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<><><><><><><><><><>ohjxokgrBook Release: Notes from my Phone by Michelle Junot
Tuesday, December 6th : 7:30pm

The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road : 21209

Michelle Junot has kept notes on her phone for years—what to pick up at the store, work-out logs, prayers, hopes, thoughts on life and death—all the while creating a snapshot of her life with an honesty that only occurs when not paying attention. In Notes from My Phone*, Junot opens up her phone and her life to you. This collection of essays, to-do lists, vignettes, reminders and dreams mixes heart-felt memoir with the everyday marginalia that makes up a twenty-something’s life and day planner. The everyday is placed side-by-side with the universal, and in doing so, becomes more than the sum of its parts.

Michelle Junot is the author of and the floor was always lava. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

You can read more about and from Michelle at michellejunot.com.

<><><><><><><><><><>m5dfadfkAndreas Backoefer | Cultural Philanthropy and Art Museums – A Historical Approach
Wednesday, December 7th : 7pm

Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute
1715 North Calvert Street : 21202

Guest Spot @ THE REINSTITUTE would like to invite you to participate as our special guest in THE REINSTITUTE SALON. We will be welcoming our topic presenter Andreas Backoefer for an evening of awareness, knowledge exchange, dinner, and conversation. Andreas Backoefer will present research from his upcoming book on cultural philanthropy. As an invited Salon participant, we are excited for your contribution in our intellectual exchange in hopes to further Andreas Backoefer’s ongoing research.  Please join Guest Spot for an evening of insight in the development of innovative strategies surrounding cultural philanthropy.

We have provided supplementary text below. Feel to contact me with any further questions. Space is Limited please RSVP here and let us know of any dietary restrictions or food allergies.

<><><><><><><><><><>w2rnlpmnMICA Art Market
Wednesday, December 7th – Friday, December 9th : 11am-7p
Saturday, December 10th  : 10am-6pm

MICA Brown Center
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : 21217

At this festive sale, holiday shoppers and collectors can discover work by emerging and established artists and designers just in time for the gift-giving season. Fine art and handmade objects by approximately 275 MICA students, alumni, faculty and staff will be on sale. Original gifts include jewelry, illustrations, paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, mosaics, stationery, T-shirts, ceramics, book arts, toys and wrapping paper. Visitors can talk one-on-one with artists and designers about their work while enjoying the market’s lively atmosphere and supporting the local economy. The event is sponsored by the MICA Alumni Association. A portion of the proceeds goes towards scholarships for MICA students.

CASH & CREDIT CARDS Accepted

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Wednesday, December 7th : 7:30pm

Bird in Hand
11 East 33rd Street : 21218

This month’s featured authors are Tobias Carroll, D. Foy and Heather Rounds.

<><><><><><><><><><>iga2ppheSoweto Arts Gallery Show :: Opening Reception
Wednesday, December 7th : 6-8pm

Zella’s Pizzeria
1145 Hollins Street : 21223

Art lovers are invited to enjoy the opening reception of the Sowebo Arts Gallery at Zella’s Pizzeria in the Hollins Market neighborhood on Wednesday, December 7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Featured artwork includes paintings by award-winning artist, Laurie Schwartz, who enjoys painting unique artifacts and antique objects and photography by nature and landscape photographer, Richard Eskin, who was once named best up-and-coming visual artist by CBS Baltimore. Their works will be on display through January 2, 2017 and 15% of the sales will be donated to the Southwest Partnership, a non-profit organization that works to build awesome neighborhoods in Southwest Baltimore.

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Friday, December 9th : 6-9pm

Towson Arts Collective
40 West Chesapeake Avenue : 21204

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Waverly Griots :: Public Art Dedication
Friday, December 9th : 6-8pm

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Waverly Branch
400 East 33rd Street : 21218

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), in collaboration with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Baltimore City Department of General Services celebrate the dedication of Waverly Griots, the latest artwork commissioned through Baltimore’s Percent-for-Public Art program.  Waverly Griots is a typographic sculpture created by Ebon Heath. A dedication for the artwork will be held on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 6 to 8pm at the Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 E. 33rd St., Baltimore, MD 21218.

