BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events May 27 – June 1

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Open Walls Baltimore II

It’s time to break out your summer clothes and head out on the town. Tuesday night, join BmoreArt for an artist talk and fundraiser with Mera Rubell and Rashid Johnson at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. On Thursday, you are invited to cocktails and a welcome dinner for “missing things” at Current, hosted by the Bromo Arts District. At Creative Alliance the 3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival is happening all weekend long, from Thursday to Sunday, timed perfectly to get you psyched up for Baltimore Pride Week.

If you love the Open Walls Mural Project, don’t miss their closing party on Friday night in Station North. Performances will feature Big Freedia, DJ Class, MikeQ, DJ Angelbaby and other ‘special guests.’ This is a free, outdoor event. And on Saturday, “Records are Written in Stone” opens at Lease Agreement with new work by Ryan Thompson.

For more information and ongoing exhibitions, head to BmoreArt’s Calendar of Events!



BmoreArt Talks at the Lord Baltimore Hotel with Mera Rubell and Rashid Johnson

Tuesday, May 27 at 7 pm (tickets required)

Support Bmoreart’s mission to increase contemporary art dialogue in Baltimore. Join us at the newly renovated Lord Baltimore Hotel with world-renowned art collector Mera Rubell and NY-based artist Rashid Johnson for a conversation about contemporary art and collecting, moderated by Bmoreart Editor Cara Ober.

The evening will begin at 7pm with conversation and cocktails at the Lord Baltimore Tavern, followed by an art discussion at 7:30pm in the intimately-sized Lord Baltimore Theatre, located on the second floor. After the lecture, guests are invited back to the LB Tavern for more conversation, community, and drinks. Tickets are $25 and include a complimentary glass of wine or beer. Proceeds will support Bmoreart’s programming and mission.

For Tickets and More Information go to our Eventbrite Page:



a welcome dinner for the “missing things”on Thursday, May 29 from 7-10 pm at Current

7 – 8pm: Cocktails / 8 – 10pm: Welcome & Dinner

**Dinner by Tabor Ethiopian Restaurant (328 Park Avenue)! Will be served in the spirit of communal-style eating at each table.**

Join the Bromo Arts District in welcoming, from Vienna, Austria, artists-in-residence Barbara Holub and social design students Elisabeth Stephan, Marie Christin Rissinger, Julian Verocai & Simone Klien to kick-off the public art project „The First World Congress of the Missing Things.“

The Congress, taking place on June 7&8 at the Lexington Market Subway Station, creates a spatial setup for non-hierarchical communication, turning around the usual format of congresses that separate the „panel“ or „experts“ from the „audience.“ At the closing ceremony of the Congress, participants will hand over the “charta of the missing things” to Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings Blake. Come learn more about the project, get involved, and enjoy drinks & dinner!

Also joining us will be special guests working in the arena of creative placemaking:

Maria Rosario Jackson, Kresge Foundation
Mark Stein, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Seifert, University of Pennsylvania
Lynne McCormack, Director of Art, Culture + Tourism, City of Providence, RI
Kayim Gülgün, Director of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis, MN
Erin I. Williams, Worcester Cultural Coalition
Samuel Hoi, President, MICA
Wilfried Eckstein, Goethe-Institut
Ronit Eisenbach, Associate Professor of Architecture, UMD
Alexander Koch, Germany
Barbara Holub, Austria
Mary McCarthy, Ireland
Carol Bell, UK
Tuula Isohanni, Finland
Polydoros Karyofyllis, Greece
Rafael de Balanzo Joue, Spain

More info here.



3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival May 29
Thursday, May 29 – Sunday, June 1, 2014

Creative Alliance’s LGBT Film Festival Committee has meticulously selected six award winning films that have premiered at the most renowned national and international LGBT film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, and Tribeca, among others. These outstanding documentaries and features hail from the U.S., Taiwan, Germany, Africa, and India, and explore a variety of fascinating themes.

Presented in partnership with GLCCB, Gay Life, Equality Maryland, and Aids Action Baltimore.


THU MAY 29 | 5:30-7:30pm
Opening Night Happy Hour in the Marquee Lounge with LGBT themed comedy hosted by What Weekly!

THU MAY 29 | 7:30pm
(Liam K. Sullivan, USA, 2012, 75 mins.)
Transgender comedian Ian Harvie is the focus of this hilarious yet self-aware 2013 documentary. His facile sense of ease, not just his gender-bending presence, makes his humor groundbreaking.
Sponsored by: Christy Bergland & Shirley Parry

FRI MAY 30 | 5:30-7:30pm
Happy Hour in the Marquee Lounge hosted by GLCCB & GayLife!

FRI MAY 30 | 7:30pm
(Arven Chen, Taiwan, 2013, 106 mins.)
In this madcap and lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage when his wife Feng shares her desire to have another baby.

FRI MAY 30 | 9:45pm
(USA, 2013, 105 min)
Valencia is a collaboration between a national community of 20 queer filmmakers to adapt the underground classic memoir Valencia into a kaleidoscopic vision of San Francisco’s Mission District in the early ‘90s.

