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<><><><><><><><>Kilgore Comics 2018 Tour
Wednesday, June 6th · 7-9pm

Atomic Books
3620 Falls Road : 21211

One of our favorite comics publishers, Kilgore, is on tour promoting a whole slate of awesome new comics, and they’re bringing some of their finest cartoonists with them.

Artists M.S. Harkness, Mike Freiheit, and Tom Van Deusen will be here showing and discussing their work. And we’ll have the whole new line-up of Kilgore available.

Monkey Chef by Mike Freiheit
https://atomicbooks.com/products/monkey-chef
Freiheit is a cartoonist, teacher and illustrator living in Chicago with his wife and two cats. For a year he lived in South Africa and worked at a primate sanctuary, where he cooked for monkeys every day. Monkey Chef: A Love Story is an autobiographical account of Mike’s time at the sanctuary

Tinderella by M.S. Harkness
https://atomicbooks.com/products/tinderella
Harkness ahs been self-publishing work in Minnesota for a number of years. Tinderella is an autobiographical comic about online dating, living poor and being a dumb 20-something.

Tommy Time by Tom Van Deusen
https://atomicbooks.com/products/tommy-time
Tommy Time is a new collection of messed-up stories which involve his horrific alter ego, Tom Van Deusen. Fictional Tom is a clod who barrels through life oblivious to everything good.

Other Kilgore books which will be debuting:
Angloid by Alex Graham
https://atomicbooks.com/products/angloid

Baseline Blvd by Emi Gennis
https://atomicbooks.com/products/baseline-blvd

Blammo #10 by Noah Van Sciver
https://atomicbooks.com/products/blammo-10

Cherry by Ines Estrada
https://atomicbooks.com/products/cherry

Lawns by Alex Nall
https://atomicbooks.com/products/lawns

September 12th And Other Stories by Robert Sergel
https://atomicbooks.com/products/september-12th

<><><><><><><><>Dennis Farber Memorial Exhibition | Closing and Remembrance
Thursday, June 7th · 5-7pm

MICA Meyerhoff Gallery
1303 West Mount Royal Avenue : 21217

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.

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.

Header Image: Dennis Farber

<><><><><><><><>Undesign the Redline | Gallery Talk
Friday, June 8th · 2-3pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 21201

On Display: May 5 – June 30 2018

In collaboration with the Neighborhood Design Center and Designing the We, Undesign the Redline will be exhibited at the Motor House from May 5 to June 30, 2018. There will be a gallery talk on Friday, June 7, from 2-3 PM. The Motor House Gallery is open to the public.”

Undesign the Redline, a project of Designing the We, is a traveling, interactive exhibition that explores the history and current impacts of structural inequity from a design perspective. Participants are invited to interact with stories and envision future strategies for undoing these inequities.

During this Gallery Talk and Panel discussion, we’ll unpack some of the rich content in the Undesign the Redline exhibition including the history of redlining and structural racism in Baltimore City. We’ll also explore how we might “undesign the redline” from within and beyond the power structures that put them in place.

Featuring: Martin French and Eric Holcomb from Baltimore City Department of Planning, Kris Marsh from Unversity of Maryland, and co-founder of Designing the We and curator of Undesign the Redline, April De Simone.

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Pairings | Opening Reception Friday, June 8 from 6 – 9
Baltimore Jewelry Center

Pairings is an exhibition partnering the work of select national and international contemporary art jewelers with Baltimore-based artists working in other media. The featured pairings are based on similarities in mark-making, imagery, concepts, and materiality between the invited artists. The exhibition illustrates the connections that transcend across all art forms.

The artists included in Pairings are:
Anna Vlahos and Piper Shepard
Anne-Sophie Vallée and Amy Boone-McCreesh
Jessica Turrell and April Camlin
Tabitha Ott and Alex Ebstein
Zachery Lechtenberg and Andrew Liang

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Volume 2: The Anniversary Show at Tectonic Space | Opening Reception
Saturday, June 9th · 7-10pm

Tectonic Space
2000 Greenmount Avenue : 21218

Tectonic Space is excited to announce their first anniversary art show to celebrate their first year of operation. Join us on Saturday June 9 from 7pm- 10pm for the opening reception for Volume 2: The Anniversary Show, a group art exhibition. Volume 2 features a collection of artwork from local, regional, and national artists, including work by Jabari Weathers, Ian Moore, Juliannah Harrison, Briana Arrington, Kyle Yearwood, Will Shanklin, Nancy Anleu, Rachel Scotland, Amy Bravo, Audrey Estok, Alyse Firefly, Ryan Hahn, and Lindsay Petrick.

