This week: Visualizing the World: National Juried Exhibition reception at Cade Gallery, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Our World opening reception at Eubie Blake Cultural Center, Picture Whimsies: A Celebration of Art through Music at Pratt Central Library, and Strive Film Screening and Fundraiser for the Peale Center at the Charles Theatre.
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This week includes: Baltimore Farmers’ Market + Bazaar, Bazaart at the AVAM, the Baltimore Jewelry Center’s Holiday Sale, Waverly Holiday Pop-up Market, Cross Street Holiday Market, Shop Small Art Crawl at the Mill Centre Art Studios, the Liriodendron’s Holiday Open House, and the Holiday Bazaar + Tea at the Cloisers.
Visualizing the Word: National Juried Art Exhibition | Reception
Tuesday, November 26th • 5-7pm
Anne Arundel Community College : Arnold
Nov. 26th, 2019 – Jan. 24th, 2020
This exhibit highlights ekphrastic work from artists throughout the United States. It includes artwork inspired by literature and artworks that address literary themes. The exhibit includes works in a wide variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, textiles, and more.
Jon West-Bey is an independent curator and museum consultant based in Washington, DC. He is also a Lecturer in the Museum Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University. During his over 20 year career, Jon has curated over 40 exhibitions and produced and managed numerous award winning public, educational, and multimedia programs. Most recently, Jon was the Curator of the Arts Program at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where his work focused on developing the University’s visual art collection, curating UMUC’s public spaces, and producing exhibitions that featured artwork from local, national and internationally known artists. He is also the founder of the American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC and, and spent 10 years as its Executive Director.
Image: Kim Paxson, Mary Oliver’s Question, 2016, Artist-made wool and silk felt, handstitched, mixed media, 40.5″ x 33.5″ x 0.5″
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Friday, November 29th
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street : 21201
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) presents the New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band as part of its SuperPops series on November 29 and 30 and December 1 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD.
Founded in the early 1960s by tuba player Allan Jaffe, Preservation Hall Jazz Band aims to preserve the history of New Orleans jazz while providing a fresh take on the popular genre through collaborations with cutting edge artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, the Grateful Dead, Arcade Fire and the Black Keys.
After Allan Jaffe’s passing in 1987, his son Ben Jaffe became the band’s artistic director, touring with the band and playing double bass and tuba. Fulfilling his late father’s dream of visiting Cuba to retrace their musical roots, the band’s documentary A Tuba to Cuba follows the band’s 2015 trip to Cuba in search of the indigenous music that inspired New Orleans jazz.
“I see [passing on the band’s traditions] as something that’s necessary for the evolution and survival of New Orleans music,” Jaffe says. “Interpreting the repertoire that’s been around for a hundred years is one thing, but the challenge is to keep that repertoire and those traditions alive while at the same time being honest about who you are as a musician, allowing all of your musical influences to be reflected in what you create.”
Recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2011 included performing at Carnegie Hall and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; becoming the first band to perform at both the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival; and releasing two new albums: Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Collection and St. Peter & 57th St., a recording of their Carnegie Hall performance.
Bringing together the sounds of Dixieland and the rhythm and soul of Cuban music, Preservation Hall Jazz Band has thoroughly established itself as one of the important, innovative bands of jazz music.
Please note the BSO is not performing on this program.
Our World | Opening Reception
Saturday, November 30th • 6-8pm
Eubie Blake Cultural Center
847 North Howard Street : 21201
Our World features ten young, emerging Black American Artists working in Baltimore, MD. Co-curated by world-renowned artist Derrick Adams and curator Thomas James, Our World displays the many different facets that encompass Blackness in the eyes of these artists. The collection of artists in the show include Akea Brown, Jerrell Gibbs, Charles Mason III, Nikia Kigler, Kayla Fryer, James Massaqoui, Amani Lewis, Murjoni Merriweather, Will Watson, and McKinley Wallace III. Our World showcases artwork in which the artists question themselves and their perceptions of Blackness based on their experiences, as well as how Blackness is viewed through the lens of the dominant society in America. Working in an array of mediums, the artists have been able to capture the essence of Black American culture with works specifically focusing on Black hair, Black skin, family heritage, past experiences, and hopes, dreams, and expectations for the future. Through portraits, sculptures, photographs, collages, mixed media, abstract, and found object works, Our World explores and challenges what it means to be Black in America and how these emerging Black artists are expressing themselves.
