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.
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Design Conversation 70: Outliers, Organizations scaling change in Baltimore
Tuesday, May 5 at 6pm at the Wind Up Space
In our interest in highlighting people and organizations seeking to make positive change in Baltimore that go beyond the ordinary – we have brought together three organizations to speak about their work and how they seek to push the city forward.
Thread – Sarah Hemminger
Baltimore Corps – Fagan Harris
Greater Baltimore Urban League – Eric White
Presented in collaboration with AIA Baltimore Lecture Series Committee as part of the 2015 spring series “Outliers”.
TLC Baltimore: Theresa Keil and Larry Cohen at Gallery 788
Thursday, May 7 w/ closing party Saturday, May 16
Photo Sale: NOW until May 7th
Our full catalogue of photography is available for this pre-sale with affordability in mind & we thank you in advance for supporting the arts. We realize that many people can’t make it down for the show & this is a way you can see/support our work. Also, an opportunity to have quality prints made of shots that are more personal to you, but won’t be up on a gallery wall.
More info here.
Your appreciation and support means a lot to us & we hope this is a celebration of people as art.
Maryland Film Festival May 6 – 10
Maryland Film Festival is an annual five-day event that takes place in early May, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties — narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid — to tens of thousands of audience members.
For every North American feature film screened within the festival, a filmmaker attends the festival to present their work. The hundreds of filmmakers who have hosted screenings within Maryland Film Festival include such names as John Waters, Barry Levinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme, Melvin Van Peebles, Alex Gibney, Matt Porterfield, Joe Swanberg, Lisandro Alonso, Todd Solondz, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Lena Dunham.
In addition to a wide range of contemporary N. American films, each festival also includes a sampling of cutting-edge international features (including such titles as Dogtooth and Syndromes and a Century), a vintage silent film with live musical accompaniment, a classic 3-D film, and a feature selected and hosted by legendary filmmaker John Waters (whose choices have ranged from Joseph Losey’s Boom! to Gaspar Noé’s I Stand Alone).
Celebrity guest hosts from outside the world of film are also invited to present favorite films, including musicians such as Ian MacKaye, Branford Marsalis, Will Oldham, Jonathan Richman, Harry Belafonte, and Bill Callahan.
More info and screening times at mdfilmfest.com.
Khalik Allah “125th and Lexington”
Friday, May 8 at 6-9 pm
405 E Oliver St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Tickets Available khalikallahbaltimore.eventbrite.com
RandallScottProjects in collaboration with Michael Pollack/Vikki Tobak and FOTOFilm DC is pleased to present 125th and Lexington an exhibition of photographic images and films by New York based artist Khalik Allah.
To coincide with the screening of Khalik Allah’s documentary “Field Niggas” at the Maryland Film Festival, RandallScottProjects will host an exhibition of Allah’s photographs taken over the past three years documenting the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem. The exhibition will be shown at AREA 405 in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District.
Self taught photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah has spent the better part of the past three years documenting the marginalized inhabitants of 125th Street at Lexington Avenue into the early hours of the morning.
This exhibition will be held at AREA 405 with viewing hours May 8-9th from noon-8pm. An opening party will be held on May 8 from 6-10pm. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Khalik Allah will be present during the opening.
Critter Launch in conjunction with Alloverstreet May 8
Critter, a Baltimore based mobile app, is being released in beta on Friday, May 8 at Alloverstreet to stimulate conversation around local galleries and art events. “People have a lot to say about the art they see in local galleries,” says Senior MICA Student and Critter co-founder Mikael Flores-Amper, “Critter creates an opportunity for anyone to share thoughts, ask questions, and have their voices heard in an open environment.”
With Critter, users can comment and contribute to discussions based around upcoming and current art- related events. “We want people to not only see art, but to think critically and become informed in Baltimore’s thriving art scene,” says John Robb, Critter’s designer and co-founder.