 Volume 2 will be on display at Tectonic Space until July 22, 2018. Additionally, the gallery will host an artist talk event on Friday July 13 from 6pm-8pm.

 Tectonic Space is an art gallery in Baltimore, MD, primarily focused on highlighting illustration, graphic and graffiti style artwork, comic book art, and sci-fi/fantasy artwork. Updates on upcoming events can be found on social media (@tectonicspace) and by visiting www.tectonicspace.com.

<><><><><><><><>1/8 Inch Heavy by Andrew Flanders & Eric Rivera Barbeito | Opening
Saturday, June 9th · 7-10pm

Terrault
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Terrault is pleased to announce the latest upcoming exhibition, “1/8th Inch Heavy” by Andrew Flanders and Eric Rivera Barbeito.

Using wood as a primary source of material experimentation, the works of Andrew Flanders and Eric Rivera Barbeito in 1/8th Inch Heavy place an emphasis on the inquiry into the nature of color and a corruption of craft; often made through a sequence of “what if’s”? The group of small-to-medium sized works were conceived and produced extemporaneously, through both additive and subtractive processes. By taking a step away from the beautifully assembled walnut Maloof chair and a step towards the ad libbed nature of an object without function, one is freed from the sentimentality of craft and is granted access towards an object with its own presence outside of utilitarian characteristics. Cutting an eighth of an inch too heavy allows one to pare the material down to the desired dimension in anticipation of imperfection, dancing between additive and subtractive.

Andrew Flanders’ work comprises of non-traditional vessels and idiosyncratic structures that are influenced by an off-kilter exploration in coopered and wickered objects, such as firkins, hogsheads, troughs, baskets, and buckets. There is a sensitivity to the craft of working with materials like wood and metal, combined with a natural tendency to ad-lib within each sculpture. Each work explores interiors, exteriors, and spacial potential through a sculptural acknowledgment to volume.

Eric Rivera Barbeito’s multidisciplinary practice involves using mixed media to investigate and show the complexity of the present relationship between the free-associated state of Puerto Rico and the United States. Each project, process, and resulting formal elements explore larger political and cultural discourses centered around autonomy, dependency, inefficiency, resistance, and conflict. Barbeito’s work often employs the use of tropical, particularly Puerto Rican, imagery.

<><><><><><><><>The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Love Supreme
Sunday, June 10th · 4:30pm

Atomic Books
27 Lloyd Street : 212102

Join us for our continuing series of sacred music inside B’nai Israel’s majestic sanctuary. For this performance, we explore the sacred steel guitar tradition and the spiritual jazz of John Coltrane.

The Campbell Brothers’ sacred steel gospel version of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme was commissioned by Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Duke Performances at Duke University. The piece premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City on August 8, 2014.

Just over fifty years ago John Coltrane composed and recorded his most spiritual composition. Coltrane, whose father was a minister, included a prayer in the liner notes, and phrased his peroration to those words.

The Campbell Brothers, whose father is a bishop, grew up in churches where steel guitars replaced organs, a style known as Sacred Steel. Every Sunday they played for church services, where they were admonished to “play the word.”

This Sacred Steel gospel tradition has proved fertile ground for A Love Supreme. The Campbell Brothers approach this major work with a deep connection to the spiritual journey the composer undertook. At its Lincoln Center premier, the piece was greeted by shouts of joy and a wild standing ovation.

ABOUT THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS:

The Campbell Brothers present Sacred Steel: African-American gospel music with electric steel guitar and vocal. This tradition emerges from the House of God Keith Dominion Church, where for over sixty years it has been an integral part of worship and a vital, if little known, American tradition.

Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell (2004 National Heritage Fellowship recipient) and his lap steel-playing brother Darick are two of the finest in this tradition. Rounding out the band, which has been playing together for nearly two decades, is a high-energy rhythm section featuring brother Phil Campbell on electric guitar, his son Carlton on drums, and bassist Daric Bennett. Classic, gutsy gospel vocals by Denise Brown, Tiffany Godette and/or Joyce “Cinnamon” Brown bring the ensemble to a level of energy and expression that defies description.

The Campbell Brothers present a compelling, rich variety of material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a new twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar, played as you have never heard it played before.

Tonight’s show will include their take on A Love Supreme plus selections from the Sacred Steel catalog.

This program is generously supported by the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fund of the Associated

SUN JUN 10 | 4:30PM | $20, $17 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door)