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Inventors, Makers & Movers

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"In this groundbreaking exhibition, twelve esteemed contemporary artists from around the globe engage in a unique artistic dialogue with history. Each artist will choose an invention by a pioneering African American inventor and reimagine it as a vital piece of modern art (𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦)

Welcome to IMM

Welcome to IMM

...These innovative reinterpretations will not only pay homage to the original inventions but also spark new conversations. Accompanying each artist's creation, the companies that have grown from these early inventions will play an active sponsoring role. They will showcase their signature products alongside the artworks, providing a tangible link between the past's ingenuity and the present's evolution." ↩

Section 2. IMM in Action

👨🏽‍🏫 Who will IMM feature?

👨🏽‍🏫 How will IMM accomplish this?

IMM will present artwork from 12 internationally-known artists who have drawn inspiration from and celebrates these inventors.

As you'll see, IMM is taking action... Click any listed question to learn more!

👨🏽‍🏫 Why is IMM Important?

Without proactive and collective support, many well-deserved visionaries will continue to be unsung and undeveloped.

IMM will profile the curatorial work of Henry Baker and other contributions of early African American inventors.

Inventors, Makers & Movers is a social endeavor to empower future artisans by connecting the past, present & future.

👨🏽‍🏫 What does IMM stand for?

As you'll see, IMM is taking action... Click any listed question to learn more!

so that some one in the distant future, looking down the rugged pathway of the years, may see this race of ours coming up, step by step, into the fullest possession of our industrial, economic, and intellectual emancipation.”---HENRY BAKER
“We can never know the whole story. But we know enough to feel sure that if others knew the story even as we ourselves know it, it would present us in a somewhat different light to the judgment of our fellow men

Henry E. Baker

Duduzile More, known as DuduBloom, is a Johannesburg-based visual and textile artist. She graduated as a Printmaker from Artist Proof Studio in 2018 and completed her Professional Practice year in 2019. DuduBloom has participated in various art residencies and competitions and her artwork has been showcased in group exhibitions and art fairs, including the Contemporary African Art Fair in 2020 and 2021. In 2022, her works were featured at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair and the 154 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Cassirer Welz Award.

Precious Lovell is an artist, designer, maker and educator with a background in Fashion Design and a Master's Degree in Art and Design. She creates mixed-media pieces that combine traditional textile techniques with newer technologies and non-textile objects. Her work explores the socio-cultural narrative potential of cloth and clothing, particularly those of the African Diaspora. Lovell has exhibited her work both in the United States and internationally and has traveled to 44 countries researching and collecting indigenous textiles and clothing.

Greely Myatt is an American artist known for creating whimsical sculptural objects and monumental installations made from discarded materials and scraps. He received an MFA from the University of Mississippi and a BFA from Delta State University, Cleveland, MS. Myatt is a long-time professor of art at the University of Memphis. His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States, Europe, and Japan, and can be found in various public and private collections in various cities like Memphis, Nashville, and Portland.

Richard Alexander Lou is a Tijuana born artist who was raised in San Diego. His artwork consistently explores themes of the subjugation of his community by the Dominant Culture and White Privilege. Lou's work has been exhibited in various venues and covered by numerous publications. After over 25 years of teaching experience in higher education and 20 years in arts administration, Lou continues teaching and chairs the Department of Art at the University of Memphis while continuing to produce and exhibit his art.

Sonya Clark is a distinguished professor of art at Amherst College and was also taught at Virginia Commonwealth University where she chaired the Craft/Material Studies Department. She has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in over 500 museum and galleries worldwide, and reviewed in a number of publicatios. Clark has received several prestigious awards including the United States Artists Fellowship, Pollock Krasner award, and an Anonymous Was a Woman Award.

Usha Seejarim is a South African artist known for her Dadaist-influenced reinterpretation of ordinary objects. She received degrees in Fine Art from the University of Johannesburg (1999) and a Master’s from the University of The Witwatersrand(2008). Her solo exhibitions and presentations have been showcased at various locations, including SMAC Gallery Johannesburg, The Center for Less Good Idea, and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. She has won several awards and completed numerous public commissions. Her work is held in public and private collections worldwide.

Lester Julian Merriweather is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University. Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, TOPS Gallery, CrosstownArts and Powerhouse Memphis, Diverseworks in Houston, Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans, and the Atlanta Contemporary. He has also exhibited abroad at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland.

