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.

To submit your calendar event, email us at [email protected]!

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Short documentaries by Jonna McKone & Theo Anthony: Screening & Discussion
Wednesday, September 2nd :  7pm

2640 Space
2640 St. Paul St. : 21218

2640docs is proud to present an evening of short documentaries by Jonna McKone & Theo Anthony.

Featuring “A Year in Voicemails” and “Yields” by Jonna McKone and “Peace in the Absence of War” and “Coffin Maker” by Theo Anthony.

The filmmakers will attend the screening and take part in a Q&A. This is a free screening.

Film synopses:

“A Year in Voicemails” asks us to consider the nature of the artifacts we leave behind, particularly audio voicemails, recorded and performed, with expectation of being quickly deleted.

“Yields”
A meditation on the failure of industrial promise through a series of short vignettes that combine to express how absurdly intertwined a place can become with what it produces. In this case the production and processing of poultry.

“Peace in the Absence of War”
Footage culled from a concert held by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in downtown Baltimore on April 27th, 2015, along with various demonstrations on that same day. On May 9th, 2015, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra held another free concert, this time in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Freddie Gray’s arrest.

“Coffin Maker”
Filmed throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo in the final days of a devastating three-year war, “Coffin Maker” weaves together three separate journeys: a coffin maker in Goma, front line footage of a rebel army in retreat, and a mass funeral for military officers killed in the conflict. It is a study of death in theory, practice and consequence, and ultimately, how a culture interprets loss as justification for its future.

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Untitled: Jim Condron Solo Exhibition, Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 2nd :  6-8pm

Stevenson University
1525 Greenspring Ave. : 21209

As the summer comes to a close, our slate of guest artists for the fall will be something to remember. We are pleased to announce that Jim Condron, Adjunct Professor of Art at Stevenson University and the 2015 Featured Faculty member, will have an art exhibition on view from August 24 – October 1 in the Greenspring Campus Art Gallery. His exhibit, Untitled, showcases lyrical paintings, constructions that incorporate remnants, wood, foam, cement, scrap metal, plastic, and repurposed animal fur. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Condron recently completed a month-long residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. This time in residency helped shape his vision for the installation at Stevenson.

All are encouraged to attend a reception celebrating Untitledscheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in hearing more about his artistic process and methods, join us for an art talk on Tuesday, September 15 from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Both events will be held on the Greenspring Campus. Registration not required.

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Cartographies of Loss, Opening Reception + Poetry Reading
Thursday, September 3rd : 5-7pm

MICA Decker Gallery
1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. : 21217

Readings of poems and vignettes from Soheila Ghaussy’s collection, Cartographies of Loss which explore perspectives of Afghanistan’s women spanning the centuries. The readings will imagine the euphoria, yearning, suffering and grief of women throughout their lives and experience in a highly patriarchal society. Come early or stick around after to purchase handcrafted Afghan goods. The event will take place at the Graduate Auditorium in MICA’s Studio Center, 131 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD.

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Baltimore Clayworks 35th Anniversary Show, Opening Reception
Friday, September 4th : 6-8pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Ave. : 21209

Baltimore Clayworks is proud to announce its 35TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW and three new exhibitions in our galleries starting September 4 at 6PM through October 10, 2015. The opening reception is Friday, September 4 from 6-8PM. This event is free and open to the public.

The anniversary exhibition, juried by co-founder and former executive director Deborah Bedwell, will represent 35 years of high quality ceramic arts programming by including the ceramic works of the founding artists and past and present resident artists, workshop artists, interns, exhibitors and students. We are very excited to showcase functional and sculpture ceramics by the talented artists who have contributed greatly to the Baltimore Clayworks’ story!

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Coordinated Disregard, Opening Reception
Friday, September 4th : 7-10pm

Terrault Contemporary
1515 Guilford Ave. : 21202

COORDINATED DISREGARDCurated by Amy Boone-McCreesh

Randall Lear, Elissa Levy, Gabriel Luis Perez, Curtis Miller, Alicia Scardetta

September 4- 26, 2015

Coordinated Disregard is a group exhibition of mixed media abstract works by artists from across the nation. The balance between structure and chance are crucial in any creative process. This exhibition aims to celebrate works that operate within the studio practice of intuition and the creative discoveries that are harnessed to appear organized. Through color, repetition, pattern, and texture the works present a unified vision, despite the range in medium and thematic agenda. These formal elements combine to anchor the struggle between decorative and minimal yearnings, and how they manifest through the plan to work and freedom to create. The history of painting, craft, and politics are all addressed individually but delivered through the lens of a common visual lure.

