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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10feb - 25julAll DayRyan Syrell // Elsa Fitzgerald: The Art of LaceOpening Receptions

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Image Credit: Ryan Syrell – Desk at Night

The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower presents two new exhibits: Adventures Close to Home by Ryan Syrell in the First Floor and Mezzanine Galleries, and Elsa Fitzgerald: The Art of Lace by Stacy Stube in the Studio Resident Gallery on the second floor. Both exhibits are on view Saturdays from February 3 through July 25, 2018 from 11am to 4pm. A free opening reception takes place Saturday, February 10 from 4:30 to 6:30pm where guests have the opportunity to view the exhibition, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 21 S. Eutaw Street.

The works in Ryan Syrell’s Adventures Close to Home depict intimate domestic spaces and objects – paintings which grow out of running dialogues and exchanges, relationships, personal histories, and trajectories. They navigate bedrooms, kitchens, tables, desks, and dressers – seeking out, and celebrating a cluttered and cacophonous intimacy. They present keys, cups, plants, computers, paintings, pens, shadows, movements, and absences with equal significance. Syrell paints in a manner that articulates a sense of movement, interconnectivity, and slippage with regard to language and perception. These paintings inhabit the peripheral moment before sensation and language are reconciled in one another. Simultaneously joyful and anxious, manic and celebratory, these spaces can feel overwhelming or claustrophobic, but also by turns calm, ludic, and absurd. The artist employs a form of painting concerned with imbuing vitality into the mundane — seeking out, amplifying, and articulating beautiful moments without ignoring the pervasive anxiety of the time.

It was on Bali, “Island of the Gods,” that designer Stacy Stube was inspired to create the luxury fashion house of Elsa Fitzgerald. Inspired by the island’s traditional Kebaya dress, the exhibition The Art of Lace features nostalgic, detail-oriented fashion dresses created by Stube, a current Bromo Tower resident artist. Many of her pieces feature hand-sewn floral lace motifs that combine 1920’s elegance with Balinese craftsmanship.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is open every Saturday from 11am to 4pm.  Guests have an opportunity to view artwork throughout the building, including 15 floors of working artist studios and special exhibits.  Visitors can also learn more about the historical building and participate in a tour of the clock room ($8).

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

For more information on exhibits at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, contact Melissa Webb, Exhibitions Manager at 443-263-4352.  For more information on the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, call 443-874-3596 or visit www.bromoseltzertower.com.

Time

February 10 (Saturday) - July 25 (Wednesday)

Location

Bromo Arts Tower

21 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore MD 21201

3mar - 10junAll DaySOUL The Stax Musical

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SOUL The Stax Musical
Book by Matthew Benjamin
Music and Lyrics by Various Stax Artists
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Produced in association with Stuart Benjamin and Concord Music

This world premiere musical tells the story of the Memphis-based Stax Records and the launch of iconic artists—including Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, Booker T & The MG’s, Rufus & Carla Thomas, David Porter, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Taylor, and Eddie Floyd—who created the very foundation of American Soul Music.

SOUL The Stax Musical celebrates how music brought Americans together during the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, and continues to bring generations together—from those who remember the early days of R&B, to those who are discovering these phenomenal artists today.

Time

March 3 (Saturday) - June 10 (Sunday)

Location

Center Stage

700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

7mar - 10junAll Dayyolk | shell | source | system

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March 7 – June 10, 2018

355 Pod

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, April 6, 7 – 9 PM

 

yolk | shell | source | system is a collaborative installation by Beki Basch and Clay Dunklin. Working intuitively, the artists instate division and order based on the logic of the 355 Pod as it corresponds to the work by mixing high and low craft, disposable and archival, contemporary and ancient. Inspired by the confines of the space itself, Basch and Dunklin channel their own processes and ideas where design meets art meets institutional display.

 

About the artists: 

Bekí Basch is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a project-based practice in which form is dictated by idea. She employs traditional and contemporary practices to investigate universal monomythic traits of cultural, historical and social issues through material. Her work creates suggestively narrative spaces from a wide web of connections. She received a BFA from MICA in 2009 and is on her way to an MFA at UMD, College Park this spring. Bekí has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as SÍM Gallery in Reykjavík, Iceland, The Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, Locust Projects in Miami, FL and Current Space in Baltimore, MD. She recently completed a one-month residency in Reykjavík, Iceland, which she was awarded to research multiple topics including environmental stewardship, national identity and the tourism boom. www.bekibasch.com

 

Clay Dunklin’s video, sculptural, and new media works serve to expand notions around the body and performativity. His work is situated on the thin veil that exists between the body and technology and marks a gooey, fluid, fragile state where various incarnations are reborn out of their former selves. Dunklin has exhibited his work nationally including shows at the Orlando Science Center and the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Originally from East Texas, he received his BFA in drawing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. www.claydunklin.com

Time

March 7 (Wednesday) - June 10 (Sunday)

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

25mar - 29julAll DaySacred Spring: Vienna Secession Posters from the Collection of LeRoy E. Hoffberger and Paula Gately Tillman Hoffberger

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Sacred Spring highlights the Viennese Secession, an influential group of artists who sought to break free from the academic art of the past. Founded in 1898, the group shared their ideas through public exhibitions and images and texts for journals, including Ver Sacrum or Sacred Spring. Two calendar pages made by Gustav Klimt and Kolomon Moser for the 1901 issue of Ver Sacrum are featured as well as three posters by Klimt, Moser, and Egon Schiele that advertise the Viennese Secession’s exhibitions in 1898, 1899, and 1918 respectively.

One of the images most frequently associated with the Art Nouveau style—Peter Behren’s influential 1898 color woodcut The Kiss—is among the beguiling works on view, as is Jan Toorop’s striking 1894 color lithograph poster advertising Delft Salad Oil. Toorop’s design was so influential that the Art Nouveau movement in the Netherlands is often referred to as the Slaolie (Salad Oil) style.

The Hoffberger bequest is a major and important addition to the Museum’s collection of late 19th-century and modern works on paper. Austrian, Dutch, and German posters expand upon and add a new dimension to the Museum’s holdings of French and American posters, including deep pockets of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Jules Chéret.

This exhibition is curated by Rena Hoisington, Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.

Time

March 25 (Sunday) - July 29 (Sunday)

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898

4apr - 30junAll DayATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS: 30th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

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ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS: 30th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION featuring Robert Andriulli, Anne Marie Fleming, Ellen Hill, Sheep Jones, Kathryn O’Grady, Katja Oxman, Hollis Sigler and Frank Trefny

Time

April 4 (Wednesday) - June 30 (Saturday)

Location

Steven Scott Gallery

808 South Anne Street, Baltimore Maryland 21231

4apr - 19augAll DayMary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts

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In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Media Studies, the BMA presents an exhibition of works by MacArthur Award-winner Mary Reid Kelley and her collaborator and husband Patrick Kelley. The exhibition includes two films featuring their signature black-and-white sets and costumes. This is Offal (2016) is inspired by Thomas Hood’s 1844 poem, The Bridge of Sighs, in which the narrator, a forensic pathologist, laments the suicide of a young woman whose body is pulled from the Thames. The Kelleys’ new film, In the Body of the Sturgeon, brings a feminist perspective to an exploration of life on a submarine stationed in the Pacific at the end of World War II, with the USS Torsk docked in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor inspiring the mise-en-scène. The exhibition also includes six light boxes featuring characters from both films and elements from the Kelleys’ sculptural sets.

This exhibition is curated by Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman in collaboration with the JHU Center for Advanced Media Studies.

Time

April 4 (Wednesday) - August 19 (Sunday)

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898

7apr - 16junAll DayDiana Guererro-Macia + a collaboration: Alex Ebstein & Sarah Eargle

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April 7 (Saturday) - June 16 (Saturday)

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'sindikit

405 East Oliver Street 2nd Floor, Baltimore MD 21202

7apr - 27mayAll DayMike McConnell: Étude in See

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April 7-May 27, 2018

Public Reception: Sunday, April 8, 2-4 pm

After graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1975, Mike McConnell worked for over 30 years as an illustrator. His paintings, drawings, and constructions are fueled by life experiences and nature. His show, Étude in See, makes extensive use of an early childhood technique of drawing with crayons and ink on paper. He is currently a resident studio artist at the Motor House in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore.

Time

April 7 (Saturday) - May 27 (Sunday)

Location

Montpelier Arts Center

9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD

7apr - 27mayAll DayWe Interrupt This Program

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“We Interrupt this Program…”

An art show about disrupting the straight male gaze in sci-fi/fantasy art, including visual art, film and video games. The exhibition features two dozen local, national, and international artists. The work is a mix of traditional and digital media, exploring the depth of possibilities when gender roles are subverted, when powerful women are represented, and when our expectations of characters are interrupted.

In Laura Mulvey’s 1975 essay Visual and Other Pleasures, the concept of the male gaze in cinema is outlined as a visual narrative controlled by an active male character and a passive female character. Simply put, the story is told, and viewed by the audience, through the eyes of a heterosexual male. Consequently, the story depicts the female character in “their traditional exhibitionist role” and are “looked at and displayed”.

Despite depicting imaginary worlds where anything is possible, all too often sci-fi and fantasy artistic mediums fall victim to the male gaze, objectifying women, underutilizing depth of character development, or failing to cast women as well as others in the LGBTQA community in central roles. We Interrupt this Program.. Is an art show aimed to disrupt the male gaze in sci-fi and fantasy mediums. The show will open to the public on April 7, 2018, and be on view until May 27, 2018.

Time

April 7 (Saturday) - May 27 (Sunday)

Location

Tectonic Space

2000 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore MD 21218

13apr - 31mayAll DayZone | David Humphrey

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St. Charles is thrilled to announce David Humphrey’s upcoming solo exhibition Zone featuring recent paintings on vinyl. In Zone street side observations conjure figurative hallucinations through gestural paint.

 

These new paintings on printed vinyl are David Humphrey’s way to collaborate with photos taken on a smartphone while pacing through his daily routine. The images are mostly from his neighborhood in Long Island City, which is rapidly converting from light manufacturing to glassy residential high-rises. One of the remaining business’ he passes every day is an awning and sign manufacturer that prints inexpensive banners for Humphrey to besmirch with acrylic paint. Piles of garbage, construction debris or dirty curbside snow become associative springboards for Humphrey’s animating imagination. His painted marks erase, vandalize or conscript elements of the printed photos to make new narratives, as if to awaken stories lying dormant in the detritus of urban space.

 

www.stcharlesprojects.com, St. Charles 2701 N Charles St.

Time

April 13 (Friday) - May 31 (Thursday)

Location

St. Charles Projects

2701 N Charles Street, Baltimore MD

14apr - 9junAll DayDamsels in Distress- Black Edge Wall Sculpture by Anna U. Davis

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Galerie Myrtis is pleased to present its first solo exhibition by graphic mixed-media artist Anna U. Davis. In “Damsels in Distress – Black Edge Wall Sculptures” Davis critically examines issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality. By combing black and white ink, and acrylic paint to contoured birch plywood, Davis creates sculptural figures that explore misogynistic behavior and investigates the physical and emotional impact through her personal lens.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The exhibit runs from April 14th through June 9th. Visit website for programming information. www.GalerieMyrtis.net

“We only see the top of the iceberg. What lurks beneath, are stereotypes highly steeped in tradition, culture and religious beliefs. These stereotypes are holding women back from reaching their full potential. It will take all of us to change this pattern. Men have to take action, instead of sitting on the sidelines and accepting the sexist behavior that occurs in daily interactions. Men need to speak up and show by example their disapproval of these attitudes. Women should empower each other and not undermine each other. We are not enemies, even though I have witnessed the repeated interaction between women that reinforce the very things that keep us down. Women are so often portrayed and treated as victims in need of rescuing, hence the title of the show “Damsels in Distress.”
– Anna U. Davis

Time

April 14 (Saturday) - June 9 (Saturday)

Location

Galerie Myrtis

2224 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218

22apr - 29julAll DayOdyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture

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This spring, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will present the first exhibition dedicated tosculptures by renowned contemporary artist Jack Whitten. Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2016, on view April 22 through July 29, 2018, reveals an extensive and entirely unknown body of the artist’s work. Co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met),Odyssey features 40 of Whitten’s sculptures made in Greece over the course of his five-decade career. Created from a diverse spectrum of materials—including wood, marble, copper, bone, fishing wire, and personal mementos—the works are contextualized with African, Minoan, and Cycladic sculptures and objects that inspired Whitten through the years. The exhibition also unites Whitten’s Black Monoliths series for the first time to reveal how sculpture influenced his paintings. This ticketed exhibition is curated by Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Programming and Research Curator and Thaw Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University, and Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky, and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art at The Met.

 

“What’s especially notable about Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture is that we are not only diversifying the approach we take to examine an artist, but are looking at a completely unexplored yet very rich facet of the artist’s oeuvre,” said BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “We’re especially pleased to collaborate with The Met, such an influential source for Whitten in his early years, and to explore the full spectrum of Whitten’s practice and illustrate how his sculptures have informed his widely admired paintings.”

