George Condo: The Way I Think at The Phillips Collection by Brendan L. Smith

George Condo may not be a household name, but his artwork looks both familiar and unique.

“The only way for me to feel the difference between every other artist and me is to use every artist to become me,” Condo has said.

His work pays tribute to Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Francis Bacon, but Condo has developed a signature style that explores our panoply of psychological states, ranging from humor and overt sexuality to our darker impulses mired in dark pits of fear and loathing.

While Condo is more well-known as a prolific painter, the Phillips Collection has amassed approximately 200 drawings, sketches, and sketchbooks along with some “drawing paintings” in George Condo: The Way I Think. The exhibition—on view until June 25 in The Phillips Collection—offers an expansive view of the 59-year-old artist’s work which blurs the lines between representation and abstraction. Condo embraces the grotesque and comical, reveling in a distorted carnival mirror of life where his reflections confound our expectations.

The Wedding Pianist (from sketchbook)

Condo has led a fascinating life, finding himself at the intersection of major art movements. He was a studio assistant in Andy Warhol’s factory in the 1970s, befriended fellow New York artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and moved to Paris in the 1980s. He collaborated with unhinged author William S. Burroughs in the 1990s and painted several different cover illustrations for Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album in 2010.

The final cover featured West having sex with a weird nude armless angel/phoenix/demoness adorned with white wings, feathered legs, and a polka-dotted tail. West claimed the album was banned in Wal-Mart, but that may have been the goal given his penchant for publicity stunts. Just ask Taylor Swift, Jay Z, or North when he gets a little older.

Condo pays homage to Picasso to an almost obsessive degree, and he coined the phrases “psychological cubism” and “artificial realism” to describe his own work. “Picasso painted a violin from four different perspectives at one time,” Condo said. “I do the same with psychological states.”

Double Heads Drawing

Several drawings in the exhibition, including a series called Double Heads Drawing, feature Picasso-esque portraits with faces emerging from a fractured maze of Cubist planes while uneven oversized eyes angle down toward maniacal grins. The work isn’t compelling because it looks too familiar. We know what to expect because we’ve seen it before, and while it was revolutionary in Picasso’s time, it just seems derivative now.

Condo’s work branches out more effectively into aspects of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art in his own definitively weird stew. Some portraits and swirling scenes portray conflicting desires and uneasy psychological landscapes. In The Discarded Human, a beautiful nude woman’s body morphs sharply at her shoulders with a dislocated and darkened head. Only one menacing eye and two sharp rows of teeth emerge from the inky shadows. Her visage is both repulsive and attractive, combining lust, fear, and dread in a primordial soup of raw emotions.

Some of Condo’s sketches are displayed salon style from floor to ceiling, including some detailed drawings of dinosaurs inked in bright red or lime green when Condo was 7-years-old in the 1960s. In the center of another room, more than 100 sketchbooks are stacked in rows under glass, creating a sense of mystery about their contents. Only a few are opened to reveal pages inside. One note dated Aug. 27 with no year includes just one cryptic sentence: “I feel better than I have ever felt in my life.”

A 2009 graphite and colored pencil drawing titled Study for the Fallen Butler is a fascinating example of how a painting can transcend its conception. The drawing shows a debauched scene with a drunk tuxedoed butler slumped on the floor while raising his champagne glass toward the nude bottom of a woman bending over in a French maid costume. Drawn curtains behind them reveal a painting of rolling green hills beneath a cloudy sky. The setting may be a stately home while the master is away or the stage of a bawdy theatrical production, but the artifice is real, as Condo would say.

It’s difficult to compare the study for The Fallen Butler to the grand painting that followed because they aren’t located near each other in the exhibition. They aren’t even on the same floor in The Phillips Collection. Two rooms of Condo’s drawings and sketches are effectively displayed on the ground floor, but visitors then must consult a map, climb a flight of stairs, and walk past other exhibitions to find six of Condo’s large paintings shoehorned into a small claustrophobic room next to the restrooms. The inclusion of the paintings seems like an afterthought in the bifurcated exhibition or a strange curatorial decision to downplay the paintings because the exhibition’s theme focuses on Condo’s drawings.


The Fallen Butler

The Fallen Butler is worth seeing despite the location. The painting, on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, bears only a passing resemblance to the study as it transforms from a comical over-the-top scene toward a more vivid, subtle abstraction. The butler, or part of him, is still visible hoisting a large green bottle, but most of the maid has disappeared into the jumbled background except for a disjointed head with glaring eyes perched atop an elongated neck. Other small floating faces peek out from a patchwork quilt of colors that threatens to overwhelm the main characters. While the title references only the butler, the painting is an ensemble performance.

Another highlight is Spanish Head Composition which combines elements of painting, drawing and collage. A central figure has a scribbled Picasso-esque face on a painted body with a wide-brimmed hat and a swirling shirt with a clownish collar. He is surrounded by small portraits on paper that have been affixed to the canvas. The drawings vary in style and complexity, ranging the gamut from more representational to abstract. Some of the portraits appear to be studies for the large central figure, and the inclusion of the preparatory drawings in the final work offers a fascinating time line or view of roads not taken.


Spanish Head Composition

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Brendan L. Smith is a freelance journalist and mixed-media artist in Washington, D.C.

George Condo: The Way I Think will be on view at The Phillips Collection through June 25.  

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1feb - 20apr7:01 pmapr 20- 7:01 pmForm.Print at Towson University

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On View February 1 – April 20 (Closed March 17 – 25)

Form.Print explores the processes within digital fabrication. The challenge for participating artists is to create work that maximizes the unedited potential of additive and subtractive digital tools. Files submitted by artists will be fabricated on site by TU faculty and students.

Gallery Hours: Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thurs., Jan. 31, following lecture

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 11:00am to 8:00pm

More dates through April 20, 2019

Center for the Arts Gallery, CA 3040
Center for the Arts, Towson University, Towson, MD 21252, USA

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February 1 (Friday) 7:01 pm - April 20 (Saturday) 7:01 pm

Location

Towson University Center for the Arts

Center for the Arts, Towson University, Towson 21252

12apr - 28All DayHaving Our Say

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Arena Players, Inc. continues its 65th Season of theatre withH aving Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. Directed by Randolph Smith, it is a play that Emily Mann adapted from the oral history written by the centenarian Delany sisters, Sarah and Elizabeth, with Amy Hill Hearth. Though born in North Carolina, the visionary sisters invite you into their New York kitchen and share stories of their careers, family, and friends seasoned with folk wit. It is an intimate night of theatre that reveals the power of sisterhood and the tight bonds within the African American community. Having Our Say runs Friday through Sunday, April 12 -28, 2019.

The Arena Players, located at 801 McCulloh Street since 1962, is the oldest continuously operating African American community theatre in the United States. They also have the distinction of being Baltimore’s hub for African American theatre since 1953. Audiences can also add to their experience by grabbing a bite from Next Phaze Catering. Tickets for the Arena Players’ production of Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years by Emily Mann are $20 and available by phone at 410-728-6500. To reserve seats online, audiences can visit www.arenaplayersinc.com.

More information:
Having Our Say by Emily Mann Directed by Randolph Smith

Arena Players, Inc.
801 McCulloh Street Baltimore, MD, 21201 410-728-6500 [email protected] www.arenaplayersinc.com

Having Our Say Performances:
8:00 pm Friday, April 12, 19, & 26, 2019

8:00 pm Saturday, April 13, 20, & 27, 2019

4:00 pm Sunday, April 14, 21, & 28, 2019 $20 General Admission

$15 Students/ Seniors 65+

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april 12 (Friday) - 28 (Sunday)

Location

Arena Players

801 McCulloh Street, Baltimore MD 21201

12apr - 5mayAll DayHamlet

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Hampden’s early modern theatre company, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF), is proud to present Hamlet, opening April 12, 2019. This famous tragedy, regarded by many as the greatest play ever written, will be staged on the Elizabethan stage of The Great Hall using Original Pronunciation, the accent of Shakespeare’s time.

 

Funny, thrilling, and heartbreaking, Hamlet is a tour de force. It has represented many things to many people, and often stands as shorthand for “Theatre.” Strip away the pretense, though, and what’s left is still a masterpiece. BSF presents it in Original Pronunciation, as audiences of the 1600s first heard it.

 

Hamlet will mark BSF’s fifth Original Pronunciation show, officially making this Baltimore company the American leader in OP productions.

 

Directed by BSF Resident Company Member Chris Cotterman (Love’s Labour’s LostJulius CaesarAs You Like ItMuch Ado About NothingA Midsummer Night’s Dream), the production stars Terrence Fleming as the Prince of Denmark, with Melanie Bishop (Gertrude), Conrad Deitrick (Marcellus), Sean Eustis (Rosencrantz), Erin Hanratty (Player Queen), Madeleine Adele Koon (Guildenstern), Ethan Larsen (Horatio), Rachel Manu (Ophelia), Terry O’Hara (Claudius), Shaquille Stewart (Polonius), Joshua Street (Laertes), and Morgan State University student Dylan McKenzi in various roles. Makeima Freeland, student at Notre Dame of Maryland University, assistant directs.

