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University of Maryland, Stamp Student Union : College Park
In Black Maths, Baltimore-based artists Adam Holofcener and Antonio McAfee use sound recordings and photography to investigate the complex equations by which the past operates on the present. This two-artist exhibition initiates a dialogue between Holofcener’s quadrophonic sound installation Upresting (2015–2016) and McAfee’s photographic Counter-Archive Project (2011–present). Black Maths is on view at the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, from October 31 through December 10, 2016.
Holofcener and McAfee’s two bodies of work sample and rework recorded sounds and images that document human bodies in the process of expressing themselves, and representing each other as a collective, before the largest possible public. By manipulating and layering this source material, and then amplifying and recombining it in a shared space, Black Maths invites visitors to bring their own bodies to bear in an active, visceral encounter with themselves and across time.
33 West North Avenue : 21201
Kick off the 5th anniversary Charm City Fringe Fest in style with our Launch party presented by Baltimore’s What Weekly,
Get tickets here: https://charmcityfringe.ticketleap.com/festival-launch-party/
CCF and festival partners Joe Squared and What Weekly are throwing a party to launch Baltimore’s biggest indie theatre and performing arts festival.
WHAT DO YOU GET?:
A festival button, drink ticket, musical guests, festival preview performances, a Pixilated photo booth, and special surprises from our friends across the city!
Come for the snacks by Joe Squared and drink specials all night with your shiny new button, stay for the great music and theatre.
The Great Invention
Night Watch Paradox
More Sex, Drugs, & Audience Participation
Sharing a Dance With You
Featuring musical performances by Tool Shed
600 North Charles Street : 21201
6:30–7:15 p.m. Talk
5–9 p.m. Open Game Play
Many contemporary tabletop games have relationships or even origins in the medieval period. Jason Corace, Sam Sheffield, and the MICA Game Design department will explain this evolution in gaming using examples from the special exhibition A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. Spend the evening trying your hand at dozens of games from the past and present.
The Alchemy of Art
1637 Eastern Avenue : 21231
Robinson Muñoz was born in Chile in 1943. After receiving his medical degree, he moved to North America, where he studied Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. He specialized in working with children and adolescents. Art played a significant role in his practice and he developed an interviewing technique which used drawing and painting as a medium of communication.
421 North Howard Street : 21201
Current Space is proud to present Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra, an exhibition by Erick Antonio Benitez featuring a multimedia installation documentary work focusing on the US-Mexican border and the lives it affects. The exhibition also features research data and found objects gathered from the border itself, spanning its entirety; from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific. This project was awarded the 2016 Ruby Artist Project Grant, sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, which allowed funding for its in depth investigation and creation.
Erick Antonio Benitez- is Salvadorian-American visual artist, sound alchemist, and curator based in DC/Baltimore. Benitez’ inter-disciplinary work is rooted in his commitment to matters of cultural identity, nature, social justice, and activism/education through art. Benitez co-founded La Bodega collective, a cooperative of cross-disciplinary, multi-functional studios and galleries. He is part of Woven Autonomo, a sonically-focused entity who collaboratively curate and perform sound art and music. Benitez is also a collaborator with the Greenmount Greenway Project, which aims to rehabilitate vacant lots in the Greenmount West Neighborhood into safe, active, and inspiring parks for all ages.
Charm City Fringe will present its fifth annual festival, featuring new and independent theatre Nov. 3 to 13 at venues across Hampden and Station North.
The November festival will showcase nearly 20 full-length productions. Acts will reach far beyond the typical standards of comedy and drama, including multimedia theatre-cum-film, contemporary ballet, slapstick-dance-puppetry mash-ups, and God himself exposing the myth and magic behind the miracles. The final lineup and schedule of performances will be announced in September.
An exclusive early festival production of third-year Fringe alumni Two Lorens’ 2014 sellout hit, Sex, Drugs, and Audience Participation will be performed Nov. 4 and 5. The full list of artists and shows coming this fall can be found below.
This year will see three new venues, including a festival headquarters and performance venue at the Ideal Arts Space in Hampden, an additional venue at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, and the newly added Stillpointe Theatre in Station North. Fringe will reprise their late night music and comedy series, Fringe After Dark, at Joe Squared, the Crown, and The Windup Space.
For more information, visit www.charmcityfringe.com. Tickets are $10 per show with the one-time purchase of a $5 button.
