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 72:  Designing Citizenship
Tuesday, July 7 : 6pm

The Windup Space
12 W. North Ave : 21201

In keeping with celebrating our nations founding, the theme for the D Center July Convo is discussing relationships between identity and society, exploring how theatre, media and installation works can facilitate our civic and global social relationships.

Several Baltimore projects will be presented and discussed: The Global Theatre Project/Bari Hochwald (http://theglobaltheatreproject.org/) will introduce their mission and upcoming “An Explorer’s Desire” project. Kristen McWhirter’s “Hear Charm City” animated web series (http://hearcharmcity.com/) and Jamar Jones Good News Baltimore web TV (http://goodnewsbaltimore.org/) will also be presented.

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Alex Ebstein : Plastic Images 
Artist Reception Wednesday, July 8: 6pm – 8pm

Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium Rosenberg Gallery

In this solo exhibition, Alex Ebstein uses both the flexible nature of perception and the substrate material of PVC yoga mats. The imagery on the slippery barrier between observational and subconscious, allows for and invites individualized experiences and focus.

Plastic Images will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Art Gallery from Wednesday, June 10, to Monday, August 31, 2015. This exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An artists’ reception will be held Wednesday, July 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Rosenberg Art Gallery.

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2nd Queer Art Show Opening Night Reception
Thursday, July 9 : 7-11pm

Gallery 788
3602 Hickory Ave : 21211

Gallery 788’s Spectrum 2nd Queer Art Show features queer and queer friendly artists in all media: artists in all media, photographers, musicians, performance artists, film, video, etc.

Society is strange in its contradictory push for individuality and conformity. Scared to be the same as everybody else because it could mean mediocrity – yet afraid to be too different because it could mean risking acceptance. So we cover ourselves out of shame and fear. We live our lives behind partially drawn curtains, shining light only on the parts of ourselves we have deemed good enough to love.

Gallery 788 invites everyone to pull back those curtains and unite the parts of ourselves that make us whole. Come celebrate the uniqueness in ourselves and in others and share in the love that makes us one-in-the-same at Spectrum: G788’s 2nd Annual Queer Art Show.

Spectrum in its modern usage means there is a unifying theme at either end. We need more moments that cross the line of conformity to unite and celebrate our diversity. We need the arts to help bridge our differences and expand the fabric of our culture. In such serious times we also need to have some fun too.

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Baltimore Clayworks 35th Birthday Party + Opening Receptions
Friday, July 10th: 6-8pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Ave : 21209

Baltimore Clayworks is proud to present wood-fired, functional ceramic work by Jeremy Wallace in the Main Gallery. TORN AND UNREFINED is the culmination of Wallace’s year in the Baltimore Clayworks’ studio as our Lormina Salter Fellowship Artist.

Organic slip-cast elements are assembled with additional mixed media of synthetic, manmade materials such as vinyl, rubber and foam created by Susan Beiner will be on display in the Solo Gallery.

Under ceramic instruction by Aletheia Shin, Korean senior adults from Greenmount Senior Center created Korean onggi jars that tell the stories of their immigration to the U.S. which will be featured in the Community Arts Gallery. Showing in the project space will be Missy Steele’s, MILDLY OFFENSIVE. A Pozefsky Fellowship exhibition of sgraffito and mishima vessels brandishing imagery from dreams, memories and social contexts on bold colored backgrounds.

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Curl/Unfurl: Tanya Ziniewicz Opening Reception
Friday, July 10th :5:30-7:30pm

Bromo Arts Tower
21 South Eutaw : 21201

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower welcomes “Curl/Unfurl,” a solo exhibition of paintings and mixed media images by Tanya Ziniewicz. The exhibition is on view from Saturday, July 4 through Saturday, September 26, 2015. A free opening reception will take place on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30pm where guests will have the opportunity to view the exhibition, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 21 South Eutaw Street.

Tanya Ziniewicz investigates subtleties of human interaction, imagination and transience through a network of organic linear forms that are continually emerging, growing, reaching and intertwining. Her paintings and mixed media images build and traverse paths between observation and invention and logic and emotion, similar to a mind filled with thoughts that curl and unfurl, tangled like a mass of unwound string or a clustered mound of roots. The forms are wholly invented, stemming from things such as rhizomes, ribbons, neurons, or strands of muscle tissue.

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Synesthesia | performance:light:sound
Friday, July 10th – Sunday, July 12th, 8 pm (2 pm Sunday)

EMP Collective
307 W. Baltimore St. : 21201

Synesthesia is a psychedelic examination of the body’s movement through space and the echoing repercussions of our everyday interactions.

Part performance and part light/sound installation, Synesthesia physically reshapes our vision of the self and how our actions reverberate into the world.

Created by Eric Bowers*
Featuring Caitlin Weaver & Nichole Chaney*

*EMP Collective member

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Open Studios
Saturday, July 11th : 11am-2pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light St : 21230

School 33 Art Center presents Open Studio Saturdays. Our Resident Artists will open their studios to visitors on select Saturdays throughout the School 33 Studio Artist Biennial Exhibition. Visitors can stop by any time during the artists’ open studio hours to see their studios, ask questions and get to know the artists. One of School 33’s newest residents, Elana Webb, will give an artist talk in her studio during her open studio hours on July 11 at 12pm. On display in the Main Gallery from June 12-August 22, 2015, the Biennial exhibition features artists Atsuko Chirikjian, Michelle Dickson, Chip Irvine, Tiffany Jones, Jonathan Latiano, Dan Perkins, Olivia Robinson, Ruri Yi, and Elana Webb and is curated by Sarah Doherty. This exhibit is part of the Artscape Gallery Network 2015.