Critter’s launch on May 8 from 7-10pm is in collaboration with the Alloverstreet Art Walk where the app’s creators will be doing promotion outside of The Copycat Building on 1511 Guilford Ave. Critter will be available as a web application upon its beta launch and is compatible with any smartphone. The team plans to release Critter to app stores in the coming months. The application is expected to have a full-featured launch by October 2015.
Sign up for Critter for free at https://critter.buzz
The free web app’s development is being led by MICA Student Mikael Flores-Amper and Mobile App Designer John Robb.
Contra Euclid | solo exhibition featuring Christopher McCarthy
May 1 – 15
1515 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Stemming largely from an interest in unknowable spaces (visually or physically un-occupiable) this body of work considers the conditions and contents of such places. The shape of the canvases is the result of a desire to retain a polygonal substrate but to begin the work in a state of disorder and asymmetry. The language of physical form and substance runs parallel to that of the drawn “glyphs” borrowing the language of painted vessels, relief sculpture, and graffiti.
Christopher McCarthy was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in the nearby suburbs of Woodstock. He is a 2015 candidate for a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
MAY ALLOVERSTREET: SUMMER KICK OFF
Friday, May 8 at 7 – 10
East Oliver Street & Guilford Ave
Process Collective presents:
SUMMER KICK OFF ALLOVERSTREET: East Oliver Street Art Walk
May 1, 2015 7-10PM
Alloverstreet is a night of simultaneous art openings and events spanning the many art spaces of East Oliver Street in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. This month’s edition features seven arts events across five of our favorite E. Oliver Street spots. This Alloverstreet also marks the release of Critter (beta) a locally developed free app for organizing and responding to Baltimore art events! Find Critter at a table outside the Copycat! “Art speaks. Continue the conversation.”
This month’s events include:
YTB Why The Beef Zine Issue 8: SWAP Release Show
Over 70 Baltimore + Providence artists’ trading cards mixed in unique decks.
405 E. Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202
The Copycat Building, Apt A100, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202
↑↓ YTB 8: SWAP Release Show ↑↓
**Date Correction** Saturday, May 9 at 7pm – 10pm
405 E Oliver St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
The 8th issue of YTB (Why The Beef) is themed SWAP, where over 70 Baltimore + Providence artists have created “trading card” multiples of every medium. Each reader receives a unique set of 8 original cards plus a fold-out poster/catalogue showing all of the works. Grab yours~!
The show features performances by Crisco Dreams, Andy Frogg, and Marcelle Mandeng & inflatables by Nicolas KK. Free entry & a free copy of the new zine edition per person. Limited edition of 150 copies. : )
SWAP, trade, mix up your deck with others at the event. In conjunction with Alloverstreet.
Why The Beef, founded 2011, is a collaborative zine between MICA and RISD. YTB is released in biannual, multi-format editions featuring an array of student artwork, poetry, and interviews, with commissioned contributions from both Baltimore and Providence. The theme of each issue dictates and inspires the form that the printed matter and its release event will take.
Artists featured in SWAP: Adenike Adelekan, Amy Scovil, Beth Sullivan, Cecilia Vidal, Clay Smith, Dan Poltrictzky, Daphne Taranto, Eli Sobel, Hannah First, Hesuh Park, Isa Suescum, Izzy Stein, Jennifer Juang, Jeremy Cain, Katherine Lynn Bierman, Leslie Xia, Tsai Lian, Lucas Bruggeman, Mirror Mirror (Marcelle Mandeng), Margaret Hines, Maya Fell, Mazzy Bell, Morgan Duong, Rae Clatch, Reyna Clarissa, Richard Munaba, Skylar Gibbons-Reich, Suldano Abdiruhman, Tam Mosher.
Nicole Dyer and Philip Hinge at The Parking Lot
Friday, May 8 from 6-8 pm
The Parking Lot is pleased to present a two person exhibition of paintings and drawings from Nicole Dyer and Philip Hinge.
