This week: Joyce J. Scott and Oletha DeVane in conversation at Church of the Redeemer, Neil Meyerhoff at C. Grimaldis Gallery, MICA’s EDS presents “historically hysterical” with War on Women at The Peale, MICA’s Annual Fashion Show “Catalyst,” Badlands: 2019 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition at UMBC, Rainbow of Chaos at St. Charles Projects, and A Passing Scene curated by Minzi Li at Area 405.
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Two Upcoming BmoreArt Events:
Connect + Collect III: Doreen Bolger and Taha Heydari
Thursday, April 18: 7 pm at Motor House
Tickets $10 / More information here
Our third panel features Doreen Bolger, former director of The Baltimore Museum of Art and a serious collector of Baltimore-based art, with Taha Heydari, an Iranian-born painter and MICA graduate living in Baltimore. Topics to be discussed include ethical relationships between artists, collectors, and galleries; strategies for exhibiting across the country and internationally; collecting at Baltimore-based art auctions and municipal galleries; and the great importance of showing up.
BmoreArt Magazine Party: Issue 07 Body
Thursday, May 23: 7:30 – 9:30 at The Parkway Theatre
Tickets $25-30 / More information here
Join us to celebrate Issue 07: Body, an exploration of Baltimore and DC-based artists who represent the body, who nourish it in their work, who use it as art medium and concept, and offer new patterns of thought around the politics, benefits, ethics, and limitations of having a body in 2019.
This event will be hosted at The Parkway Theatre and is an opportunity to celebrate in one of Baltimore’s architectural gems and to do it in style. Dress code is old school Hollywood glam. Have we mentioned they have best popcorn in Baltimore? Your ticket includes an adult beverage, popcorn, photo booth, and the first opportunity to take home our latest issue.
Wednesday, April 10th • 7-8pm
Church of the Redeemer
5603 North Charles Street : 21210
Artists Joyce J. Scott and Oletha DeVane in conversation with Christopher Bedford, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art; in partnership with Union Baptist Church and the Rev. Al Hathaway. Nationally acclaimed Baltimore-based artists talk about their work and the city that calls them. Join members of Union Baptist Church for supper at 6:00 p.m.
A simple supper ($10 per person) is available at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Please sign-up by April 8 to attend the supper. No sign up is needed for the speaker at 7:00 p.m.
Neil Meyerhoff: Photographs from Japan and Cuba | Opening
Thursday, April 11th • 6-8pm
C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : 21201
“Otorri Gate, Miyajimu Island”, 2016, archival pigment print, 22 7/8 x 49 5/8 inches
historically hysterical | Opening Reception
Thursday, April 11th • 6-8pm
The Peale Center
225 North Holliday Street : 21202
April 11-April 28, presented by MICA
Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) presents historically hysterical, a show featuring artists who reject the coercive hierarchy of gender roles in order to smash the patriarchy. Created by a class of twelve women curators, the exhibition uses installation, performance, photography, and mixed media fiber works—all created by contemporary women artists—to transform three floors of Baltimore’s historic Peale Center.
The show opens with a public reception on Thursday, April 11 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, including a performance by Baltimore feminist hardcore punk band War on Women.
historically hysterical features women artists from diverse backgrounds who reference some of the materials and methods of seminal feminist art from the 1970s but draw their content from the present moment.
This link between past and present mirrors current political realities: As a record-breaking 102 women joined the U.S. House of Representatives in the wake of #MeToo and the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, some journalists dubbed 2018 the “Year of the Woman”—a title previously used to describe 1992, the year Anita Hill testified against Clarence Thomas during his Supreme Court confirmation battle. The struggle for the acknowledgment of women’s experiences, contributions, and imaginative labor in a male-dominated system seems to echo across decades, forever unresolved.
Catalyst: the 26th Annual Benefit Fashion Show
Friday, April 12th + Saturday, April 13th
MICA Brown Center, Falvey Hall
1301 West Mt. Royal Street : 21217
The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents Catalyst, the 26th Annual Benefit Fashion Show, a runway-style showcase of student-designed fashion that will take place at 9 p.m. Friday, April 12 and at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13 in Falvey Hall in MICA’s Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
After a quarter of a century, the MICA Annual Benefit Fashion Show has entered a new era: fashion in the age of innovation. The show highlights designers who are evolving beyond self-serving behavior to active consciousness, who are forward thinking and record this change through their garments and designs. Throughout history, fashion has marked societal, political, economic and technological development — even the Annual Benefit Fashion Show was established to create and celebrate growth in the diversity within MICA.
This year, each of the collections will mark its own history. Through a minimum of eight to twelve full looks, designers have created an innovative collection that speaks to class, activism, sustainability, politics, technology, diversity or other current themes that will be an impetus for change.
Organized by director Lauren Jackson ’20 (BFA Printmaking), “Catalyst” features 15 individual fashion lines created by 18 designers.
Tickets are available in person at the MICA Store or online at https://mica.ly/2W3nIg4. On Friday, tickets are $7 for students, $12 for staff and $20 for general admission. On Sunday, tickets are $15 for students and $20 for general admission.
On Saturday, there will be a pop-up show made up of work of artisans. The items sold will include work that appears in the show, artisan jewelry, handmade fashion bags, fashion photography prints and more.
