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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120 West North Avenue : 21201
Connect + Collect is a new initiative brought to you by BmoreArt’s Cara Ober and Jeffrey Kent, an artist and curator based in Baltimore, designed to create awareness and momentum among new and experienced collectors, and to promote a culture of collecting in Baltimore.
Our first panel is with Art Collector, Consultant, and DC-based Lawyer Schwanda Rountree and Baltimore-based artist Mequitta Ahuja, a Guggenheim recipient whose work is in Rountree’s collection. Topics to be discussed include how and why to start collecting art, how to conduct a studio visit, and best practices for building ethical, respectful, productive relationships between artists and patrons.
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201
“Objects of Desire” is a site-specific installation featuring new works by Baltimore based artist Amy Boone-McCreesh. The work in this exhibition considers the commodification of beauty; often operating as a signifier of culture and taste while widening social and economic gaps. Visual markers of taste in architecture, design, and history are utilized to poke at conceptions of luxury in Western culture.
The collection of sculptural mixed media works on paper draw from domesticity and maximalist color palettes, operating somewhere between textiles, drawing, and collage. Boone-McCreesh also partnered with designer and stylist Jess Hammer to collaboratively create a series of pendant lights and to transform the gallery space.
The exhibition features an adaptation of a prior installation, The View. This piece creates a space meant to be reminiscent of looking into or out of an idyllic view. Views, in our neighborhoods and our surroundings are the thing we pay a premium for, yet the scene being viewed is ultimately free. Our surroundings, domestic and geographic are also an indication of access and economic structure. Naturally-inspired garlands and man-made surfaces clash in this piece to create a space that is both immersive and contained. All of the work in the show is multi-media, employing accessible materials as well as technology to further the conversation around consumption and craft.
Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201
Contemporary Arts Inc presents “An Afternoon of Artistic Excellence” featuring the award-winning Baker artists.
Performing Artists: Lafayette Gilchrist, pianist; Dora Malech, Literary arts; Carl Grubbs, saxophonist; Joyce Scott, vocals; CJay Philip, dance/choreography; Ellen Cherry, singer/songwriter; Amanda Fair, dance/choreography; Peter Minkler, viola; Nicole Martinell, dance/choreography; Todd Marcus, bass clarinetist; Vincent Thomas, dance/choreography; Michelle Antoinette Nelson, poet/spoken word.
Venue is handicapped accessible.
School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : 21230
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces an artist talk with Stephanie Barber on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2pm at School 33 Art Center, located at 1427 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230. In conversation with poet Buck Downs, Barber will discuss her exhibition, “Nature as a Metaphor for Economic, Emotional and Existential Horror,” the expanded text associated with the exhibition and the role of language in the visual arts. Managed by BOPA, School 33 Art Center’s gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
Barber’s solo exhibition is on view at School 33 Art Center in the Members Gallery through Saturday, February 2, 2019. The artist uses words as sculptural elements to contemplate the morphological state of language and nature in her body of work in a variety of media. Additionally, her films have received solo exhibitions at MoMA, New York City; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco; National Film Academy, Prague; Lowenbraukunst, Zurich; Anthology Film Archives, New York City, among others. Her books “These Here Separated…” and “Night Moves” were published by Publishing Genius Press, and her collection of short stories “All The People” was published by Ink Press Productions.
241 South Eutaw Street : 21202
Magnolia Laurie’s paintings and Gillian Pederson-Krag’s prints present landscapes that feel immutable. The landscapes are poetic and, at times disquieting. Often monochromatic, and grand even at a small scale, each work possesses a profound stillness.
Magnolia presents paintings on panel excepting two large oils on canvas. Each panel features subtle washes which form reticulated edges where the puddles of pigment end. The fine networks at these perimeters form distant blurred treetop canopies or the appearance of pulled cotton where clouds give way to sky. Her paintings feature volcanic mountains, scorched earth, and in “To Weight it Down” a forested space with what could be police tape cordoning off a crime scene. This is what remains after the cataclysmic event. Nature remembers the action lest we forget.
Gillian makes meticulously crafted etchings. These dense and expertly arranged tangles of linework describe landscapes of bare tree branches, rivers, and ruins. Thin filaments run behind thicker ones creating a deep quiet space. In an amber toned etching a statue of Persephone sits with one leg crossed over the other holding a fruit amongst an overgrown thicket. She presents bounty from nature as nature itself threatens to overtake her.
Many of these landscapes bear the mark of humankind. Human elements create the formal structure which carries one’s eye throughout the scene. In Laurie’s works towers and fences serve as this device while in Pederson-Krag’s ruins and weathered statues are featured. Our affect on nature is front and center in current scientific and political conversations. If a monomyth is present here perhaps it reveals that our striving, our monuments, our self-importance, and our collective self, will eventually pass away. The landscape of tomorrow will contain our ashes and dust.
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224
What is permanent? What are the artifacts we will leave behind? What happens to the lightweight, inconsequential objects we call disposable but are in fact as enduring as the things we intend to last? What is the permanent nature of these temporary objects of convenience, many of which sustain our existence but cost so little to produce they are often given away? Once disposed of, these objects cease to exist in our minds, but they continue to exist somewhere else, somewhere out of sight. How do we reconcile their transience in our lives with their longevity in the world? This work seeks to understand these objects by transforming them, by seeing them in new terms — perhaps in the way the rest of the natural world sees them, rather than how we do.
SAT JAN 26 | 6-8PM | FREE!
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street : 21202
Black is the Color (52 min) highlights key moments in the history of African American visual art from Edmonia Lewis to the work of contemporary artists such as Whitfield Lovell, Kerry James Marshall, Ellen Gallagher and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Art historians and gallery owners place the works in context—juxtaposing them with racist images of African-Americans as minstrels and setting them against the larger social contexts of Jim Crow, WWI, the Civil Rights Movement and the racism of the Reagan era. Contemporary artists discuss individual works by their forerunners and their ongoing influence.
In conjunction with Romare Bearden: Visionary Artist
Included with Museum Admission