BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.

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<><><><><><><><>The Songster Series | J Pope/Election Night After Party
Tuesday, November 6th • 7pm

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

J Pope – singer, MC, and percussionist of J Pope & The HereNow – is setting the Baltimore music scene on fire with her piercing, robust voice and lyrics, which are both by turns righteous and soul searching. Grab a drink and enjoy a night of music and conversation as she explores her interests and influences in Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Gospel, Blues, and much more. Stay afterwards for the Election Night After Party celebrating democracy in action. Free drink for anyone with an “I Voted” sticker!

<><><><><><><><>Apocalypse Book Club
Wednesday, November 7th • 7:30-9pm

Greedy Reeds
1744 Aliceanna Street : 21231

Inspired by three recent books about environmentalism and hope, a panel of artists and activists will discuss how art can help us imagine climate change and drive action. If we’re going to stop climate change, we can’t fall into despair. We need art and literature to inspire hope—and radical action.

One day after the midterm elections, join us at Greedy Reads for a panel discussion about climate change, resilience, and art. Five local artists and activists will discuss their work opening the public’s imagination to the real possibilities of climate apocalypse, as well as the real pathways to an alternate future:

Michel Anderson, of Blue Water Baltimore
Phaan Howng, artist
Naadiya Hutchinson, artist
Valeska Populoh, artist
Kate Reed Petty, novelist (moderator)

We’ll be drawing inspiration from three books: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit; Rising by Elizabeth Rush; and The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. Audience members are welcome (but not required) to read the books ahead of time — they’re 10% off at Greedy Reads leading up to the event, and 15% off at the event.

Wine and snacks will be served. Free and open to all, please RSVP here.

This event is supported by The Rubys Artist Project Grants. The Rubys Artist Project Grants were conceived and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

<><><><><><><><>Frank Dituri: To Photograph a Stranger | Opening Reception
Thursday, November 8th • 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : 21201

“Silhouette, Italy”, 1995, ed. of 12, silver gelatin print

A tree photographed becomes poetry, a human face photographed becomes poetry, simply physical matter is already poetry, a vision full of mystery. — Pier Paolo Pasolini

How do I photograph someone I do not know?
Your films, sensuality, poems, politics, religion          all important
but I needed something more

There in winter          in the northeast
along the canals and fields
I touched the earth
It reminded me of my father’s beloved garden
It was sacred, almost religious
his own private chapel
a small plot of land in front of our house
enclosed with a silver link fence
that he repainted every spring
and in the center, like an altar on a cement pedestal
there was a fountain
a goddess pouring water from a Roman vase

— Frank Dituri
Excerpt from Letter to Pier Paolo Pasolini

Exhibition accompanied by a limited edition catalog:
Aga pí fres-cia © 2017
Photographs by Frank Dituri and poems by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Essays by Roberto Mutti and Fran Kaufman
Published for C.Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland by Stephen F. Austin State University Press, Nacogdoches, Texas, www.sfasu.edu/sfapress
6.5×10 inches, 84 pages, inside folded covers, 63 black/white photos

<><><><><><><><>MICA MFA Fall Open Studios
Friday, November 9th • 4-7pm

Graduate Studies at MICA
131 West North Avenue : 21201

Meet the MICA graduate classes of 2019 and 2020 in their studios and see the research, writing, and works-in-progress that they are working on. Open Studios offer the opportunity for prospective students to see the work being made by current graduate students and ultimately seeks to foster both cross-pollination between programs and larger collaborations across Baltimore’s art community.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

MFA Fall Open Studios are presented in conjunction with 2018 MICA Graduate Open House.

<><><><><><><><>Kirk Amaral Snow: More Doing | Opening Reception
Friday, November 9th • 6-9pm

ICA Baltimore
16 West North Avenue : 21218

Exhibition Dates: November 9 to December 9, 2018

Special Event: Just Comfortable Enough, Saturday, December 8, 7pm

During the final weekend of the exhibition, Amaral Snow will situate his body alongside functional objects developed while making work for More Doing. The performance plays with Donald Judd’s writings on furniture, using the artist’s body to highlight issues in design and function.