 

Whitten is one of the most important artists of his generation and a major influencer of younger African American artists. His paintings range from figurative work addressing Civil Rights in the 1960s to ground-breaking experimentation with abstraction in the 70s and 80s to recent work that memorializes historical figures of Black culture such as Ralph Ellison and W.E.B. Du Bois. Whitten began carving wood in the 1960s in order to understand African sculpture, both aesthetically and in terms of his own identity as an African American. The work grew in unexpected ways when in 1969 he began spending summers on the Greek island of Crete. There, Whitten was inspired by the ancient Cycladic and Minoan work of the region, recognizing their functional role in society as repositories of power, memory, sensuality, and spirituality, much like the African works he had seen in New York institutions. The resourcefulness of the people of Crete and their connection to nature and to material life recalled his own upbringing in Alabama. In Crete, his materials expanded to incorporate local wood and marble, as well as bones left over from his fishing excursions. These organic materials—shaped by techniques such as carving, burning, and aggregation—imbued his works with a profound connection to ritual, nature, and the most fundamental experiences of human life. Whitten sees his own work as the just the latest episode in a long history of exchange between Africa, the African diaspora, and the Mediterranean. As the artist wrote in his studio log in 1975, “I am aware of the fact that this is the tradition in Art which I must connect with—a work of art with a function motivated by the tradition of African sculpture—MY WAY—not Picasso’s European interpretation.”

 

Time

April 22 (Sunday) - July 29 (Sunday)

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898

26apr - 9junAll DayPrints from Gallery Artists

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C. Grimaldis Gallery presents a selection of prints by Elaine de Kooning, Madeleine Dietz, Grace Hartigan, Jene Highstein, Catherine Lee, Raoul Middleman, Bernar Venet, Esteban Vicente and Diane Victor.

The exhibition is on view in the gallery’s auxiliary space on the ground floor of 523 N. Charles Street. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm.

Time

April 26 (Thursday) - June 9 (Saturday)

Location

C. Grimaldis Gallery

523 North Charles Street Baltimore MD 21201

26apr - 9junAll DayJae Ko: Escalante

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Jae Ko: Escalante

April 26 – June 9, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 26 6-8pm

For her solo debut at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Ko creates a site-specific installation entitled Escalante, the newest iteration in the artist’s Force of Nature series. Inspired by the canyons of southern Utah, Ko reconstructs the sandstone landforms with their curvilinear, gradated walls. The towering sculptural relief is created from cascading rolls of paper stacked floor to ceiling and shaped to fit the architecture of the gallery. Utilitarian Kraft paper transforms the gallery walls into undulating surfaces of intertwining light and shadow and immeasurable pages in suspended motion.

Escalante is accompanied by a selection of paper sculptures that trace Ko’s continuous experimentation with the material. She works by laboriously unwinding, and re-spooling miles of adding machine tape and submerging it in ink and graphite powder. As it dries, the paper swells into soft, biomorphic forms saturated with delicate lines. In recent works, rolled paper is shaped and thoroughly coated in glue, resulting in flawlessly engineered spirals that float weightlessly on the surface.

Born in Korea, Jae Ko received her BFA from Wako University, Tokyo in 1988 and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore in 1998. She received the Anonymous Was A Woman grant in 2012 and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2002. Formerly based in D.C. and Virginia, artist now works and lives in Maryland’s Western Shore. Her work is in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. and numerous private collections throughout the United States.

Time

April 26 (Thursday) - June 9 (Saturday)

Location

C. Grimaldis Gallery

523 North Charles Street Baltimore MD 21201

26apr - 9junAll DayNora Sturges: On Certain Floors, Certain Wonders

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Nora Sturges: On Certain Floors, Certain Wonders

April 26 – June 9, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 26 6-8pm

On certain floors
certain wonders.
Pale dirty light,
some captured iceberg
being prevented from melting.
See the mechanical moons,
sick, being made
to wax and wane
at somebody’s instigation.

— Elizabeth Bishop, Varick Street

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present On Certain Floors, Certain Wonders, an exhibition of recent paintings by Nora Sturges which depict an imagined world of arctic ruin.

Strange scenes of a desolate land are occupied by man-made objects and structures – a tarmac, satellite dish, stanchions and wood planks. Vacant rooms and hallways of industrial banality suggest a subterranean facility where life has retreated indoors. The sparseness and specificity of these ordinary subjects, added to the intimate scale and detailed brushwork of Sturges’s paintings, inspire a complex narrative of life on a distant frontier. Although devoid of any human figure, these works signal a lingering presence of some unknown inhabitant, recently departed.

Nora Sturges received her BA in studio art from Bowdoin College and her MFA in painting from Ohio University. She has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and internationally, including recent group exhibitions in Toronto, Berlin and Montreal. She is the recipient of three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Sturges currently lives and works in Baltimore, where she is a professor and head of Painting and Drawing at Towson University.

Time

April 26 (Thursday) - June 9 (Saturday)

Location

C. Grimaldis Gallery

523 North Charles Street Baltimore MD 21201

27apr - 27mayAll Day50 Years Since the Assassination of MLK: An Anniversary of Uprising

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50 Years Since the Assassination of MLK: An Anniversary of Uprising
Exhibition Opening, Friday April 27th 6pm-8pm
Work on view: April 27th-May27th

Art and Stories from

Kibibi Ajanku
Mateo Blu
Elder C. W. Harris
Geneva Johnson
George “Doc” Manning
LaToya Peoples
Ada Pinkston
S. Rasheem
Ernest Shaw
Kaleb Tshamba

This art exhibit and event pairs artists and longtime west Baltimore residents to create work surrounding the 50th anniversary of 1968, centered on the stories and lives of the five residents. The history of the assassination of MLK, of the subsequent Uprising, and of Baltimore itself, will be told through their voices and, and interpreted in many art forms by their artist pairs.

At our opening event, our artist/storyteller pairs will speak, expanding upon their process, their lives, and the stories that were most influential in the creation of this work. Closing out the evening, the Todd Marcus Quintet will perform music from their new album On These Streets which offers a musical portrait of Sandtown-Winchester and Upton and includes music reflecting on the unrest of 2015.

For more information:
Jubilee Arts
(410) 728-1199
[email protected]org

Time

April 27 (Friday) - May 27 (Sunday)

Location

Jubilee Arts Center

1947 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217

27apr - 27mayAll DayGrant McFarland

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Grant McFarland, Voyager, 2018, pine

April 27 – May 27, 2018

Common Ground Gallery, VisArts

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, May 4, 7 – 9 PM

 

Voyager, a solo exhibition of new sculpture by Grant McFarland, explores how the life cycle of individuals and their possessions are entwined. McFarland constructs a sculptural requiem for the things born out of a commodity culture. Possessions accompany their owners through time assuming a variety of roles as useful tools, hoarded junk, or valuable collections. Voyager is a symbolic funeral for the things that we make, accumulate, move around, pile up, and leave behind as symbols of endurance, but also of waste.

About the artist: Grant McFarland is a Maryland born, Washington DC based sculptor who graduated from University of Maryland in 2016 with a B.A. in studio art. He participated in the UMD Art Honors program and recently worked as a resident artist at Salem Art Works in Salem, New York. He has shown at 39th Street Gallery in Hyattsville, Maryland, the Stamp Student Union Gallery on campus at the University of Maryland, and McClean Project for the Arts in McClean, Virginia. His current work is concerned with asking questions of perception, interior and exterior in relation to inference and knowledge of the built environment.

www.grantmcfarland.com

Time

April 27 (Friday) - May 27 (Sunday)

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

27apr - 27mayAll DayAmanda Agricola

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April 27 – May 27, 2018

Gibbs Street Gallery Gallery, VisArts

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, May 4, 7 – 9 PM

Mud Dyeing Workshop with Amanda Agricola: May 19, 12-4 PM

 

Searching for buried treasure is a search for a connection to myth, the land, and self. For this exhibition, Amanda Agricola traveled to locations with treasure myths and interviewed people who have experiences digging for said treasures. What started as a quest for treasure stories quickly turned to an investigation into mankind’s tendency towards violent acquisition and demolition of land. She created CNCed maps from sections of landscapes with precious resources and painful pasts. The CNC machine traces specific areas of the map, digging into the plywood revealing hidden layers within the wood. As it delves deeper into the wood, possible blemishes and flaws are revealed as well as hidden beauty in the grains beneath the surface of the ply. She imagines a future where there is nothing left to mine; these replicas of terrains with embedded cryptocurrency mining computers are all that we have left.

Whole civilizations have been melted down to ingots and swallowed, forever lost in the belly of greed and desire. These works reflect on histories of colonization of lands caught in the crossfire of man’s thirst for power and material possession. Using dyes made from soils collected from these sites, she hand-made earth prints which serve as the palls that cover the urns of said lands, as if preparing the funerary rites of the earth. Texts, images, videos, and discoveries made along the way are embedded in the palls and earth quilts which can be discovered by the viewer in augmented reality through the use of their phone by accessing the artist’s website.

About the artist: Amanda Agricola grew up in the dirt in North Alabama, graduated with my B.A. in Studio Art from Hollins University in 2011 and received an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute of Art (MICA) in 2015. She has shown her work locally, and regionally from Roanoke College in Roanoke, Virginia, to Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, and Panoply Gallery in Brooklyn. My work was also recently featured in the web-based New York gallery – SciArt Center.

www.amandaagricola.com

Time

April 27 (Friday) - May 27 (Sunday)

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

28apr - 2junAll DayMobile

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Mobile

works by Ghaleb Al-Bihani, Robert Chase Heishman, Todd Mattei,
and Betsy Odom

Organized by Adds Donna

April 28 – June 2 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, April 28, 7-10 PM EST

By conceptual leaps and bounds crossing time, space, and maximum security, Mobile connects four disparate bodies of work by four separate artists to elicit a sympathetic response. Despite their individual concerns, the works call out to each other—from prison cells, bedroom floors, filing cabinets, and within cybernetic labyrinths—describing a volatile world that is sometimes unbearable.

Robert Chase Heishman’s photographic still lives reach for empathy and compassion in their meticulous reconstruction of paintings and drawings made by detainees at Guantánamo Bay. Hung against a pallid, faux wood-paneled backdrop that recalls a makeshift office, the photographs ruminate on the artworks and lives of those indefinitely detained at Guantánamo Bay by the U.S. Government (currently 41 individuals; formerly 780). Also included in the exhibition are two paintings by artist Ghaleb Al-Bihani, who was detained in Guantánamo for nearly 15 years before being released in 2017. His paintings are a direct glimpse into a rich interiority of humility, contemplation, and desire. The work also serves as a straightforward plea to be regarded as a human being like anyone else.

Todd Mattei’s digital animation video indicates sensory overload in the swirling mess of modern life. Utilizing a first-person video game perspective, the animation proceeds through a maze interrupted by media. News and entertainment screens pop up at random intervals, impeding the progress of the viewer, while overhead a pair of red ominous eyes watches every move.

Inspired by the Hanky Code, a system that originated in the Gay bar scene of the 1970s to indicate sexual interests by wearing color-coded hankies, Betsy Odom’s hand-carved handkerchiefs signal unspoken desire. Their sensual curves and suggestive folds are painstakingly carved from solid raw materials like graphite, plywood, and cork, leaving the viewer to ponder their intended erotic meaning. But as isolated objects, seemingly discarded by their wearers, Odom’s hankies may also suggest the heartache caused by loneliness and unfulfilled longings.

These works may rightly be called sensitive for a number of reasons—their attention to detail, allusions to secret information, and empathetic aims. Taken together, they become reflections on a collective emotional state in crisis. In their various attempts for communication and solace, they call attention to persistent human needs, basic requirements which are continuously under threat.

A special thank you to the Center for Constitutional Rights for their support. CCR is a progressive non-profit legal advocacy organization based in New York City. For more information, visit: https://ccrjustice.org or contact Aliya Hussain: [email protected]
Mobile is organized by ADDS DONNA, in Chicago. A version of the exhibition was first shown in Chicago in 2017 titled Landline. It travels to Open Space in Baltimore as a part of the Artist-run Exchange Program, a program initiated by ADDS DONNA with support from The Propeller Fund to exchange exhibitions with other artist-run galleries around the country.

Ghaleb Al-Bihani, a Yemeni citizen, was detained at Guantánamo for nearly 15 years before being released to Oman in January 2017. Ghaleb, who discovered a talent for art in routine classes offered to detainees, once wrote, “Painting makes me feel as if I am embracing the universe….I also see things around me as if they were paintings, which gives me the sense of a beautiful life.” Most of his paintings and drawings were created after 2014, when he was cleared for release, and sometimes depict his musings on what his life would look like when that release finally came.

Robert Chase Heishman is an artist living and working in Chicago. His work has been exhibited at McIntosh Gallery (London, ON), The Tetley (Leeds, UK), H&R Block Artspace and Paragraph Gallery (Kansas City), Propeller Centre for Visual Arts (Toronto, ON), and widely around Chicago at ADDS DONNA, Sullivan Galleries, LVL3, Roots & Culture, Document, Gallery 400, and Johalla Projects. He has collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Sigur Rós, and Radiohead. Recent grants and awards include participation in the 2016 Silver Eye Editions from Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh) and a 2015 project grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. He holds his MFA in Studio Art from Northwestern University (2012), and BFA in Photography and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute (2008). His work is in the permanent collections of the BNY Mellon Collection, Walker Art Center, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Todd Mattei is a media artist working in animation, video, music, sound, and performance. He has screened and exhibited nationally and internationally. Screenings have included Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Pacific Film Archives, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Sober and Lonely Johannesburg, and a retrospective screening night at Roots and Culture. He has exhibited at Carrie Secrist, Publico Cincinnati, Pittsburgh Filmmakers Gallery, Gallery 400, Peregrine Projects, and Foley Gallery New York. Mattei also collaborates with the dance artist Victoria Bradford, most recently at MCA Chicago, as part of programming in conjunction with the Merce Cunningham exhibition. Mattei and Bradford also collaborated via a DCASE Residency at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Betsy Odom (b. Amory, Mississippi) received her MFA from Yale University School of Art and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a DCASE Grant, Illinois Arts Council Artist Grant, and West collection Acquisition Prize. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Let’s Be Honest at 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago, Oh No at Terrain Projects in Oak Park, IL, and Freedom Culture at The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

Time

April 28 (Saturday) - June 2 (Saturday)

Location

Open Space

512 West Franklin Street, Baltimore MD 21201

1may - 30junAll DayShelley Steinle

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During May and June, Off Track Art is delighted to present the paintings of Shelley Steinle.  From her studio in the woods, Shelley portrays “creatures of wondrous design” from original photographs in her own backyard or other environments.  Her goal is to share her observations and the joy she experiences in viewing and painting–even the tiniest of creatures.

