Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings and Events October 23 – 28

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This weekend you can see art at almost all of the area colleges. On Thursday, Queer Objectivity opens at The UMCP Stamp Gallery, artist Kyle Staver will speak at JHU, the 2013 Faculty Biennial opens at Loyola University, Visibility Machines: Haron Farocki & Trevor Paglen opens at the CADVC at UMBC, and Translation: New Works by Cara Ober opens at McDaniel College. On Friday night, Bound Volumes: Margaret Bohls opens at the Whitaker Gallery at Hood College. Saturday afternoon, join curator Jack Livingston and artists Jan Razauskas, Ding Ren, and Gerald Ross for a closing reception and artist talk for Tender Mercies at the 39th Street Gallery, Gateway Arts Center -or- go to Erika Kim Milenkovic: Basics opening at Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame University in Maryland. On Saturday night, go to sophiajacob for miaaden, a group show, and the opening of a new nearby space called ROCK/DEVIL. On Sunday, finish the weekend with photos by Perry Manuk at die Botschaft and David London’s unique brand of sorcery at Theatre Project.

There are also several professional development opportunities worth mentioning: Artists U/Baltimore presents “Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist,” a free intensive workshop on Friday night and all day Saturday and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Integrates its “Master Class” series and Art Law Clinic during “Register Your Copyright Online” on Saturday, Oct. 26 at UB Law.


QUEER OBJECTIVITY: A new exhibition curated by Kris Grey at The Stamp Gallery, UMCP, College Park, MD

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 24th, 2013 5-8pm

The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland College Park will be presenting their new exhibit Queer Objectivity. The exhibition is open to the public October 21st through December 6, 2013 with an opening reception Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5-8pm. A Curator & Artist Talk will take place on October 23, 7PM in the Stamp Gallery.

Queer Objectivity is a curated exhibition that brings together sixteen emerging and established artists diverse in their identities, experiences, materials and approaches. Some of the artwork exhibited addresses the body in relation to objects. Others may present the body as an object itself. Still further, some work presents objects as conduit for the body to another realm. There will be a range of artwork displayed including photography, sculpture, performance, and new media. Throughout the run of the show, Stamp Gallery will present extended programming, lectures, artist visits, and performances exploring the intersections of race, class, ability, sex, sexuality and gender through the lens of visual culture.

Artists featured in this ambitious exhibition include: AK Burns, Heather Cassils, Nicolaus Chaffin, Mary Coble, Lauren Denitzio, Brendan Fernandes, Kris Grey, Gordon Hall, Katie Hubbard, JJ McCracken, Cupid Ojala, LJ Roberts, Coral Short, Caitlin Rose Sweet, Tobaron Waxman, and Jade Yumang.

Image above: Kris Grey, (Sub)merge Performance Documentation 2012

The Stamp Gallery is located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, at the University of Maryland, College Park. The gallery is free and open to the public Mondays-Thursdays 10:00AM-8:00PM; Fridays 10:00AM-6:00PM; and Saturdays 11:00AM-5:00PM. For more information about the exhibition and the program log on to or contact the gallery at




New York-based artist Kyle Staver will join Homewood Art Workshops Director Craig Hankin for a discussion and slide show on Oct. 24 at the Johns Hopkins University.

“Risk Connecting: A Conversation with Painter Kyle Staver” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, on the Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Writing for the Huffington Post, critic John Seed describes Staver as “a painter of intimate vignettes of human relationships presented in a quirky, personal and playful style. She developed the conviction that painting had become her own non-verbal form of language capable of expressing what words cannot.”

In a career spanning over 25 years, Staver’s figurative paintings, prints and sculptures have been shown extensively on the East Coast and can be found in numerous private and public collections. She has been the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and has twice won the National Academy Museum’s Benjamin Altman Figure Prize. Her most recent work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in Manhattan from Oct. 17 through Nov. 23.

The need for artists to connect with their work, their peers and their audience is a subject much on Staver’s mind. “Art is all connected,” Staver told art historian and curator Jennifer Samet in an interview published on “It is about the underpinnings of everything we make and think about. We are always building on top of something else…Painters have more in common than we don’t have in common; we share DNA.”

To download images of Staver’s work, go to:

To see a short video interview, go to:

Kyle Staver’s appearance is co-sponsored by Homewood Art Workshops and Homewood Arts Programs. Visitor parking on campus is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD. 21211. Admission is free and open to the public.



 Loyola University 2013 Faculty Biennial

October 24 – December 8, 2013

Opening Reception Thursday, October 24, 5-7 pm



Visibility Machines: Haron Farocki & Trevor Paglen
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC
October 24, 2013 – February 22, 2014
Opening Reception October 24

The exhibition, organized by the CADVC, will embark on a national tour following its showing in Baltimore. It’s an art exhibition all about military surveillance, espionage and weaponry, examining our relationship to images and the realities they appear to represent.