 

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory will present Hamlet Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from April 12-May 5, 2019.

 

Hamlet

Directed by Chris Cotterman

April 12-May 5

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 4:00pm; Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before showtime.

The Great Hall at St. Mary’s Community Center

3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21211

 

 

Tickets are available on the BSF website, www.baltimoreshakespearefactory.org/hamlet

 

Opening Night (April 12) is Pay-What-You-Will!, collected at the door. For all other performances, ticket prices are $24 for adults, and $19 for students, teachers, artists, and senior citizens (55+); admission for children and 12 and below is free.

 

Each Saturday performance will be preceded by a lecture by a guest artist, or a member of the BSF artistic staff. Lectures are free to attend and begin at 7pm.

 

About Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) produces five shows each year at the Great Hall at St. Mary’s in Hampden. It is the objective of Baltimore Shakespeare Factory to recreate, as closely as is possible, the staging conditions, spirit, and atmosphere created by Shakespeare’s theatre company. We are the only theatre in the region producing only plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods

 

We also continue to expand our outreach into the community, offering education programs for local students, and lectures and workshops for people of all ages. BSF is a proud member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the Hampden Village Merchants Association, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Time

April 12 (Friday) - May 5 (Sunday)

Location

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore 21210

17apr - 19All DaySpring Break Make & Take Workshops

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  • When: Wednesday, April 17 – Friday, April 19
  • What Time: Drop in any time 2pm – 4pm daily
  • Cost: $5/person (plus museum admission)

Join us for these hands-on, drop-in art making workshops, themed around our permanent collection. Drop by our classroom (2nd floor of our Jim Rouse Visionary Center building) between 2 and 4PM each afternoon to MAKE your own original artwork and TAKE it with you! All materials & inspiration provided! Recommended for ages 7 & up. No advanced registration required. Contact Beka Plum for details or just stop by! [email protected] or 410-244-1900 ext 232.

Wednesday, April 17: Bot Shop
Inspired by artist DeVon Smith’s “Robot Family” in our permanent collection, make your own bot out of cool trash!
Thursday, April 18: Crazy Crown Make your own royal headpiece out of shiny tape, faux flowers, and more!
Friday, April 19: Mini Cosmic Egg
Make your own mini version of artist Andrew Logan’s “Cosmic Galaxy Egg,” a fan favorite of our outdoor sculptures!

Time

april 17 (Wednesday) - 19 (Friday)

Location

American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Highway, Baltimore MD 21230

19aprAll DayRumput with Kathrine Fahey

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An evening of Keroncong (traditional string-band music of Indonesia,) shadow puppetry and crankies! 

At Black Cherry Puppet Theater

1115 Hollins Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Friday, April 19th 2019

ONE NIGHT ONLY! TWO SHOWS at 6:30pm and 9:30pm

Doors open 1/2 hour before each showtime!

Time

All Day (Friday)

Location

Black Cherry Puppet Theater

1115 Hollins Street, Baltimore 21223

19apr6:00 pm- 8:00 pmLay DyingClosing Reception

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Join us for the closing reception of Mei Mei’s MFA Thesis Lay Dying. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public; all are welcome to attend.

WASHINGTON DC — Ancient people believe that their souls will be transformed into animals, and their behavior in this life will determine what kind of animal they will become in the next. I use my work to redefine the concept of “karma” by extending it to the animal world and asking humans to reflect on the way their actions influence the animal’s fate.

A major work in the exhibition is a door-sized sculpture. I identified dozens of different dead animal body shapes by searching roads for their carcasses. I used their outlines to create panels for a large transparent form modeled on a church window. My sculpture serves as a totem by creating a connection between humans and animal. When light passes through the object, the viewer’s body is wrapped in animal shadows. I hope that this moment of connection helps viewers pay more attention to the way their actions affect the future of animals.

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(Friday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Gallery 102

801 22nd St NW, Washington DC 20052

19apr6:00 pm- 9:00 pmDrawing DownOpening Reception

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Exhibition Dates: April 19 – May 31, 2019
with an opening reception Friday, April 19 from 6:00 – 9:00pm

The exhibition Drawing Down will explore the intersection between the practices of drawing and materials commonly used in jewelry-making. The word draw has many meanings: to produce a likeness or representation by making lines on a surface, to spread or elongate metal by hammering or by pulling through dies, to attract, to design or describe in detail, to formulate. In the exhibition Drawing Down, we aim to reflect this range of definitions and draw comparisons between the contemporary jewelry field and the sphere of visual art (specifically drawing and 2-D art) through their shared techniques, materials, and practices.

Drawing Down features the work of artists Lynn Batchelder, Christopher Batten, Jim Bove, Kat Cole, Margo Csipo, Robyn Ellenbogen, Sarah Holden, Blaine Hurdel, Valerie James, Heidi Lowe, Tom Mazzullo, Cynthia Myron, Mike Nichols, Carol Prusa, Tina Rath, Sarah Roberts, Kristal Romano, Hilary Sanders, Susan Schwalb, Joseph Jay Shetler, Caitlin Skelcey, Yue Tan, Amelia Toelke, Timothy Veske-McMahon, Katherine Vetne, and Dongyi Wu.

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(Friday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Baltimore Jewelry Center

10 East North Avenue, Baltimore MD 21201

20apr11:00 am- 1:00 pmFabric Craft Workshop: Greeting Cards (Ages 6-12)

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Play with fabric and create a collage greeting card of your own. Visitors are encouraged to bring photos to embellish their cards. This fabric craft workshop is facilitated by the African American Quilters of Baltimore. To register please contact [email protected]
In conjunction with Linda Day Clark: The Gee’s Bend Photographs

Included with Museum Admission.

Let us know you are coming.

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Reginald F. Lewis Museum

830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21202

20apr2:00 pmFilm: Tell Me More and Then Some

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This film explores the history of American jazz in Baltimore as well as the current state of Baltimore’s jazz scene. Visitors will view footage of jazz greats Eubie Blake, Chick Webb, Billie Holiday, Ethel Ennis and more. The film challenges the idea that “Baltimore’s jazz scene died along with the Royal Theatre and Pennsylvania Ave.” Instead, the film demonstrates that the city is still producing amazing culture and jazz with musicians like Gary Bartz, Cyrus Chestnut, Dontae Winslow, Lafayette Gilchrist and Warren Wolf Jr. A post discussion with film producer Jeff Finch, jazz personality Gary Ellerbe and local musicians will follow. This program will begin with a musical salute to Ethel Ennis by musicians Greg Hatza and Marleen Ross.

Included with Museum Admission.

Let us know you are coming.

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Reginald F. Lewis Museum

830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21202

20apr6:00 pm- 8:00 pmBlackface: A Reclamation of Beauty, Power and NarrativeOpening Reception

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April 20 – June 15, 2019

Opening Reception: April 20th – Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Artists’ Talk: TBD

Curators: Myrtis Bedolla and Jessica Stafford Davis

Galerie Myrtis and The Agora Culture present Blackface: A Reclamation of Beauty, Power, and Narrative. In asserting the beauty of the black body, affirming its power—and societal and historical place, curators Myrtis Bedolla and Jessica Stafford Davis offer a counter narrative to the racist archetypes that evolved from 18th century minstrelsy, and its negative stereotyping of African Americans that prevails today.

The exhibition explores contemporary notions of black identity through photography by Tawny Chatmon, and painters Alfred Conteh, Jerrell Gibbs, and Jas Knight;and offers an investigation of blackface from a historical perspective presented in paintings by Arvie Smith and multidisciplinary works by Felandus Thames. The addition of a compiling video by filmmaker Karina Griffith captured in Berlin, Germany evokes the maligning of blackness through an international lens.

In addressing the insidious nature of minstrelsy and the appropriation of black culture—to deploy and rationalize the subjugation of African Americans for financial gain, Frederick Douglass described blackface performers as:

“…the filthy scum of white society, who have stolen from us a complexion, denied them by nature, in which to make money, and pander to the corrupt taste of their white fellow citizens.”
Lott, Eric (1993). Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

The Redemption: Girl Enlightened by Tawny Chatmon, 30 x 44 inches on Hahnemühle Paper w/ additional 5cm border, Total size with frame: 51 x 62 inches, Photography, Photo-Manipulation, 24k gold leaf, Acrylic Paint, 2018/2019

Time

(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Galerie Myrtis

2224 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218

20apr6:00 pm- 8:00 pmCirculation Desk: The Art of Information with Brown Art Ink

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Join us at The Menial Collection on April 20th for the second workshop in our Circulation Desk: Workshop Series!