Shelley is a third-generation artist and since age 3, a resident of Carroll County.  She has a fine arts degree from Lycoming College and her work has been exhibited in various Maryland venues.  She also studied with Richard Eichman and Ed Ramsburg. Her work ranges from pen and ink commissions of historic buildings, wildlife portraits, and abstract paintings.

Time

May 1 (Tuesday) - June 30 (Saturday)

Location

Off Track Art

11 Liberty Street, Westminster MD 21157

2may - 12augAll DayMeleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance

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Meleko Mokgosi (b. 1981, Botswana; lives and works in New York City) produces large-scale figurative paintings that rethink the tradition of historical European compositions. He appropriates the polyptych formats and shapes of altarpieces and paintings used for the decoration of churches and other grand interiors and deploys paintings to present historical narratives and allegories. However, Mokgosi’s subjects come from African history, representing people and historical moments that do not appear within the canon of Western art history. For this exhibition, the artist is creating new works— some in response to specific works of art at the BMA—as well as incorporating existing multi-panel canvases to create a cycle of paintings inspired by contemporary feminist perspectives on African experience. These visually and conceptually related works will be featured in three adjacent galleries within a larger suite of galleries typically used to house the BMA’s historical European paintings. He installs his works panoramically, as if developing a cinematic storyboard and tapping into more recent technologies of visual storytelling.

This exhibition is curated by BMA Senior Curator for Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.

Time

May 2 (Wednesday) - August 12 (Sunday)

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898

3may - 27All DayGreg McLemore / Lynn PoshepnyArtists' Reception

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HAMILTON ARTS COLLECTIVE | HAMILTON GALLERY
is pleased to present

Greg McLemore – Mysteries of Nagasaki
in Gallery I

Lynn Poshepny – Urban Patterns
in Gallery II

Exhibitions run May 4 – May 27, 2018

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

OPENING RECEPTION
First Friday, May 4, 2018 6-9pm

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION
Sunday, May 20, 2018 1-3pm

This collection of Greg McLemore’s paintings explores the mysterious and complex city of Nagasaki, Japan. While many Americans know the city as the target of an atomic bomb in WWII, there is a great and very complicated history to Nagasaki. Greg’s paintings use the architecture of the city to explore its history and psychology. They are densely layered, with sparks of magical realism, including ghosts, mal-adjusted creatures, and other strange visions. Greg has spent several summers in the city, and the paintings help him to understand and internalize his experiences, and share them with others.

Lynn Poshepny’s new beeswax encaustic mixed media paintings are inspired by maps, aerial photography and the textures of the city where she resides. These abstract paintings use plaster in the base layer to give the artwork a sense of depth while layers of wax and pencil add atmosphere. The images that result convey a muted but enduring story of Baltimore’s urban core

Hamilton Gallery exhibiting artist members:
Jude Asher, Ariana Bock, Loring Boglioli, Schroeder Cherry, Ron Cohn, Erin Dance, Jessica Devilbiss, Donna DiSciullo, Amy Klainer, James MacDonald, L. Nef’fahtiti Partlow-Myrick, Lynn Poshepny, Theresa Reuter, Daniel Sherman, Peter Smith, Valerie Smith, Bridget Z. Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Grace Sweeney, Maxine Taylor, Linnea Tober, Alex Vanicky & Matt Voelker.

Hamilton Gallery welcomes all guests and neighbors to join us in enjoying our neighborhood and our city.

Hamilton Gallery
5502 Harford Road
Baltimore, 21214

www.hamiltonarts org

Time

may 3 (Thursday) - 27 (Sunday)

3may - 3junAll DayFerne Weinstein

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Ferne Weinstein at The Alchemy of Art

From May 3rd to June 3rd of 2018

Opening Reception Thurs. May 3rd from 6:30pm to 10:30pm

 

The Alchemy of Art is proud to exhibit Ferne Weinstein’s solo exhibition of paintings for the month of March. Her work is vibrant, abstract and alluring.

 

Ferne Weinstien is a Baltimore County local painter residing in suburban Reisterstown, MD.

Ferne is a colorist painter. Color is pleasing and with it she aim to reflect the momentary color of light all while making work that uses her intuitive. She is interested in mark marking and the momentary color of light. It is about mark making and spontaneity. Her paintings and drawings depict her world: earth and sky here at home and throughout the world.

Ferne’s work is intuitive. She is drawn to color and shape. Works outdoors as well as in her studio. She tend to work quickly. Often Ferne works in series. She find nature unendingly interesting.

“I have always been drawn to color and shapes.  I have been fortunate to see great art since I was a child.  I have spent hours in the BMA’s Cone Collection, drawing inspiration from Matisse.  Van Gogh, Bonnard and Cezanne have all been my teachers.”

Mrs. Weinstein’s ability as a painter has started when she was young and progressed at her years the University of Maryland, College Park where she received her BA in Art History ad English in 1977. While always actively painting she has over the year exhibited her work. Previous shows have been 1995 “Earth Shake”, Baltimore International Culinary College, Juried group show- Baltimore, MD, in 1999 Solo show, The Park School, Brooklandville, MD, in 2005 Solo show, The Antresian Gallery, Baltimore, MD, in 2007 Group show, Adkins Arboretum, Denton, MD, her work displayed from 2003-2006 Paper Rock Scissors and Antresian Gallery, Baltimore, MD and a residency during 2004 and 2005 at The Vermont Studio, Johnson, VT. More work of Ferne’s can be found on her website at http://www.ferneweinstein.com/ and she can be contacted by email:  [email protected]


The Alchemy of Art is a local contemporary gallery focusing on but not limited to local up and coming artist. The building itself is a unique space as it is a converted convent and the gallery is on the entry level and one of the two rooms is the old chapel room with beautiful arched ceilings.  Along with the gallery there is a boutique which carries locally made art and goods. The gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 12:30pm to 6:30pm and 1pm to 6pm on Sunday but subject to change. To keep posted on hours of operation and events follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AlchemyOfArt and keep an eye on our website www.alchemy-of-art.

Time

May 3 (Thursday) - June 3 (Sunday)

Location

The Alchemy of Art

1637 Eastern Ave, Baltimore MD 21231

4may - 3junAll DayVisArts Studio ArtistsOpening Reception + Artist Talk

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May 4 – June 3, 2018

Concourse Gallery

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, May 4, 7 – 9 PM

 

About the VisArts Studio Artists Program: The VisArts Studio Artist Program offers opportunities for selected artists to have a subsidized studio at VisArts.  The program serves as a catalyst for conversation, education, professional development, and creative interactions. Three different studio options allow artists time and space to create. For more information: https://www.visartsatrockville.org/more/studio-artists/

Time

May 4 (Friday) - June 3 (Sunday)

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

4may - 30All DayRex (Alexandra) Delafkaran + Leslie Holt + Tim McLoraine

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Rex Delafkaran, Leslie Holt and Tim McLoraine explore and trouble the idea of the taboo through themes of sexuality, failure and mental illness. Attempting to expose parts of our society often relegated to the shadows, these three artists destigmatize the darker parts of ourselves and our history, demanding closer examination.

These works engage with this examination through different media, conceptual intent and experiences. Collectively the pieces call attention to objects, identities, physicality and mental states that are systematically situated to be shameful.

Trophies for Getting Ahead Rex Delafkaran

Glossy, awkward phalices atop industrial concrete mock themselves and yet are enam- ored by their own aesthetic accomplishments – congrats – they are telling you you’ve made it.

Working through conceptual frameworks of language, sexuality and their relationship to success and failure, I have created self congratulatory, functional, penetrative objects to illustrate the absurdity and engendered failures in systems of economic, social, and artistic success. I’m attempting to mock and subvert the systems that situate and codify my identities and desires.

Unspeakable: Hysterical Women Leslie Holt

My recent series Unspeakable explores the often-private states of extreme emotion caused by war, loss or mental illness. Hysterical Women refers to the fraught historical designation and marginalization of women with and without mental illness. Stitching with embroidery thread, I directly translate clinical sketches of institutionalized women of the 19th and 20th centuries who were studied and sometimes on public display in at- tempts to “cure” them of their maladies. The women were often depicted as grotesque and beast-like in appearance with exaggerated features and sexualized gestures.

Amorphous paint stains containing unknown histories of pain hover over the women, drip onto them and suspend them in an other-worldly place. The act of stitching is in- timate and tender, in contrast to the stains that emphasize the unruly quality of these vulnerable states. By removing them from their clinical context, I aim to preserve and remember this shameful chapter of western medicine and pose questions about the ways it echoes in contemporary times.

Failure Series Tim McLoraine

Failure is the greatest teacher. Sometimes it pools in the corners. I forget to look at it, pick it up, put it on. I’ve been experimenting and taking risks, and the artifacts of my failures are accumulating. I want them to be something other than discarded.

Using the remnants of Past Failures to construct current ones, I am hoping to extend my education. I want the failures to be unhidden. I want to honor their power. Given my heritage, I am culturally unsure what rites and rituals are proper for me to engage in publicly to achieve this goal. Through art-making I am trying to develop my own.

For more information contact [email protected]

Time

may 4 (Friday) - 30 (Wednesday)

Location

Red Dirt Studio Gallery

4051 34th St, Mt Rainier, MD

5may - 23junAll DayBLOOM | New Paintings by Emily Gaines Demsky

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Anthem by Emily Gaines Demsky, 2018, mixed media on paper, 38” x 50”

Spring has finally sprung!  Emily Gaines Demsky once again offers a stunning array of
lively flowers in a variety of sizes, as mixed media on paper and panel, and encaustic.

Gallery hours:
11- 7pm Tuesday through Friday
11-5pm Saturday, and by appt.
The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

For more information on Fleckenstein Gallery, please visit
https://www.facebook.com/fleckensteingallery/
or https://www.fleckensteingallery.com

Time

May 5 (Saturday) - June 23 (Saturday)

Location

Fleckenstein Gallery

3316 Keswick Road, Baltimore MD 21211

5may - 2junAll DayNeil Feather: A Journey Through The CosmosPerformance w/ Dan Conrad and Rosie Langabeer

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Reception: SAT MAY 5 | 6-8PM | FREE
Performance w/ Dan Conrad and Rosie Langabeer: FRI MAY 25 | 7PM | FREE

Neil Feather, winner of the Sondheim Prize, Trawick Prize, and participant in the Venice Biennale, makes experimental musical instruments and kinetic sound sculptures out of motors, magnets, springs, strings, balls, and many other dynamic objects.

This interactive and kinetic sound installation will feature machines that are portrayals of planets, black holes, and spaceships. The collective installation of objects will result in a mechanical musical composition about the music of spheres. Combining our extraterrestrial fascinations with tactile enjoyment, Feather creates chaotic models of inside-out astrophysics that represent planets; space vehicles bob and weave at the press of a button; and visitors can pedal their way through the universe at the speed of sound.

This project is a result of Feather’s 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship in musical composition.

Time

May 5 (Saturday) - June 2 (Saturday)

Location

The Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

7may - 27All DayEverything Must Go

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the maryland institute college of art presents

Everything Must Go an advertising slogan, a call to action.

Everything Must Go invites audiences to rethink established systems of exchange and the elements of creation, production, consumption, possession, waste, and value(s) functioning within them. Where do the things we consume come from? Who makes them? How do we determine the value of a thing? How do we decide that it no longer has value? What do we exchange in order to obtain it? And who decides how this is done?

At Everything Must Go we’re slashing prices. Visitors are consumers are laborers are artists. Your money is no good here. Creative labor can be exchanged for anything in this store that is deemed to be of equal value. Our entire inventory is your palette. Anything altered and produced within this space becomes a work of art as well as a product. All art objects are free to be disassembled, reassembled, disregarded, or destroyed.

At Everything Must Go collaboration > competition shared responsibility > control diversity > uniformity

justice > profit
the commons > the privatized

Don’t let this hot, hot deal get away. Enjoy this exclusive, limited time offer today.

Everything Must Go is organized by the Curatorial Practice mfa class of 2019 under the direction of José Ruiz, director of curatorial practice, and Gerald Ross, director of exhibitions.

Time

may 7 (Monday) - 27 (Sunday)

Location

Space Camp

16 West North Avenue, Baltimore Maryland 21202

9may - 16junAll DayJohn Ferguson & Kim Parr Roenigk

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MAY 9 – JUNE 16, 2018

Y:ART Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its twentieth exhibition, featuring the elegant simplicity of John Ferguson’s sculptures and the modern landscapes of Kim Parr Roenigk’s paintings.

Opening Reception | Saturday, May 12th, 2018 | 6-9pm

This exhibit ponders the work of two artists who explore different sides of contemporary reality. The juxtaposition of their unique styles exposes their shared study of forms both organic & manufactured and the evolving landscape of present-day society. While Parr is commenting through her art on the conflict between changes brought on by development and a disappearing ecosystem, Ferguson is using strong, rigid materials to create flowing, naturalistic forms to reintroduce beauty and grace into the landscape. This exhibition is an illustration of the power of minimalism.

