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Stevenson University Art Gallery
1525 Greenspring Avenue : Owings Mills 211117
Exhibition Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m.
Artist Talk: Monday, Sept. 19th, 2pm
Exhibition on view through Oct. 6
Several concepts come to mind when thinking about liminality: uncertainty, as well as openness, potential, and the state of becoming, between-ness, transition, neutrality. The state of Neither-Nor (or Either-Or, quantitatively holding the same value and relevance in opposition). The Liminal surrounds us; it is the periphery of every moment of our existence, the behind-the-scenes of our reality; it makes no judgments and no assertions; it constitutes our everyday mundane poetry. It is simply there. In the liminal state, the boundaries and factors dissolve, bringing to the attention the low-key overlooked moments.
Penumbra, referring to the area of transition between light and shadow, is a series of photographs that explores the concept of becoming. The images are observations of the ordinary, commonplace, and familiar domestic spaces, invite the viewer to examine the subtle manifestations of the Everyday.
Penumbra, referring to the area of transition between light and shadow, is a series of photographs by Elena Volkova that explores the concept of becoming. The images—observations of the ordinary, commonplace, and familiar domestic spaces—invite the viewer to examine the subtle manifestations of the Everyday.
High Zero Festival
Thursday, September 15th – Sunday, September 18th
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street : Baltimore 21201
What is High Zero?
High Zero is the premier festival of Improvised, Experimental music on the East Coast, being fully devoted to new collaborations between the most inspired improvisors from around the world.
Lasting two weeks in total, the festival brings together 28 core musicians each year, but also involves a much larger subculture of musicians in Baltimore and on the East Coast. Unlike many related festivals, High Zero is not narrow in terms of sensibility or subculture, but rather widely inclusive of all the different types of experimental music-making in the moment. The fact that half of the festival’s core participants are from Baltimore speaks to the depth of Baltimore’s experimental music subculture, which in recent years has grown to be one of the richest cities in the country for experimental art.
The festival has a unique structure. HIGH ZERO is focused solely on new collaborations in freely improvised experimental music. Internationally famous musicians play side by side with younger “unknowns,” united by their commitment to the musical imagination. Each year, Baltimore becomes a fertile meeting-ground for a large group of inspired players, drawn from a fascinating international subculture.
The festival exposes large audiences to this radical music in its pure form. Large-scale public concerts, recording sessions, workshops, and guerilla street performances are all part of the heady mix. The players are carefully selected by the festival’s organizers for their intense, unique music, whether it is based around dramatic intensity, humor, specially designed instruments, original approach, raw sound, or nearly superhuman instrumental technique. The resulting collaborations challenge the limits of music and delight by their audacity, expressiveness, immediacy, and innovation. It isn’t about stars or established projects; it is about the most uncompromising and stimulating new improvised music we can bring together.
To say the High Zero Festival is an unusual event is an understatement. Not only does the festival intend to provide the audience with extremely varied, inspired and ingenious experiences, it is also a major challenge for the improvisors, who are put in contexts where their stock personal musical languages may not work, pushing them into terra incognita.
This year’s festival again promises to be the best yet, with more performers and more music. We hope to see you at High Zero 2008, and hope that you will spread the word to anyone you think might be interested!
C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201
C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Invisible Children, a solo exhibition by photographer Rania Matar. These photographs document young Syrian refugees on the streets of Beirut and third-generation Palestinian girls living in the refugee camps of Bourj el-Barajneh. Inspired by the artist’s frequent visits to the capital of Lebanon, many of these photographs depict Syrian children at work: selling red roses, carrying beat-up shoe-shining equipment, often camouflaging themselves with the graffiti they stand before.
The artist notes, “straddled by a weak economy and domestic political tensions, Lebanon is finding it hard to cope with the large influx of refugees inside its borders, making the humanitarian crisis a difficult one to resolve.” Matar’s work often elevates mundane, everyday moments as a way of illuminating the universal within the personal. In documenting a population of young people living invisibly within a country unable to embrace them, Matar’s frank portraits seek to restore the singular identities of her subjects, intimating potential futures beyond the political crisis of their circumstance.
