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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DESIGN CONVERSATION 68: Urban Installations

Tuesday, March 3 from 7 – 8:30pm

The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave.

We will be bringing together artists, architects and designers for a discussion of current and recent work. More details to come!

Speakers include:
Frank Fantauzzi – Current Projects
Founding member of Iceburgproject.org collaborative, Architect, and MICA Architecture Department faculty member

Melissa Webb and Kelley Bell – Front Stoop, Back Yard

We also encourage you to participate in “LIGHT UP the Marquee of The Centre” being held at 10 East North at 6pm.

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EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL with director Darius Clark Monroe

Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30pm

MICA’s Brown Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Maryland Film Festival is proud to bring back to Baltimore one of MFF 2014’s most provocative, insightful, personal, and inspiring films, Evolution of a Criminal! Director Darius Clark Monroe will be with us to introduce his work and answer your questions after the film!

This film will be part of the MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series and WYPR’s Tom Hall will conduct a 10 minute interview with Darius Clark Monroe following the screening. Click here for a listing of previous Spotlight Series podcasts.

How does a 16-year-old go from honors student to bank robber? Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores the financial desperation that led him to turn to crime as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime to interview family members, close friends, and mentors to reflect on the aftermath.

“Vital, thoughtful, and deeply personal, first-timer Darius Clark Monroe’s autobiographical doc stands as a testament to the power of movies to stir empathy.”— Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“Its images, its shape, its tone, and its implications make it a terrific movie, as well as the birth of an artist.”— Richard Brody, The New Yorker

$10 General Public
FREE to Maryland Film Festival’s Friends of the Festival members and MICA students/personnel (w/ ID)

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LIGHT UP LEXINGTON, 2

Wednesday, March 3 at 5 – 9pm

Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

We had tons of fun at the first Light Up Lexington on November 12, 2014. So, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment, Inc. and Baltimore Public Markets Corp. are bringing Light Up Lexington back quarterly!

Light Up Lexington is quarterly evening event series that celebrates and generates activity at the World Famous Lexington Market in the Bromo Arts District through culinary experimentation, temporary and permanent art installations, dance and music!

Save the date for this FREE event (cash bar / food) featuring chef-vendors collaborations, live music and local brew. All ages welcome!

5pm: Happy Hour
6pm: Food Pairings begin

CHEF-VENDOR COLLABORATIONS

At each Light Up Lexington, Lexington Market vendors + chefs from restaurants throughout Baltimore partner up to create special dishes for the night! Come vote for your favorite. All under $10.

This time around, collaborators include Lexington Market Vendors: Faidley’s Seafood, Mem Sahib Indian Restaurant, Andy’s Best Cheese Steaks, Sausage Master, Park’s Fried Chicken, Park’s Hamburgers and more.

Baltimore Restaurant Chefs: Dooby’s, The Food Market, Alewife, Neopol Smokery, The Local Fry, Joe Squared, Blue Moon Café and Sobo Cafe.

LIVE MUSIC

5pm: DJ Abdu Ali
6:30pm: Jahiti of Brown FISH
7:30pm: Baltimore Boom Bap Society

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Who Does She Think She Is – Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, March 5 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
39 W Lexington St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Tickets Available www.eventbrite.com

In celebration of Women’s History Month and in anticipation of the exhibition “Images and Expressions: Maryland Women in the Arts” opening at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MDWHC) in June, The Feminist Art Project–Baltimore (TFAP–B) is hosting a film screening and discussion of “Who Does She Think She Is?” (2009) at the MDWHC on Thursday, March 5th. Light refreshments and snacks will be served, and there will be a short discussion following the film.

*Event is FREE, but please help us tabulate how many are attending by registering, EASY at Eventbrite, thanks!

The documentary by Academy Award-winning producer Pamela Tanner Boll features five women from across America struggling to balance their lives as women, artists, and mothers. A painter, an actress/singer, two sculptors, and a printmaker navigate the seemingly disparate positions between parenting and studio time, partnering and independence, and financial stability and creative freedom. The film weaves considerations of an era when women were revered as cultural muses, into the present day, when most people are unable to name even a handful of female artists. In interviews with the artists and other cultural experts, important questions are raised on how art, and in particular how the art of women, is valued in our culture. The diverse women in the film demonstrate that creativity and caregiving are not mutually exclusive, but deeply connected.

The screening precedes a thematically related exhibition curated by Kelly Johnson, member of TFAP–B and Curatorial Practice MFA candidate at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The upcoming exhibition, “breathe in gold light”, will be on view at New Door Creative Gallery in Baltimore, April 19–May 19, 2015. “breathe in gold light” presents work by Mid-Atlantic women artists depicting connections between spiritual experience and the female body.

