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Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape

New Maryland Historical Society Contemporary Art Exhibit Addresses Important Topics


BALTIMORE: January 2018 — Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape opened at the Maryland Historical Society on October 12, 2017 to positive reviews. The installation brings together commissioned works by Maryland- born artist David Brewster with objects from the MdHS collection. This marrying of old with new, contemporary with “antique,” creates a dialogue that has inspired thought-provoking discussions of how the objects of the past remain relevant to today’s ever-changing social landscape. Brewster's commissioned works focus on challenging and complex themes including gender identity, race relations, urban decay, suburban sprawl and other topics causing intense political debate and tension in America today. In fact, a community discussion was held at MdHS on November 11th in which attendees passionately discussed their perspectives on the themes from the exhibition.


Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape

 

“The chance to have David Brewster address these themes in the greater context of Maryland History has allowed the Maryland Historical Society an unprecedented opportunity to fulfill its mission to interpret Maryland’s vast and diverse history,” says President and CEO Mark Letzer. Writing about this exhibition, Brewster explained, “For this commissioned suite of paintings, I feel challenged to invent aesthetic techniques that address today’s raging social complexities and our cluttered broken contemporary landscape.”


Art critic, Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun called the exhibit “a provocative exhibit that represents quite a departure for the Maryland Historical Society” as well as “unusually engaging and challenging.” With an aim to address the changes in our society through a historical lens, we take Tim’s comments as a compliment. The exhibit has also been covered by Baltimore Snap, and Baltimore Magazine, who commented on the exhibit’s“Modern Edge”. We welcome everyone to visit the exhibition to explore their own perspective on its diverse and challenging topics. The exhibition is on view through October 2018.

 

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Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape
Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape

 

Exhibit Highlights

  • New interactive media that encourages audience engagement with the exhibition and initiates dialogue between present-day views and the structures of the past. The question "What is your perspective?" runs throughout the installation and visitors have a chance to record their perspectives in the show.
  • What’s Your Perspective video interviews of diverse members of the Maryland community sharing their voices and perspectives on these themes can be viewed on tablets throughout the exhibition.
  • A smartphone tour guides visitors throughout the MdHS galleries and allows them to explore the themes of Structure and Perspective as they relate to objects on view in other exhibitions.
  • A heavily-illustrated, full-color catalogue with essays by Dr. Jenny Carson, Professor of Art History at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and nationally-acclaimed painter and instructor of Painting, Raoul Middleman, documents this landmark exhibition and is available in the MdHS Museum Shop for $15.

 

About the Artist
David Brewster was born in Glyndon, Maryland in 1960. His earliest childhood works reveal his interest in structure and perspective. Brewster attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1979-1980), and the Leo Marchute School of Painting and Drawing in Aix-en-Provence (1980-82). He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1985) and a MFA from the University of Pennsylvania (1988). Today, he paints, lectures, and exhibits his work around the world.

About the Maryland Historical Society
Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. In keeping with the founders’ commitment to preserve the remnants of Maryland’s past, MdHS remains the premier institution for state history. With over 350,000 objects and seven million books and documents, this institution now serves upward of 100,000 people through its museum, library, press, and educational programs.

For more information about the Maryland Historical Society call 410-685-3750 or visit www.MdHS.org

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