Vacationing into July

By Llysa Allman-Baldwin | 7/2/2013, 10:02 a.m. | Updated on 7/2/2013, 10:02 a.m.

It’s hotter than July! That means the events, exhibits and more happening all around the country and beyond are turning up the heat as well. Here are just a few to get your hot summer on the move.


Through 2014

The Star-Spangled 200 (Chesapeake Region, Md.)

Taking place throughout this summer and into 2014 in Maryland is the Star-Spangled 200 Chesapeake Campaign, a national bicentennial in Maryland commemorating the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the War of 1812. The celebration started in June 2012 with a “Star-Spangled Sailabration” in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay. Upcoming events take place along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, encompassing over 560 miles of land and water routes in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia that follow the movements of the British and American troops at that time. These include “Honoring our 1812 Heroes” in Grasonville, Md. (Aug. 3-4); “Attack on St. Michaels” throughout Talbot County, Md. (Aug. 10-11); “Caulk’s Field Remembered at the Inn at Mitchell House” in Fairlee, Vt. (Aug. 30-Sept. 1); and “Battle of North Point” in Dundalk, Md. (Sept. 7-8), among others.


Through Oct. 20

“Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive” (Los Angeles)

Regarded as one of the foremost contemporary artists in Cuba and the Caribbean, Manuel Mendive “began his career in the early 1960s during a period when dominant Cuban abstract expressionism was waning, which paved new ground by moving beyond the reliance on mainstream Western art forms such as cubism and surrealism.”

Now through Oct. 20, the California African American Museum will present the exhibition, “Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive.” The exhibition—highlighted by drawings, paintings, sculptures and performances from the early 1960s to the present, giving special focus to discrete themes common across his work, including religion, nationalism and memory—features the 50-year career of this prominent Afro-Cuban artist, and is the first of its kind in the U.S. to focus exclusively on the contemporary visual and material culture of the Afro-Cuban religion, Santería.

Other events associated with the exhibition include:

“The Art of Manuel Mendive,” a discussion of his work in the context of the exhibition on May 19.

“Painting the Orishas,” a workshop on Afro-Cuban religion on June 15.

During “Afro-Cuban Beats,” museum visitors are invited to participate with their own drums, listen to the lecture or simply watch the performance on July 27.

“Black and Cuba,” a documentary following minority students who traveled from the Ivy League halls of Harvard University to Cuba will be screened on Oct. 19.

Through Nov. 10

“American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s” (Washington, D.C.)

Held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the exhibit—hailed as “an unprecedented artistic exploration of the intersections of race, gender and class made in direct response to social upheaval of the times”—encompasses some 45 works from artist Faith Ringgold’s landmark series “American People” (1963–67) and “Black Light” (1967–71), along with related murals and political posters. Together, they represent the first comprehensive survey of her politically charged paintings of the 1960s, which explores the emotional and often controversial issues at the forefront of the artist’s experience of racial inequality in our country at this historic and tumultuous time.