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ALLOVERSTREET
Friday, September 4th : 7-10pm

Various Galleries
Station North : Baltimore : 21202

Alloverstreet: East Oliver Street Art walk on Friday, September 4th from 7-10pm. Alloverstreet is a night of simultaneous art openings and events spanning the many art spaces of East Oliver Street in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Kick off the academic year with us on the first friday of September!

This month’s events include:

Rituals and the Docile Body
Gallery CA
A solo show by Dafna Rehavia with participatory workshop by The Feminist Project – Baltimore at 7:00 PM and a dance performance by Slowdanger at 8:00 PM.
440 E Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

COORDINATED DISREGARD
Terrault Contemporary
Group exhibition curated by Amy Boone-McCreesh
Featuring: Randall Lear, Elissa Levy, Gabriel Luis Perez, Curtis Miller, and Alicia Scardetta.
1515 Guilford Avenue, Copycat Building, Baltimore, MD 21202.

The Ruler
Bodega Gallery
A short film and photography by Alejandro Orengo.
The Copycat Building, Apt A100, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Tool Library Happy Hour!!!
The Tool Library
Happy Hour from 5-8pm
417 East Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

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Rituals and The Docile Body: A Solo Exhibition by Dafna Rehavia
Friday, September 4th : 7-10pm

Gallery CA
440 E. Oliver St. : 21202

On View: August 28 – September 26

Opening Reception: Friday, September 4,

Participatory workshop by The Feminist Project-Baltimore: 7:00pm

Dance Performance by Slowdanger – Pittsburgh: 8:00pm

Dafna Rehavia is an Israeli born feminist, activist artist. She explores the docile body as the site of specific behaviors that she defines as rituals. Her works symbolize the ways authoritative discourses trap our bodies. Rituals and the Docile Body sheds light on the bodily practice and performance of “natural,” accepted, cultural, religious and political acts and habits. The exhibit has three bodies of work that deal with religious and political rituals “Menstrual Wedding Dress’”; “ConStricted”; and “Present-Absent: De-Constructed”. A dance ritual performance and participatory workshop will take place during the opening night, inviting audience members to join the artist in turning menstrual pads into ‘flowers’.

Rehavia received her B.F.A & BED from Beit-Berl, Hamidrasha Israel, M.A. CAT at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and her Ph.D at the University of Derby, UK. Rehavia’s work has been exhibited internationally, in Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, New York City, Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago and more. dafnarehavia.com

Slowdanger is a movement/music duo from Pittsburgh, PA founded by Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson. Using performance as ritual practice, Slowdanger soaks the observer in memory by creating immersive multi-media experiences that delve into patterns of the circular rhythms of life. Anna/Taylor currently create with The Pillow Project, merrygogo, Mark C. Thompson, Jil Stifel, Jasmine Hearn, and Mario Ashkar Film. Slowdanger released their full length album ‘memory 3’ in March 2015. Most recently they presented their performance piece “swimmoon” at the PGH Biennial and the Space Upstairs.www.slowdangerslowdanger.com

The Feminist Art Project -Baltimore,  recognizes the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of all women on art, history and culture, regardless of race, class or creed. We are a grassroots, non-profit arts organization which aims to be inclusive; supporting local, self-identified women artists, as well as men who recognize and promote Baltimore area women in the arts.  http://tfapbmore.blogspot.com/

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Intersection:  MICA M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice Exhibition, Reception
Friday, September 4th : 5-7pm

MICA, Riggs and Leidy Galleries
131 W. North Ave. : 21201

The M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents Intersection, an exhibition showcasing the layered stories of people, places and moments in history that have shaped the identity of one of Baltimore City’s popular intersections, North Avenue and Charles Street in the Station North neighborhood. The exhibition, which highlights four corners and four eras in history within the past 100 years, will take place Tuesday, Sept. 1–Sunday, Sept. 20, in the Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries inside the Fred Lazarus IV Center (131 W. North Ave). A reception will take place on Friday, Sept. 4, 5–7 p.m.

