|The Alexandria Black History Resource Center will host an exhibition by local
artist Mary No'l McMillian. "On North Columbus Street: Looking for Home," an
exhibition of environmental photographs of her neighbors on North Columbus
Street in Alexandria, will be on view through Jan. 10, 2002.
Photographer Mary No'l McMillian charts vital territory with this locally
focused yet universally understood exhibition. Her viewfinder evokes, within
a few dozen prints mined from thousands, a sustained intimacy that would have
gone unshared: A tuxedoed groom paces moments before crossing his threshold;
a retiree leans against a hand-stitched blanket behind walls paid for by her
life's work; a girl, bare-bellied, waits while framed by an outsize sunflower
rising as if from a fevered dream.
McMillan's images grow from a rigorous yet deeply imagined approach to the
self, seen through strangers' eyes in a landscape where boundaries melt.
Black, white, Asian, Hispanic, her subjects are neighbors who can slip unseen
through the years by those at home a few dozen feet away. The photographer
journeys for us, past fenced civilities to a dreamed-of common ground, where
lives become clear in a vision-giving lens.
In 1999, this solo exhibition was mounted in connection with the City of
Alexandria 250th Anniversary. Recently, Ms. McMillian began work on, and is
exhibiting prints from, two portfolios: "Out of the House," a passionate
exploration of rowing, and "The Bishop's Garden," a photographic dialogue
within a spiritual environment at the Washington National Cathedral.
The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10
a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery talks and
public programs with the photographer will be held throughout the run of the
The Alexandria Black History Resource Center is committed to collecting,
preserving and interpreting the African-American history and culture of
Alexandria, Virginia and to assessing its impact on the greater metropolitan
area. The Center is located at 638 North Alfred Street in Alexandria. For
further information, call 703-838-4356.