Maryland Women’s Heritage Center is located at 39 West Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. For more information on parking and public transportation please visit the MDWHC website. For easy access you can take the Charm City Circulator Purple Route to Saratoga Street going south and Fayette Street or Pleasant Street going north.

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Greely Myatt Lecture & Opening

Friday, March 6 from 6 – 8pm, Lecture takes place at 7pm
Sports Zone, Commons

UMBC Art Week
1000 Hilltop Cir, Catonsville, Maryland 21250

The final event of the week will be an exhibition and artist lecture from artist Greely Myatt. He will be exhibiting work titled “About Face” and will feature characters and emoticons associated with texting. His talk about his art work and public projects is sure to be a joy.

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All Dressed Up: A Legacy of Cross-Dressing Men in Entertainment

Friday, March 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Gallery
21 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Bromo-Seltzer Tower Gallery and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts Present: “All Dressed Up: A Legacy of Cross-Dressing Men in Entertainment,” an exhibition of drawings by artist Ron Anthony. This exhibition will be on view at the Bromo-Seltzer Arts Tower Gallery each Saturday from March 6 – April 25, 2015, 11am – 4pm.

A whimsical solo showcase comprised of oil-based marker drawings and paintings which depict an array of international male entertainers in hilarious and colorful states of crossdress, appearing in distinguished yearbook-style portraits.

With “All Dressed Up,” Ron Anthony seeks to question how minstrel shows of the past had a possible global influence on the style and dress of modern day entertainers. Through his work, he also explores the ways that men of different regions, nationalities and backgrounds managed to escape the suit, earn their rights of passage, and achieve a greater sense of freedom, pride, and success through cross-dress.

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Thomas Teurlai: Foot Locker @ The Copycat Building

The first American solo-exhibition of French artist Thomas Teurlai opens March 6, 2015 in the Copycat Building, Baltimore, MD. Creating site-specific works within the parking garage of the former manufacturing warehouse, Teurlai unearths the relationship between mechanical and industrial materials and experiences of the sublime. His project assembles new and ongoing projects that challenge the limits of the viewer and the sanctity of the art object.

Gallery hours:
Thursdays and Fridays, 4:00pm–7:00pm
and by appointment at [email protected]

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ALLOVERSTREET: E Oliver St. Art Walk

Process Collective Presents:
ALLOVERSTREET – March 6, 2015 7-10PM
Alloverstreet is an evening of simultaneous art openings and events spanning the many arts spaces of East Oliver Street in The Station North Arts and Entertainment District.City Paper’s “Best Art Walk That Doesn’t Suck” 2014Events happening this month:

The Copycat Building Garage
FOOT LOCKER
Curated by Joseph Shaikewitz
Work by Thomas Teurlai
The Copycat Building, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202

Gallery CA
XENOS
Matt Adelberg, Andrew Boudreau, Christianna Clark, Kevin Cobb, Ilana Elbaze, Joshua Fetzer, Matthew Freel, Lynn Hunter, Jordan Purnell Jackson, Scott T. Mallory, Jr., Rahn Marion, MacKenzie Schroeder, Terron Sorrells, McKinley Wallace III, & Amare Worku
440 E Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

La Bodega Gallery
ANXIETY4U
Curated by Anthony Grago
Work by Eric Benitez, Anthony Grago, Drew Haglin, Lucas Novaes, Pablo Machiolli, & Danyell Perkins
The Copycat Building, Apt A100, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202

Lil Gallery
Foose Designs
Works by Tony Auth
The Copycat Building, Apt A100, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202

Terrault Contemporary
Alchemical Studio
A bio art installation by Richard Walshe
The Copycat Building, 1515 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202

More info at ProcessCollective.tumblr.com

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Trance Dancers of the Open Flower at Open Space: New works by Arrington De Dionyso

Opening Reception March 7

March 7th- April 4th, 2015

Arrington De Dionyso will present new works on paper and vellum from his “Trance Dancers of the Open Flower” series, as well as a new body of drawings and paintings made in 2015. Arrington’s work channels the unbridled raw exuberance of Dionysian “enthousiasmos,” communicating the rapture of spirit possession within the physical form in a Utopian landscape populated by lovemaking angels, tigers, dragons and other mysterious human-animal-flower hybrid creatures.

