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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 events@bmoreart.com!

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Out Of Order: Artist Install Day at MAP
Apr 21 from 7:00 am to Apr 22 at 12:00 am

Maryland Art Place
218 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | 7:00 AM -MIDNIGHT

Any artist is welcome to hang one original work of art on the first come, first served installation day, taking place on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 7 am – midnight. No need to sign up in advance, just come by MAP’s first floor gallery space @ 218 West Saratoga Street in the new Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District!

Just remember the following:
•Your ONE original piece of artwork ready to hang (no larger than 40 x 40 inches).
•Participation Fee: $10 for EVERYONE! Members and non-members.
For More Details please visit our website at www.mdartplace.org/events

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Nature in the Dark – Panel Discussion and Opening
Thursday, April 23 at 6:00pm – 10:00pm

The Ynot Lot
4 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Nature in the Dark (NITD), is an art/science collaboration and informative participatory installation taking place at Station North’s Ynot Lot (Charles Street & North Avenue) April 23rd-25th.

Featuring: Laure Drogoul, Benjamin Andrew, and Rachael Guardiola
Curated by Marnie Benney

http://www.natureinthedark.com/

How do you interact with nature? #natureinthedark

We be collecting pictures before and after the exhibition and hosting them on natureinthedark.com!

THURSDAY APRIL 23
6:00-7:30pm Panel Discussion with local scientists at the Windup Space (next-door to the exhibition).
8:00-10:00pm: Participatory exhibition in the Ynot Lot (Charles and North ave.)

FRIDAY-SATURDAY 4/24-25
8:00-10:00pm Exhibition open at Ynot Lot

MAY 1-29
Exhibition travels to the Sandbox gallery in Chestertown, MD.
Reception on May 1 5-7pm.

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Out of Order: Maryland Art Place’s Annual Spring Benefit, Silent Auction and Party!
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7PM

Maryland Art Place
218 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Tickets Available www.missiontix.com

Join us at this year’s Out of Order event on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7PM to view and bid on works from a wide range of regional artists – from emerging and student artists to established professionals. We look forward to seeing you!

OOO TICKETS: Mingle with the participating artists, sponsors, patrons and general art enthusiasts during the exciting silent auction and party. Guests will enjoy an open wine & beer bar, a specialty cocktail and light tastings throughout the evening and a special body art performance lead by Abby Fitzgibbon.

•$45 Presale Tickets ($50 at the door) will grant you entrance to the 7 – 10PM silent auction + access to the After Party at Current!

Tickets for Out Of Order 2015 can be found at: http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/29528/out-of-order

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SiteLines: Graham Coreil-Allen
Friday, April 24 from 7:00 pm – 12:00 am

Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore @ Current Space
421 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Exhibition Runs: April 24 – May 15, 2015
Open Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12 – 4 p.m.

Explore Baltimore’s invisible public spaces through sharable videos, walking tours, and an immersive gallery installation of banners, photos, sculptures and walkable map.

ICA Baltimore presents Baltimore public artist Graham Coreil-Allen presents SiteLines, a multimedia collection of online videos, experimental walking tours and an immersive art installation at Current Space featuring banners, photography, typography and cartography derived from nearby invisible public spaces.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 24, 7 – 10 p.m.
After party for “Out of order” presented by Maryland Art Place will take place @ Current from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. w/ DJ John Eaton on the spin cycle.

Artist Talk and Closing Reception:
Friday, May 15 Artist Talk, 6 – 7 p.m. Reception, 7 – 9 p.m.

Three additional collaborative artist tours:

Crossing the Highway to Nowhere walking tour
Saturday, April 25, 2 – 4 p.m.
Explore interchanging embankments around The Highway to Nowhere while boldly crossing where many have walked before.

Formative Drift walking tour
Saturday, May 2, 2 – 4 p.m.
Experience the drama of theaters in ruins and on the rise, and feel Baltimore’s enduring Formstone facades through site-specific performances, tasty sandwiches, and foldable sketches. Tour in collaboration with artists Laure Drogoul, Carly Bales, and Gary Kachadourian.

Wandering Shards walking tour
Saturday, May 9, 2 – 4 p.m.
Bring your personal expertise to help lead an improvised group tour of nearby public space while collecting found object souvenirs to be displayed in the gallery.

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No-No Show: Closing Reception and Talk by Tom Hanauer
Saturday, April 25 at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Join us for a closing reception of No-No and a talk by Tom Hanauer. A light brunch will be served 🙂

NO-NO: This iteration of Press Press’s zine library consists of the No-No Banned Book Zine series, a letter writing center that will collect letters written to Burmese political prisoners and a collection of related texts available for reading.