PARKING AT M&T BANK | 3401 EASTERN AVENUE
AFTER 5PM, AFTER 1PM SATURDAY

Time

May 9 (Wednesday) - June 16 (Saturday)

Location

Y:ART

3402 Gough Street Baltimore, MD 21224

9may - 10junAll DayThe Book of Joseph

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The mysterious discovery of a dusty old suitcase hidden away reveal pieces to a much larger puzzle—and a sweeping family history kept secret for generations—in The Book of Joseph, by acclaimed playwright Karen Hartman, based on the life of Joseph A. Hollander and his family. Combining documentary and drama with a sprawling cast and breathtaking set design, the thrilling new play, The Book of Joseph is directed by Everyman Theatre Associate Artistic Director Noah Himmelstein, and runs May 9 through June 10, 2018—accompanied with a comprehensive roster of associated community events.

Decades of memories and untold stories—from love and war to a quest for survival—rise to the surface when a stash of Swastika-stamped correspondence is found among the contents in a family attic. Following a trail of clues spanning Baltimore, Poland and beyond, a family’s origin story zooms into focus and an uncharted legacy is regained. A gripping true story of resilience and truth-tracking determination based on Richard Hollander’s book, Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland, The Book of Joseph is brought to the stage in this mesmerizing new adaptation—the result of a commissioning by Chicago Shakespeare Theater under the leadership of Artistic Director, Barbara Gaines.

The Book of Joseph is an extraordinary play; an epic experience that bridges time, space and community past and present,” said director Noah Himmelstein. “It’s the kind of transformational storytelling that can only happen in the theatre and I feel privileged to be part of continuing the legacy of this remarkable family and sharing their story with Baltimore audiences.”

“I am just thrilled that The Book of Joseph will experience its second production in its hometown, Baltimore,” expressed playwright Karen Hartman. “My involvement in this production has been so exciting—Noah Himmelstein and Everyman Theatre bring both a reverence for the family history, and a fresh aesthetic sense. The second production of a play is a little bit of an adolescence—which is to say, an exhilarating and formative point in its life story!”

The cast for The Book of Joseph includes Resident Company members Megan Anderson* (Dola, Vita), Danny Gavigan* (Joseph), Beth Hylton* (Klara, Felicja), Wil Love* (Salo, Court Officer, Stanley Diana, Elderly Arnold) and Bruce Randolph Nelson* (Richard). Also featured are Helen Hedman* (Berta, Miss Blaustein), Bari Hochwald* (Mania, Court Interpreter, Iris), Elliott Kashner (Craig) and Hannah Kelly(Genka, Boy Arnold).

The artistic team for The Book of Joseph includes Daniel Ettinger (Set Design), David Burdick(Costume Design), Cory Pattak (Lighting Design), Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Design & Composition), Caite Hevner (Projection Design) and Gary Logan (Dialects).

The Book of Joseph runs May 9 through June 10, 2018. Tickets ($10-65) are now on sale online (everymantheatre.org), by phone (410.752.2208), or at the Everyman Theatre Box Office (315 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD).

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Event Listings

Pay-What-You-Can Preview Performance
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Pay-What-You-Can to see the first preview performance of The Book of Joseph. Tickets: By donation (cash only), available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Box Office beginning at 5:30pm. Seating is general admission.

TNT: Theatre Night for Teens
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Students in grades 9-12 enjoy a dynamic night out at the theatre featuring pre-show dinner sponsored by Noodles & Company, an artist meet-and-greet with a member of the The Book of Joseph team and a 7:30 PM preview performance, followed by post-show discussion and dessert. Tickets: $10 each (space is limited).

Creative Arts for Healing, Community and Dialogue
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Inspired by the refugee experiences and healing power of storytelling found in The Book of Joseph, this unique workshop opportunity introduces participants to the field of creative arts therapy—including music therapy and participatory theatre techniques, and a discussion with subject matter experts. Workshop fee: $20, reserve online or at the Box Office.

Cast Conversations
Thursdays, May 17 – June 7, 2018, Post-show
Chat with participating cast members following the 7:30 PM performance of The Book of Joseph, or follow along (and submit questions) via Twitter courtesy of @MDTheatreGuide. Admission: Included with ticket to 7:30 PM performance.

World of the Play
Saturday, June 2, 2018, following the 2:00 PM performance
Take part in an in-depth panel discussion on the themes and topics of The Book of Joseph, hosted by Marc Steiner (The Center for Emerging Media). Tickets: Free to attend, reserve online or at the Box Office.

In the Community

Giving Voice to the Hollander Family Exhibit
April 22 – June 3, 2018 (at the Jewish Museum of Maryland)
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Holocaust, an extensive correspondence (discovered in a suitcase in an attic) tells a remarkable story of the love, life and resilience of Joseph A. Hollander and his family. This exhibit, featuring original Hollander family letters and artifacts, serves as a companion to the play, The Book of Joseph. Museum admission: $10 (reserve at jewishmuseummd.org).

Inside Look LIVE: The Book of Joseph
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM (at the Jewish Museum of Maryland)
Meet some of the makers from The Book of Joseph, during an intimate evening discussing the adaptation of a true story for the stage—featuring a reading of selected scenes, and a conversation with director Noah Himmelstein and special guest Richard Hollander, upon whose family story the play is based. Dessert will be served following the program, in observance of dietary laws. Tickets: Included with $10 Museum admission (reserve at jewishmuseummd.org).

Everyman at the Parkway: Ivan’s Childhood
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM (at the SNF Parkway Theatre)
The debut feature of legendary Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris), Ivan’s Childhood is an evocative, poetic journey through the shadows and shards of one boy’s war-ravaged youth—chronicling both the traumatic realities of World War II and serene moments of family life before the conflict began. The Book of Joseph director Noah Himmelstein will introduce the film and host an informal discussion following the screening. Tickets: $8-10 each (available at mdfilmfest.com).

Refugee and Immigrant Awareness Forum
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM (at Beth Am Synagogue)
Learn about local, present-day refugee and immigration experiences—from what brought them here, to who they were before, and what they left behind. Service professionals and refugees from Greater Baltimore will share their insights and stories while inviting audience members to consider how their own family’s (im)migration stories shape their identity. Tickets: Free to attend (register at everymantheatre.org).

“The Book of Me” Theatre Residency
Ongoing (in association with the Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project)
Everyman Theatre teaching artists will implement a three part participatory theatre workshop series with members of the Refugee Youth Project, in partnership with Patterson High School, Digital Harbor High School and Everyman’s EMpact Ensemble. Looking at The Book of Joseph themes of family legacy, keeping our ancestors alive, memory, and homeland, young people will be invited to explore their world through individually and collaboratively created theatre experiences via improvisation, storytelling and writing techniques.

About Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre is a professional Equity theatre company celebrating the actor, with a Resident Company of artists from the Baltimore/DC area. Founded in 1990 by Vincent M. Lancisi, the theatre is dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance. Everyman is committed to presenting high quality plays that are affordable and accessible to everyone. The theatre strives to engage, inspire and transform artists, audiences and community through theatre of the highest artistic standards and is committed to embodying the promise of its name, Everyman Theatre.

The Book of Joseph is produced by Lawrence Yumkas and Miriam Fisher, and co-produced by Carol Sandler, with media support from WBAL and the Baltimore Jewish Times. Everyman Theatre’s Pay-What-You-Can nights are supported by Dr. E. Lee & Bea Robbins. The 2017/18 Season is generously sponsored by LifeBridge Health, with media support from The Baltimore Sun Media Group and WYPR. Everyman Theatre is supported in part by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.

Everyman Theatre is a proud member of the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District, the Market Center Merchants Association and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Vincent M. Lancisi is the Founding Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre; Jonathan K. Waller is the Managing Director. For information about Everyman Theatre, visit everymantheatre.org, call 410.752.2208, or connect via Facebook (@everymantheatremd), Twitter (@everymantheatre), YouTube (@everymantheatre) and Instagram (@everymantheatre).

Time

May 9 (Wednesday) - June 10 (Sunday)

Location

Everyman Theatre

315 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201

9may - 3junAll DayCONNECTED. TANGLED. INTIMATE. DELECTABLE. Inaugural group exhibition

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NEW GALLERY OPENS IN STATION NORTH’S NELSON KOHL

CONNECTED. TANGLED. INTIMATE. DELECTABLE. Inaugural group exhibition

Lawrence Cromwell, Jordan Faye Block, Lori Larusso, Jenee Mateer, & Lee Nowell–Wilson

HANCOCK SOLAR GALLERY

May 9 – June 3, 2018

INAUGURAL OPENING RECEPTION | Friday May 18 | 6–9pm

HANCOCK SOLAR GALLERY is thrilled to present CONNECTED. TANGLED. INTIMATE. DELECTABLE., the inaugural group exhibition at the new gallery.  This exhibition features the work of Lawrence Cromwell, Jordan Faye Block, Lori Larusso, Jenee Mateer, & Lee Nowell–Wilson. There will be an Inaugural Opening Reception on May 18, 6–9pm. The exhibition runs through Saturday June 3, 2018.  The gallery will be open from 12 – 5pm Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment.

The Hancock Solar Gallery was founded and named after Paul Hancock & Patricia Solar, investors in the Nelson Kohl.  They believe that art is an integral part of life and it changes the perspective of those who engage with it. The gallery aims to promote the thought-provoking work of Baltimore’s artists in the heart of the city’s oldest arts & entertainment district – Station North.  It is independently curated by Jordan Faye Block of Make Beautiful Change.

I met Paul and Patricia the day they arrived in Baltimore just prior to the ribbon cutting for the Nelson Kohl building– they were there with Ernst Valery, who’s the developer of the Nelson Kohl and who introduced me to them that afternoon. This was such a fortuitous happening as it turns out, because I’m now curating the gallery that bares their name. Connections are really what tie us together. People’s lives are intertwined and tangled. We share intimate moments with one another. That’s what the work in this show is all about.   –  Jordan Faye Block

Connected. Tangled. Intimate. Delectable. The work in this show encompasses all of these things. Each artist’s work embodies ideas about connection, how people are intertwined, how their stories are interrelated and crisscrossed.  Things are tied together, the macro is micro, what you see on a cellular level is the same in large structures – take architecture and then look at cells under a microscope. The philosopher Husserl has said that we are the one and the many, a larger part of a greater whole.  I do believe that everything is always connected. Our lives are this way. The work is this way.

Jenee Mateer uses photography to explore both vast and intimate landscapes, taking her photographs digitally, layering them and combining them to create infinite patterns, montages, and at times juxtaposing black and white photography with scanned watercolours.  In the paintings of Lawrence Cromwell, from afar they appear to be colourful and abstract with a variety of shapes lines and forms. When you get closer to them a looming narrative is revealed, the figures emerge and then morph into unexpected shapes that feel familiar yet mysterious.  Lori Larusso’s paintings distill the essence of their domestic subject into a bright clean image (a bourbon cocktail, a slice of cake).  The work hints at an underlying struggle for meaning and the search for happiness in everyday life, at the same time elevating the mundane into sweet perfection.  In the large photorealistic painting by Jordan Faye Block the intimate is abstracted into lines that hover between intersecting patterns and undulating landscape.  Using both intense detail and deliberate simplicity in her beautifully detailed graphite drawing, Lee Nowell–Wilson explores personal connections, intimacy, and vulnerability. These five artists come together to bring us a connected look at our lives, the everyday, the complex and the vast.

Artists Bios

Lawrence Cromwell received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1999, and his BFA from The University of Tennessee.  Cromwell’s work has been in numerous exhibitions across the country from Connecticut to New Mexico.  In the mid-Atlantic region, he has had a two-person exhibition at Hill Center in Washington D.C. (2015), a solo exhibition at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD (2014), a solo exhibition at The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE (2010), and a two-person exhibition at The Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI (2008).

As an artist, designer, and curator – Jordan Faye Block earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and brings 18 years of experience in running art galleries to this new endeavour. Ms. Block received her BFA in Printmaking from Plymouth State University where she co-founded the PIP Gallery. Ms. Block has continued to make work throughout her 15 years in Baltimore, her newest body of work will be shown this June at Grey Matter Art Space with Baltimore-based painter Alex Kondner. Her large-scale paintings, drawings, and monotype installations have been shown in group exhibitions in New York, Baltimore and Chicago. She founded Jordan Faye Contemporary in 2006, curated 180 exhibitions, and brought her artists work to Miami, the Hamptons, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Ms. Block continues working with artists developing their careers, as well as assisting collectors in building their collections, in addition to providing installation and curatorial services for them.  She lives & works in the Station North Arts District.

Lori Larusso earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) graduate interdisciplinary program, the Mount Royal School of Art and a BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), with a minor in Women’s Studies.  She has been awarded national and state-wide awards, including multiple residency fellowships.  Recent awards include a Visual Artist Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, Willapa Bay AiR, and The Studios of Key West.  Lori exhibits her work nationally and internationally.

Jenee Mateer is a photographer and video artist who was born in 1965 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in English/Modern Studies from the University of Virginia in 1987 and her M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1996.  In 2007, she joined the faculty of Towson University, where she is currently Associate Professor of Photo Imaging and Chair of the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the ArtHamptons Art Fair, Biggs Museum of American Art, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Jordan Faye Contemporary in Baltimore, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, Masur Museum of Art, Newport Museum, Rhode Island Foundation, San Francisco Art Market, Scope International Art Fair in Miami, and Texas Contemporary Art Fair in Houston. She is the author of The Animals (2012), her essays and photographs have appeared in the 1st International Photography Annual (2012), The Photo Review, Masters of Photography, and Philosophy of Photography, and her photographs are in numerous private collections, including China Trust Bank.