Saturday, July 11 11am-2pm: Open studios of Michelle Dickson, Tiffany Jones, Elana Webb
12pm: Elana Webb artist talk

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Devin Allen Artist Talk
Saturday, July 11th : 1pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E. Pratt St. : 21202

The Power of an Image: The Voice of a Community

Meet Devin Allen, the photographer whose photographs of the Baltimore protests went viral and ultimately graced the cover of TIME magazine in May 2015. Allen will describe his experiences as a protester on the ground following the death of Freddie Gray. He will be joined by several peers including activists Kwame Rose and Malacka Reed.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum will dedicate the day to conversation and critical thought to promote positive solutions for uplifting Baltimore. Components include poetry, a DJ spinning music calling for social change, and opportunities to explore Allen’s new exhibit with the artist. An Instagram challenge will be announced with the winner receiving an authographed copy of Allen’s TIME magazine issue.

This program is in conjunction with Allen’s first solo show, Devin Allen: Awakenings, In a New Light, on view July 10 – December 7, 2015and sponsored by PNC. The exhibition also debuts a new community space inside the museum, Lewis Now.

Conversation with Devin Allen and fellow activists, interviews with Allen and fellow activists, museum visitors exploring exhibition, other activities including poetry readings and live DJ

General admission is $8. Admission for senior citizens (age 65+), youth (age 7-17), and students (with ID) is $6. Admission for members, children under the age of six, and Maryland Public School teachers is free. Tickets can be purchased at www.lewismuseum.org, by calling 443-263-1875 or in person.

More information: Visit http://bit.ly/1dA5Cvr.

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Gentrification, Two Cities, and the Artist’s Model: A Forum for Open Discussion
Saturday, July 11 at 2pm – 4pm

Guest Spot at The Reinstitute
1715 N Calvert St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Gentrification, Two Cities, and the Artist’s Model
A Forum for Open Discussion Saturday, July 11, 2015 2pm – 4pm

Guest Spot @ the REINSTITUTE will be hosting an open forum discussion entitled Gentrification, Two Cities, and the Artist’s Model on Saturday July 11, 2016 from 2-4pm. The talk will take place in conjunction with the closing reception for Work in Progress on in Progress Work, A Photographic Survey of Downtown Brooklyn and The Devil in the Details. The artists will be present to discuss the work and to facilitate a conversation on the positive and negative effects of practicing in diverse and evolving communities. Artist and Professor Jan Razauskas will moderate the discussion. Special guests include Baltimore artists Zoë Charlton, Catherine Borg, Jason Hughes, along with Brooklyn artist/curator Carl Gunhouse and Brooklyn photographer /publicist Jason John Wurm.

We will explore the strong interplay between two key topics: (1) the revitalization of Baltimore, particularly as a hub for the arts and (2) the changing attitudes towards pursuing an arts practice in New York. Given the current state of both cities, it’s important to focus on:

– What are the attributes that influence artists to stay in a place? Which attributes are the reasons for them packing up and relocated?
– How is gentrification affecting artists living in different urban contexts?
– How can these communities leverage their existing assets to transcend the barriers imposed by wealth and influence?
– What sectors or partners – either public or private – are potential allies for arts communities? What are the benefits and drawbacks of these arrangements?

We invite you to be a part of the discussion. We hope that this initiates a broader community conversation that deepens the understanding of the term gentrification and its meaning for places like Baltimore and Brooklyn.

~Special thanks to our Curatorial Intern; Taylor Shuck for help in additional research and organization.

Work in Progress on in Progress Work, A Photographic Survey of Downtown Brooklyn, &
The Devil in the Details
May 30, 2015 through July 11, 2015
Closing Reception: Saturday July 11 , 2015 2pm-4pm

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Sondheim Artscape Prize Award Ceremony & Reception
Saturday, July 11: 7pm

The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Tickets Available www.artbma.org

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the juried Sondheim Artscape Prize competition and exhibition shines a light on talented artists living and working in the Greater Baltimore region.

This year’s finalists exhibiting at the BMA and competing for a $25,000 fellowship are:
Mequitta Ahuja
Zoë Charlton
Benjamin Kelley
Magnolia Laurie
Jim Leach
Ryan Syrell
Wickerham & Lomax

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Stiles Tuttle Colwill and Jonathan Gargiulo. Additional support is provided by Joseph and Rachel Rabinowitz.

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Fin : Boyang Hou, Opening Reception
Saturday, July 11th : 6-9pm

Lease Agreement
3718 Ellerslie Ave : 21218

Opening at the end of a socially and politically tumultuous spring, Boyang Hou’s FIN explores the space of uncertainty that exists when power balances become tenuous. Through sculpture, painting, and photography, Hou attempts to convey the atmosphere of uneasy titillation that precedes revolution – the eerie excitement that comes when it seems that change is fast approaching. Hou employs tropes of the cinematic to enact this drama that is at once ominous and hopeful: destruction with an eye to a brighter future.

Boyang Hou’s exhibition, FIN, is the final exhibition at Lease Agreement before it permanently closes.

Boyang Hou is an East Coast artist currently residing in Chicago. He serves as Director of Exhibitions at Fernwey Gallery and is a founding member of Dry Storage Collective. Hou received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BFA from New York University. Hou’s work often investigates the relationship between popular culture and ideas of aura, nostalgia, and the sublime. Employing devices such as lowbrow knowledge, play, humor, and cliché, he is interested in the ways in which culture and society can act as a conduit for liminal experiences. Using thematics such as fandom, cinema, and fetishized consumption he explores the possibilities of the contemporary.

Lease Agreement is a collaborative curatorial project by artists Adam Farcus and Allison Yasukawa. Set in the living room of the couple’s rental house, Lease Agreement continues in the tradition of apartment gallery exhibition spaces by exhibiting conceptually rigorous, engaging work within the context of a home.