The Department of General Services completed renovations on the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Waverly Branch in early 2016.  In March 2016, the Baltimore Public Art Commission selected Ebon Heath to receive a $30,000 budget to create a new artwork, permanently located within the renovated library.  Ebon worked closely with historians and community residents to gather locally relevant text in the form of quotes, verse, and family names to use in his artwork.  The collected text was then organized into compositions that were then laser cut out of stainless steel plates layered to form an intricate, undulating, glistening wall relief behind the main circulation desk. On December 9, the artwork will be celebrated with a special after-hours open house at library.  Local residents, especially those who contributed text, are encouraged to attend this dedication along with members of the library staff, the public art commission, and the artist.

Through commissioning new artwork for public spaces, the city’s Percent-for-Public Art program seeks to engage the individual and collective imaginations of the citizens experiencing the art, while enabling and inspiring people of all backgrounds to better understand their community and themselves. In Waverly Griots, Ebon Heath has surely fulfilled both of these goals.

Ebon Heath lives and works between Brooklyn and Berlin. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. He founded his first company (((stereotype))) the same year. He subsequently co-founded Cell Out in 2003. He has an Art Director for the Mindpirates collective in Berlin (2004-2010). He has exhibited internationally with his typographic mobiles, installations, jewelry, and performance art making type come alive since 2002. Ebon does not sleep often yet tries to remember his dreams every day.

For more information on Ebon Heath’s Waverly Griots and other Public Art projects, call 410-752-8632 or visit http://www.promotionandarts.org/arts-council/public-art.

<><><><><><><><><><>vylhoho5Under $500 :: 4th Annual Affordable Art Show + Spin and Sell
Friday, December 9th – Saturday, December 10th

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Exhibition Opening: Friday, December 9, 2016 | 7:00 PM

Maryland Art Place invites you to join us at our fourth annual “Under $500” affordable art sale this December! On Friday, December 9 at 7 o’clock join us for a first-come, first-served opportunity to purchase affordable and original works of art. The event will feature the work of Baltimore and surrounding area artists at a price point of $500 or less. Purchase work at any point throughout the evening and take home that night!

Guests can expect to mingle with other artists, collectors, patrons and general art enthusiasts at the event with an open wine and beer bar, along with light tastings with a holiday twist.

Tickets are $25 presale, $30 at the door. Presale tickets are avalible through Missiontix here. To pay with cash or check, please connect with Naomi at naomi@mdartplace.org.  Ticket includes snacks and drinks plus free admission to “Spin & Sell” in the MAP Underground.

MAP is collecting new toys the evening of Under $500, which will be sent to the Four Seasons on December 15 for Philanthropik’s Annual Toy Drive on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House.  *Note- only new toys will be accepted.

Can’t make it on Friday night? Stop into MAP the next day, Saturday, December 10 between 11a – 4p to view the remaining works for sale. This day requires no ticket and is open to the public.

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Michel Anderson, Kyle Bauer, Amy Boone McCreesh, Amanda Burnham, Jon Carhart, Josh Chance, Hoesy Corona, Bonnie Crawford Kotula, Teresa Duggan, Annie Farrar, Maria-Theresa Fernandes, Aubrey Garwood, Vin Grabill, Mia Halton, Sara Havekotte, Gregory Hein, Dana Holgerson, Glen Kessler, Seo Kim, Minas Konsolas, Carmen Martini, Antonio McAfee, Cara Ober, Lydia Pettit, Jan Razauskas, Wil Scott, Ginebra Shay, James Singewald, Victor Torres, Emily Uchytil, Jessie Unterhalter, Katey Truhn, Alice Valenti, Sylvie Van Helden, Emily Waters, Laddie Waters, Richard Paul Weiblinger, and Dominique Zeltzman.