Two public talks will be presented in the District during the course of the exhibition. The first is on Monday, October 21 at the National Gallery of Art (assuming Congress manages to re-open it by then!), and the second will be on Thursday, November 14 at the National Academy of Sciences.

A press release is attached, and press-ready images are available here:



Translation: New Works by Cara Ober
McDaniel College’s Rice Gallery
October 22 – November 15, 2013
Reception: Thursday October 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

In Translation, Ober exhibits black and metallic paintings from the 2012 Patination Series and a new series of India Ink drawings, the Tchotchke Series. The drawings feature a range of collectible items, from African masks to Aztec pottery to souvenir Coke cans and Jesus statuettes paired with quotes from a variety of sources. In both series, Ober uses a monochromatic palette to separate sentimental and decorative images from their original context and to question the way worth is constructed and translated from one context to another. More info at



Bound Volumes: Margaret Bohls

October 25 – November 17

Opening Reception Friday, October 25, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Whitaker Gallery

Artist Lecture: Historical Inspirations
Friday, October 25, 6:30pm
Whitaker Commons

Form and Volume: Handbuilding with Porcelain
October 26-27, 9:00am – 5:00pm daily
Tatem Arts Center, Room TA1
*To register for the workshop please visit

Whitaker Gallery
Whitaker Commons Building
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701

An exhibit of functional porcelain ceramic works will be on display Oct. 25 through Nov. 17 in the Whitaker Gallery at Hood College.

An opening reception will be held Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with a lecture Historical Inspirations, at 6:30 p.m., also in the Whitaker Gallery, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bound Volumes, by noted ceramic artist Margaret Bohls, is an exhibition of functional tableware from three groups of the artist’s work. One series is richly adorned with grid-like surface textures and floral details that give the pieces an upholstered look. In another group, created through playful construction and finished in satin-white glaze, Bohls borrows gestural forms from quick and lyrical drawing to produce elegantly simple ceramics. Much of her work is influenced by Chinese, Korean and Iranian ceramics, as well as the pottery of the Modernist era.

Bohls teaches ceramics at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She has lectured at universities across the U.S. and has taught hands-on workshops at art centers such as Greenwich House Pottery in New York; Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado; and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Bohls’ work has been shown in more than 100 group and solo exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the American Museum of Ceramic Art and in the Sonny and Gloria Kamm Teapot Foundation Collection. She has written articles for the Journal of the National Council for Education on Ceramic Arts and Pottery Making Illustrated, and her ceramic work has been featured in periodicals such as Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potter Magazine.

Bohls earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design in 1989 and a master of fine arts from Louisiana State University in 1995.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Bohls will conduct a ceramic workshop, Form and Volume: Handbuilding with Porcelain, Oct. 25-27. For more information and to register, visit

For more information about the exhibit, contact Adam Farcus, gallery director, at More images of Bohls’ artwork and information about her practice can be found at her website,



building a sustainable life as an artist

Free Intensive from Artists U/Baltimore

Friday, October 25, 7:00-8:30
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Why artists are poor and why they shouldn’t be
Tools artists have used to make things easier
How to build a life that is balanced, productive, and sustainable

Drawing on seven years of work with artists locally and nationally, artist leaders will outline approaches for reconnecting with our deep values, building community, and slaying the two demons of the artist’s life: time and money.

How much does it cost? It’s free (but the class size is limited).
Who is it for? Any Baltimore artist.
Do you have to attend both sessions? Yes.
Will there be beverages? Of course. And lunch on Saturday.
How do I sign up? Email (subject line: “Artists U Intensive”):

Friday, October 25, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday, October 26, 10:00am-5:00pm

Seventh Metro Annex
30 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202



TENDER MERCIES: Artist talk and closing reception

Please Join the 39th Street Gallery with curator Jack Livingston and artists
Jan Razauskas, Ding Ren, and Gerald Ross.

Saturday, October 26, from 2:00-4:00 PM

39th Street Gallery, Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave.
Brentwood, MD 20722
(Second Floor, 39th Street entrance)

“I value artists who seek the sublime, those who take an individual route and produce intimate work based in humanistic values – artists who desire the kind of interaction with their work that will move an audience in modest yet meaningful ways.” – Curator Jack Livingston

39th Street Gallery Hours: Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Friday 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 – 3:00 PM, and by appointment 301-864-3860



Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Integrates its “Master Class” series and Art Law Clinic during “Register Your Copyright Online”

Saturday, Oct. 26 at UB Law

On Saturday, Oct. 26, MdVLA will hold one of its regularly scheduled “Master Classes,” aimed at helping law students and young lawyers gain a particular skill from a highly skilled practitioner. The topic is “Online Copyright Registration” and two MdVLA board members will be teaching interested law students and young lawyers how to do just that.

