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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10oct - 10novAll DayThoughts of a Colored Man

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Thoughts of a Colored Man
By Keenan Scott II
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Co-Production with Syracuse Stage
In Association with Brian Moreland and Ron Simons
Oct 10–Nov 10

A world-premiere play from Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends language, music, and dance. Welcome to the vibrant inner life of being Black, proud, and thriving in the 21st Century. Set over a single day, this richly theatrical mosaic goes beyond the rhythms of the basketball court and the boisterousness of the barbershop to shed brilliant light into the hearts and minds of a community of men searching for their most triumphant selves.

Time

October 10 (Thursday) - November 10 (Sunday)

Location

Baltimore Center Stage

700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

22octAll DayThe Suitcase/Der Koffer

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Concept and Music by Ljiljana Jovanovic
Direction and Text by Juanita Rockwell

An exploration of instability, cultural roots and life somewhere in between

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
6:30 PM and 8:00 PM
An die Musik LIVE! (409 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201)
Tickets $10-$15
Tickets available at the door, cash or check only

Featuring Chris Roberts, mezzo soprano
Duo Crveno, alto sax and piano
Allison Campbell, scenography and puppets

In this multilingual music theatre work, a woman finds a suitcase filled with history, memories, and the remnants of a life in movement…

When composer Ljiljana Jovanovic left her home in Belgrade to study music in Germany, her father’s suitcase in hand, she never imagined a journey through eight countries on three continents, as her country fragmented and neighbors became enemies. Twenty-seven years later, an unprecedented 70 million people have been forced from their homes, worldwide – over half of them, children. This work seeks connections among the journeys of those losing, finding, and reinventing what “home” might mean.

Neither concert, nor opera, nor play, nor performance art, The Suitcase/Der Koffer is influenced by all these forms, as three performers present objects, documents, events and images from the lives of the displaced, real and imagined. The composition includes sung and spoken text, improvisation and sound exploration through prepared alto sax and extended piano techniques, and the live performance is layered with prerecorded sound material – including the voices of children in many languages, bringing us fragments of other stories, other suitcases.

Jovanovic’s New Music Theatre projects, chamber music, texts, site specific soundscapes, installations and sound designs have been performed and recorded throughout Europe, Canada and the US. Juanita Rockwell, writer and director of over one hundred plays, operas and multidisciplinary performance projects on five continents, was founding director of Towson University’s experimentally-focused MFA in Theatre Program..

Tickets: $15 general admission/$10 students with ID and seniors. (cash only at the door)

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All Day (Tuesday)

Location

An Die Musik

409 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201

22oct7:00 pmInktober Meetup

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Are you participating in this year’s Inktober challenge but could use some motivation? Come share your Inktober drawings from the week with a community of artists working in the same medium. Starting Tuesday October 8th and going until the end of the month join us at Gallery CA to chat, mingle, share, and maybe brainstorm!

All are welcome! This is a free event. This is a dry space.

Gallery CA is a contemporary arts space devoted to showcasing local, regional, national and international artists. The gallery also serves as an agent for community engagement by offering regular programming and creating sustainable partnerships with local arts institutions and community organizations.

Gallery CA is located on the ground floor of the City Arts building, which houses 69 artist live/work spaces.

Time

(Tuesday) 7:00 pm

Location

Gallery CA

440 East Oliver Street, Baltimore MD 21201

22oct8:00 pm- 9:37 pmTooth and Nail Cabaret

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A show for adults and older kids!

At Black Cherry Puppet Theater 1115 Hollins Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

ONE SHOW ONLY! 8:00pm

Time

(Tuesday) 8:00 pm - 9:37 pm

Location

Black Cherry Puppet Theater

1115 Hollins Street, Baltimore 21223

23oct6:00 pmMalcolm X Talk: Marijuana Legalization and Reparations

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For decades, local government turned marijuana prohibition into massive over-policing of black and brown neighborhoods. Leaders of a
Beautiful Struggle will discuss the cannabis entrepreneurship in Maryland and the advocacy to use its tax revenue to fund reparations for the War on Drugs. Free admission.

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 pm

Location

Reginald F. Lewis Museum

830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21202

24oct - 3novAll DayCabaret Macabre

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A perfect autumnal tradition, this witty Theatrical Collage is inspired by the illustrations of Edward Gorey, Victorian nightmares, musical histrionics, gothic romance, the perilous deep, calamitous excursions, and the dangers of croquet.

Featuring
Gwen Grastorf, Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, Alex Vernon and guest musician ellen cherry.

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street
Baltimore MD 21201

Showtimes:
*10/24 @ 8pm
10/25 @ 8pm
10/26 @ 3pm & 8pm
10/27 @ 3pm
*10/28 @ 8pm (Industry Night)
10/31 @ 8pm  HALLOWE’EN
11/1   @ 8pm
11/2  @ 3pm & 8pm
11/3  @ 3pm

Tickets:
General Admission – $25
Senior/Artist/Military – $20
Student – $15
* Thursday 10/24 and Monday 10/28: Pay-What-You-Can

ONLINE: https://theatreproject.ticketspice.com/cabaret-macabre
BOX OFFICE: 410-752-8558

Time

October 24 (Thursday) - November 3 (Sunday)

Location

Baltimore Theatre Project

45 West Preston Street, Baltimore MD 21201

24oct - 27All Day3rd Annual CURRENT Art Fair

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3rd Annual CURRENT Art Fair

Virginia’s Only Contemporary Art Fair
October 24th-27th, 2019
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center l 2nd Level

DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD TICKETS GO ON SALE AUGUST 1ST- 25% OFF UNTIL AUGUST 31
(more information in ticket link)

HOURS:
Thursday, October 24th -VIP Preview Party 6:00-9:00PM
Friday, October 25th 12:00-8:00pm
Saturday, October 26th 12:00-8:00pm
Sunday, October 27th 12:00-5:00pm

