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Queer Connections: The Library of John Addington Symonds

December 5, 2019 to March 13, 2020

John Addington Symonds (1840-1893) was a Victorian writer, book collector, and pioneering theorist of human sexuality. Prompted by personal experience, he searched for historical evidence of same-sex love and social support for relationships considered “deviant” in his own time. He found that evidence in Ancient Greece, inspiring his 1883 essay "A Problem in Greek Ethics"—a ground-breaking analysis of homosexuality in the ancient world that became a touchstone for the emerging gay rights movement.

Through his reading, writing, and collecting practices, Symonds also created a network of like-minded thinkers, artists, and writers. This exhibition—curated by faculty and student participants in the John Addington Symonds Project (JASP), the pilot iteration of the Classics Research Lab (CRL)—displays extracts from Symonds’s library, a glimpse of the “queer connections” that sustained him and enabled his work.

Milton S. Eisenhower Library (M-Level Gallery)
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218

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City People: Black Baltimore in the Photographs of John Clark Mayden

October 7, 2019 to March 1, 2020

This exhibition presents over fifty of John Clark Mayden’s black-and-white street portraits taken since the 1970s, many on view for the first time. These photographs capture the ordinary joys and sorrows, quiet moments, and daily realities of Baltimore’s African American neighborhoods: kids on their bikes and roller skates, old timers catching a breeze on their front stoops, busy people striding through the snow, tired people taking a break. Through careful observation and local understanding, Mayden lays bare the beauty and heartbreak of everyday life, Black life, in an American city.

The exhibition celebrates a recent gift from the artist to the Sheridan Libraries. It is accompanied by a new publication from the Johns Hopkins University Press, featuring an essay by art historian Michael D. Harris.

George Peabody Library (Exhibit Gallery)
17 E. Mt Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

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