Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings, Galleries, and Events March 12 – 16

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Start your week on Wednesday with Cathay, an exhibit of photos by Zhao Jing at Grimaldis and Wham City’s Lecture Series with Robby Rackleff and Andy Phillips. On Friday afternoon, get your photo taken by Sheila Pree Bright at the Reginald Lewis Museum and later, Alex Queral’s face|book exhibit opens at the Creative Alliance Amalie Rothschild Gallery featuring portraits carved from phone books.

Saturday afternoon, attend a free Art Law Clinic on copyright at City Arts and then, later, enjoy the annual Small Foods celebration and competition at the H&H Building’s Whole Gallery. Also on Saturday night, Transcending Place II, featuring Jenee Mateer, David Herman, Lat Naylor & Kate MacKinnon opens at Grey Matter at the Cork Factory.

Ongoing museum exhibits include Sterling Ruby, The Baker Artist Awards, and Camille Henrot at the BMA and  Designed for Flowers at The Walters.

Get outside and enjoy the spring! And go buy some art. (-CO)


Zhao Jing: Cathay
On View March 12 – April 12, 2014
Reception Wednesday, March 12 from 6-8 pm
C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present “Cathay,” an exhibition of photographs by Baltimore-based artist Zhao Jing. “Cathay” is a photographic series in which Zhao visually interprets a series of traditional Chinese poems and their translations into English by American poet Ezra Pound. Deeply touched by Pound’s ability to capture the heart of each poem in his translations, Zhao became inspired to do something similar through her photographic lens. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition at the C. Grimaldis Gallery. “Cathay” will open on Wednesday, March 12th and will be on view through April 12th, 2014. A reception with the artist will be held Wednesday, March 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. More event information here.
Wham City Lecture Series:
Andy Phillips:How Fucked is Baltimore’s Future?
Robby Rackleff: South Africa
Wednesday, March 12 at 7 pm
1726 N. Charles Street
Andy Phillips has been around a lot of hip scenes in his day, and after a period of observation here in Baltimore, he will wow us with his prognostications and prediction tonight! Not to be missed! Your very own future may depend on it! Robby Rackleff will be doing a similar thing for South Africa, which is really something I know nothing about. More info here.
Julian by Sheila Pree Bright
Julian by Sheila Pree Bright

Would you like to be part of a mural installed at the museum? Artist-in-Residence Sheila Pree Bright is a fine art photographer who will be photographing museum visitors with the US flag. Bright will also be interviewing vistiors at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House about what the flag means to them. Select images and interviews will be used to create a mural and sound installation at the museum, in conjunction with our exhibition about the US flag, For Whom It Stands.*

How to Participate in the Sound Installation

Schedule a time to be interviewed on what the flag means to you on Saturday March 15 or Tuesday March 18. Select interviews will be used in the sound installation to be unveiled in May 2014 as part of our upcoming exhibition about the U.S. flag, For Whom It Stands.

How to Participate in the Mural Project

Schedule a time to be photographed with the flag on Tuesday March 11, Wednesday March 12, or Friday March 14. In addition, walk-ins are welcome at the museum Friday March 14, 1-4pm. No appointment necessary.

Interested individuals should come dressed as they normally would, as Bright is interested in capturing people as they are.

* This project and exhibition has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Sheila Pree Bright’s residency is in collaboration with the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

Contact Information:

For more information call 443-263-1801

Alex Queral: face|book: Phone Book Portraits
Friday, March 14 from 5:30 – 7:30 at Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery
Exhibit runs March 14 – 29.

While at CA, check out Fight or Flight: Works by Alessandra Torres and Katie Pumphrey in the Main Gallery.

Art Law Clinic at City Arts
Saturday, March 15 from 1 – 4 pm
FREE! Have a question about copyright or trademark? About starting a business? Have a legal itch that needs scratching? Stop by City Arts Apartments and sit down with a volunteer attorney for a 30-minute session. Appointments preferred (e-mail, but walk-ins welcome.
More info here.
Saturday, March 15 at the H&H Building, 3rd Floor – Whole GalleryBaltimore’s best and only celebration of the delicious world of petite edibles, the annual Small Foods party and contest, is Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 8pm! Please bring your Small Foods offering with plenty to share, and any beverages you wish to consume. It’s going to be a microcosm of deliciousness! Have fun experimenting in your tiny kitchens!Please read the following carefully as some items have changed…Small Foods will take place at The Whole Gallery (H&H Building, 405 West Franklin St. 3rd Floor)

This year’s Small Foods event will be hosted by Mickey Dehn and Morgan Phillips, last year’s grand prize winners and recipient of the coveted GIANT CAN Of mini-corn! Fabulous musical entertainment will be provided by The John Gumby Jazz Fiasco! This is a participatory event!

*If you are not creating an edible entry this year, your entrance fee will be $10.00 at the door.
*Small Foods contest entrants / gourmets pay only a $2.00 entry fee to participate.
*All proceeds will go to The Whole Gallery for the generous use of their space; Our fabulous band, The John Gumby Jazz Fiasco; and to supporting the cost of this, and future Small Foods events. More info here.

Lat Naylor
Lat Naylor

Transcending Place II :: Jenee Mateer, David Herman, Lat Naylor & Kate MacKinnon

March 15 – April 18, 2014 / curated by Jordan Faye Block

Opening Reception   I   Saturday March 15  /  6:00 – 11:00pm

@ Grey Matter at the Cork Factory

Transcending Place II is the inaugural exhibition at Grey Matter featuring works by Baltimore-based artists Jenee Mateer, David Herman, Lat Naylor & Kate MacKinnon (pictured at top) and is curated by Jordan Faye Block. There is an Opening Reception on March 15 from 6 – 11pm, and the artists will be present. Transcending Place II runs thru April 18, 2014. Gallery hours are Friday & Saturday from 12 to 5pm and by appointment.

Jordan Faye Contemporary is thrilled to be collaborating with this new arts space, Grey Matter at the Cork Factory in the Station North Arts District. Grey Matter is located at 302 Federal Street and Guilford Avenue. Entrance is on the Federal Street side – street parking is available.



Front Room: Sterling Ruby at the Baltimore Museum of Art
March 16 – June 15, 2014
Free exhibition

The BMA presents an exhibition of provocative soft sculptures by acclaimed artist Sterling Ruby, deemed “one of the most interesting artists to emerge in this century” by The New York Times. Crafted from red, white, and blue fabric, Ruby’s enormous pillow-like forms resemble the fanged mouths of vampires and create a visual metaphor that suggests a critical outlook on the current state of American culture and politics. Curated by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman. More info here and calendar info with map here.


1911636_708436715374_2087433601_n copyBaker Artist Awards Exhibition of Winners at the BMA

The BMA presents artworks by sculptor Jonathan Latiano and photographer Lynne Parks and a video presentation of cellist Dariusz Sckoraczewski, winners of last year’s $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. For this exhibition, Latiano is creating a pod of now-extinct baiji dolphins that emerges out of driftwood and cascades above viewers before reverting back to natural forms. Parks’ photographs document deceased birds unable to navigate during migration season and buildings without visible glass that create a disorienting effect for people as well as birds. More calendar info here.

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