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17jan - 21febAll DayFun Home

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A COMING-OUT MUSICAL, BASED ON A TRUE FAMILY

Welcome to the Bechdel family. But just what family is it? Through the searching eyes of daughter Alison—aged 9, 17, and then 42—we meet her ever-shifting and sometimes unreliable memories of brothers, mother, and above all her repressed father, along with recollections from the family funeral home to Alison’s coming out. Based on Bechdel’s own best-selling illustrated memoir, this poignant tale harnesses every facet of music and theater to explore and unravel the mysteries of childhood and the surprising secrets that shape a life. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, from the composer of Caroline, or Change and the writer of 2.5 Minute Ride.

Content Advisory: Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel and her real life, this musical explores some coming-of-age topics best suited for middle schoolers and up.

Time

January 17 (Thursday) - February 21 (Thursday)

Location

Baltimore Center Stage

700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

29jan - 24febAll DayEverything is Wonderful

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Coming to the Everyman stage this February, emerging playwright Chelsea Marcantel’s Everything is Wonderful takes us into the heart of Amish country. The play runs January 29 – February 24, 2019.

Imagine a knock at the door from the hand complicit in a family tragedy: When the repentant driver in a fatal collision seeks forgiveness from the Amish clan whose sons’ lives he claimed, faith guides them to welcome him into their community—and their home. But as inconvenient truths from the family’s past are discovered, can their outpouring of empathy be as limitless as it seems?

At times both funny and heartbreaking, the struggle to keep a family together after a tragic loss leads to a new kind of resolution. Excommunicated Miri returns home after her brothers’ deadly accident only to find that while she is still shunned, the men responsible for their deaths and her banishment are embraced by her family. Quickly learning that time has not healed old wounds, Miri struggles with the contradictions of the culture she left behind. The past and present collide as the play unravels assumptions and discovers universal truth.

Marcantel conducted extensive research to ensure accuracy in presenting a little-known way of life in an honest and realistic way. The details extend into the costuming, as well as set design by Resident Designer Daniel Ettinger,(The Importance of Being Earnest, Sweat, The Book of Joseph) transforming Everyman’s intimate theatre into expansive horse country through a set extension, removing seating in order to widen the horizon of the setting.

“This exciting new work is exactly the type of story that Everyman loves to tell,” states Everyman Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi. “It’s a family drama like no other. Everything is Wonderful examines the intricacies of forgiveness through the lens of this enigmatic community wrestling to find a new path forward, and is a refreshing take that audiences won’t want to miss.”

Bruce Randolph Nelson and Deborah Hazlett in Everything is WonderfulResident Company members Bruce Randolph Nelson (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Deborah Hazlett (Sweat) undergo dramatic transformations from previous roles this season to plumb the depths of an outlying culture in this enthralling, critically acclaimed drama about a peaceful community wrestling regret, redemption, and contradiction.
(photo credit ClintonBPhotography)

“We as a country are gasping under the weight of divisiveness, anger, and exhaustion,” says Director Noah Himmelstein (of last season’s record-breaking The Book of Joseph). “Everything is Wonderful breaks through the noise and challenges us with what feels like a revolutionary question: “what about forgiveness?’”

Everything is Wonderful runs January 29 through February 24, 2019.
Tickets ($10–65) are on sale now, online (everymantheatre.org), by phone (410.752.2208), or at the Everyman Theatre Box Office (315 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD).

Time

January 29 (Tuesday) - February 24 (Sunday)

Location

Everyman Theatre

315 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201

15feb - 10marAll DayCymbeline

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The Hampden-based Baltimore Shakespeare Factory will open their 2019 season with Cymbeline. Set in ancient Britain, Cymbeline is among Shakespeare’s final triumphs. Masterfully blending comedy, tragedy, romance, and adventure—and featuring one of the early modern stage’s greatest female leads—Cymbeline (like its contemporary The Winter’s Tale) considers the implications of jealousy run wild, and the healing powers of pardon and forgiveness.

 

As one of the last plays William Shakespeare ever penned, Cymbeline puts a capstone on the Bard’s storied career. Shakespeare aficionados will recognize character types and plot elements from his other, more familiar plays. BSF Artistic Director Tom Delise directs, bringing the company’s signature style of fast-paced, interactive theatre to the stage with a fairytale spin.

 

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory will present Cymbeline on its Elizabethan-style Hampden stage Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from February 15-March 10, 2019.

 

Cymbeline

Directed by Tom Delise

February 15-March 10

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 4:00pm; Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before showtime.

The Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary’s

3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21211

 

 

Tickets are available on the BSF website, www.baltimoreshakespearefactory.org/

 

Opening Night (February 15) is pay-what-you-will! For all other performances, ticket prices are $24 for adults, and $19 for students, teachers, artists, veterans, and senior citizens (55+); admission for children and 12 and below is always free.

 

Each Saturday performance will be preceded by a lecture by a guest artist or academic, or a member of the BSF artistic staff. Lectures are free to attend and begin at 7pm.

