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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Falvey Hall, Brown Center
1301 West Mt. Royal Avenue : 21217
Mount Royal School of Art MFA is excited to announce hosting a talk by the influential artist Martha Rosler, thanks in part to the sponsorship of the Mixed Media Lecture Series.
Martha Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. Her work focuses on the public sphere, exploring issues from everyday life and the media to architecture and the built environment, especially as they affect women.
Rosler has for many years produced works on war and the national security climate, connecting life at home with the conduct of war abroad, in which her photomontage series played a critical part. She has also published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging
from airports and roads to housing and gentrification.
MICA’s Mixed Media Series brings artists, designers, scholars, curators and educators who are working at the forefront of their fields to MICA’s campus. These events, which take place from January through April, range from lectures to film screenings and panel discussions. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.mica.edu.
Loyola University Maryland : 21210
On Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:30pm in McGuire Hall*, dancer, scholar, and community activist Breai Mason-Campbell will give a lecture about dance, art, and popular culture, presenting her notion of a “kinetic methodology for social change,” and the role that art plays to take down the prevailing narratives in favor of a more accurate, equal, open understanding of each other, and of history. Immediately following Mason-Campbell’s talk, she and the Guardian Dance Company will perform Heroes and Villains, an original dance designed and directed by Mason-Campbell.
Heroes and Villains:
“Bigotry and systemic injustice are polar ends of the spectrum with which we attempt to explain and make amends for the disproportionate sufferings of Americans who are black- each extreme animated by emotional detachment and resistance to accountability. We consequently remain confounded by a civic order that is unjust, as it is justified. By considering its’ power to broaden imagination, reveal truth, and inspire empathy, Heroes and Villains will explore the ways in which Arts Education is poised to lead the way in repairing relationships and lives in what will be the deciding years of the health of Baltimore, and other black cities in America, making progress possible not through legislation, but by the power of understanding.” –Breai Mason-Campbell
*McGuire Hall is located on the second floor of the Andrew White Student Center north of the Jenkins parking lot and Humanities Center. From the Julio Fine Arts Gallery walk past Starbucks and continue on until you reach a large atrium, go up the staircase or elevator located just before the entrance to Boulder dining hall to the second floor. Parking for these events is available in the (paid) Jenkins lot off of Cold Spring Lane, or free parking is available on Cold Spring Lane from 9AM-4PM and after 6PM.
Still image from Vulnerability, the second movement of Heroes and Villains, designed and directed by Breai Mason-Campbell
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
UMBC : 21250
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture will present an exhibition of John Ruppert’s work which will open at the CADVC on Thursday, January 31st, 2019. Entitled LAB: Empirical Evidence: John Ruppert, the exhibition will span the artist’s recent explorations with installation, sculptural objects, photography, and sound as it relates to the world around us. Influenced by his intense interest in natural phenomena, Ruppert’s overarching investigation will focus on the intersection of the natural world and humanity. In a broader sense, he seeks to develop a heightened consciousness of our precarious existence on the planet.
LAB: Empirical Evidence: John Ruppert represents the first exhibition in a new series where an individual artist is invited to orchestrate his or her pieces and/or series within the CADVC’s main gallery space to produce a unique and comprehensive installation blurring the lines between art and science. Future exhibitions will explore the connections between textiles, drawing, painting, and sculpture, and the natural sciences, engineering, technology, and cultural politics.
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31st, 5 to 7pm
Gallery Tour and Conversation: Tuesday, February 12th at 4pm
John Ruppert and Dr. Stephen Freeland, Evolutionary Biologist and Director of the Individualized Study Program at UMBC.
Towson University Center for the Arts : 21204
Join us for the opening reception for Form.Print, guest curated by Towson faculty Joshua Demonte. Guest lecture by artist Doug Bucci at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts rm. 2032, followed by reception. Also opening the same evening–Spring MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Nadia Mohamed, Lukas Goodmuth, and Yong Jea (Frank) Cho. Cho’s short film will also screen in CA2032 following the lecture at 8pm and 8:30pm. Always free and open to the public.
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Three Artists, Three Visions: TU Spring MFA Exhibitions
This February, the TU Department of Art+Design, Art Education, Art History present three MFA exhibitions this spring in the Center for the Arts Holtzman MFA Gallery, February 1 through May 22 (closed March 17 – 24). The exhibitions’ opening reception will be held on January 31 from 7:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m. Gallery Hours: Tuesday—Saturday, 11:00 a.m.—8 p.m.
