BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events June 10 – 14

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This week, don’t miss Lisa Dillin’s new solo exhibit at Jordan Faye Contemporary – it opens on Thursday, June 12. Also on Thursday, a panel (free for students) sponsored by the BMA’s Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art group: Illuminating Nauman is happening at Notre Dame of Maryland University. If you are a fan of John Waters, head to Atomic Books that same night for a reading and signing party for his new book about hitchhiking across the country.

On Friday, Gallery CA presents Blush, a group exhibit of Xinyi Cheng, Curtis Miller, and Jeffrey Dell. Also, in the space vacated by sophiajacob, a new gallery named for an invented persona opens up: Freddy’s grand opening is Friday night. The ICA Baltimore presents a survey of Allison Yasukawa’s work on Saturday at the Chicken Box and Fleckenstein Gallery opens a show of paintings by Mark Barry.



Lisa Dillin: Windows & Floors

Thursday June 12 / 6:30pm at Jordan Faye contemporary
Exhibit runs June 12 – July 26, 2014, with an Artist Talk June 28 at 12 pm

The Window Series indicates a philosophical search for nature ‘inside’ and ‘outside’. ‘Outside’ symbolically equates to ‘the great outdoors’ i.e. ‘nature’. Yet cityscapes contain very few examples of flaura + fauna and suburban landscape architecture, in its orderly manner, offering precious little variety, cannot be considered ‘the great outdoors’, where then is this line between the Tamed & the Wild? Manmade & Natural?

Our gallery is located in a historic brownstone in Mount Vernon at 823 Park Avenue (around the corner from The Baltimore School for the Arts). And just down the Street from City Cafe. We are open Tuesdays thru Thursdays & Saturdays from noon until 5pm and also by chance some evenings (later than 5p) & by appointment.



SPECIAL EVENT: Illuminating Bruce Nauman’s Career and Influence
Thursday, June 12, 6 p.m.

$15 FoMaCA Members
$20 general admission
Free at the door for students with ID

Hear fascinating insights on the innovative career of Bruce Nauman, one of the most important artists of our time, during a lively conversation moderated by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.
Participants include:

· Juliet Myers, Bruce Nauman Studio Manager for the past three decades;
· Paul Schimmel, former Chief Curator of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Vice President and Partner of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery whose essay Pay Attention appeared in the 1994 Nauman retrospective catalog; and
· Peter Plagens, celebrated art critic, Newsweek Contributing Editor, and author of the new biography, Bruce Nauman: The True Artist. He currently contributes to The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times among several other prominent publications.

Signed copies of the biography will be available at the BMA Pop-Up Shop. Become a Member today to save 20% off the cover price and 10% off all Shop purchases throughout the year!

The event will be held at Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Knott Auditorium, 4701 N. Charles Street, Baltimore. Use campus entrance on Homeland Avenue for easier access to parking.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. To reserve your ticket in advance, email [email protected].



Carsick: A signing & book release party with John Waters for his newest book at Atomic Books Thursday, June 12 from 7-9 pm

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

The store will open at 7pm for the signing and we should have plenty of books on hand. Tickets will be handed out to everyone in line for the number of books they’d like to purchase. Only Carsicks purchased from Atomic Books will be signed. We will have his other books and DVDs also available. You are welcome to bring other items for John Waters to sign and photos will be allowed. More info here.



BLUSH: New Paintings & Prints by Xinyi Cheng + Curtis Miller + Jeffrey Dell

Friday, June 13 at 7 pm at Gallery CA
Exhibit June 13 – July 9, 2014

BLUSH celebrates the work of artists Xinyi Cheng, Curtis Miller, and Jeffrey Dell. The three comparable artists use a soft key color palette, aspects of printmaking technique, narrative, and emphasis on refined surfaces to create prints and paintings with varying shades of pink that retain an unusual inner light.

Xinyi Cheng graduated with an MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art. This summer she will be in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting.

Curtis Miller currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD. He received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting in 2013. He has exhibited his paintings throughout Texas and the East Coast.

Jeffrey Dell lives and works in San Marcos, Texas. He is an Associate Professor of Printmaking in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University-San Marcos.

More information here.



Grand Opening: Freddy Gallery

June 13, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
More info here.
It is my great pleasure to announce the opening of Freddy, a new gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. Located in a modest-sized storefront space at 510 W. Franklin Street, the gallery will showcase work by burgeoning, established, and enigmatic artists. Five exhibitions are planned and it is possible that more will follow.  Given its unique location outside of a major art metropolis, much of Freddy’s audience will be online. Outside of Baltimore, the gallery exists on the screen like Freddy Krueger exists in dreams. The first exhibition is a two-person show: New York based artist Tisch Abelow will show new paintings alongside “Fig Shuffle,” a new sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist, Peter Harkawik. 
Please note gallery hours: 12pm – 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. 
I hope you’ll find time to visit me. 
Your pal,
510 W. Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


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LAND GRAB: Allison Yasukawa

Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore (at Station North Chicken Box)
1 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Exhibition Runs: June 14 – July 7, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 14, 7 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Contact: [email protected]

Land Grab is a series of interventions that examine battles over territory and social influence at the local and global level. Tourism, the service industry, and the American dream serve as the framing devices for works that mine—and undermine—constantly shifting dynamics of power.

Allison Yasukawa is a multidisciplinary visual artist and educator. She holds an MFA in Studio Arts and an MA in TESOL/ Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her studio practice, Allison explores themes of social encounter, the physical body, and the politics and performance of identity. Her work has been exhibited at spaces including Gallery 400, Chicago; NEXT Art Fair, Chicago; and University Galleries, Normal, IL. Allison lives in Baltimore and works at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

ICA Baltimore is a collaboration of volunteers working to stage contemporary art exhibitions in available spaces in Baltimore. Land Grab is the eleventh exhibition by the ICA since 2011.



Mark Barry – Faces in Places and other … at Fleckenstein Gallery

New Paintings & Monotypes by Mark Barry
Reception: Saturday, June 14th, 5-8pm
Exhibit: Saturday, June 14th through Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Tuesday-Friday 11:00-7:00pm, Saturday 11:00-5:00pm, and by appointment (no more Sunday hours)
Fleckenstein Gallery, 3316 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD 21211

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