Women's History Month includes Fashionistas, Artists, and Icons

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Date: March 3, 2013
Contact: Helen Yuen, 443-263-1812, yuen@maamc.org

Fashionistas, Artists, and Icons
Are a Part of
Women's History Month

Gospel jazz musician Corinthia Cromwell performs March 20.

Sheila Pree Bright begins her mural and interview project as Artist-in-Residence March 9-22.

This year's Women's History Month explores the multiple ways that women have contributed to history and culture. Scroll down for the full calendar.
 
Let your hair down as the filmmaker of Nappy: The Politics of Hair  joins us for a post-screening discussion. Following Nappy, see how models of color revolutionized the fashion world and forever changed its standard of beauty in the documentary Versailles '73. It's the runway show that ignited a contest for industry dominance between French haute couture and American ready-to-wear designers. Meet filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper and runway models Charlene Dash and Barbara Jackson Held at the post-film discussion. Women's History Month would be incomplete without a documentary about political icon Angela Davis on March 2.
 
Gospel jazz and saxophonist Corinthia Cromwell makes your "spirit soar," according to The Examiner. This Wynton Marsalis protege and Baltimore native was awarded "Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2011" by Baltimore Jazz Awards. She performs March 20 as part of the museum's Third Thursday series.
 
Preparations for a mural and sound installation by Artist-in-Residence Sheila Pree Bright will begin at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum from March 9 to 22. Bright is a fine art photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. During her residency at the museum, Bright will create an on-site photo studio. Individuals may have their photograph taken with the U.S. flag by walk-in or by appointment. She will also interview members of the public at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House about what the flag means to them. Select images and interviews will then be used in a mural and sound installation that will be unveiled in May in conjunction with the museum's upcoming exhibition about the U.S. flag, For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People.*
 
Full Calendar of Events
 
Film
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
Sun Mar 2, 2pm
View a gripping account of historic events that catapulted Angela Davis, a young University of California philosophy professor, into a controversial political icon.
 
Kids
Women's History for Girls: Story Time
Sat Mar 8, 1pm
Author Crystal Marable reads her children's book Graceful Gabby Finds Love in Blue.
 
Author Talk on Soul Train
Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show
Sat Mar 8, 2pm
This pop culture book by Maryland author Ericka Blount is a celebratory, behind-the-scenes collection of anecdotes, stories and reflections about the show Soul Train, the host and the power of black music and dance on television. A book signing will follow the author's talk. Rescheduled from February 15. Join contemporary jazz  trumpeter Dontae Winslow for a jam session and conversation on his career following the talk.
 
Film
Women's History Double Feature: Black Beauty Revolution in Film

Sat Mar 15
1pm Nappy: The Politics of Hair
Learn the story of 14 women and girls who choose to stop straightening their hair and "go natural." Post-film discussion with filmmaker Lydia Ann Douglass.
 
2:30pm Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution
The famed fashion show at Versailles that used models of women of color opened the eyes of royalty, jet-set millionaires, and icons including Andy Warhol. The event revolutionized fashion forever. Join filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper and runway models Charlene Dash and Barbara Jackson Held for a post-film discussion.
 
Music
Corinthia Cromwell and the Evolution Band
Thu Mar 20, 6pm
This talented gospel jazz artist and saxophonist is a Wynton Marsalis protege. He "invested in my artistic growth and...taught me to embrace the history of jazz and to study the characteristics of the music," Cromwell says.
 
All programs are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.
 
About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is Baltimore's premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland's African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast's largest African American museum, occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas. The museum is located near Baltimore's Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President Streets. The museum is also accessible on Baltimore's Charm City Circulator Orange and Green Routes. For more information, please call 443-263-1800 or visit www.lewismuseum.org  
 
*Bright's joint residency project and For Whom It Stands have been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Bright's residency is in collaboration with the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.