Amogelang Maepa is a ceramist and visual storyteller from Mabopane, Gauteng, who studied art at Die Hoerskool Langenhoven in 2009 and graduated from Tshwane University of Technology in 2017 with a national diploma in ceramics and printmaking. She has participated in various group exhibitions, including #ARTladies and LABYRINTHINE, both held at Berman Contemporary. In 2020, she was represented by Berman Contemporary and participated in the Turbine Art Fair Online.

Anthony Murrell has been involved in the art world for over 5 decades. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Memphis College of Arts in 1975. His career spans work from the Museum of Modern Art in NYC (framing the works of Pablo Picasso for the infamous Picasso Retrospective exhibition) to Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam (curating 2 exhibitions and 13 Isolations), which showcased international artists investigating societal isolation. He is now helping to bring IMM to Memphis, TN.

Tryone Mitchell is an American artist who uses a variety of media that reference social and global circumstances. Academically, Mitchel was part of the Art Students League (1961-65) and attended the New York Studio School (1965-67). As a student, he poured over the work of sculptors like Julio Gonzales, Pablo Picasso, David Smith, all the while admiring the revolutionary stances of Rodin. His works have appeared in a range of cities including NYC, Birmingham, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, and others.

Yvonne Bobo is an artist & sculptor based in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to her commercial work, she’s also currently documenting traditional food preparation techniques in Sardinia for a forthcoming book to be published by Maginot Press.

Willie Cole is a New Jersey-based artist known for his sculptures and wall works using women's heels. He has had solo exhibitions at prestigious museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Brooklyn Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cole's work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including "Disguise: Masks and Global African Art" at the Brooklyn Museum and "Represent: 200 Years of African American Art" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2019, “Willie Cole: Beauties” opened at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University

Willie Cole

The Makers

Anthony Murrell

DuduBloom More

Usha Seejarim

Lester Merriweather

Richard Lou

Greely Myatt

Tyrone Mitchell

Precious Lovell

Amogelang Maepa

Sonya Clark

Yvonne Bobo

12 Culturally Diverse Artists will select one invention from Henry Baker’s list of inventors and recreate that invention into a brilliant work of art.

Willie Cole

Inventor Connection

The Artist-

Cossitt Library Exhibition Space

Before You Go

Play Sample

Is an audio exhibition that documents the experiences of Centenarians who witnessed and tell the stories of their encounters with early African American inventors and innovators.

IMM in 3D Virtualizing exhibits into Immersive 3D experiences significantly widens the reach of our message and the inspiration our exhibits have to offer.

IMM will travel to select cities with large African American populations: Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Baltimore, Detroit and Washington DC. All 7 cities have a population total of 3,434,877.

IMM is Planning for National Tours!

But that's not all...

But wait... Theres More!

Because IMM will virtualize multiple exhibits around the U.S., visitors can experience any of these exhibits in immersive 3D at ANYTIME, from almost ANYWHERE in the world!

Exhibit Visitations

IMM anticipates 11% to visit the exhibition, that’s 69,000 visitors in 90 days both at-location & virtually.

The number of residents in Memphis, TN


The Business

  • Schindler Elevators
  • Standard Elevator Co.
  • Thyssenkrupp
  • Dillard Door
  • KONE Elevators
  • United Elevator Services

Industrial Machinery

Automatic Door for the Elevator

(1887 - Alexander Miles)

  • Sysco Foods
  • Whole Foods
  • Kroger's
  • Monogram Foods
  • BDT Beverage
  • Thermo-King

Food & Beverage

Automatic Refrigeration System for Long Haul Trucks

(1935/1949 Frederick Jones)





  • Anheuser-Busch
  • MolsonCoors
  • Heineken
  • Beale Street Brewing Co.
  • Wiseacre Brewing
  • High Cotton Brewery


Beer Tapper

(1908 - Richard Spikes)


Recap: Benefits of IMM 1.Effective community outreach 2.Sponsor participation in the exhibition 3.Constructive workshops on site and remote 4.Community engagement and interaction 5.Ambassadorship for Memphis as IMM travels

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Sterling Owens

Anthony Murrell

Halima Taha

Nicole Franklin

David Merrill

Shakoure Char

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