Picture Whimsies: A Celebration of Art through Music
Sunday, December 1st • 2-4pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch
400 Cathedral Street : 21201
On Sunday, December 1, a unique art and music event that interprets and celebrates the original paintings of nine local artists will be held at The Enoch Pratt Central Library. Through a nine movement “Pierrot” suite written by award winning Peabody graduate student, Bobby Ge, the paintings, will be set to music including flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, and cello. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen and experience the art through his music.
Bobby Ge, pursuing his Master’s degree at The Peabody Conservatory, noticed paintings by local artists hanging at the Charles Theater. The paintings that caught his attention were by Art10 Baltimore, a collective of artists who have been painting together for more than 10 years.
“He reached out to us and asked if he could create original music based on our work, “said Jennifer Berk, one of the Art10Baltimore artists. “Since then we have collaborated on a unique partnership that pairs his musical composition with our visual work. It’s the culmination of over a year’s planning and will tell the story of nine original paintings through music,” Berk added.
Based on the belief that art should not be an insular experience, Ge has composed the suite dividing it into three distinct sections that explore the emotion of each painting using a polystylistic approach. Ge, through his composition, creates unity between the paintings. Born in America and raised in Shanghai, China, Ge returned to the U.S. to attend Berkeley. He holds a degree in composition theory and physics. He is a recent award winner of the International Music Competition held in Harbin, China. The musicians and conductor are students of Peabody.
Art10Baltimore artists share a common vision—that in a fractured world, the power of each artist’s unique individual language is elevated by community. After 10 years of painting, critiques and the occasional raucous dinner, their work has evolved to be cohesive while remaining diverse. The paintings of Art10Baltimore have appeared in juried and non- juried shows throughout the U.S. as well as in a number of private collections.
There will be an opportunity to view the art before and after the concert. Attendees will be seated to listen and experience the art through the musical performance. Following the concert, the audience will have an additional opportunity to view the paintings, meet the artists, Bobby Ge, and the musicians.
Strive Film Screening and Fundraiser for the Peale Center
Monday, December 2nd • 5:30-9:30pm
The Charles Theatre
1711 North Charles Street : 21201
About this Event
Tickets for VIP reception (doors 5:30pm): $100
Tickets for screenings only (doors 7:15pm): $10
The Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., Baltimore.
Park for $3 across the street from the Theater.
All proceeds benefit the Peale’s renovations.
Join us December 2nd for the Baltimore premiere of Strive, the award-winning film launching this winter on UMC (UMC.tv), AMC Networks’ online tv service, streaming quality storytelling about African American and urban life. Strive tells the story of Kalani Johnson (JoiStaRR), a high school student who must overcome the challenges of growing up in the projects to fulfill her dream of getting into Yale. Danny Glover, the renowned actor, activist, and board member of our neighbors, The Real News Network (TRNN), plays her college counselor. TRNN is generously lending their support as media partners for the event.
Also debuting December 2 is “By Any Means Necessary: Stories of Survival,” a short documentary co-produced by the Baltimore National Heritage Area (BHNA); Tony Mendez and El Mar Y EL, LLC; Myles Banks and Stunt 311; Arch Social Community Network; and Noel Anton of TenderBridge, Inc. BHNA’s mission is to promote and preserve the history and culture of Baltimore’s diverse people, including a controversial group referred to as the “Squeegee Kids.” While some may consider them disruptive, they see themselves as entrepreneurs, striving to make a better life for themselves and their families in the absence of better job opportunities for youth. Whatever your opinion, the Squeegee Kids are a fixture on Baltimore streets, and BHNA has given them the opportunity to tell their compelling stories in this mini-documentary.
The Peale, which served as Baltimore’s first public high school for people of color (1882-1888), is honored to help share these stories in Baltimore, a city teeming with young people who are striving against the odds to earn an education and build a future.
5:30pm Doors open for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and “artisanal selfies” – your silhouette cut freehand in the historical style by Lauren Muney.
7:30pm Debut of the short documentary about Baltimore’s “squeegee kids” and Strive film screening.