BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events May 17-23

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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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<><><><><><><><>UmrXrHpvKaren Brau and Emily C-D Present: We Garden Under Blue Lights
Wednesday, May 18th : 7:30pm

Red Emma’s
30 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

Poet Karen Brau and artist Emily C-D will present a collection of “hopeful verses and watercolors about transforming blocks of Baltimore into greener spaces of grace.” The book is inspired by Ed Miller and his work in Baltimore neighborhoods for over 15 years.

Supported by the nonprofit Civic Works, Ed has led a Community Lot Team that has practiced gardening in areas the Urban Dictionary calls “Blue Light Districts”—places in Baltimore City where blue police lights cover the top of street lights in order to monitor crime and violence using cameras that record all street activity. The urban matrix of neighborhoods crumbling physically, families strained by slim economic opportunity, and ongoing violence makes for a turbulent existence in Blue Light Districts.

The Community Lot Team has made way in the midst of turbulence. Organizing people and physical resources in creative ways marks the Community Lot Team’s work. They listen to the wisdom and dreams of residents, unearthing the stories of the space. The team uses the means of gleaning, foraging, and sifting to gather materials that have been cast off—marble steps, cobblestones, iron grates, bricks—to work with neighbors to create new stories of beauty and promise together. Brick by brick, tree by tree, and person by person, Ed Miller brings forth the inherent beauty of a city that the blue lights would condemn as forsaken.

<><><><><><><><>1460726707357Symphony Number One Presents: Beethoven’s Kitchen
Wednesday, May 18th : 6-7pm

An Die Musik
409 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

We are thrilled to announce SNO’s new chamber music series, Beethoven’s Kitchen, serving up aged classics alongside fresh and flavorful new works in intimate settings!

Debut: An die Musik, Wednesday, May 18th, 6PM

Composer Jeremy Gill (The Chautauqua Opera Company’s composer in Residence this summer and described as “vividly colored” (The New York Times), “exhilarating” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), and “intriguing” (The Washington Post)) will join us during the concert, talking about his piece with the audience Gill will be joined by with Lucy Miller Murray, the author of the poems Jeremy used in his songs.

<><><><><><><><>LDKrGWCcOnly When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars Curatorial Tour
Wednesday, May 18th : 7-8:30pm

The Former Peale Museum
225 North Holiday Street : Baltimore 21202

Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, a new body of work, including installations and performances, focuses on DeVille’s ongoing research of the Peale Museum’s building and the unruly nature of history. Founded as an arts and natural history museum, the original vision for the Peale Museum, by its founder Rembrandt Peale, was to create an institution that was simultaneously entertaining and scholarly, and to be used as an instrument of democracy. The building operated as such until 1829, going on to become many firsts including Baltimore’s first City Hall and the location of several of Maryland’s first public schools for African-American children.

Much of the building’s timeline had to be unearthed for this project, rediscovering facets of its past that had fallen through the cracks of time. In her work, DeVille’s investigations lead to the construction of narratives, environments, and experiences which reference histories that are often overlooked or forgotten. For this project, DeVille postures the Peale Museum’s site as a theoretical passage through spacetime, creating shortcuts for long journeys across history. Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars contributes both original research and new perspectives on little-known narratives and lost years of the Peale Museum’s building, opening the door for conversations on education, legislation, cultural preservation, and art’s ability to challenge our notion of time and history.

Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars is free and open to the public—additional information can be found at

<><><><><><><><>havEakEHgenerations: joyce j. scott & sonya clark Opening Reception
Wednesday, May 18th : 6-8pm

Goya Contemporary
3000 Chestnut Avenue : Baltimore 21211

Come celebrate with newly named 50K Baker Award Winner Joyce Scott !

<><><><><><><><>carolineCaroline Woolard: Solidarity Art Economies Intensive Workshop + Lecture
Thursday, May 19th : 3-5pm (workshop), 7-8:30 (lecture)

Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute : 1715 North Calvert Street (workshop)
Maryland Art Place : 218 West Saratoga Street (lecture)

Bromo Tower Arts Entertainment, Inc. (Bromo) and Guest Spot @ THE REINSTITUTE are excited to host New York-based artist and organizer Caroline Woolard to discuss her work on the relationship between art and property and create solidarity art organizations. Bromo is inviting Woolard to lecture and provide an intensive workshop as part of its new initiative to create knowledge-sharing opportunities for artists, creative entrepreneurs, real estate professionals and community stakeholders to engage critically with issues of real estate, gentrification and space for the arts in Baltimore. The ongoing series will include lectures, workshops and panelists from Baltimore, regional and national artists and organizers working on strategies at the intersection of property, ownership and the arts.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
3-5pm  (RSVP) space is limited

1715 N Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Intensive exploration of the tools, resources and challenges needed to build and execute projects in the solidarity economy. Specifics on how to establish capital, navigate real estate issues, explore commercial/studio/live work alternatives. Ideas for sharing infrastructure and navigating traditional infrastructure.