Philip Hinge (b. 1988) received his MFA in painting from the Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA in painting from MICA. Hinge’s work has been shown at a variety of venues including CONNERSMITH (Washington DC), Page Bond Gallery (Richmond, VA), Context; Art Miami, and the (e)merge Art Fair. Hinge will have work in a three person show opening at Freddy in June.
Nicole Dyer (b. 1991) is from Lakeland, FL and currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA in Drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. Her work conveys relatable experiences derived from personal memory. She has shown internationally (IE) as well as in New York, Chicago, and Baltimore.
The Parking Lot is a temporary exhibition space curated by Dave Eassa. It is located within the K-town Studios building at 100 W. 22nd Street. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday May 1st from 6 – 8 p.m.
421 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Share Baltimore’s enduring strength as it struggles to survive top-down schemes of superblocked urban renewal. On this tour we will explore the specter riches of defensive architecture, campy Formstone facades and invisible sites of history and resistance. Share your own personal insights as we discover how capitalist speculation continues to harm the Westside while everyday people resist through small-scale entrepreneurialism, art and direct action.
All tours are free and open to the public. We walk for 45-60 minutes at a moderate pace. Voluntary physical activities include climbing stairs, laying down, and stepping over obstacles.
8th Annual Boundary Block Party
May 9 from 1-4pm at Pennsylvania Avenue Triangle Park at Pennsylvania Ave and Presstman Street
Resident leaders from the No Boundaries Coalition will be giving a public address about the community needs and the resident-led response at 3:30pm. The No Boundaries Coalition is a resident-led advocacy group that has been working to increase police accountability and improve police-residents relationships in West Baltimore. “Living in Sandtown the past two weeks has been really hard. Our neighborhood has felt like a war zone,” says life-long Sandtown resident and No Boundaries Coalition President Ray Kelly. “Our first priority is to allow the Gray family to properly mourn the loss of their loved one. For those of us that have lived here all of our lives and have many of the same type of stories, we recognize that JUSTICE will not come by way of conviction, but by putting legislation in place that addresses the pattern of injustices once and for all.”
Every year the Boundary Block Party brings together hundreds of residents to connect and celebrate Central West Baltimore. Join the No Boundaries Coalition and Jubilee Arts this Saturday for live entertainment with the Baltimore Showstoppers Marching Band, The New Twilighters Marching Band, Brown Memorial Church Choir, and more. Fresh produce will be for sale from local urban farms. Families can join the art-making fun with mosaics and facepainting. At the block party’s resource fair attendees can get information on voter registration, employment, expungement, fitness, our local library and more from over 20 community organizations.
The No Boundaries Coalition is a resident-led advocacy group building a unified and empowered Central West Baltimore across the boundaries of race, class and neighborhoods. This effort started with the first Boundary Block Party in 2008. The No Boundaries Coalition mobilizes residents to work on community-wide issues and is currently advocating for food justice and public safety.
“Over the two past years, we have listened to over 300 residents about their concerns for the neighborhood and their interactions with Baltimore City Police. In the past two weeks, we have listened to over 200 Sandtown residents through door knocking and a community dinner. We’ve heard many stories of police harassment, disrespect, and misconduct. Out of our listening, we are advocating to improve public safety and increase police accountability,” say the No Boundaries Coalition Director, Rebecca Nagle.
The No Boundaries Coalition is also hosting a community meeting on Tuesday May 5 at 6pm at St Peter Claver Church (1526 N Fremont) for Central West Baltimore residents and community leaders.
Jubilee Arts is a community program providing arts classes to the residents of the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and surrounding neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland. Jubilee Arts is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, an area with a rich history of African-American culture, and is helping to bring the arts back to life in our community!
Organizations can sign up to be part of the resource fair using this online form. Individuals can sign up to volunteer by filling out this online form. The organizers have also put out a call for food donations. Click here to read how you can support.
