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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Wednesday, November 4th : 5-9pm
West Lexington Street : Baltimore 21229
The Contemporary is pleased to announce GhostFood, its upcoming project in collaboration with the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University. GhostFood, developed by New York-based artist Miriam Simun, is a performance served out of a mobile food cart that examines biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. GhostFood servers guide the public through a pre-nostalgic experience that engages dialogue, considers environmental change and human innovation, and enhances food science understanding. Using technology, memory, and olfactory stimulation, GhostFood serves flavor illusions of foods that are threatened with extinction due to climate change. This iteration of GhostFood is organized by The Contemporary in collaboration with eighteen students in the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University enrolled in ‘GhostFood: Curatorial Practicum with The Contemporary,’ which runs Fall 2015. The cart will travel in Baltimore throughout October-November 2015, with select site engagements including this one at Lexington Market in conjunction with Light Up Lexington, a series of quarterly events hosted by Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment, Inc.
Wide Angle Youth Media Fundraiser
Thursday, November 5th : 6-9pm
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224
Mingle with featured guests and celebrate 15 years of successful media education for Baltimore youth! Proceeds will support Wide Angle Youth Media programs.
Aaron Henkin, event host and WYPR radio producer
Jack Gerbes, director, Maryland Film Office
Wendel Patrick, sound engineer
Eduardo Sanchez, director
Amy Scott, filmmaker and radio correspondent
Serious Grip and Electric
Josh Slates, filmmaker and location manager
…..with a special award recognition to Nina Noble, executive producer, and Bill Zorzi, screenwriter.
Food will be provided by Carma’s Cafe. Beer and wine will be available. Musical Guests: Patapsco Delta Boys.
Please note: 65% of each ticket’s price is tax-deductible. Featured guests are subject to professional availability.
For more information and updates on special guests, please visit wideanglemedia.org/on-the-set.
Have questions about On The Set: A Wide Angle Youth Media Fundraiser and Art Auction? Contact Wide Angle Youth Media
Alternative Cartographies: Artists Claiming Public Space, Opening Reception
Thursday, November 5th : 5:30-7:30pm
Rice Gallery @ Peterson Hall, McDaniel College
2 College Hill : Westminster 21158
McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents “Alternative Cartographies: Artists Claiming Public Space,” through December 18 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.
Cartography, or mapmaking, is an act of power. Historically, maps have been used to advance national, political, and economic interests. They have constituted powerful instruments in processes of colonization and domination, military surveillance, navigation, business transactions,and commercial advertising. In recent times, real-estate developers and architectural firms employ maps as reliable and convincing visual documentation in negotiations with community boards. Current political campaigns and elections are impossible to imagine without maps that designate the political fabric of a nation. Despite its presumed objective basis, mapmaking represents a highly subjective, selective and flexible practice.
In recent years, a number of contemporary artists and artist collectives have been employing participatory and collaborative cartography as a valuable tactic in their art and activist practice. Curated by Izabel Galliera, the exhibition Alternative Cartography: Artists Claiming Public Space brings together six contemporary international artists, Matei Bejenaru, Graham Coreil-Allen, Jason Hoylman, Daniela Kostova, Olivia Robinson, and Miryana Todorova, who are concerned with the subversive potential of cartography. Working in diverse artistic media, including performance art, drawing, video art and installation, the artists seek to convey cartography as an instrument of empowerment. They share an interest in proposing critical alternatives to our increasingly privatized and surveyed public space. Moreover, illustrating a major worldwide trend in contemporary art, New Public Sites – McDaniel / Westminster (2015) by Graham Coreil-Allen and The Grafting of Language to Space (2015) by Jason Hoylman invite the participation of McDaniel students, staff, and faculty in the creation of their art works.
SpaceCamp Launch Party + Info Session
Thursday, November 5th : 6:30-8:30pm
16 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201
SpaceCamp, a new collaboratively run art gallery on North Avenue, is pleased to announce a launch party and information session. SpaceCamp collaborators Marian April Glebes, Allison Gullick, Lou Joseph, Jaimes Mayhew and Fred Scharmen will be available to answer questions about exhibitions and proposals.
