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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NEA Big Read: “I am a Citizen” Performance
Wednesday, March 6th • 6-9pm
140 West Mt. Royal Avenue : 21201
Hosted at the Modell Lyric, join us for an evening of performances of original works by local female writers and artists inspired by or hightlighing themes from Citizen: An American Lyric
Dr. Diedre Badejo
WombWork Productions, Inc.
Women’s History Month: Celebrating Lillie May Carroll Jackson
Thursday, March 7th • 6:30pm
Lillie May Carroll Jackson Museum
1320 Eutaw Place : 21201
Special Location: Lillie May Carroll Jackson Museum, 1320 Eutaw Place.
The ceramic works created by Roberto Lugo for 1 West Mount Vernon Place feature portraits of prominent Baltimore civil rights leader Lillie May Carroll Jackson and her daughter Juanita Jackson Mitchell. The Walters is partnering with Morgan State University for this special talk at the Lillie May Carroll Jackson Museum, where experts from the Walters and the Lillie May Carroll Jackson Museum will discuss these two women and their legacies.
Creative Collaboration: Devin Allen, Kondwani Fidel, and BmoreArt
Thursday, March 7th • 7-9pm
3620 Falls Road : 21211
Join us for a night of conversation about creative collaborations with photographer Devin Allen and writer Kondwani Fidel at Atomic Books. The two worked together creatively in BmoreArt’s newest print journal and will talk about their independent practices, publishing initiatives, and the process of creative collaboration in Baltimore.
The BmoreArt Journal Issue 06 explored the theme of home, presenting a variety of Baltimore experiences and histories, including My Home is a Noiseless Gun, a collaborative photo and print essay by Kondwani Fidel and Devin Allen.
Kondwani Fidel and his poetry have become one in the same. Fidel’s lyrical poetry has been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, The Root, The Independent, Mic, Baltimore Magazine, and Baltimore Sun. His viral essay, “How a Young Boy has Been Decaying in Baltimore Since Age 10: A Death Note”, cemented Fidel as an authority in his city. In 2018, The Baltimore Sun honored Fidel in its heralded ‘Best of Baltimore’ issue for his courage, innovative thinking, and leadership in local schools and communities.
Fidel is the author of his published collections, Hummingbirds in the Trenches (2018), and Raw Wounds (2017). Fidel’s work has been praised by literary and civil rights giants such as Ibram X. Kendi, Eve L. Ewing, and DeRay McKesson. Fidel is an M.F.A. candidate in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore. Fidel was most recently been honored for his work with Baltimore’s Civil Rights Literary Award.
Devin Allen was born and raised in West Baltimore. Allen gained national attention when his documentary photograph of the Baltimore Uprising was published on a Time Magazine cover in May 2015 – only the third time the work of an amateur photographer had been showcased there. Allen has turned his attention towards arming the youth of Baltimore with cameras, not guns through his 2017 fellowship with the Gordon Parks Foundation entitled, Through Their Eyes. His photographs have also appeared in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, BBC, NBC News, Aperture Magazine, and Yahoo!
Tickets are free but required. More information here.
Hyphen: In Prime Time | Opening Reception
Friday, March 8th • 6-8pm
Jubilee Arts Center
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue : 21217
Hyphen: In Prime Time features the collaborative work of artist Angela Sriram and her brother George M. Cox II (1943-1968).
Angela Sriram enjoys the quietude of walking alone in old cemeteries. She is passionate about reading the dates inscribed just below the name on each stone. She has always been curious about the hyphen between the birthdate and the death date. Sriram says the hyphen between these two dates is the silent gate keeper of our humanity. It is reflective of our talents, hopes, happiness, dreams deferred, character and resolves. For most of us, our hyphen will never be applauded, yet we stay within a framework of our familiar certainties. She asks, “When was the last time you had a date with yourself?” Sriram offers a perspective to this question via the art of a Maryland Institute College of Art graduate.
The work of Artist, George M. Cox (1943 -1968), is presented as a metaphor. As a young student of the 1960s, Cox captured the complex texture of the era. In addition to being a talented artist, George was an activist involved with the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and a loving brother. At just 25 years of age, he became one of the first MICA students to make the ultimate sacrifice to our country during the Vietnam War.
Arguably, he left us contemporary images to consider 50 years after his death. One of his paintings, titled: Manuscript written with a red moon, has been reinterpreted as jewelry by his sister Angela. The jewelry collection sells at The BMA, Visionary Arts Museum, and The Library of Congress gift shops. For this exhibition his work is hung in different arrangements, offering you the opportunity to view the same images in several different formats. Cox’s work is the defining hyphen of his short life.
Crossover | Opening Reception
Saturday, March 9th • 5-8pm
440 East Oliver Street : 21201
Crossover features four artists of Chinese descent born in either Asia or America whose works transport viewers across space, time, and cultural divides. Curated by Tracey Jen, a Curatorial Practice MFA candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the exhibition opens at Gallery CA on March 6 and runs through March 26. Programming for Crossover includes an Opening Reception on March 9 from 5:00 to 8:00pm—immediately preceded by an Intercultural Story Sharing program at 4:00pm facilitated by the curator, inviting the public to come participate in a discussion that reflects on identity, family traditions, and ever changing culture.
The exhibition presents traditional mediums like ceramics, calligraphy, and painting alongside digital media, underscoring how the contemporary hyper-connected world can complicate one’s sense of self. “Culture is constantly changing, naturally creating hybridized identities,” explains curator Tracey Jen. “Instead of struggling to fit in, I hope that people can learn that they are not alone, and discover the possibility of healing through building connections and empathy.”
Crossover explores Chinese identities from four perspectives:
Born in 1958, Taiwan-based calligrapher Hung-Chang Huang uses his art form to preserve Chinese traditions in the face of rapid technological change.
Chinese-born painter Sicheng Wang came to the U.S. in 2016 for further education; since then, he has faced the issues of homesickness while trying to make Baltimore his new home.
Born in Lafayette, Indiana, and working as a professional artist since the 1970s, ceramicist Beth Locreates pieces that reflect both the day-to-day challenges of parenting and her own childhood memories of feeling marginalized as an Asian-American.
Finally, having grown up in a biracial family in the U.S., New York artist Adam Chau combines the traditional craft of porcelain with current digital technology to explore how millennials interact and identify via social media.
Reality Bites: Abstract Painting | Reception
Sunday, March 10, 2-5 pm
126 N Madeira Street : 21231
Featured artists are:
The exhibition runs March 10 – March 30, 2019. There will also be an Artists’ Talk on Sunday, March 24, 3 – 5 p.m.
Gallery hours are Friday & Saturday 2 – 5 p.m. & by appointment.
(Image details, from left : Dan Dudrow, Robinson Munoz, Shaul Tsemach, Minas Konsolas, Michelle Spiziri)
Up through March 30th
Steven Scott Gallery
808 South Ann Street : 21231
Artists: Robert Andriulli, Gary Bukovnik, Anne Marie Fleming, Ellen Hill, Sheep Jones, Kathryn O’Grady and Frank Trefny
Paintings, pastels and watercolors by gallery artists. Celebrating our 30th Anniversary.