Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space exhibit + events at MLK Library

Black Space Art Exhibit

Black Space is an art exhibition by Holly Bass in the Great Hall of the MLK Library. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, which has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. As D.C. residents, we all occupy black space, regardless of ethnicity or background.

Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.

Black Space is the cornerstone exhibition for DC Public Library’s Black History Month celebration.

The exhibit will remain on display from Jan. 13 - Feb. 26.

Watch Holly Bass and others build the exhibit in the Great Hall:

The Black Space Installation w/ Holly Bass - MLK Library - Washington, DC from ralston smith on Vimeo.

Join us in celebrating Black Space with these events:

Black Space Rent Party
Friday, Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m.

This event draws inspiration from house-rent parties that flourished in the black neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., and other cities, during the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and later decades.

For a minimum donation of $10, the Black Space Rent Party will feature a dance performance, a special music mix, and informal games of bones (dominoes) and spades.

Black Space: Century Song, An Evening of Black Thought and Music from 1915-2015
Monday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m.

Holly Bass and the Birmingham Jail Players present a choral recitation of work by notable black artists and intellectuals set to an original score by DJ RBI in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Association of African American Life and History, which was founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1915. Woodson started Negro History Week in 1926, which evolved into what we now celebrate as Black History Month. This event is free. 

*No RSVP necessary for Black Space Rent Party or Black Space: Century Song*

District of Change: Is D.C. Still Chocolate City? 
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

In honor of Black History Month, the first District of Change of 2015 will explore the question: Is D.C. Still Chocolate City? 

The District of Columbia has always been rich in black culture and history. How will the more recent years of urban development and gentrification alter the racial, cultural, and political map of our city? Join us for a discussion moderated by DC author and scholar, Natalie Hopkinson, in conversation with Dan Silverman, creator of, and Latoya Peterson, owner/editor of Click here to RSVP for this event. 

Black Space Artist Talk & Closing Reception
Thursday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m

Join Michelle Joan Wilkinsoncurator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the artist Holly Bass in a public conversation about the Black Space project.

Wilkinson will explore the topic of how architecture shapes community life, as well as delving into the artist’s process and future plans. Viewers will also be able to ask questions about the project itself and its larger themes of race, gentrification and cultural preservation.