BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.
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Progress in the World of Fantasy: Mothergirl and Whitney Allen
Performance (one night only!): Tuesday, September 9, 7pm
“Progress in the World of Fantasy” is an experimental performance and music piece addressing notions of projected desire and the female performing body. Viewers are initiated into an environment wedged between pleasure and revulsion — a landscape of desire, object worship, bodily mess, and song.
This single night performance begins at 7pm on Tuesday, September 9 and will run for approximately 40 minutes. A Q&A will follow. “Progress in the World of Fantasy” is one stop along Mothergirl and Whitney Allen’s performance tour. A full schedule of performance can be browsed on the facebook event page.
Els Geelen: Roots at Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg College
Artist’s Talk: September 10, 4pm
Reception: September 10, 5-7 pm
Exhibition: September 10 – October 15, 2014
Els Geelen’s drawings, prints and paintings are about nature and the circle of life. Her works examine nature‘s vitality and its transience. She is interested in depicting both this strength of nature and the ultimate vulnerability of the environment and human mortality, interference and dependence. Born in the Netherlands, Els Geelen lives and works in Norway. She has exhibited widely across Europe.
Image: Els Geelen, Rooted Rocks, oil on paper, 40 x 30 cm. 2013. ©Els Geelen.
Early Experiments (German Expressionism: A Revolutionary Spirit)
Thursday, September 11th, 7pm
MICA Brown Center, Falvey Hall
1301 West Mt. Royal Avenue
Sight Unseen is pleased to partner once again with The Baltimore Museum of Art, in conjunction with the closing of German Expressionism: A Revolutionary Spirit, to present a rare screening of early experimental cinema produced during the extremely evocative era of German Expressionist art. Featuring the first abstract film screened publicly, Walther Ruttmann’s Lichtspiel Opus I, as well as Opus II, Opus III and Opus IV, followed by the oldest surviving animated feature, Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed, this special event stands the test of time as evidence of the livelihood and longevity of avant-garde cinema.
Oliver Shell, Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, will introduce the screening and explore the cross-pollination of visual art and cinema in 1920s and 30s Germany.
The program is held in collaboration with MICA’s Department of Film and Video and sponsored in part by The Goethe-Institut Washington.
Lichtspiel Opus I, Opus II, Opus III & Opus IV
Walther Ruttmann, 1921-25, 35mm to digital, color, sound, 22 min
Music by Max Butting (Opus I), Joachim Bärenz (Opus II), Hanns Eisler (Opus III) & Helga Pogatschar (Opus IV)
Distribution provided by Filmmuseum München
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Lotte Reiniger, 1923-26, 35mm to digital, color, sound, 66 min
Music by Wolfgang Zeller
Distribution provided by The Goethe-Institut
Tell It Slant: Paintings by Laini Nemett presented by ICA Baltimore at Platform Gallery
Opening Reception on Friday, September 12 from 7 – 10 pm
Exhibit September 12 to October 5
Forever reinterpreted and re-purposed, a given place finds its relevance in the experience of being or getting there. Nemett’s work responds to the lived, remembered, and imagined histories that have become the anecdotal anchors of aged buildings, and the possibilities of what (and who) might enter the skeletons of new constructions. Based off of her own cardboard models and related drawings, her paintings piece together fragments of place, and the incongruous ways we arrive at our destinations. At a slant.
AKIMBO Artwalk, Saturday, September 13th
1-3PM Zone A Performances (Northwest Station North)
4-6PM Zone B Performances (Southeast Station North)
AKIMBO 2014 is the third annual festival of site-specific dance and movement art in Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Baltimore, MD. On September 13, AKIMBO Artwalk showcases over one hundred artists performing in restaurants, galleries, parks, and on street corners. This year’s festival highlights 16 local and regional professional dance companies and movements artists, ranging from traditional to experimental. Audience members set their own pace, freely walking through various sites. Yellow shirt volunteers assist with audience flow. AKIMBO Artwalk is FREE to the community. Zone A performances are from 1-3PM in Northwest Station North, and Zone B performances are from 4-6PM in Southeast Station North. Join us for a drum circle/movement jam from 3-3:45PM at the Ynot Space for a special treat. For a listing of all AKIMBO Dance Festival events and to create your AKIMBO Artwalk journey, please visit the website at www.AkimboBaltimore.com.