Open Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm

Contact: [email protected]

For the last decade, Kirk Amaral Snow has developed a body of work that investigates the relationship between the built world and performative aspects of culture. Drawing on an immediacy inherited from the DIY Punk scene, he makes simple, poetic objects that reference encounters with vernacular building as a contrast to highly crafted design.

With More Doing, Amaral Snow digs deeper into the language of home-center improvement projects and YouTube “Do-It-Yourself” design. Displaying gestures and materials that echo and repeat, the works in the exhibition reveal a process of iteration and experimentation often absent from polished media representations of “making”.

Kirk Amaral Snow – kirkamaralsnow.com
Kirk Amaral Snow (b. 1980, Providence) is a Baltimore-based intermedia artist. Amaral Snow holds BA’s in Art History (2002) and Studio Art (2003) from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011). He has exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally at The Franklin (Chicago, IL), Samson Projects (Boston, MA), Little Berlin (Philadelphia, PA), Mobius (Boston, MA), Perfolink (Concepción, Chile), Infr’action Sète (Sète, France), Proof (Boston, MA), Fonderie Darling (Montreal, Canada), and Grace Exhibition Space (NYC).

In 2014, Amaral Snow completed residencies at Samson Projects (Boston, MA) and ACRE (Steuben, WI). His most recent solo exhibition, The Lonesome Crowded, was staged at Boston’s Distillery Gallery in the summer of 2015.

ICA Baltimore – icabaltimore.org
ICA Baltimore is a collaboration of volunteers working to stage contemporary art exhibitions in available spaces in Baltimore. More Doing is the twenty-eighth exhibition by the ICA since 2011.

Image: Search For Ourselves (working detail)
Steel Stud, Speed Square, and Clamp
66″ x 39″ x 30″
2017

All images copyright 2018 Kirk Amaral Snow

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Exhibit Reception: Art Maryland 2018 & Director’s Choice
November 9: 6-8 PM

Howard County Center for the Arts 8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043 United States

Join the Arts Council for a free reception for our current gallery exhibits, Art Maryland 2018 and Director’s Choice.

A biennial juried exhibit, Art Maryland 2018 is a premier showcase for regional artists. This year’s guest juror is Cara Ober, a Baltimore-based artist, writer, and founding editor of BMoreArt, Baltimore’s online art magazine and print journal. Ober will offer remarks and present juror awards during the reception.

Director’s Choice is an exhibit curated by Arts Council Executive Director Coleen West, featuring artwork selected from this year’s Art Maryland entries.

Art Maryland 2018  and Director’s Choice are on display from November 2 through December 14, 2018. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm. Closed November 23 & 24.

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Deck The Walls & Exhibition: Just to Live
Saturday, November 10th • 11am-2pm

Jubilee Arts
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue : 21217

Image: Chesapeake Bay by Francesca Zora.
Curator: Alexander Jarman
Ticketed Event, see details below

Randy Newman’s 1977 song Baltimore (made famous the following year by Nina Simone’s rendition) includes a lyric in which the singer asks why it’s “so hard just to live” in this city. His words paint an all-too-familiar portrait of Charm City’s lesser qualities that help fuel public perception.

Yet the artists of Baltimore know that our art community is thriving and organizations such as Jubilee Arts continue to prove that art is a vital, powerful force in the lives of our residents. The very notion then of being a publicly visible artist, especially an artist of color, in this city is an essential thing in itself. By showing our communities that artists are here and doing vital work to represent our city is indeed a critical mission.

The artists included in Just to Live are all either living and/or working in Baltimore and finding different prompts or inspiration from the city to push their practice forward. This exhibition celebrates their presence and their passion just to make art in otherwise trying times. 

