Close Read is a group exhibition featuring new work by three Baltimore-based photographers: Akea Brionne Brown, SHAN Wallace and Savannah Wood. Each artist has spent time conducting research in the historic AFRO American Newspapers’ archives, and has created new work inspired by their findings. The exhibition is open at Baltimore’s Connect + Collect Gallery, which is sited in the former AFRO headquarters. Join the artists for a virtual artist talk on Wednesday, September 23.

Close Read: Artist Talk with Savannah Wood, Akea Brown, SHAN Wallace, and Angela N. Carroll
Wednesday, September 23, at 5 pm – Virtual
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This project marks the first time that artists have been explicitly invited to work with the AFRO American Newspapers’ archives. The work produced for this show highlights different artistic approaches to archival inquiry, with Baltimore’s Black communities as a common thread.

The artwork is projected on the windows of Connect + Collect Gallery nightly from sunset to 11pm, allowing for an in-person art experience while maintaining physical-distancing protocols. The work is also screened on the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Screening Room.

Close Read is produced by Savannah Wood and the AFRO American Newspapers. This project is supported by a grant from the Grit Fund, which is an initiative of Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation. Additional funding was provided by the Awesome Foundation and Afro Charities.

Connect + Collect Gallery
2519 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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