Intersection is a curated selection of newly commissioned work and pieces from personal collections, including painting, photography, projection artistry, site-specific installation and performance art. The exhibition is a visual experience creating an opportunity for artists to discover the city’s history, offering viewers the chance to look at the many layers of the historic crossroad of North Avenue and Charles Street. Viewers will be able to explore the geography, social relationships and cultural landscape of Baltimore’s rapidly changing urban center.

“At the four corners of North Avenue and Charles Street, we see the past, present and future of Baltimore,” said Margaret MacDonald, M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice candidate and co-curator. “There, we find Pearson’s Florist, a family-owned business for more than 30 years; an abandoned 1928 limestone bank building; the rehabilitated Ynot Lot, a site for community events and programming; and the recently renovated Station North Chicken Box, a performance and gallery space to Station North.”

Charles Street and North Avenue, a major crossroad that carries the flow of people and things east and west, as well as north and south through Baltimore, act as a focal point for artistic expression—a lens to view and speak to a variety of cultures, races and identities. The exhibition will point to pivotal, historic moments and movements in the U.S., such as the Great Depression, Great Migration, Civil Rights Movement and present day, while capturing a keen sense of the importance of urban life and its many cultural shifts.

“The intersection of North and Charles has been an important hub for culture and activity throughout the past 100 years,” said Kibibi Ajanku, M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice candidate and co-curator. “We are thrilled to have artists respond to the rich history to show where we, as a city, have been, where we are now and, through them, where we might go.”

The exhibition features MICA’s Film and Video Chair and video installation artist Nadia Hironaka, photographer Reuben “Dubscience” Greene, graphic designer Tiffany Small ’14 (Graphic Design Post Baccalaureate), multimedia artist and educator Ada Pinkston ’13 (Community Arts M.F.A.), filmmaker Ras Tre Subira and performance artist Olu Butterfly Woods.

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Gutierrez Studios Open House + Performance by Ursula Ricks Project
Friday, September 4th : 6:30-9:30pm

Gutierrez Studios
2010 Clipper Park Rd. : 21211

Come check out our latest creations, tour our studio and enjoylight fare, libations and music by the Ursula Ricks Project!

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New Public Sites: The Ragged Edge of Rockville Walking Tour
Saturday, September 5th : 2-4pm

VisArts Center
155 Gibbs St. : Rockville, MD

Explore the invisible sites, contradictory features and historical spirits embedded in downtown Rockville. Radical walking tours and a gallery installation of banners, videos and maps stitch together an array of new and old buildings, urban and suburban places, and psychically – charged, poetic sites. New Public Sites – The Ragged Edge of Rockville is part of Come Back to Rockville!, a two-person, participatory art project with Naoko Wowsugi, curated by Laura Roulet and sponsored by VisArtsClick here for the full press release.

Tour activities will include making paper rubbings and collecting Shards of Site while engaging memorials of literary tribute and contested Civil War histories. Along the way, you will explore newly created public spaces aspiring to urban authenticity while beholding suburban voids overturning in speculative wait.

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Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts – Art Law Clinic
Saturday, September 5th : 1-4pm

City Arts Apartments
440 E. Oliver St. : 21202

MdVLA hosts its Arts Law Clinic, Saturday, September 05, 2015 from 1-4pm at City Arts, 440 E. Oliver St., Baltimore, MD 21202.

Come meet with an attorney for a 30-minute consultation regarding your arts related legal issue! There is a $5 fee for clinic services. We recommend scheduling an appointment as time slots fill fast ([email protected]).

Event Website: http://www.mdvla.org

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/mdvla

Event Contact: [email protected]

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HorseshoeCrabs Horseshoe Crabs by Puppy Puppy, Opening Reception
Saturday, September 5th : 7-9pm

Freddy
510 W. Franklin St. : 21201

Hi this is Puppies speaking on behalf of HorseshoeCrabs:

The horseshoe crab… It has evolved onnnnly so much as to further its existence & existence it has achieveddd…. 445 million years worth….. horseshoe crabs and paintings seem to relate in my mind. They are expressions that have survived the test of time. By linking the two I’m expressing my need as an artist (not by me being the actual artist that painted the paintings) but my need to present the paintings in this context. Maybe these expressions are addressing my need to survive and to hide under many layers in order to do so. To understand my fleeting existence but know that humans like me will continue to paint. To breed on the shoreline in shallow water only to propel the existence of my expressions and the expressions to come later on. I feel very deeply for these creatures.

Read the full article here: LINK

If you would like to adopt a horseshoe crab for $20.00 please visit this website: LINK