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Iqrama Muhammad, Dominique Hellgeth, Herb Massie, Leonard C. Wilson, E.L. Briscoe, N’Deye Diakhate, Jermaine Bell, Sarah McCann, Markele Cullins, Francesca Zora, Katelyn Brown, Tiffany Jones, Suldano Abdiruhman, Kelvin Bulluck, Antonio McAfee, Megan Lewis

Saturday, November 10: Deck the Walls Art Sale and Brunch 

Enjoy a tasty brunch by local chef and socialite, Chef Cat while browsing incredible artworks from Baltimore based professional artists hand selected by local curator Alexander Jarman.

Returning this year! Make + Munch: Enjoy a delicious brunch and make your own ceramic bowl with local ceramic artist, Herb Massie. We’ll have all of the supplies ready for you, just come prepared to make some art! No experience necessary. Mosaic + Much ticket includes entrance to Deck The Walls and brunch.

Advance tickets

General Admission: $20  ($25 at the door)

Make + Munch: $35 ($40 at the door)

Tickets can be purchased in advance: jubileeartsbaltimore.org/deck-the-walls/

<><><><><><><><>Delita Martin: Between Spirits and Sisters | Opening Reception
Saturday, November 10th • 2-4pm

Galerie Myrtis
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue : 21217

The Moon and the Little Bird, Acrylic, Charcoal, Gelatin printing, Relief printing, Collagraph printing, Decorative papers, Hand-stitching, Liquid gold leaf, 102 in W x 79 in H, 2018, by Delita Martin

Exhibition Dates: November 10, 2018 – February 2, 2019
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, January 19th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Galerie Myrtis is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of works by Delita Martin.  In Between Spirits and Sisters, Martin offers mixed media hand-stitched prints that explore womanhood through the spiritual realm of existence, inspired by the Mende belief “Wherever two or three woman are gathered together, there is the spirit and authority of Sande.”

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The Artist’s Talk will take place on Saturday, January 19, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Martin will discuss the “Between Sisters and Spirits” series and traditions shared amongst the women in her family.

Delita Martin states, “The duality of women in this body of work project the spirit and its connection to the physical world, which reinforces the bond amongst women and how they co-exist in the physical and spiritual realms. The mask seen in the work is my interpretation of the Mende mask, specifically created for young girls being initiated into Sande. These masks are created as a reminder that human beings have a dual existence viewed as one body.”

“In this work, I am also exploring the different signs and symbols that help define the space the women reside in. In my previous works, the backgrounds communicated a specific sign, symbol, or icon to assist the viewer in their conversation with the work. Those signs and symbols helped define the perspective of the image. This body of work transitions the women and their place of residence into a spiritual realm, where the symbolism is less defined, the shapes are more organic, and the icons are left for the viewer to ponder and creating a space for the women to be birthed into.”

Martin’s work is in the collections of the David Driskell Center, College Park, MD; Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR; Minnesota Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art,  Asbury, NJ; U.S. Embassy of Nouakchott, Mauritania; and William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock, AK.

The exhibit runs from November 10, 2018 through February 2, 2019. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Wednesday by appointment. Thursday – Saturday 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Please check website for holiday hours and closings. www.GalerieMyrtis.net

For additional information on this exhibition, please contact the gallery at (410) 235-3711 or [email protected]

<><><><><><><><>Ginevra Shay: Sweet Broth, A Cure For Those Windows | Opening Reception
Saturday, November 10th • 5-8pm

Full Circle Gallery
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue : 21217
November 10, 2018 until January 5, 2019

Shay joins Full Circle for a two month residency while working on a new body of work for her first solo exhibition. Shay will be working on a site specific series for the gallery. She states that both her “photography and studio practice are in many ways inextricable from her site-specific curatorial work, which reflect one another through their investment in fostering an openness of exchange and dismantling passive engagement. Shay uses photography and sculpture to depict poetic moments of observation and adaptation.”

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Lovely Lane United Methodist Church
2200 Saint Paul St, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Tickets available here.

Please join Melissa Webb and ICA Baltimore on Saturday, November 10 from 6-9pm for – Spaghetti Dinner: A Fundraising Event for Proficiencies for Living in Ruins. A large scale performance work by Stephanie Barber, entitled “Contemplative Opera”, will take place in the installation as part of this event.