Participating designers include Amir Khadar, Anthony Chukwu, Chance Mason, Cristy Rodriguez, Daisy Braun, Dasha Burobina, Hannah Ahn, Yuchae Lee, Hannah Moog, Kristen Tapia, Joy Li, Max Cortes, Patricia Chevez, Pei Jung Ho, Reuben Francois, Saloni Shah, Gianna Chun and Sam Zanowski.
Badlands: 2019 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition | Reception
Friday, April 12th • 5-7pm
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
UMBC : 21250
Tuesday, April 9 – Saturday, April 26
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
Saturday, April 13, 12-3pm: Nicole Ringel & Leah Michaels; Lion Brothers Studio
Sunday, April 14, 2-5pm: Leah Michaels; Full Circle Photo
Thursday, April 18, 2pm: RTKL Lecture with Chinen Aimi Bouillon
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents the annual MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring works by the five graduate students will who receive MFAs in Intermedia and Digital Arts in 2019. The work selected represents the culmination of each student’s unique experience in UMBC’s dynamic and demanding MFA program.
Rainbow of Chaos | Opening Reception
Saturday, April 13th • 6-8pm
St. Charles Projects
2701 North Charles Street : 21201
“We live in a rainbow of chaos.”- Paul Cezanne
St. Charles is pleased to present Rainbow of Chaos, a collection of paintings exploring landscape and abstraction through the collision of micro and macro worlds. In conversation with his friend Joachim Gasquet, Cezanne talks about the process of painting a landscape, “…first I have to discover the geographic strata. Imagine that the history of the world dates from the day when two atoms met, when two whirlwinds, two chemicals joined together. I can see rising these rainbows, these cosmic prisms, this dawn of ourselves above nothingness.” The painters in Rainbow of Chaos brush up against chaos through encounters with the sublime and passes through history. They explode the cellular, hack into geology, and question context.
Jennifer Coates riffs on modernist masters in a vision quest dream sequence. She channels otherworldly forces to create pagan, alien meeting grounds where time and body dislocate. The ground pools with rainbow drips, forming puddles of gesture. Shonah Trescott manipulates landscapes pictured on vintage Union Oil Company postcards with acidic, gestural weather. Each one a token of corporate mythology and nostalgic for the freshness of plein air painting. Patterns resemble microscopic microbial geometry in Peter Makela’s paintings. Petroglyphs emerge out of tone and color generated from primary palettes. Jeffery Kent’s exploration of Henrietta Lacks’s miraculous cell growth generates luminous and mysterious surfaces, offering joyous colors amid muddy territory. Jeremy Stenger brings organic shapes into compositional alignment through moody but neutral color schemes. His work appears like an ex-ray of the forest floor.
A Passing Scene | Opening Reception
Sunday, April 13th • 5-8pm
405 East Oliver Street : 21201
Curated by Minzi Li, A Passing Scene features works by artists who examine the experiences of parting, and the ritualistic act of memorializing what is no longer present. These photographs, installations, films and archives act as a monument to the inevitability of ephemerality, to the lingering presence of all that has disappeared. Each artist in the show draws inspiration from family stories and offers a slice of their own cultural heritage; together, their artworks recreate diverse scenes of immigration, dislocation, atomic warfare, and the Holocaust. The works especially highlight how different geopolitical contexts have shaped these artists’ lives-and how history has left its trail on each of them.
A Passing Scene does not merely offer opportunities for visual spectatorship but, under the power and intimacy of both the artists’ and viewers’ experiences, it invites one to talk about these precarious experiences in a public space. The theater-like design of AREA 405 enhances the artist-led tours and other programs offered during the exhibition, allowing participants to immerse themselves in reconstructions and deconstructions of events and sites that have ceased to exist.
A Passing Scene opens at AREA 405 on April 14th with a public reception and “Behind-the-Scenes” tours from 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m., and remains on view through May 31st. The final “Trails Left Behind” event and closing reception will take place on May 31th from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m..
About the Curator
Originally from China, Minzi Li is currently an emerging curator and MFA candidate in Curatorial Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art. She has co-curated Legame, a workshop exhibition at the Venice Biennale, as well as the Baltimore-located group shows Land Trust, Everything Must Go and Dark Passenger. As the president of GradEx, she has organized and co-curated the off-campus group shows Mirror and Expression, and several student solo exhibitions. Having graduated with a CIDA-accredited degree in Interior Design, she uses her current research to focus on the rhythm, circulation, and lighting environment of exhibitions.
About MICA’s Curatorial Practice Program
MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice prepares students to determine how curators will shape the cultural life of our global society. Students work in a variety of experimental contexts and formats, proposing alternative models of exhibition-making, institution-building, and social justice through art. Designed to forge connections among artists, institutions, and communities, the program fosters contemporary art and culture in collaboration with diverse audiences, and links local issues to international discourse.
About the Venue
Located in a 170 year-old artist-owned warehouse within Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, AREA 405 is committed to showcasing and strengthening the vitality of the arts community throughout Baltimore and beyond.
A Passing Scene has been generously supported by MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice, AREA 405, MICA Film Center and Station North Tool Library.
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