The morning training session, which will last from 10:00 am to noon, will be followed by an afternoon clinic for artists who have a copyright they want to register. Artists must bring their Internet-ready laptops and credit or debit card. There is no fee for the session, but the cost of registering a copyright online is $35.
Copyright lawyers Cynthia Sanders and Dana Lynch, president and secretary of MdVLA, will be conducting the training. Sanders is an attorney with Ober|Kaler and Lynch is with Whiteford Taylor Preston.

“Artists are definitely capable of registering their own works,” Sanders said, “but there are a couple of quirks they need to know about to make sure it goes through and we’re here to help them with that.”

MdVLA is a nonprofit committed to providing high-quality legal services low-income artists and non-profit arts organizations. Its goal is to assist artists in overcome legal barriers that limit their ability to create, distribute or profit from their creativity. MdVLA helps artists of all stripes-painters, sculptors, musicians, theaters, actors, filmmakers, and writers-with a range of arts-related issues, like securing a federal copyright registration, choosing a legal entity type and forming that entity, and negotiating a contract.
MdVLA holds Art Law Clinics 12 times yearly. In addition to the free Oct. 26 clinic on “Register Your Copyright Online” at UB Law (1401 S. Charles St., Room 102, Baltimore, MD 21211), free Art Law Clinics are set for Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and 23, and Dec. 7 at City Arts Apartments, 440 E. Oliver, Baltimore, MD 21202. Artists may bring any short-form legal issue to the clinic, where they will have the chance to meet with an attorney for half an hour. Issues that are too complex will be referred to MdVLA’s pro bono referral system and have to meet income eligibilityrequirements.

Past Master Classes have focused on topics like “How to Read a Record Contract” and “Rights Clearance for Documentary Films.” Artists who want to attend any of the clinics should email to reserve a space. Law students and lawyers who want to take the Oct. 26 training should use the same email. Fuel will be provided for the training session.



36Erika Kim Milenkovic: Basics at Gormley Gallery, Fourier Hall

Reception Saturday, October 26 from 4-6 pm

Gallery Talk Wednesday, Nov 13 at noon

More info:



miaaiden / group exhibition
October 26 – November 30, 2013
Opening reception October 26, 7-10pm

sophiajacob is pleased to release the October issue of miaaiden, accompanied by a group exhibition. Please join us on October 26 from 7-10pm for an opening reception and miaaiden gifting. Works on view include selections by the contributors to the publication.

Featured artists and contributors are: Armacost/Planck, Raphael Cohen, Andrew Kennedy, Hannah Mandel, Chloe Maratta, Kelley McNutt, Nikholis Planck, Neal Reinalda, and Flannery Silva.

sophiajacob warmly welcomes ROCK/DEVIL, our new neighbors at 512 w. Franklin St., who will hold a concurrent opening on the 26th.



Sunday Sorcery
Featuring David London’s Magic Outside The Box
Sun October 27
“Our favorite mad genius magician” – Washington Post

Show starts at 6:17PM! – Close-up magic in the lobby starting at 5:45PM

Join magician David London on a journey to someplace else. Featuring highlights from David’s previous theatrical productions, including Cerebral Sorcery, …Art of Dreams, and The Adventure to the Imagi Nation, this full-length performance is packed full of laughs, mystery, and the unexpected! The show is 90 minutes in length and recommended for ages 16 and above.

David London combines magic with storytelling, puppetry, comedy, philosophy and that which cannot be defined to create original shows of magic unlike you have ever experienced before.

David discovered that he was a magician at the age of seven. In his over 20 quest to understand just what that means, he had created five original theatrical magic productions, as well authored eight manuscripts related to magic and illusion.

David regularly performs his unique style of magic at theaters, museums, galleries, festivals, and private events, and has presented his shows, workshops and lectures in over 1/3 of the United States.

To buy tickets click on-line click.



Landmarked: Photos by Perry Manuk
at die Botschaft 1628 @ 1528 Bolton St.
Perry Manuk uses photography to examine the mutual impact of humans on their surroundings and vice versa, the way surroundings impact humans.

In his series “The West” he looks at imagery that was ingrained in him during his primary years and asks the question of why certain things leave a significant visual impact.  This question continually reveals new answers sometimes leading to new work.  In his series “The Salton Sea”, Manuk considers land development from the perspective of a failed attempt.   The series reveals the interactions of people and place through land acquisition and development in California.  In his “Baltimore” series he focuses on the history left on the structures of a town and uses these remnants as a door to its history. With his latest series “Constructed Spaces”, Manuk concentrates on how man-made environments are crafted with references to the natural world thus creating similar visual patterns, which in turn question the notion of “unnatural”.

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