THE BANNED-BOOKS PARADOX: REFLECTIONS ON ADORNO AND MILL By Tom Hanauer

In this talk I will be discussing what I call the “banned-books paradox.” In one sense, the very existence of banned books—and, indeed, banned artworks—confirm the view that art matters. The arts are, or can be, a threat to social conventions, to commonsense ‘morality,’ to the status quo. The backlash against art seemingly provides good evidence that art still has a transformative role to play in social life: art can pose a genuine challenge to Power and its legitimacy. It is not confined to an impractical, disinterested sphere, nor is it mere entertainment. On the contrary, art has the capacity to change people. This should be good news to artist-activists, i.e., art-folk who want to affect social change by transforming people’s attitudes, cultivating awareness, raising people’s consciousness, and so on. On the other hand—and this is the second part of the paradox—if banned and shunned art was not banned and shunned, the art itself seems to run the risk of devolving into the mundane, the useless, or, even worse, into an active agent for the ideologies and oppressive structures that the art itself seeks to critique. In other words, artworks that do not have their vociferous detractors are under threat of becoming irrelevant or losing their ‘critical bite.’ They are co-opted into the machinery they were initially attempting to comment on.

Tom Hanauer is a doctoral student in philosophy at Temple University, Philadelphia. His interests and work lie in the intersections of aesthetics, ethics, and 19th-20th century German philosophy.

Press Press is an interdisciplinary publishing initiative based in Baltimore City. Through publishing, pop-up print shops, events, and distribution of print media we build open, active platforms of social engagement which democratize the practice of and engagement with art. We believe artwork exists within experience. This includes the integration of fabricated and naturally occurring forms of engagement, relationships, objects, events and situations which, together, exist as meaningful life experiences or occurrences.

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Alice Gadzinski Talk at School 33 Art Center
Saturday, April 25 at 1 pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light St, Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Alice Gadzinski will be speaking about her work at School 33 Art Center on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1pm. Gadzinski’s work is currently on display in The Project Space at School 33 as a part of her solo exhibition, “Don’t Laugh and Don’t Say ‘Oh My Gosh.’”

“Alice Gadzinski used to be a dancer, which has thus evolved into a fascination and borderline obsession with performance aesthetics. She presents the human experience, both good and bad, and the idea of performing in a domestic sense from a delightfully sarcastic stance. Paraphernalia oozing nostalgia, collected at garage sales and thrift stores is re-contextualized to present an honest kind of adolescence that is, of course, as warped as the next person’s. Gadzinski’s elaborate; shrine-esque sculptures juxtapose beauty with artificiality, social standards with natural urges, domestic safety with vulnerability, using the shiny plastic language of kitsch and camp. Each piece sucks the viewer in and demands them to seek out every hilarious, profane detail before moving on to the next. They shine a tongue-in-cheek and neurotic light on our oftentimes-laughable existence.”

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The Movement Lab at 14 Karat Cabaret
Saturday, April 25 at 8 pm

The 14 Karat Cabaret
218 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Come to the 14 Karat Cabaret on Saturday, April 25th to experience and participate in LabBodies Movement Lab. For this Lab Night, Performance artists are invited to present their performance art works that examine the term and the form of MOVEMENT.

If you are interested in presenting work during this Lab Night, please email labbodiesgeneral@gmail.com

FEATURED ARTISTS: Kwame Shaka Opare, Noelle Tolbert, & Talbolt Johnson

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Baltimore Museum of Art African Collection Opening Celebration
Sunday, April 26 at 11:00am – 5:00pm

The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Admission is free.

Celebrate the reopening of the BMA’s expanded and beautifully reinstalled galleries for African art. Enjoy musical performances, art-making, gallery conversations that highlight the diversity of contemporary and traditional African art, and more. More info here.

The Celebration includes:
– Musical performances by Elikeh and Amadou Kouyate
– Artist demonstrations of indigo dyeing and Zulu beading
– Storytelling with Maria Broom and Jali-D
– Films by African directors presented in partnership with the African Film Festival National Traveling Series, The Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs
– Contemporary African Dance
– Hands-on art-making masks and musical instruments

Full timetable:

11.00am – Contemporary African Dance Demo and Do with Coyaba Dance Theater.
Learn about West African dance with live drumming and dance demonstrating the art and technique of traditional and contemporary West African dances. Audience participation encouraged.

11.00am–5.00pm – Make headdresses and musical instruments.

11.30am – African Short Films by African directors.
Presented in partnership with the African Film Festival National Traveling Series, The Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
1. Beleh
2. Soko Sonko

12.00pm – Amadou Kouyate performs on his 21 string kora.
12.00–3.00pm – Indigo dye workshop with Louise Wheatley.
1.00pm – Storytelling with Maria Broom and Jali-D.
2.00pm – Egyptian Music Workshop with Jessica Keyes, Kylie Hilali, and Ken Wright.
2.00-5.00pm – Ndebele bead demonstration with Zola Dube.
3.00pm–5.00pm – Elikeh performs.

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