Please be advised the artwork in Certain Party or Parties Unknown contains sensitive material that may awe, illuminate, challenge, unsettle, confound, provoke, and, at times, upset visitors.
Join us for a Certain Party or Parties Unknown Film Screening
Friday, January 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Featuring light hors d’oeuvres, beverages, the premier screening of the Certain Party or Parties Unknown documentary and an artist talk following the film!
The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room presents Certain Party or Parties Unknown (CPPU), a gallery exhibition showcasing original artworks by the seven artists featured in 2021’s outdoor public art installation, Certain Party or Parties Unknown (CPPU); a social justice projection art initiative raising awareness of three African American men who fell victim to racial terror lynchings in Montgomery County in the 1880s: Mr. John Diggs-Dorsey, Mr. George Peck, and Mr. Sidney Randolph. Click or scroll down to see the exhibition description.
Certain Party or Parties Unknown Sizzle Produced by Raul Zahir De Leon
CPPU Documentary Film Screenings
Four documentary film screenings across Montgomery County unveil the making of Certain Party or Parties Unknown!
The Certain Party or Parties Unknown documentary captures the process of creating 2021’s outdoor CPPU installation from inception to opening night. Interviews with the artists reveal why they participated in the project, their personal connection to this important topic, how they developed their pieces from start to finish, and much more.
The first screening takes place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13th at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room as part of the artist talk and closing ceremony for the Certain Party or Parties Unknown indoor gallery exhibition.
Three additional screenings will occur at the following locations:
- BlackRock Center for the Arts | Saturday, January 14th
- Odd Fellows Lodge in partnership with Sandy Spring Slave Museum | Saturday, January 21st
- The Arts Barn | Friday, February 3rd
A roundtable discussion will follow each of the film screenings to further community dialogue and understanding.
Certain Party or Parties Unknown
Curated collaboratively by: Alix Lambert, Curtis Woody, LaShell Rivers, Liz Miller, Nikki Brooks, and Tim Davis with support from AHCMC curator Heloisa Escudero
Film Screening + Artist Talk: January 13, 2023 | 6 – 8 p.m. | RSVP Here
Exhibition Dates: November 2, 2022 – January 13, 2023
Gallery Hours: Fridays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Certain Party or Parties Unknown gallery exhibition gives space to the physical materials and artifacts each artist created when developing last year’s outdoor projection artworks. It offers audiences an extended opportunity to experience these works, gain insight into the creative process, and reflect on this horrific part of Montgomery County’s history during Remembrance and Reconciliation Month. In addition to the indoor exhibition, opening reception attendees will experience an original outdoor installation projected onto the face of the Silver Spring Civic Building throughout the evening by award-winning editor, video journalist, and multimedia artist Robin Bell.
Featured Artists: Alix Lambert, Curtis Woody, LaShell Rivers, Liz Miller, Nikki Brooks, Robin Bell, and Tim Davis
Click here to learn more about the 2021 Certain Party or Parties Unknown project.
** Masks are encouraged for all guests, regardless of vaccination status. Outside food and beverages are not permitted in the gallery with the exception of water. **
Photos of the 2021 outdoor public art installation by André Chung