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Rachel Rotenberg + Helen Glazier | Opening Receptions
Tuesday, November 14th :  6-8pm

Silber + Rosenberg Galleries
Goucher College :: 21204

Rachel Rotenberg: Sanity, a solo exhibition showcasing multiple large scale sculptural works will be presented at Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Sandy J. Unger Athenaeum from October 24 through December 10, 2017.

Rachel Rotenberg’s wood sculptures transform gallery spaces into amorphous worlds that are populated by sensually curving surfaces, intriguingly formed negative spaces, and forceful volumes. Implying movement, these suggestive forms make visible the symbiotic relationship between the intellect and the physical – each one echoing the other. Rotenberg says, “I begin my creative process with pencil drawings. They help narrate my internal dialogue and enable me to work through my ideas until a leading image emerges. Once I commit to a form I begin to cut, glue, and join wood beams to one another, often returning to my sketch book to solve issues that arise. In this way I navigate through each piece; I build, grind, and sand to further articulate form, texture, and detail.” Though wholly abstract, these works remain visual metaphors of conscious and subconscious thought. The artists’ mind flows and the internal logic of the work is made visible to the viewer; their mystery beckoning the audience to come closer; to linger. Often, stains and colors are applied to the finished pieces. Like faint memories; subtle, yet present, the pigments do not over power the forms but rather heighten or draw attention to each of the fragmented parts. Each individual work represents an amalgam of these multifaceted symbiotic relationships, yet, once complete, they create a cohesive whole.

Rachel Rotenberg was born in Toronto, Canada. She attended the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, and York University, in Toronto. In 1984 she moved to a studio in Williamsburg Brooklyn, where she began to work with wood as her primary medium. Relocating to Baltimore in 1994, she juggled financial employment, and raising her five children with her commitment to her sculpture by annexing a studio beside her residence. Since 2015 Rotenberg divides her studio work between Baltimore and Tekoa, Israel.

This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist’s reception and talk will be held Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please visit http://www.goucher.edu/silber or call 410-337-6477 for more information. Please note Goucher’s campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday November 22-26, 2017.

 

Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica, a solo exhibition of photographs and sculpture of the Antarctic landscape will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium from October 18 through December 18, 2017.  This exhibition is the first comprehensive display of photographs and photo-based sculpture based on 3D scans of the Antarctic landscape produced by Helen Glazer after her 2015 residency as a grantee of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.

Informed by scientific insights into the complex interactions of wind and water that shape the landscape, she spent seven weeks exploring the Antarctic wilderness with her camera. The exhibition takes as its theme a series of “walks” through the Antarctic landscape: over frozen lakes, around massive glaciers and icebergs frozen into the sea ice, into a magnificent frozen ice cave, up gravel-covered windswept mountains, and through a lively colony of Adelie penguins.

Glazer worked out of remote scientific field camps and had access to protected areas that can only be entered with special permits or in the company of a skilled mountaineer, encountering surprising incidents and an even richer variety of forms than she had expected. She returned with a rich cache of photographic material of striking ice and geological forms on a wide range of scales from towering glaciers to small, intricate designs in the lake ice. The exhibition includes photographic prints and painted sculptures generated from photographs of ice and rock formations via 3D scanning technologies and produced as sculpture on 3D printers and CNC routers, the first such sculptural works produced of the Antarctic landscape. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to access an audio tour narrated by Glazer on the Internet via their smart phones, drawn from a blog in which she recorded her experiences.

Helen Glazer (b. 1955, Bronx, NY) lives in Owings Mills, MD. She received her BA in art from Yale University and her MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. including New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. One of her Antarctica photographs is currently part of a display organized by the Governor’s Office at BWI Marshall Airport and another is on view at the New York Hall of Science. She received funding assistance for “Walking in Antarctica” from the Rubys Artist Project Grants, which were conceived and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and from the Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ.

This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please visit http://www.goucher.edu/rosenberg or call 410-337-6477 for more information. Please note Goucher’s campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday November 22-26, 2017.

<><><><><><><><>Censored | Opening Reception
Thursday, November 16th :  5-7pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue :: 21201

CENSORED is an exhibition that gives the public an opportunity to view painting, sculpture, prints and photography that have created a heightened sense of tension and challenge to the moral conscience of those individuals and groups who are at odds with the political, social, racial, historical, gender imagery commissioned or inspired by artists in the City of Baltimore. The intensity of the conversations and dialogues often become a contest that forces the art to be removed from the public arena.

The Motor House will encourage and engage the artists and the community to have open exchanges to explore the nature, intent, and future of artistic expression that is loaded with tension and conflict. The works of Paul Rucker, Stephen Towns, Lynn Harper, the Confederate and Christoper Columbus monuments will be included in this exhibition. The Motor House Gallery is open to the public.