From April 12th – May 5th, artists Pablo Helguera, Ada Pinkston, Ruby Waldo, Brown Art Ink + Jenny Ferretti will each hold weekly programs in The Menial Collection transforming the library into a site for curation, play, and communal knowledge production. While highlighting how traditional academic spaces limit access and exclude that which is deemed subjective or invalid, the workshops strive to reinsert the notion of care to the curatorial and collectivity to cultural production.

This workshop, presented by Brown Art Ink + Jenny Ferretti, explores radical approaches to librarianship in the digital realm, and features an installation and discussion led by women of color. A panel discussion hosted by Brown Art Ink in conversation with digital art librarian Jennifer Ferretti will start at 6:30 with time before and after to explore their installation and curated library. This program is part of the Brown Art Ink 2018-2019 “Citation and Memory” programming cycle. This event is free and open to the public.

Full Workshop Schedule:
Pablo Helguera: Combinatory Lectures
Friday, April 12, 12 – 3pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2212882845442744/

Brown Art Ink + Jenny Ferretti: The Art of Information
Saturday, April 20, 6 – 8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2279526548734425/

Ada Pinkston: Mining Our Libraries
Saturday, April 27, 1 – 5pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/790115998014800/

Ruby Waldo & Maria Emilia Duno: Insight as Insert
Sunday, May 5, 2 – 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/776387792747415/

Brown Art Ink – Ravon Ruffin and Amanda Figueroa
Ravon Ruffin is the community manager and co-founder of Brown Art Ink, a community incubator. She uses digital media as a placeholder for communities of color, to make art and culture accessible IRL. She believes in museums as spaces for the future of community advocacy, education, and urban sustainability. Ravon works at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as a Social Engagement Producer.

Amanda Figueroa is the managing editor and co-founder of Brown Art Ink, a community incubator. She works with artists to bring the messages of their work to local Latinx communities, and communities of color. Her work develops the practices of democracy and civic participation, through relationships between community members and public art. Amanda is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Harvard University.

Jenny Ferretti
Jennifer Ferretti is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art on Piscataway Land. She is a first generation American Latina/Mestiza whose librarianship is guided by critical perspectives, not neutrality. With a firm belief that art is information, she is interested in the research methodologies of artists, particularly those highlighting social justice issues. Recognizing the impact of the overwhelming whiteness of the library and information science profession, in 2016 she started the online space We Here specifically for people of color working in libraries and archives. Jennifer is a Library Journal 2018 Mover & Shaker.

The Menial Collection
The Menial Collection is a non-circulating arts library and community research center located in Baltimore, Maryland. The Collection aims to reimagine the library as a site for curation and experimentation in the collective production of knowledge through reading, research, and collaborative practice. The library holds a collection of books and documents with a special focus on art, poetry, theory, and philosophy. We use a democratic cataloging system, which means that our organizational structure is constantly evolving. We invite every one of our visitors to create the groupings that they find the library to be lacking in as well as to remove or reorganize the existing categories. This system is in place to encourage critical thinking about the designations that are given to us as well as our power to subvert them.

Time

(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

The Menial Collection

243 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21201

20apr6:00 pm- 9:00 pmDimensional ReflectionsOpening Exhibition

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Dimensional Reflections is a group exhibition featuring works by Khadija Nia Adell, James Bouché, Sutton Demlong, Bryan Funk, Giulia Livi, Cevahir Özdoğan, and Victoria Schanken. Dimensional Reflections is a curatorial exercise that explores versatile relationships with the artist choice of material, process, and narratives. Each work of art expresses contemporary and cultural storylines and take a unique perspective in creating a dialogue within materials. Materials such as wood, concrete, plexie, recycled materials and other everyday objects are processed by technology and craft to reimagine our norms of everyday objects. Each artist shares a focus on minimal composition, while giving the viewer a window into the complexities of social parameters, observation in design, and visual aesthetics.       

 

About the Space:

The Parlour is a new project space and platform for art exhibitions, sound performances, and special events. Located in Mt.Vernon, the space is a first floor apartment home with a large reception room and modern den used for events. The space is collaboratively curated and directed by the artists Erick Antonio Benitez and Ariel Cavalcante Foster.

Time

(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

The Parlour

803 St. Paul Street, Baltimore

20apr6:00 pm- 9:00 pm(dirty clean) CleanersOpening Reception

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Artist Laure Drogoul will create an immersive installation and uncanny dry cleaner shop composed of low density polyethylene (the clear plastic used to package “clean” garments). The work reflects on the ubiquitous cleaners of our urban landscape and draws on the history of Cardinal, which once housed a dry-cleaning business. Drogoul’s project emphasizes the growing environmental problem of LDPE plastic #4 and the use of perchloroethylene, a known toxin, to clean wearables. During the exhibition, on-going performances will guide gallery visitors through the cleaning process.

An opening reception will take place Saturday, April 20, 6-9 p.m.

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(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Cardinal

1758 Park Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217

20apr7:00 pm- 10:00 pmUnfixed /// Matisse in BathClosing Artist Talk

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Current Space is proud to present Unfixed, a solo exhibition by Kottie Gaydos and Matisse in Bath, paintings by Se Jong Cho and sound by Marc Miller. Please join us for the closing reception and artist talk.

Closing Reception: April 20th, 7-10pm
Artist Talk: 8pm

Exhibition Duration: March 30th – April 20th
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, noon – 4pm

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Unfixed
Kottie Gaydos

This work investigates the intrinsic role vulnerability plays in the healing process, and probes the instances in which the efforts of systems designed to protect and withstand harm, fail. Once stacked, ceramic vessels dipped in cyanotype, a light sensitive photographic emulsion, and left unfixed embody the liminal space between being and failure. These cairns function as counterpoints to archival pigment prints of unfixed cyanotype paper, framed and hung low on the walls. Coated with cyanotype emulsion, the frames are inherently photographic and bear witness to the environments in which they are hung, personifying the experience of the body as affected by internal and external forces. In concert, the cairns and photographic field of blue are a portal into a dialogue between the ideal and problematic body.

Kottie Gaydos holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She serves as Curator and Editor-in-Chief of Special Publications at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (DCCP) in addition to teaching at MICA and at Towson University. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S., China, and Japan and is in private and public collections, including the Cranbrook Museum of Art. Recent exhibitions include the 40th Annual Paper in Particular, Curated by Eric Lutz, Columbia College Sidney Larson Gallery, Columbia, MO, and Sentinels (III) : Organize, part of The Neon Heater’s Year Seven: The Temperature, curated by Ian Breidenbach, The Provincial, Kaleva, MI.

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Matisse in Bath
Se Jong Cho

Interpreting Matisse
I first saw Matisse’s “Large Reclining Nude” at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Next to the painting, there is an explanatory plaque, showing how Matisse progressed from more precise depictions of a figure to more abstracted colors and shapes. It struck me that this generalization required rigor and imagination, and I decided to explore Matisse’s paintings as a way to expand my understanding of creative expressions. Einstein said, everything should be “made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” As a scientist, I learned to appreciate the complexity of our reality, and I solve the challenges of representing this complexity both in my paintings and in my scientific research by “means of the cylinder, the sphere, and the cone” as Cezanne once advised. Making the Matisse interpretation series presented me with the challenge of painting a full body, which I had never done, and I approached this challenge by coming to a compromise between Matisse’ beautiful generalization of figures and my inclination toward precision. I wanted these paintings to echo Matisse’s shapes and colors, but also create something new, by merging my identity as a Korean woman and a scientist to that of Matisse’s as a son of a prosperous French merchant and a law student who discovered “a kind of paradise” when he began painting as a way to recover from an appendicitis.

Problems with Nudes
Nudes are problematic and I was hesitant to create images that reinforce the particular existence of women that has been prevalent in the usage and conventions of Western art. From Berger’s Ways of Seeing: “To be born a woman has been to be born…into keeping of men… A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself. Whilst she is walking across a room or whilst she is weeping at the death of her father, she can scarcely avoid envisaging herself walking or weeping.” In other words, women are less present than being seen. Take Matisse’s reclining nude, for example; it’s a picture of a woman who is posing because she is aware of the surveyors’ gaze, including Matisse’s. So, I was conflicted about creating female nudes as objects to be seen. However, painting these nudes forced me to contemplate the implications of male gaze in women’s lives and how to resolve them in my own work. How do I preclude the male gaze in female nude paintings? The answer is that they are not nude, they are naked because it’s necessary for bathing. I concluded that if the figures are present, and are comfortable with their presences, then they are not merely posing to be seen; rather, they are daring to take up space in the world.

Se Jong Cho (born in Seoul, South Korea, 1978) paints to explore the extent of her imagination and to expand her ability to express it. She subscribes to the idea that art is a collective process, and hopes that her work can trigger the audience to explore the depths of their conscious minds beyond the representations in the physical world.

