first time in the United States. Curated by Myrtis Bedolla for the 2022 Venice Biennale, “Afro-Futurist Manifesto” brings together a stellar assemblage of African-American Artists who construct a future forged in transatlantic links and Afrofuturism’s ideology to expand the notion of Blackness at the intersection of technology and liberation. This existence has been conceived, as asserted by author Kevin Young, in “Elsewhere … the remapping of what’s here,” forming an alternative reality where one’s freedom and humanity is found.
A utopian world – at its nucleus, Black lives, the dark matter that sustains the universe, and Black activists, creatives, and intellectuals, the heavenly bodies and sustenance of black holes – gives birth to the exploration of the future Time, Space, and Existence of Blackness.
Myrtis Bedolla is the owner and founding director of Galerie Myrtis, an emerging blue-chip gallery and art advisory specializing in twentieth and twenty-first-century American art with a focus on work created by African American artists. Bedolla possesses over 30 years of experience as a curator, gallerist, and art consultant.
Established in 2006, the mission of the gallery is to utilize the visual arts to raise awareness for artists who deserve recognition for their contributions in artistically portraying our cultural, social, historical, and political landscapes; and to recognize art movements that paved the way for freedom of artistic expression.
Tawny Chatmon, Larry Cook, Morel Doucet, Monica Ikegwu, Felandus Thames, Arvie Smith, Delita Martin, M. Scott Johnson