List of Artists/Dance Companies & Venues:
.FlamcencoSole Experimental Flamenco – Joe Squared
.The Collective – MICA Studio Center
.Baba Ghanoush – Liam Flynn’s Ale House
.Trajectory Dance Project – D Center
.Alexander D’Agostino/Noelle Tolbert – Wind-up Space
.Dance & Bmore – Seventh Metro Church
.Proving Ground Movement – Pearson’s Florist
.Deep Vision Dance Company – Station North Chicken Box
.Gifted Unity – Station North Arts Café
.Common Ground Dance Company – Calvert & Federal Park
.Baltimore Dance Project – Grey Matter Art Space/Cork Factory
.alight dance theatre – Montessori School Lot
.withhart.dance.theater – Wonderground
.Mnemosyne – Behind Gallery CA
.Full Circle Dance Company – Gallery CA
.Voluntary Breathing – Tool Library
Photo by Zachary Z. Handler
Reservoir Chill: A SiteLines Walking Tour and Video Project by Graham Coreil-Allen
Saturday, September 13 from 1 – 2:30pm
701 Druid Park Lake Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217
Explore abandoned sidewalks among the JFX interchange at Druid Hill Park. Where the sidewalk ends beyond a flowing overpass, climb as Druids towards a pastoral sublime.
Throughout the month of September, all are invited to join me for a series New Public Sites walking tours of invisible public spaces around Baltimore. Including the Highway to Nowhere, Reservoir Hill / Druid Lake, Old Town Mall and Power Plant Live, these tours will be documented for the forthcoming internet video series SiteLines. More info at http://grahamprojects.com/sitelines.
Janet Maher Alter Egos: A Year in Mixed Media
Saturday, September 13 from 4 – 6:00pm
August 21 – September 21, 2014
Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, Howard County Community College
Sabbatical exhibition — two bodies of work; 3D mm. assemblages and wall works incorporating imagery from Irish research book projects (second book to be released March 2015!)
Emergence 2014: International Artists to Watch at Galerie Myrtis
Reception: Sunday, September 14 from 5-8 pm
Exhibit Runs: September 14 – November 15, 2014
Artists’ Talk: Sunday, October 19 from 2-4 pm
The voice and vision of 60 artists from across the world will be presented in the exhibition “Emergence 2014: International Artists to Watch.” Selected by local and international panel of jurors, artworks and short films offer a global perspective on the cultural, political and societal concerns of contemporary artists. An exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase. More info at Galerie Myrtis. (Featured Image at top by Michael Gross.)
The Artists: Elaine Alibrandi, USA, Maya Freelon Asante, USA, Gloria Askin, USA, Ronald Beverly, USA, Patrick Burns, USA, Nina Buxenbaum, James Buxton, David Carlson, Wesley Clark, Suzanne Coley, Alyscia Cunningham, Jessica C Darnen, Anna U Davis, Blanco de San Roman, Maria-Theresa Fernandes, Ricardo Garcia, Shaunte Gates, Lorenzo Gattorna, Jehanne-Marie Gavarini, Atar Geva, Susan Goldman, Karina Griffith, Michael Gross, LaToya Hobbs, Ronald Jackson, Benjamin Jancewicz, M. Scott Johnson, Rosalind Kennedy, Jeffrey Kent, Kung Chee Keong, Lauren Shea Little, Robert Machiri, Florence Alfano McEwin, Lin Rebolini McJunkin, Edmond Nassa, Zahra Nazari, Joseph O’Neill, Bart O’Reilly, Ruth Pettus, Greg Pitts, Steve Prince, Terrence Reese, Rotem Reshef, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Arvie Smith, Lynda Smith Bugge, Casey Snyder, Antar A Spearmon, Kara Bettie Speckhals, Stan Squirewell, Shahrzad Taavoni, Terry Tapp, Maxine Taylor, Rebecca Weed, Stanley Wenocur, Alison Wiklund, Morgan Willingham, Sea Yoon and Helen Zughaib
Sharon Burton, Founder, The Artinista Art Advisory, Washington, D.C.
Robert Devereux, Founder, African Arts Trust and Chairman, Frieze Events & Magazines Ltd, London, England
Deana Haggag, Director, The Contemporary (Museum) of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
Makgati Molebatsi, Board Member, Bag Factory Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa.