Working with the Peale Center to uncover its past life as the first public high school open to Black students in Baltimore, this show evolved into a look at how the history of education continues to shape Baltimore City.

Full documentation:

Gertrude Anderson ­— Nellie Anderson — Gertrude Deaver — Fannie McCabe — Mollie Taylor — Violet Thompson — William Murray — Walter Scott — Mamie Neale

Participants are invited to interact with this sculpture by dipping their fingers in chalk dust and gently rubbing the engraved text to expose it. This sculpture documents the lives of the 9 students who graduated from “Male and Female Colored School No. 1,” where they studied in the building now known as the Peale Center. In 1889, these students became the first African Americans to graduate public high school in Baltimore City. They went on to lead well-documented and often extraordinary lives, tracked here through articles in various newspapers, predominantly the Baltimore Afro-American.

85° - 60°

Viewers are invited to gently lay their hands on these two desks, heated and cooled to 85 and 60 degrees respectively. Many Baltimore City Public Schools still lack adequate HVAC. If the internal temperature of their school registers above 85° or below 60°, students will be dismissed for the day.

A collaborative effort with Christopher Kojzar and Jeffrey Gangwisch in strikeWare Collective, I acted as conceptual and technical lead on these two pieces among others.
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