BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events for September 23 – 28

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BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.

To submit your calendar event, email us at [email protected]! Our fall calendar is currently jam packed!



The Transmodern Festival is all week long from September 21 – 27 at EMP Collective, Current, SubBasement, and 14K Cabaret.

For specifics and more information click here.



CoHosts: Jacob Khepler and Open Space

Wednesday, September 24 from 6-8:30 pm

 CoHosts is presented at the Baltimore School for the Arts located at 712 Cathedral St. The lecture will begin at 7pm with a reception at 6pm. Doors close at 6:45pm.

Jacob Khepler is an American artist, writer, and editor from New England, whose primary project is the monthly newspaper/magazine Mothers News. His speaking engagement and residency are cohosted with Open Space, a collectively-run arts space that facilitates a range of programming including the Annual Publications & Multiples Fair. They moved into their new location in September of 2014. Open Space is made possible by the love and hard work of its members and by the supportive and fruitful cultural community that exists in Baltimore. Current members include: Milton Melvin Croissant III, Chris Day, Margo Benson Malter, Nick Peelor, Neil Sanzgiri, Jasmine Sarp, Conor Stechschulte, Brendan Sullivan, Pete Razon and Colin Alexander.

About CoHosts: The 2014 Speaker Series, CoHosts, will be presented at the Baltimore School for the Arts and cohosted with thirteen local commercial and artist-run galleries. Each gallery responded to a simple question: “Who is the one artist or art professional that you want The Contemporary to bring to Baltimore?” Each gallery will co-host a residency for their selected speaker and identify local artists for their respective studio visits.



BmoreArt Talk: Sharon Louden – Living & Sustaining a Creative Life

Thursday, September 25 at 7 pm in MICA’s Falvey Hall

Join BmoreArt and artist/ author Sharon Louden for a panel and book signing!

“Anyone serious about a career as an artist must read this book.” – Adam Sheffer, Partner, Cheim & Read Gallery

In 2011, artist Sharon Louden asked 40 ‘successful’ artists one question: How do you sustain a creative life? The result: a refreshingly honest book that illuminates different paths to fulfillment in the art world, and a number of strategies for juggling creative lives with the everyday needs of making a living. Since it’s initial publishing in 2013 by Intellect Books, distributed by the University of Chicago Press, the book is now in its fifth printing and the word is spreading!

Join BmoreArt, Sharon Louden, and a panel of local Baltimore art celebrities for a panel discussion in MICA’s Falvey Hall, followed by a reception and book signing.

You can arrive as early as 6:30. The panel with start at 7 pm and last until 8 pm. Afterwards, join BmoreArt and Sharon and get your copy signed! We guarantee you will want to buy this book!

Tickets are free and open to the public, but registration is required. MICA students and faculty are not required to register and professors are encouraged to bring their classes.



SPOKE: A Transmodern Literary Event

Friday, September 27 at 7 pm at EMP Collective (doors open at 6 pm)

WORDS OUT LOUD WITH: Rahne Alexander (Baltimore), Jai Brooks (Baltimore), Rachel Levitsky (NYC), Ras Mashramani (Philadelphia)

Single-venue tickets for Friday are $7, cash-only, at the door, and will be good for entry to SPOKE (7-8pm) and PENELOPE (8:15-9:15, same venue).

Passes for all Transmodern events taking place Friday are $12 and an all-festival pass is $55. Passes are available online at

See the amazing full schedule at



Christopher Hitchens Memorial Comedy Night & Ice Cream Social

Friday, September 26 at 9 pm at the 14 Karat Cabaret

Please join us for a night of ice cream tasting and stand-up comedy in the open mic style. In honor of the man who wrote “Why Women Aren’t Funny” for Vanity Fair in 2007, we present an opportunity for talented women to perform stand-up comedy during Transmodern Festival 2014!

