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3000 Chestnut Avenue : 21211
Goucher College : Towson
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale installations. Her multi-media environments are a collaboration between the architectural site of her installation, sound, our experience in space, and the inventiveness of the viewer/interlocutor. Her work invites viewers to imagine the histories and stories inherent in a location. Storytelling is embedded in the objects and the spaces she uses, as well as a result of the cumulative effect of her installations. Using time as process and material, her methods of making serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past and of labor present. Often using sound, found objects, and the spoken and written word, as well as photography and video, her objects and environments invite the audience to embark on sensory and metaphorical explorations of time, language and memory.
She has described her work process as a “conversation.” She begins with a particular site, and engages in animated discussion with its’ constituent communities, all the while researching its socioeconomic, historical, cultural and commercial contexts. Language is often key to her choice of elements in her installations and to her overall process.
Hamilton is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Her major commissions include projects for The Guggenheim Museum, New York, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan, and La Maison Rouge Foundation de Antoine Galbert, Paris, France.
Ann Hamilton will speak about her artistic process and the stories that her artwork tells. Hamilton is visiting Goucher as a part of the Center for Art & Media 2017 Unobskey Visiting Artist Series.
<><><><><><><><><><><>HT Darling’s Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Acquisitions from the Perisphere
Previews Thursday, March 30th -31st : Opening Night Monday, April 1st
The Peale Museum
225 Holliday Street : 21202
Thursdays-Sundays March 30th to April 30th. In this newly devised immersive theater experience by Submersive Productions, you are invited to the Grand Opening of H.T. Darling’s new exhibit of artifacts from the planet New Galapagos. By interacting with the curious inhabitants of the museum, the building, and the exhibition itself, each audience member must choose their own path through the evening’s strange events.
Making the most of your experience will require you to ascend and descend at least two staircases (and more if you choose). Some amount of standing and light walking will also be necessary. Seating and gentle guidance will be available throughout the space for those who may require it. We expect the experience to last about two hours from the posted start time. Beverages and snacks will be available (donations appreciated). Restrooms will be accessible throughout the experience. Coat racks and safe storage for bags will also be available.
Inner Harbor : Baltimore
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the return of Light City, the nation’s first large-scale light, music and innovation festival to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 8, 2017. For nine consecutive nights, the free public festival will redefine what is possible in the public realm by transforming Baltimore into an interactive playground of light art installations, activities for the whole family, concerts and performances. The festival is openfrom 7-11pm on weeknights and until midnight on the weekends.
Building on the success of the inaugural festival that brought more than 400,000 visitors and $33.8 million in economic impact to Baltimore, Light City 2017 promises to be even bigger, bolder and brighter with brand new installations and experiences. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk, a 1.5-mile trail along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor featuring illuminated artworks, performances, music, locally sourced food concepts, a children’s area and maker tents. Of the 23 light installations on display, 21 are brand new to Light City with ten brand new commissions making their debut at Light City. Two “crowd favorites” from last year are returning for 2017: The Peacock by Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller and The Pool [Reflect] by Jen Lewin. With a distinguished roster of local, national and international artists, seven countries will be represented at Light City including the UK, France, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Lebanon and Israel.
New for 2017: A new line-up of performances and concerts, nightly themed kick-offs called “nightly moments” including fireworks on the final night, a themed food and beverage program, new light installations in eight Baltimore City neighborhoods through Neighborhood Lights, Light City’s immersive community artist-in-residence program, a program to illuminate downtown buildings and attractions called “Brilliant Baltimore” and a youth education component called “Youth Labs.”
Schmucker Art Gallery
Gettysburg College : Gettysburg PA
The new works created for Laura Amussen’s solo exhibition; Nourish, currently on view in the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College, address issues relating to personal wellness and fulfillment. Life’s challenges can be overwhelming. We live in an ever increasingly stressful and hectic world; one which demands our constant effort and attention. Thus, it’s important – and difficult – to take time to replenish our mental, physical, and emotional reservoirs.
Nature offers humanity reprieve and provides metaphorical narratives. A moss blanket comforting a broken soul. A nest bursting from and engulfing a bird cage. A large-scale, site-specific, wall mounted mandala comprised of a thousand golden lotus seedpods, begs the viewers to find stillness in contemplation. A wall of multicolored baskets, symbolize our need to constantly hold and care for ourselves, especially when difficult life experiences arise. And two smaller mandalas; one made of seeds, the other of Bodhi (ficus religiousa) leaf skeletons, speak of ritual and meditation.
Transformed into visual expressions, materials become metaphor for these psychological associations. Each work relies on repetition and expansion of a fundamental unit to explore the relationship of the physical to the psychological. In all the works, less is more. Spare forms, and conceptual innuendo swiftly carry each work into the bio-philosophic, investigating the connections between the inside and outside of the body and mind and our relationship to the natural world.
Opening: Friday, March 31st, 7-10pm with performance by 3lon
Brunch Poems: Sunday, April 2nd, 12-1pm with readings by Malcolm Lomax, Kennon Brice, Janea Kelly, & Stephen Zerance.
Artist Talk: Thursday, April 6th, 7-9pm
Opening Friday, March 31st, Wickerham & Lomax and Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. will launch DUOX4Odell’s You’ll Know If You Belong, an ode to the legacy of Odell’s; the legendary nightclub that stands today as an aberration of its former self, no longer in use and still maintaining its peculiar facade on North Avenue. Through an installation spanning multiple projections, personal testimonies, and free standing sculpture, Wickerham & Lomax investigates the rich history of the club’s years of occupancy from 1976-1992, in an attempt at preserving and illuminating its cultural memory in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District and contemporary Baltimore Club Culture. This project is part of Neighborhood Lights, Light City’s immersive community artist-in-residence program and will occupy the former Everyman Theater (1723 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201) starting with an opening reception on Friday, March 31st (7-10PM) with a live performance by 3lon. This project will run from April 1st-8th with open hours from 12-6PM.