SAT MAY 31 | 4pm
(Nicholas Wrathall, USA, 2013, 89 mins.)
No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal.
Festival sponsors: Gina Caruso & Charles Freeman

SAT MAY 31 | 7:30pm
(Stephan Lacant, Germany, 2013, 100 mins.)
Marc’s life seems to be right on track with a promising career in the police department and a baby on the way. Then he meets fellow policeman Kay, and during their regular jogs Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness, and what it means to fall in love with another man.
Festival sponsors: Jeff G. Knox & Hector Manzano

SUN JUN 1 | 4pm
(Dylan Mohan Grey, India, 2013, 87 mins.)
An intricate tale of “medicine, monopoly and malice,” this film tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to affordable AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths.

TICKETS Per Film: $12, $7 mbrs.
Weekend Pass: $60, $35 mbrs.



OWB2 Closing Party Friday, May 30 from 6-10 pm @ Y Not Lot in Station North


Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. in association with Primary Colors Presents gives you the Open Walls Baltimore 2 Closing Party: “Dance to Keep from Crying” in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Baltimore continues to define itself as a city that will not quit, that will not give up, that will continue to grow and improve, continue to dance. Our collective goal, in the spirit of Open Walls Baltimore, is to encourage beauty and progress by creating a free, public, outdoor dance event that brings together the artistic and musical monuments of change.

The celebration is FREE and open to the public, kicking off with the culminating performance of the six-week residency PLAY the PLAZA at Penn Station Plaza, featuring the Performance Parkour of the UK’s The Urban Playground Team, then progresses to the Ynot Lot at 4 W. North Avenue for “Dance To Keep From Crying,” and finally to after parties at The Crown, Windup Space, and Liam Flynn’s Ale House (Details TBA).

Hosted by local entertainers Ellen Degenerate, Whitney Biennial, and Lexie Mountain, “Dance to Keep from Crying” will feature performances by New Orleans sensation Big Freedia, Baltimore legend DJ Class, and ballroom/vogue-house culture leader Mike Q.

• 6:00PM – 7:00PM @ Penn Station Plaza (1500 N Charles Street): Play The Plaza culminating performance
• 7:00PM – 11:00PM @ the Ynot Lot (4 W North Avenue): “Dance To Keep From Crying”
• 11:00PM – 2:00AM @ the Crown, Windup Space, Liam Flynn’s Ale House: After Parties!

Any questions relating to Open Walls Closing Party, “Dance To Keep From Crying”
Please Contact: Alex Coleurs, Creative Director, Primary Colors Presents

Email: [email protected]



“Records are Written in Stone”
new work by Ryan Thompson

Reception: Saturday, May 31, 6pm – 9pm
May 31 – June 22, 2014

Lease Agreement
3718 Ellerslie Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Hours: Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 8:00pm and by appointment

Science and belief are often positioned in a binary relationship. Conventional knowledge holds that their mutually agreed upon divergence speaks to two distinct and incompatible purposes in which science is housed in the empirical, whereas belief resides in the spiritual. Perhaps more significant than their differences, however, are their points of convergence: Science and belief both allow us to reach for meaning. In his solo exhibition, “Records are Written in Stone,” Ryan Thompson plays with this intermingling of science and belief in a series of deadpan explorations of geology, meteoritics, and crystallology. The conceptually-based photographic, sculptural, and drawing works simultaneously legitimize and defraud our search for knowledge in order to call into question our understanding of the world by drawing our collective attention to how quickly this understanding can fall apart. In short, it is as though Thompson enters this work in a white lab coat but exits in the glow of the psychic’s neon sign.

The reception for “Records are Written in Stone” will be held on Saturday, May 31, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Lease Agreement, 3718 Ellerslie Ave, Baltimore, Maryland. The exhibition runs from May 31 – June 22. Gallery hours are Wednesdays, 4:00pm until 8:00pm, or by appointment. Appointments can be requested by contacting Lease Agreement at

Ryan Thompson lives and works in Chicago, IL where he is an Associate Professor of Art & Design at Trinity Christian College. His current research examines various powers humans ascribe to geologic ephemera. His work has been exhibited at: Galerie Analix Forever (Geneva), EYEBEAM (New York), Links Hall (Chicago), Evanston Art Center (Chicago), Root Division (San Francisco), and Mila Kunstgalerie (Berlin). It has also appeared in: Making the Geologic Now (Punctum Books, 2013), Earth Works! (Format P Magazine, 2013), Reframing Photography (Routledge, 2010), and Cabinet Magazine (Summer 2014). His forthcoming book, Bad Luck, Hot Rocks (The Ice Plant, 2014), brings together original photographs of stolen and returned petrified wood, with conscience letters from the National Park’s archives.

More of Thompson’s works can be seen at his website,

This exhibition is the second of three that Lease Agreement will host as an ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) partner gallery. ACRE is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects. More information about ACRE can be found at

Lease Agreement is a collaborative curatorial project by artists Adam Farcus and Allison Yasukawa. Set in the living room of the couple’s rental house, Lease Agreement continues in the tradition of apartment gallery exhibition spaces by exhibiting conceptually rigorous, engaging work within the context of a home.

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