Founding Galleries:
1708 Gallery, Richmond
ADA Gallery, Richmond
Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond
Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond
Page Bond Gallery, Richmond
Reynolds Gallery, Richmond

Returning from 2017 :
Iridian Gallery, Richmond
Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond
Shockoe Artspace, Richmond
Studio Two Three, Richmond
Walton Gallery, Petersburg

New Participants for 2019:
artspace, Richmond
BOJUart, Virginia Beach
Crossroads Art Center, Richmond
Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg
Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville
RVA Street Art Festival, Richmond

A complimentary wrapping station will be provided by Professional Art Handling

Expanding on the fair this year is the addition of the MIDWAY where the VMFA Art Mobile (featuring work from past recipients of The VMFA Fellowship), S23 To-Go Print Truck and Art on Wheels will be alongside the Fair’s, “Creation Stations.” This interactive area will allow anyone young and old to create artwork or watch a demo with Richmond artists from The Street Art Festival, RVA Makers and more.

The Current Theatre will feature films curated by Enjoli Moon of The Afrikana Independent Film Festival, a Matt Lively animation piece and a short documentary “The Builder” created by Shockoe Artspace. Noah Scalin and his “Creative Sprint” will be held alongside other inspired talk and panel discussions.

The fair will also feature guided tours throughout the day and other special events during the run like the VIP Thursday Night Preview Party and the Sunday Morning Jazz Brunch.

The CURRENT Art Fair is generously sponsored by:
SunTrust Private Wealth
McKinnon and Harris (sponsor: CURRENT LOUNGE)
Rick’s Custom Framing
CURRENT Friends

Cultural Partners:
Grid Magazine
CultureWorks
Professional Art Handling
Studio Two Three
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Time

october 24 (Thursday) - 27 (Sunday)

Location

Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center l 2nd Level

24oct6:00 pm- 9:00 pmPermutationsOpening Reception

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Permutations
Selected works from the collections of Lisa Gregory and Darryl Atwell in Silber Gallery
October 15 – December 15
Opening Reception on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6 -9pm

A space of recognition, Permutations, presents art collectors Lisa Gregory and Darryl Atwell’s exploration of the contemporary African American expression and identity. A combination of carefully selected pieces highlights the spiritual and historical interconnectedness of locally grown artists, black owned galleries, and artists from the diaspora.

image: Titus Kaphar, Push, from the collection of Darryl Atwell

Time

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

Location

Silber Gallery @ Goucher College

1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson MD 21204

24oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmFoon Sham: Sea of HopeReception

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Foon Sham: Sea of Hope
October 17 – November 21, 2019

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery is proud to present Foon Sham: Sea of Hope. As an homage to a lost loved one, this immersive installation presents an opportunity for memory and contemplation of loss, but also through the shear number of messages related to the pervasive and persistent disease of Cancer left to become part of the work, a sense of hope and interconnectedness. Sea of Hope is a work that invites our thoughts, our prayers, even our anger, and it grows and changes through the participation of more and more viewers. Born out of one artist’s pain, with every paper boat that is added the work becomes much larger than itself. In the artist’s words:

“Sea of Hope is an installation I first made in Australia for my mother who died of cancer in 2002. I made the long wooden vessel with 101 blocks of wood as my symbolic response to the hundreds of prayers she made for me. The long vessel is a metaphor for her journey, going somewhere peaceful and quiet. Other people who want to share my feeling of loss can write their messages in black on the white paper boats that I have provided. My sister was the first one who joined in making the paper boats and tea leaves. All my siblings learned how to fold these paper boats since we were little. I used tea leaves as symbols for a cure, as tea leaves contain antioxidants that are supposed to prevent cancer, and a cone form to resemble candle flames.

With over a thousand paper boats collected in exhibitions in Hong Kong, Macau, Australia and more recently in the US, this “Sea of Hope” will continue to grow and interact with people who are willing to share their pains of losing someone to cancer. I like the fact that so many people have participated and are willing to be part of this art piece. The pattern it has created is quite beautiful.

This exhibition of Sea of Hope is the second in the United States.”

Foon Sham, 2019

image: detail of Sea of Hope, 2003-2019, wood, tea leaves, paper, and black ink, dimensions variable

Foon Sham is the Fine Arts Department and Julio Fine Arts Gallery Fall 2019 Artist-in-Residence. He will be working with Loyola University students in a variety of ways throughout the semester, including building an original artwork. Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you would like more information regarding his residency.

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

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Julio Fine Arts

Loyola University Maryland

24oct7:00 pm- 10:00 pmStoop Storytelling: Twilight Zone (with Super City)

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Twilight Zone:
Stories about everything from the supernatural to the super weird.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
7:00 pm
The Senator Theatre
Get your STRANGE on with The Stoop at this evening of true, personal tales about everything from extraterrestrials to shamans to spells.
7 p.m. Cocktails and Live Music from beloved Baltimore band Super City
8 p.m. Stories from Michael M Hughes, Jennifer Marsh, Julie McDonald, and others
All tickets General Admission. Pick your seats when you arrive!

*Bringing a group of folks? Email [email protected] to request group ticket prices!

Time

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

Location

The Senator Theatre

5904 York Road, Baltimore 21212

25oct - 26All DayNATURA NATURANSSession 4: Micro / Macro Pollution

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is the largest of the five offshore plastic accumulation zones in the world’s oceans. It covers an estimated surface area of 1.6 million square kilometers and its mass is estimated to weigh 80,000 tons. It is also estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic are entering the ocean each year from rivers.

Many plastics break into smaller pieces and becomes microplastic pollution. Some plastic fragments are already 5 millimeters in size or less before entering the environment. What are the consequences of microplastic pollution in local and international waters?

