The Boyden Gallery

Facing Fences exhibits displayed in the Boyden Gallery 

 January 17 - March 4, 2011

These local groups have developed interpretive exhibits on the theme of fences to be displayed in the Boyden Gallery with the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit, Between Fences.  

Opening the Gate to Peace, Shalom, Salaam
The Daughters of Abraham of Southern Maryland was formed to help break down the fence lines of prejudice and bias that were especially built up after the events of September 11, 2001. Through understanding, friendship, and service, the women of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are creating gateways into our shared belief in the One Merciful God, and thus contributing to the peace and well being of our world community.

Black Space/White Space in Calvert County
Calvert County African American History and Culture Committee
Southern Maryland has been a segregated landscape for much of its history. This panel explores three ways in which fences, visible and invisible, have separated churches, farms, households, and schools along racial lines. It will also show the ways in which some of the apparent barriers were porous.

Striving to Excel, "Remember the Past, Look to the Future"
United Committee for Afro-American Contributions
The story of African-American education in St. Mary's County spans 100 years of segregation, 1867-1967. Excerpts of oral histories from citizens who lived during this era recount their struggles to get an education in one and two-room schools in St. Mary's County. Information reveals what desegregation was like for African-American students.

An Orderly and Peaceful Frontier
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
When colonists arrived on the shores of the New World they brought with them many things, including their notions of property. Not only were these notions unfamiliar to Native Americans, but they ran counter to the Native view of land use. Our exhibit will explore how the colonial use of fences to demarcate property not only created strife with their new neighbors, but also subverted their own goals of "civilizing" the inhabitants of the New World.

Man's Inhumanity to Man
The Arc of Southern Maryland
Over time, institutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have created real and symbolic fences.

Breaking Down Barriers: From Institution to Inclusion
The Arc of Southern Maryland
A dramatic visual contrast will compare life in an institution with a life of community inclusion for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Calvert Cliffs Conundrum
Calvert Marine Museum
Divisive issues have surfaced concerning the Calvert Cliffs. This historic landmark was formed millions of years ago, shaped by climate change that created the Chesapeake Bay and its neighboring lands. The Cliffs hold secrets of an ancient prehistoric past. They provide critical habitat to endangered species. They are home to people seeking unparalleled views. And they erode ineluctably. Their natural evolution presents a threat and a danger to the humans who attempt to claim a natural "fence" between opposing forces.

Wildlife Movement on PAX NAS
Patuxent River Naval Air Station
Fences can prevent wildlife access to food and water necessary for survival and can put them in harm's way by forcing them to cross busy roadways and the station's runways which pose many threats to their well-being. The Patuxent River Naval Air Station's Department of Natural Resources is constantly working to ensure the safety of both wildlife and humans who cohabit this space.

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC)
This exhibit examines the high stakes of maintaining a healthy balance between agriculture and development. Southern Maryland's transition from a tobacco-based culture to a more diverse and sustainable farming future is explained through the stories of area farmers.

Growth Boundaries in St. Mary's County
St. Mary's County Department of Land Use and Growth Management
To foster quality of life, lines have been drawn to guide development and to preserve resources and community character. Whether they are a help or a hindrance depends on which side of the line one finds oneself. This exhibit illustrates the history of the boundaries that balance public needs and private property, or that dictate where tax dollars are spent on public facilities.

Fences of the Mind: The Trouble with Culture
N. Taylor Gregg, former National Geographic Magazine Asia Editor and cross-cultural studies specialist; Gaimusho, Japan America Society and The Asia Society
Featuring a life-size three dimensional figure suspended in the air, feet not touching the ground, with a large inverted box over its head.  Its eyes stare at the inside of the box. The figure represents a Western Civilization Person as an "other" (not us, someone from outside) might see us. The single biggest barrier to seeing an other is that we also cannot see ourselves. We stare out at the world unconscious of the lens through which we look, and see only what we look for. Which side of the fence are you on? Are you inside the box, or on the fence?

Air It Out: The Clothesline Project
Walden Behavioral Health
Images and words painted on tee-shirts depict the struggles of victims of domestic violence and relationship abuse. This art is used to break through community denial and misinformation that still persists.
We See Recovery
Walden Behavioral Health
Giving voice through recordings and photographs to those in recovery from an addictive disease helps to remove stigma. Multiple barriers comprised of stereotypes and denial surround those encountering addictive disease and recovery.

Boundaries, Power, and Voice: Sexual Identity and the Contemporary College Student
Michael S. Glaser, professor emeritus, and M.J. Raleigh, director of counseling services at St. Mary's College of Maryland
Boundaries shape our understanding of ourselves as sexual beings. How we perceive sexual identity, sexual boundaries, gender expectations, and cultural norms affects our relationships with one another. Developing healthy "fences" can help us live happier, healthier, more empowered and more fully intimate lives.

And they all fELL down: English Language Learners in U.S. Schools
Katy Arnett and The Student Educational Association, St. Mary's College of Maryland
This exhibit gives voice to the fences faced by one of the most marginalized school populations: English Language Learners. Fences largely result from language and cultural differences that often clash with the policies and context surrounding these children and their families. In order to remove these barriers for the continuously growing ELL population, it is time for those who have the power of the English language to make "the system" work for the ELLs, not against them.

Living Fence Sculpture
Vicki & Dusty Rhoades, Community Mediation Centers of Calvert & St. Mary's Counties
Stepping through and walking around the Facing Fences sculpture, we contemplate the diverse barriers and rights of way that we experience. Do fences serve to help protect our values, our property, our way of life, or do they make us feel excluded and left out? What insight have you gained from the Facing Fences exhibit? Your thoughts, when attached, become part of this living sculpture - a collective narrative of our experience facing the fences in our lives.

Between Fences
A Smithsonian Institution exhibition exploring the multiple meanings of fences in American culture. This exhibition is a part of Museums on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council traveling to six venues in Maryland.