 

About Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) produces five shows each year at the Great Hall at St. Mary’s in Hampden. It is the objective of Baltimore Shakespeare Factory to recreate, as closely as is possible, the staging conditions, spirit, and atmosphere created by Shakespeare’s theatre company. We are the only theatre in the region producing only plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods

 

We also continue to expand our outreach into the community, offering education programs for local students, and lectures and workshops for people of all ages. BSF is a proud member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the Hampden Village Merchants Association, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Time

February 15 (Friday) - March 10 (Sunday)

Location

The Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary’s

3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21211

19feb5:00 pm- 7:00 pmThe Shell GameOpening Reception

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Perhaps only devotees of The Price Is Right remember “The Shell Game” segment, but everyone knows the relatively simple ruse from which it was adapted. While the ancient street hustle merely masquerades as a fair contest, the game show version differs principally in so far as it is actually possible for players to win. However, even an apparently honest game can serve as a confidence trick. Out of thin air, within the confines of a TV-studio materializes an indisputable illustration of something exciting, something glamorous. In the end, yes it’s a giant commercial. But such public rituals of ecstatic consumption were all the more tantalizing before social media culture democratized the consumptive gaze. Consuming was scripted, predictable unpredictability, calculated risk. This culture of material inundation leaves a vivid psychological geography in its wake. Unveiling this very real space charged with hope, desire, hunger, and the innate desire to be recognized tempers the concurrent trend toward flat, digital spaces.

By elegantly eliding glitzy, lo-def game show set design with the crisp nonchalance of minimalism, Tyler Wellington’s thesis exhibition, The Shell Game reminds viewers that these two forms of consumptive spectacle share a geometry of desire, which seems to conceal as much as reveal. Here, Modernist sculpture is subtly recomposed and diffused into a coyly interactive installation. Alternating colored lights illuminate the way as shape slides into the surface. An inadvertent movement might transform viewer into unwitting participant. Canned applause is provided, engendering yet another empty circuit of spectacle. Under the glimmering gaze of no one in particular, contestants evaporate into the objects of their desire rarely leaving so much as a husk. And for the souvenir lovers- be sure to purchase a commemorative temporary tattoo, which is sure to molt before too long.

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– Tuesday February 19, 2019 // 5:00-7:00 pm – Join us for the opening reception of Tyler Wellington’s MFA Thesis Exhibition The Shell Game. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public; all are welcome to attend. To RSVP, click here.

ARTIST

Tyler Wellington is a visual artist dealing with sculptural objects and installation-based work, though her studio and research approach remains multidisciplinary. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she graduated cum laude from Davidson College with a degree in studio arts and religious studies before enrolling as an MFA candidate in studio arts at the George Washington University. This is her second solo exhibition.

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Gallery 102
Gallery 102 and the Student Exhibitions Committee (SEC) is committed to the exhibiting of contemporary art, including work from GW & Corcoran students, DC-area artists, and nationally recognized artists of all medium. The SEC consists of GW & Corcoran students — undergraduate and graduate, majors and non-majors, artists and art historians — who both develop innovative, original, and thought-provoking exhibitions throughout GW’s campus and invite a select group of guest curators to present exhibitions each semester. The gallery provides practical curatorial experience to the student body. Students have the opportunity to exhibit work, curate shows, and install exhibitions.

Time

(Tuesday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Gallery 102

801 22nd St NW, Washington DC 20052

19feb7:00 pm- 8:00 pmAs, Not For: Dethroning Our AbsolutesMICA Fellow Jerome Harris

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(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Stevenson University

1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson MD 21153

20feb6:00 am- 8:00 amIna Helrich / Alex Cooper AuctioneersOpening Reception

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Maryland Art Place (MAP), in partnership with Alex Cooper Auctioneers, is pleased to present its first exhibition of the year at Hotel Indigo featuring the artworks of the recently deceased Baltimore based artist, Ina Claire Helrich.  Five of Helrich’s paintings will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. The exhibition will be on view January 24, 2019 –  April 15, 2019 and is free and open to the public. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm. Hotel Indigo is located at 24 West Franklin Street in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore City.

Helrich was known as a prolific Baltimore painter and printmaker who exhibited her work in over 60 juried shows and 14 solo exhibits throughout her lifetime. She graduated from the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and later studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where a scholarship fund was established in her name. Kornblatt Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art Sales and Rental Gallery, and C. Grimaldis Gallery represented Helrich locally.

Helrich was active in the art community as a past president of the Maryland Chapter of Artists Equity Association and founded the Maryland Artists Equity Foundation in 1984. Additionally, she was involved in the Baltimore Arts Festival Planning Committee, the Art Committee of the Jewish Community Center, and Artscape. Helrich dedicated her life to supporting the work of Maryland artists.

Alex Cooper Auctioneers will be auctioning Helrich’s complete body of work as part of their Alex Cooper Art Select Auction program. The auction will be held online beginning April 17 through April 26. For more information click:

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Hotel Indigo, Baltimore Downtown is a boutique hotel located in Baltimore, MD.  MAP has been working closely with the hotel since it opened, selecting and installing the hotel’s permanent artwork collection including works by Jared Ragland, Gary Kachadourian and Christos Palios. Hotel Indigo and MAP share the same vision of supporting working artists in the region, and both look forward to their continued partnership and the rotation of quarterly exhibitions. For more information, visit www.baltimoreindigohotel.com.

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981.

www.mdartplace.org | [email protected] | 410.962.8565

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 am - 8:00 am

Location

Hotel Indigo

24 West Franklin Street, Baltimore MD 21201

21feb - 10marAll DayRobert Kauzlaric’s Frankenstein

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Cohesion Theatre Company’s monstrous fifth season will kick off this winter with the Baltimore Premiere of Robert Kauzlaric’s Frankenstein. This adaptation of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel transforms the classic horror tale from a story of a man and his creation, to one of a grieving woman reinventing her father.

