BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events May 10-16

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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.

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<><><><><><><><>McdS7i0mMad Men, Part 2: The Creative Revolution
Wednesday, May 11th : 7-9pm

MICA Brown Center
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217


Wednesday, May 11th : 12-2pm

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street : Baltimore 21201

–>Do you need space to make or show your art?
–>Do you have a space to rent?
–>Are you curious about GBCA’s new programs devoted to space?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, join the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) on May 11th for a Brown Bag to learn about what GBCA is doing to help address space needs in the region through exciting partnerships with Fractured Atlas and Partners for Sacred Places.

At this Brown Bag, GBCA will introduce you to the new SpaceFinder Baltimore and Art in Sacred Spaces.

Master Story Tellers: Documentary Photography with Nate Larson, interviewed by Cara Ober
Wednesday, May 11th : 7pm

Maryland Public Television
11767 Owings Mills Boulevard : Owings Mills 21117

For the third installment of Master Story Tellers, MPT hosts an evening with documentary photographer and MICA professor Nate Larson, in conversation with BmoreArt founding editor Cara Ober.

Reservations are required. Please call 410-377-2966


ArtWalk_960x320_homepage-sliderArt Walk + Commencement Exhibitions
Thursday, May 12th : 5-9pm :: Friday, May 13th-Monday, May 16th

1300 West Mount Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) celebrates its 167th Commencement with public art events showcasing work from emerging artists and designers.
ArtWalk 2016
Thursday, May 12, 5–9 p.m.; Campuswide; Registration at Cohen Plaza, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Tickets: $20, General Admission; $50, VIP Admission; Free, Children 10 and Younger; and Complimentary General Admission, MICA Students, Faculty and Staff

ArtWalk is the official preview party for the 2016 Commencement Exhibition. All guests will have the opportunity to visit and view work by MICA’s exceptionally talented students. This ticketed event will take place in eight buildings—more than two visually stimulating miles of exhibits. There will also be a selection of Baltimore’s best food trucks to choose from, including The Green Bowl, Kommie Pig, BricknFire Pizza Co., Koco Truck, Sláinte on Wheels, Parkhust Catering, Hula Honeys Hawaiian Shave Ice, and Iced Gems. New this year: VIP admission includes early bird admission, 10 percent off one purchased piece of artwork (discount does not affect student commission), two beverage tickets and a MICA tote. For more information on tickets and to register, visit

2016 Commencement Exhibition

Friday, May 13–Monday, May 16; Campuswide
Building hours: Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday–Monday11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Reception: Sunday, May 15, 1:30 p.m.

The 2016 commencement exhibition highlights works by nearly 400 emerging artists in the undergraduate class of 2016. By transforming the College’s permanent galleries, hallways, classrooms and open spaces into one expansive gallery space, each student is able to show a substantial body of work. Exhibits are located in the Main Building, Bunting Center, Fox Building, Brown Center, Mt. Royal Station, 15/15, The Gateway, and JHU-MICA Film Centre.

Events are free, unless a price is otherwise noted. For high-resolution images or press passes to ArtWalk, contact the Division of Strategic Communications at 410.225.2300. For up-to-the-minute information, visit

<><><><><><><><>1LY7FGfCUnbounded: Towson University Art + Design Department Senior Show 
Friday, May 13th : 6-9pm

Towson Arts Collective
40 West Chesapeake Avenue : Towson 21204


H-z3g6jRBend and Hold: 2016 VisArts Emerging Curator Program
Friday, May 13th : 7-9pm

155 Gibbs Street : Rockville 20850

Bend and Hold is an exhibition featuring the work of artists, Brendan Fernandes (NYC), Sondra Perry (NYC), Sidney Pink (BALTIMORE) and FLUCT (NYC). The work of these artists explore the limits of physical relationships between a dancer (mover) and their surrounding architecture, virtual space, or landscape; and more specifically how they may destabilize those relationships, and alter expectations of how a body is suppose to be in those spaces. Represented in this exhibition are video and photographic documentation of live performances, and drawings turned choreographic scores.