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Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe by Afro House
Friday, December 9, 7-9 pm

Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712

What if a man struggling against being mechanical, could not accept his son as anything but a machine? Join Afro House on December 9th at 7:00 p.m. for a pay-what-you-can performance of Scott Patterson’s sci-fi tone poem, Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe on December 9th, 7:00 p.m. at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe tells the story of General Kojo and Ra-7. Sent from a dying earth, they have been ordered to “recolor” the distant and barren planet Beta-5. Upon their arrival to Beta-5, Ebon and Ra are immediately confronted with unprecedented realities that transform them both. This sci-fi tone poem utilizes the incomparable talents of Afro House’s Astronaut Symphony to tell a fresh story. Throughout the work members of the Astronaut Symphony morph in and out of mediums and genres, boldly taking on the roles of musician, singer, dancer, and actor.

Afro House is beyond thrilled to bring this important work to Joe’s Movement Emporium through NextLOOK. NextLOOK is a partnership between Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

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enhdvnblBlack Maths: Adam Holofcenter and Antonio McAfee :: Artist Talk
Saturday, December 10th : 2pm

Stamp Gallery
Stamp Student Union : University of Maryland 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.
Upresting brings together field recordings from protests of the Baltimore Uprising of April and May 2015. Holofcener channels the audio footage into a sound environment that simulates shifting acoustical sensations as a protester’s body moves about a crowd and through a city. Chanting, street noise, musical performance, and sounds of military equipment swell in a numinous and disquieting experience. At the center of this intense, unpredictable aural situation, each visitor is invited to speak into a microphone and to hear their voice transform into a multitude.   
Counter-Archive Project responds to a collection of 363 black-and-white photographs taken more than a century ago for The Exhibition of American Negroes organized by W.E.B. Dubois, Thomas Calloway, and Historic Black Colleges at the Paris 1900 International Exposition. McAfee selects images from this archive and subjects them to an array of formal and conceptual alterations, asking how the portraits’ subjects might more fluidly represent themselves. Sitters switch places with architectural surroundings and fracture into collage. Their elements disappear, diffuse, double, reanimate, or render into 3D. Like Upresting, McAfee’s images offer a deliberately unsettling experience, one that compels an intense and personal encounter with subjects that might feel otherwise remote.
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.

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Current Art Market

Saturday, December 10, 12-6

421 N. Howard Street, Baltimore 21201

Current’s 4th Annual Art Market in support of local artists and friends. No gallery commission, no table fees, no bullsh!t.

Come buy art directly from the artists, meet the person behind the work, and support them by buying art for yourself, or someone special. Come hungry Patrick Caulfield will be selling his hearty winter stew.

Anna Crooks
Christina Haines
Carolyn Conn
Andrew Liang
Monique Crabb
Becca Morrin
April Camlin
Stefani Levin
Elena Johnston
Jennifer Coster
Patrick Caulfield
Whitney Simpkins
Selina Doroshenko
Sutton Demlon
L.E. Doughtie
Mark Kooi
Lisa Krause
Christina Billotte
Shannon Collis
Rachael London

*picture from Art Market 2015

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About Face: Amy Sherald, Rozeal, Tim Okamura, and Ebony Patterson
Opening Saturday December 10, 6-8 pm

Creative Alliance
December 10, 2016 – January 28, 2017 Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm

Amy Sherald, the first woman to win the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious Outwin Boochever Award (2016), an artist who is currently featured in the National Museum of African American Art and Culture, and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine, is the center of the upcoming Creative Alliance exhibition About Face, opening Saturday, December 10th. Since she became a resident artist at Creative Alliance in 2014, Sherald’s painting career has experienced a rapid rise the international art scene, earning important and well-deserved recognition for her life-sized portraits. Through her work, along with Rozeal, Tim Okamura, and Ebony G. Patterson, the exhibition About Face turns its attention to under-represented communities, historically marginalized by the genre of portraiture, combining her portraits with a selection of the nation’s best contemporary figurative artists.