Kelvin Bulluck: Face Naked
Friday, November, 7-10 pm
440 East Oliver Street, Baltimore: 21202
Face Naked is a visual exploration of the female-identifying face, free of any makeup or enhancements. The series was inspired by an open letter, penned by Alicia Keys titled, “Alicia Keys: Time to Uncover,” in which Keys declared that she would no longer be “covering up” to meet the expectations of beauty placed on her by others. As a photographer that often works in the beauty and fashion industries, Bulluck began to question his own expectations surrounding beauty and the role that makeup plays in his concept of it. Could the mainstream standard of beauty be redefined, and if so, could it be done without the use of makeup? In response to this, Bulluck decided to create a series featuring women, free of makeup, showcasing their natural beauty.
Every image featured in the series is an intimate portrait of human beauty in its raw form. The images highlight various skin textures and the colorful personalities behind them. Many of the subjects were not accustomed to being photographed without makeup, requiring trust in the photographer and allowing each subject to open up in their own way.
Kelvin Bulluck is a Baltimore-based portrait photographer, specializing in beauty and fashion photography. His work has been featured in local, national print and online publications including Baltimore Style Magazine, Strangers With Style, Dark Beauty Magazine, Encore HD Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine, Essence, and the BmoreArt Journal. Photography has given him the ability to share the world through his own eyes and to tell stories that wouldn’t have otherwise been told.
405 East Oliver Street : 21202
Jurors Myrtis Bedolla, Zoë Charlton, Breon Gilleran and Megan Van Wagoner chose 36 artists, makers, designers and craftspeople to exhibit in XXChange. Featuring media including digital fabrication, functional sculpture, mixed media projections, and a range of more traditional craft and fine art, The XXChange exhibition and series of events of encourages and empowers self-identifying women/womyn/ gender fluid, and trans* creators in building community and incorporating a broader scope of art, craft and technology into the traditional scope of gender based material pursuits.
Artists featured in XXChange are:
Audrey Van De Castle
Bonnie Crawford Kotula
Mary Olin Geiger
East Oliver Street Galleries
Station North : 21202
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, November 4th! This month we will not be starting off with a happy hour at the tool library and instead, just kicking things off with an artist talk featuring SpaceCamp and Macon Reed at Area 405 at 7pm. As always, thanks to our sponsorts The Brewer’s Art + Joe Squared!
An exhibition, workshop and symposium series curated through the Baltimore Women’s Maker Collective.
405 E Oliver Street
“Out of the Blocks Photography”
By Wendel Patrick
The Copycat, Unit B202, 1511 Guilford Ave
La Bodega Gallery
Work by Jacob Zimmerman.
The Copycat, Unit A100, 1511 Guilford Ave
Work by Kelvin Bulluck
440 E Oliver St
MICA Riggs & Leidy Galleries
131 West North Avenue : 21201
Baltimore Rising is an exhibition bringing together a broad survey of works by 15 artists — with significant ties to Baltimore — who address the social, economic, political and racial issues that propelled the city to the national spotlight in 2015.
Artists: Derrick Adams, Lauren Adams, Devin Allen, Sonya Clark, J.M. Giordano, Logan Hicks, Jeffrey Kent, Nate Larson, Nether, Olivia Robinson, Paul Rucker, Joyce J. Scott, Tony Shore, Shinique Smith and Susan Waters-Eller.
a r t + c r u s h: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.
Opening reception: November 5, 6-9pm**
116 W. Mullberry Street
November 5th-27th, 2016**
Gallery hours: Saturday 11-5pm
Platform Gallery is pleased to present a r t + c r u s h: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., on view at 116 W Mulberry Street. This group exhibition will highlight the concept of the art crush- a phenomenon where an artist would admire, follow, and be inspired by another artist. This exhibition will include the works by: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Aqeel Malcolm, Joiri Minaya, Matthew Morrocco and Kameelah Janan Rasheed.
a r t + c r u s h is an annual exhibition curated by Platform with the hope of celebrating art crushes as a studio practice. a r t + c r u s h is an investigation into the relationships between the crusher and the crushed. Crushes are more popularly recalled as painfully beautiful experiences of infatuation. They are loyal loves from afar that usually end in some sort of odd admiration. Due to social media and web trolling, crushes can now blossom without even the slightest of communication. To develop an art crush, an artist must be faithfully dedicated to support another artist’s work and studio practice. a r t + c r u s h: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. presents Brown’s newest body of work while exhibiting the work of his crushes: Aqeel Malcolm, Joiri Minaya, Matthew Morrocco, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed.
