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Gallery Q: Sheridan Library, JHU Homewood
North Charles & East 31st : Baltimore 21218
Featuring special presentations and a performance by:
This exhibition will join research by participating JHU students and faculty with work by participating artists from the Baltimore area. Researchers were invited to share excerpts from their research with participating artists, who then created work inspired by or interpreting their research. The artwork ranges from illustrations by MICA undergraduate students to new media work by practicing artists. The exhibition will include the juried selection of art works from artists who have been working in collaboration with researchers for the past several months. It also serves as the follow-up to our past event, the Tim Phelps: Nature Mandalas event, where artists and researchers were able to meet and decide who they were interested in working with.
See participaiting artists and researchers at http://researchremix.com/
Full exhibition schedule: April 4-19
Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
McDaniel College : Westminster 21157
The annual “Kathryn E. Wentz Juried Undergraduate Exhibition” highlights the best artwork by students at McDaniel College. The exhibition runs Tuesday, April 5 – Friday, April 15, in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, at 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. An opening reception takes place Thursday, April 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.
All students in the college’s department of art and art history are invited to submit up to five pieces of art that they have done while studying at McDaniel for inclusion in the exhibition.
American University art professors Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud are jurors for the exhibition and will choose the eight award winners for Best in Show, First, Second and Third places, and three honorable mentions, as well as a Foundations award that is open to work done in Drawing One (Perceptual Drawing and Design). The awards are announced during the opening reception.
Charlton and Doud have launched sindikit (www.sindikit.net) in Baltimore, a collaborative project space to support experimental work and practice-based research.
RTKL Award Lecture
Monday, April 11th : 4pm
Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture
UMBC : Baltimore 21250
Stamp Student Union : College Park
In this public lecture, Wafaa Bilal discusses specific bodies of his work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), Virtual Jihadi, and 3rdi, elaborating on the evolution of his artwork, reflecting on his personal narrative and experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue. The controversial aspects of his work spark deeper conversation, posing questions about political and personal realities. Bilal’s work places him in the role of artist as platform initiator, helping to shift and change distribution channels in media.
The artist hosts a graduate colloquium on Friday, April 8, noon–1:30 pm, at the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture. Graduate students pre-register and prepare for this focused conversation on art and politics by reading Bilal’s 2008 book Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun. Available from CityLights.com, Amazon.com, and the UMD library system. Space is limited to 20 participants; register by March 31 (*deadline extended*). Lunch will be served.
Rouse Gallery, MICA Place
814 Collington Avenue : Baltimore 21205
This is an opening exhibition for a collaborative show between LaNia Sproles and Kim Loper. The show is on view April 8- April 30, 2016.
Using relief printmaking and paper collage techniques, the artists created a body of work where figures are sliced open, dissected, and restructured as a way to explore the internal disconnections that occur when we try and live authentically in a world where identities are forcefully prescribed on us, often times without consent.
In the collaborative process, Sproles and Loper experimented with each other’s preferred medium, traded the works, and continued to manipulate the figures. This process of exchange further supports the idea that we all play a part in the construction of each others’ development of self, particularly around race, gender and sexuality.
The Red Room at Normal’s Books & Records
425 East 31st Street : Baltimore 21218
Where one locates ruptures or denies them is a political choice that determines the construction of the present. Whether one excludes or foregrounds certain events and processes at the expense of others affects the intelligibility of the contemporary functioning of power in which we ourselves are enmeshed.
– Jonathan Crary, Techniques of the Observer
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Inspired by early stereo imaging and the clash and collusion of socioeconomic forces, this suite of works seeks to dismantle cinematic codes while foregrounding projector and light as sculpture: a conscious corruption and interference of the apparatus to evoke the unexpected, reshaping representation into the realm of material and space. Using colour gels, masking, lens interference and projector movement in tandem with an exploration of binocular disparity, perspective, pattern- ing and the film surface itself, APPARITIONS explores the transitional space between image and abstraction.