Chris Dorland / Joe Pflieger: surface surface (hey mr. goat)
May 9 at 6 pm at Randall Scott Projects
Exhibit runs May 2 – May 30
RandallScottProjects is pleased to present surface surface (hey mr. goat) a two person exhibition by New York based artists Chris Dorland and Joe Pflieger.
The title of the show serves as a linguistic flattening, or rasterization, of a number of the interests that preoccupy both Dorland’s and Pfleiger’s work. Formally trained in painting, the artists’ exploration of surface, both materially and conceptually, continues to be a driving force in their practices even though printing technologies, photography and digital manipulation increasingly replaces the use of brushes to create pictorial representations. Surface is also a reference to the Microsoft tablet Surface- a lackluster competitor in the race for hand-held computing devices. The market performance of the Surface tablet is an apt metaphor for the all too real consequences of technological failure and the difficulties of thriving in a crowded market place where obsolescence is only a few bad quarters away.
Dorland will be presenting a suite of paintings from his Scanners series. This body of work, started in 2014, is an extension of his longstanding interest in reproduction, consumer society and waste. Using inkjet prints of scanned and recycled imagery from past work as well as commercial stock photography, the paintings are constructed using the logic of algorithmic inputs and outputs. Visual information is paired with art historically loaded materials (linen, primed canvas, commercial nylon, painter’s drop clothes); images are processed, filtered and repurposed, printed, sewn and stitched together both digitally and literally before being framed by their stretcher bars. These paintings are simultaneously hyper-flexible (abstract) and hyper-representational, creating semiotic space upon which the history of painting can be grafted, compressed, organized, expressed and re-expressed infinitely; creating new languages with which to consider the digital afterlife of painting in a post humanist world.
Pflieger’s work addresses the fluidity of images and the abstraction of institutional power. Pflieger will be presenting a series of photographs as well as new works exploring the hybrid space created by the intersection of photography, painting, and sculpture; a series of abstracted and melancholic photographs taken in Arizona at both the Biosphere 2 as well as at ancient Anasazi ruins will be juxtaposed onto free-standing reflective sculptural screens. Temporary images are generated as a result of the transitional, reflective spaces created by the material themselves – an apt metaphor for the constant re-calibration required to negotiate a relationship with the shifting meaning inherent in his photographic subjects (science, hope, future technologies, lost knowledge, the end of times). Meaning is contorted and challenged as the boundaries between image, object, reflection and medium elude stable ground.
Youth Dew – Flannery Silva at Springsteen
Saturday, May 9 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm
502 West Franklin St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Springsteen is delighted to present Youth Dew, a solo exhibition featuring new work by Flannery Silva. Please join us for the opening reception, Saturday, May 9, from 7 – 10 pm. The exhibition will be on view through June 6, 2015.
The Only Lost Girl Who Helps Me With My Motivation Map
she should be here right now comforting you
not as strong as a swollen stream in early may
a feeling i only want to poke with a stick
Sick Dove, Fantasies Of Abduction
prairie pusher belonging in a bed of hay
Melted Changeling, Student Holding Teacher
assault the moon for me
steal a cloud for me
i’m bride-hopeful with no god crutch
Drawers Hiked, Ode To Bloomers
milk-teeth missing, lips bee-stung, nipples swell
nothingness for baby
Poor Girl’s Excuse For A Disposition
lipstick called life
I Am The Thread That Will Mend Your Worn Heart
qUiLt TiL u WiLt
if i had a flower for every time…
Rockaby With My Natural Curtsy
like, like a sigh
rip a ribbon & watch me fall
Flannery Silva (b. 1991, Stone Ridge, NY) is a nanny in Baltimore, MD and a drummer in Odwalla88. Her recent exhibitions include Boulevard, Centre For Style, Melbourne; Precious Moments, Open Space, Baltimore; Another Cats Show, 356 Mission, Los Angeles; and Keeper of Shrinking Violet, Juicys Gallery, New York. www.romantica1fem.info