Lee Nowell–Wilson is a representational, figurative artist exploring themes of relationship, vulnerability and identity, as she herself navigates different processes of life involving motherhood and womanhood.  Currently based in Baltimore, MD, she earned her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Her work has been exhibited in Baltimore, Annapolis, New York, and France, and she has completed urban art pieces in Norway, France, Northern Ireland and Chile. She participated in a year long arts residency in Annapolis, MD in 2012, and a 5 month urban arts residency in Lyon, France in 2015.  From August 2015 – June 2016, her and her husband lived in Aalesund, Norway working with a missions organization called Youth With a Mission.

Time

May 9 (Wednesday) - June 3 (Sunday)

Location

Hancock Solar Gallery @ Nelson Kohl

20 East Lanvale Street, Baltimore 21202

10may - 8julAll DayWe Are Takoma Presents FLUID DYNAMICS

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FLUID DYNAMICS is a group exhibition that will fill the galleries of the Takoma Park Community Center with artwork by four professional artists, including Jacqui Crocetta, Farhad Heidarian, Brendan L. Smith, and Clare Winslow. Their work is intimately connected by fluidity of motion in their creative execution and the flowing nature of the materials used in their work. Fluid dynamics is a scientific term relating to the movement of liquids, but it’s also an apt characterization for these artists’ fluid and dynamic artwork. 

The exhibition also will feature artwork by the Mo County ALL STARS, a group of youth with life challenges who are supported by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. 

Please join us for an opening reception at 7 pm on May 10 at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue where you can see the artwork and meet the artists. The exhibition will be on display at the Community Center until July 8. 

Visit our website for more information: https://takomaparkmd.gov/arts

Time

May 10 (Thursday) - July 8 (Sunday)

11may - 3junAll DayBROS Presents: Incredibly Dead!

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A B-horror homage with dastardly heroes, maniacal villains, and insane antics!

Nearly twenty years ago, General Maximilian Morder devised a plan to bring order to the world with the aid of a mysterious goo. Things didn’t pan out. Now, the elixir is in the hands of Reggie and Silas Cryptz – two moronic morticians who have drawn the vile ire of a family they’ve cheated in the past. The antics of our heroes will lead to monstrous results, and a dire intersection with fate.

“Incredibly Dead!” is pure B-horror; cheap thrills, intestine-length twists, and blood-drenched fun. The show is set to rockin’ tunes that pay homage to spine-tingling classics, and will sever tapping toes! This is pure, unadulterated fun (lots of people die, but we swear, you’re going to enjoy watching them die).

Due to adult language and people like, you know, dying and what not, we would consider the show rated “R.” We want you to come to the show and laugh and clap and cheer and stuff that like. You know, have a good time! Let’s avoid upsetting younger folk, because that is not cool.

Time

May 11 (Friday) - June 3 (Sunday)

Location

Zion Lutheran Church

400 East Lexington Street, Baltimore MD 21202

11may - 23junAll DayInvasive Queer Kudzu // Dual Use: Baltimore to Samarra // Practice/Performance

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Invasive Queer Kudzu (Main Gallery)

A solo exhibition by Aaron McIntosh

 

Image credit: Aaron McIntosh

 

At the intersection of quilt-making, storytelling, archiving, and social practice, the Invasive Queer Kudzu project generates leafy, quilted fabric vines adorned with stories that celebrate and make visible Southern queer culture from the past to the present day. Working with LGBTQ+ contributors and archives such as the Gay and Lesbian Center of Baltimore (GLCCB), the project uses kudzu—a fast-growing, climbing, coiling, and trailing perennial—as a slippery metaphor. It invades dominant Southern narratives, reclaiming the ‘monstrous’ vine as a symbol for Southern queer tenacity in the face of homophobic institutions that otherwise obscure our rich histories.

This participatory exhibition features several monuments of the South, both historic and imagined, in the process of being invaded and reclaimed by Invasive Queer Kudzu stories. The gay nightclub serves as retrospective site of revelry, camaraderie, and tragedy in the works

Invasive: Pulse Memorial and Invasive: Club Hippo. In the latter work, a scale replica of Baltimore’s erstwhile Club Hippo celebrates one of the country’s oldest continuously-operating gay dance clubs, which is now a CVS in Mount Vernon—a predominantly gay neighborhood which in recent years has faced the closure of many queer gathering spaces.

A series of Saturday Queer Quilting Bees open to the LGBTQ+ community and allies will encourage participants to contribute to the creation of story leaves to be added to the growing installation during the run of the exhibition.

 

 

Dual Use: Baltimore to Samarra (Members Gallery)

A solo exhibition of works featuring sculpture, large scale assemblage works, found objects and video by Taha Heydari

 Image credit:  Taha Heydari

Between 1984 and 1988, 36 shipments of Thiodiglycol (TDG)—a total of 528 tons— left Alcolac International, an industrial chemical plant in Baltimore, en route to the port of Antwerp. The consignment was then transshipped to the port of Aqaba in Jordan and trucked across the desert to Baghdad, where it was transferred to the Muthanna State Establishment, Iraq’s chemical warfare production complex near Samarra.

While Thiodiglycol is utilized as a solvent in a variety of applications ranging from textile dye to the ink in ballpoint pens, it is also used in the production of the chemical weapon sulfur mustard, commonly known as mustard gas. Exposure to mustard agents causes permanent alkylation of DNA strands, preventing cellular division ultimately leading to programmed cell death. At 11am on March 16th, 1988, an estimate of twenty aircraft attacked Halabja, a Kurdish city across the Iran-Iraq border. The chemicals dropped by the planes included mustard gas, and the nerve agents sarin, tabun, and VX. The estimated number of civilians killed during the five hour attack ranges from 3,200-5,000, with an additional 7,000-10,000 injured. As many as to 75% of the victims were women and children.

Taha Heydari is an Iranian artist born in Tehran in 1986. Dual-Use: Baltimore to Samarra, featuring sculpture, large scale assemblage works, found objects, and video, is his first solo exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

 

Practice/Performance (Project Space)

A solo exhibition of works by Adam Holofcener

 

Image credit:  Photgrapher- Jiho Sohn

Adam Holofcener’s installation, Practice/Performance, uses a range of different media to engage participants in what it may mean for an individual to tether oneself legally, metaphysically, or otherwise to another human being in a caregiving posture. Utilizing previously internet-broadcast home video recordings, handcrafted scores featuring graphic notation, an interactive soundscape, and an accompanying tape cassette album release, Practice/Performance manifests a space soaked in amniotic fluid and inquiry. What truths, from the banal to revelatory, do we seek to communicate with those we look after? By what means do we tell them? How do we cope with the exercise? Don’t worry; this is the most natural stuff in the world.

Adam Holofcener, a native of Baltimore, works in many creative disciplines, but likes to think of himself primarily as a sound artist, composer, and performer. By day, Adam serves as director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA).

In conjunction with the exhibitions above, the following free events will take place at School 33 Art Center:

 

Aaron McIntosh

Invasive Queer Kudzu: Baltimore

Queer Quilting Bee Workshops

Every Saturday, May 12-June 23

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 9, 2-3pm

Concurrent with Aaron McIntosh’s exhibition, Invasive Queer Kudzu: Baltimore in the Main Gallery. Visitors can contribute their own queer stories or ally messages of support to the growing mass of vines on a monumental tribute to Baltimore’s erstwhile Club Hippo, one of the country’s oldest gay dance clubs until its closure in 2015. On Saturdays during the exhibition, the artist and various community organizers are hosting Queer Quilting Bees, where the Queer Kudzu story leaves will be quilted in queer and ally community. On June 9, Aaron McIntosh will be giving an artist talk about his practice and the Invasive Queer Kudzu project. All ages and experience levels are welcome to participate in these workshops.

 

Adam Holofcener

Tape Release Party

Thursday, June 14, 7-9pm

Join us for the release of Adam Holofcener’s newest tape, Mostly Best Boy Versos (Kunstemporary Records). The compositions on this tape were crafted in conjunction with his installation Practice/Performance, on view in the Project Space. The genre of Mostly Best Boy Versos can loosely be called “experimental country;” existential twang with aleatoric elements. There will be performances by Adam Holofcener and additional acts throughout the night.

Yoga in the Gallery

with Amanda Agricola

Saturday, June 16, 11am-12pm

Join us for Yoga in the Gallery with Amanda Agricola! Relax and stretch among the artworks in our galleries. There is a $5-10 suggested donation, and bring your own mat!

Taha Heydari

Dual-Use: Baltimore to Samarra

Artist Talk
Saturday, June 23, 2pm
Join us for an Artist Talk with Taha Heydari to learn more about the artist and his exhibition in the Members Gallery.

 

For more information on exhibits at School 33 Art Center, call 443-263-4350, visit www.school33.org or follow School 33 on Facebook.

School 33 Art Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for visual and performing artists through solo and group exhibitions, art classes, hands-on workshops, a Studio Artist Program and special events. A program of 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.  School 33 Art Center is the proud recipient of a grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg. The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

Time

May 11 (Friday) - June 23 (Saturday)

Location

School 33 Art Center

1427 Light Street, Baltimore MD 21230

11may - 23junAll DayInvasive Queer Kudzu // Dual Use: Baltimore to Samarra // Practice/Performance

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Invasive Queer Kudzu (Main Gallery)

A solo exhibition by Aaron McIntosh

 

Image credit: Aaron McIntosh

 

At the intersection of quilt-making, storytelling, archiving, and social practice, the Invasive Queer Kudzu project generates leafy, quilted fabric vines adorned with stories that celebrate and make visible Southern queer culture from the past to the present day. Working with LGBTQ+ contributors and archives such as the Gay and Lesbian Center of Baltimore (GLCCB), the project uses kudzu—a fast-growing, climbing, coiling, and trailing perennial—as a slippery metaphor. It invades dominant Southern narratives, reclaiming the ‘monstrous’ vine as a symbol for Southern queer tenacity in the face of homophobic institutions that otherwise obscure our rich histories.

This participatory exhibition features several monuments of the South, both historic and imagined, in the process of being invaded and reclaimed by Invasive Queer Kudzu stories. The gay nightclub serves as retrospective site of revelry, camaraderie, and tragedy in the works

Invasive: Pulse Memorial and Invasive: Club Hippo. In the latter work, a scale replica of Baltimore’s erstwhile Club Hippo celebrates one of the country’s oldest continuously-operating gay dance clubs, which is now a CVS in Mount Vernon—a predominantly gay neighborhood which in recent years has faced the closure of many queer gathering spaces.

A series of Saturday Queer Quilting Bees open to the LGBTQ+ community and allies will encourage participants to contribute to the creation of story leaves to be added to the growing installation during the run of the exhibition.

 

 

Dual Use: Baltimore to Samarra (Members Gallery)

A solo exhibition of works featuring sculpture, large scale assemblage works, found objects and video by Taha Heydari

 Image credit:  Taha Heydari

Between 1984 and 1988, 36 shipments of Thiodiglycol (TDG)—a total of 528 tons— left Alcolac International, an industrial chemical plant in Baltimore, en route to the port of Antwerp. The consignment was then transshipped to the port of Aqaba in Jordan and trucked across the desert to Baghdad, where it was transferred to the Muthanna State Establishment, Iraq’s chemical warfare production complex near Samarra.

While Thiodiglycol is utilized as a solvent in a variety of applications ranging from textile dye to the ink in ballpoint pens, it is also used in the production of the chemical weapon sulfur mustard, commonly known as mustard gas. Exposure to mustard agents causes permanent alkylation of DNA strands, preventing cellular division ultimately leading to programmed cell death. At 11am on March 16th, 1988, an estimate of twenty aircraft attacked Halabja, a Kurdish city across the Iran-Iraq border. The chemicals dropped by the planes included mustard gas, and the nerve agents sarin, tabun, and VX. The estimated number of civilians killed during the five hour attack ranges from 3,200-5,000, with an additional 7,000-10,000 injured. As many as to 75% of the victims were women and children.

Taha Heydari is an Iranian artist born in Tehran in 1986. Dual-Use: Baltimore to Samarra, featuring sculpture, large scale assemblage works, found objects, and video, is his first solo exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

 

Practice/Performance (Project Space)

A solo exhibition of works by Adam Holofcener

 

Image credit:  Photgrapher- Jiho Sohn

Adam Holofcener’s installation, Practice/Performance, uses a range of different media to engage participants in what it may mean for an individual to tether oneself legally, metaphysically, or otherwise to another human being in a caregiving posture. Utilizing previously internet-broadcast home video recordings, handcrafted scores featuring graphic notation, an interactive soundscape, and an accompanying tape cassette album release, Practice/Performance manifests a space soaked in amniotic fluid and inquiry. What truths, from the banal to revelatory, do we seek to communicate with those we look after? By what means do we tell them? How do we cope with the exercise? Don’t worry; this is the most natural stuff in the world.

Adam Holofcener, a native of Baltimore, works in many creative disciplines, but likes to think of himself primarily as a sound artist, composer, and performer. By day, Adam serves as director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA).

In conjunction with the exhibitions above, the following free events will take place at School 33 Art Center:

 

Aaron McIntosh

Invasive Queer Kudzu: Baltimore

Queer Quilting Bee Workshops

Every Saturday, May 12-June 23

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 9, 2-3pm

Concurrent with Aaron McIntosh’s exhibition, Invasive Queer Kudzu: Baltimore in the Main Gallery. Visitors can contribute their own queer stories or ally messages of support to the growing mass of vines on a monumental tribute to Baltimore’s erstwhile Club Hippo, one of the country’s oldest gay dance clubs until its closure in 2015. On Saturdays during the exhibition, the artist and various community organizers are hosting Queer Quilting Bees, where the Queer Kudzu story leaves will be quilted in queer and ally community. On June 9, Aaron McIntosh will be giving an artist talk about his practice and the Invasive Queer Kudzu project. All ages and experience levels are welcome to participate in these workshops.