Alex MacKenzie is a Vancouver-based media artist working primarily with 16mm analog film equipment and hand processed imagery. He creates works of expanded cinema, light projection installation, and projector performance. His work has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the EXiS Experimental Film Festival in Seoul, Lightcone in Paris, Kino Arsenal in Berlin and many other festivals and art spaces worldwide. Alex was the founder and curator of the Edison Electric Gallery of Moving Images, the Blinding Light!! Cinema and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. He was an artist in residence at Atelier MTK in Grenobles France, the Struts Gallery/Faucet Media in New Brunswick, Cineworks’ Analog Film Annex in Vancouver and Daimon in Gatineau. Alex co-edited Damp: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art (Anvil Press 2008), and interviewed David Rimmer for Loop, Print, Fade + Flicker: David Rimmer’s Moving Images (Anvil Press 2009). Alex is a founding member of the Iris Film Collective in Vancouver.
East Oliver Street Galleries
Station North : Baltimore 21201
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. We hope you will join us on Friday, April 8th to kick off the Publications and Multiples Fair (PMF) weekend! We will start the night off with a happy hour sponsored by Brewer’s Art at the Area 405 that will be followed by an Alloverstreet Artist Talk. This month we will host Labbodies and artist due Wickerham & Lomax. And, in conjunction with PMF, some of our art spaces will be hosting open gallery hours on Saturday April 9th & 10th from 12PM-4PM.
FRIDAY APRIL 8 SCHEDULE:
• 5:00 – 7:00PM
Happy Hour @ Area 405 (405 E Oliver St)!
• 7:00 – 7:30PM
Artist Talk featuring Labbodies and Wickerham & Lomax (405 E Oliver St), featuring The Brewer’s Art beer and Joe Squared pizza!
• 7:00 – 10:00PM
Art openings on E Oliver St and surrounding area!
GALLERY OPENINGS (7-10PM)
Penn Station Plaza
A project by Station North Artists-In-Residence Hoesy Corona and Ada Pinkston supported by Neighborhood Lights.
Penn Station Plaza, 1500 N Charles St
An exhibition by Hannah Haisan, Penthouse’s March artist in residence.
The Copycat, Unit B501, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD.
Former Everyman Theatre
Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Exhibition
Development Seminar (EDS) presents ROOM, an exhibition that
investigates the relationships people form with their architectural
surroundings. The show features newly commissioned inflatable artworks by Rhode Island-based design collective Pneuhaus.
1727 N Charles (next door to the Charles Theatre)
Work by Taha Heydari & Julia Garcia
The Copycat, Unit B202, 1511 Guilford Ave
An exhibition by Wickerham & Lomax curated by Labbodies as part of their Station North residency supported by Neighborhood Lights.
The Copycat, 1515 Guilford Ave
La Bodega Gallery
“We Make It All To Have It All”
A show celebrating female identified artists including work by Courtney Cooper, Catherine Khamnouane, Shannon McBride, Nicole Fossi, Rachel Guardiola, Ariana Vaeth
Kelsey Krajewski, Noa Heyne, Suzy Gonzalez, Mia Fiorentino, Saalika Khan, Alexandra Dukes, April Camlin, Rachel Hayden, Julianna Barca, Qin Tan, Laura Baran, Suzy Kopf, Lissandra Valdes, Alice Gadzinski, Sarah Stoll, Dani Toral and Cynthu Muthusamy.
The Copycat, Unit A100, 1511 Guilford Ave
A multimedia showcase and monthly journal release.
The Copycat, Unit B401, 1511 Guilford Ave
“Eruptions Of The Digital Into The Physical”
An international student exchange exhibition between the University of the West England, Bristol UK and Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore USA.
440 E Oliver St
“TRACES, Ni de aquí, Ni de allá”
Curated by Ashley DeHoyos and featuring the works of Krissty Batres, Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown, Gabrielle Velez, René Treviño, Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz, Justin Zachary, Irvin Morazan, Edgar Reyes, Jorge Galvan and Ryan Flores.
405 E Oliver St
“Deer in Headlights”
Works by June Culp, Aaron Dunn, Dave Eassa, and Rachel Hayden.