 

“Frankenstein stoked my creative interests with the level of freedom it offers in its interpretation and staging,” says director Melissa LaMartina, who is returning to directing after a short break. “Creatively, this production speaks to my interest in how we use horror to explore complicated themes related to being human and navigating relationships and circumstances of life. With this production, I am striving to present a work that is gripping and honest. I am fortunate to have assembled a cast that I believe shares that goal. “

The play will heavily feature the use of puppetry as Victoria Frankenstein mourns the death of her father and constructs a monster in his place, a monster that begins to consume her life.

“The story speaks to us on a more personal level, especially this reinterpretation of Victoria’s journey through grieving the loss of her father,” says Cohesion Artistic Director and Frankenstein’s Puppetry Director and Designer Jess Rassp. “The puppetry component is an exciting opportunity to illustrate character in a more abstract, yet still very human, way.”

The actors who will be playing the monster took a special workshop with Rassp to learn how to perform with the puppets in the show. “I am playing with layers of reality and realism versus abstract when constructing the “Frankenstein Monster” character. The movement of the puppet will be challenging, but I’m training the actors in puppetry articulation through Suzuki methods of acting to give them a strong foundation in stance, focus, breath and voice,” Rassp says.

 

Through the Monster puppet and Kauzlaric’s rich script, this production explores the themes of loss, grief, and despair through the lens of Shelley’s original story. “As I consider my own experiences and the conceptualization of grief as a living Creature in this production, I think about the weight of grief as well as of the intermittent nature it can take on. This production offers an exploration of the demands grief makes of us, of how it can become a living force that takes over every aspect of our lives, of how it can take sudden hold even in those times we feel we have reached acceptance or a ‘new normal,’” says LaMartina. “I hope that this production invites reflection, conversation, and connection.”

 

Opening night for Frankenstein is Thursday, February 21 at 8pm. Following opening night the show will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 4 pm from February 21 through March 10, 2019. Tickets are Pay What You Can and may be purchased online at http://www.cohesiontheatre.org/frankenstein

 

Cohesion performs in “The Fallout Shelter” at United Evangelical Church (923 S. East Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224) at the corner of East Avenue and Dillon Street in Canton. Patrons should enter the space through the red doors on East Avenue. For more information about the Cohesion Theatre Company 2019 Season, visit www.cohesiontheatre.org

 

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Frankenstein

By Robert Kauzlaric

Adapted from the novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Directed by Melissa LaMartina

Feb. 21 – March 10.

Opening February 21 at 8pm

Fridays – Saturdays at 8pm

Sundays at 4pm

Industry Night Monday, March 4 at 8 PM

The Fallout Shelter at United Evangelical Church

923 S. East Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

Tickets are Pay What You Can

http://www.cohesiontheatre.org/frankenstein

 

Cast:

Molly Margulies  — Victoria

Steven Howison  — Alphonse

Hanna Folger  — William

Kim Le  — Justine

Cynthia Miller  — Caroline

Caitlin Rife  — Helena

Jamil Johnson  — Erich

 

Production Team:

Melissa LaMartina — Director
Chuck Green — Stage Manager
Jess Rassp — Director of Puppetry, Puppet Designer

Chris Reuther — Puppet Designer
Maria Bissex — Costume Designer
Meghan Taylor — Wig, Hair, and Makeup Designer
Sierra Ho — Scenic Designer
Alisa Glenn — Properties Designer
Daniel Weissglass — Lighting Designer
Mike Walls — Music and Sound Designer

Brad Norris — Fight Choreographer

Time

February 21 (Thursday) - March 10 (Sunday)

Location

The Fallout Shelter at United Evangelical Church

923 South East Avenue, Baltimore Maryland 21224

21feb5:00 pm- 7:30 pmTime Frames Film Screening

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Watch rarely screened short films by artists from Japan, China, Vietnam, and Taiwan and enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the exhibition Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography from 5-6 pm.

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(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898

21feb5:30 pm- 8:30 pmWild Horses

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The fifth of eight events of the “Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love letters” exhibition at Maryland Art Place and Area 405 January 17 to March 10 (www.onethousandloveletters.com), “Wild Horses” explores love’s tenacious hold through addiction’s ride. In letters to and from loved ones caught up in the throes of substance use, we see resilience, fortitude and holding on regardless of the challenges—testimonials of undying love and unbreakable connection. “Wild Horses” features two singer-songwriters whose ballads pay tribute to the theme of love when confronted with such hardship: QueenEarth and Kirk Wulf. The program features participation from clients and staff of Baltimore recovery programs who contributed letters to the project: Dee’s Place, Marian House, Powell Recovery Center, BCRI, and the Comprehensive Care Practice at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The 5:30-6:30pm reception period for this opening event is graced with jazz keyboardist George Spicka, and light fare provided by The Classic Catering People.

“Wild Horses” is sponsored by Powell Recovery Center, and Baltimore magazine serves as the media sponsor for the “Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love Letters” exhibition. For more details, visit www.onethousandloveletters.com.

Time

(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Maryland Art Place

218 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore MD 21201

21feb6:00 pm- 8:00 pmTemporal EmbodimentsOpening Reception + Artist Remarks

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From February 21 – March 30, 2019 the Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland presents Temporal Embodiments. At the core of this exhibition is a lingering and disquieting question about how we relate to our daily experiences of the world. In today’s climate of technology-soaked mediations of daily life, how can we understand time, and how do we slow down time so that we can pinpoint it, or take from our perceptual life a moment or concept of significance? These are questions that artists Sharon Servilio and Sylvie van Helden address in Temporal Embodiments.