 

Adam Holofcener

Tape Release Party

Thursday, June 14, 7-9pm

Join us for the release of Adam Holofcener’s newest tape, Mostly Best Boy Versos (Kunstemporary Records). The compositions on this tape were crafted in conjunction with his installation Practice/Performance, on view in the Project Space. The genre of Mostly Best Boy Versos can loosely be called “experimental country;” existential twang with aleatoric elements. There will be performances by Adam Holofcener and additional acts throughout the night.

Yoga in the Gallery

with Amanda Agricola

Saturday, June 16, 11am-12pm

Join us for Yoga in the Gallery with Amanda Agricola! Relax and stretch among the artworks in our galleries. There is a $5-10 suggested donation, and bring your own mat!

Taha Heydari

Dual-Use: Baltimore to Samarra

Artist Talk
Saturday, June 23, 2pm
Join us for an Artist Talk with Taha Heydari to learn more about the artist and his exhibition in the Members Gallery.

 

For more information on exhibits at School 33 Art Center, call 443-263-4350, visit www.school33.org or follow School 33 on Facebook.

School 33 Art Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for visual and performing artists through solo and group exhibitions, art classes, hands-on workshops, a Studio Artist Program and special events. A program of 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.  School 33 Art Center is the proud recipient of a grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg. The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

Time

May 11 (Friday) - June 23 (Saturday)

Location

School 33 Art Center

1427 Light Street, Baltimore MD 21230

12may - 9junAll DayFaithfully Rendered

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FAITHFULLY RENDERED

Five Baltimore Artists Take on Realism

Cody Pryseski • Grace Sweeney   

    Perri Brierley-Bowers   • Patrick Kluga • David Valle

Opening Reception  

Saturday, May 12, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Exhibition Runs May 12 – June 9, 2018

126 N. Madeira Street | Baltimore, MD 21231

Hours: Thursday  – Saturday 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Contact: Maxine Taylor, Gallerist

410-804-7459 | [email protected]

www.maxgallery.us

Time

May 12 (Saturday) - June 9 (Saturday)

Location

MAXgallery

126 North Madiera Street, Baltimore MD 21231

12may - 30junAll DayCrash Landing: Paintings by David Gracie

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Crash Landing: Paintings by David Gracie

May 12th- June 30th, 2018

Opening Reception, May 12th 6-9pm

David Gracie is a painter of slow, meditative, works. His paintings are built in thin layers as he begins to discov- er the complexities of his subject. Strikingly many of
his subjects are deceptively simple; a cut away of a dark beer seen through a pint glass, a book gutter, nipple, or headlights seen through snow and fog. It is within these simple vignettes that Gracie finds a platform on which to build robust intricacies.

Gracie paints to understand. As a master diagnostician he negotiates particularities of tone and color within each form. He teases color apart finding distinctions while keeping overall shape structures intact. Under an attentive gaze color blooms in these paintings and one’s mind begins to wander. Poetry in the mundanity of ev- eryday life emerges.

Gracie’s work is technically rigorous right down to the heavily supported maple plywood surfaces each painting is made upon. Yet unlike other razor sharp realists (Wil- liam Beckman, Harold Reddicliffe, and Vincent Desider- io) Gracie’s work holds undeniable humanism. As me- chanical as his process of painting may be it is tempered by his empathy, humor, and curiosity in looking. David Gracie invites us in to look again.

Exeter Gallery is committed to the notion that a gallery is a meeting place for ideas and discourse. Please join us at the opening reception or email [email protected] to make an appointment to view this exhibition.

For further information and visuals please contact Matt Klos at [email protected]

Exeter Gallery / 241 S. Exeter St. / Baltimore, MD 21202

 

This exhibition of David Gracie’s work from over the past fifteen years marks a sort of homecoming for the artist who was born and raised in Baltimore.

David Gracie was born in Baltimore, MD in 1978.
He received his MFA from Northwestern University
in 2004 and his BFA from the Hartford Art School in 2000. He has been included in exhibitions at The Mu- seum of Nebraska Art, NE (’17), Hartford Art School, CT (‘17 and ‘09), The Suburban, WI (‘16 and ‘15), Mt Airy Contemporary, PA (‘15), The University Club, IL (‘13), The University of Missouri, MO (‘12), The Hyde Park Art Center, IL (‘11), Colorado State, Pueblo, CO (‘10), The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, DC (‘10), Bowery Gallery, NY (‘08), Mary and Leigh Block Museum, IL (‘06), and Fort Wayne Museum, IN (‘06). David was awarded a Nebraska Arts Council Merit Award and the Lincoln Mayor’s Kim- mel Foundation Award in 2016. David is currently an Associate Professor of Art, Elder Gallery Director and Chair of the Art Department at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

image: David Gracie “Cupcake” Oil on Maple Plywood, 21” x 26,” 2017

Time

May 12 (Saturday) - June 30 (Saturday)

Location

Exeter Gallery

241 South Exeter Street, Baltimore MD 21202

17may - 23junAll DayWaving and Wavering 

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Title: Waving and Wavering

On View: May 17 – June 23, 2018 Opening Reception: May 17, 2018 | 6-9pm

Where: Maryland Art Place – 218 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Cost: Free! 

Website: http://www.mdartplace.org/exhibitions

Event Description:

Many of our most visible public symbols, including flags, are currently under increased scrutiny and public reconsideration. Rather than seek to define any fixed set of meanings, the exhibition Waving and Wavering assumes that a flag will always carry various and contested meanings. Exploring multiple interpretations of flags as both concept and format, this exhibition emphasizes three main perspectives: local examples of artists creating new flags for the city of Baltimore, new models of artists examining the American flag, and international samples of artists working with flags in contemporary ways.

 

The art world’s investigation into the use of banners, pennants, and other similar iconography is long standing, and representations of flags persist as important symbols in modern and contemporary art. One may look to Jasper Johns’ notable series of the stars and stripes as an example which initiated a dialogue over freedom of expression and the limits of representation. In the 70 years since Johns’ flag works debuted, numerous flag exhibitions – such as the People’s Flag Show or Old Glory – have been mounted, the American government has debated the use of its flag in protests through proposed amendments and Supreme Court cases (Texas v. Johnson, 1989), and artits have continud to present their own versions of iconic flags, such as David Hammons’ African American Flag (1990). We now find ourselves in an unprecedented time, when flags and monuments around this country are being reassessed, when the appropriate responses to the National Anthem are in debate, and when symbols for new social movements such as Black Lives Matter and Time’s Up are being created.

 

Waving and Wavering aims to contribute to these conversations by presenting alternative views of familiar symbols, illustrating the ways in which artists are using the format of a flag to address issues of power and personal politics.

Time

May 17 (Thursday) - June 23 (Saturday)

Location

Maryland Art Place

218 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore MD 21201

18may - 28julAll DayBorder (Untitled)

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Image: Agustina Woodgate, Northern and Southern Hemisphere, 2014, Sanded outdated world map, 22 x 41 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Spinello Projects.

Border (Untitled)

May 18 – July 28, 2018

Opening Reception at Cody Gallery: Friday, May 18, 6-8pm

Reception at Barry Gallery: Wednesday, May 30, 6-8pm

Marymount University is pleased to present Border (Untitled), an exhibition regarding the current state of culture, art, and politics surrounding immigration and refugees. Border (Untitled) suggests an ambiguous designated space that conveys different cultural experiences to further an understanding of how these lines and borders affect us personally and socially. The project is in conjunction with the One Journey Festival  on June 2nd, 2018 at the Washington National Cathedral. The all day festival aims to connect people through the shared language of human creativity. With this in mind, Border (Untitled) extends the discourse to crossover into the two galleries of Marymount University: Cody Gallery at Ballston Center and Barry Gallery at Reinsch Library.

At Cody Gallery, work by Sobia Ahmad, Nathalie Alfonso, Adrián S. Bará, Mojdeh Rezoeipour, Paul Shortt, and Agustina Woodgate investigates boundaries, labor, and identity. In many cases these works involve an abstraction of images signifying voices that are often marginalized, overlooked, and forgotten. For example, Alfonso’s site-specific “Cleaning the Line” investigates manual labor through an integration of mark making and cleaning while Sobia Ahmad’s “Small Identities” are a series of tiles with photo id’s of family and friends that are Muslim immigrants. Several are left blank, revealing their decision to not submit their image out of fear of discrimination.

At Barry Gallery there will be a narrative of experiences presented from organizations aiding Syrian refugees and the refugees themselves compiled by Associate Professor Barry Erdeljon and his students of Marymount University. The Barry Gallery will also show portraits of Syrian refugees from the “Inside Out” project by photographer Josh Mojica, as well as portraits of Syrian refugee students associated with the Karam Foundation. The Karam Foundation profiles were curated and organized by Shamila N. Chaudhary of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University where she directs “The Big Picture,” a forum exploring international affairs through arts and culture.

In conjunction with the exhibition and the One Journey organization, a fundraiser for Love Without Borders will be presented at both spaces. Love Without Borders is a New Jersey based organization that serves women and children. Works made by refugees from various locations around the globe are available for sale. All proceeds will be donated to support Love Without Borders and their work for refugee aid.

The exhibition is organized by Joe Hicks (Assistant Professor, Marymount University), Sarah Hardesty (Assistant Professor and Director of Barry Gallery, Marymount University), and Meaghan Kent (Director of Cody Gallery, Marymount University). Our great thanks to the artists, One Journey, Love Without Borders, Johns Hopkins University, Karam Foundation, and Spinello Projects.

Cody Gallery of Marymount University is located at 1000 North Glebe Road, 2nd Floor. The gallery hours are ThursdaySaturday, 1-6pm and by appointment. Street parking and Capital Bikeshare are available. The gallery is located near the Metroline Orange: Ballston-MU. Email [email protected] or phone (703) 908-7782 for further information.

The Barry Gallery, located in the Reinsch Library at Marymount, 2807 North Glebe Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. Email [email protected] for more information.

Time

May 18 (Friday) - July 28 (Saturday)

Location

Cody Gallery at Marymount University

1000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

23may - 1julAll DayPower Forward

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Macon Reed, still from Gymnasts featuring Kim Randall, HD video, sound, 6:15, 2014

Power Forward

CURATED BY ASTRIA SUPARAK, VISARTS MENTORING CURATOR

May 23 – July 1, 2018

Kaplan Gallery, 2nd floor

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, June 1, 7 – 9 PM

Thursday, June 14, 6:30 PM: Sports Talk Poetry Reading and Best Sports GIFS Ever Contest

Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 PM: Screening of The Beautiful Game

 

Artists: Haig Aivazian, Cara Erskine, Karen Kraven, Nicolas Lampert, Cait McKinney & Hazel Meyer, Gao Mingyan, Ayanah Moor, Macon Reed, Zhang Qing

 Sports are not a refuge from the “real world.” Sports have been and always are political. Who gets to play? Who is penalized for what? Which stadiums are built, and where? Imminent domain, organized labor, commercial sponsorships, tax breaks, bribery, and abuse scandals are just some of the ways power is flexed daily within what has been called our secular religion and our proxy war. This exhibition draws upon the hidden and political histories of sports, and how artists use sports vernacular to openup analyses of the social world.

Power Forward is curated by Astria Suparak (2018 VisArts Mentoring Curator) with the assistance of Anthony Stepter (2018 VisArtsEmerging Curator). It is part of A Non-Zero-Sum Game: Sports, Art, and the Moving Image, a series of exhibitions and events launching, and part of, INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media’s newest issue, Sports.

 

About the VisArts Emerging Curator Program:

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program pairs an emerging curator with an experienced mentoring curator to produce new exhibitions and related programming. The program is generously funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

About the VisArts Emerging Curator Program: The VisArts Emerging Curator Program pairs an emerging curator with an experienced mentoring curator to produce new exhibitions and related programming. The program is generously funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

About Astria Suparak: Astria Suparak has curated exhibitions, screenings, live music events and performances for art spaces, film festivals, and academic venues internationally, including PS1, The Kitchen, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Eyebeam, Museo Rufino Tamayo, and The Liverpool Biennial, as well as for non-art spaces such as elementary schools, sports bars, and rock clubs.

Suparak was the director and curator of the Pratt Institute Film Series and Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery. As the director and curator of Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery she curated Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men, the first solo exhibition of the internationally renowned culture-jamming group; Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions, which explored sports fanaticism as a significant form of cultural production; and Alien She, a traveling exhibition on the lasting impact of the global punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl, among other exhibitions. Her curated videotape, Some Kind of Loving, produced by Joanie 4 Jackie, was acquired by The Getty earlier this year. She currently teaches in the Graduate Fine Arts program at the California College of the Arts.

She edited The Yes Men Activity Book, co-produced the publication New Art/Science Affinities, and is co-editing INCITE Journal of Experimental Media’s forthcoming issue, Sports. Suparak has advised various art organizations and served on numerous juries, boards, and panels, including Creative Capital, the Alpert Awards, Mike Kelley Foundation, and Brooklyn Museum.

www.astriasuparak.com

Time

May 23 (Wednesday) - July 1 (Sunday)

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

23may - 8julAll DayLynn Silverman: Still Light // Trace Miller: Cut from Nature

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May 23 (Wednesday) - July 8 (Sunday)

Location

Goya Contemporary

3000 Chestnut Avenue, Mill Centre #214, Baltimore MD 21211

24may - 17junAll DayLife or Theatre? — new work by Carly J. Bales

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Life or Theatre?
Written and Directed by Carly J. Bales
Based on the life and work of Charlotte Salomon

MAY 24 – JUNE 17
THURSDAYS – SUNDAYS, 8PM
219 Park Avenue

TICKETS
$18 – $25 General Admission
$7 Student ID / EBT Card Holders

Life or Theatre? explodes the work and subconscious of the 20th century expressionist painter Charlotte Salomon on stage, fusing her autobiographical prose and expressionist painting with classical music, cinema, and theatre into a singular expression of her self – a demand by a young woman to exist in a world that demanded otherwise.