C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Scrolls and Sheets, a solo exhibition of ceramic works by Carol Young. Young’s intricate sculptures are meticulously crafted to resemble curled, folded and piled sheets of parchment. The artist’s trompe-l’oeil replication of the lightness, weight, and fragility of paper confounds the viewer’s perception of material. Young’s blank pages become a kind of tabula rasa upon which the contents of personal and collective archives might appear. These delicate, evocative works investigate subliminal memory, forgotten history, and that which has not yet been spoken or said. Young’s installations call to mind an ancient printed library laden with hidden information yearning to be classified, renewed and studied.
<><><><><><><><><><>Carol Miller Frost: Perception of Light – Reception
Thursday, September 15th : 5-7pm
Julio Fine Arts
Loyola University Maryland : Baltimore 21210
The Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland presents Perception of Light, paintings by Carol Miller Frost. Frost’s work is all about the presence of light. The paintings are large fields of atmospheric color. Whether the color is the light of day or the dark of night, the paintings invite you into another space.
Carol Miller Frost, a Baltimore based artist, received her MFA in 1986 from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. Recent exhibitions include: Shifting Light, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore MD; Abstraction: Finding The Thread, VisArts 2014; Flow and Shift, VisArts, 2013; The Summer Show, C. Grimaldis Gallery, 2013; Body Work, Stevenson University, 2010; MICA at Rochefort, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2010; and from the center: LINE DRAWING, C. Grimaldis Gallery, October, 2009.
Her work is in the Collections of Prints and Drawings, Baltimore Museum of Art and The University of Richmond Museums, Richmond VA; Exelon Corporation, Baltimore, MD; Certus Bank, Greennville SC; Market Place, Louisville KY; Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore MD; Texaco Corporation, LA and numerous private collections.
Frost was awarded a Franz and Virginia Bader grant and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2013. Previously she received Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in 1995, 1996, 2002.
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201
Hula hoops are fun and functional and a great excuse to feel like a kid again! Build, sand, and paint your own hula hoop using wood from deconstructed Baltimore homes with the Station North Tool Library and Surface Project and learn firsthand how materials can be reused in creative ways.
The first part of this two-part workshop will take place at the Walters Art Museum on Thursday, September 15 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The following Saturday afternoon from 1–3 p.m., meet at Station North Tool Library (417 E. Oliver Street) to build your own hula hoop.
Make Night is an evening blending good wine and craft beer, great company, and fantastic art-making experiences led by local creative minds. Each workshop begins with a free drink and a visit to the galleries. Advance registration required.
MICA – Falvey Hall
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217
E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and National Public Radio commentator, will headline Constitution Day, a free annual symposium co-sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU–MD).
The panel, moderated by WYPR’s Maryland Morning host Tom Hall, will also include Margarita Cabrera, a Mexican-American artist whose work is related to border relations, labor practices and immigration, and Marielena Hincapié, director of the National Immigration Law Center. The event, titled Immigration, Racism, and the Changing Face of the Nation, will take place Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7–9 p.m. in Brown Center’s Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The 2016 symposium explores immigration, racism and the impact of changing demographics on public discourse about what it means to be an American. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, racial minority groups will make up the majority of the nation’s population by 2042, but as the country becomes more racially diverse, a portion of the nation’s current majority white population has reacted with fear, and negative language and actions. With recent examples of xenophobic and racist speech used by major political candidates and officeholders in the United States and even abroad, and subsequent protests and divisive dialogue, panelists will discuss the changing face of the country and the issues motivating passion and divisiveness surrounding the issue. Immigration could well prove the deciding factor in the upcoming presidential election.
“This is clearly a crucial topic, which dominates the current political discourse and is giving rise to some really ugly comments from the public and those who want to serve the highest office,” said Constitution Day organizer and MICA Humanistic Studies Department faculty member Firmin DeBrabander. He added, “We need to clear about what’s going on here, why the ugliness, what fears people have, and what are the larger and contextual motivators of this divisive debate.”
Established in 2005, Constitution Day continues the College’s tradition of leadership in raising and exploring important political issues. In addition to free tickets distributed in advance to the MICA and ACLU communities, a limited number of free tickets will be available to the general public starting at 3 p.m. on the day of the event.