Arrington de Dionyso (b. January 4th 1975) is a self-taught artist and musician based in Olympia, Washington, known for his leading role in the bands Old Time Relijun and Malaikat dan Singa. Dionyso’s drawings are featured on fabric prints and embroidery in Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 2015 Men’s Collection designed by Hedi Slimane. His most recent books are “Trance Dancers of the Open Flower”, “Le Sacre du Printemps”, and “Lovers and Dragons”. His most recent 24 hour drawing performances have been at the “Festival Invisible” in Brest, France, “Hybrida” in Udine, Italy in 2014, and “The Living Gallery” in Brooklyn, NY.

Please join us for an opening reception March 7th, 2015, from 7-10 pm.

Come back for Arrington’s 24-hour drawing performance March 28th and 29th in conjunction with the Publications and Multiples Fair and Baltimore Print City.

Open Space

512 W Franklin St

Baltimore, MD 21201
openspacebaltimore.com

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Alchemical Studio by Richard Walshe

Friday, March 6 from 7 – 10 pm

Terrault Contemporary
1515 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Join us on March 6th from 7-10pm, in conjunction with Alloverstreet for the Opening Reception of “Alchemical Studio” a bio art installation by Richard Walshe.

Alchemical Studio is an interdisciplinary artwork that explores botany, technology, perceptions of time, mystical beliefs and transformation through art. The ideas for the work stem from the many clashing belief structures that we are confronted with in our modern era, which is often seen as the end of history because of the great changes happening in natural systems and the information overload experienced from rapidly advancing technology. The concern is that developments of this kind make much of humanity incapable of relating to the natural world in any meaningful way. The project is thus about searching for alternatives to this paradigm. The artist’s creative practice began with drawing from nature and eventually evolved into installation based work. During this time the traditional art making techniques merged with interests in advancing technology and ecology.

Fascinations with the multiple mystical beliefs surrounding these issues that continue to haunt and clash with the seemingly more advanced present are also central to the work. In the installation ritual, magic and alchemy all interact with the current technological reality. These techniques are used demonstrate various theories of embodiment that are arising because of the confused nature of being in the present that is increasingly dominated by new artificial interfaces. However, the artist has failed to achieve the shamanistic qualities so prevalent in contemporary art and instead more resembles a mad scientist desperately searching to reestablish a lost connection to the natural world and find something to believe in. The art thus partially exists in the process and alchemy is used a metaphor to represent this difficult quest for transformation.

Aesthetically, the installation is an updated and plugged-in imagining of a classical alchemist’s laboratory. The work includes plants grown completely with technologically aided means (such as LED lights and hydroponic systems) scientific apparatuses, projected video, occult imagery and objects as well as drawings, scientific charts, found objects. As with most practices, occasional failure is an inevitable part of this process and searching. Subsequently, unsuccessful experiments are included and other aspects are left open-ended because it is a work in progress that will inevitably grow and change with time.

Richard J. Walshe is an artist working in Baltimore, MD and New York, NY. His work utilizes many mediums including drawing, video, bio art, installation and performance. He received an MFA in the interdisciplinary Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts.

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Street Trash

Saturday, March 7 from 3 – 5pm
309 West 31st Street

Street Trash will put art on the streets of Baltimore. The exhibition will take place Saturday, March 7th 3-5pm in the back of a 24-foot U-Haul truck. The U-Haul will be in the alley at 309 West 31st Street.

Organized by Dwayne Butcher, the show will feature work by artists from Baltimore, Memphis and New York:

Virginia Overton, Wade Guyton, David Brooks, Cara Ober, Greely Myatt, Tad Laurtizen Wright, Kyle Bauer, Paul Shortt, Amy Gartell, Aaron Suggs, James Campbell, Motoko Fukuyama, Jeff Davis, B. Wurtz, Jessica Felton, Adam Thompson, Lucky Debellevue, Sadie Laska, Servane Laska, Benny Merris, Jim Leach, Su Wei-Chu, Toni Collums, Stephanie Rich, Pete Hoffecker, Ruben Garnica, Bryan Blakenship, Caitlin Hettich, Holt Brasher, Terri Phillips, Terrll Harmon, Jeanette Mundt, Pam Lins, Meredyth Sparks, and Anna Mariase

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Honey B at Current

Saturday, March 7 from 7 – 10pm

Current Space
421 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Honey B is a one-night show documenting the recent thematic and philosophical explorations of artist Bailey Sheehan. Staged as a night of apologetic post-human poetry from the mouths of his objects themselves, Sheehan’s works dissect and affirm an ecology of things and thingness. Honey B establishes itself as a theater for an energetically depressive preview of the end of the world, an object-oriented sublime manifesto. Presenting new and old works in a hive of interrelation, Sheehan constructs sly and effacing object monologues that tackle the big questions; what it means to be styrofoam, discourses between boys and faux turtles, and the ultimate natural disaster: love in the age of global warming.

