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4F COURIER-POST, Sunday, February 24, 2002 .ENTERTAINMENT. u4 ,JW' - & A. - 41 Li, rift &KVfilAi L3Q a; Mi r. NEW 7? 1 nirei-tionsr0' . Baltimore Museum of Art 'The Liberation of Lady J and U.B.' by Renee Cox depicts Images of black servility by superimposing photographs of blacks in superhero garb over prints of rice and waffle mix boxes. Black artists By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Visitors to a new exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art are greeted with a warning: "Due to the sensitive nature of Looking Forward Looking Black, we encourage parents, guardians and teachers to preview the exhibition before touring with young viewers." But the disclaimer comes into view only after the centerpiece of the show has caught the viewer's eye. Three taut, confident action figures are superimposed on side-by-side images of products that have long influenced and reflected the perception of blacks in the national consciousness Aunt Jemima waffle mix and Uncle Ben's rice. With such a bold and exciting inversion of stereotype, how can a curious visitor resist? The 1998 mixed-media piece by Renee Cox, The Liberation of Lady J and U.D., announces the show's intention of exploring and reworking the representation of blacks in art and commerce in the 20th century. The exhibition "shows the persistence of stereotypical imagery of blacks in this country and how stereotypes and a certain type of racism are communicated by images," said Helen Molesworth, who curated the traveling show at the BMA. "Contemporary art, through its investment in these images, can work on this problem." Molesworth stresses the show, which runs through May 5, is not intended for a specialized audience. "I hope people don't think it's only an exhibition for Black History Month or for an African-American audience. I think it's a pretty vibrant exhibition of contemporary art in general," she said. Mrs. Bush, Fred Rogers service award winners Former First Lady Barbara Bush and television's Mr. Rogers are recipients of the 2002 Elsie Awards for community service. The awards, named for Elsie Hillman, a supporter and volunteer for public broadcasting, were presented last week at WQED in Pittsburgh. Previous winners include Sir Victor Borge and actor Michael Keaton. t f it Js V $095 Complete Session 'Portraits additional DEPTFORD MALL 856-853-1700 It Al vA - make If you go Call (410) 396-7100 or visit the Web site www.arUMna.org . In The Liberation of Lady J and U.B., the issue of mass-marketed black stereotypes is confronted by three young warriors whose photographic images seem to burst through a large vinyl print of the waffle mix and rice boxes still found at grocery stores everywhere. Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben occupy the upper left and right corners, respectively, with beatific, non-threatening gazes. 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Looking Forward Looking Black also explores the subject of blackface, particularly in a series of self-portraits by Beverly Mclver. In two works titled "Loving in Black and White," Mclver depicts herself in blackface and period dress, as a caring and nurturing slave or servant. In one, she nurses a white baby; in the other, she lays her head in the lap of a white man. Mclver imbues scenes of tenderness with palpable racial tension, encouraging empathy while also acting as a provocateur. In the painting with the white man, a watermelon slice Concerned About High Cost of Nursing Homes? Elder Law Asset Protection Planning i..i.nriiffimir ,., FRE Child's Session I 1 12 'Apes 1 2 & under. 8iooufcoU. 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