The term space debris originally refers to the natural debris found in the solar system. However, it also describes the debris from the mass of defunct, artificially created objects in space, especially in Earth’s orbit. These include old satellites and spent rocket stages, as well as the fragments from their disintegration and collisions. In 1957, Sputnik brought to space the first pieces of space junk. In January 2019, more than 128 million bits of debris smaller than 1 cm, about 900,000 pieces of debris 1–10 cm, and around 34,000 of pieces larger than 10 cm were estimated to be in orbit around the Earth. What are the technical, economic, and legal aspects of the orbital debris?

Friday, October 25, 7:30 – 9pm
Tragedy of the Commons: Ocean Plastics and Space Junk
A conversation between Oceana attorney Alicia Cate, NASA attorney Steven Mirmina, and Oceana scientist Kimberly Warner
Free & open to public with RSVP
Saturday, October 26, 2 – 4pm
Plastics in Our Local Waterways
Anacostia River Explorer Boat Tour with Anacostia Riverkeeper
Note: Meeting location will be provided upon registration
$10 registration fee

Time

october 25 (Friday) - 26 (Saturday)

Location

Washington Project for the Arts

2124 8th Street NW, Washington DC 22201

25oct - 26All DayWalk Two Moons

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THE BELOVED COMING-OF-AGE STORY COMES OFF THE PAGE AND ONTO THE STAGE

By Tom Arvetis
Based on Sharon Creech’s Newbery Medal-winning novel
Toured by National Players

Oct 25, 2019 at 10:30am & Oct 26 at 1pm

An adaptation of the beloved novel, Walk Two Moons follows Sal, a 13 year old girl on a cross-country road trip with her grandparents to find her mother. To pass the time, Sal entertains her Gram and Gramps with the story of her best friend Phoebe’s mother’s disappearance. Featuring eccentric characters and wild conspiracy theories, Sal’s story takes audiences on a fantastical journey and even helps her come to terms with her own bittersweet truths.

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october 25 (Friday) - 26 (Saturday)

Location

Baltimore Center Stage

700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

25oct12:30 pm- 2:00 pmCultural Production in the Middle East

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The shifting political realities on the ground in the Middle East and the emergence of new power centers in the arts have shaped where and how culture is being produced, as well as influenced new priorities in cultural production.

Please join MEI’s Arts and Culture Center for a discussion about how these new dynamics are influencing the role of cultural institutions in supporting the work of artists, musicians, filmmakers and others; the opportunities and challenges artists face; and the trends and priorities shaped by a new generation of cultural producers.

The panel is part of the ongoing programming of MEI’s inaugural exhibit, Arabicity|Ourouba, which features work by panelist Khaled Barakeh and 16 other contemporary Arab artists.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

Schedule:
Lunch | 12:00 – 12:30pm
Panel | 12:30 – 1:45pm

Speaker biographies:
Manal Ataya
Director general, Sharjah Museums Authority
Manal Ataya is a museology professional with 15 years of managerial experience in museum development and cultural diplomacy. As Director General of the Sharjah Museums Authority for over a decade, she is tasked with the overall management of 16 museums in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Ataya provides strategic forward planning, advising in international museum best practice & policy and executive operational running of several departments. She is passionate about her advocacy initiatives for accessible arts education and programs that promote cross-cultural dialogue. She is responsible for the implementation of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi’s directives for future museum and cultural heritage related projects. Ataya is a graduate of both Hamilton College (2001) and Harvard University (2004). She serves on numerous advisory boards including Global Cultural Districts Network; the University of Sharjah’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and ICCROM-Sharjah, the Arab region’s field office of the UN’s body for cultural heritage preservation. Ataya was awarded the Chevalier Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic in 2018 for her significant contributions to culture.

Khaled Barakeh
Berlin-based Syrian conceptual artist, curator, and cultural activist
Khaled Barakeh is a Berlin-based Syrian artist and cultural activist whose work often revolves around power structures in context of identity, culture and history. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, Funen Art Academy in Odense and the Städelschule Art Academy in Frankfurt a.M. He has exhibited at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, The Shanghai Biennale, The Frankfurter Kunstverein, Artspace New Zealand, The Busan Biennale, MKG Hamburg and many other venues around the world. The geographical shift in Barakeh’s life – moving from Syria to Europe – resulted in major changes in his practice; originally trained as a painter, he then developed a stronger focus on contemporary art practices, working with a variety of media and topics. Barakeh is considered a part of a global artivism movement; he approaches creative practices as a tool of social changes – with a strong focus on topics of cultural preservation, he aims to see between the cracks of social and political systems. As a continuation of these creative philosophies outside of the context of his artistic practice, he pursues what he calls a Practice of Necessity – a practice which reacts in response to the pressures, needs, and urgencies of our ever-changing modernity, one that inserts itself directly into political infrastructures. As part of this Practice, he has founded a non-profit organisation called coculture e.V. through which he manages several initiatives, such as SYRIA Cultural Index and the Syrian Biennale, focused on addressing different facets of the challenges faced by displaced cultural producers in the Middle East, Europe and beyond.

Heba Elkayal
Independent curator, writer and art advisor on the Middle East
Heba Elkayal is an independent curator and art advisor working in the field of fine arts in the Middle East and the United States. Her articles have appeared in Al Fanar Media, Canvas and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Elkayal earned her Master’s Degree in Modern Art History & Curatorial Studies from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Laila Hourani
Program officer MENA, Ford Foundation, Cairo
Laila Hourani works from the foundation’s Cairo office. Her grant making has focused on developing and sustaining facilities-based arts organizations that are exemplars of artistic practice and innovative, equitable space development. She has also sought to advance social justice through media and the work of emerging and established filmmakers. Before assuming the role of program officer in 2013, Laila worked with the foundation as a consultant. Previously, she led the development of strategy for the British Council’s arts and culture work in the Near East and North Africa, enabling cultural exchange between Arab and UK artists in a challenging social and political climate. Over her nearly 14 years with the British Council, Laila initiated, designed, and delivered projects in theater, contemporary dance, music, new writing, literature and translation, creative economy, and cultural leadership. From 2005 to 2011, Laila sat on the artistic board of Cultural Mawred (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy), one of the leading nongovernmental cultural organizations servicing the Arab region. She has also been a board and jury member for other key regional organizations, among them Ettijahat Independent Culture, the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Citizens for Dialogue Programme, and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. Earlier, she worked as a journalist and with UNICEF Syria. As author of the acclaimed novel Baoh, published in 2009, she is a creative Arab artist in her own right. Laila holds a diploma degree in TV journalism from Moscow State University.

