Black Baltimore in the Photographs of John Clark Mayden

October 7, 2019 – March 1, 2020
The George Peabody Library

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City People: Black Baltimore in the Photographs of John Clark Mayden presents over fifty of the artist’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 skates, old timers catching a breeze on their front stoops, young people striding through the snow, busy people on their way to work, 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.

John Clark Mayden is a photographer of and from Baltimore. His work has been exhibited at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, the Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among other venues. The exhibition celebrates a recent gift from the artist to the Sheridan Libraries of 100 prints.

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Untitled; Patterson Park, 2005. The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University. ©2019 John Clark Mayden
While Waiting; East Fayette Street, 2008
"While Waiting"; East Fayette Street, 2008. The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University. © 2019 John Clark Mayden
Condition; Pennsylvania Avenue, 1972
"Condition"; Pennsylvania Avenue, 1972. The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University. © 2019 John Clark Mayden
Roller Skates; South Monroe Street, 1984
"Roller Skates"; South Monroe Street, 1984. The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University. © 2019 John Clark Mayden
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Publication

Baltimore Lives: The Portraits of John Clark Mayden

A new book by the artist, featuring 101 of his photographs and an essay by art historian Michael Harris, accompanies this exhibition and is now available from the Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Exhibition Celebration and Book Signing

October 27, 4:30-6:30pm

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Organized by Gabrielle Dean, the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Sheridan Libraries, and Christina Thomas, Denis Family Curatorial Fellow and Doctoral Candidate in History, Johns Hopkins University.

Generous funding for the exhibition and related publication is provided by the Sheridan Society Fund.