ELLIOTT JEROME BROWN JR. is a conceptual photographer working on ideas related to intimacy, vulnerability, and social perception within the intersection of Blackness and queer identity. The resulting images, set within biographical, private, and public spaces, demonstrate how the subjective body is in tension with past and available imagery, as well as with politicized representations of the body. Elliott received his BFA in Photography and Cultural Analysis from New York University. His work has been featured in publications such as New York magazine, Newspaper, and Mossless: Private/Public/Portrait. He has exhibited in the United States, Mexico, and the Czech Republic. In addition to a visual practice, Elliott is also the curator of DATE NIGHT, an interdisciplinary exhibition set in various homes. Organized under a guiding, discursive question, the exhibition facilitates intimate conversations on the exhibiting artists’ works and practices.
AQEEL MALCOLM explores the intersections of his identity as a Black, Queer, African American, and Jamaican American male and addresses “masculinity,” what defines it today, and the effects of that definition. Malcolm is a fiber artist and weaver living and working in New York, and his work references the barbershop to explore spaces where men convene and the objects that inhabit them. Aqeel Malcolm is the first recipient of the Edward and Sally Van Lier Arts Fellowship at the Museum of Arts and Design and graduated with a BFA in Fiber and a concentration in Experimental Fashion from Maryland Institute College of Art with several awards to his credit.
JOIRI MINAYA is a Dominican – American artist born in 1990. Living between the United States and the Dominican Republic (and having lived in Belgium for a while) has made Minaya aware of her own difference and subjectivity depending on context. Influenced by this, her work meditates on representation, identity constructions, gender roles, migration and nature from a personal place but also through larger transcultural and historical frames. She graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales (ENAV) in Santo Domingo, D.R. in 2009, the Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, D.R. in 2011 and Parsons the New School for Design in 2013. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Minaya is the recipient of a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Award, a Great Prize and the Audience Award in the XXV Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes at the Centro León in Santiago, D.R., and the Great Prize of the XXVII National Biennial of the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo. She lives and works in Manhattan, NY, maintaining a strong artistic presence and family ties in the Dominican Republic.
MATTHEW MOROCCO is an artist working with aesthetic and personal histories. He received a BA in Philosophy and Art Theory from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA from Columbia University. He is a 2016 NYFA Fellow. More information can be found on his website.
KAMEELAH JANAN RASHEED (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA) is an artist, writer, and former public school social studies teacher. A 2006 Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, Rasheed holds an Ed.M (2008) in Secondary Education from Stanford University as well as a BA (2006) in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College. She has exhibited her work at Jack Shainman Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, BRIC Art Gallery, Weeksville Heritage Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, MoCADA, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, the Soap Factory, among others. Currently, she is an artist in residence at Smack Mellon and on faculty at SVA. Selected residencies, fellowships and honors include: Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2016), Keyholder Residency at Lower East Side Print Studio (2015), Commissioned Artist, Triple Canopy Commissions at New York Public Library Labs (2015), Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Grant (2015), A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), Process Space Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency (2015), Artist in the Marketplace – Bronx Museum Participant (2015), Art Matters Grantee (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grantee (2014), New Museum R&D: Choreography Seminar Participant (2014), Vermont Studio Center Residency (2014), Working Classroom Teaching Artist (2014). She has spoken and facilitated discursive programming at a number of institutions such as the MET (forthcoming), MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, the Center for Book Arts, Creative Time, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Interference Archive, School of Visual Arts, Parsons, The New School, NYU, Columbia University, Barnard, and the University of Illinois. http://www.kameelahr.com/
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 of all genre 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 community, challenge convention, create new paths, and open its doors to change.
Schwing Art Center
3326 Keswick Avenue : 21211
Groundwork is a two-person exhibition by Sarah Clough and Erin Barach at make Studio in Baltimore. Through very different approaches, both artists make work about the fundamental connotations of physical sensation. Visitors are invited to question the boundaries of their optic and haptic experiences through participation and contemplation. The artists explore the concept of what is happening “below the surface”, interpreted through refracted light, semiotics, layered textures, or the ground on which we stand.
During First Fridays in Hampden on November 4th, there will be an opening reception from 6-8PM with sound/musical performances following 8-10PM including Brooklyn based There Are No Thieves in This Town. More details to follow!