THE PLAY’S BACKGROUND

Between the years of 1941 and 1943, Charlotte Salomon, an enigmatic young German-Jewish artist painted a massive autobiographical tome of 1299 individual gouache paintings chronicling her life in Berlin and exile to Cote d’Azur, France. The expansive work transformed her and the individuals in her life into characters in a melodrama, revealing a dark family inheritance of suicide and mental illness; secret obsessive loves; troubling personal relationships; and Salomon’s tumultuous struggle with fate to define her own destiny against the backdrop of Weimar and Nazi-era Berlin. In isolation, Salomon then edited the pieces down to 796 paintings with 340 vellum overlays of text and musical cues to create a unique visual work she called Leben? oder Theater?: Ein Singspiel (Life? or Theater?: A Song-play) “This is my whole life,” she said giving the work to a family friend only months before her deportation and murder at Auschwitz.

This uncategorizable, ferocious body of work survives today and dark, unresolvable questions about Charlotte’s life remain. Was she embroiled in a secret affair with a family friend? Did she murder her abusive grandfather? How believable is her story? When does the line between truth and fiction become irrelevant? While Salomon’s work parallels that of the famed Anne Frank, and the scope of her work is the largest singular body of work by a Jew during the Holocaust, her legacy remains relatively unknown to larger audiences. However, “the themes of her work are compelling, pressing, and ever-relevant nearly a century later – a woman tackling and defining her identity on her own terms, battling her supposed social inheritance and fate, and confronting what it means to create in a destructive world,” says writer/director Carly J. Bales.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIFE OR THEATRE?

One hundred years after Salomon’s birth, Baltimore artist Carly J. Bales is realizing a new stage work called Life or Theatre? based upon Salomon’s short life and work. “The play builds upon and expands the intention of the source material as a deeply intimate and contradictory Gesamtkunstwerk – which is an ideal ‘total work of art’ melding poetry, music, and visual arts – by incorporating new and classical compositional music, filmmaking, poetry, philosophy, and visual art into a live performance piece that explores the deeper universal existential underpinnings of the work,” says Bales. “I wanted to grab the hands of audience members and plunge them down into the depths of her subconscious as she embarked on an Orphean journey toward the creation of herself through art. I’m very excited about my artist-collaborators helping me realize this vision.”

Known for highly inventive, multi-disciplinary performance work and her fearless approach to realizing her ideas, Bales is “a perfect artist to tackle the rich and complicated world of Salomon,” says Evan Moritz, Annex Theater’s Founding Artistic Director, “and we are thrilled to bring Bales’ first full-length play as a writer and director to our intimate space.”

ABOUT THE WRITER / DIRECTOR

Carly J. Bales is a performance artist, director, and arts organizer. Bales makes plays, films, and ephemeral experiences for an array of eyes and ears. Some topics she keeps coming back to are: concepts of self and self creation; the lampooning of capitalism and the power structures it creates; and the general absurdity of human existence. Her expansive and clever performance work can be found in galleries, theaters, abandoned buildings, and spaces in between. Driven by interdisciplinary collaboration and bold risk-taking, Bales has become Baltimore’s most go-for-broke performer (Baltimore City Paper) and an integral actor/performer in both the city’s do-it-yourself theater and experimental performance art communities (The Hub) while balancing her work as an arts organizer and curator.

She is the Founding Producing Artistic Director of EMP Collective, a beloved independent art space in downtown Baltimore, and the Founding Creative Director of Le Mondo, an ambitious project that positions downtown Baltimore’s Howard Street as a center for experimental performance arts and grassroots development.

Since 2013, Bales has been honored to collaborate in concert with the bizarre and wonderful Annex Theater on an array of performance projects including: Directing: Stupid Ghost; Performer: 1-800-MICE (Aunty Lakeford; add. Co-Writer); The Tempest (Trinculo), The World is Round (Multiple), and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (Mary Hartman). Recent other theatrical works include: Red Death (Directed by Cricket Arrison) and Cleveland (Directed by Carly J. Bales, #1 Play of 2016, Baltimore City Paper).

CAST AND CREW

Development for Life or Theatre? began in mid 2017 and contributing local design artists now include Annex favorites: filmmaker Rachel Dwiggins (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; 1-800-MICE; Cook/Thief/Wife/Lover; Condo Condo Condoland), costumer Susan Maccorkle (Dark World’s Destruction; The Tempest; Flatland; Minotaur; and more), lighting designer Evan Moritz (Insurrection: Holding History; 1-800-MICE; Ebon Kojo; Cleveland) and Annex Theater newcomers: composer James Young, choreographer Alayna Baron, and scenic designer Reese Siedlecki.

Annex is also pleased to welcome an amazing cast of performers including: Caroline Preziosi (Dark World’s Destruction; Cleveland; Flatland), Kevin Griffin Moreno (Stupid Ghost), Jacob Zabawa (Dark World’s Destruction, 1-800-MICE, Shattering Frame), Katharine Vary (The Tempest) and Annex newcomers: Surasree Das, and Kerry Brady.

Time

May 24 (Thursday) - June 17 (Sunday)

Location

The Annex Theater

219 Park Avenue, Baltimore 21201

25may - 7junAll DayDennis Farber Memorial Exhibition

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The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will celebrate the life and work of photographer and painter Dennis Farber during a memorial exhibition of Farber’s work, which will open at the College’s Meyerhoff Gallery on Friday, May 25.

WHO: Farber, a well-known painter and photographer, served as the director of the Mount Royal School of Art from 2000 to 2004 and co-chair of MICA’s Foundation program from 2010 to 2011.

His work can be found among collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Jewish Museum in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo.

WHEN: Friday, May 25 – Thursday, June 7.

WHERE: Maryland Institute College of Art, Meyerhoff Gallery – Fox Building, 1303 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217.

WHAT: This Memorial Exhibit will highlight and celebrate his paintings and photos. A closing and remembrance gathering will take place Thursday, June 7 from 5 -7 pm.

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Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

Time

May 25 (Friday) - June 7 (Thursday)

Location

MICA Meyerhoff Gallery

1303 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217

27may - 17junAll Day2018 Symphony Designers' Show House

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Please note: The opening of the 41st Annual Symphony Designers’ Show House has been postponed due to inclement weather. The house will now be opening on Sunday, May 27 and remain open through Sunday, June 17.

Additionally, the Opening Day Breakfast has been cancelled. Tickets will be automatically refunded. The Twilight Tuesday event on May 22 has been rescheduled for June. Ticket holders from the May 22 event may attend any of the Twilight Tuesday events taking place on May 29, June 5 and June 12. If you cannot attend on any of those dates, please contact the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000.


“Oakland,” the former home of Edgar Allan Poe III, is located in the Greenspring Valley of Baltimore County, and will be the site of the 41st Symphony Designers’ Show House.

The majestic 1927 estate of the great, great, great grandnephew of the Baltimore poet offers old world character with Flemish bond red brick, and stately detailing on arches, moldings and leaded glass transoms. The four levels include hardwood floors and 10′ ceilings with several French doors. A handmade tile floor has scattered tiles of Poe’s ravens. There are over 20 designed rooms and spaces highlighting the talents of many local designers. Guests may also visit a boutique, cafe, and Encore! shop.

New this year will be the opportunity for guests to “Sip’nShop” in the Boutique on Thursdays evenings, participate in a private tour with Designer presentations on Twilight Tuesdays, enjoy performances by BSO musicians on Sunday, June 3 and BSYO student performers on Sunday, June 10.

“Oakland” will be open to the public from May 27 – June 17, 2018. Please note tickets are not date specific. You may use your ticket any time during normal operating hours. Hours will be 10 am to 4 pm on Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 am – 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Parking will be on site.

Tickets are $25 off site or $30 at the door and may be purchased through the BSO ticket office at 410-783-8000, online at BSOMusic.org, by calling the BSA office at 410-783-8023 or at the local ticket outlets listed below.

All proceeds from this event help support the Educational Programs of the BSO, which includes Mid-Week Youth Concerts, Open Rehearsals and ORCHKids.

Please note: The Opening Day Omelette Breakfast has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Tickets will be automatically refunded.

Twilight Tuesdays 

May 29, June 5, June 12
Guests will be greeted by a Show House Chairperson giving a brief history of the House followed by a private, guided tour. Pull up a chair for the “Featured Designer Presentation” and enjoy delicious nibbles and dessert. This will be a Show House experience like none other. Seating is limited.

Please note: The Twilight Tuesday event on May 22 has been rescheduled for June. Ticket holders from the May 22 event may attend any of the Twilight Tuesday events taking place on May 29, June 5 and June 12. If you cannot attend on any of those dates, please contact the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000.

Tickets for all events can be purchased at the following locations:

Time

May 27 (Sunday) - June 17 (Sunday)

Location

"Oakland"

416 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, Maryland

27may12:00 pm- 8:00 pmSowebo Arts and Music Fest 2018

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Every Memorial Day weekend Sunday we put on the Sowebo Arts Festival surrounding historic Hollins Market. Baltimore’s largest free music venue presenting dozens of local bands, 4 blocks of Arts & Crafts vendors, puppet shows, outdoor sculpture, food, and kid’s art & fun. Our salon style non-juried art exhibit is a great opportunity for people to see and buy unique affordable local art.

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(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Hollins Market

29may - 22julAll DayRootless OrchidsClosing Reception

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The Asian Arts & Culture Center (AA & CC) at Towson University and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) are proud to co-present Rootless Orchids, an exhibition exploring the challenges of shifting Taiwanese identity. The show opens at AA & CC’s Asian Arts Gallery (7700 Osler Dr., Room 2037, Towson, MD) on May 29th and runs through July 22nd. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, May 29th from 6–8 pm, with a closing reception to follow on Sunday, July 22 from 5-7 pm.

Rootless Orchids features work by Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American artists focusing on shifting identi- ties in the United States and East Asia. The U.S.-based artists share stories of assimilation and being the “other,” while those in Taiwan focus on issues of privilege and power in a rapidly changing pan-Asian cul- ture. Curated by Fang Yu Lee, a candidate in MICA’s Curatorial Practice MFA program, the exhibit looks at transforming memories of immigration and notions of diaspora into microcosms of visual experience. The artists explore the issues of stateless identity in the postcolonial present, as well as diaspora, no- madism, and labor mobility. The artists seek to create a safe space within their exhibition in which Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can freely talk about their experiences, and let their voices be heard.

The exhibition will display the work of four artists: Chiehsun Chiu, Yi-An Pan, Pei-Hsuan Wang, and Yin- Ju Chen. Yin-Ju Chen’s three-channel projection touches on state violence and government oppression from the late twentieth century, including the Nepalese Civil War and ethnic cleansing in Indonesia. Her work incorporates occultism and astrology to examine humans as objects influenced by larger forces— the larger forces often being the government or the unknown power from the universe.

Chiehsen Chiu’s blood vessels-like map configurations reflect how humans are changing along with their environment. With his unique medium of using maps, he traces the lineage of human cultural develop- ment and intertwines it with his personal understanding of the surrounding environment. The work re- veals a correlation between globalization and a disintegration of “place.”

Pei-Hsuang Wang’s single channel video and sculptures tackle the issue of refugees in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Filmed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Moonlight Flit features a traveling English/Australian man, a former Thai domestic helper living in Hong Kong, a Bangladeshi asylum seeker in Hong Kong, and an Indonesian caretaker in Taiwan. Through unique elements of each diasporic individual’s story, the film follows the humbled movements of restless bodies across borders and regions and begins to imag- ine the possibilities of connections in labor and mobility.

Yi-An Pan’s primary medium is paint, but her inspirations are based on Google images. She sees her paintings as maps, a way to navigate, explore, and investigate how unfamiliar places become familiar and home-like. Her imagery reflects the changing landscape of Taiwan, as well as places in the U.S. that draw her interest. These are places that may not exist anymore due to development, alongside images of places in the U.S. that she finds intriguing.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Yin-Ju Chen received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and BA from Taipei National University of the Arts (TW). Her work has been shown in many international exhibitions such as Taipei Biennial (TW), Shanghai Biennial (CN), 20th Biennial of Sydney (AU), Forum Expanded at 66th Berlin Film Festival (DE), Liverpool Biennial (UK), and International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL).Yin-Ju Chen’s primary medium is video. She currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.

Pei-Hsuan Wang received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BA from Macalester College. Wang has exhibited work at Chicken Coop Contemporary (Oregon), Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, and National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, among others. She was born in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. She is currently a resident at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York.

Chiehsen Chiu received the French DNSEP (National Superior Diploma of Expression of Plastic Arts) from the Beaux-arts of Montpellier in 2016 and also holds a BFA degree from the National Taiwan University of Arts. His work has been exhibited across France, China, and Taiwan, including the Museum of Contem- porary Art (Taiwan), Museum of Fine Arts, China Academy of Art (China), L’Ancienne Poudrière (France). The artist currently lives and works in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Yi-An Pan received her BFA from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2013 and pursued continuing studies in painting at Mount Gretna School of Art in Pennsylvania. Recent group ex- hibitions include Expression at Cardinal Space (Baltimore) Bring on Vol.1 at Ouchi Gallery (NY).

Hours for The Asian Arts Gallery, which is free and open to the public, are 11am-4pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-7pm Sunday, July 22. The gallery will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.