About SpaceCamp: SpaceCamp works with artists, curators and designers who are paired with local organizations to facilitate exhibitions for 3-6 week runs in our large, beautiful space in the North Avenue Market. We do not charge for exhibitions, and hope to provide a space where proposed projects can be realized.
Minás Konsolas: Frame of Mind, Opening Reception
Friday, November 6th : 6-8pm
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224
Getting lost in the conversation of color, light and shadow, I am testing my senses, leaving behind a visible trace.
Immersed in the mystery of all that exists. Unable to read the bird’s eyes, I wonder ‘til the brightness of the sun blinds me. As if light and darkness were not opposites, but they exist as one.
I am interested in the idea that we all see things differently because we filter things through our own frame of mind. Your opinion matters.
As an experiment, I asked six literary friends to write one sentence about each painting. The writers are:
David Beaudouin • Betsy Boyd • Amanda Fiore • Nancy Murray • Alan Reese • Tracy Dimond
The results added an intriguing layer of perspective and interaction. Will what they see change what you see? Einstein said, “Logic takes you from Point A to Point B. Imagination takes you everywhere.”
More Creative Power Art Auction + Performances
Friday, November 6th : 7-10pm
Baltimore Art Star Studio
321 West Madison Street : Baltimore 21201
An evening of performances and a silent art auction to support Ryan Dorsey for City Council and the arts in Baltimore.
As one who has grown up in Baltimore’s diverse and magnificent arts culture, Ryan Dorsey hopes to give new voice to Baltimore’s arts community. Not that it doesn’t speak quite well for itself- but it has never had a seat at the legislative table. Artists within the 3rd District and throughout Baltimore City are showing the power of the arts to bring people and communities together across racial, socioeconomic, geographic, and generational lines, and to forge new ideas around how Baltimore approaches community engagement and economic development.
Sliding scale for admission: $10-$1000. All are welcome. Ride sharing and cycling encouraged.
Performers include: Bond Street District, Evan Moritz and Carly Bales, Eze Jackson with Max Beats, Lexie Mountain, Anna Fitzgerald, Scott Patterson, Bobby English Jr., Nudie Suits, Peter Muth, and more to be announced.
Artists donating works to auction include: Laura Amussen, Kelley Bell, Matt Bovie, Karen Buster, Sejong Cho, Loring Cornish, Matthew Clarke Davis, Susanna Dent, Maura Dwyer, Gina Denton, Bobby English Jr., Alex Fine, Erin Fostel, Gaia, Annie Howe, Joseph Hyde, Rosemary Liss, Pablo Machioli, Jackie Milad, Rarah, Leyla Rzayeva, Regina Tumasella, Emily Uchytil, Kelly Walker and Anthea Zeltzman, AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Cant make it? You can still donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ryandorsey
Email questions to [email protected]
Passing From One Hand, Closing Reception
Friday, November 6th : 7-10pm
Baltimore Jewelry Center
10 East North Avenue : Baltimore 21218
The exhibition celebrates the legacy of three Baltimore jewelers and the continuation of Baltimore’s metalsmithing and jewelry tradition.
The Baltimore Jewelry Center’s inaugural exhibition Passing From One Hand: Betty Cooke, Joyce Scott, Shana Kroiz and a Tradition of Metalsmithing and Jewelry in Baltimorewill be on view in its new gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from Sept. 25 – Nov. 6, 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Founded in June 2014, the Baltimore Jewelry Center is the successor organization to the MICA Jewelry Center, which had served the metalsmithing and art jewelry community in the Baltimore area for the past twenty-two years. Today, the non-profit is providing a rigorous academic program and robust studio access program for metal and jewelry artists.
The Baltimore Jewelry Center’s first exhibition celebrates the legacy of three pioneering jewelers who represent three generation of makers in Baltimore. Betty Cooke, the most preeminent mid-century modern art jeweler, along with Joyce Scott, and Shana Kroiz are all Baltimore natives whose work has been informed and sculpted by their relationship to the city and its communities. The artists chose iconic Baltimore landmarks or buildings important to their work and reflective of their personal narratives, images of which will be incorporated into the display of the artists’ work and serve as a connecting theme throughout the gallery. Also featured in the exhibition is a small grouping of work showcasing the current instructors of the Baltimore Jewelry Center.