Sultan Al Qassemi (moderator)
Emirati columnist and researcher, adjunct Georgetown professor
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is an Emirati columnist and researcher on social, political and cultural affairs in the Arab Gulf States. He is currently conducting research for a book that documents the modern architecture of the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and is Adjunct Instructor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. His articles as a columnist have appeared in The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New York Times Room for Debate, Foreign Policy, Open Democracy, and The Globe and Mail, as well as other notable publications. Al Qassemi is also a prominent commentator on Arab affairs on Twitter. Rising in prominence during the Arab Spring, his tweets became a major news source, rivalling the major news networks at the time, until TIME magazine listed him in the “140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011.” Al Qassemi is an MIT Media Labs director’s fellow, and in 2014, Arabian Business placed Al Qassemi in its list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs under the Thinkers category. He continues both to write and tweet about the Arab world both from his home in Sharjah, as well as while giving lectures internationally. In addition, Al Qassemi is the founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent initiative established to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent and publicly accessible art collection in the United Arab Emirates. Barjeel Art Foundation currently has exhibitions at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, and the Whitechapel Gallery in London.

Time

(Friday) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

MEI Art Gallery

Middle East Institute, 1763 N Street NW, Washington DC

25oct5:00 pm- 7:00 pmImage HarvestReception

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Image Harvest
Illustration Practice, MFA
Fox 3 Gallery, Fox building, 1305 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
October 25 – November 10
Reception: Friday, October 25, 5-7pm

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

Location

MICA Decker Gallery, Fox Building

1303 West Mount Royal Avenue

25oct6:00 pm- 9:00 pmMountainfilm on Tour - Baltimore

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Back by popular demand, Mountainfilm on Tour returns to Baltimore! Held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, CO, Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art, and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. This year’s theme was equity and access, so please join us for a diverse collection of film shorts, including R.A.W. Tuba, the story of Baltimore School for the Arts alumnus Richard White. The directors of R.A.W. Tuba will also join us for a brief director’s Q&A.

FREE!

The line-up:
Brotherhood of Skiing (10 min)
Born of necessity – safety in numbers in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement – the Brotherhood of Skiing has been uniting African American ski clubs across the country while fundraising for youth programs since 1973.

Broken (7 min)
Jon Wilson lost a leg to cancer at 23. He found joy some years later by developing a solitary routine of skinning and climbing up a ski mountain on a remaining leg, at night, and skiing back down.

Mission Dolomites (6 min)
French freerider Kilian Bron takes his mountain bike on a via ferrata in the Dolomites, where he faces impossibly tight turns, hair-raising exposure, and massive consequences for the smallest error in line choice.

Sweetheart Dancers (14 min)
Indigenous dancers Sean and Adrian challenge the rulebook of San Manuel’s Native American Sweetheart Special as they attempt to compete in the annual couple’s competition.

The Litas (7 min)
Growing up gay and black in Los Angeles in the ’60s, Gevin Fax felt alone. Then at age 12, she discovered dirt biking. Later, finding the Litas, a 5,000-strong global women’s motorcycle collective founded in 2015, was a revelation for Gevin.

The Mystery of Now (16 min)
The San Carlos Reservation in southeast Arizona is known by the dubious nickname “Hell’s Forty Acres.” This gritty, mystical profile of Douglas Miles Sr., founder of Apache Skateboards, shines a light on a community where art, agency, faith, skateboarding, and tradition have planted the seeds of resurrection.

Jágrlama (3 min)
In the high steppe of Little Tibet, a young boy develops an unlikely obsession: ice hockey. And he has his heart set on an outsized dream.

Intermission

Every Nine Minutes (5 min)
Artists find a unique way to raise awareness about plastic waste.

Safe Haven (8 min)
The heart of the city of Memphis is not the likeliest setting for an enormous rock-climbing gym. But Memphis Rox – open to all, regardless of ability to pay – has proven the challenges of technical climbing have strong appeal and can provide benefits well beyond the traditional outdoor recreation community.

Detroit Hives (5 min)
Honeybees lead the charge in Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey’s fight against urban blight in Detroit. Their fast-growing Detroit Hives has resurrected seven of the city’s approximately 90,000 abandoned lots by setting up flourishing bee hives.

R.A.W. Tuba (29 min), followed by director’s Q&A
The life story of Baltimore School for the Arts alumnus Richard White, who grew up intermittently homeless on the streets of Baltimore and went on to become a world-class symphony musician and professor.

Danny Daycare (4 min)
In his latest film, Danny Macaskill takes on some child care the only way he knows how…by taking them for a wee bike ride around Scotland!

Time

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

Location

Baltimore School for the Arts

712 Cathedral St Baltimore, MD 21201

25oct7:00 pm- 10:00 pmPractice + Process: A Night with Terence Nance

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Writer, director, and artist Terence Nance comes to Baltimore on Friday, October 25 to host a screening of his work, followed by a moderated discussion on his filmmaking process and inspirations.

Part of the JHU Film and Media Studies Program Saul Zaentz Visiting Artist Series. Nance is best known for his directorial debut An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which premiered at Sundance in 2012, and the avant-garde television series Random Acts of Flyness that aired on HBO in 2018 to critical acclaim. His work is recognized for centering multifaceted black experiences in media, and for his nontraditional, communal approach to filmmaking. The Johns Hopkins Visiting Artist Series is sponsored by the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, and hosted in conjunction with the SNF Parkway.