Current Space has been partially funded by the Meow Wolf DIY Fund, The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.

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Time

(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location

Current Space

421 North Howard Street, Baltimore MD 21201

20apr8:00 pm- 11:00 pmRBG: Endless ColorOpening Reception

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Gallery 1448 presents

RGB: ENDLESS COLOR
Digital works

Sabrina Yelverton
Eric Greene
Kem Senhouse

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, April 20, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

ART KICKBACK
Friday, April 26, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Join us for a creative session of
socializing and making art as a group. Bring your own art supplies
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CLOSING RECEPTION
Saturday, April 27, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Gallery 1448 | 1448 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Gallery hours by appointment.
Contact Sabrina Yelverton at [email protected] | 267-918 -9248

Images, from left: Kem Senhouse, Oppression, 2019. Eric Greene, Eye for Pleasure, 2019.
Sabrina Yelverton, Feeling Free, 2019.

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(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location

Gallery 1448

1448 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore 21231

20apr8:00 pmFade to Black presents "We Need a Hero" - Superhero Comedy Show]

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Saturdays, Apr 13 & Apr 20 , 8:00 pm
Pow! Zap! Blam! Fade to Black, an improv comedy troupe, is back with another explosive improvised movie spectacular. Join FTB edition as they put on “We Need A Hero” – an improvised Superhero movie. Gotham has Batman, New York has Spider-Man. Join FTB as we create the hero that Baltimore needs.
FTB will take a suggestion of a problem in Baltimore or an emblem of our city and craft an action-packed movie filled with special effects, costume changes and most important, the epic contest between good and evil.

Time

(Saturday) 8:00 pm

Location

The BIG Theater

1727 North Charles Street, Baltimore 21201

23apr5:30 pm- 7:30 pmIntertwinedReception + Gallery Talk

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In this exhibition, Travis Childers, John Grunwell, and Stephen Spartana explore the concept of interconnectivity and the unifying principle of energy, with sculpture, painting and photography. Through scale and planar shifts, the artists make manifest our inexorable link to our sur- roundings in both make-up and interaction. Ranging from abstraction to representation, the works visually re-imagine underlying relationships between nature and us and our interface on a macro and micro level with the cosmos.

Time

(Tuesday) 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

American Center for Physics

One Physics Elipse, College Park MD

24apr4:00 pm- 7:00 pm2019 MFA Thesis ExhibitionPreview Event + Opening Reception

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The Art Gallery and Department of Art cordially invite you for an exclusive preview of exciting new work by four MFA Candidates. Please join us for cocktails with a select group of artists, curators and fine arts supporters for a chance to meet and talk with the artists before the exhibition opening.

The 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition features work by UMD Department of Art MFA students graduating at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year and showcases cutting-edge graduate research that utilizes a myriad of new approaches in art-making. This year the exhibition features work by four MFA candidates: Clay DunklinMason HurleyMonroe Isenberg, and Irene Pantelis. This exhibition is organized by the University of Maryland Art Gallery, in association with the Department of Art, and is supported in part by the Dorothy and Nicholas Orem Exhibition Fund as well as a generous grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Preview Event: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 4-5pm.

Opening reception: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 5-7pm.

 

On view: April 25-May 24, 2019*

Location: University of Maryland Art Gallery

Admission: Free

*Note: Viewings by appointment only May 20-24, 2019

PARKING
Several visitor parking options are available when visiting the Gallery. During regular operating hours, Mowatt Lane Garage is the closest option. Visitors must park on the uppermost level of the garage and may pay with cash, credit card, or via Parkmobile app. After 4:00 p.m., parking is free of charge in Lots JJ2, JJ3, and 1b. (Where Mowatt Lane, Campus Drive, and Alumni Drive converge.)

Time

(Wednesday) 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

University of Maryland Art Gallery

1202 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Bldg.

24apr5:30 pmNight of Light: A very special Open House at the Peale

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Join us for a very special open house to celebrate the past, present and future of LIGHT in Baltimore!

At sunset, experience the ceremonial lighting of Rembrandt Peale’s “Ring of Fire” Reinterpreted: the new light art installation by Sean Michael Kenny (SMKLight).

Rembrandt Peale originally demonstrated his “Magic Ring of Fire” at his museum in 1816. The new technology so inspired audiences of the day that Peale and his partners won the contract to supply gas streetlights throughout the city of Baltimore, making it the first city in America to be lit by gas and earning it the nickname, “Light City.” The Baltimore Gas Light Company that Peale founded is now known as Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), an Excelon company and, at 202 years old, one of the oldest continually-operating companies in the world.

Reception includes light refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artist, as well as learn about Rembrandt Peale’s gas light innovations and the 1816 founding of BGE at his museum on Holliday Street in ILLUMINATED, the Peale’s Exhibition on the history and safety of gas and light, supported by a grant from BGE.

While at the Peale, take a short Time Travel Tour to Rembrandt Peale’s private study in 1819, enjoy related performance and presentations s by guest artists, and see the current exhibition at the Peale, ‘historically hysterical’ by Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS).

Time

(Wednesday) 5:30 pm

Location

The Peale Center

225 North Holliday Street, Baltimore MD 21202

24apr6:00 pm- 10:00 pmThe Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Boots Riley & Mickalene Thomas

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On April 24, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will host a conversation with the celebrated musician, activist, and filmmaker Boots Riley and acclaimed artist Mickalene Thomas moderated by BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. The event is part of the BMA’s ongoing Necessity of Tomorrow(s) series, which bring together artists, writers, and thought-leaders to examine and discuss issues and ideas at the intersections of art, race, and social justice. For the event, Riley and Thomas will discuss how ongoing systemic injustices inspire and influence their work, as well as the broader role of the arts in spurring dialogue, understanding, and, ultimately, change. Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Boots Riley & Mickalene Thomas is free and open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-seated in the BMA’s Meyerhoff Auditorium and the program will also be live-streamed in locations throughout the museum. The event includes free admission to the BMA’s Monsters & Myths exhibition and cocktail reception with live music, cash bar, and light bites.

 

The event is being organized in conjunction with Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s, currently on view at the BMA through May 26, 2019. Much as many contemporary artists are grappling with our current socio-political landscape, European and American artists of the 1930s and 1940s used art as means to examine and reflect on the traumas of the World Wars. Monsters & Myths provides an in depth look at how atrocities in real life bred monsters and myths in painting, sculpture, books, and film. Taken together, the exhibition and upcoming event highlight the importance of artistic practice to assessing and dealing with real life happenings.

 

The April 24 event will begin at 7 p.m. with a moderated discussion followed by a Q&A with the audience. The evening will then continue with a cocktail reception with drinks from Gertrude’s, light fare from Blacksauce Kitchen, and live music by Al Rogers, Jr. Participants will have opportunities before and after the program to walk through Monsters & Myths, as well as Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / Delights of an Undirected Mind, an installation of Surrealist-inspired artworks and films by the Berlin-based Swedish artists. The BMA’s galleries will be open from 6 to 10 p.m.

 

Launched in 2017, the Necessity of Tomorrow(s) borrows its title from an essay by science fiction author Samuel Delany that argues for the role for creative speculation in making a more just future. The series has previously hosted talks with artists Mark Bradford and Hank Willis Thomas and author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

 

The Necessity of Tomorrow(s) is generously sponsored by Suzanne F. Cohen and the Cohen Opportunity Fund.
Boots Riley appears courtesy of Evil Twin Booking Agency.

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898

24apr6:00 pm- 7:30 pm2019 AIA Baltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series: The Intentional and Unintentional Edge

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1.5 AIA/CES LUs /LA/APA credits

Overview

This year’s Spring Lecture Series theme is Edge: Harbor and City.

Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative has set a goal of a swimmable and fishable Inner Harbor. What could this look like? Speakers will reflect on, illustrate, define, and/or re-define the edges where land and water meet. In coordination with the Baltimore journal T3XTURE, this year’s lecture series will introduce a design competition that invites Maryland architecture firms to submit design concepts that explore the edge of the harbor and city.

Speakers
Daniel Campo, Morgan State University

Barbara Wilks, FAIA, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture LLC

About the program

The speakers will discuss design at the harbor and city edge in both planned and unplanned contexts. Daniel Campo, PhD, Program Director and Associate Professor at Morgan State University, will discuss the Baltimore and Brooklyn waterfront and reference his book, The Accidental PlaygroundBrooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned, which explores the remarkable landscape created by individuals and small groups who occupied and rebuilt an abandoned waterfront edge, and suggests a radical reimagining of urban parks and public spaces, and the practices by which they are created and maintained.