The experience of time has become increasingly fragmented, leaving us ungrounded; and unbound to a sense of a greater cosmic timeline. Through their work, these two artists see the idea of time as a linear series of unrelated moments as a construct that can be broken, slowed down, and pulled into a greater, unmediated notion of eternal time, released from the pressures of endless scrolling and constant sensationalism. Servilio and van Helden work to ground or embody the cosmic and unfathomable within the earthly, fleeting fragments of individual moments.

About the artists:
Sharon Servilio grew up in Washington, NJ and now lives and works in Queens, NY.  In addition to a solo exhibition at Salena Gallery at Long Island University in Brooklyn, she has shown in group exhibitions at Field Projects and Printed Matter in New York, Trestle Gallery and Paradice Palase in Brooklyn, and Passenger in Detroit. She participates in the program at Flat File in Montclair, NJ, which connects collectors with works on paper.  She has been a visiting artist at Montgomery College, Washington Studio School, and College of Creative Studies. She received an MFA from American University in Washington, D.C. and a BA from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

Sylvie van Helden was born in Montreal, Canada in 1974. After a brief stint in Biology, she moved to Baltimore in 2000 to attend the Mount Royal Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Upon graduating with her MFA in 2002, she taught at the college and high school levels for 13 years. Her works have been shown in local, regional, and national shows at venues such as Maryland Art Place, Hillyer Art Space, The Autry Museum of The American West, and the Painting Center. van Helden was the recipient of two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artists Grants (2004 and 2016) and was selected as a finalist for the Baker Artist Awards in 2017. Sylvie maintains a studio at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, MD.

Please see the gallery’s website for more information.

Time

(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Julio Fine Arts, Loyola University Maryland

McGuire Hall

21feb8:00 pmNOSTOS: A Dreambaby Cabaret

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The Ancient Greek term NOSTOS refers to those stories in which someone returns home after a long journey filled with perilous obstacles, often by sea, in the hopes of reclaiming what was once their own. NOSTOS: A Dreambaby Cabaret is a homecoming show produced by Dreambaby, Baltimore’s favorite (and only) witch cabaret musician.

In addition to Dreambaby, NOSTOS features a cast of brilliant performers: one-of-a-kind comedy duo OLGA, eminently talented dancer Talbolt Johnson, and ingenious magician David London. Each of these artists have, in one way or another, been present during formative moments in Dreambaby’s career as a musician and performance artist prior to moving away from Baltimore for two and a half adventurous, challenging years.

Located at The Peale Center, NOSTOS: A Dreambaby Cabaret is certain to be an unforgettable night of oddity, witchery, and astonishing talent.

Time

(Thursday) 8:00 pm

Location

The Peale Center

225 North Holliday Street, Baltimore MD 21202

22feb5:00 pm- 7:00 pmGrad Show l: Teaching, M.A. Exhibition

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MICA’s Office of Graduate Studies is delighted to announce GRAD SHOW I, featuring students from the MA, Teaching program. MICA GRAD SHOW I will be on view February 20 – March 10 in Riggs and Leidy Gallery, Lazarus Center. Opening Reception, Friday, February 22nd, 5PM – 7PM.

Exhibitors:
Casey Leach
Grace Griffin
Hayley Maher
Ashely Lim
Jane Kim
Katie Schweitzer
Madeleine Salapow
Meredith Meer
Rachel Hartman
Shadell D. Segree
Stephanie Rowe
Trevor Weigle
Vivian Wenzler

Visit http://2019.micagradshow.com for a complete schedule of exhibitions, film screenings, public programs, and student-curated installations throughout Baltimore city.

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

MICA

1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217

22feb6:00 pm- 8:00 pmLove, Dessert & Champagne

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Sample a tasty assortment of desserts from Market Center’s talented chefs while you explore MAP’s current exhibit: Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love Letters and ponder the many nuances of love. We’ll have live music performed by Tony Love, formerly with Jah Works and now The Love From Above, champagne, and other beverages.

Vendors;
AJ’s Deli
Kora Lee’s Gourmet Dessert Café
Maiwand Grill
Trinacria
Zhongshan Restaurant
Konstant’s Candies

Where: Maryland Art Place
218 W Saratoga St Baltimore, MD 21201

When: Friday, February 22, 6 to 8 pm
Free and open to public

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(Friday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Maryland Art Place

218 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore MD 21201

22feb6:00 pm- 9:00 pmSonya Clark - Hair/Goods: An Homage to Madame CJ WalkerReception + Performance

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“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South.  I was promoted to the Washtub.  I was promoted to the Kitchen. I promoted MYSELF to the business of hair…on my own grounds.”- Madam CJ Walker

“Hairdressing is the primordial fiber art.” -Bill Gaskins

“The poetry and politics of Black hair care specialists are central to my work as an artist. Rooted in a rich legacy, their hands embody an ability to map a head with a comb and manipulate the fiber we grow into complex form.”   – Sonya Clark

 

Goya Contemporary Gallery is thrilled to invite the public to attend a (free) conversation about art, history, economics, social justice, race, culture, and hair on February 22, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Internationally acclaimed fiber artist, Sonya Clark [born 1967], and great-great-granddaughter and Madam C.J. Walker biographer, A’Lelia Bundles, will be in dialogue with hairstylists Kamala Bhagat and Jamilah Graham from Clark’s celebrate work The Hair Craft Project. Witness the space between hair salon and art gallery collapse, as hairstyles come to life on the heads of Clark and Bundles, while they bring forward the legacy of one of the first self-made female millionaires in the context of the exhibition, Hair/Goods : An Homage to Madam C. J. Walker.

 A native of Washington D.C. and the daughter of a Jamaican mother and a Trinidadian father of Yoruba decent, Clark’s socially engaged practices address the complexity of American culture and history, including its evolution through colonization, slavery, inequitable narration, and phases of immigration.   Clark’s wide-ranging body of work has crossed styles and media, utilizing humble materials from daily life such as combs, thread, wigs, coins, seed beads, found objects, flags, and human hair, to craft exquisite objects that transpose craft into a potent stage for social commentary, activism, truth telling, and change, while simultaneously honoring craftspeople and notable African American figures such as  former President Barack Obama or in this case, the entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker.

Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919) was America’s first self-made, female, African American millionaire whose amassed wealth was generated by her own tenacity, business acumen, and intellect.  She produced generational wealth that had a major impact on her descendants, if not the African-American community at large.  The exhibition’s Curator, Amy Raehse, says: “Walker is a historically relevant subject for study inside myriad disciplines including American History, Business Practices, Feminism, Economics, and even the principles of Socially Responsible Investing…yet, Walker is often absent from much of the white-centric history still being taught in today’s curriculum.  It’s exasperating that this remarkable woman is not a household name in all communities, and Sonya Clark celebrates her legacy in such a compelling and beautiful way.”

The artist links inanimate objects to the human condition, exposing how we conflate the two in an effort to capture and reveal the world’s multifarious emotional, phycological, and historic layers. “Objects have personal and cultural meaning because they absorb our stories and reflect our humanity back to us. My stories, your stories, our stories are held in the object,” says Clark.   Her work points out cultural symbols, often rooted in deep meaning and political histories.  Her objects divulge Clark’s reverence for other cultures.  She has studied with craftspeople from Australia, Ghana, India, Brazil, China, and Indonesia to enhance her comprehension of the cultural association’s objects transport, as well as to hone her technical acumen with tools, techniques, and scholarship of historical accuracy in narrative that deepens the influence of her art.

Clark has received numerous awards, including the James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educator Award (2018), Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2016), ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize (co-winner, 2014), Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2010 and 2011), and Pollock Krasner award. Her work has been exhibited in more than 350 museums and galleries throughout the world.

Closing out a  two-year residency with The Fabric Workshop and Museum in PA, Clark opens the exhibition Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know (March 29-Aug 4th) which will coincide with Sonya Clark: Self-Evident, on view at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (May 18 – September 9, 2019).  Other major projects include: The Hair Craft Project, which honors the creative integrity of everyday, under-recognized haircrafters; the Kente Flag Project, which explored ideas of cultural symbols and hybridized identity; and Unraveling, which invites the general public to work side by side with Clark to systematically unravel the Confederate flag one thread at a time.

For 12 years, Clark served as a professor and chair of the Department of Craft and Material Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently Professor of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College where she received an honorary doctorate in 2015. Clark has also served on the board of the American Craft Council (Minneapolis, MN), Textile Museum (Washington, DC), and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, ME).

We thank Sonya Clark and A’Lelia Bundles, and of course the still inspiring tenacity of Madam CJ Walker, whose commitment to education, social justice, equality, and beauty is reflected in the brilliance of these women’s intellectual output  and prove yet another way Madam CJ Walker had remained a motivating life-force.   We further honor Madam CJ Walker’s significant legacy by donating a portion of any sales from this exhibition to the NAACP.

Time

(Friday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Goya Contemporary

3000 Chestnut Avenue, Mill Centre #214, Baltimore MD 21211

22feb7:00 pmSpaces of the Un-EntitledDevin Allen One Man Performance

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A visual analysis of architecture and its impact on people of impoverished communities
February 7, 2019 – March 22, 2019
Curator: Jeffrey Kent

“Stay dangerous,” a motto coined by D. Watkins, describes Devin Allen’s approach to artistic life and philosophy, and the impetus of his work in Spaces of the Un-Entitled. “Stay dangerous” is a challenge and a promise. It means that if you have the strength and daring to be honest in your experience of and interaction with the world, you can count on two things- Your strength will demand respect, and Your honesty will be a danger to those who live and profit by refusing it- and consequently, a danger to you. As you refuse to yield, you prove you have the strength to back up the danger of honesty. The more you stay dangerous, the more dangerous you become to the status quo.

Allen invites the audience to “Stay dangerous” as they reexamine their perceptions, experiences, and truths of the Spaces of the Un-Entitled, and our shared experience. ‘Spaces’ considers the immersive and connective qualities of photography, installation, and performance. The day after opening night, Devin Allen will speak with ghosts from his Un-Entitled past, the ghosts who reside in what was left behind, who are lost as Gentrification erases the history of neighborhoods.

“Stay dangerous” is about respect, as Spaces of the Un-Entitled respects the architectural history of the homes and lives left behind. And it’s about truth, as Devin Allen refuses to allow these spaces and lives to disappear under spackle and paint.

