A long, white chiffon dress with black-and-white images of the unidentified women from the archival postcards, superimposed on single pieces of fabric and hand-sewn by the artist, adorn the flowing skirt of the dress

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Art that engages

When artist Nicoletta DarĂ­ta de la Brown came across postcards with photographs of unidentified Black women from the early 20th century, she felt an immediate kinship. "I saw them and wanted to know more," she says of the images she unearthed from the archives in her role as public humanities fellow for the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries. Utilizing materials from the university's rare book, manuscript, and archival collections, de la Brown made the postcards an integral part of her recent art installation, Be(longing).

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Emily Gaines Buchler

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