Barbara Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, Principal at W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, will discuss her firm’s waterfront work in various locations, including Baltimore, which addresses places where city and nature come together and forms new relationships, and how well-designed places can result in more sustainable relationships between ourselves, our communities, and the earth.

Speaker bios

Daniel Campo is a Program Director and Associate Professor at Morgan State University’s Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning. He earned a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a MUP from the Hunter College of the City University of New York, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in City and Regional Planning where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Urban Research. His interests and experience include Urban Planning and Design, Public Space Studies, Downtown and Waterfront Planning, and Placemaking among others. He has published several works including A New Postindustrial Nature: Remembering the Wild Waterfront of Hunters Point South, and The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned.

Barbara Wilks, FAIA, is a leader in design and interdisciplinary thinking, with over 40 years of experience in urban design, public, and institutional projects. After graduating from Cornell University, Barbara worked for the City of Baltimore in the mid 1970’s. Her interest in waterfronts led to integrating water and land on the Baltimore harbor as well as along the Chesapeake Bay. In 1974, she founded Cho/Wilks Architects and created award winning post-industrial waterfronts such as Canton Cove. After receiving a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Pennsylvania in 1993, she founded her new interdisciplinary firm in New York in 1999. Barbara is one of the few professionals elected to both the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (in 1999) and to the College of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects (in 2010). Her projects range from urban public spaces, infrastructure, architecture, to parks, with her goal being to use design to create access and a means of participation—a public route to discovery, engagement and stewardship.

Event logistics

Lectures are held at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Falvey Hall of the Brown Center.

Public Transit:
The lecture location is within walking distance of several public transit options including:
-UB/Mount Royal Light Rail Stop
-Circulator Bus (Purple Line) at N. Charles and Mount Royal Avenue
-Penn Station: Amtrak/MARC

Parking:
100 free parking spots will be available in the RK&K parking lot at 81 W Mosher St, Baltimore. The lot is located at the east end of Mosher Street, one block east of Mt. Royal Avenue and accessible from the northbound lane only. The lot will close at 9pm.

2019 Spring Lecture Series schedule

Each program offers 1.5 AIA/CES LUs /LA credits

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

MICA Brown Center, Falvey Hall

1301 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore Maryland 21217

24apr8:00 pm- 10:30 pmFlucT

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Goucher College welcomes FlucT as its 2019 Sherman Fairchild Artists in Residence.  The Sherman Fairchild Fund promotes the arts, technology and collaboration through cross-disciplinary projects.  In addition to their performance, FlucT has used their residency to work with students and faculty in the studio art department, theater, communications and music departments to examine power structures, define their values and generate happenings.  Working with fellow artist in residence, Greg St. Pierre ’08, their performance reflects these themes and partnerships.

FlucT,  established in 2010, is the collaborative work of Sigrid Lauren and Monica Mirabile. Their work addresses the authorities of control specific to American consumerism and its social programming. Creating original soundscapes linking a manipulated pop music psychosis with violently intimate dance, their compositions become projections aimed at exposing contemporary systems of alienation.Together, Mirabile and Lauren create duets, video installation, original scores, sculpture, and choreography. Their work has been reviewed by Art in America, The New York Times, The Fader, and Cura Magazine, among others.

 

In a celebration of deliberate ambiguity, their work is not limited to one thoughtform. Appearing in museums, concerts, music videos, films, fashion shows, educational workshops, etc. They have performed and exhibited at the Guggenheim, The Broad Museum, Miami Art Basel, SIGNAL, Queens Museum and Andrea Rosen Gallery. Their large-scale choreographed productions have included a multiplicity of performing artists, dancers, non-dancers and technicians (‘is it god or am i dog’,  UpwardFacingControlTableTop’ and ‘Bigger Than You’). They frequently collaborate with musicians including SOPHIE and PicturePlane, as well as founded Otion Front Studio (est. 2014), a performance and dance space in Brooklyn, New York.

Time

(Wednesday) 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Location

Goucher College

Kraushaar Auditorium

25apr5:00 pm- 7:00 pm2019 Loyola University Annual Student ExhibitionReception

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Exhibition: 2019 Loyola University Annual Student Exhibition, April 11 – 28, 2019
Gallery Hours: M/W/F 11am-5pm | T/Th 11am-7pm | Sa/Su 1-4pm

 

Closed April 18-22 for the Easter Holiday

 

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland presents the 2019 Annual Student Exhibition, April 11 through April 28. Visual Arts Faculty with concentrations in Photography and Studio Arts have selected the best and most compelling works created by Loyola students in the 2018-2019 academic year for display in the gallery. This exhibition will demonstrate the depth and breadth of what the visual arts programs in the Fine Arts department have to offer!

 

All are invited to vote for their favorite works in the show. See a gallery attendant during your visit to cast your ballot for the ‘people’s choice’ awards between April 11 and April 24. Awards will also be given for best in show in the category of studio arts and photography. A reception to honor and celebrate the work of our students will be held on Thursday, April 25, 5-7PM with awards being given at 5:30PM

 

All our programs and events are free and open to all!

 

Attached image credit: work by Nathalie Walker class of 2019

Time

(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Julio Fine Arts, Loyola University Maryland

McGuire Hall

25apr5:00 pm- 7:00 pm2019 Loyola University Annual Student ExhibitionReception + Awards Presentation

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2019 Loyola University Annual Student Exhibition!

April 11 – 28, 2019

Reception and Awards Presentation, Thursday, April 25, 5-7PM

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland presents the 2019 Annual Student Exhibition April 11 through April 28. Visual Arts Faculty with concentrations in Photography and Studio Arts have selected the best and most compelling works created by Loyola students in the 2018-2019 academic year for display in the gallery. This exhibition will demonstrate the depth and breadth of what the visual arts programs in the Fine Arts department have to offer!

All are invited to vote for their favorite works in the show. See a gallery attendant during your visit to cast your ballot for the ‘people’s choice’ awards between April 11 and April 24. Awards will also be given for best in show in the category of studio arts and photography. A reception to honor and celebrate the work of our students will be held on Thursday, April 25, 5-7PM with awards being given at 5:30PM.

All our programs and events are free and open to all!

 

follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @JulioArtGallery 

 

Time

(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Julio Fine Arts, Loyola University Maryland

McGuire Hall

25apr6:30 pm- 8:00 pmH-B Woodlawn Seniors: Onwards and UpwardsOpening Reception

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Spring SOLOS 2019
On view: April 13 – June 7
Opening Reception: Saturday / April 13 / 6-9pm
Roxana Alger Geffen: The Binding Ties
On view: April 13 – June 2
Opening Reception: Saturday / April 13 / 6-9pm
H-B Woodlawn Seniors: Onwards and Upwards
On view: April 13 – June 2
Opening Reception: Thursday / April 25 / 6:30-8pm
IN THE MAIN GALLERIES
Spring SOLOS 2019
On view: April 13 – June 7
ARLINGTON, VA – For Spring SOLOS 2019, artists Brian Barr, Emily Campbell, Noel Kassewitz, Greg Stewart, Greta Bergstresser, Jack Warner, and Ying Zhu will install solo-style exhibitions in AAC’s seven main gallery spaces. The artists tackle timely environmental issues, draw on their own experiences of childhood, and create installations that shift viewers’ perceptions of time, space, and history in work that encompasses sculpture, photography, installation, drawing, and painting.
Artists Greg Stewart and Noel Kassewitz offer unique perspectives while exploring the environmental and societal impacts of climate change. In his interactive installation, Stewart seeks to create a dialogue surrounding individual and collective decision-making in the context of environmental degradation. Kassewitz takes a satirical approach to the subject, creating mixed media works on canvas that double as flotation devices.
Greta Bergstresser and Jack Warner each draw inspiration from past experiences. Bergstresser’s photography reflects her childhood growing up on a self-sustaining farm and considers the various social and political perspectives that can lead individuals to build their lives outside of mainstream cultural norms. Warner, inspired by his own experiences as an educator and AAC’s past as a school, creates a new installation that explores the physical and psychological spaces of the educational system.
Working with everyday materials, Ying Zhu creates a site-specific installation emphasizing the fragile, ephemeral, and poetic qualities within and beyond our habitual perceptions. Expanding on past projects, Brian Barr examines the tension between meaning and aesthetics, presenting images stripped of their context and given new associations in dialogue with one another. Inspired by mythology and history, Emily Campbell constructs a fantastical heterotopic space exploring themes of ritual, hedonism, and crumbling utopia.
For more details about the Spring SOLOS 2019 artists download the full PRESS RELEASE.
IN THE WYATT RESIDENT ARTISTS GALLERY
Roxana Alger Geffen: The Binding Ties
On view: April 13 – June 2
In The Binding Ties, Roxana Alger Geffen presents sculptures created in part with objects and materials drawn from her family, ordinary things found in her own attic or her grandmother’s junk drawer. Combining materials from different times and places, which were originally intended for a range of practical uses, the artist binds together disparate moments, influences, and intentions. The works reflect the impossibility of forming a single, coherent image of the past, when faced with layers of interpretation, the complexity of individual stories, and our own pre-existing perspectives. Although it may be incomplete, this understanding of the past acts as a foundation for our understanding of the present and, consequently, our understanding of ourselves. Geffen’s approach to materials acts as a physical manifestation of the ways we make and remake ourselves, cobbling together the past and present, idealism and ignorance, pride and shame.
IN THE JENKINS COMMUNITY GALLERY
H-B Woodlawn Seniors: Onwards and Upwards
On view: April 13 – June 2
Organized by instructor Faylinda Kodis, Onwards and Upwards presents work by H-B Woodlawn seniors who have made a commitment to the visual arts, concentrating on creating a portfolio throughout their time as high school students. As they prepare for graduation and their school moves from its longtime location on Vacation Lane to a new building in Rosslyn, these five students reflect on the experience of moving on and consider the history, ideology, and accomplishments that shape both the school and their time as students.