Exhibit Open Hours:

Thursday, 6pm – 9pm
Fridays, 3pm – 6pm
Saturdays, 2pm – 5pm

Public Events

February 7, 6-9pm OPENING RECEPTION: Devin Allen Art Talk with Q & A
February 8th, 7pm – Devin Allen One Man Performance
February 15th, 7pm – Baltimore Based Artist Kondwani Russell
February 22nd, 7pm – Devin Allen One Man Performance
March 1st, 7pm – Baltimore Based Artist Kondwani Russell
March 22nd, 6pm-9pm CLOSING RECEPTION: Collaboration Performance with Devin Allen, Cheyanne Givens, Kondwani Russell and Chris Wilson

Who is Devin Allen?
Devin Allen is a self taught artist, born and raised in West Baltimore. He gained national attention when his photograph of the Baltimore Uprising was published on the cover of Time in May 2015 – only the third time the work of an amateur photographer had been featured. His photographs have also appeared in New York Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Aperture, and in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Now, known as a professional photographer, he is the founder of Through Their Eyes, a youth photography educational program and the winner of the 2017 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship.

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(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

The Peale Center

225 North Holliday Street, Baltimore MD 21202

23febAll DayWinter Writing WorkshopsFinding Your Authentic Voice

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Join us in the New Year for three Writing Workshops brought to you by Yellow Arrow Publishing.

You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/writingworkshop2019
(Sign up for one… or all three!)

Unblocking the Muse 1/26/19
Whether you’re a new writer, an off-and-on-again writer, or an old hat, sometimes it can be hard to get the creative juices flowing. So what exactly do you do when the only word you can think to write is “the”?

Led by Gwen Van Velsor and Ariele Sieling, this workshop will run through a variety of strategies for getting in the groove of writing in both fiction and creative nonfiction. We will discuss short-term strategies to use when you’re staring at a blank piece of paper, and long-term strategies for when writer’s block just won’t go away. We will also delve into creative problem solving, for when the story itself just isn’t working.

Come join us and your fellow writers for a fun, interactive workshop on unblocking the muse.

Finding Your Authentic Voice 2/23/19
They always say “write what you know,” but what exactly does that mean? When crafting a story, whether fiction or nonfiction, honesty and authenticity in the writing practice is crucial to adding realism and credibility to your story.

This workshop will address some of the challenges of staying authentic, and discuss strategies for incorporating integrity and authenticity

Join Cija (pronounced “Kia”) Jefferson and Ariele Sieling as they dive into different strategies for telling the truth, writing what you know, and adding realism and complexity to your story.

Finding Healing Through Writing 3/23/19
We all have a story inside of us, and finding a way to write about it can lead to self acceptance and healing. In this workshop, we explore our feelings and experiences in a safe place through writing, laughter and community.

Reshape and explore real life experiences through fiction and creative nonfiction with author Dr. Diane Pomerantz, clinical psychologist. When we share our stories with each other, it creates a ripple effect of empathy, compassion and understanding. It’s about saying, yes, we belong here, too.

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All Day (Saturday)

Location

Y:ART

3402 Gough Street Baltimore, MD 21224

23feb1:00 pm- 3:00 pmTRANSOM: Alex Paik | Magnolia LaurieClosing Reception

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MONO Practice Baltimore is delighted to present Transom, works by Magnolia Laurie (Baltimore) and Alex Paik (New York City). Transom is the inception of Mono Practice’s new program where the focus is to bridge studio practices that move beyond geographical and studio constructs.

The exhibition will run through February 23. The gallery hours are Thursday 3-7pm, Saturday 1-4pm, and by appointment.

Alex Paik

Alex’s works explore a single geometric form as its subject and the ways that these forms relate to each other through repetition and tessellation. The layering of units to form other compound shapes mimic the way a fugue’s subject dissolves, recombines, and forms new harmonic relationships as it is transposed, inverted, and folded into itself. He uses repetition not so much as a compositional device, but more as a way to explore and develop the possibilities of each unit. Or, to borrow Glenn Gould’s description of Bach’s late fugues, to “give the impression of an infinitely expanding universe.”

The geometry in his work not only relates to the architecture of contrapuntal music, but is also a way to give structure to the reflected color from my painted strips of paper – a way to provide an architectural scaffold from which color harmonies and the work’s final form are generated. The color relationships are the vehicle through which the geometry of each individual unit dissolves and recombines with the surrounding units and the rest of the piece.

Alex Paik is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work has been shown at galleries and art fairs nationally and internationally. From 2015-18, he was Curator of Satellite Art Show, an alternative art fair in Miami. He is the founder and Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a non-profit network of artist-run spaces and Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery, a non- profit arts organization in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Magnolia Laurie | Again and Again

Magnolia’s work explores ideas of landscape, vantage point, the human instinct to build, and our complex relationship to land. Absent of any actual people, the drawings and paintings depict gestures of the built environment as both literal evidence and metaphor for human impact.

The drawings in Again and Again embrace stratification and accumulation. Rocks stack in cairns and totems, becoming markers of a destination, human activity, or a point in time. They are made with a love for ink and paper and an exploration of how they relate to each other. They are an exercise of fearlessness, an attempt to make and accept each layer with grace.

Magnolia Laurie was born in Massachusetts and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College and her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, and the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming. Magnolia’s work has been supported with grants from the Creative Baltimore Fund, the Maryland State Arts Council Grants, the Belle Foundation and a Mid Atlantic Creative Fellowship. Magnolia lives in Baltimore, MD and is an Assistant Professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

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MONO PRACTICE (2018) is a contemporary art gallery focusing its programing around abstract and reductive art. Mono Practice is one of newest galleries in Baltimore city, located in Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Through presenting curatorial focused programing and research, our mission is to bridge various communities and align new sensitivities around new markets and knowledge exchanges.

For additional information please contact Ruri Yi, Director, [email protected]

Time

(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location

Mono Practice

212 McAllister Street, Baltimore 21202

23feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmCloud (Make Studio Celebrates) Nine!

