Transart faculty member Nicolás Dumit Estévez is featured in the upcoming exhibition For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People on view at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture in Baltimore, MD from May 17, 2014 through February 28, 2015.
For Whom It Stands includes visual art and archival material exploring the aesthetics, history and iconic status of the national flag of the United States of America. Documentation is scarce and Betsy Ross is widely credited as the creator of the American flag; however, evidence supports flag maker Mary Pickersgill sewed the original Star-Spangled Banner working with African American apprentice Grace Wisher in a house on the same city block as the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
For Whom It Stands highlights Wisher’s contribution to the making of the national flag and explores the engagement of different identities, ranging from war veterans to undocumented immigrants, with the American icon. Presenting over 75 works, the show uses the contested history of the American flag as a platform from which to investigate the historical and present-day artistic, social and political contexts in which the United States flag is used as a symbol for freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all; or, more critically, lack thereof.