Tiona Nekkia McClodden. Play Me Home (still). 2021. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of the Artist and VIA Art Fund, BMA 2022.221. © Tiona Nekkia McClodden

Tiona Nekkia McClodden: Play Me Home


Tiona Nekkia McClodden’s genre-defying work, Play Me Home (2021), is a four-channel video with sound and sculptural objects (two horns, a leather-bound script, and seeds) blending narrative fiction and nonfiction. This installation reflects the Philadelphia-based artist’s three-year journey of delving into her family history and funerary traditions in the South.

Play Me Home beautifully captures McClodden’s distinct approach, and was recently acquired by the BMA as part of the Museum’s effort to expand its canon of American art and time-based media, while amplifying the BMA’s How Do We Know the World? contemporary art reinstallation.

Tiona Nekkia McClodden: Play Me Home is curated by Jessica Bell Brown, BMA Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art.

This exhibition is generously supported by Michael Sherman and Carrie Tivador.