Early medieval legends reported that one of the three kings who paid homage to the newborn Christ Child in Bethlehem was from Africa. But it would be nearly one thousand years before artists began representing Balthazar, the youngest of the magi, as a Black African. This exhibition explores the juxtaposition of a seemingly positive image with the painful histories of Afro-European contact,
Inspired by the work of scholar and antiquarian book dealer William S. Reese (1955-2018), this exhibition highlights Western Americana in the Clements Library collections. Featuring narratives of travel, settlement, and Native American relations, and including works in Spanish, German, and French, the selections represent some of the rarest and most significant 18th and 19th century sources on
What defines home? The circuitous pathways to finding a place of one’s own are explored in our upcoming exhibition, Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys, which features compelling visual memoirs inspired by personal journeys through time and place. Master illustrators bring the immigration experience to life in images and words that give voice to the complex emotional realities of traveling to
Pioneering infographics that challenged racism in turn-of-the-century America.
Revered by everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Beyoncé, W. E. B. Du Bois stands as one of the most important and influential African American activists and intellectuals of the 20th century. As co-founder of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and author of the seminal
Over the past two decades, JR has expanded the meaning of public art through his ambitious projects that give visibility and agency to a broad spectrum of people around the world. Showcasing murals, photographs, videos, films, dioramas, and archival materials, JR: Chronicles is the first major exhibition in North America of works by the French-born artist. Working at the intersections of
The spring-tight line between reality and the photograph has been stretched relentlessly, but it has not been broken. These abstractions of nature have not left the world of appearances; for to do so is to break the camera’s strongest point—its authenticity. –Minor White, 1950
Photographer Minor White’s quote acknowledges a fundamental quandary faced by photographers in the
Since the 1960s, photographer Danny Lyon’s work has been characterized by his full immersion within the lives of his subjects. Lyon began his career as the first staff photographer for the civil rights group the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, an experience that sparked his lifelong commitment to social justice. He describes himself as “a dissenter in my own country,” and this
Famine and flight, emigration and immigration, foreignness: these are some of the societal issues touched upon by the anonymous author of the Bible’s Book of Ruth, whose titular character was a great-grandmother of King David and, in the Christian tradition, an ancestor of Jesus Christ. This exhibition celebrates the 2018 gift by Joanna S. Rose of the Joanna S. Rose Illuminated Book of Ruth to
The subversive works and personality of the French writer Alfred Jarry (1873–1907) were touchstones for Dada, Surrealism, and the Theatre of the Absurd; yet the breadth of his career is largely unknown. Jarry is most renowned for his play Ubu Roi, and the legend of its sensational premiere in 1896. To his contemporaries—figures such as Paul Gauguin, Henri Rousseau, Oscar Wilde, and Apollinaire
The St. Francis Missal—a legendary 12th-century manuscript and relic of touch of St. Francis of Assisi—will have its first dedicated exhibition at the Walters Art Museum in more than 40 years.
The St. Francis Missal is an intimate exhibition that features approximately 17 objects, including manuscripts, paintings, ivories, ceramics, and documentation of the Missal’s recent two-year