This week: Charm City Fringe Festival Launch Party at MAP Underground, Eye to Eye opening reception at Catalyst Contemporary, Can I Kick It? Presents: Predator at the Creative Alliance, Art After Hours: The House We’ve Built at the BMA, Fantasy Machine Reloaded! at Current Space, School 33 Art Center’s Citywide Open Studio Tour, and Norman Galinsky, Gil Uginasky, and David Brown: Ruminative Marks at the Creative Alliance.
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BmoreArt Magazine Release Party for Issue 08: Archive
Thursday, November 7
The Enoch Pratt Library Main Branch
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore: 21201
BmoreArt’s magazine release parties are hosted in Baltimore’s most iconic and interesting locations. Join us to celebrate Issue 08: Archive at the newly renovated central branch of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Library, a gorgeous historic building in Mount Vernon that has served as a consistent advocate for “equal access to information, services, and opportunities that empower, enrich, and enhance the quality of life for all.”
The new issue’s theme is archive, and will include stories about Baltimore’s rich culture’s past, present, and future. Dress for the event is based upon the theme, so wear cocktail party attire from your favorite era.
Each ticket includes a cocktail, snacks, photo booth, and a copy of our newest issue hot off the press.
Photos from Issue 07 release party by Theresa Keil.
Eye to Eye | Opening Reception
Thursday, October 10th • 5-8pm
523 North Charles Street : 21201
Catalyst Contemporary presents Eye to Eye, an exhibition showcasing three artists: Christopher Batten, Schroeder Cherry, and James Williams II, whose works participate in or prevent the very act of looking upon African-American male bodies.
The pieces featured in the show highlight the African-American male body and draw attention to our act of looking upon them, and any connotations that the viewer, may bring with them, whether from experience or influenced by the media and society.
Batten’s large scale figure-painting stares back at the viewer calmly holding a box that represents the stereotypes we may place upon them. Cherry’s works welcome us to observe daily rituals and spaces of barber shops; sometimes the sitters gaze back but mostly they invite quiet contemplation. Williams’ intimate paintings prevent us from fully gazing at the figures beneath. Instead, the subjects are obscured by flat patches of color and design that only sometimes offer a glimpse of what is beneath.
Eye to Eye seeks to create a space in which the act of looking is invited but also to point out this very action and to place these contemporary artist within the context of art history.
Exhibition Dates: October 10th – November 9th, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10th, 5-8 PM
Charm City Fringe Festival | Launch Party
Thursday, October 10th • 7-10pm
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201
Kick off the Festival with a bang! Join us for our 2019 Launch Party on October 10th from 7-10pm at MAP Underground. The evening will include Festival artist preview performances, catering by Bottom’s Up Bagels, busking, music, and mingling. Tickets are $15 and your first drink is on us. We’ll see you there!
BONUS: Your launch party ticket includes your $5 festival button to great ticketing discounts for the festival and over a dozen businesses in the area!
Can I Kick It? Presents: Predator
Thursday, October 10th • 7:30pm
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224
CAN I KICK IT? is a unique film experience, produced by SHAOLIN JAZZ, that caters to the lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music they inspired, and everything in between. At each CAN I KICK IT? event SHAOLIN JAZZ screens a cult-classic martial arts film and the movie is given a unique scene-by-scene score featuring a blend of hip hop, soul, funk, and more mixed LIVE by DJ 2-Tone Jones. The result – your movie experience is redefined by 2-Tone’s live soundtrack!
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action horror film directed by John McTiernan and written by brothers Jim and John Thomas. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite military rescue team on a mission to save hostages in guerrilla-held territory in Central America. Kevin Peter Hall co-stars as the Predator who is a technologically advanced monster spying, stalking, and hunting the main characters.
About Can I Kick It?
In 2017, SHAOLIN JAZZ teamed up with the Downtown DC Business Improvement District to produce their first CAN I KICK IT? outdoor film screening series at Freedom Plaza. That series brought out crowds of 300+ people each week. In August 2018, they were featured in the 23rd Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival presented by the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and their screening of the Shaw Bros. classic, Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu, was the most well-attended film of the festival. Recently, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts announced CAN I KICK IT? as part of their 2018-19 Hip Hop Culture Season Lineup.
SUN SEP 1 | 7:30pm | $12, $9 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door)
Art After Hours: The House We’ve Built
Friday, October 11th • 8pm
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218
Raise a glass to Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art during the BMA’s popular late-night event series.
“Life’s markers and milestones often establish for us PROGRESS and bring together our biological and chosen families to celebrate in the very fact that these “significant happenings” affect us all. On October 11th with you, we’re creating a wedding, funeral, and anniversary. We hope you feel the familial energy and revel in the sense of shared pride, sorrow, and joy. In our artistic practice over the past 10 years, we have been profoundly transformed by others’ contributions. This concept of mutual impact between artists is present in Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, on view at the BMA. Inspired by the exhibition, we want to acknowledge the lives that have helped map our own and recognize the roads between our work and future and past generations.”Inspired by Generations, Art After Hours: The House We’ve Built will take guests through life’s markers and milestones, recreating a wedding, a funeral, and an anniversary.
Fantasy Machine Reloaded!
Friday, October 11th • 8pm
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218
Join us for an experimental fashion show and pop up shop on Friday, October 11th!
This outdoor event will be held in our rear courtyard. Enter through the alley – Tyson Street, between Franklin and Mulberry.
*Bar will be open! (No BYOB please)*
School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour | Citywide Event
Saturday, October 12th + Sunday, October 13th
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces that School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour, its annual showcase of artist studios throughout Baltimore City, has been expanded to take place over two weekends in 2019. The citywide event takes place Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 and Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 from 10am to 6pm. School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour invites the public into artists’ workspaces to view or purchase original works of art, meet the artists, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their creative processes. More than 100 Baltimore-based artists working in an array of visual media, including painting, sculpture, photography and digital media, participate in this year’s tour.
Open Studio Tour is held in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore and National Arts & Humanities Month. This year Free Fall Baltimore is extended to include the newly-united Baltimore Book Festival and Light City celebration (November 1-10), the nation’s first and only festival of light, art, literature, and innovation under the theme of Brilliant Baltimore. BOPA illuminates Baltimore’s brilliance with exciting events, engaging performances, and world-class installations presented free to all. Brilliant Baltimore, a season-long celebration of the arts that is immersive, accessible, and groundbreaking, kicks off this October with Free Fall Baltimore.
School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour is produced by School 33 Art Center, which is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA). A list of participating artists and studios is below and online at www.school33.org.
School 33 Art Center Artist Lauren R. Lyde
Photo Credit: Tiffany Jones
Norman Galinsky, Gil Uginasky, and David Brown: Ruminative Marks | Opening Reception
Saturday, October 12th • 6-8pm
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224
The repetitive, precise mark-making and molding techniques demonstrated in Galinsky’s paintings, Ugiansky’s sculptures, and Brown’s installations exemplify how the meditative nature of repetition can create the space necessary to accomplish any ambition. From afar these techniques create visually stunning works of art, but it is only in the close details where one can best appreciate the dedication and ruminative qualities of the work.
Meditation in nature
Precise in execution
Important to the everyday person and how it relates to daily emotions