Saturday, May 18

Join the Chazen Museum of Art, Sanford Biggers, & MASK CONSORTIUM for a mixer and special film screening of re:mancipation | The Process Behind the Project, a new documentary exploring the collaborative partnership between the Chazen, Sanford, and MASK.

Since its inception, the re:mancipation project has incorporated traditional art historical methods and introduced new technologies to research and reinterpret Thomas Ball’s Emancipation Group—an object in the Chazen’s permanent collection—and has resulted so far in a major exhibition, the creation of a new artwork by Sanford Biggers, a podcast, the documentary film, and educational curriculum.

Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224

Saturday, May 18
5 – 7 p.m. Mixer
7 – 8 p.m. Documentary Screening & Artist Talkback
8 – 10 p.m. Afterparty feat Rich Medina’s Jump N Funk

MASK & THE CHAZEN at The American Alliance of Museum

About the Project

re:mancipation is a multifaceted, multiyear project that incorporates traditional art historical methods and introduces new technologies to research and interpretation. Our goal is to recontextualize and reinterpret Thomas Ball’s Emancipation Group to engage with the history of racism in American culture, collecting practices of museums, and public monuments.

The half-life-size marble sculpture depicts Abraham Lincoln standing over a kneeling, newly “emancipated” person and had been on view in the museum since 1976 without contextualization or opportunity for visitors to respond. We knew that the problematic subject matter of the work had to be addressed, but as a teaching institution we struggled with how to approach the project as an opportunity for both learning and dialogue within the confines of traditional approaches to exhibition and interpretation.


The group of three collaborators has now grown dramatically and includes artists and partners from music, dance, theater, curriculum development, film, engineering, textiles, and spoken word, to name only a few. 
Perspectives From The People

What began as a seemingly insurmountable task to grapple with a challenging object in our collection has developed into an initiative with wider reach and deeper impact than we imagined. This exhibition is one component of the larger project and is designed to bring forward work done to date, highlight artistic engagement and response, and inspire conversation and introspection. Join us at the Chazen from February – June 2023 to experience the re:mancipation exhibition in person.  In the meantime, visit the exhibition through this immersive interactive virtual tour.