405 East Oliver Street : 21202
1 Olympic Place : Towson
Dozens of Maryland homebrewers will converge on WTMD on Saturday, Nov. 5 for the second annual Mighty Pint Homebrew Competition, a rollicking celebration of locally made ales and lagers.
Attendees will enjoy unlimited tastings from more than 30 homebrewers, as well as a commemorative glass and live music from Baltimore’s own Sean K. Preston and the Loaded Pistols.
“This event brings together some of the most creative, imaginative and skillful home brewers from across the state,” said Scott Mullins, WTMD’s station manager. “The quality and variety of brew is astounding. Throw in a great Baltimore rock & roll band like Sean K. Preston & The Loaded Pistols and a great time is guaranteed.”
The winning beer, as decided by a panel of judges, will be brewed and served on tap at the Brewer’s Art. Patrons can also vote on their favorite brew in the people’s choice award.
Sean K. Preston and the Loaded Pistols are a staple in the Baltimore music scene, frequently performing their blend of blues, punk and rock ‘n’ roll at bars in and around Fells Point. There might not be a better band in Baltimore for foot-stomping, beer-swilling fun.
The Mighty Pint Homebrew Competition runs noon-4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 5 at WTMD, 1 Olympic Place in Towson. Tickets are $25 and available at missiontix.com.
This is a rain or shine event.
St. Ignatius Church
740 North Calvert Street : 21202
Our season continues with the music of Mahler! We perform Gustav Mahler’s The Song of the Earth, alongside a world premiere by featured composer Natalie Draper. Taylor Hillary Boykins and Joshua Diaz make their Symphony Number One debut.
Gustav Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde
Natalie Draper, Timelapse Variations (WORLD PREMIERE)
2224 North Charles Street : 21218
Stephen Towns: Take Me Away to the Stars, explores how violence is processed through escapism, religion and myth. Using the historic and mythological chronicles of Nat Turner’s historic slave rebellion, Stephen Towns constructs a contemporary story through drawings, paintings and quilts.
Notre Dame of Maryland University : 21210
This exhibition presents recent paintings and photographs from two bodies of current work by Ajay Malghan. Malghan uses alternative materials to create one of a kind paintings and photographs which explore the element of alchemy as the catalyst in their creation.
1628 Bolton Street : 21217
Throughout history, it was common for the next generation to join the family business. Bakers birthed more bakers and carpenters succeeded their fathers, passing down tools and trade secrets. It is not surprising, as we trust our kin and share enough chromosomes to be like-minded. Generations of fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters share family name and trade in perpetual cycles of production, each adapting to new challenges of changing worlds.
For 30 years, artist David Hess has made a living making sculpture and furniture. For 23 of those years, he has been a father and a role model. With the recent decision of his son, Eli, to join Hess Industries, David contemplates a new role: partner.
Father-son artist pair David and Eli Hess enters the gallery space to explore themes of relationship and adulthood. This show serves as a checkpoint as the pair draws on their last 21 years of teaching and learning together and looks towards the future of collaboration. The show features sculpture, furniture, and two-dimensional works in mixed media.
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201
When Quintus Cicero began writing advice on running a political campaign in 64 B.C. he probably didn’t realize his words would still be so valuable today. Just in time for election day, author and professor Philip Freeman will discuss the tactics of both ancient Roman and modern American politicians. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing. Copies of the book are available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Music Pick from Jordannah Elizabeth: Kahlon Returns to Baltimore
Friday, November 5 at The Crown
What more could you want in an event?
Kahlon was inspired by the lack of creative platforms for underrepresented people like the LGBTQI community, womyn, and people of color. In 2014 Abdu Ali teamed up with Lawrence Burney, Chanel Cruz, and DJ Genie to start Kahlon to create a more inclusive event that represented the diversity of the creative world within Baltimore City. We really strive to bring emerging talent to Kahlon, both local and non-local, and to ensure freshness and progress. For the past two years Kahlon has had many musicians play such as, Princess Nokia, Juliana Huxtable and Dan Deacon, as well as beautiful art installations from Jedicom. Kahlon has continued to sell out, popular Baltimore music venue, The Crown, thus gaining a concrete following in the Baltimore and the DMV region. – Abdu Mongo Ali / Creative Director of Kahlon.
Please make your way out to the Crown – rain or shine, hail or wind, peace or high water to experience musicians, artists, thinkers and writers:
DJ ANGEL BABY
visuals by JEDICOM