“The Baltimore Jewelry Center capitalizes on the resurgence of craft education in America while offering an alternative to the university system for those wanting to pursue studies in the metal arts,” said Shane Prada, program director. “We are open to anyone regardless of their educational or artistic background, and we provide affordable educational opportunities by subsidizing class, workshop, and rental costs. Our gallery and exhibition program exposes the larger public to contemporary and traditional metal arts, and acts as a platform to promote and sell the work of local artists and national artists in the metalsmithing field. In our gallery, we will host local, national, and traveling exhibitions that will be free and open to the public.”
Touched with Fire: Michelle + Jeffrey, Opening Reception
Friday, November 6th : 6-9pm
440 East Oliver Street : Baltimore 21201
The theme draws its name from the groundbreaking 1996 book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, by renowned psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison. The same driving discomfort leading to substance misuse and desperate behaviors also may yield extraordinary creativity: grand gifts to the rest of us born of incomparable urgency. The exhibition Touched with Fire: Jeffrey & Michelle features art by Jeffrey Kent, who explores his path from crack addiction to art making, and Michelle Labonte, whose autobiographical work delves into her mental illness and healing.
ALLOVERSTREET November 2015
Friday, November 6th : 7-10pm
East Oliver Street Galleries
East Oliver Street : Station North 21201
ALLOVERSTREET: East Oliver Street Art Walk
November 6, 2015 – 7:00 – 10:00 PM
East Oliver Street (Between Greenmount & Guilford Avenues)
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. This month’s event will be held on Friday, November 6th from 7-10pm. We will be kicking off the night with a very special pre-event and central reception to the art walk right outside the wonderful Motel 6 on North Avenue, where Six @ Six, a performance showcase curated by Miguel Medias, will be taking place. This rad pre-event kicks off the night at 6PM, make sure to stop by so you can get all the info and snacks you need to make it through the rest of the events.
PRE-EVENING EVENTS (6:00-8:00PM):
Alloverstreet Central Reception
The Motel 6 (6:00-8:00PM)
This month’s central reception will take place right outside of the Motel 6 on North Avenue, along side Six @ Six’s show guide station. Come get all the info, maps and snacks you need for some solid art-marathoning!
110 W. North Ave, Baltimore.
Six @ Six
The Motel 6 (6:00-8:00PM)
Six @ Six is a one night only group show at the Motel 6 on North Avenue, featuring six site-specific installations and performances. Work by: Forced Into Femininity, Julie Libersat, Sashenka López & Miguel Mendías, Marcelline Mandeng & Keenon Brice & Emilia Pennanen, Adam Void, and Laura Weiner. Curated by Miguel Mendías.
110 W. North Ave, Baltimore.
EVENING EVENTS (7-10PM):
Labbodies | Borders Boundaries and Barricades Short List
Throughout the first floor of the Copycat Building
1511 Guilford Ave, Copycat Building, Baltimore, MD, 21202
Opening reception for an exhibition by Ryan Nord Kitchen.
On view November 6th – November 28th, 2015.
1515 Guilford Avenue, Copycat Building, Baltimore, MD 21202.
La Bodega Gallery
Opening reception for a solo show by Caroline Hatfield, an MFA candidate at Towson University.
The Copycat Building, Unit A100, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202
Unit B401 at the Copycat (starts at 8PM)
Featuring works by Elisa Urtiaga, Jacob Budenz, Ada Pinkston, Hoesy Corona, Alex D’Agostino, Sonja Norko and Cathy Cook. Lighthole will also be releasing the second volume of the monthly Journal.
The Copycat Building, unit B401, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202.
Blushing, curated by Claire Felonis, exhibits works of emerging artists from the curator’s own personal collection, revealing her art crushes.
The Copycat Building, Unit B202, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202.
Touched with Fire: Jeffrey & Michelle
The opening reception for an exhibtion featuring work by Jeffrey Kent, who explores his path from crack addicition to art making, and Michelle Labonte, whose autobiographical work delves into her mental illness and healing.
440 East Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
More info at Alloverstreet.tumblr.com!