Are you a woman at all? Always wanted to do stand-up but waiting for the right time? That time is now! Sign up for five minutes that could change the rest of your life by emailing meetamountain (at) gmail (dot!) com. Stand-ups will receive free admission for this event, and be entered for a chance to win many fascinating prizes including real human money!

Admission, open to everyone, includes a pencil, a bowl, spoon and samples of amazing local ice creams.

BUY A WEEK LONG FESTIVAL PASS for $55 which includes entry into every event. Events Monday through Wednesday are $7, Thursday through Saturday are $12.

For CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS MEMORIAL COMEDY NIGHT & ICE CREAM SOCIAL, the cost is $12 but it also includes entry into the following events, as well…

at EMP:
TONGUE TIED installation/performances curated by Sophia Mak
SPOKE readings curated by Megan McShea
PENELOPE performance by Laure Drogoul

at Subbasement Studios:
over|under LIMBO LAB curated by Labbodies (Ada Pinkston and Hosey Corona) installation/performances

Brick wall drawing by Gary Kachadourian
Presented as part of Transmodern Festival 2014



Power Plant Alive: A Sitelines Walking Tour and Video Shoot with Graham Coreil-Allen

Saturday, September 27 from 1 – 2:30 pm

Experience how Baltimore impersonates itself through retail drag while wandering from the Inner Harbor to Power Plant Live! Dress us in your favorite music sub-culture outfit to participate in a rocking public space performance where we will power up stairs to urban sublime. Meet behind the old Power Plant at 601 E Pratt St, on the south side of Market Place and Pratt St.

Taysir Batniji: Full Bleed at Lease Agreement
Guest-curated by Liz Park

Reception: Saturday September 27, 6-9pm
September 27 – October 25, 2014

“Between 8 July and 27 August, more than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip, along with 66 Israeli soldiers and seven civilians in Israel,” reported BBC News. Posted on its website, video footage taken by a drone revealed the extent of destruction in Gaza. Where homes once stood, the ground is now uniformly grey and brown from crumbling concrete buildings and dirt.

The New York Times reported the latest conflict was responsible for killing “500 Gazans under [the age of] 18 and injuring 3,100, as well as, according to one estimate, creating 1,400 orphans.” Another source, Islamic News Daily, reveals “over 10,800 have been injured in the Israeli war since July 8… The United Nations says over 80 percent of the killed Palestinians have been civilians. Some 400,000 Palestinian children are in immediate need of psychological help due to ‘catastrophic and tragic impact’ of the Israeli war, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).” Amid the varying number of casualty in Gaza reported by journalists from a spectrum of political positions, Palestinian Center for Human Rights ( keeps steadfast count of destroyed lives even after the truce.

For a generation of children growing up in this volatile situation, home is not necessarily a site of nurturing and security. It can also be a repository of traumatic memories or a series of temporary accommodations.

Gaza-born, Paris-based Taysir Batniji’s solo presentation at Lease Agreement include video, photography, and installation made in response to and as a part of the artist’s experience of living in what he describes as the “space that is neither here nor there. This other space that is not home but not elsewhere either…a sort of in-between, a space with no borders where I feel at home, albeit a temporary home.

Taysir Batniji (b. Gaza, 1966) studied art at Al-Najah University in Nablus, in Palestine. Since 1994, he has been dividing his time between France and Palestine. During this period spent between two countries and two cultures, Batniji has developed a multi-media practice, focusing on photographic and video images. Following his first solo show in Paris in 2002, that showed works produced in Gaza, he has been actively participating in a number of exhibitions, biennales and residencies in Europe and across the world.

From Vancouver, Canada, Liz Park is a curator and writer currently based in Philadelphia as the recipient of Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellowship at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the University of Pennsylvania. The topics of her recent research and projects include the representation of violence, the politics of visibility, and non-Western art in the global context of contemporary art.

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.

Lease Agreement
3718 Ellerslie Ave
Baltimore, MD 21218

Hours: Wednesdays 4-8pm and by appointment

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