To be held in the Lovely Lane United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
2200 North St Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Please enter at 22nd street steps. Parking is available in the Lab School and Maryland Geological Survey lots.

Dinner at 6pm – Vegetarian friendly but decidedly not gluten free! Accompanied by the jazzy musical stylings of “The Gentle Thunder Mosaic” – a drum and upright base duo with John ‘Gumby’ Lemonds and Jeff Holland.

Performance at 8pm – Proficiencies for Living in Ruins: “Contemplative Opera”
Written and organized by Stephanie Barber

A chorus of contemplators will fill the chapel with song, improvising harmonies and counterpoint to melodic lines about the botanicality of art, humans and our changing planet.

Stephanie Barber is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language and her language is concerned with the emotional impact of moments and ideas. Each ferry viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of empathy, play, story and humor.

The ‘Chorus of Contemplators’ –
Lauren Bender / Erick Antonio Benitez / Catherine Borg / Theresa Columbus / Sarada Conaway / Suzanne Doogan / Liz Downing / John Eaton / Eric Franklin / Linda Franklin / Olivia Fite / Phaan Howng / Sarah Jacklin / Tami Jacobs / Megan Livingston / Doyun Lee / Jorge Martins / Megan McShea / David Mitchell / Alicia Puglionesi / Erin Stellmon / Kristen Toedtman / Bob Wagner / Karen Yasinsky / Dan Zink +++

A large-scale, site-specific installation by Baltimore-based fiber artist Melissa Webb, Proficiencies for Living in Ruins represents a partnership between the artist, the Institute for Contemporary Art, Baltimore, and Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Situated inside the dramatic architecture of a currently unused chapel in historic Lovely Lane UMC, this interactive environment explores the human endeavor to operate within a society which has distanced itself from nature in an ever-expanding manner. Utilizing an accumulation of handmade, and manipulated found materials, Webb imagines a future where, in the face of deteriorating environmental and societal stability, humankind and the natural world learn new ways to thrive in symbiosis. Viewers are encouraged to consider their bodies in relation to objects and people within the space — alternately obscuring and revealing, isolating and conspiring.

During the run of the exhibition, several artists working in the areas of sound, music, and performance art will react to the installation through the presentation of new, site responsive works. A series of evening and weekend events will feature Baltimore-based artists Carrie Fucile, Stephanie Barber, and Tom Boram. Stephanie Barber’s Proficiencies for Living in Ruins: Contemplative Chorus will be the second performative reaction.

Thank you for your interest in this event and in Proficiencies for Living in Ruins. Your ticket fee will assist in paying for chapel rental and performance documentation fees, and will also offset some of the cost of materials and labor. This project has been a very heavy lift financially and your support means so much!

If you are unable to make it to the event but still want to donate, or if you would like to contribute more, please do so via Paypal @ [email protected]/melissawebbart or on Venmo @Melissa-Webb.

Melissa would like to thank the members of ICA and the staff and trustees of Lovely Lane UMC for their incredible support – especially the wonderful Lena Leone – and owes a world of thanks the following individuals for their generous contributions to this project in the form of studio assistance, fabrication, and lighting – Brian Stansbury, Megan Koeppel, Mia Dexter, Scott Pennington, Joe Macleod, Glenn Shrum, and Adam Davies. So many more have helped along the way with considerate critique, emotional support, and encouragement.

Tickets by Eventbrite
Spaghetti Dinner
Sales end on Nov 09 at 5 PM

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LAST WEEK TO GET TICKETS TO BMOREART’S MAGAZINE PARTY !!!!!

BmoreArt Magazine Launch 06: Home
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM

UNION Craft Brewing
1700 West 41st Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Celebrate Baltimore’s artists, writers, photographers, and culture producers at BmoreArt’s SIXTH magazine release party at Union Craft Brewing’s new home! A ticket gets you a drink, snacks, and the first available copy of our newest issue!! Prizes from Homegrown Baltimore for Best Athleisure Ensemble !!