Art Law Clinic
Saturday, November 7th : 1-4pm
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21234
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]
Archie’s Betty, Screening
Saturday, November 7th : 1-4pm
2640 St. Paul Street : Baltimore 21218
2640docs proudly presents ARCHIE’S BETTY: screening and discussion with director Gerald Perry. Archie’s Betty is an independent documentary search by journalist and filmmaker Gerald Peary to determine if the characters in Archie comics—Archie, Betty, Veronica, Moose, Jughead. etc.—were modeled on real-life people. As an Archie-obsessed child, Peary believed that somewhere in America there was a real town of Riverdale, where Archie and his teen friends went to school. As an adult, he found that his fantasy might have basis in fact.
$5-10 sliding scale suggested donation
Some Assembly Required, Opening Assembly
Saturday, November 7th : 2-5pm
3549 Old Frederick Road : Baltimore 21229
Art Project PLASE, found on 3549 Old Frederick Road in West Baltimore, is an old school house owned by the non-profit organization Project PLASE. Currently, it is the site of a set of pop-up art exhibitions featuring international artists that work primarily in installation based art. The newest exhibition, Some Assembly Required, investigates the interior space of this old schoolhouse through the distinct vision of two emerging artists Seon Young Park (Mount Royal, MICA 2015) and Doo-hyun Yoon (Mount Royal, MICA 2016). Some Assembly Required seeks to bring individuals together into this place, once a public school, and now a site in transition, to experience artworks that look to alter and interrupt the environments they reside.
Each artist’s work investigates inhabitable structures, though on very different scales. Through manipulation of physical constructs like clothing and architecture, or more conceptual ideas of time and collaboration, Park and Yoon find ways to draw new awareness to the places they work. Materials for the exhibit are primarily found on site — recycling contextual histories of the objects found in the space into new content. Through use of textiles, wood, and other found materials — Some Assembly Required presents delicate interruptions that invite curiosity and newfound awareness regarding the rooms of the schoolhouse. Their installations transform the place, once left in the past, to focus on newfound experience and the present.
Project PLASE is an organization whose mission is to help those who are homeless, or in some other serious life-transition, find the resources get to a better place. The building was formerly Bernadine’s Catholic School, which closed in June 2010. Project PLASE then purchased and currently manages the site. Curator Yeim Bae worked with partners last spring to transform it into a temporary exhibition space for her MFA thesis project at Maryland Institute College of Art, titled Project 837. After the site’s life as an art venue, Project PLASE intends to renovate it, transforming the schoolhouse into a multifaceted homeless shelter. They are currently raising funds to support the extensive renovation.
LOTTA ART Benefit
Saturday, November 7th : 6-10pm
School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230
The 23rd annual Lotta Art Benefit takes place Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm at School 33 Art Center located at 1427 Light Street. Lotta Art features a lottery-style drawing beginning at 7:30pm where patrons are guaranteed to leave with an original artwork valued at or above the cost of their ticket.
This year’s Lotta Art will also celebrate the final installation of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Co(lab)oration projects. In honor of Robert Rauschenberg, best known for his “Combines” of the 50’s and early 60’s, Lotta Art goes mid-century modern by hosting a 1960s-inspired cocktail party with retro hors d’oeuvres, classic cocktails, period-perfect attire and music. More than 100 talented artists generously donate their artwork for the benefit. Proceeds from Lotta Art support School 33 Art Center, an institution that has championed the arts for more than 30 years through arts education, exhibitions and a Studio Artist Program. The 2015 Lotta Art Benefit is produced by School 33 Art Center, a facility of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a non-profit organization serving as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center and film office.
JAM: Second Annual Juried Exhibition
Opening reception: November 7 th 7-10pm
November 7- December 7, 2015
Gallery hours: Sat- Sun 11-5pm
Platform Gallery is pleased to present JAM, on view at 116 W Mulberry Street. JAM, juried by Alex Ebstein, Michael Anthony Farley, Malcolm Lomax, and Daniel Wickerham includes work from a selected group of twelve diverse artists. This exhibition gave an opportunity for artists from any range of experience to participate and have their work considered. JAM focuses not only the curated exhibition, but also the conversation created between each applicant, the jurors, and Platform Gallery. This exhibition applauds the range of artists working and creating in Baltimore. JAM is the second of Platform’s annual juried exhibitions. We are proud to include the works of the following artists:
ALEX EBSTEIN is an artist, curator and writer based in Baltimore, Maryland. Originally from Connecticut, she moved to Baltimore in 2003 to attend Goucher College, where she received her BA in studio art. She completed her MFA at Towson University in 2015. In addition to her studio practice, Alex co-founded and ran Nudashank, a contemporary art gallery in downtown Baltimore for five years with her partner, Seth Adelsberger, and was a regular arts contributor to City Paper and New American Paintings blog. Her work has been exhibited across the country including shows in Baltimore, Chicago, New York and DC. Ebstein was recently crowned, “Baltimore’s Best Artist” by Baltimore Magazine.