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

Location

SNF Parkway Theatre

3 West North Avenue, Baltimore MD 21201

26oct - 29All DayFright Night Massive

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Steez Promo PRESENTS: FRIGHT NIGHT MASSIVE

A HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED

Steez Promo is very proud to present our latest event FRIGHT NIGHT, an over-the-top Halloween experience for the Mid-Atlantic that has NEVER been seen before! On the weekend of October 26th and 27th we will be delivering an insane lineup of 30 incredible DJs and performers and showcasing them against a backdrop of state of the art lighting, thundering sound, dramatic staging, special FX and a host of costumed characters designed to pull you all the way you into this wild immersive adventure! As always we will be delivering amazing food, full bars, merch vendors and much MUCH more.

The only question left to be answered is – Do you have what it takes to survive a wild weekend on Zombie Island? #FRIGHTNIGHT

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Time

october 26 (Saturday) - 29 (Tuesday)

Location

South Point - Port Covington

101 West Cromwell Street, Baltimore 21230

26oct - 27All DaySchool 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour

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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces that School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour, its annual showcase of artist studios throughout Baltimore City, has been expanded to take place over two weekends in 2019. The citywide event takes place Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 and Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 from 10am to 6pm. School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour invites the public into artists’ workspaces to view or purchase original works of art, meet the artists, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their creative processes. More than 100 Baltimore-based artists working in an array of visual media, including painting, sculpture, photography and digital media, participate in this year’s tour.

Open Studio Tour is held in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore and National Arts & Humanities Month. This year Free Fall Baltimore is extended to include the newly-united Baltimore Book Festival and Light City celebration (November 1-10), the nation’s first and only festival of light, art, literature, and innovation under the theme of Brilliant Baltimore. BOPA illuminates Baltimore’s brilliance with exciting events, engaging performances, and world-class installations presented free to all. Brilliant Baltimore, a season-long celebration of the arts that is immersive, accessible, and groundbreaking, kicks off this October with Free Fall Baltimore.

School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour is produced by School 33 Art Center, which is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA). A list of participating artists and studios is below and online at www.school33.org.

 

2019 Participating Artists & Studios by Dates and Neighborhoods:

 

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13

SOUTHEAST Laura Vernon Russell Potters Guild of Baltimore
Fells Point LuAnn Zubak Pamela Kostmayer
Vicki McComas SOUTHWEST Make Studio
Highlandtown Bolton Hill/Mount Vernon Mary Mashburn
Jani Hileman Scott G. Brooks Mount Washington
Jeremy Jirsa Karen Warshal Palden Hamilton
Murjoni Merriweather Bromo Arts and Entertainment District Remington
Zemer Peled Julia Clouser Sanzi Kermes
Katie Pumphrey Martha Dougherty Albert Schweitzer
Y:ART Gallery & Fine Gifts Dave Ehlers Roland Park
Station North Arts and Entertainment District Matt Fenton Cynthia Brower
Andrea Sherrill Evans Marianna Mills Sidney N Brower
Elaine Fisher Tommy Roberts Woodberry
Daniel Herman Federal Hill/South Baltimore Jim Barret
Kenneth Hilker Mary Baum Katia Baskina
Kyle Van Horn Lynn Cazabon Jennifer Berk
Farida Hughes Taha Heydari Claudia Cameron
Anette Wilson Jones Luke Ikard Randall A. Gornowich
Devin Mack Tiffany Jones Ron Greene
Anuj Malla Stephanie J. Williams Amy Helminiak
Kate Morris NORTHWEST Sydney Hopkins
Gina Gwen Palacios Hampden Tonia Matthews
Elizabeth Sampson Elizabeth Cadwalader Maria Mendoza
Kirk Amaral Snow Dottie Campbell Julia Niederman
Emily Wallmueller Fleckenstein Gallery Marcia Wolfson Ray
Washington Square Pamela Potter-Hennessey Antia Schreibman
Claudia Bismark Ashley G. Kidner NORTHEAST
Lauren Case Karen Klinedinst Charles Village
Bev Eisenberg Christopher Stephen Koch Full Circle Fine Art Gallery
Joseph Germershausen Jennifer McBrien Kyle Lanning Smith
Christina McCleary Robert McClintock Hamilton-Lauraville
Micah Moon Marcia Metzler Hamilton Gallery/Hamilton Arts Collective
Donna Rose Jill Orlov Annie Howe
Ronald Russell Lynn Poshepny Kacey Stafford

 

Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27

SOUTHEAST Joseph Germershausen Sally-Sanford Ney
Highlandtown LuAnn Zubak Jill Orlov
Patricia V. Baker SOUTHWEST Deborah Patterson
Jani Hileman Bolton Hill/Mount Vernon Lynn Poshepny
Jeremy Jirsa Scott G. Brooks Renee Tantillo
Murjoni Merriweather Catalyst Contemporary Mount Washington
Zemer Peled Karen Warshal Palden Hamilton
Katie Pumphrey Bromo Arts and Entertainment District Remington
Y:ART Gallery & Fine Gifts Julia Clouser Sanzi Kermes
Station North Arts and Entertainment District Martha Dougherty Albert Schweitzer
Baltimore Jewelry Center Dave Ehlers Hampden
Megin Diamond Matt Fenton Elizabeth Cadwalader
Andrea Sherrill Evans Marianna Mills Dottie Campbell
Daniel Herman Tommy Roberts Fleckenstein Gallery
Carol Higgs Federal Hill/South Baltimore Susan Graeber
Kenneth Hilker Taha Heydari Melora Kaplan
Kyle Van Horn Luke Ikard Ashley G. Kidner
Farida Hughes Tiffany Jones Christopher Stephen Koch
Nancy Linden Lauren R. Lyde Woodberry
Devin Mack Sylvie van Helden Jim Barret
Janet Maher Hollins Market Katia Baskina
Katie Morris Rahne Alexander Lois Borgenicht
Paul Napoleon Moscatt Jason Charney Ron Greene
Gina Gwen Palacios Lindsay D’Andelet Amy Helminiak
Kirk Amaral Snow Danielle Damico Sydney Hopkins
Mary Swann Elijah Davis Julia Niederman
Lyndie Vantine Maks Prykhodko Marcia Wolfson Ray
Al Zaruba Amelia Voos NORTHEAST
Washington Square NORTHWEST Hamilton-Lauraville
Claudia Bismark Dickeyville Hamilton Gallery/Hamilton Arts Collective
Lauren Case Barry Woods Johnston Mayfield
Bev Eisenberg Jennifer McBrien M. Jordan Tierney
Robert McClintock  
 