Will be parked on the 300 block of Federal St
Cork Factory Lobby
“The Dan Show”
Glass works by Dan Herman
The Cork Factory, 302 Federal Street
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Friday, April 8th : 9pm + Saturday, April 9th : 8pm
MICA Brown Center, Falvey Hall
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217
Grace and St. Peter’s Church
707 Park Avenue : Baltimore 21201
This April we will usher in the spring with Pierre Boulez’s formidable Dérive 2, a powerful 20th century work for a large orchestra. Also on this concert will be the World Premiere of a new work for orchestra by Jonathan Russell, the winner of our 2015 Call for Scores.
In Summer 2015, dozens of composers from around the world sent scores and recordings of their best works. The winners of this competition, Jonathan Russell and Andrew Posner were each commissioned to write a new piece to be performed alongside an orchestral repertoire standard. Nick Omiccioli won an award for Honorable Mention, and we will be performing his piece [fuse] on our concert in May.
West North Avenue + North Howard Street : Baltimore 21218
On April 9, 2016, the Monument Quilt will blanket two blocks of North Avenue between Howard and Charles Street with 1500 stories from survivors of sexual and domestic violence and messages of support from their communities. The day long event will include readings, discussions, workshops and performances.
Interested in participating in the event? Fill out this form! Performers, speakers, organizations, and volunteers are all needed and welcome. http://goo.gl/forms/
Leading up to this display on North Avenue, FORCE is hosting 50 quilt making workshops in locations across the city, in which people can create their own square. Groups can inquire about hosting a workshop by emailing [email protected]tquilt.org
And, stay tuned for an event series that will happen in the lead up to this historic event.
The Monument Quilt by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is an ongoing collection of stories from survivors of sexual and domestic violence. The Quilt, which has toured the country, is a national project to support rather than shame and blame survivors. The quilt is building a culture where we publicly support, instead of publicly shame, survivors. Written, stitched and painted onto red fabric, our stories come together in highly visible places to create and demand public space to heal. The Monument Quilt resists a narrow and mainstream narrative by telling many stories, not just one.
LEAP/2: Value of Design Symposium
Saturday, April 9th – Monday, April 11th
MICA Center for Social Design
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217
Exploring Professional Pathways in Design for Social Innovation
April 9-12, 2016
Center for Social Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
A new generation of designers is emerging committed to applying their creative talents to address the wicked social and environmental challenges of our time. But what are the professional pathways for designers pursuing careers in design for social innovation? In April 2016, the Center for Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will host LEAP/2: Value of Design Symposium to further evolve strategies for advancing professional pathways in design for social innovation.
Please join us for a series of free and open public plenaries on April 10 and 11 with leading practitioners, educators and thought leaders as we explore the current challenges, trends and future opportunities design for social innovation.
The Value of Design Symposium is hosted by the Center for Social Design at MICA with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, MICA, and numerous other in-kind partners.
LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways for Design in Social Innovation
Sunday, April 10th : 7-9pm
LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways for Design in Social Innovation
Co-Editors of “LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways for Design in Social Innovation,” will share highlights and insights from this newly-released book and reflections from the first LEAP Symposium.
– Mariana Amatullo, Vice President & Co-Founder, Designmatters, ArtCenter College of Design
– Liz Danzico, Creative Director, NPR
– Jennifer May, Director, Designmatters Department, ArtCenter College of Design
– Andrew Shea, Principal, MANY
Current Challenges & Opportunities for Professional Pathways in Design for Social Innovation
Leading educators, practitioners and thought leaders will provide their perspectives on the current challenges, opportunities and emergent trends in professional pathways in design for social innovation.
Eva Fury & Silvia Mata-Marin, Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellows, MICA Center for Social Design
– George Aye, Co-Founder & Principal, Greater Good Studio
– Sara Cantor Aye, Co-Founder & Principal, Greater Good Studio
– Sarah Brooks, Insights & Design, Veterans Experience, US Department of Veterans Affairs
– Kippy Joseph, Associate Director, Innovation, Rockefeller Foundation
LEAP/2: Value of Design Symposium
Monday, April 11th : 7-9pm
Envisioning the Future for Professional Pathways in Design for Social Innovation
Leading educators, practitioners and thought leaders explore and imagine new directions and horizons, providing an aspirational vision for professional pathways in design for social innovation.