Each artist in the exhibition tackles stereotypes of race in different ways: Amy Sherald paints the flesh of her subjects in grayscale to remove specific connotations of skin tone and race all the while costuming them in a manner that contradicts the roles and stereotypes historically associated with black culture; Rozeal addresses the historical use of black face and the crinkling of hair in Japanese culture to make subjects appear more African. Additionally her paintings update the classical look of Japanese woodcuts with modern settings; Tim Okamura juxtaposes the rawness and urgency of street art with realistic technique to create an accessible visual language through portraiture; Jamaican artist Ebony G. Patterson creates highly embellished, collaged, and appliquéd tapestries, as well as photographic prints with subject matter that allude to bodies, yet lacks specificity.

The surface treatments, or “face” of each artist’s work, demand a deeper recognition from the audience that black identity is hardly as simple as it has been portrayed throughout western European art history. Through each artist’s work we are given, and asked to give, a more complex look at the composition of black identity and how it is perceived in society today.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Amy Sherald attended Clark-Atlanta University where she earned a Bachelor’s of the Arts in painting in 1997. While attending Clark-Atlanta she became an apprentice to Dr. Arturo Lindsay who was her painting instructor at Spelman College. She was a participant of the Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence program in Portobelo, Panama in 1997. Sherald also assisted in the installing and curating of shows in the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Museum of Contemporary Art Panama) and the 1999 South American Biennale in Lima, Peru. This was the impetus for her to explore her own voice in the art world. In past years her work has been autobiographical but has changed in response to her move to Baltimore, where it has taken on a social context with a allegorical twist. Sherald attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned her M.F.A. in painting in 2004. After graduating she secured a prestigious private study residency with well-known Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum whom she lived and studied with in Larvik, Norway. She also attained an artist residency assistantship at the Tong Xion Art Center in Beijing, China in 2008, and is currently a resident artist at Creative Alliance. Sherald was chosen as Jurors Pick of the New American Paintings Edition 88. Her work was mostly recently acquired by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian Museum of African American Art in Washington, D.C. In addition, she was also a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting and Sculpture Grant.

ROZEAL (Iona Rozeal Brown) is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Pratt Institute, and Yale University. In addition to her critically acclaimed commission for Performa 11 (the fourth edition of the international biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa), the artist has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, MoCA Detroit, MoCA Cleveland, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. Rozeal has won numerous awards in support of her ambitious paintings and performances, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and a United States/Japan Creative Artists Fellowship. Her work is featured in both public and private collections internationally, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE, The Norton Family Collection, The Rubell Family Collection, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. She currently lives and works in Maryland.

Born in Edmonton, Canada, painter Tim Okamura earned a B.F.A. with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in 1991. After graduating with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Journalism, Okamura moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to live and work. Okamura – a recipient of the 2004 Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts – has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the world, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in the U.S., Canada, Italy, Japan, Ecuador and Turkey, and has been selected nine times to appear in the prestigious BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. In 2006, Okamura was short-listed by the Royal Surveyor of the Queen’s Picture Collection for a commissioned portrait of the Queen of England. In 2015, Okamura received a letter of commendation from the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden. Okamura’s art is on display in the permanent collections of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Toronto Congress Center, the Hotel Arts in Calgary, Canada, and Standard Chartered Bank in London, England. Celebrity collectors include Uma Thurman, musicians John Mellencamp, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots), director Ben Younger, as well as actors Bryan Greenberg, Vanessa Marcil, Annabella Sciorra, and Ethan Hawke.