Nadia Mohamed: Into The Vale
Mohamed explores the relationship between the human body and the natural world. Working through the lens of healing and decay she uses delicate, time intensive fiber manipulation techniques and alternative processes to challenge what is seen as beneficial, harmful, beautiful or offensive. Image Caption: Veils (2017) Cotton batiste dyed with rust, polyester thread
Frank Cho: In Pursuit of Greatness
Cho presents In pursuit of greatness: forgive me if I’ve ever hurt you, a fictional short film about a homogeneous society where “yellow nationalism” arose. The film is based on the artist’s childhood memories of witnessing similar real life events. Image caption: film still- In pursuit of greatness: forgive me if I’ve ever hurt you
Lukas Goodmuth: Panacea
Goodmuth presents an architectural consideration of our pyrrhic love for simplistic explanations, and the cost of overlooking complex realities. Teetering structures of belief, internal logic and beauty rest on faulty joints of assumptions and broken reason. Image caption: Towers, (2017) Ceramic, Wood, Steel
The TU Center for the Arts Gallery is located at at 1 Fine Arts Drive in Towson, MD. Gallery hours are Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Learn more about these and other events and exhibitions at events.towson.edu.
MICA Meyerhoff Gallery
1301 West Mt. Royal Avenue : 21217
Everyday, Everyday, Everyday, Everyday Freedoms
February 1 – March 17, 2019
Aram Han Sifuentes
Maria Paula Moreno
Alessandra Plaza Saravia
Maryland Institute College of Art and For Freedoms 50 State Initiative present Everyday, Everyday, Everyday, Everyday Freedoms, an exhibition that reimagines civic engagement beyond voting in elections. This group exhibition considers how a democracy could be free from disenfranchisement; forming a critique of the frayed political climate from a multiplicity of perspectives. Featuring local, national, and international artists at all stages of their careers, their artwork frames participation and activism through photography, video, game design, sculpture, installation, data visualization, text, and textiles.
Citizenship, race, gender, age, and socioeconomic class exacerbate the inability of some to survive, let alone to engage civically. Beyond critiquing these systemic barriers, the curators prioritize art’s ability to change perspectives through dialogue, collaboration, and social engagement. They imagine freedom as a release from partisan ideology and encourage the viewer to consider civic engagement as an ongoing daily practice—one that is malleable and ripe for redefinition.
Everyday, Everyday, Everyday, Everyday Freedoms is organized by Curatorial Practice MFA at MICA Class of 2020—Andre Bradley, Rodrigo Carazas Portal, Hannah Davis, Ashley He, Imani Haynes, Sung-ah Kang, Eva Sailly, Nathalie von Veh, Minwen Wang, Tiffany Ward, and Aden Weisel, under the direction of José Ruiz, Director of Curatorial Practice, and Gerald Ross, Director of Exhibitions.
Photo: Erick Medel, American’s Only Pop-Up Gallery, 2018, courtesy of the artist
1700 North Charles Street : 21201
Welcome to Menstruation Nation!
Owlcheek Studios is giving Baltimore PMS* II: Better Late Than Never as part of this year’s anti-anti-anti? valentines day celebrations in collaboration with Charm City Fringe Festival!
We will be at Metro Gallery located on North Charles St and Lanvale St in Station North.
Get ready to “soak up the sun” on this, the coldest month of the year! The focus is all about self-care and self-love.
We got everything covered: DIY arts, crafts, fashün, performances, tarot card readings, sad lamps (maybe)? and other things that can be exchanged for monetary value.**
Johnny Rogers [Jedicom]
Mieke Gentis [miekr]
Sarah Bolton Illustration
And more TBA!
FREE EVENT! [except all the cool stuff you’re going to be buying, of course!]
February 2nd, 2019, 11am-6pm
*Products and More Stuff [PMS] is a periodically occurring feminist art market focused on the compensation of labor in all its forms. We want all our vendors to get compensated for their hard work, no matter what form it takes.
**Traditional merch items are always welcome, but frankly, more unconventional transactions are absolutely encouraged—the weirder the better.
Czech out our website for details: https://www.owlcheek.com/pms
10 East North Avenue : 21202
food by Blacksauce Kitchen | open bar
music by Aran Keating | dancing
Support the Baltimore Jewelry Center by attending Ornamenta, our annual fundraising party! The event features a raffle and silent auction with work from many art jewelers from around the country as well as donations from awesome local businesses and restaurants. All proceeds benefit free programming, scholarships, exhibitions, and residencies at the Baltimore Jewelry Center.
There will also be work on display by Baltimore Jewelry Center community members.
Tickets are $95
Buy a pack of 4 tickets for $310
Buy a pack of 8 tickets for $575
Sponsorships available – contact [email protected] for more information