Time

(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Arlington Arts Center

3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22201

25apr6:30 pmArt Degree, What Now? | Under 30 Panel

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TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education
Art Degree, What Now? | Under 30 Panel
Thurs., Apr. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032 | Free
events.towson.edu

Concerned about your future? Unsure what to do after graduation? Come talk to artists and art professionals fresh out of school and thriving in today’s art world. Moderated by Kelsey Bryner MA ’17 with a panel of young artists ready to share.

 

Panelists: Art Degree, What Now? | Under 30 Panel:

Symone Audain – Special events coordinator at BOPA, BBA in Marketing from LIM College in NYC (it’s a joint business/fashion school).

 

Corey Lacey – Social Media and Website Coordinator at BOPA, BA in Communications from Juniata College

 

Antoinette Nero- Ceramic Artist; B.F.A. in ceramic arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, 2014

 

Valerie Genzano- Museum Leadership/Arts Administration Graduate Student at Drexel University. Graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in Electronic Media and Film and a minor in Art History at Towson University in 2018.

 

Sarah Tipton—abstract painter who got her BS in Art+Design at Towson in 2017

 

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(Thursday) 6:30 pm

26aprAll DayHaitian Kite-Making Happy Hour Workshop

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Join us in the Marquee Lounge for a fun happy hour of kite-making in preparation for the first-ever Big Baltimore Kite Fest! Haitian kite-master Armand Myrthil guides us in building our very own Haitian kites. In each 1 hour session you construct your own wind-worthy kite to take to Patterson Park on March 30th for the Big Baltimore Kite Fest. Space is limited, so please register with our box office ASAP.

Stay breezy!

TUE MAR 26 | 6PM & 7PM | $10 each session

Time

All Day (Friday)

Location

The Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

26apr - 27All DayYou Are Here: A Multimedia Event

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The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents “You Are Here,” a Multi Media Event a debut of the work of 12 MICA students in the Fiber Department’s yearlong Multi Media Event I and II course. The annual showcase of student-designed fashions and performance takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26 and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.

The work presented on these two nights was developed by 12 MICA undergraduate seniors in the class ranging from the majors of Painting, Ceramics and Fiber. The show will be presenting 12 perspectives on textile and place, activated and informed by light, sound, movement, and props.

Both nights are at BBOX

8:00pm April 26th

General Admission $15 | Students $7
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5:00pm April 27th

General Admission $15 | Students $7
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Friday, April 26 at 8:00 pm

More dates through April 27, 2019

BBOX: The Gateway
1601 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217, USA

Time

april 26 (Friday) - 27 (Saturday)

Location

The Gateway BBox Theater

1601 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217

26apr5:00 pm- 8:00 pmNilou Kazemzadeh: CatalystOpening Reception

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Nilou Kazemzadeh: Catalyst
Gallery in the Scott Center
Opening Reception: Friday, 4/26/19 5-8PM Exhibition runs: 4/26-5/30

In a brand new body of work, Iranian-American artist Nilou Kazemzadeh explores the social and environmental influences that shape identity, drawing heavily on imagery found in Persian and Middle Eastern art traditions. Her main vehicles for creation, printmaking and calligraphy, both require ritualistic perseverance and adherence to a strict artistic process. Thought-provoking and multifaceted, her imagery asks viewers to consider their own experiences as humans in a dynamic, often-polarizing world. Nilou received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016 and has exhibited throughout Maryland and DC. You can find Nilou online at: www.niloukazemzadeh.com.

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Carroll Community College

Gallery in the Scott Center

26apr5:00 pm- 8:00 pmContinuum [The Illusion of Edges]Opening Reception

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Continuum [The Illusion of Edges]
Paintings and Works on Paper by Priya Vadhyar Babylon Great Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, 4/26/19 5-8PM Exhibition runs: 4/26-5/30

Priya Vadhyar’s recent work focuses on the meeting of the particular and the universal. Both restrained and spontaneous, her dreamlike compositions brim with microcosms in which the viewer may lose themselves. [The Illusion of Edges] is the second in a set of two exhibitions exploring this thematic material. The first exhibition, [Degrees of Separation], was at Gallery Beyond in Mumbai in Fall 2018. Priya holds both a BA and an MA in Economics and has taken additional courses in Visual Art in Mumbai, Arizona, and Maryland. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Seacourt Print Workshop (Bangor, Ireland), Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (Hyattsville, MD), BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD), and The Drawing Studio (Tucson, AZ). You can visit her online at: www.priyavadhyar.com.

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Carroll Community College

Gallery in the Scott Center

26apr6:00 pm- 8:30 pmPower Points & Pizza Pies

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As part of make Studio‘s celebration of #autismacceptancemonth, PPT Nite and Make Studio are pleased to co-host an entertaining evening featuring artistic PowerPoint presentations made by Make Studio artists, friends, AND a delicious Pizza Party during the closing reception of “Accept No Substitutes: Real Art & Real Voices of ASD Artists”.

So come watch or make your own PPT — or any slide-based presentation — to present!

(Pizza provider TBA. Pie Charts, in all cases, are optional!)

RSVPs appreciated.

About PPT Night:

PPT (People Presenting Together) Nite/Night (aka PowerPoint Night) is a performance presentation series hosted by Kay Fenton and Carolyn Shayte. PPT Night aims to increase the publicity of the PowerPoint, along with other slide presentation platforms, as a medium not just used in business and school for conveying information, but as an art and performance platform. PowerPoint itself is ubiquitous, user friendly and an instrument from which artists and non-artists alike can create. It is the limitations of the medium that allow artists and non-artists to experiment.

For more information on PPT Nite and past presentations, please see link below or message Carolyn/Kay:
https://vimeo.com/153297706

Time

(Friday) 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Make Studio

Schwing Art Center, 3326 Keswick Road Front, Baltimore MD 21211

27aprAll DayIndependent Bookstore Day & Atomic Books Anniversary

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Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

More about Independent Bookstore Day.
http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/

It’s also Atomic Books’ Anniversary –
Double Big Spender Marks!
Free commemorative tote for a purchase of $50 or more!

more info TBA!

Special limited edition items available that day at Atomic:
Women Talking (exclusive cover) by Miriam Toews
We Should All be Feminists pouch by Chimamanda Adichie
Adjustment Day (signed with an exclusive Bookstore Day cover) by Chuck Palahniuk
Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? (signed with an exclusive Bookstore Day cover) by Patricia Marx
The 2019 Bad Citizen Graffiti Stencil by Susan Sontag
Charles Bukowski Uncensored (exclusive vinyl LP) by Charles Bukowski
Neil Gaiman pin
James Baldwin pin
Man-Eaters Vol. 1 (signed by all 3 creators) by Chelsea Cain
The Girl Who Drank the Moon (signed with exclusive sticker pack for Bookstore Day) by Kelly Barnhill
ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS (Signed exclusive Bookstore Day edition with FREE iron-on Ada patch) by Andrea Beaty
Wings of Fire mini-book (exclusive to Bookstore Day) by Tui Sutherland
Atlas Obscura Literary Locations (Free item) by Joshua Foer
Poems to Keep in Your Pocket (FREE item) by William Shakespeare
James Flora Character stickers (FREE item)
Flora of Middle Earth postcard (FREE Item) by Graham A. Judd

And it’s ALSO the 2nd annual Local Yarn Store Day! We’re doing a special project with our BFF’s Lovelyarns! More info to come!

Author, comedian, musician, Lane Moore, will be at Atomic Books to sign copies of her book, How to Be Alone. 2-4pm!