Honey B will feature paintings, sculptures, poetry and a small collection of essays written by Sheehan and frequent collaborators, edited by Logan Wyatt. Sheehan is assisted in the curation of the event by Katherine Kennedy.

Bailey Sheehan is a junior at the Maryland Institute College of Art currently working towards his BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. His work will be the work presented in the show.

Katherine Kennedy and Logan Wyatt are sophomores at the Maryland Institute College of Art, pursuing BFAs in Painting/Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Interdisciplinary Sculpture respectively. Kennedy’s paintings will be appropriated by Sheehan and paired with his new works. Wyatt will assist in the editing of Sheehan’s essays. Work will not be for sale.

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FREDDY PRESENTS DICK

Opens Saturday, March 7th from 7-9pm

March 7th – March 28th, 2015

Freddy presents Dick is a selection of photographs taken by Ross Bleckner from the 1980s’ to the present. This is the first exhibition consisting entirely of Bleckner’s photography, though several images have appeared in publications and alongside his paintings in exhibition catalogues. The photos represent acquaintances and professional models, and were taken using both analogue and digital cameras.

The series is an ongoing investigation into the seduction and repulsion of desire. Though the photos relate obliquely to his paintings, they maintain a tension between intimacy and formality, which has been central to Bleckner’s work over the course of his career.

“If you look at something long enough it loses its meaning.” – Andy Warhol

A publication titled Freddy presents Dick accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase.

FREDDY
510 W. Franklin St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

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The Politics of Play: Media Representations of Women in Gaming

Saturday, March 7 from 7 – 8:30 pm

Mattin Arts Center, Offit Building, Suite 226
Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Join us for a talk by feminist game studies scholar Stephanie Orme on the gender politics of the video game industry and how it affects the larger media discourse on phenomena such as Gamergate as well as women’s contributions to the gaming industry. More info here.

Stephanie Orme is a researcher from The Pennsylvania State University interested in the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and other dimensions of identity as they relate to the production, consumption, and understanding of video games and gaming culture. She has previously taught at Suffolk University and Emerson College and is currently working on her PhD in feminist media studies.

After the talk, stay and play games by female developers from 8:30 to 10pm. Then stick around from 10pm to 1am for “League of Smash”, DMC’s Game Night!

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Brooke Johnson is EXTRA ALIVE at Creative Alliance

Saturday, March 7 at 8 pm

Brooke Johnson is back with her hilariously cathartic, piercingly memorable one woman show. Johnson was recently treated for a rare cancer but this is no typical survivor memoir. Instead, she combines comedy, outrageous characters, short films, and song and dance, culminating in a madcap cancer “revenge fantasy.” 8pm | Advanced: $25, $23 mbrs. Door: $28, $25 mbrs.

A veteran writer/performer who lives in South Baltimore with her husband and two daughters, Johnson was first told she was Stage 1 but soon learned she was actually Stage 4. Overnight her prognosis went from firm ground to the edge of a cliff.

Shooting from the hip and riffing like Phyllis Diller on crack, Johnson has taken a familiar story and spun it through her unique vision. Turns out, there’s nothing she can’t do with a Vitamix, a hedge trimmer, and a drug called hope.

Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Johnson spent 15 years in New York City writing and performing in sketch and improv, as well as in the self-authored one-woman shows, “Take No Prisoners” and “Slightly Damaged”. Her film and television resume includes appearances on The Lifetime Network, Law and Order, and Spin City.

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Strap yourself in , this is no typical survivor memoir
GET TICKETS HERE.

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David Balzer presents ‘Curationism’

Sunday, March 8 at 7:30 pm

Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Curate’ is now a buzzword, applied to everything from music festivals to artisanal cheese. Inside the art world, the curator reigns supreme, acting as the face of high-profile group shows and biennials in a way that can eclipse and assimilate the contributions of individual artists. Curatorial-studies programs continue to grow, and the business world is adopting curation as a means of adding value to content. Everyone, it seems, is a curator.

But what is a curator, exactly? And what does the explosive popularity of curating say about our culture’s relationship with taste, labour and the avant-garde? In this vibrant, revelatory and original study, David Balzer travels through art history and around the globe to explore the cult of curation, from superstar curator Hans Ulrich Obrist’s war with sleep to Subway’s ‘sandwich artists.’ Recalling such landmark works of cultural criticism as Tom Wolfe’s The Painted Word and John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, Curationism will change the way you look at art – and maybe even the way you see yourself.