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Vanishing Act: An Interview with Mary Beth Akre

New History at Guest Spot
1715 N. Calvert Street
Opening Reception: Friday October 26, 2012 7-10pm
October 26, 2012 – December 7, 2012
Curated by: Ginevra Shay
Exhibiting Artists: Alex Ebstein Dina Kelberman Luis Arnias Marina Pinsky
Working in an era of shifting consciousness and hyperreality, four artists, Dina Kelberman, Marina Pinsky, Luis Arnías and Alex Ebstein explore their perceptions of memories and culture. Drawing from personal and mass media sources, the artists in NEW HISTORY create art works that portray impressions of time and place, along with lived and fabricated experiences. Each of the artists in this exhibition approach this theme differently, utilizing material, form, and structure to describe and understand the world that surrounds them.

Halloween Lantern Parade Saturday, Oct 27

This Saturday- is the Big Day/Night! Don’t miss one of Baltimore’s most well-loved events, the Lantern Parade in Patterson Park!
If you haven’t made a lantern yet, kick off the day with the Festival: kids’ hay rides, lantern workshops, other family-friendly activities, food trucks, live music and more! The Parade will be a spectacular this year: marching bands, samba, gypsy music, and more! All are welcome to dress in costume, make lanterns from repurposed plastic bottles, and carry them in the Parade.

3:30pm Festival.
7pm Parade Line up.
7:30pm Parade. @ Pulaski Monument, Eastern and Linwood Aves, Patterson Park.

And after… when the kids are in bed, head back to the Patterson for GLOW BALL, our smashing good Halloween After-party featuring RAYA BRASS BAND!
Sat Oct 27. Doors 8:30pm. Party 9:30pm.

PREVIEW: Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25-26, by appointment.
Please contact [email protected]
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, Oct. 27, 6-9PM
LOCATION: 1250 9th Street, NW Washington, DC DATES and
DAILY: Oct. 27 – Nov. 24, 2012. Tues. – Sat., 11 to 6PM and by appt.
In its biggest exhibition to date, for OF THE PEOPLE, Contemporary Wing brings together internationally-recognized talents whose works have shaped and influenced democracy over the past four years. From the rapid populist changes in the Middle East’s Arab Spring to the Citizen’s United decision of the Supreme Court that allows unlimited political contributions by corporations and so-called plutocrats here at home, democracy is a central topic of our time.
Contemporary Wing’s election exhibition showcases the role that art plays in shaping democratic ideals in a very direct and immediate way. Jumping off from the catalyzing effect of Shepard Fairey’s iconic “Hope,” “Change,” and “Progress” works on the 2008 election, Fairey and other eminent political artists were invited to ‘speak to power’ in Washington about democratic ideals. In OF THE PEOPLE, Shepard Fairey, the Guerrilla Girls (feminist artists who, since 1985, have commented on the role of women in politics and art), and the Bruce High Quality Foundation (whose well-honed commentary on politics and culture in America debuted at the Whitney Biennial) represent the American scene. Egyptian street artists largely credited with garnering public support and helping mobilize masses for the Arab Spring, artists El Teneen (meaning ‘dragon’) and Kareem Gouda, also known as “Dokhan” (meaning ‘smoke’), as well as critically-acclaimed artist and film maker Ralf Schmerberg, approach central democratic issues internationally. Berlin-based Schmerberg’s film,“PROBLEMA,” which, of all the art in the exhibition is the most universal in reach, itself practices a form of democracy as it tackles the most compelling issues facing the world today.
Finally, no treatment of political art today would be complete without acknowledging   the recent passing of African American printmaker and sculptor, Elizabeth Catlett, whose famous images Sharecropper and Malcolm X Speaks for Us in the 1960s and 70s, among numerous others, underlie the history of a nation currently deciding whether to re-elect its first African American president. A special memorial section of the show is reserved for Catlett’s works. This dynamic, thought-provoking exhibition offers exceptional works from Shepard Fairey and Eqyptian artists El Teneen and Dokhan, a new, special print edition from the Guerrilla Girls, beautiful examples of Catlett’s print work, and the fascinating film-installation screenings, “I Like America and America Likes Me,” by the Bruce High Quality Foundation, and “PROBLEMA,” from Ralf Schmerberg.
Closing Reception for Cutting Edges at Creative Alliance
Amalie Rothschild Gallery
Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 – 8 pm
Mihaela Savu transforms aluminum duct tubes and PVC pipes into strange new shapes, drawing the viewer in with reflective surfaces and impressive craftsmanship, and giving ordinary industrial components a new identity and unexpected beauty and depth. Savu is currently pursuing her MFA in Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art.
The Vanishing Rural Landscape
A Solo Exhibition by Mary Beth Akre
Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola University
Artist Talk/ Reception: Thursday, October 25 from 5-7
Exhibition: October 22 – November 20, 2012
Christy Bergland: Spirit of Place and its Transitions
Gormley Gallery, Fourier Hall
College of Notre Dame
Artists Reception: Saturday, October 27
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, November 14
Exhibition: October 22 – November 30, 2012
Lori Larusso / Particulate Matter
Opening Reception: October 27 from 6:30 – 9:30pm
Artist Talk: Sunday Oct. 28 / 11:00am
Jordan Faye Contemporary
Jordan Faye Contemporary is delighted to announce, Particulate Matter, an exhibition of new shaped paintings by Lori Larusso. This exhibition marks her third solo exhibition with the gallery. The Artist will be present at the Opening Night Reception. Larusso creates groups of paintings focusing on domestic imagery to expose and unearth the hidden implications of our daily existence. Particulate Matter runs through January 5, 2013.
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