Solidarity Art Economies 
Thursday, May 19, 2016  7-8:30pm

Maryland Art Place
218 W. Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Caroline Woolard co-creates art and institutions for the “new” economy. Woolard is an artist and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, and political economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks and from 2008-2014, Woolard is now focused on her work with to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative to create and support truly affordable commercial space for cultural resilience and economic justice in New York City. Caroline Woolard’s work has been supported by residencies and fellowships at MoMA, the Queens Museum, the Judson Church, the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Eyebeam, the MacDowell Colony, and by unemployment benefits, the curiosity of strangers, her partner, and many collaborators. Recent group exhibitions include: Crossing Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Maker Biennial, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and Artist as Social Agent, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Woolard’s work will be featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series over the next three years. Woolard is a lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and the New School, a project manager at the worker-owned design and is a member of the board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.

<><><><><><><><>jOrazi42Hasan Elahi: Datamine Opening Reception
Thursday, May 19th : 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased announce our representation of artist Hasan Elahi, and to present our first solo exhibition of his work, “Hasan Elahi: Datamine”, on view from May 19th through June 25th, 2016. A catalog with an essay written by art historian Robert S. Mattison will be published to accompany the exhibition. Be sure to save the date for the opening reception with the artist, Thursday, May 19th from 6 to 8p.m.
Please join us in congratulating Elahi for his recent award of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for his work investigating contemporary issues of surveillance, citizenship, privacy, and technology. Elahi’s interdisciplinary photo-based works are based on his premise that “the best way to protect privacy is to give it away”. After the harrowing experience of being detained at an airport in 2002 due to an erroneous tip, Elahi was questioned and investigated by the FBI for months. Instead of resisting, he decided to go beyond his FBI agent’s expectations by amassing and publicly releasing tens of thousands of images and data that track his daily movements and activities.
Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually to selected mid-career artists, historians, and scientists who have shown exceptional ability and promise. Prior recognition for Elahi’s work include Creative Capital Foundation (2006) and Art Matters Foundation (2011) grants, and exhibitions at notable institutions such as the Venice Biennale, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Hermitage. He has also spoken to audiences at the Tate Modern, TED Global, the World Economic Forum, and countless others. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland.

<><><><><><><><>iWy3pomyMAGNA CUM BAWDY: The Bawdy Shop Student Showcase
Friday, May 20th : 9pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

Forget pomp and circumstance – it’s time for bump and grind! Bawdy Shop Burlesque and The Creative Alliance are proud to present the glittery graduates of Bawdy Building: Burlesque & Beyondin a one-of-a-kind graduation ceremony and showcase: MAGNA CUM BAWDY!

Charm City’s newest crop of classic and cutting-edge cuties, cut-ups and cads have been putting their nose to the rhinestone for weeks and now YOU can see them shimmy, shine and sparkle on stage!

These ass-tute students are eager to show you what they’ve learned about poise, confidence, boldness, empowerment, and oomph! With special performances by the instructors Bawdy Shop Burlesque’s Cherie Nuit, Kay Sera, Ruby Rockafella and Sunny Sighed, PLUS a big ol’ group number, you won’t be mortar-bored!

Streak through the quad with the Bawdy’s on Friday, May 20th ONLY at The Creative Alliance.

DOORS 8:30 SHOW 9pm | $20, $17 mbrs | +$3 at the door

<><><><><><><><>AKmSJXSpGet Your Life! + Balti Gurls Video Premiere Party
Friday, May 20th : 5-7pm

The Former Peale Museum
225 North Holiday Street : Baltimore 21202

Get Your Life! & BALTI GURLS Present:

WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF: The REAL Artists of Get Your Life! (Season 1)

The REAL Artists of Get Your Life! sneak peeks:

+ Live Performances by:
DJ Genie (in collaboration with GYL!):

The 901 Arts Drumline


<><><><><><><><>3889e0_b81fd3a611f846489d2ab74db8a13df9The Found Objects Show Opening Reception
Saturday, May 21st : 6-9pm

3402 Gough Street : Baltimore 21224

Y:ART Gallery & Fine Gifts at the opening reception of our fifth exhibition: The Found Objects Show!
A group exhibition featuring artwork from:
Leonard Streckfus
Mary Opasik
Jim Opasik
Jack Trimper
Opening reception: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
From 6pm-9pm, meet the artists and enjoy some beer, wine, and light refreshments.
The exhibtion will run from May 18th – June 18th, 2016. 
Parking will be availible at the M&T Bank in Highlandtown:
3401 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224  
Please visit our website for more information:

<><><><><><><><>THvVJQfzALL HAT NO CATTLE by Justin Hoekstra Opening Reception
Saturday, May 21st : 7-10pm

Jordan Faye Contemporary
218 West Saratoga Street : Baltimore 21201

Jordan Faye Contemporary is pleased to present ALL HAT NO CATTLE, by Baltimore-based artist Justin Hoekstra. This exhibition features new paintings; many of which were created during his time as the founding fellow of the Jordan Faye Contemporary Painting Fellowship. The Opening Reception for this exhibition is on Saturday May 21 from 7 – 10pm. This is Justin’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and is being curated by Jordan Faye Block and Willa Frazer. There will be a Meet the Artist event on June 12, from 2–4pm. Jordan Faye Contemporary is located at 218 W Saratoga Street, top floor of the Maryland Art Place Building. The gallery is free and open to the public Wednesday ­- Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday – Saturday 12-5pm, Sunday 1-4pm & by appointment.



Local Queer Dance Party “Glitter Thighs” presents “Under the Sea”
Saturday, May 21 : 9 pm

Metro Gallery
1700 N Charles St

This Saturday Baltimore’s premier Queer dance party presents: “Under The Sea: a Special Glitter Prom”.  The event will include DJ Donté Oxun (New Orleans) and local Baltimore DJs, DJ Trillnatured and Vector Voltage. The queer dance party is benefiting the East Coast Two Spirit Society. EC2SS serves Native Americans, First Nations, and Indigenous 2LGBTQ folks up and down the East Coast of Turtle Island.  Saturday’s party will feature special music and dance performances from members of EC2SS’s leadership council including pop musician Tony Enos (Eastern Band Cherokee) and competitive Fancy Dance Sheldon Raymore (Cheyenne River Sioux). Saturday’s party is $5 before 11 and $7 after.

GLITTER THIGHS is a monthly queer dance party in Baltimore to promote the authentic mixing and mingling of fabulous Queers and their Allies.

<><><><><><><>YxI-4uGWMain Street Art Gallery Hop
Saturday, May 21st : 6-10pm

Historic Ellicott City : 21043

A new art event is coming to the Ellicott City Historic District on Saturday night, May 21st, 2016. We’ll be open late from 6:00-10:00pm for a night of art after hours! Over 60 artists and artisans at six different galleries. Stroll charming Main Street enjoying wine, desserts, art demos and more while supporting Ellicott City’s up and coming arts scene.
Participating venues: Still Life Gallery Fine Art & Custom Framing, The Clayground Studio & Gallery, Perspectives Art Gallery, The Vintage Vault & Gallery, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, and Cotton Duck Art & Apparel.
 Have dinner on Main St and receive gallery discounts, event specials and exclusive offers during Gallery Hop!

<><><><><><><><>WC3XlDN2Tea with Myrtis: Preserving Your Cultural Legacy Art Salon Series
Sunday, May 22nd : 2-4pm

Galerie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21218

Leading art and legal experts will discussion rules governing the transfer of art collections to family members and donating to museums.
Panelists: Charles Bethea, Chief Curator & Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture; Genice Lee, Owner of Harvest Estate and Appraisal Services LLC; and J. Larry Frazier, Attorney for Estate Planning, Probate, Wills and Estates.

Registration Required. Fee: $20.00.

Image details: Elizabeth Catlett, Family, 2002, Bronze on Wooden base, 15” x 5 1⁄2”x 5” Image courtesy: The Kansas African American Museum and Galerie Myrtis

<><><><><><><><>5kZt0RcoWorld’s Longest Game of Telephone
Sunday, May 22nd : 10am-3pm

The Walters Art Gallery
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Register by May 21 to be entered into a raffle to win original artwork, museum memberships and more.

Break the Guiness World Record for the Longest Game of Telephone. More than 1,330 volunteers are needed to form a line through the Museum’s galleries and pass a message—based on the Museum’s history—from beginning to end. Be a part of history by participating in this large-scale art game that nods to the original Guinness Record set in Baltimore for World’s First Instant Telecommunication in May 1844. This event will feature activities and presentations along the game path, and the opportunity to experience the Walters Art Museum like never before!

This program is produced in partnership between the Walters Art Museum and Baltimore artist Lexie Mountain. It is funded in part with a grant from the Awesome Foundation.


10 a.m.-noon – Check-in/Registration

Noon-3 p.m. – Longest Game of Telephone

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