Working with wide range of techniques and materials, including mixed-media painting, tapestries, installation and works on paper, Jamaican-born artist Ebony G. Patterson is not afraid to push the envelope. Patterson did her undergraduate work at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica and earned her MFA in 2006 from the Sam Fox College of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007 her work was featured in the group exhibition Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art curated by Tumelo Mosaka at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She has earned her numerous awards, including the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence in Art and Culture – the highest award a young individual can receive in the arts, on the island of Jamaica. Patterson’s work has been included in exhibitions at Kravets / Wehby and Praxis Gallery in New York, New Art Ways in Hartford, CT, the Santa Monica Art Museum, the French Alliance Foundation in Paris, the Foundation Clement in Martinique, and the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, The Studio Museum of Harlem in New York, and Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. Ebony is an Assistant Professor in the Painting Department at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

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hegcho61Laying-by Time: Revisiting the Works of William Christenberry
Sunday, December 11th : 4pm

MICA Falvey Hall, Brown Center
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : 21217

Taking its name from the term used in rural agricultural communities to describe the summer period when farmers have completed their preparation of the crops and anxiously await the harvest, “Laying-by Time: Revisiting the Works of William Christenberry” is a survey of work of by the renowned artist that reflects on his upbringing in Hale County, Ala., and his yearly pilgrimages to the area to experience this quiet, yet restive period.

The exhibition will be on display from Dec. 9 through March 12 at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Decker Gallery in the Fox Building, at 1301 W Mount Royal Avenue.

Panel discussion moderated by Kimberly Graham, exhibition curator.

With: George Hemphill, owner of Hemphill Fine Arts; Renee Stout, friend and fellow artist; and Neely Tucker, author and journalist.

<><><><><><><><><><>twv86pkpSalon Series: The Book of Grace
Monday, December 12th : 6pm

Everyman Theatre
315 West Fayette Street : 21201

Everyman Theatre is excited to announce the return of the Salon Series Women’s Voices in the 16/17 Season. Thanks to last season’s overwhelming demand and sold-out performances, this year, the informal play reading series will increase from four to six plays and will take place over the entire 16/17 Season. The six plays of The Salon Series complement the Main Stage production and feature the work of female playwrights. These Salon readings will also be directed by the women of Everyman’s Resident Acting Company and hosted by well-known and accomplished women in our area. The readings will take place in the theatre’s second-floor rehearsal hall, which will be transformed into a stripped-down performance space with a bar, on select Monday evenings:  September 19, October 31December 12February 6March 27 and June 5 from 6PM to 10PM.

December 12: THE BOOK OF GRACE 
Written by Suzan Lori Parks
Directed by Deborah Hazlett
“It’s us against them,” says south Texas border patrol agent, Vet. But where does that leave his estranged son, Buddy, and his forgiving wife, Grace? The borders outside are nothing compared to the emotional walls inside this house. Father and son fight like animals to keep their demons at bay; it is up to Grace to write this family’s future. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks says The Book of Grace is the play that restored her optimism.

<><><><><><><><><><>hp69vwjjCoHosts II: Kimberly Drew & Platform Gallery
Monday, December 12th : 7-9pm

Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral Street : 21201

In 2014, we launched with CoHosts, our inaugural Speaker Series, which was organized with thirteen local commercial, artist-run, and independent galleries. Each gallery responded to a simple question: Who is the one artist or art professional that you want The Contemporary to bring to Baltimore? In 2016-17, we’ve decided to resume the series and have partnered with six artist-run platforms including galleries, spaces, collectives, and festivals. All lectures are free and held at the Baltimore School for the Arts, located at 712 Cathedral Street. The participating cohosts are: EARTHSEEDFirst ContinentPenthouse GalleryPlatform GalleryTerrault Contemporary, and Transmodern Festival.

The lecture will begin at 7pm, doors close at 6:45.

Kimberly Drew (a.k.a. @museummammy) received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. An avid lover of black culture and art, Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media.

Since starting her blog, Drew has worked for Hyperallergic, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Lehmann Maupin. She has delivered lectures and participated in panel discussions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Basel Miami Beach, Moogfest, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Brooklyn Museum and elsewhere. Drew is currently the Social Media Manager at The Met, was recently honored by AIR Gallery as the recipient of their inaugural Feminist Curator Award and was selected as one of the YBCA100 by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Platform Gallery 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.