Time

All Day (Saturday)

Location

Atomic Books

3620 Falls Road, Baltimore MD 21211

27aprAll DayImprov Will Save Our Planet! An Earth Day Comedy Show

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Saturday, Apr 27, 8:00 pm
After years of conducting studies, the BIG Center for Climate Research is ready to present a hot new thesis about global warming and how we can stop it. Kick off your Earth Week right by watching a team of improvisors pay tribute to Mother Earth with a set of never-before-seen comedy. It may be our planet’s last hope.

Time

All Day (Saturday)

Location

The BIG Theater

1727 North Charles Street, Baltimore 21201

27apr9:30 am- 5:30 pmCityLit Festival 2019

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CityLit Project is pleased to announce Dani Shapiro, The New York Times best-selling author of “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love,” will deliver the 16th CityLit Festival keynote in conversation with Marion Winik, author of “Baltimore Book of the Dead.” This one-day, literary arts celebration will be held April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center at the University of Baltimore located at 11 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Md., 21201.

 

“Dani Shapiro is a writer whose latest mesmerizing work will reel you into the discussion of who you belong to, family secrets and what happens when we learn the unknowable. To have her headline this year’s Festival in a presentation with Baltimore’s own Marion Winik is a can’t-miss opportunity,” said CityLit Project Executive Director Carla Du Pree. “This festival is a celebration designed specifically for readers and writers on the subjects they care about. The festival is free, but bring your energy, as we present sessions from screenwriting and children’s literature to panel discussions focused on timely and important topics such as challenging mass incarceration, journalism in the age of Trump, the lack of representation for Asian-American writers and narratives about being mixed race in America.”

 

CityLit Festival 2019 will feature the master class “Diving into Stage Writing: Dialogue and Drama” with Maryland playwright Kia Corthron, as well as 30-minute one-on-one editorial critiques with Tafisha Edwards, Karen Houppert, Bret McCabe, Lauren LaRocca and Brian Price; over 20 sessions featuring published authors and emerging writers; and a literary marketplace showcasing a diverse community of self-published authors, small presses, literary journals, accessories and organizations.

 

The Festival is FREE. Pre-registration is required for the Master Class and One-on-One Editorial Sessions ($10 each). The Festival bookseller is The Ivy Bookshop. For more information, visit www.citylitproject.org.

 

About CityLit Project

CityLit Project nurtures the culture of literature, creates enthusiasm for the literary arts, connects a community of avid readers and writers and opens opportunities for young people and diverse audiences to embrace the literary arts. CityLit is noted for its two signature events, the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival and the day-long CityLit Festival each spring. For more information, visit www.citylitproject.org.

Time

(Saturday) 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Location

University of Baltimore’s William H. Thumel, Sr. Business Center

11 West Mt. Royal Avenue Baltimore MD 21201

27apr11:00 am- 4:00 pmCommunity Youth Arts Celebration

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Learn how the next generation of Baltimore’s artists and leaders are harnessing the power of creativity to tell their stories with musical performances and art making. As part of the festivities, Baltimore School for the Arts theater students will present Behind the Façade, a program of original monologues performed in 1 West Mount Vernon Place that bring to life the range of people, enslaved and free, who made Mount Vernon their home in the years before and after the Civil War.

Presented in collaboration with Arts Every Day. Special thanks to MECU and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

The Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201

27apr1:00 pm- 3:00 pmAnnie Farrar: Apparitions // MICA group exhibition: Wander WalkingArtists’ Reception

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Hamilton Gallery | Hamilton Arts Collective is pleased to present two exhibitions

Annie Farrar: Apparitions in Gallery I

 

Annie Farrar creates sculpture, collage, and prints that examine sustainability, consumerism, feminism, reality, and time. The material-based work uses art historical references and experiences recorded in European late medieval manuscripts, early Renaissance artwork, and Seventeenth Century Dutch still life painting to consider these concerns. This exhibition uses these themes to examine the Virgin Mary as both a spiritual leader but most importantly as a feminist by utilizing a combination of the symbolism of memento mori, iconography, the Annunciation, and cycles of life and death.

 

MICA group exhibition: Wander Walking in Gallery II

 

Wander Walkingis a selected collection of works from the undergraduate community of the Maryland Institute College of Art. It portrays the imaginative, playful, confrontational, and questioning nature of the artists as they experience their college years. Wander Walking is organized and curated by Claire Lynch, a graduate student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In this show, Lynch aims to showcase the dynamic and powerful thoughts we all have in young adulthood as we wander through the world.

 

Exhibitions run March 29, 2019 – April 28, 2019


First Friday Opening Reception –
April 5, 6-9pm

Artists’ Reception – Saturday, April 27, 1-3pm

GALLERY HOURS
Friday 4-8pm, Saturday noon-8pm, Sunday 11am-3pm

 

www.hamiltonarts.org

 

Time

(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location

Hamilton Gallery

5502 Harford Road, Baltimore MD 21214

27apr1:00 pm- 5:00 pmCirculation Desk: Insert as Insight with Ruby Waldo and ME Duno

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Join us at The Menial Collection on April 12th for the fourth workshop in our Circulation Desk: Workshop Series!

From April 12th – May 5th, artists Pablo Helguera, Ada Pinkston, Ruby Waldo, Brown Art Ink + Jenny Ferretti will each hold weekly programs in The Menial Collection transforming the library into a site for curation, play, and communal knowledge production. While highlighting how traditional academic spaces limit access and exclude that which is deemed subjective or invalid, the workshops strive to reinsert the notion of care to the curatorial and collectivity to cultural production.

Drawing from from past workshops held with Baltimore City youth at Enoch Pratt libraries, Ruby Waldo and Maria Emilia Duno’s “Insert as Insight” questions how the book insert can act as a radical imposition of that which has not been written. Participants will have a chance to view inserts made by children across the city as well as make their own additions to books in The Menial Collection’s library.

Full Workshop Schedule:
Pablo Helguera: Combinatory Lectures
Friday, April 12, 12 – 3pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2212882845442744/

Brown Art Ink + Jenny Ferretti: The Art of Information
Saturday, April 20, 6 – 8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2279526548734425/

Ada Pinkston: Mining Our Libraries
Saturday, April 27, 1 – 5pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/790115998014800/

Ruby Waldo & Maria Emilia Duno: Insight as Insert
Sunday, May 5, 2 – 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/776387792747415/

Ruby Waldo
Ruby Waldo is from Baltimore, MD. She’s interested architecture and empathy; supportive structures that are both gentle and didactic. Her sculptural practice consists of gathering people and materials together through making prints, casting concrete, and hosting workshops. Ruby works as an educator at The Walters Art Museum and as a France-Merrick Fellow at Whitelock Community Farm.

Maria Emilia Duno
Maria Emilia Duno is the curator of Circulation Desk: Workshop Series and the Co-Founder of The Menial Collection. Her writing and curatorial practice focuses on experimental pedagogy and expanded notions of research that validate subjugated knowledges through play and exploration. She is a current MFA candidate in MICA’s Curatorial Practice department.

The Menial Collection
The Menial Collection is a non-circulating arts library and community research center located in Baltimore, Maryland. The Collection aims to reimagine the library as a site for curation and experimentation in the collective production of knowledge through reading, research, and collaborative practice. The library holds a collection of books and documents with a special focus on art, poetry, theory, and philosophy. We use a democratic cataloging system, which means that our organizational structure is constantly evolving. We invite every one of our visitors to create the groupings that they find the library to be lacking in as well as to remove or reorganize the existing categories. This system is in place to encourage critical thinking about the designations that are given to us as well as our power to subvert them.

Time

(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

The Menial Collection

243 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21201

27apr1:00 pm- 5:00 pmCirculation Desk: Mining Our Libraries with Ada Pinkston

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Join us at The Menial Collection on April 12th for the third workshop in our Circulation Desk: Workshop Series!

From April 12th – May 5th, artists Pablo Helguera, Ada Pinkston, Ruby Waldo, Brown Art Ink + Jenny Ferretti will each hold weekly programs in The Menial Collection transforming the library into a site for curation, play, and communal knowledge production. While highlighting how traditional academic spaces limit access and exclude that which is deemed subjective or invalid, the workshops strive to reinsert the notion of care to the curatorial and collectivity to cultural production.

In Ada Pinkston’s, “Mining Our Libraries”, participants will excavatate the contents of the Enoch Pratt Digital Collection to collaboratively produce a new archive pairing the visual history of the city of Baltimore with personal materials and histories to construct a visual narrative that is a reflection of the collective’s understanding of the shape of the past of Baltimore, Maryland over the past 500 years. What does a people’s history of Baltimore look like? How is the past connected to the present? The collaboratively produced digital collection will be proposed for acquisition to the Enoch Pratt.