MICHAEL ANTHONY FARLEY is an artist, curator, and senior editor at ArtFCity.com. He was born at John’s Hopkins Hospital, attended MICA for a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculptural Studies, and received an MFA in Imaging Media and Digital Arts from UMBC. He has a complicated relationship with institutional critique. Although he went to digital art school, he has no website, but did switch to electronic cigarettes.
WICKERHAM & LOMAX is the collaborative name of Baltimore-based artists Malcolm Lomax (b. Abbeville, South Carolina, 1986) and Daniel Wickerham (b. Columbus, Ohio, 1986). Formerly known as DUOX, the two have been working together since 2009. They have developed a searching, nuanced practice that applies a keen critical intuition and fine-tuned irreverence to the problems and potentialities of our contemporary media ecology. Working across diverse media, curatorial platforms, and institutional contexts, they have created a body of work at once context-specific and broadly engaged with networked virtualities. W&L are particularly invested in questions of identity and the body, exploring the impact—profound, ubiquitous, ambivalent—of digital technologies and social spaces on the formation of subjectivities and speculative corporealities.Recent exhibitions by Wickerham & Lomax include Girth Proof at Dem Passwords, Los Angeles; the premiere of Encore in the AFTALYFE at the Artists Space booth, Frieze NY 2014; andBOY’Dega: Edited4Syndication for New Museum’s First Look series, as well as several solo shows: DUOX4Larkin, Artists Space, New York; Liste Exhibition, Contemporary Museum of Art, Baltimore; Break My Body, Hold My Bones, CCS Bard Hessel Museum in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; MoMT: Museum of Modern Twink, GLCCB bookstore, Baltimore; and King Me, Open Space Gallery, Baltimore. Wickerham & Lomax are the 2015 winners of the $25,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize.
PLATFORM was founded in 2014 by Lydia Pettit and Abigail Parrish on the first floor of Platform Arts Center. Functioning as a commercial gallery, Platform promises to create driving, thought-provoking shows that question the relationship between artist, curator, and community as well as providing opportunities for Baltimore and regional artists to show their work. Run by women, Platform is an open, safe space for artists to meet and collaborate with community members of any class, race, gender, or age in hopes of influencing future shows and programming. Exhibitions span from new age artists that are influential to contemporary art to curated historical investigations of art in Baltimore. Platform promises to excite audiences beyond the art
116 West Mulberry Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Mural Ribbon Cutting + Arch Social Club Reunion
Sunday, November 8th : 3pm
Arch Social Club
2426 Pennsylvania Avenue : Baltimore 21217
As an extension of the Art @ Work: Sandtown program, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the completion of a new mural at Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania and North avenues, the site of the April 2015 uprising. The official ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the mural takes place Sunday, November 8 at 3pm followed by the Arch Social Club Reunion at 5pm. The unveiling and reunion are free and open to the public. The Arch Social Club is located at 2426 Pennsylvania Avenue. The mural was painted by local artist Ernest Shaw with the help of local street artist Nether and Eric Hendricks III, a graduate of the Art @ Work: Sandtown program. Art @ Work: Sandtown is a partnership between the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Jubilee Arts and YouthWorks that created nine new murals and a mosaic in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood over the course of five weeks by pairing youth artist apprentices with master teaching artists.
The 30-foot mural features legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday (1915-1959) on the centennial year of her birth. Also featured is a young Ta-Nehisi Coates with his son. Coates is the West Baltimore author of Between the World and Me, and the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur “genius” grant. The mural makes use of traditional African symbolism and modern imagery.
For more information on the Art @ Work: Sandtown program, visit www.promotionandarts.org or http://arts.jubileeartsbaltimore.org/. For more information on the reunion at Arch Social Club, visit www.archsocialclub.com.