School 33 Art Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for contemporary visual artists through solo and group exhibitions, art classes, hands-on workshops, a Studio Artist Program and special events. Managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, School 33 Art Center is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and through private contributions.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

For more information on School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour, call 443-263-4350, or visit www.school33.org or follow School 33 onFacebook or Instagram.

 

School 33 Art Center Artist Lauren R. Lyde

Photo Credit: Tiffany Jones

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october 26 (Saturday) - 27 (Sunday)

26oct - 27All DayCOLLABORATION Artists' Housing Inc. & Ink Spot Press

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Gallery 1448 
presentsCOLLABORATION 
Artists’ Housing Inc. & Ink Spot Press

Presented in conjunction with School 33’s Open Studio Tours 2019

October 12 – 27, 2019

Enter at 1448 E. Baltimore Street.
Enjoy refreshments during these Gallery 1448 & Open Studio hours:

Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 27, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

COLLABORATION combines an extraordinary range of artwork made in Artists’ Housing, Inc. studios and in Baltimore’s new Ink Spot Press workshop by:

Claudia Bismark    Lauren Case    Bev Eisenberg
Greg Fletcher    Joseph Germershausen
Christina McCleary    Micah Moon    Donna Rose
Suzan Rouse     Laura Vernon Russell
Ronald Russell     Leslie Schwing     LuAnn Zubak
With guests from Inkspot Press:
Ruth Channing    Ian Jackson

Gallery 1448
1448 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore MD 21231
View images HEREContact Claudia Bismark, 410-675-8959, [email protected]

Images, from left: Christina McCleary Dragonfly. LuAnn Zubak, B1, Joseph Germershausen, Portal, Claudia Bismark, Dune Walk.

Time

october 26 (Saturday) - 27 (Sunday)

Location

Gallery 1448

1448 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore 21231

26octAll DayElizabeth Catlett: Artist as ActivistExhibition Opening Day

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Opening October 26th, our new special exhibition, titled “Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist.”

Catlett, a sculptor and printmaker, is widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. Her work blends art and social consciousness to confront the most disturbing injustices against African Americans. She is best known for her work during the 1960s and 70s, when she created politically charged, black expressionist sculptures and prints. More than 30 of her thought-provoking prints and sculptures will be on display in our special exhibition gallery.

Image: Sharecropper (1952) by Elizabeth Catlett // © Catlett Mora Family Trust / VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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All Day (Saturday)

Location

Reginald F. Lewis Museum

830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21202

26oct10:00 am- 5:00 pmColor Columbia Plein Air Paint Out and Exhibition

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The 2019 Color Columbia Plein Air Paint Out will take place on Saturday, October 26 from 10am-5pm at Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake.

Admission is free, so bring your family and enjoy watching artists as they paint their visions of the colorful fall foliage and scenic architecture. We’ll also be offering free family art activities located near Clyde’s and the boat dock.

The plein air art works created at this event will be showcased at Columbia Art Center from November 2-17, with a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, November 2 from 2-4pm.

The juror and awards presenter will be Gino Molfino, coordinator of fine arts for the Howard County Public School System. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075.

Painting by: Rana Geralis

Time

(Saturday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

26oct3:30 pm- 9:30 pm20th Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival

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CELEBRATE 20 YEARS!
SUN OCT 26 | PATTERSON PARK
3:30 FESTIVAL | 6:30 LINE-UP | 7 PARADE
Patterson Park Pulaski Monument

For 20 glowing years, The Great Halloween Lantern Parade has been bringing families, neighbors, youth, and artists together to celebrate and illuminate Patterson Park and the communities of Baltimore.

The day begins at 3:30pm with Baltimore’s BEST family Halloween festival featuring an adorable kids costume contest, lantern making, hayrides, dancers, live music, an arts & crafts market, and more! Local food trucks and the beer garden stay open until 9pm. Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the afternoon!

Once the sun sets, the magic begins. Grab your lantern and get ready to march with thousands of your neighbors, artists, musicians, and performers. You can also line the parade route to watch the delightful Great Halloween Lantern Parade!! The route begins at the Boat Lake in Patterson Park, heads east to the annex of the Park, and ends back at the Pulaski Monument for a specially commissioned FINALE and dance party

NEW THIS YEAR:Historic floats and glowing sculptures decorate the parade grounds during the festival, an unforgettable artist-commissioned finale, and dance party after the parade in Patterson Park Pulaski Monument!

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(Saturday) 3:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Patterson Park

26oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmLeah Clare Michaels: Melpomene & The Trinity of MourningOpening Reception

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Exhibition runs October 26 – December 29, 2019
Opening Reception: October 26, 6-8pm | FREE

In each of the three pieces, Leah embodies Melpomene, Greek muse of sorrow and tragedy, creating a series of mourning rituals intended to draw awareness to personal and political social justice issues.

In the piece Clean All the Stolpersteine, Leah, dressed in black, uses white rags to clean individual brass cobblestone memorials in Berlin and Rome that are dedicated to victims of the Holocaust. The memorials, called Stolpersteine, have been created by German artist Gunter Demnig since the early 1990s. His series acts as an ever-growing collection of intimate memorials embedded in the streets outside the houses where people lived when they were kidnapped and taken to concentration and extermination camps. Each Stolperstein (“stumbling block” in English) bears a brass plate engraved with the name and birth-death dates of the victim. To date, Demnig has placed more than 70,000 stones throughout Europe.

