BMA Violet Hour: Legacies of the Great Migration Artist Talk


Arrive early and enjoy free admission to A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Take a deep dive into the impact of the Great Migration of through the lens of three artists featured A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration.

Hear from Torkwase Dyson, Jamea Richmond-Edwards and Zoë Charlton during a conversation led by Jessica Bell Brown, co-curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art. The group will explore Southern culture, land and ecology, and the process of developing newly commissioned works of art.

Seating in the BMA Auditorium is first-come, first-served.


4:30 p.m. – Free admission to A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration until close

6 p.m. – Auditorium doors open

6:30 p.m. – Program begins

7:30 p.m. – Program ends


Zoë Charlton

Zoë Charlton (b. 1973, Eglin A.F.B., Florida. Thrives in Baltimore, Maryland) creates works-on-paper, installations, and animations that depict her subject’s relationship to cultural objects and landscapes. Art residencies include Artpace (TX), the McColl Center for Art + Innovation (NC), and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME). Exhibitions include the Harvey B. Gantt Center (NC), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (AR), Studio Museum of Harlem (NY), Contemporary Art Museum (TX), and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland). She is co-founder of Kindred Creative Residence + Agro-ForesT (VT). Charlton holds a seat on the Maryland State Arts Council and is a board member at the Washington Project for the Arts (DC) and Threewalls (IL).  Charlton is a Professor of Art at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Torkwase Dyson

Torkwase Dyson (b. 1973, Chicago, Illinois) received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999 and MFA from Yale School of Art in painting/printmaking in 2003. Working in multiple mediums, Dyson describes herself as a painter whose forms address the continuity of ecology, infrastructure, and architecture. She merges ideas such as site and built environments, nature, and culture under the rubric of environmentalism. Fascinated with transformations, ambiguities and environmental changes that place these subjects in relationship to each other, her work revolves around investigating our connections to imagination, materiality, geography and belonging.

Jamea Richmond-Edwards

Jamea Richmond-Edwards (b. 1982, Detroit, Michigan) creates mixed media collages utilizing a variety of papers and hand-drawn elements. Her paintings examine the intersection of Black and Indigenous American history. Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, Richmond-Edwards graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jackson State in 2004 where she studied painting and drawing and went on to earn an MFA in painting from Howard University in 2012. She is a recipient of the 2019 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award and a 2020 Joan Mitchell Artist in Residence. Jamea has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally including the California African American Museum, Charles Wright Museum in Detroit, MI, and Kravets Wehby Gallery in New York. Her work is included in the collections of the Studio Museum of Harlem and Rubell Family Collection. She currently resides in Detroit with her husband and three sons.

Jessica Bell Brown

Jessica Bell Brown is a curator and Department Head for Contemporary Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her recent exhibition projects include How Do We Know The World?, Thaddeus Mosley: Forest, Stephanie Syjuco: Vanishing Point (Overlay), and A Movement In Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration co-organized with the Mississippi Museum of Art. Prior to the BMA she was the Consulting Curator at Gracie Mansion Conservancy in New York, where she curated She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York, 1919-2019 with First Lady Chirlane McCray. Previously, she held roles at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Creative Time. Her writing has been featured in several artist monographs and catalogues, including Janiva Ellis, Thaddeus Mosley, Baldwin Lee, Lubaina Himid, Matthew Angelo Harrison, as well as Flash Art, Artforum, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail.

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