About the Curators:

Jackie Milad is an Egyptian-Honduran first generation American. She is a practicing visual artist and curator based in Baltimore City. She began her curatorial career as the Co-Founder of the now popular Transmodern Festival, an artist-run performance art and experimental media festival now in its 12th year. Throughout her curatorial career Milad has had the good fortune of working with many internationally recognized artists. She served as the Exhibitions Director for the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College, and has held the position of Gallery Director and Curator for the Stamp Gallery at University of Maryland in College Park. Milad now serves as the Chief Curator of Contemporary Art for the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington.

Eames Armstrong is an interdisciplinary artist and curator, and the founder and director of Aether Art Projects, an organization which emphasizes experimentation, performance, and collaboration through exhibitions and events. Eames received a B.F.A. from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2010 with emphasis on painting, writing, and performance. Eames is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in studio art at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

more openings Friday at VisArts:

Lisa Iglesias ROUT ROWT
Virginia Warwick: “Unexplored Nurseries”
2×6: Studio Artists Exhibition

<><><><><><><><>aah1Art After Hours
Friday, May 13th : 8-11pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

After-hours access to galleries, a complimentary Van Gogh Vodka cocktail, free snacks from Kinderhook, a Myth, Mysteries & Superstitions art quiz to win a free drink & or join the BMA for tickets to a future Art After Hours, DJ Paul Random’s play list and Make Your Own Luck Talisman.

For sale throughout the evening are Van Gogh Vodka cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks, as well as savory offerings from Rouge Fine Catering.

Tickets for Members on sale Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Non-Members tickets on sale Wednesday, April 27, 2016. $20 Members/Students; $25 non-Members. This event is for people aged 21 and older.

<><><><><><><><>marcusThis table is a drum : These feet are drumsticks : And I’m sick of it
Saturday, May 14th : 1pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

A Call-And-Responce Performance by Marcus Civin as part of Shape Shifters: Performative Constructions by Renee Rendine, Marcus Civin, and Bobby English Jr., curated by Melissa Webb. Featuring drummers Sierra Gaither, Terence Hannum and John Lemonds.

Part sculpture, part puppet show, part concert, part poetry reading, This table is a drum/These feet are drumsticks/And I’m sick of it is an installation featuring floor-to-ceiling call-and-response wall poems and a large worktable that serves as a functional drum. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are invited to use specially crafted wooden feet to play the drum. Three rousing drumming and poetry performances over the course of the exhibit will engage audiences in shouting, stomping… and more shouting.

“Repeat After Me: I am music! I am music! I am my neighborhood! I am my neighborhood! I am my own! I am my own! I am no one’s sweetheart! I am no one’s sweetheart! I am not you! I am not you! I am oceans! I am oceans! I am sharp! I am sharp! I am the root of the matter! I am the root of the matter!”

This installation builds on Civin’s previous writings, drawings, and performances that consider American violence, wounds, and bandages. Civin considers feet as prime vehicles for protest. This work explores what it takes to march– to move your body through space as a statement.

More info

<><><><><><><><>vA5S7XyNSecond Annual Washington Print Club Collectors Exhibition
Saturday, May 14th : 10:30-4pm

Sol Print Studios
2333 Eutaw Place : Baltimore 21217

We are excited to host the Washington Print Club for the second year.

Limited space is available for this event; if you would like to attend please contact Soledad or Randi at the following emails;

[email protected]

[email protected]

Artists will be on hand to discuss their work

<><><><><><><><>sawdustBobby Coleman: Figs That Grew Out of Sawdust Reception
Saturday, May 14th : 5:30-7:30pm

BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons : Germantown 20874

Deconstructing objects, symbols, and colors found within the urban landscape, Bobby Coleman creates deeply layered compositions in abstract paintings and constructions that echo the chaos and visual noise he encounters in daily life. Overlapping and interconnected trains of thought, each element is a recalled visual memory, simplified into line, color, or form. Developing paintings using a process driven approach, he constructs plywood panels that reference history and building, often exposing the way they were made with visible internal spaces and structural relief elements. Manipulating imagery across large-scale planes of engineered wood using latex house paint and spray paint in bright colors he builds upon imagery from previous paintings in a personal visual language that is constantly evolving.

