Baltimore Openings and Exhibits January 23 – 27

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Hasan Elahi: Thousand Little Brothers at MAP, Creative Paths at Park School, Tony Shore: Harry at MICA, Raoul Middleman’s May West Suite at Grimaldis, The Alchemists at Area 405, Mary Anne Arntzen at D:Center Baltimore, Multiplicity at Loyola’s Julio Gallery, and a sophiajacob lecture series on Sunday

Hasan Elahi: Thousand Little Brothers
Maryland Art Place
January 24 – March 23, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 6-8pm

Thousand Little Brothers is the latest installation by Hasan Elahi. A former subject of an intensive FBI investigation post 9/11, Hasan Elahi developed tracker to disclose every bit of information about him. The project is comprised of over 50,000 images collected over a year period along with screenshots of his financial data, communications records, and transportation logs. This multimedia exhibition builds on a series of installations, performances, and websites that use Elahi’s self-surveillance to critique contemporary investigative techniques. A second innovation in this work is its embrace of surveillance for its subject’s own protection; Elahi has protected himself from unwanted scrutiny by making his entire life and whereabouts publicly accessible.


Image: Raoul Middleman, The Mae West Suite, 1969, lithograph, edition of 30, 22 x 30 inches

January 23 – March 23, 2013

C. Grimaldis Gallery

The exhibition opens Wednesday, January 23rd with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

While primarily known for his oil paintings, Raoul Middleman has also spent his 60-year-long art career creating prints and drawings. These imaginative works are intensely private, and many including “The Mae West Suite” have never before been shown publicly. The graphic lithographs and monoprints (printed by John Sparks at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Ruth Middleman, respectively) in this exhibition center around two themes, Mae West/Burlesque and the racetrack, which were sources of fascination and escape in Middleman’s youth. Now for the first time, Middleman shares this secret world of lust and tenderness, terror and joy, rendered with consummate skill.

Raoul Middleman, a Professor of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art for over 30 years, and teaching for over 50 years, is a painter of landscapes, cityscapes, still lives, and narratives. Middleman graduated from Johns Hopkins University in the 1950s. He later attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, the Brooklyn Museum School of Art, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

His work has been shown from Maine to Florida, and from Baltimore to Munich. In early 2012, he mounted a major retrospective called “City Limits” at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC. His paintings can be found in major collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the National Academy of Design, NY; New York Public Library, NY; and Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

C. Grimaldis Gallery 523 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21201


Multiplicity: More Than the Sum of the Parts

January 18 – February 17

Reception Thursday, January 24 from 5-7 pm

Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola College


Harry: Paintings by Tony Shore
MICA’s Pinkard Gallery
Opening Reception Friday, January 25  5 -7  pm

Tony Shore has created a wide range of paintings over his lifetime, but one subject has continually reappeared in his work: his father. In this exhibition, Shore will showcase paintings of his father created over a 25-year period, chronicling his growth as an artist while documenting the aging process. Intimate and unabashed, the paintings reveal an inside glimpse of his father’s dignity, humor, and humanity. This will be Shore’s first solo exhibition since his father’s death in 2010.
Known for his paintings on black velvet, Shore elevates a medium often written off as kitsch or lowbrow through a mastery of technique and the sincerity with which he approaches his subjects. His paintings of family life, gang violence, and street crime are literally and figuratively dark, the subjects and medium intertwined, each with its own value and history.

Shore has been a full-time faculty member at MICA since 2000. His many awards and honors include being the winner of both the Jane & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize (2007) and the Bethesda Painting Award (2005), as well as a number of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. Besides receiving his bachelor of fine arts at MICA, Shore studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received his masters from the Yale University School of Art.–March_17.html


See Through: Mary Anne Arntzen at D:Center Baltimore

Closing Reception Saturday, January 26 from 7-10 pm

SEE THROUGH, the 4th show from ICA Baltimore, has been a big success. We would be pleased for you to join us for a Closing Reception on January 26th at D center on North Avenue. If you haven’t seen this solo show of paintings by Mary Anne Arntzen, this will be a great opportunity!

SEE THROUGH will be open from January 5th to January 27th, gallery hours are 12-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Thank you SO MUCH to D center for letting us use their amazing gallery.

The Closing Reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Mary Anne Arntzen:
ICA Baltimore:
D Center Baltimore:


Creative Paths at Park School

curated by Alex Ebstein

From day one, Park School was at the forefront of the progressive education movement. Determined to utilize the enlightened teaching methods advocated by John Dewey (in contrast to the child-as-empty-vessel techniques in common use), Park teachers embraced the notion that the best educational practices placed learning in the context of the wider world. In particular, Park’s founders sought to cultivate generations of learners with the education, creativity, passion, and dedication necessary to improve the world.

Park alumni, from the first graduating class to the most recent, have enthusiastically fulfilled those goals. This exhibit, Creative Paths, takes a look at just a few Park graduates who have been, and often continue to be, trailblazers in a wide variety of fields and disciplines. Whether guiding Baltimore into its recent renaissance, or creating the world’s most utilized online resource for medical information on breast health, or gaining international recognition for experimental music, these alumni shape our world in countless ways.


The Alchemists at Area 405

curated by Hanna Kim and Paul Jeanes

Saturday, January 26, 6-9 pm


sophiajacob lecture series presents
Chloe Maratta, Flannery Silva, and Elspeth Walker
Sunday, January 27th, 8-10 pm, Floristree

Flannery Silva and Chloe Maratta are artists living and working in Baltimore, where they study printmaking at MICA. Their joint project, MDV, is a diaristic timeline of shared environments. Through each post, research and influences echo each other. Using a range of images from bedroom still lives and street sculptures to library book covers and snapshots, Flannery and Chloe form a shared language.

Elspeth Walker is a writer and performance artist living and working in New York. She holds an M.A. in solo performance practice and queer theory from the Gallatin School of NYU. Her interests include queer virtual community, the performance of identity and fantasy, bad performance, sexuality and embarrassment. Elspeth is the creator of VIDEO DRAG: a web-based project that facilitates and publicizes the creation of utopian queer space through Internet video performance.

The sophiajacob lecture series invites select members of the artistic community to present on a topic of their choice.

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