Sanctum

Mildred Howard

Until we achieve a more equitable society, it is imperative that we create spaces of inclusion and safety—for all—within our communities.

After a summer of violence against Black people, the continuing marches for Black Lives Matter, and the ongoing discussions regarding systemic and institutional racism, the works of Mildred Howard in Sanctum provide such a safe space.

In Mildred Howard’s Sanctum, you are invited to enter into Look Through To The Other-Side, the glass house that viewers see as they cross the threshold into the installation. Throughout are sculptures, representing the Black domestic space: a roller with lips, a black plaster hand holding a plaid lunchbox, framed pictures of family members, and a large tapestry. Walking through Howard’s installation asks the viewer to slow down and take refuge—something that we all need to remind ourselves during these trying times.

A secular relief from the day-to-day trials of living as a person of color, Sanctum offers a haven of domestic safety where the normalcy and beauty of Black lives are elevated and respected.

Works in the Exhibition

Mildred Howard Casanova: Style, Swagger, and the Embracement of the Other I
Mildred Howard
Casanova: Style, Swagger, and the Embracement of the Other I
2018
Cotton Jacquard tapestry
72½ × 55 inches
Photography by 
Magnolia Editions
Mildred Howard Look Through To The Other-Side
Mildred Howard
Look Through To The Other-Side
2020
Glass bottles, wood, glue
21¼ × 29 × 20½ inches
Photography by 
Mildred Howard Square Meal (Prototype)
Mildred Howard
Square Meal (Prototype)
2001
Plaster and found material
14 × 9 × 5 inches
Photography by 
Wyatt Hall, Impart Photography