– Alexis Bonnell, Chief, Applied Innovation & Acceleration, USAID Global Development Lab, USAID
– Gaby Brink, Founder & Chief Designer, Tomorrow Partners
– Justin W. Cook, Senior Lead for Sustainable Development, Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra
Publications and Multiples Fair
Saturday, April 9th & Sunday, April 10th
Baltimore Design School
1500 Barclay Avenue : Baltimore 21202
Building on six consecutive years of growing print celebrations, Open Space is thrilled to present PMF VII, the Seventh Annual Publications & Multiples Fair, taking place April 9th and 10th, 2016 at the Baltimore Design School, 1500 Barclay St.
This annual exposition provides the opportunity to peruse, purchase, and discuss artist publications, prints, and objects produced in multiple. Join us for this cornerstone event featuring works from over 130 local and national artists, and on-site programming all weekend. The fair is free and open to the public.
Press Press Presents: If I Ruled the World Conference
Saturday, April 9th & Sunday, April 10th
Baltimore Design School
1500 Barclay Avenue : Baltimore 21201
IF I RULED THE WORLD, presented by Press Press with support from BmoreArt, is a publication that takes inspiration from the Nas classic, “If I Ruled The World” (It Was Written, 1996), in order to facilitate artistic collaborations and conversations between a range of Baltimore-based creatives and activists. In their responses, contributors present their most positive visions of the world, and by doing so, are able to thoughtfully analyze and investigate the nuances within the struggle for equity in our city and the active role of artists within the pursuit for social change.
The IF I RULED THE WORLD CONFERENCE, that will accompany the release of the publication on April 9 & 10 at Open Space’s annual Publications and Multiples Fair, will feature presentations and panels by:
Khadija Nia Adell
Greydolf (Brayaira Simms)
Get Your Life Productions
Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project’s young writers and artists
Keynote presentation by: Bryanna Jenkins of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance
Kurt Steger :: Urban Structures Opening Reception
Saturday, April 9th : 6-8pm
216 West Read Street : Baltimore 21201
RandallScottProjects is pleased to announce Kurt Steger Urban Structures opening April 9th continuing to May 7th. This will be Kurt Steger’s first solo exhibition with RandallScottProjects.
‘Urban Structures’ addresses the loss that cultures or communities experience from the destruction or demolition of spaces, particularly those with personal or spiritual importance. Recent travels in Tibet, where Steger observed peoples’ homes and places of worship destroyed, provided an impetus for this series, as it reflected a similar experience back home, where he witnessed the demolition and redevelopment of structures in the ongoing gentrification cycle in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn.
‘Urban Structures’ uses this cycle of destruction as a literal foundation; each sculpture features a found piece of Bushwick concrete rubble as a base upon which Steger designs form-fitting abstract shapes. These structures, inspired by his interest in architecture, are each a unique response to their concrete base, designed to balance and contrast with the jagged, uneven shapes and surfaces in the material. Through its reduction to rubble, the concrete begins to imitate the inherent randomness of natural forms. A trace of former function remains, like the curved imprint left from a pipe or an angle that marked the edge of a curb.
Each structure is designed as a type of sacred space that honors the memory of its foundation’s past. In most of the works, the structures contain an object or material, such as earth from Tibet, white sage, seeds, or notes composed as prayers. The spiritual aspect of the work remains largely undefined and open to interpretation, not adhering to a specific religious tradition.
As with all of Steger’s work, these ‘Urban Structures’ are designed to provoke contemplation about space, time, community, and man’s responsibilities to and within his environment.
