Past Exhibitions

August 30, 2018 to October 14, 2018



Hateful Things, August 30, 2018 - October 14, 2018

Contains material culture from the late 19th century to the present, embodying the terrible effects of the Jim Crow legacy. In the early 1830s Thomas D. Rice created the antebellum character Jim Crow. "Daddy Rice," as he was called, was a white actor who performed in black face a song-and-dance whose exaggerations popularized racially demeaning minstrel shows. The name "Jim Crow" came to denote segregation in the 19th century when southern and border states passed Jim Crow laws; legitimizing a racial caste system. This exhibition contains examples of our segregated and racist past.

Video Recap - Opening Night - "Hateful Things" - CLICK HERE

"Hateful Things: Reactions" - Check out early reactions to the exhibition.CLICK HERE

Arvie Smith, Bojangles Ascending the Stairs
August 30, 2018 to October 14, 2018


Sanford Biggers, Cheshire Smile

Reclaiming Racist Stereotypes August 30th - October 14, 2018

A small exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary artists Arvie Smith, Kara Walker, Robert Colescott and Sanford Biggers, who are among several artists exploring and reclaiming images of our shared racial past.

Video Recap - Opening Night "Hateful Things" and "Reclaiming Racist Stereotypes" - CLICK HERE






Remnants of Hatred: Slavery Artifacts Today
April 18, 2018 to July 15, 2018




Remnants of Hatred: Slavery Artifacts Today, Runs Through September 4, 2018 - LewisNow! Gallery, 1st Floor

Showcases new additions of slave artifacts to the permanent collection of the musuem. Nearly 20 new acquistions reveal the harsh circumstances under which enslaved African Americans lived in the 19th century. Many make direct reference to Baltimore and Maryland. The items include: a branding iron used to identify enslaved people, an iron face mask with a protrusion into the mouth which made it difficult for enslaved persons to speak, a whip, slave restraints, a broadside advertising the public sale of negroes and a page from two newspapers published by Frederick Douglass. 






Think about the various rooms in your home - your living room, bedroom, office, etc.

Think about the items that you have in these rooms. Are there paintings, sculptures, records, sports equipment, posters or toys? Do you think the things we surround ourselves with are a “reflection” of who we are?


Reflections: Intimate Portraits of Iconic African Americans is a documentary-style series of photographs that differ from traditional portraiture. Instead of a single, close-up, posed portrait of the person, photographer Terrence A. Reese (TAR), takes black and white photographs of renowned Americans in their personal living spaces - environments which reflect their persona. The density of the living spaces sometimes makes it difficult to find the subject, but the viewer is rewarded by analyzing the photographs to imagine a life well-lived. Reese also strategically places mirrors or reflective surfaces in the photographs to reveal the subjects in rich and interesting ways.


These unusual portraits liberate the eye to move about within the boundaries of the image, not encompassing it all in one glance. The exercise reveals the unforeseen and true nature of the individual. It is the challenge of locating the subject's image in the mirror that becomes an intriguing and rewarding experience while exploring their space, their physical extension of self. Each image is accompanied by the photographer’s personal written memoir which reveals a creative collaboration of dialogue that culminates into an emergence of art.


The collection of more than 45 portraits includes a network of luminaries such as legendary photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks, dancers Harold and Fayard Nicholas, civil rights activist Daisy Bates, media mogul Catherine Hughes, and others.  


Can you find the icon in the mirror?

CLICK HERE for a special message from photographer Terrence A. Reese.




January 1, 2018 to February 28, 2018




Come to our second floor upper lobby and take in art from students from all around Maryland. The talent will astound you!

27 pieces are featured and they were all inspired by the work of artists Jacob Lawrence and Terrence A. Reese.

Featured: "Dripping Lies" by Kroix Dale an 11th grader at Gwynn Park High School


November 16, 2017 to April 1, 2018



Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched is an exhibition of documentary-style story quilts that celebrate the contributions, lives, and legacies of people of color in Maryland. The quilts are creations by fabric artist Joan M.E. Gaither, Ph.D. and include several works that consist of community collaborations facilitated by Gaither.

The quilts featured in Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched are presented as collective stories connected to a continuing struggle for freedom in our shared greater American story. The work speaks to a place in many communities - telling one’s own story, telling the stories of others, and finally, helping others to find and tell their own stories within the context of one collective story.
© 2017 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
September 9, 2017 to January 7, 2018




© 2017 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

September 9th Through January 7th 2018

Over 50 prints by Jacob Lawrence from personal collections in and around Maryland. Lawrence, one of the best known artists of the 20th century, was a painter, storyteller and educator who is renowned for his portrayals of African American life, especially in Harlem. His prints reflect the vivid colors and simplicity of form seen in his earlier paintings. Jacob Lawrence is one of the best known painters of the 20th century. 


Henrietta Lacks: HeLa Project
March 30, 2017 to April 2, 2017


March 30 - April 2, 2017

The Henrietta Lacks: HeLa Project exhibition tells the story of the woman often referred to as the “Mother of Modern Medicine." It is a companion piece to the HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premiering on the network in late April. Lacks’s cells were essential in the creation of the polio vaccine, as well as groundbreaking research on measles, mumps, HIV, Ebola and countless other diseases. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is proud to be the first stop of the national tour for the exhibition. Visit as part of the opening weekend of the Light City festival.

February 1, 2017 to March 5, 2017

















1st Place Winner: “Listen to our Youth” by Chinazam Ojukwu, Grade 12, Maurice J. McDonough High School, Pomfret, MD, Charles County

1st Place Winner: Listen to our Youth by Chinazam Ojukwu, Grade 12, Maurice J. McDonough High School, Pomfret, MD, Charles County

1st Place Winner: Listen to our Youth by Chinazam Ojukwu, Grade 12, Maurice J. McDonough High School, Pomfret, MD, Charles County

On View February 1 – March 5, 2017

This exhibition displays work from an annual open call to high school students across Maryland. This year's theme asked students to produce a campaign poster or art work that advocates gun prevention, a ceasefire to gun violence, or creates a vision for peace. The theme is inspired by the museum exhibition Kin Killin' Kin. The exhibition is presented annually in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland State Education Association. 

November 2, 2016 to July 30, 2017


November 2, 2016 - July 30, 2017

Sons is more than a photographic study of the modern African American male. It is also an examination of how African American men are perceived. The exhibition asks visitors to compare their perceptions to reality, journeying through four parts of the gallery.

Section one is a brief introduction, followed by "Perceptions," in which visitors are presented with images of African American men. Visitors are encouraged to form perceptions based on the images of isolated faces that are captioned with names only. The "Realities and Reconciliation" section presents a second set of images with bios and videos of the subjects discussing themselves. This allows comparison of initial perceptions with reality.

The photographic subjects will be drawn mostly from the local area. From this microcosm of African American males, visitors can learn of some of the realities and challenges facing African American men. The subjects should be familiar to the visitors, because they are the black American men whose day-to-day existence mirrors that of most Americans and members of their community. Taliaferro produced images that seek to communicate something about the humanity of each person in the exhibition.

Photographed by James Taliaferro.

SONSMovieBalt from Jerry Taliaferro on Vimeo.