Martha Cooper Photographs Articulate Baltimore Public Art Project
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Stefan Hauswald and Jesse James, curators of Articulate Baltimore, weren’t planning on a hurricane when they invited artists to paint in October. Luckily Sandy only interrupted the action and everyone managed to finish as planned—more or less.
Articulate Baltimore took place along Howard Street, a formerly thriving but now mostly boarded up inner city shopping district. Baltimore’s venerable department stores, Hutzler’s, Hochschild’s and Stewart’s were formerly located there. I grew up in Baltimore and fondly remember shopping for ribbons for my pony tail in these elegant stores. After Mondawmin, the first of many Baltimore malls, was built in 1956, shoppers headed out to the suburbs and downtown never recovered.
Howard Street now has a light rail running along it and many of Articulate’s walls are clearly visible from the windows of its cars. The area is just south of Station North where Open Walls Baltimore took place last spring so if you’re planning a street art tour, be sure to check out both neighborhoods. Maps are available on their respective websites.
Text and Photo: Martha Cooper