Surface Tension + Sun Dogs Opening Receptions
Saturday, April 9th : 7-10pm
421 North Howard Street : Baltimore 21201
SURFACE TENSION is an exhibition featuring new bodies of work from Colin Alexander, Taha Heydari, Marisa LaGuardia, and Jinie Park. All operating within the realm of painting,these artists filter personal subject matter through a consideration of its reception, consequently problematizing the gaze deployed by the spectator in order to contemplate their work. By permitting the beholder to simultaneously look into and at the surface of the painting—tottering between painterly traditions of illusionism and a Modernist reinforcement of materiality—these artists posit spectatorship under increasingly nuanced terms. As these works subvert traditional notions of pictorial access that manifest in the ensuing state of ‘tension’ that plays out across the surface, so too do they relay and upheave broader concerns of social hierarchy and expectations of visual consumption. The four artists included in this exhibition employ a diverse array of visual devices in order to achieve this duplicitous effect. Across images that draw upon cinematic and cultural references, Colin Alexander suggests picture-in-picture compositions that foreground scenes culled from screen culture atop representations of the curiously everyday. In his latest series of mixed-media work, Alexander layers intimately scaled canvases under sheets of light diffusers interrupted by gestural incisions that allow limited and calculated access to the underlying painted forms. Taha Heydari renders highly politicized world events through smeared and dizzying layers reminiscent of visual glitches and technological mediation. Across Marisa LaGuardia’s practice, the viewer encounters utilitarian objects including safety fences, storefront gates, and scaffolding that, in the context of the picture plane, stymie a fully welcome view of lushly chromatic foliage and streetscapes. Jinie Park implies emotionally charged and ethereal spatial recesses with interwoven seams of linen that evoke architectural supports and divides. In tandem, these artists engage with the painted surface as a polemicized site where image, canvas, and the gaze collectively shift anticipated paradigms of spectatorship.
Sun Dogs is a series of imaginative drawings that invoke the joy and gratitude of belonging and the possibility of connection with people and places.
Russell Hite is an artist and special Education teacher. He enjoys drawing, being helpful, and getting a good laugh. His work is inspired by storytelling, myth, and community.
Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 9th : 10am-5pm
The Walters Art Gallery
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201
Slow Art Day involves looking at five artworks for 10 minutes each, then share what you discovered on-site and online. Last year, more than 200 museums and galleries from Shanghai to Paris participated . This year in Baltimore, stop by the Walters and spend an hour looking closely at five works we’ve selected, from ancient Rome, Renaissance Italy, and present-day Japan.
Tony McKissic: Backyard Ritual Opening Reception
Sunday, April 10th : 3-5pm
New Door Creative
1601 St. Paul Street : Baltimore 21202
In the artist words…
“Backyard Ritual” is a self-reflective journey relative to the extended family constructs that contribute to my survival and existence”
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 10, 3-5 PM
Tony McKissic is a Baltimore-based artist and educator. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose work engages Black culture and often reflects on his experience growing up between Washington, D.C., Southern Maryland, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Mckissic received both his BFA (Printmaking, ’99) and MA (Art Education, ’03) from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Killer Heels: A Talk by Curator Lisa Small
Monday, April 11th : 7pm
1021 Dulaney Valley Road : Towson 21204
KILLER HEELS A talk by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum Monday, April 11 7:00 p.m. Kelly Lecture Hall Small will discuss killer heels, fashion’s most provocative accessory and the subject of her recent exhibition. From sixteenth-century Italy to today’s runways, her talk explores the high-heeled shoe’s rich history and its enduring place in our popular imagination. This event is free and open to the public. If you wish to be notified should there be a change to the event, you may reserve a ticket at http://events.goucher.edu/. Otherwise, tickets are not required.A talk by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum Monday, April 11 7:00 p.m. Kelly Lecture Hall Small will discuss killer heels, fashion’s most provocative accessory and the subject of her recent exhibition. From sixteenth-century Italy to today’s runways, her talk explores the high-heeled shoe’s rich history and its enduring place in our popular imagination. This event is free and open to the public. If you wish to be notified should there be a change to the event, you may reserve a ticket at http://events.goucher.edu/. Otherwise, tickets are not required.