This exhibitions and public programs are generously supported by Yoshinobu & Kathleen Shiota, the Chi- nese Christian Church of Baltimore, and the MICA Community.

For more information, please contact Fang Yu Lee at 443-808-9046, or via email: [email protected] Image Caption: Action at Distance by Yin-Ju Chen.

Time

May 29 (Tuesday) - July 22 (Sunday)

Location

The Asian Arts & Culture Center

7700 Osler Dr., Room 2037, Towson, MD

29may6:00 pm- 8:00 pmRootless OrchidsOpening Reception

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The Asian Arts & Culture Center (AA & CC) at Towson University and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) are proud to co-present Rootless Orchids, an exhibition exploring the challenges of shifting Taiwanese identity. The show opens at AA & CC’s Asian Arts Gallery (7700 Osler Dr., Room 2037, Towson, MD) on May 29th and runs through July 22nd. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, May 29th from 6–8 pm, with a closing reception to follow on Sunday, July 22 from 5-7 pm.

Rootless Orchids features work by Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American artists focusing on shifting identi- ties in the United States and East Asia. The U.S.-based artists share stories of assimilation and being the “other,” while those in Taiwan focus on issues of privilege and power in a rapidly changing pan-Asian cul- ture. Curated by Fang Yu Lee, a candidate in MICA’s Curatorial Practice MFA program, the exhibit looks at transforming memories of immigration and notions of diaspora into microcosms of visual experience. The artists explore the issues of stateless identity in the postcolonial present, as well as diaspora, no- madism, and labor mobility. The artists seek to create a safe space within their exhibition in which Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can freely talk about their experiences, and let their voices be heard.

The exhibition will display the work of four artists: Chiehsun Chiu, Yi-An Pan, Pei-Hsuan Wang, and Yin- Ju Chen. Yin-Ju Chen’s three-channel projection touches on state violence and government oppression from the late twentieth century, including the Nepalese Civil War and ethnic cleansing in Indonesia. Her work incorporates occultism and astrology to examine humans as objects influenced by larger forces— the larger forces often being the government or the unknown power from the universe.

Chiehsen Chiu’s blood vessels-like map configurations reflect how humans are changing along with their environment. With his unique medium of using maps, he traces the lineage of human cultural develop- ment and intertwines it with his personal understanding of the surrounding environment. The work re- veals a correlation between globalization and a disintegration of “place.”

Pei-Hsuang Wang’s single channel video and sculptures tackle the issue of refugees in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Filmed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Moonlight Flit features a traveling English/Australian man, a former Thai domestic helper living in Hong Kong, a Bangladeshi asylum seeker in Hong Kong, and an Indonesian caretaker in Taiwan. Through unique elements of each diasporic individual’s story, the film follows the humbled movements of restless bodies across borders and regions and begins to imag- ine the possibilities of connections in labor and mobility.

Yi-An Pan’s primary medium is paint, but her inspirations are based on Google images. She sees her paintings as maps, a way to navigate, explore, and investigate how unfamiliar places become familiar and home-like. Her imagery reflects the changing landscape of Taiwan, as well as places in the U.S. that draw her interest. These are places that may not exist anymore due to development, alongside images of places in the U.S. that she finds intriguing.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Yin-Ju Chen received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and BA from Taipei National University of the Arts (TW). Her work has been shown in many international exhibitions such as Taipei Biennial (TW), Shanghai Biennial (CN), 20th Biennial of Sydney (AU), Forum Expanded at 66th Berlin Film Festival (DE), Liverpool Biennial (UK), and International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL).Yin-Ju Chen’s primary medium is video. She currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.

Pei-Hsuan Wang received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BA from Macalester College. Wang has exhibited work at Chicken Coop Contemporary (Oregon), Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, and National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, among others. She was born in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. She is currently a resident at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York.

Chiehsen Chiu received the French DNSEP (National Superior Diploma of Expression of Plastic Arts) from the Beaux-arts of Montpellier in 2016 and also holds a BFA degree from the National Taiwan University of Arts. His work has been exhibited across France, China, and Taiwan, including the Museum of Contem- porary Art (Taiwan), Museum of Fine Arts, China Academy of Art (China), L’Ancienne Poudrière (France). The artist currently lives and works in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Yi-An Pan received her BFA from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2013 and pursued continuing studies in painting at Mount Gretna School of Art in Pennsylvania. Recent group ex- hibitions include Expression at Cardinal Space (Baltimore) Bring on Vol.1 at Ouchi Gallery (NY).

Hours for The Asian Arts Gallery, which is free and open to the public, are 11am-4pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-7pm Sunday, July 22. The gallery will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.

This exhibitions and public programs are generously supported by Yoshinobu & Kathleen Shiota, the Chi- nese Christian Church of Baltimore, and the MICA Community.

For more information, please contact Fang Yu Lee at 443-808-9046, or via email: [email protected] Image Caption: Action at Distance by Yin-Ju Chen.

Time

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

Location

The Asian Arts & Culture Center

7700 Osler Dr., Room 2037, Towson, MD

30may - 4julAll Daycapital lives

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CAPITAL LIVES

May 30–July 4, 2018

Opening Reception: May 30, 5–7pm

capital lives explores the diversity of lived experiences in Washington, D.C., through photography. The exhibition highlights the work of young photographers documenting the residents and events of the nation’s capital during a time of heightened political tension. capital lives is the Stamp Gallery’s annual docent-curated exhibition, curated by gallery staff member Katherine Mullineaux (UMCP ’18), currently an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. The exhibition includes photography and textual works, and features work by Bo Chen, Sydney Gray, Sarah O’Donoghue, Brea Soul, Christine Stoddard, and Nevada Tyler.

Time

May 30 (Wednesday) - July 4 (Wednesday)

Location

Stamp Gallery

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

30may - 31octAll DayAnn Veronica Janssens: Fog Star

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Ann Veronica Janssens. NY Star. 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Ann Veronica Janssens’s installation transforms the interior of the Spring House on the Museum’s west lawn, drawing visitors into the neoclassical building with a hazy glow of brilliantly hued light.

Once inside, an artificial haze obscures navigational reference points. On the far wall, beams of light form a seven-pointed star, which morphs between palpable geometry and amorphous atmosphere as visitors move about the space.

Haze is a substance of abiding fascination for Janssens. Her Fog Star series explores the capacity of haze to give sculptural form to light. Focused on fleeting and intimate experiences of the world, the artist draws viewers’ attention to our own processes of perception within a surrounding environment.

Janssens (b. 1956, England) lives and works in Brussels. For more than three decades, she has used light, haze, saturated color, and reflective surfaces to compose environments that dazzle and disorient viewers into experiences of active perceptual engagement. Janssens’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions across Europe. Together with the artist Michel François, she represented Belgium at the 1999 Venice Biennale. Her first solo presentation at a museum in the United States took place in 2016 at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

This exhibition is curated by Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art Cecilia Wichmann.

Time

May 30 (Wednesday) - October 31 (Wednesday)

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898

30may5:00 pm- 7:00 pmcapital livesOpening Reception

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CAPITAL LIVES

May 30–July 4, 2018

Opening Reception: May 30, 5–7pm

capital lives explores the diversity of lived experiences in Washington, D.C., through photography. The exhibition highlights the work of young photographers documenting the residents and events of the nation’s capital during a time of heightened political tension. capital lives is the Stamp Gallery’s annual docent-curated exhibition, curated by gallery staff member Katherine Mullineaux (UMCP ’18), currently an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. The exhibition includes photography and textual works, and features work by Bo Chen, Sydney Gray, Sarah O’Donoghue, Brea Soul, Christine Stoddard, and Nevada Tyler.

Time

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

Location

Stamp Gallery

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

30may7:00 pmArmstrong Honors Recital

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Named in honor of one of BSA’s founders, the Armstrong Recital features solos by outstanding seniors who are majors in voice or instrumental music. Straus Recital Hall. Free. Reception to follow.

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(Wednesday) 7:00 pm

Location

Baltimore School for the Arts

712 Cathedral St Baltimore, MD 21201

30may7:30 pmThe Stoop Presents: Second Stoop "Into the Wild"

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Strap on your mukluks, sharpen your pocket knife, and don’t forget your compass as The Stoop presents Into the Wild, an open mic night of true, personal tales of adventures, misadventures, mistakes, and misery within Mother Nature’s loving embrace.

Put your name in the hat to tell a 3-minute true, personal tale on the theme — or just come to listen.

WED MAY 30 | 7:30PM | $12, $9 MEMBERS (+3 at the door)

Time

(Wednesday) 7:30 pm

Location

The Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

31may - 17junAll DayCohesion Theatre Company Presents: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity By Kristoffer Diaz

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Cohesion Theatre Company is proud to announce the final mainstage production of their 2017/18 theatrical season, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a rolicking romp through the nature of sports as performance and the heart of American identity. Directed by Daniel Douek, the play will feature professional-wrestling style stunts, costumes, and of course, kayfabe. The play was a finalist for 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. The New York Times said ““Chad Deity” is punch drunk on the adrenaline, verbal as well as physical, it brings to presenting an illusion-based sport as the true American pastime.”

 

“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a unique theatrical marvel,” said Assistant director  Jeff Miller. “It’s the perfect blend of the over-the-top spectacle that is professional wrestling, and a relatable human story. Chad Deity deals with the topical world of entertainment politics, dealing with themes such as racism, staying true to your values versus chasing your dreams.”

A timely satire that probes that nature of cultural stereotypes in our collective consciousness, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity follows Macedonio Guerra, also known as “Mace,” a Puerto Rican wrestler from the Bronx, who is constantly the “jobber,” or the fall guy in one of the biggest television wrestling companies in the country. As Mace travels through the ranks and to the top of the world of professional wrestling as entertainment, the audience is taken on a journey through notions of race, culture, xenophobia, and the American Dream.

“There has been some debate amongst the theatre community as whether or not professional wrestling constitutes a theatrical performance, but in our eyes, wrestling is one of the purest forms of theatre there is,” Miller said. “You have a clearly defined protagonist going mano a mano in a pre-determined battle against a clear antagonist. Many of the character types of famous wrestlers trace their roots back to the days of commedia dell’arte. The combat is exciting, spectacular, and in many cases, improvised, and we are so excited to be working with stage combatants who have training in the world of pro wrestling to get this cast in fighting shape. Whether our audiences have watched wrestling before or not, this show is a captivating night of theatre.”

Fred Fletcher-Jackson, who serves as the dramaturg and plays three different wrestlers in the show, said “My approach to the show is primarily through the lens of WWE, (or “sports entertainment”, as the WWE prefers to call itself) as a lifelong fan. And there is a very, very specific style of performance and production that goes along with this brand of “sports entertainment.” Similar to WWE, this play features high drama and lots of violence. It’s vital to help shape this production into what “sports entertainment” is — fast-paced, aggressive, spectacular and sensational — through less athletic means, since we cannot expect any of our actors to be full blown professional wrestlers for this play.. My intent is to educate our cast, crew and audience on the features of this unique and diverse format, and to convey to our actors the crucial nuances in being a “sports entertainer”

He adds, “More broadly, I want us all to take a good hard look at American entertainment, and understand that we should never settle for what is being fed to us. If minority groups in America feel underrepresented or over-Americanized in our media, movies, or television, it is everyone’s responsibility to demand better of those tasked with entertaining us, which includes professional wrestling.”

Opening night for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is Thursday, May 31 at 8pm. Following opening night the show will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 4 pm from May 31 through June 17, 2019. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at www.cohesiontheatre.org

 

A special industry night performance will be held Monday, June 11 at 8 pm; tickets for all local artists will be just $10.

 

Cohesion performs in “The Fallout Shelter” at United Evangelical Church (923 S. East Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224) at the corner of East Avenue and Dillon Street in Canton. Patrons should enter the space through the grey doors on East Avenue. For more information about the 2017/18 Season at Cohesion Theatre Company, visit www.cohesiontheatre.org

 

SHOW DETAILS:

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

By Kristoffer Diaz

Directed by Daniel Douek

May 31 – June 17, 2018

Opening May 31 at 8pm

Fridays – Saturdays at 8pm

Sundays at 4pm

Industry Night: Monday, June 11, 2018 at 8 PM

The Fallout Shelter at United Evangelical Church

923 S. East Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

Tickets $20, or $15 for Students and Seniors

www.cohesiontheatre.org/tickets

 

Cast:

Christian Gonzalez – Mace

Tim German – Chad

Jehan Sterling Silva – VP

Jason Hentrich – EKO

Fred Fletcher-Jackson – Bad Guy/ Billy Heartland/ Old Glory

Matt Casella – Referee

 

Production Team:

Daniel Douek – Director/Sound Design/Props

Jeff Miller – Assistant Director/Sound Design/Props

Alliyah Corley – Stage Manager

Michael Rasinski – Set Designer

Serafina Donahue – Lighting Designer

Helenmary Ball  – Costume Designer

Joseph Grasso  – Pro Wrestling Trainer

Jon Rubin  – Fight Director

Fred Fletcher-Jackson – Dramaturg/Sound Design

Time

May 31 (Thursday) - June 17 (Sunday)

Location

The Fallout Shelter at United Evangelical Church

923 South East Avenue, Baltimore Maryland 21224

31may4:00 pm- 6:00 pmBaltimore School for the Arts Senior Visual Arts ExhibitionOpening Reception

Event Details

Join us for the opening reception of the year’s final exhibit featuring the work of BSA’s graduating seniors. The pieces are available for sale. Come get your masterpiece before their careers start  exploding!

Time

(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

Baltimore School for the Arts

712 Cathedral St Baltimore, MD 21201