Rosenberg and Silber Galleries
Goucher College : Towson 21204
Andrea Huppert’s mixed media works are grounded in visual metaphor and abstraction. By pairing symbolic imagery culled from the natural environment- such as twigs, nests, and birds- with an opus of shapes, lines and colors, her work alludes to opposing forces and constant change. Eliminating extraneous details, by moving away from representation and towards abstraction, she is able to focus on shifting perceptions rather than concrete forms. Each composition has unique design elements and tactile qualities that explore the duality of tension and harmony, while simultaneously implying movement. Huppert’s mutable materials and processes which include; natural objects, torn paper, and encaustic wax, echo notions of fluidity, and highlight the always tentative nature of both our inner and outer landscape.
Andrea Huppert: Tentative Nature will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium from August 17th through October 16th, 2016. This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held Thursday, Sept 15th, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please visit www.goucher.edu/rosenberg or call 410-337-6477 for more information.
Intricate Observations X 2, is an exhibition of works by Annet Couwenberg and Jann Rosen-Queralt. It highlights their experiences working at the intersection of art, and science reflecting an abiding curiosity of and attention to the physical and natural world. Their engagement considers inter-disciplinarity and encourages reaching beyond customary conventions. This practice of “intimate science” hinges on meticulous observation and experiential learning, illuminating myriad ways for the two artists to participate in the process. By studying and implementing new technologies in their chosen medium, on-going critical investigation into the integration of crafting in the physical and digital realm form the basis of their two recent bodies of work.
Intricate Observations X 2 will be presented at Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Sandy J. Unger Athenaeum from August 30 through October 9, 2016. This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist’s reception and talk will be held Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Sandy J. Unger Athenaeum. Please visit www.goucher.edu/silber or call 410-337-6477 for more information.
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218
When the gallery lights go down, the party lights come up for Art After Hours. Experience late-night access to exhibitions, participate in art challenges to win prizes, and create art—plus music, food, and drinks.
Tickets on sale September 1. $20 Members; $25 non-Members. This event is for people aged 21 and over.
155 Gibbs Street : Rockville 20850
Noise Body Music brings together works by both musicians and visual artists that explore how who we are shapes sound, and how sound informs how we relate to the world. Glasgow-based performance and noise artist FK Alexander will perform at the closing reception. The exhibition includes video, audio, unique artworks, and ephemera from queercore band Homosuperior, Luwayne Glass (dreamcrusher), Angel Marcloid (Fire-Toolz), and trans-disciplinary performance group Antibody Corporation. There will be a selection of works by local photographer Farrah Skeiky. “From the Back of the Room,” a documentary on female involvement in DIY punk by Amy kc Oden (of Homosuperior) will be screened continuously. Washington, DC-based artists Nate Alex Lewis and Michael Schiffer collaborate for the first time on a participatory installation, part of their work will be presented at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, which takes place September 9-11 at Logan Fringe Arts Space in Washington, DC. Sakeenah Nasser, Ilana Maiman, and Jasmine Taylor participated in a workshop for teens in conjunction with the exhibition; the pieces they developed will be on view. Noise Body Music is curated by Eames Armstrong as part of the 2016 VisArts Emerging Curator Program, under the guidance of Jacqueline Maria Milad.
In a hyper-mediated and connected world, former VisArts Bresler Resident Artist Corwin Levi longs for experiences and places where he feels lost. Relying on his own wits and senses allows him access to a heightened, expanded awareness that fades when the GPS system is activated. In his solo exhibition of paintings, void drawings, video and void photographs, Levi concentrates on waves and the stars. He builds a metaphorical relationship between these vast unknowable spaces and the possibilities in the outer physical world and within individual personal experience.
About the Artist
Corwin Levi is a mixed media, project-based artist who whose practice centers around transforming ideas into experiences. He has shown across the country and been awarded fellowships and artist residencies both here and internationally.
Levi also enjoys including participants in his work, and has collaborated with other artists, the general public, and students of all ages, including a special high school class whose sole project was to create an installation for a museum. He has also curated shows and related materials, most recently working with artists such as Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, DJ Spooky, Amy Cutler, and others to publish a new collection of Grimms’ fairy tales.
Bin Feng’s large scale color photographs explore the gap between fiction, reality, and cultural difference. He stages elaborate, detailed settings of a dream-like, mythologized America of spectacular material wealth, ease, and palatial dwellings. Feng is often present in his photographs assuming an ambiguous position as a distant witness, participant, voyeur, or outsider.
