Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings, Events, and Galleries April 16 – 21

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Get into the season with a Community Seder at Area 405 on Tuesday. On Wednesday, be inspired by Katherine Mann and Jon Latiano, featured speakers from MAP’s Young Blood Speaker Series hosted by The Windup Space. On Thursday there is an opening for David Shapiro and Betty Cooke at Goya Contemporary. Then, on Friday, head to JHU’s Mattin Center for Jesse Stiles’ Automatic Cloudbuster Room, with musical performances from Ami Dang, Little Flowers, Liz Meredith, and Jesse Stiles. On Saturday, Bessma Khalaf’s solo exhibition, YES, EVEN YOU opens at Gallery Four. And roll right through into next week with The Contemporary’s CoHosts Series featuring Lease Agreement and Type A, a collaboration of Adam Ames and Andrew Bordwin.

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Community Seder & Find the Afikomen Hallel After Party
Tuesday, April 15 at 6:15 pm at Area 405 

Join us for some or all, as we join hands with tradition to tell the story of the Israelite people leaving Egypt to wander in the desert. Celebrate Pesach like you never have before. This ain’t your Bubbe’s seder.

Part 1: Community Seder, 6:15pm-8:15pm, $20 (price includes after party, space is limited.)
A rousing telling of the story of the exodus from Egypt AND a festive meal with all of your favorites- gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, brisket, 4 cups of wine and 4 questions too.

Part 2: Find the Afikomen Hallel After Party, 8:30pm-10pm, $5
Your favorite pesadich desserts, potato vodka cocktails and a rock-n-roll performance of Hallel -a collection of psalms put together to be sung on joyous occasions on the Hebrew calendar.

Be sure to register by purchasing your ticket at!



MAP Young Blood Speaker Series Wednesday, April 16 at 7 pm at The Windup Space 

Maryland Art Place (MAP) announces its 2014 Speaker Series Young Blood Revisited which brings back former participants in MAP’s Young Blood exhibition program to speak about their art practice post their Masters of Fine Arts degree.

Join us for the third talk at The Windup Space featuring Jonathan Latiano and Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann.

Jonathan Latiano received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. He is an installation sculptor who is interested in exploring the tension created by presence of fragility and the temporary. His work can be found at his website:

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she received her MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting. In her work, she shows how patterned, highly-wrought, decorative elements coalesce from the chaos and contingency of an organic environment–and how they dissolve into that environment again. View her work at



David Shapiro: Infinite Centers and Betty Cooke: Selections

Goya Contemporary Reception Thursday, April 17 from 6-8 pm



The JHU Digital Media Center (DMC) presents artist Jesse Stiles’ Automatic Cloudbuster Room with music performances by Ami Dang, Little Flowers, Liz Meredith, & Jesse Stiles

JHU Mattin Center, Jones Building, Room 101
Friday, April 18 at 2 pm – 11 pm
Interactive audio/visual installation, 2pm-7pm
Music concert, 9pm-11pm – Free and open to the public

Automatic Cloudbuster Room – a multimedia event featuring an audio-visual installation by Jesse Stiles and music performances by Ami Dang, Little Flowers, Liz Meredith, & Jesse Stiles.

Automatic Cloudbuster Room a responsive video and sound environment designed by electronic artist & musician Jesse Stiles. The system makes use of 3D scanning cameras to create and project real-time 3-dimensional models of viewers and performers who enter the installation, giving the illusion of multiple moving cameras creating many projections transformed into impressionistic fields of light that shift through space and interact with sound. The result is something like a digital hall of mirrors, with many large high contrast “reflections” of the viewer from multiple perspectives, projected onto giant curtains lining two walls, floor to ceiling.

The piece will be presented in two parts. Firstly, it is presented as an audiovisual installation that is open to the public from 2PM to 7PM, including generative audio composition by Jesse Stiles (an ever-changing and growing soundtrack of samples, field recordings, and electronic music) creating an interactive space for the visitors to explore.

The music concert will take place from 9PM to 11PM. In the concert section of the event, the Automatic Cloudbuster Room scanners will be focused on the performers and will react to the music that is performed. The concert will feature performances by Ami Dang, Little Flowers, Liz Meredith, and Jesse Stiles.

Ami Dang combines dance pop with traditional North Indian classic music. Liz Meredith creates original complex, layered compositions with viola and electronics. Little Flowers combine live drums with electronics to make mutant dance music.

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American Artists Abroad at The Walters Art Museum
Saturday, April 19, 2014–Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 10AM–05PM

Tourists, students, expatriates, cosmopolitans, and explorers, American artists traveled widely during the nineteenth century. This exhibition of 21 paintings explores this theme and features work by Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler, among others. It celebrates the completion of a grant-funded project, sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, to catalogue and photograph more than 600 American paintings, drawings, and miniatures for the Walters collection website; the grant also supported the 2013 exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville and related programming.



Bessma Khalaf: YES, EVEN YOU at Gallery Four
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19th 7PM – 10PM
April 19th – June 7th

Gallery Four is pleased to announce California-based artist Bessma Khalaf’s solo exhibition of video, photography, and installation. Balancing mischievousness and malice, Khalaf’s processes of degradation (burning, eating, smashing, etc.) explore the boundaries of landscape, place, and image. Khalaf proposes that beyond the nihilism of destruction, voids and absences possess generative possibilities, either in nature or in her practice. Figuratively and pictorially, voids carve an ambiguous space in the representation of landscape and the documentation of performance. Entrenched in process, Khalaf mixes mysticism, futility, and endurance when pitting herself against the overwhelming vastness of her surroundings, and the largeness of the romantic landscape. Using both appropriated imagery and in situ events, Khalaf executes performances for the camera such that images and actions break down each other, and occasionally reach a compromise. Khalaf’s images and locations have a strange familiarity, yet anonymity. They’re places that we, as consumers of mass media and living bodies, recognize, yet really don’t know.

Born in Iraq, Bessma Khalaf emigrated to San Diego, California in 1990 just before the first Gulf War. She earned her Bachelor degree from San Diego State University in 2002 and a Masters of Fine Arts in photography from the California College of Art in 2007. She is represented by Steven Wolf Fine Arts in San Francisco, and currently maintains a studio in Oakland, California.



CoHosts: Lease Agreement & Type A
Monday, April 21at 6pm – 8:30pm at MICA’s Graduate Studio Center
The lecture will begin at 7 pm with a reception at 6pm. Doors close at 6:45 pm.

Type A is the collaboration of Adam Ames and Andrew Bordwin. Type A has had solo exhibitions at the MCA Denver, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, DeCordova Scultpure Park + Museum, Geoff + Rosenthal, among others. Their speaking engagement and residency are cohosted with Lease Agreement, which is an artist-run curatorial project located in the home of Adam Farcus and Allison Yasukawa at 3718 Ellerslie Ave.

Tickets are free but a rsvp here is required.

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