<><><><><><><><>Laundered Fang : Erika Ceruzzi Opening Reception
Saturday, May 14th : 7-10 pm
502 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201
Erika Ceruzzi (b. 1990, Kensington, MD) lives and works in New York City. In her first solo show at Springsteen, she presents a body of work within a space between a parking garage and W. Franklin Street. Laundered Fang is a corridor where incisions are on view, and objects rest in dormant surge.
Ceruzzi recently co-curated EVA, at Interstate Projects (New York). Solo exhibitions include Menswear, Still House (New York) and m, i, n, e, Interstate Projects (New York). Recent two-person exhibitions include Koroneiki (w/ Morgan Canavan) Hester (New York), Material Art Fair (w/ Colin Foster) Springsteen (Mexico City), and Jardin No. 19 (w/ Alex Ito) Springsteen. Her work has been shown at Muscle Beach (Portland), Rowing (London), Rail Curatorial Projects (Miami), Yves Klein Archives (Paris), Division Gallery (Montreal), V1 (Copenhagen), and Howard St (New York).
Pluperfect Tense: New Works by Cara Ober
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 14: 6-8 pm
Randall Scott Projects
216 West Read Street : Baltimore, MD
“The dead can only speak through the voices of the living. History is ours to claim.” – Aridocles
The Pluperfect Tense is a grammatical form that refers to an event that occurred earlier in the past, placed in relation to past events. How better than to comprehend pre-history, the history before the recorded history of humans, than through this construct?
Although our earliest human records are estimated at around 5000 BC, historians admit to huge gaps and unanswered questions in current historical models. We know that there was a time before history, a pre-history where humans existed for tens of thousands of years. Although radiocarbon dating is effective for placing organic materials into a historical timeline, it’s useless for stone objects and buildings, the objects and structures that truly withstand time. What if historians have it all wrong and human history is much deeper and more complicated than current theories?
In an age and election cycle where many voters yearn for a mythical period of history where life was somehow better, Cara Ober’s new body of paintings, prints, drawings, and porcelain urns explore the possibilities of a time before time. Viewed through a collection of objects and images, Ober posits historical artifacts, both real and fake, against contemporary ones, creating a skewed and immediate timeline of visual symbol and layers. Within this context, history is no longer linear but cyclical, and the past and present collapse to influence one another other.
Artist Talk: Broomberg & Chanarin
Sunday, May 15th : 2-3:30pm
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218
London-based artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin discuss their exhibition currently on view in the Front Room, which points to the changes technology has brought to warfare.
<><><><><><><><>Ian Nagoski : Ecstatic & Wingless
Sunday, May 15th : 7pm
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue: Baltimore 21224
Ecstatic & Wingless is an audio documentary project on the impact of birdsong on human performance – and conversely, our impact on birdsong. Ian will tell the story, not only of the first recordings of cagebirds, but also the practice of bird-imitation, a field that produced amazing and eccentric celebrities during the 1910s – ’20s. Rarely heard in recent years, bird imitation was also recorded commercially on every continent by 1925 and possibly predates music or language in human history.
Music researcher Ian Nagoski has previously explored the porous boundaries of culture through 78rpm records of immigrants from collapsing European and Near Eastern empires as they arrived in the U.S. in early 20th century, and in the process, learned the stories of great, forgotten performers. With Ecstatic & Wingless, he has opened his exploration to the world of vaudevillians and bird-fanciers, of canaries, nightingales, finches, and the people who studied them, poeticized them, and tried to be them.
Sunday Salon Takeover by SunSets
Sunday, May 15th : 12-2pm
The Former Peale Museum
225 North Holiday Street : Baltimore 21201
Please join us for regular Sunday Salons in concert with Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, a project with New York-based artist Abigail DeVille at the former Peale Museum located at 225 N. Holiday Street. Each Sunday, till June 5th, will feature local performers, poets, storytellers, and musicians from 12pm-2pm. Feel free to grab a bite from the Sunday’s Farmer Market and join us at the Peale Museum for an afternoon of performances.