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Please save the date! Make Studio will celebrate our 9th anniversary, and our ever loftier ambitions, on February 23rd!

Proving that we have far more than 9 lives to live, our organization enters its ninth year on a high note with an exhibition of a special selection of work from our (close to) three dozen program artists.

Stay tuned for details about refreshments and other opening reception happenings, but… prepare yourselves for the big, brass, Klezmer sounds of the Barrage Band Orchestra, who will be graciously providing live music during the event!

Our anniversary exhibition will be on view through early March, dates TBA.

Time

(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Make Studio

Schwing Art Center, 3326 Keswick Road Front, Baltimore MD 21211

23feb2:00 pm- 3:00 pmDance Showcase: Exhibit Expressions

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Dance Showcase: Exhibit Expressions

Saturday, February 23, 2 pm – 3 pm

Explore visionary artist Romare Bearden’s works and life through the world of dance.  Dance Baltimore Repertory Ensemble will perform dance interpretations based on his works. Visitors will view Bearden’s works following the showcase.

In conjunction with Romare Bearden: Visionary Artist

Included with Museum Admission

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location

Reginald F. Lewis Museum

830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21202

23feb4:00 pm- 6:00 pmKen Karlic, Edmond Praybe & Christopher Stephen Koch ExhibitionArtist Talk

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Y:ART Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its first exhibition of 2019, featuring the work of Ken Karlic, Edmond Praybe and Christopher Stephen Koch. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 6-9pm.

This exhibit brings together three artists, each distinct in the materials used, yet linked by the somewhat loose, organic style they each utilize. These artists approach their work with the same suggestion of technique, but with completely different results. Ken Karlic works in watercolor, Edmond Praybe employs oils, while Christopher Stephen Koch works on plaster; each unique medium creating an individual and personal relationship to the subject conveyed. Their work is thoughtful and serious, while the imprecise nature of technique allows the admirer to form a more personal connection, and the similarities present in each artist’s approach to the work only makes the divergence of the works all the more magnificent to regard.

To learn more about the artists, their inspiration and technique, an Artist Talk will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 4-6pm.

Time

(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

Y:ART

3402 Gough Street Baltimore, MD 21224

23feb6:00 pm- 9:00 pmSarah Holden: Pearls, Ruff, Lace, PowerOpening Happy Hour

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Opening Saturday, February 23 with a happy hour from 6-9pm

I source and celebrate imagery and histories of women that rebel against cultural expectations of how women are supposed to act. Working inside this contested space I use traditional and non-traditional craft techniques to challenge these expectations by creating a role reversal through material. If steel represents the masculine and fiber represents the feminine, how can I reverse their expected gender associations and challenge the status quo?

-Sarah Holden

Time

(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Baltimore Jewelry Center

10 East North Avenue, Baltimore MD 21201

23feb11:10 pmEsther and The Dream of One Loving Human FamilyExhibition Opening Day

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AVAM announces the return of its most beloved exhibited works in the national museum’s 23-year history, the exquisitely tender testimonial embroideries created by Holocaust survivor, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. AVAM premiered the works in 2001 that then traveled to 42 other museums around the world. Curator and museum founder, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, states, “With the blessing of Esther’s family, we proudly commit to an all-new, five-year, expansive installation, Esther and The Dream of One Loving Human Family. Our goal is to juxtapose the power of Esther’s work and story with the experience of other innocent victims of cultural genocides, historic and current, to urgently underscore the great danger of demonizing any human being as an undesirable ‘other.’”

This special exhibition also features a partial recreation of Esther’s modest farm home, a thatched-roofed country cottage that Esther stitched in her first picture so that her daughters — and now visitors alike — could see her pre-war happy childhood home.

Told without a tinge of anger, Esther’s thirty-six, intricate needlework and fabric collages depict how then 15-year-old Esther and her younger sister survived the Nazi invasion of Poland by separating from their observant Jewish farming family on the road to the extermination camp and posing as Polish Catholic farm girls.

Esther began her series of fabric pictures in 1977 at the age of 50, while working in Frederick, Maryland as a designer and seamstress in her own ladies dress shop. Although trained as a dressmaker and highly skilled in needlework, Esther had no training in art and no concept of herself as an artist. Yet, her first pictures were so well-received by her family and friends, and so personally satisfying, that Esther went on to do others, eventually beginning a sequential narrative series that grew increasingly complex. With the addition of her embroidered text, Esther’s art powerfully illustrates her story of survival as a child and her uncanny creative intelligence to have done so. The high quality, colorful execution and honest charm of her artistry gives unique and unforgettable testimony to her family life as a happy country child whose peace was upended by war. Esther accomplishes this with a sweetness of spirit and lack of bitterness that conveys a near miraculous visual recall of detail and results in conveying an upfront experience of war, family, faith, and childhood. Everywhere Esther’s love of nature predominates, best captured in the moment where the honey bees she tended, swarmed to run off two, too inquisitive, Nazi soldiers.

Having premiered Esther’s works nearly 20 years ago, AVAM is particularly honored that Esther’s family has enthusiastically sought to again collaborate in exhibition of Krinitz’s work for a far expanded 5-year exhibition. Due to the record-breaking crowds that the quilts generated, they returned to AVAM in 2003-2005 and then again in 2012-13 for the exhibition “The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth.” This newest installation opens mid-February 2019 in a timely return emphasizing the need for greater societal recognition of the sacred gift of life inherent among all human beings.

