A new installation of contemporary art at 1 West Mount Vernon Place, also known as Hackerman House, uses portraiture to engage with the history and functions of the house.
Artists Antonio McAfee and Jay Gould utilize photography to examine issues of class and labor, collapsing the distance between past and present. McAfee uses photographs from W.E.B. DuBois’ Exhibit of American Negroes (1900), as well as other images of black life, to create composite, ethereal figures, while Gould’s portraits of contemporary Baltimoreans evoke historic 19th century photography. Additional works from the Walters’ collections will also be displayed in the house.