As an American with European ancestry, including German and Italian, Leah’s act of cleaning and mourning aims to: honor the individuals who were lost to the Holocaust; honor Gunter Demnig for starting and continuing his project; draw attention to political cycles we have seen before that are occurring again; raise awareness of the role the United States has played in turning away Jewish immigrants and others seeking asylum, as well as carrying out the internment of Japanese immigrants and United States citizens of Japanese descent during World War II; and discuss the United States’ lack of memorials to the atrocities our government has enacted. The piece focuses on the role of public space, public memory, and rituals of mourning. Leah plans to continue cleaning Stolpersteine wherever and whenever she stumbles upon them.

This exhibition features video and photographic documentation of the performative works.

Time

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

Location

Carroll Mansion

800 East Lombard Street, Baltimore 21202

26oct6:00 pm- 9:00 pmMarc Boone: Waves of JazzOpening Reception

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MARC BOONE
23 OCTOBER – 30 NOVEMBER, 2019

Y:ART Gallery is pleased to present “Waves of Jazz”, a solo exhibition featuring works by Marc Boone. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 6-9pm, with an opportunity to meet the artist. An Artist Talk will be held on Saturday, November 2 at 4pm.

 

From the earliest days of Marc Boone’s studio practice, five decades ago in New York City, there have been two constants: working in series (exploring a theme or image through multiple paintings and drawings) and having a sound backdrop in the studio (music from Philip Glass and Sibelius, to the Great American Songbook of Cole Porter and Harold Arlen, but with jazz always dominating.)

 

In the early 1970s a series of Boone’s sound drawings were exhibited at the Truman Gallery in New York, and later at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas.  The repetition of iconic images, from the volcanic hills of the Palouse in Eastern Washington and Idaho where he was raised to Northern Idaho’s glacial lakes, is the underpinning of his work.  Studying under Louis Bunce at the Portland Museum School brought Marc Boone often to the Oregon and Washington coasts with their ocean rock stacks and towers, and evergreens in the mist.

 

In his last two exhibited series, Pacific Portals: Arcane Image at Imogen in June 2016, and Blues Indigo at a Portland gallery in October 2017, Boone did not attempt a realistic representation of nature, but rather a poetic depiction of the mystery of the natural world.

 

This latest series, Shaman’s Way, has its origins in those medicine men and women who connected with nature and all creation to influence the world of good and evil.  For many of them the world’s center was a tree, the axis mundi, which the shaman ascends for enlightenment.  Jazz musicians (Coltrane, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock) and vocalists (Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn) embody the shaman’s way along with some painters.  For Boone those painters who most exemplify the shaman’s tradition include Van Gogh, Mondrian, Morris Graves, Charles Burchfield, Rothko and Jackson Pollock.

 

“I hope my paintings capture some of that magical conjuring.” ~Marc Boone

 

Marc Boone was born and raised in the Palouse country of Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.  He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (Museum Art School) in Portland, and a Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.  With a long and varied career on the East and West Coasts he now divides his time between Ocean Park on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, where he has his main studio, and Portland, Oregon.

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

Location

Y:ART

3402 Gough Street Baltimore, MD 21224

27oct2:00 pm- 5:00 pmUrban TalesArtist Talks + Closing Reception

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InSquare Art’s fall show, Urban Tales, presents the distinct and varied urban spaces which we inhabit and experience, the vitality, decay, vibrance and stoicism which describe this manmade landscape. Five accomplished Maryland artists share their visual stories: Jennifer Bishop, Linda Button, Rosa Leff, Dereck Mangus and Gregory McLemore.

 

Join us for the Opening Reception on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 2 to 5 PM.

Urban Tales is on view from October 27th to December 8th, with Artists Talks and Closing reception on Sunday, December 8th from 2 to 4 PM, which coincides with the popular 34th Annual Union Square Cookie Tour.

 

INSQUARE ART is located at 19 South Stricker St, at the corner of Hollins and Stricker Sts, in historic Union Square.  There is ample on-street parking. 

Gallery hours are Saturdays, 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.

For more information and appointments contact [email protected]

 

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

InSquare Art

19 South Stricker Street, Baltimore 21223

27oct2:00 pm- 5:00 pmUrban TalesOpening Reception

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InSquare Art’s fall show, Urban Tales, presents the distinct and varied urban spaces which we inhabit and experience, the vitality, decay, vibrance and stoicism which describe this manmade landscape. Five accomplished Maryland artists share their visual stories: Jennifer Bishop, Linda Button, Rosa Leff, Dereck Mangus and Gregory McLemore.

 

Join us for the Opening Reception on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 2 to 5 PM.

Urban Tales is on view from October 27th to December 8th, with Artists Talks and Closing reception on Sunday, December 8th from 2 to 4 PM, which coincides with the popular 34th Annual Union Square Cookie Tour.

 

INSQUARE ART is located at 19 South Stricker St, at the corner of Hollins and Stricker Sts, in historic Union Square.  There is ample on-street parking. 

Gallery hours are Saturdays, 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.

For more information and appointments contact [email protected]

 

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

InSquare Art

19 South Stricker Street, Baltimore 21223

27oct2:00 pm- 4:00 pmReparations: Some Things are Just Owed and Some More than OthersTea with Myrtis

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Solo Exhibition at Galerie Myrtis featuring Wesley Clark

Reparations: Some Things are Just Owed and Some More than Others

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 28, 2019
5:00 -7:00 pm

Tea with Myrtis (registration required)
October 27, 2019
2:00-4:00 pm
Cost: $20
Sponsored by: Darryl Gorman, Patron of the Arts

Tea with Myrtis is a series of art salons where we engage in lively conversations with artists, art collectors and the nation’s leading arts professionals to discuss trends in the contemporary art movement.