Time

(Saturday) 11:10 pm

Location

American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Highway, Baltimore MD 21230

24febAll DayMonsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940sExhibition Opening Day

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Nearly 90 Surrealist masterworks of the 1930s and 1940s by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, and André Masson are presented through a timely lens—that of war, violence, and exile.

Despite the political and personal turmoil brought on by the Spanish Civil War and World War II, avant-garde artists in Europe and those who sought refuge in the United States pushed themselves to create some of the most potent and striking images of the Surrealist movement. Monstrosities in the real world bred monsters in paintings and sculpture, on film, and in the pages of journals and artists’ books, resulting in a period of extraordinary creativity.

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The exhibition is curated by Oliver Shell, BMA Associate Curator of European Art, and Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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Monsters & Myths is co-organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.

Time

All Day (Sunday)

Location

The Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore MD 21218

24feb2:00 pm- 5:00 pmDrive All Night

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The sixth of eight events of the “Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love letters” exhibition at Maryland Art Place and Area 405 January 17 to March 10 (www.onethousandloveletters.com), “Drive All Night” is an event about the distances we travel and the hurdles we overcome to assure love is transcendent: physical and emotional separation may challenge bonds, but we see time and again love still wins. Clarinda Harriss offers intimate poetry on love’s presence despite dementia, and others share testimonials of fortitude and overcoming. The event includes a spotlight on a painting by Exsul Van Helden included in the exhibition on the human cost of war and exile, and a sharing from the International Rescue Committee of Baltimore on their work reuniting loved ones, and keeping love alive despite separation. Singer Simone Speed performs as accompaniment to the stories.

The 2:00-3:30pm reception period for this opening event is graced with jazz keyboardist George Spicka, and light fare provided by The Classic Catering People.

Baltimore magazine serves as the media sponsor for the “Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love Letters” exhibition. For more details, visit www.onethousandloveletters.com.

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

Area 405

405 E. Oliver Street

24feb2:00 pm- 3:30 pmBeyond the Politics of Hate: Pathways to Empathy and Compassion

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Please join us, dear friends and supporters, as we celebrate the return of the art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz to the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in a newly designed and expanded 5-year exhibition entitled “Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family.” In honor of its return, we invite you to a free panel discussion presented by Art and Remembrance linking Esther’s Holocaust story with present day “othering” and efforts to build stronger, more resilient communities. Speaking to these issues will be:

  • Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, the 140-year old global refugee protection and resettlement agency which recently was the target of a social media attack by the Pittsburgh synagogue gunman.
  • Arjun Singh Sethi, human rights lawyer and community activist, and author of American Hate: Survivors Speak Out.
  • Judy Tallwing, a Native American artist active in the Baltimore community, whose work is currently included in the exhibition alongside Esther’s art.
  • Moderator, Cecile Lipworth, a feminist community activist in Santa Fe, radio show host, and Art and Remembrance board member

Introductions by Rebecca Hoffberger, founder and director, AVAM and Bernice Steinhardt, one of Esther’s daughters and the president of Art and Remembrance.

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location

American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Highway, Baltimore MD 21230

28feb - 31marAll DayIndecent by Paula Vogel

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HOW FAR WOULD YOU FOLLOW YOUR PASSION?

What is the cost when we sacrifice truth for success? Can radical love be pious, or merely provocative? Does every religion sell God for a price? Follow the true story of a play, a playwright, and a plucky troupe of Yiddish theater artists from 1906 Warsaw to 1923 Broadway, from risky experiment to global sensation—and ultimately shattering scandal. The latest hit from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of A Civil War Christmas, The Baltimore Waltz, and How I Learned to Drive, this highly acclaimed and award-winning drama pays homage to artists ahead of their time and doomed to pay the price.

Content Advisory: Based on the real-life story behind Sholem Asch’s controversial Yiddish drama God of Vengeance, this play is suited for middle school ages and up. For younger school groups, we strongly suggest a pre-show workshop to discuss the themes of the show.

Time

February 28 (Thursday) - March 31 (Sunday)

Location

Baltimore Center Stage

700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

28feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmCommons Collaboration: Elissa Blount Moorhead and Mina Cheon

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Conversation: Elissa Blount Moorhead + Mina Cheon, Moderated by Lee Heinemann

Presented in conjunction with Commons Collaboration: Get Your Life!, acclaimed Baltimore-based artists Elissa Blount Moorhead and Mina Cheon will talk about their video-making practices through the lenses of collaboration, power, and family. Moderated by artist Lee Heinemann, the conversation will take place inside the Get Your Life! (GYL!) exhibition in the Joseph Education Commons.

GYL! is a youth-led production company that creates collaborative video projects between middle school students, practicing artists, and institutions. See GYL’s exhibition on view at the BMA now through fall 2019.

+ Elissa Blount Moorhead, artist, curator, mother, and producer, has created public art, books, exhibitions, and cultural programs for the last 25 years. She is currently a creative partner at TNEG film studios, which creates films and time based-installations.

+ Mina Cheon (천민정 PhD, MFA) is a Korean-American global new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Korea and the United States. Cheon has exhibited her political pop art known as “Polipop” internationally and draws inspiration from global media and popular culture to produce work that intersects politics and pop art in evocative ways.

+ Lee Heinemann is an artist and organizer who makes programs and events in collaboration with individuals and institutions. Lee is the founder of Get Your Life! and the Education and Community Engagement Manager at ArtCenter/South Florida.

Time

(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898