<><><><><><><><>springLaundered Fang : Erika Ceruzzi Opening Reception
Saturday, May 14th : 7-10 pm

Springsteen Gallery
502 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201

Erika Ceruzzi (b. 1990, Kensington, MD) lives and works in New York City. In her first solo show at Springsteen, she presents a body of work within a space between a parking garage and W. Franklin Street. Laundered Fang is a corridor where incisions are on view, and objects rest in dormant surge.

Ceruzzi recently co-curated EVA, at Interstate Projects (New York). Solo exhibitions include Menswear, Still House (New York) and m, i, n, e, Interstate Projects (New York). Recent two-person exhibitions include Koroneiki (w/ Morgan Canavan) Hester (New York), Material Art Fair (w/ Colin Foster) Springsteen (Mexico City), and Jardin No. 19 (w/ Alex Ito) Springsteen. Her work has been shown at Muscle Beach (Portland), Rowing (London), Rail Curatorial Projects (Miami), Yves Klein Archives (Paris), Division Gallery (Montreal), V1 (Copenhagen), and Howard St (New York).


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Pluperfect Tense: New Works by Cara Ober
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 14: 6-8 pm

Randall Scott Projects
216 West Read Street : Baltimore, MD

“The dead can only speak through the voices of the living. History is ours to claim.” – Aridocles

The Pluperfect Tense is a grammatical form that refers to an event that occurred earlier in the past, placed in relation to past events. How better than to comprehend pre-history, the history before the recorded history of humans, than through this construct?

Although our earliest human records are estimated at around 5000 BC, historians admit to huge gaps and unanswered questions in current historical models. We know that there was a time before history, a pre-history where humans existed for tens of thousands of years. Although radiocarbon dating is effective for placing organic materials into a historical timeline, it’s useless for stone objects and buildings, the objects and structures that truly withstand time. What if historians have it all wrong and human history is much deeper and more complicated than current theories?

In an age and election cycle where many voters yearn for a mythical period of history where life was somehow better, Cara Ober’s new body of paintings, prints, drawings, and porcelain urns explore the possibilities of a time before time. Viewed through a collection of objects and images, Ober posits historical artifacts, both real and fake, against contemporary ones, creating a skewed and immediate timeline of visual symbol and layers. Within this context, history is no longer linear but cyclical, and the past and present collapse to influence one another other.


Artist Talk: Broomberg & Chanarin
Sunday, May 15th : 2-3:30pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

London-based artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin discuss their exhibition currently on view in the Front Room, which points to the changes technology has brought to warfare.

<><><><><><><><>L6kV_loEIan Nagoski : Ecstatic & Wingless
Sunday, May 15th : 7pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue: Baltimore 21224

Ecstatic & Wingless is an audio documentary project on the impact of birdsong on human performance – and conversely, our impact on birdsong. Ian will tell the story, not only of the first recordings of cagebirds, but also the practice of bird-imitation, a field that produced amazing and eccentric celebrities during the 1910s – ’20s. Rarely heard in recent years, bird imitation was also recorded commercially on every continent by 1925 and possibly predates music or language in human history.

Music researcher Ian Nagoski has previously explored the porous boundaries of culture through 78rpm records of immigrants from collapsing European and Near Eastern empires as they arrived in the U.S. in early 20th century, and in the process, learned the stories of great, forgotten performers. With Ecstatic & Wingless, he has opened his exploration to the world of vaudevillians and bird-fanciers, of canaries, nightingales, finches, and the people who studied them, poeticized them, and tried to be them.

Sunday Salon Takeover by SunSets
Sunday, May 15th : 12-2pm

The Former Peale Museum
225 North Holiday Street : Baltimore 21201

Please join us for regular Sunday Salons in concert with Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, a project with New York-based artist Abigail DeVille at the former Peale Museum located at 225 N. Holiday Street. Each Sunday, till June 5th, will feature local performers, poets, storytellers, and musicians from 12pm-2pm. Feel free to grab a bite from the Sunday’s Farmer Market and join us at the Peale Museum for an afternoon of performances.

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