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Harvest: A Gathering of Women of Color
Thursday, November 16: 6-8 pm

The Showroom at Motorhouse
120 W. North Avenue: Baltimore, MD

Join Women of Color in the Arts – WOCA in November for Harvest: A Gathering of Women of Color in the Arts in Baltimore! This inaugural event serves to connect Baltimore area performing arts administrators and cultural workers, and contextualize our experiences as arts leaders of color navigating real-world challenges like racial and gender inequity.

Harvest promises to be an evening of generative conversations about ways to collectively work to strengthen and sustain broad participation of women of color in the field. We will also learn about WOCA’s mission, its initiatives and paths to membership. We look forward to making space to meet and greet administrative creatives throughout greater Baltimore!

Over the past five years, WOCA has been convening women in urban centers all across the country including: Miami, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

Harvest is organized with the support of Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and hosted by Kaisha S. Johnson, Founding Director of WOCA and Jess Solomon, Senior Program Officer, Deutsch Foundation.

Please Note: While we greatly appreciate all supporters and allies, this particular event will be open only to women of color actively working in support and/or promotion of the performing arts. Thank you for helping us create a unique shared space for this conversation.

This event is FREE to attend, but RSVP is required. Email [email protected].org with your name and organizational affiliation and/or role in the performing arts.

Connect with Women of Color in the Arts – on Facebook page and Twitter (@WOCAonline) for updates on future events in the Baltimore!

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More Creative Power III
Thursday, November 16: 7-10 PM

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
847 N. Howard Street: Baltimore 21201
Tickets: secure.actblue.com

The evening will feature performances by Soul Cannon, Cricket Arrison, Schroeder Cherry, Trevor Wilhelms, Mecca Verdell, and Josh Stokes.

A silent auction will feature work by Khadija Nia Adell, Jermaine Bell, Matt Bovie, Cindy Cheng, Sejong Cho, Graham Coreil-Allen, Matthew Clarke Davis, McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter, Dave Eassa, Alex Fine, Erin Fostel, Gaia, Sean Hennessey, Annie Howe, Joseph Hyde, Minas Konsolas, Pablo M Machioli, Mike McNeive, Matt Muirhead, Chris Peters, Valeska Populoh, Edgar Reyes, Leyla Rzayeva, Taylor Smith-Hams, Bartosz Tararuj, Regina Tumasella, Emily Uchytil, and Kelly L Walker.

Your ticket includes soup from Silver Queen Cafe, beer from Waverly Brewing Company, lots of wine, and if you don’t know about Baltimore YouthArts this will be your chance to get to know them.

More Creative Power brings together artists and politicos to make new connections between creators who shape Baltimore’s culture, and the leaders, advocates, and their supporters, who help to shape policy. This year is the third year for More Creative Power, and MCP III promises to be the best yet.

As an artist running for political office, Ryan Dorsey sought in 2015 to create an event that would bring together two worlds with which he was familiar but which were not seen as natural complements. The result was the first More Creative Power, which combined elements of an art auction, live performances, and a traditional campaign fundraiser. By doing so, Ryan made grassroots donors out of people who had never donated to a campaign before, and created a unique event that brought a diverse group together to engage artistically and politically.

Here’s how it works: Admission starts at $10 with sponsorship levels available for those who can afford to give more. Artists contribute work for the live auction, and similar to a charity art auction, choose to donate a portion of the proceeds. All who attend get to view and bid on art by some of Baltimore’s best visual artists, enjoy a program of live performances, and still find some time to hob nob and schmooze over cocktail-style food and drinks.

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Complicated World Views
Opening Reception Thursday, November 16: 7-10pm

Metro Gallery
1700 N. Charles Street: Baltimore 21201

Exhibit runs: Nov 16 – Dec 31
Featuring works by: Ryan Travis Christian, Lauren Genovese, Kat Kennedy, Matt Leines, and Anna Silina

 

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Heekyu Hong, Daniel Sullivan – #decohere | Opening Reception
Friday, November 17th :  5-7pm

John Fonda Gallery @ The Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street :: 21201

The John Fonda Gallery at Theatre Project is pleased to present: #decohere, an exhibition of recent works by Heekyu Hong and Daniel Sullivan.

Heekyu Hong’s intentionally human-scaled works are vibrant assemblages of colored paper mounted on rigid supports. These brightly hued, architectonic pieces, speak to an imagined landscape and a possible untimely demise. They depict what could be every culture’s remnants and the billowing smoke of transformation… yet they seem transcendent – perhaps referencing instead a new course or beginning, with constructions erected from the remains.

