On Thursday, November 7, BmoreArt hosted our eighth magazine release party at the Pratt Library in Mount Vernon and hosted 400+ featured artists, contributors, and friends of the publication. The theme of the new issue is Archive, and our team explored the theme as a practice and a concept, interpreting it broadly and in a Baltimore-centric way that celebrates the past and the present. We are thrilled that 600 copies of our new issue are now circulating in the Baltimore region and hundreds more are on their way to our vending partners.
In our archive issue, we explored the raw material of history as it becomes unearthed and accessible to more individuals, and the way that artists and culture producers transform historic evidence into the compelling stories of our time. Issue 08 features the Arch Social Club, Derrick Adams, UMBC’s Special Collections, the I. Henry Photo Project, Phylicia and Edward Ghee, Faidley’s Seafood at Lexington Market, the Afro-American Newspaper’s archives, the Spectrum of Fashion exhibition at the Maryland Historical Society, and the home and art collection of legendary Baltimore art power couple Richard Cleaver, an internationally known sculptor, and George Ciscle, founder of The Contemporary and MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice program, as well as a photo essay on artists who create and use archives in their work. Jill Fannon’s photo of Cleaver’s sculpture graces Issue 08’s cover with proliferating digital collages by Amy Helminiak functioning as endpapers inside our front and back covers.
This issue included writing by Suzy Kopf, Rebekah Kirkman, Brandon Soderberg, Lisa Snowden-McCray, Cara Ober, Nora Belblidia, Priyanka Kumar, Angela N. Carroll, Joy Davis, Savannah Wood, Rahne Alexander, E Cadoux, Michael Anthony Farley, and Victoria Pass. It featured artwork by Amy Helminiak and Wickerham & Lomax, as well as photography by Jill Fannon, Kelvin Bulluck, Justin Tsucalas, Ana Tantaros, E. Brady Robinson, Theresa Keil, Rachel Rock, Joe Hyde, and Devin Allen.
Thank you to our collaborators and sponsors for your generous support, including Harriet Dopkin and Classic Catering, Chris Attenborough and Union Craft Brewing, Carlyn Thomas and La Cuchara, Arch Watkins and Old Line Spirits Company, Patrick Rife and Pixilated, and Abbey Parrish and QWRK. Thank you to the Enoch Pratt Free Library, to Ed Berlin and the newly formed BmoreArt Partners group, to Jane Brown and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation for steadfast and ongoing support, and to all of our advertising partners who make it possible for this publication to exist.
Baltimore City fuels our creative work and we strive to depict it in a way that reflects its unique character. (Cara Ober)
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Event Photos from BmoreArt’s 8th Magazine Release Party at the Enoch Pratt Library on Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Vivian Doering.
Vivian Doering is a Baltimore photographer with a BFA from MICA. She specializes in product photography, shooting for local Baltimore artists, crafters, and makers, while working at an auction house in Towson. She also has a special love for architecture, photographing galleries and buildings in Charm City and DC. IG:@vivianmariephoto