Exhibition: September 14 – October 31, 2019

The Tell-All Earbox: model no. C0mm0n3r-1
wood, oil paint, shellac
8 x 11 x 8.5
2019

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

Location

Galerie Myrtis

2224 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218

27oct - 28oct 2710:00 pmoct 28MakeHER Mart 2019

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The MakeHER Mart features a pop-up artisan market, promoting local women artists and designers who create handcrafted art and merchandise. A wide variety of products, including jewelry, fine art, home accents, and personal accessories will be available.

TICKETS:
Tickets available at the door. $10 general, $8 students & seniors; free for members.

Tickets to the MakeHER Mart include admission to the museum, but not the Fresh Talk and Catalyst cocktail hour portion of the evening.

VENDORS:
Vendors interested in selling at the MakeHER Mart should submit an application by September 8. To apply, visit nmwa.org/vendor.

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27 (Sunday) 10:00 pm - 28 (Monday) 4:00 pm

Location

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Avenue, NW Washington DC 20005

28oct6:00 pm- 9:30 pmSalon Series: Black Super Hero Magic Mama

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One night only! Dawn Ursula directs a staged reading of a new work by an emerging female author. Join us for cocktails, conversation, and an intimate night of theatre.

Black Super Hero Magic Mama
by Inda Craig-Galván,
directed by Dawn Ursula

Cocktails: 6 pm | Reading: 7 pm

When Sabrina Jackson’s son is the victim of a police shooting, she retreats inward in this powerful and fantastical new play from Inda Craig-Galvan. Rather than herald the Black Lives Matter Movement, Sabrina finds herself living out her son’s comic book superhero fantasies. Will Sabrina stay in this dream world or return to reality and mourn her loss?

Galvan’s plays have been developed or produced at the Geffen Playhouse, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and the Old Globe and she has written for the hit series How To Get Away With Murder.

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(Monday) 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Everyman Theatre

315 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201

29oct5:00 pm- 7:00 pmStill Here: Art on HIV/AIDSOpening Reception

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his fall the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents Still Here: Art on HIV/AIDS, an exhibition of contemporary artwork on HIV/AIDS in dialogue with panels from The NAMES Project Foundation AIDS Memorial Quilt.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was last hosted in the Stamp Gallery 30 years ago. In the interceding years and despite many technological and medical advances, HIV/AIDS is still an epidemic that disproportionately impacts the dispossessed and marginalized. Politics still tie into policies and funding on preventative drugs, a major barrier to ending the epidemic. Much has changed since the 1980s, but what political, social, and medical barriers to prevention and treatment remain? On view October 27th through December 7th, this exhibition will include programming on World Aids Day and Day With(out) Art, December 1st. The Stamp Gallery will also partner with Visual AIDS to present STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.

For more information, visit thestamp.umd.edu/gallery

This exhibition is cosponsored by the University of Maryland Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA), and partially funded by a Pepsi Enhancement Fund Grant.

ABOUT THE STAMP GALLERY
Located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Stamp Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, especially the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The Stamp Gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging, academically engaging, and attuned to broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the Gallery offers outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunities. It functions as a laboratory where emerging artists and curators experiment and work through their ideas. The Gallery’s programming aims to emphasize the importance of process to contemporary artistic practice and to provide a forum for dialogue.

FREE and open to the public. Fall Hours: Mondays–Thursdays: 10 am – 8 pm, Fridays: 10 am – 6 pm, Saturdays: 11 am – 5 pm, Sundays: Closed.

The Stamp Gallery is closed on all University holidays.

More information: thestamp.umd.edu/gallery

Time

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

Location

Stamp Gallery

1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742

29oct7:00 pmInktober Meetup

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Are you participating in this year’s Inktober challenge but could use some motivation? Come share your Inktober drawings from the week with a community of artists working in the same medium. Starting Tuesday October 8th and going until the end of the month join us at Gallery CA to chat, mingle, share, and maybe brainstorm!

All are welcome! This is a free event. This is a dry space.

Gallery CA is a contemporary arts space devoted to showcasing local, regional, national and international artists. The gallery also serves as an agent for community engagement by offering regular programming and creating sustainable partnerships with local arts institutions and community organizations.

Gallery CA is located on the ground floor of the City Arts building, which houses 69 artist live/work spaces.

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(Tuesday) 7:00 pm

Location

Gallery CA

440 East Oliver Street, Baltimore MD 21201

30oct - 3novAll DaySuperfine! Art Fair

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Date: Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2019

Location: Union Market, Dock 5, 1309 5th St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Tickets: https://superfine.world/discover-dc

 

Superfine! Art Fair is returning to DC for the second annual fair at Union Market, October 30 – November 3, 2019. Imagine a Halloween weekend filled with curated performances, where you can meet and talk directly to artists, all the while surrounding yourself with beautiful, affordable art by up-and-coming artists from the District and beyond — with prices starting at just $100.

 

Are you ready for your favorite DC fall art experience? Snag Early Bird tickets before September 15th and get 25% off full price tickets!

 

Meet 80+ artists in person, discover your next obsession, and fill your walls with amazing art you can afford. Each day of the fair brings performance art, live music, and multimedia experiences to compliment the thousands of incredible works on the walls! Plus, your ticket can provide you access to complimentary beverages, unique programming, and exclusive events.

 

Fair Schedule:

 

General Admission:

Thursday, 10/31 | 12-6PM

Friday, 11/1 | 12 – 10PM

Saturday, 11/2 | 12 – 10PM

Sunday, 11/3 | 12 – 8PM

 

Early-Access VIP Hours:

10/31 – 11/3 | 10AM – 12PM

 

Special Events:

Wednesday, 10/30 | 8-11PM (Private Champagne Preview)

Thursday, 10/31 | 7-11PM (DC’s Artiest Halloween Party)

Saturday, 11/2 | 10AM-12PM (Private Artist Brunch)

 

Time

October 30 (Wednesday) - November 3 (Sunday)

Location

Union Market

Dock 5, 1309 5th St. NE, Washington, DC 20002