About the artist: Bin Feng was born in 1989 in Shanghai, China. He received his B.F.A. from Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and his M.F.A. in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to photography, he makes video installations, sculptures and large-scale oil paintings. His work has been exhibited in national and international exhibitions.
3326 Keswick Road : Baltimore 21211
FIRST EVENT: Dancing Across the Repertoire
WHEN: September 17th, 2016 11am – 2pm
WHO: Make Studio Artists Aimee Eliason and Dasha Kalumuck
WHAT: Aimee and Dasha collaborated on this two-person exhibition
WHERE: Schwing Art Center, 3326 Keswick Rd., Baltimore MD 21211
WHY: Visual artists Aimee Eliason and Dasha Kalumuck met at Make Studio in early 2015. Ever since then, they have since been enjoying an artistic camaraderie together, based in shared sensibilities and their appreciation of being “the women” in the studio amongst several male artists. They have been observing one another working and engaging in a visual volleying, back-and-forth, as each blends their respective, favored realms of fantasy subjects and grounding, tactile realities in their work. Both develop novel characters and dynamic, intricate narratives with more than a bit of humor to them.
They present these characters across a wide variety of unconventional and repurposed materials, which they share a strong admiration of, particularly patterned and textured fabrics and paper. The show will be fundamentally comprised of a diverse series of acrylic and mixed media paintings on fabrics and paper, completed by Dasha and Aimee, that create a physical enactment of the artistic relationship they share. As such, it will be full of humor and reflection on their shared and contrasting perspectives on that relationship and the wider world and their place in it.
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224
“…A rich history of burlesque…reveal[ing] a cornucopia of insights into the themes of female power, grace and showmanship….” HOT DOCS 2016 Review
This provocative doc gives an eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of Burlesque and the unforgettable women who made it glitter. FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, our guides are inductees of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, all are titans of tease, and each one possesses a way with words as uninhibited and captivating as her routines.
Tantalizing tales and expert tips from the frontlines propel an action-packed journey through Burlesque’s heyday that also covers its gradual demise, concluding with an upbeat celebration of its rediscovery and revitalization by a new generation. What emerges is a full-figured portrait of Burlesque-era striptease artists, one that goes deeper into the culture and is more nuanced than many familiar screen depictions.
Thank you to Bawdy Shop Burlesque for helping bring this film to The Creative Alliance. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated through Bawdy Shop Burlesque to the Burlesque Hall of Fame.
The Burlesque Hall of Fame is the world’s premier organization dedicated to preserving the living legacy of burlesque as an art form and cultural phenomenon. With a collection of several thousand costumes, stage props, photographs, and personal effects documenting the careers and lives of burlesque dancers, comics, and producers over nearly a century, the museum is a growing testament to the power and social impact of the art of the tease.
7:30PM | $10, $7 mbrs (+ $2 at the door)
The Avenue Hon
36th Street : Baltimore 21211
421 North Howard Street : Baltimore 21201
“The Army That You Have”
“Q: Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles? And why don’t we have those resources readily available to us?”
“A: It isn’t a matter of money. It isn’t a matter on the part of the army of desire. It’s a matter of production and capability of doing it. As you know, ah, you go to war with the army you have – not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time. You can have all the armor in the world on a tank and it can (still) be blown up …” – Donald Rumsfeld, December 2004
These realistic fantasies presented in “The Army That You Have” assert that we can, as a society at large, rethink and critique disciplinary boundaries of making, process, and product, and posit the hope for a more careful world. They use the most available and ubiquitous material at hand and underfoot: dirt. Collaborations with dirt through force, suggested force, and passivism – ridiculous, pluralistic, topical, explosive, meditative, and absurd – occupy suggested futures and self aware presents. Always maintaining an awareness of futility, this work presents making as an act of creative and personal survival. These artists use dirt as a literal and metaphorical pathway to utopian reconstruction of our received social values and our projected existence, using the material underneath our literal and metaphorical feet as a mechanism to suggest and occupy a greater future and a more responsible now.
Curated by Marian April Glebes
“The Army That You Have”
September 17 – October ??
