The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Mark Bradford—Making a Path

November 11 · 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Free; Reservations Required

How do you make a path to power where none exists? How do you assess a community's needs and create access for a community to self-determine?

The first event of the BMA's new series, The Necessity of Tomorrow(s), brings together one of the most accomplished artists of his generation, Mark Bradford, and BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford for a conversation exploring how the artist grapples with these and other key questions in his artistic practice and community-based work.

Doors open with performances curated by SunSets with spoken word artist Kondwani Fidel, jazz musician Clarence Ward III & Dat Feel Good band, and DJ Pierre Bennu. Enjoy light refreshments, community conversation, and a collaborative activity to map the future with Baltimore-based artist Graham Coreil-Allen.

The Necessity of Tomorrow(s) is generously sponsored by Suzanne F. Cohen and the Cohen Opportunity Fund.

Location: Union Baptist Church

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at the historic Union Baptist Church, located at 1219 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21217.

The Necessity of Tomorrow(s) Series

The BMA's new event series, The Necessity of Tomorrow(s), invites nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and thinkers to Baltimore for conversations on art, race, and justice. The series borrows its title from an essay by science fiction author Samuel Delany who argues for the role of creative speculation in making a more just future. The BMA is encouraging communities throughout Baltimore to come together for these creative conversations.

Each free ticket to this program may also be redeemed for one free entry to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum through January 31, 2018.

Getting There

Union Baptist Church is located on Druid Hill Avenue at Dolphin Street, in the Upton neighborhood of Baltimore.


The church offers a small, accessible parking lot behind the church and ample street parking.

Free Shuttle Bus

From 11am to 5pm on November 11, the BMA is sponsoring free, drop-in shuttle bus service between the Museum and Union Baptist Church. Pick up and drop off locations are in front of the church and in the Museum’s Zamoiski East Entrance roundabout. Shuttle buses depart every 20 minutes.

Public Transportation

Union Baptist Church is accessible by bus lines CityLink Lime and CityLink Pink and the No. 94 bus. The State Center subway stop is also in walking distance to the Church.

Watch at Morgan State University

The program will be streamed live at Morgan State University's Turpin-Lamb Theater in the Murphy Fine Arts Center, located in Northeast Baltimore on Argonne Drive between Hillen Road and Harford Road. Free parking is available in the “Y” lot. Additional parking is available at the University parking garage in the center of campus, adjacent to the stadium.

Mark Bradford. Photo by Francesca Bottazzin.

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Mark Bradford