Full Workshop Schedule:
Pablo Helguera: Combinatory Lectures
Friday, April 12, 12 – 3pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2212882845442744/

Brown Art Ink + Jenny Ferretti: The Art of Information
Saturday, April 20, 6 – 8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2279526548734425/

Ada Pinkston: Mining Our Libraries
Saturday, April 27, 1 – 5pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/790115998014800/

Ruby Waldo & Maria Emilia Duno: Insight as Insert
Sunday, May 5, 2 – 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/776387792747415/

Ada Pinkston
Ada Pinkston is a multimedia artist, educator, and cultural organizer living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Her art explores the intersection of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies using monoprint, performance, experimental video, and collage techniques. Inter-subjective exchanges are the primary substrate of her work. Over the years, her work has been featured at a variety of spaces including The Baltimore Museum of Art, P.S.1, and Light City Baltimore. She is a Baker Artist award semifinalist (2016), a recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant in Visual Arts. Her most recent collaborative project includes founding the LabBodies Performance Art Laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Menial Collection
The Menial Collection is a non-circulating arts library and community research center located in Baltimore, Maryland. The Collection aims to reimagine the library as a site for curation and experimentation in the collective production of knowledge through reading, research, and collaborative practice. The library holds a collection of books and documents with a special focus on art, poetry, theory, and philosophy. We use a democratic cataloging system, which means that our organizational structure is constantly evolving. We invite every one of our visitors to create the groupings that they find the library to be lacking in as well as to remove or reorganize the existing categories. This system is in place to encourage critical thinking about the designations that are given to us as well as our power to subvert them.

Time

(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

The Menial Collection

243 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21201

27apr2:00 pm- 6:00 pmThrough Glass LaceOpening Reception

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JULIA MAE BANCROFT
Through Glass Lace
April 27 – May 22, 2019
Opening Reception
Saturday, April 27th from 2-6pm
EXHIBITION LOCATION
Morton Fine Art
52 O St NW #302
Washington, DC 20001
HOURS
Wednesday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Sunday – Tuesday by appointment

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

Morton Fine Art LLC

1718 Florida Avenue NW, Washington DC 20009

27apr2:00 pm- 4:00 pmGallery Talk with Ben Piwowar

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Ben Piwowar will be giving an artist talk about his exhibition “soft obstacle” in the Project Space at School 33 Art Center on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at 2pm. Piwowar will discuss his installation, and the alterations he has made to his work throughout the duration of the exhibition. The talk will be followed by a conversational Q&A where visitors will have the opportunity to ask Piwowar about his work and practice.

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

School 33 Art Center

1427 Light Street, Baltimore MD 21230

27apr3:00 pm- 5:00 pmAfro House's 100 Year Symposium

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Northeast Baltimore, let’s talk about what our neighborhoods will look like 100 years into the future. A live performance by Afro House’s Astronaut Symphony will serve as an entry point and source of inspiration for a robust conversation about our city’s future.

This event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The 100 Year Symposium is funded in part by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts and is a collaboration between Afro House and Belair-Edison Neighborhood, Inc.

Time

(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

27apr5:30 pm2019 Marquee Ball: OZ!

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2019 Marquee Ball: OZ
Saturday, April 27th
5:30pm VIP Dinner | 8pm Party
w/ Jonathan Gilmore & The Experience, Betty O’Hellno & More!

Follow the yellow brick road, dance with the Lollipop Guild, roll with the Wheelers, and wander through OZ!

L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written in 1900, inspired 14 of his own books in the series and countless other movies, adventures, TV shows, stage performances, and much more. The majestic land of OZ has captured our imaginations into adulthood. From Judy Garland’s Dorothy to Michael Jackson’s Scarecrow in The WIZ, this year’s Marquee Ball celebrates them ALL!

Click your sparkling heels or ruby slippers and find yourself in The Patterson Theater transformed for a night of dancing, performances on two stages, a silent art auction, open studios, treats galore, and fabulous attire!

Are you a misunderstood witch, a cowardly lion, an evil tree, a many-headed villain, or a wayward wizard? The MANY adaptations of OZ are a feast for costume inspiration!

Suggested Inspiration:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (book)
The Wizard fo OZ (movie)
The Return To OZ (movie)
The WIZ (movie, musical)
Tin Man (TV series)
Wicked (book, musical)
Once Upon A Time (TV series)

 

TICKETS:

8pm-Midnight  |  Party Tickets: $55, $50 members. Purchase Tickets Here!
Tickets include beer, wine, signature cocktail, and light fare.

5:30pm-Midnight  |  VIP Dinner at 5:30pm
Honoring Artist Oletha Devane! 

VIP Dinner Tickets $250 each, table of ten $2,500. Advance tickets only. Tickets include entry to the 8pm party.
Please call our box office at 410-276-1651 to purchase dinner tickets.

Proceeds support Creative Alliance’s FREE Youth Education Programs.

Time

(Saturday) 5:30 pm

Location

The Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

27apr6:00 pm- 10:30 pmVisArts in Bloom 2019

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Saturday, April 27
6:00 – 10:30 PM

Let Your Creativity Bloom!

Join VisArts and more than 100 members of our community for a casual, fun-filled night of cocktails, cuisine, and painting (for artists of all experience levels)!

Proceeds benefit VisAbility Art Lab, VisArts’ unique, supportive studio for emerging adult artists with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Tickets: $120 ($150 after April 5)

I am unable to attend VisArts in Bloom, but would like to make a donation in support of VisAbility Art Lab.
VisArts in Bloom Host Committee

Kristine Warner, Maier Warner Public Relations / Marketing
Jack Devine, Artists Circle Fine Art
Matt Brady, Scheer Partners
Rob Eisinger, Promark Partners
Bob Elliott, Lantian Development
Josh Etter, Foulger-Pratt

Time

(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

28apr3:00 pm- 4:00 pmThe Edge Effect

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The Edge Effect is created when two ecosystems cross each other’s thresholds and develop an environment that supports and sustains elements of both. In this unique ecosystem, greater diversity is created from the cooperation of the two systems, and new life is sustained.

LucidBeings Dance utilizes the Edge Effect as a metaphor for the possibility of unity among different communities and the potential that is created when diverse groups of people are brought together. This is a piece about hope and recognizing the lessons mother nature can teach us about honoring diversity.

Join us as LucidBeings Dance presents it’s first evening length work!

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(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

UMBC Dance Cube

29apr5:00 pm- 7:00 pmUnruly BodiesReception

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April 27–September 21, 2019

Reception

Monday, April 29, 2019, 5–7 PM

Artists’ Talk

Monday, September 9, 2019, 5–7 PM

Gallery Hours

Monday–Friday 11 AM–7 PM Saturday 11 AM–4 PM

Featured Artists:

Arit Emmanuela
Nia Hampton + Emani Castillo A. Moon
Mandy Morrison
Katie O’Keefe
Felandus Thames
Alan Vincent
Stephanie Williams

The body that is too fat, too sick, too Black, too foreign, too femme, too queer, too old…

One year ago, Roxane Gay asked 24 writers to consider what it meansto live in an unruly body. The prompt for Medium was deceptivelysimple, personal but universal, and yielded beautiful narratives.

Stevenson University is pleased to present nine artists who probe thethemes of Gay’s Unruly Bodies magazine in an exhibition of video,installation, textile, and photographic artwork. What does it mean to move through the world in a body that contradicts societal norms? What does it mean to struggle against, come to terms with, or assert our physicality? How can we claim the space that we deserve?

About the Artists

Emani Castillo is a Miami based multimedia artist interested in themany histories a body holds and the performance of these narrativesdemanded by society. Emani explores the body as politics and the queermodal-tensions it holds, and analyzes varying performances of freedomthrough its intersections.

Arit Emmanuela is a Nigerian American experimental storyteller whosepractice focuses on layers of identity and life experience. She uses her background in film, theater, creative writing, photography, and sculpture to create symbol laden self-portraits that explore the multiplicities within a single person. Arit will receive her MFA from Nottingham Trent Universitythis spring.

Nia Hampton is a Baltimore native who dabbles in nomadism whenher funds allow. She is a ball of ideas and her means of expression vary depending on her environment and mental state. As of right now,her work is about exploring spirituality and identity through writing,photography, filmmaking, and, most recently, building altars.

A. Moon is an experimental filmmaker whose work has screened
in eleven countries on three continents. Her work uses analoguefilmmaking technology and already-existing images, narratives, orcinematic conventions to investigate marginalized subjectivities and minehidden meanings. She has been the recipient of awards, grants, and fellowships in Baltimore and internationally.

Mandy Morrison uses narrative video and performance work to explore how the body is represented in different contexts. She has a distinguished career, featuring exhibitions, screenings, reviews, facultypositions, residencies, grants, and honors. In her recent work, Morrisoncontrasts the ways in which bodies are defy the conditions of theirphysicality, desirability, and sexuality.

Felandus Thames | Da Blacker Da Berry | 2019 | Archival inkjet | 108 x 72 in.

Time

(Monday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Stevenson University

1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson MD 21153