Daniel Sullivan’s acrylic on cradled wooden panels, employ the traditional grid and color fields of modernism, which are actually sourced from color-averaged and pixelated photographs, which occupy that moment when an image ceases to be anything and becomes something quite specific… and it turns out that “something” is clandestine and disturbing.

Join us on November 17, 5-7 PM for the opening reception of #decohere

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BBB Performance Art Review 
Friday, November 17: 8-11

SpaceCamp
16 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Labbodies is pleased to present this years BBB Performance Art Review at SpaceCamp from November 10 – November 30.

LABBODIES Performance Art Review III is a space to reflect on different ideologies of Freedom, and what that reveals about our society. Over the last year, freedom and liberation have been called into question, leaving us to wonder who has Freedom and what does it look like in the 21st century.

Using art to call question to the price of freedom and what it looks like in the context of the past, present, and future this year Labbodies opened the Performance Art Review as a call and response to the current political climate.

Accepted proposals from artists living around the DMV area will fill the gallery with site-specific installations, live performances, video projections and new media work to address topics related to freedom. Sexual freedom, physical freedom, psychological freedom, racial freedom, and economic freedom. Questing; how do the isms of our society interact with the state of being that is free?

BBB Performance Art Review III will feature installations by Tanya Garcia, Najee Haynes-Follins Julia Kim-Smith, Sarah Stefana, Helina Metafareria, Carrie Fucile, Park Hyun Gi, Neka Reeves and Erick Antonio Benitez. With second night of performances hosted on November 17, 8:00PM featuring Lynn Hunter, Olu Butterfly, Helina Metafareria, Alex D’Agostino and Najee H-F.

About Performance Art Review:
BBB Performance Art Review III is curated by Labbodies Dr. Hoesy Corona and Dr. Ada Pinkston as part of Borders, Boundaries, and Barricades, a two-week long performance art review highlighting the performance art community in Baltimore. This project is partially supported by the Grit Fund, a Regional Regranting Program administered by The Contemporary and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

All performances are free and open to the public. For more information check out www.labbodies.com

 

<><><><><><><><>A Trip to the New Moon: AVAM’s Celestial Gala
Saturday, November 18th :  5-11pm

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway :: 21230

You’re invited to a cosmic celebration of 22 years of continual operation as Baltimore’s beloved national museum! Enjoy a private tour of AVAM’s newest exhibition, The Great Mystery Show, followed by cocktail hour, tribute Gala dinner honoring author, poet and naturalist, Diane Ackerman whose highly-acclaimed works include New York Times bestsellers The Zookeeper’s Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, One Hundred Names for Love; and Richard Garriott—the first person to organize an art exhibition in space, astronaut, and famed game designer. After dinner, enjoy Alloy’s Orchestra live accompaniment to silent film shorts using an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, ranging from found percussion to state-of-the-art electronics, allowing them to create any sound imaginable. (“The best in the world at accompanying silent films.” -Roger Ebert)

5pm-6pm
Private viewing of our newest exhibition, The Great Mystery Show
6-7pm Cocktail hour
7pm Dinner and Program honoring Grand Visionaries Diane Ackerman and Richard Garriott
9:30pm-11pm Sounds of Silence: Music & Silent Shorts with Alloy Orchestra. Alloy Orchestra’s live accompaniment to silent film shorts uses their famous “rack of junk” and electronic synthesizers, allowing them to create any sound imaginable! (“100 Most Creative People in Entertainment” -Entertainment Weekly)

Our 2017 Grand Visionary Awardees are

Diane Ackerman: author, poet, and naturalist who has written two dozen highly-acclaimed works of poetry and nonfiction, including New York Times bestsellers The Zookeeper’s Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, The Human Age, and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, One Hundred Names for Love.

Richard Garriott: astronaut, video game designer, and the first person to organize an art exhibition in space.

<><><><><><><><>14th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party
Saturday, November 18th :  8-11pm

American University’s Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC :: 20016

Featuring over 150 artworks by locally, nationally, and internationally based emerging and established artists. Savories, sweets, and drinks served throughout the evening. Creative cocktail attire.

Silent Auction bidding will take place from 8:00 – 9:30pm. Lots will begin closing at 9:45pm.

We are honored to have The Ambassador of Demark Lars G. Lose & Mrs. Ulla Ronberg as our Auction Diplomatic Chairs.

All Auction proceeds benefit Transformer programs.
Visit transformerdc.org for updates on participating artists and additional Auction details.
Have questions about 14th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party? Contact Transformer

<><><><><><><><>For Black Girls Considering Womanism Because Feminism is Not Enuf
Sunday, November 19th :  4pm

Press Press
427 North Eutaw Street :: 21201

Join us for this workshop on womanism lead by Bilphena Yahwon & Nnennaya Amuchie! Please email [email protected] to RSVP.