Opening Reception: Saturday September 17, 2016, 7-10pm
Additional Performances and Events To Be Announced
UMBC Arts Program Gallery
3501 University Boulevard East : College Park 20740
Join the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) community and guest jurors Nina C. Dwyer; Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, PhD; and Gretchen Schermerhorn for the university’s Third Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition. Enjoy works of art by new and emerging contemporary artists from throughout the region (Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Virginia) who work in a variety of media.
2016 BMRE Award Winners
1st Place – President’s Best of Show Award
Mike McConnell, Bear Carver (diptych, right panel), 2015, acrylic on panel, 48 x 60 inches
2nd Place – Jurors Choice Award
Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin, Homeland Security Advisory System, 2013, aluminum, acrylic paint, colored ribbons and string, size varies
3rd Place – Award of Merritt
Jun Lee, Got My Back, 2016, woodcut, 40 x 30 inches
Arts Program Honorable Mention
Lindsay McCullogh, Summer, 2016, oil on panel, 24 x 42½ inches
Anthony Stellaccio, Drifter (Home), 2014, clay, cemetery dirt, 9 x 7 x 16 inches each
Ako Yamro, Ballerina, 2013, bronze, edition of 35, 27 x 13 x 13 inches
Bernard Brooks, Mango Lady, 2014, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches
Steven Dobbin, I Repeat Myself, 2016, timed, flashing neon sign, 6½ x 38 x 4 inches
David Marion, Last Drop, 2015, clay, wood, steel, 127 x 53 x 53 inches
Sunday, September 18, 2016
RSVP at umuc.edu/artrsvp. Space is limited.
2224 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21218
Opening Reception: September 18, 2016, 3-6 pm
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 3-6 pm
Sponsored by: Darryl Gorman, Patron of the Arts
Closing Reception/Healing Ceremony
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3-6 pm
Facilitator: Geoffrey Edwards, LAC, Nu Healing Arts
Larry Cook, Wesley Clark, Shaunte Gates, Delita Martin, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Amber Robles-Gordon and Stan Squirewell
Curated by: Jarvis DuBois and Deirdre Darden
The exhibition presented at Galerie Myrtis, Lest We Forget examines pivotal moments and figures in US history, as well as the everyday occurrences and unknown individuals that have impacted, to various degrees, the African American experience here, and by extension, throughout the world. Too often individuals, movements and ideas are discounted, overlooked or ‘smudged out’ in an attempt to lessen their societal and cultural agency and potency. What has come before is particularly poignant now, more than ever, and continues to reverberate in current issues , both progressive and problematic, such as Black Lives Matter and the examination of President Obama’s legacy in the final months of his administration.
Claudia Gibson-Hunter: Occupational Hazards
New Door Creative, September 18 – October 15, 2016
Gallery Talk Sunday, October 2
Celebrated Washington, D.C.- based artist Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter explores the myriad faces of gentrification in a landmark exhibition at Station North Arts and Entertainment District gallery, New Door Creative, September 18th through October 15th, 2016. The month long presentation includes a Gallery Talk on Sunday, October 2nd.
The exhibition is entitled “Occupational Hazards”, and will feature twelve mixed media works created in 2014-2015. In these works, construction materials are interlaced with layered patterns and text. Varied in scale, the works singularly and collectively present a narrative for the evolving urban dynamic of gentrification. The artist initiated the series to establish a point of discussion, and to advance the dialogue beyond the scope of conjecture. Combining printmaking and assemblage with painting, Gibson-Hunter courageously takes on this extremely complex subject, launching the questions: “What is it?” “How does it look?” “What is the social and economic impact?”
A graduate of Temple University and Howard University (MFA, Printmaking), Gibson-Hunter studied at the renowned Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City; and later received a fellowship from the Bronx Museum of Art. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards that includes the Artist Fellowship Program Grant- D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities. Her work is included in the Washington, D.C. Art Bank, the John A. Wilson Building Permanent Art Collection (Washington, D.C), the Embassy of Liberia (Monrovia, Liberia), and other notable collections.
New Door Creative is a fine art gallery located in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore, Maryland. Originated in 2004, the gallery has exhibited the work of prominent and emerging visual artists who explore and promote an aesthetic informed by a wealth of diverse culture, perception, and tradition.
For more information, please visit: www.newdoorcreative.com or call 410 244 8244.