The title of the project borrows the club’s popular slogan, “You’ll know if you belong,” and alludes to the codified aspects and unspoken suggestive qualities of collective experiences and an implied sense of kinship. While striving to establish congruence between the creation of fiction and historic collective realities, Wickerham & Lomax perform the contemporary essence of Odell’s, inviting visitors to participate in its life and continued legacy.
By connecting to those who formed the Odell’s community and clientele, the duo expanded in its mythology by recording and recreating nuanced, personal accounts of the space. DUOX4Odell’s highlights moments of collective joy created by Odell’s and the creative, expansive group who thrived in the space, while questioning how the legacy of these individuals and the cultural institutions they built are being honored and preserved today. This project, while discovering slippage in fact and fiction, is a positive interruption to the changes happening throughout Baltimore, and acts as a reminder of the strength and beauty that predates what is now known as the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.
About Wickerham & Lomax: Wickerham & Lomax is the collaborative name of Baltimore-based artists Daniel Wickerham (b. Columbus, Ohio, 1986) and Malcolm Lomax (b. Abbeville, South Carolina, 1986). Formerly known as DUOX, the artists have been working together since 2009 across diverse media, curatorial platforms, and institutional contexts, creating a body of work at once context-specific and broadly engaged with networked virtualities. The practice’s aim is to take marginal – peoples, phenomenon, and pursuits and prioritize them in the realm of art.
About Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc.: Station North employs an arts-based revitalization and placemaking strategy by managing quality public art projects, providing thought-provoking programming, and forging strong supportive relationships with local artists, designers, residents, businesses, and institutions to guide development in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.
About Neighborhood Lights: presented by T. Rowe Price and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Neighborhood Lights is an immersive community artist-in-residence program that spreads the magic of Light City beyond Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into neighborhoods throughout the city. By pairing artists with communities and providing them with full project funding up to neighborhoods across the city will light up with artwork created with, for and by Baltimore City residents.
155 Gibbs Street : Rockville
Kayla Plosz Antiel: “Sunlit”
Kayla Plosz Antiel paints to play with color and form. She says, “I love the weirdness of color; how there’s a limitless number of possibilities.” Individual colors evoke highly particular emotional responses, which are further complicated by their arrangement. She is interested in impure abstraction. Her paintings dabble in representation but are non-committal. There are hints or intimations of images that are never fully revealed or completed. Through this use of color and form she seeks to explore the polemic tensions of creation and destruction, the linear and spatial, flat and dimensional. www.kaylaplosz.com
Kevin Labadie: “Breaking Circles”
This series of paintings examines the circle as both focal point and moving vehicle. The paintings are often arranged in “sets”. As a lens or porthole, each painting offers entry into the space beneath its solitary surface. Once assembled into a larger constellation of elements, the form acts as a conduit passing its force through its outermost points of contact. In this way it becomes a wheel rolling against a neighboring wheel. www.kevinlabadie.com
Diane Szczepaniak: “Color and Light”
Inspired by wind moving across water, Diane Szczepaniak presents a suite of eleven large watercolor paintings and sculptures that explore the ways color, light, and movement fill space. Szczepaniak’s paintings evolve from multiple thin watery layers of color. Her sculptures are made of stacked colored or clear glass that allow light to travel through. With this exhibition she continues her long investigation of the relationship between the senses and the perception of forms in space. Her process and choices of materials allow for gradually tuning sensual experience into visible, tangible manifestations that hum with the energy of that initial experience. “When successful, the space in the painting becomes a sense experience that eludes description,” she states, “but is felt in the body.” www.dianeszczepaniak.com
Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group
Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group dancers along with musicians Gary Rouzer and Nate Scheible respond to the paintings of Kevin Labadie with sensitive improvisational movement and sound.
…Locations Listed Below…
Graphic Design, MFA — Meyerhoff and Decker Galleries
1300 W Mt Royal Ave,
Baltimore, MD 21217
Illustration Practice, MFA — Riggs and Leidy Gallery
Fred Lazarus IV Center,
131 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
Post Baccalaureate Fine Art — Space Camp
16 W North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201
Post Baccalaureate Graphic Design — Fox3 Gallery
1300 W Mt Royal Ave, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21217
Curatorial Practice, M.F.A.
Common Senses features collaborative artwork and immersive installations that trigger multi-sensory experiences in order to ignite new forms of perception. These parallel, audience-driven exhibitions offer macro and micro experiences through a focus on interactive participation and accessibility.
April 2-30, 2017
Reception: April 2, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
847 N Howard St., Baltimore, MD 21201
The Gun Show is a traveling solo exhibition of one hundred mock assault rifles forged out of everyday household and industrial items made by David Hess in order to create a platform for cross-communication and dialogue. This thesis exhibition opened in the fall of 2016 at Art in Odd Places in New York, NY and is currently on view at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tn. Find more information at www.hessgunshow.com.
Guns, Violence and Justice
January 15 – April 30, 2017
374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN 38106
Artist Talk, Opening Reception, & The Gun Show at ArtFest
April 7 – 8, 2017 , 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m .
The Gun Show
April 10, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Glass Pavilion
Johns Hopkins University
In Conversation: Artist David Hess and Dr. Kathy O’Dell
April 10, 2017, 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Glass Pavilion
Johns Hopkins University
You Are Here is a socially engaged public art project that maps the multicultural story of the historically overlooked African American neighborhoods of central East Baltimore, while proposing the eastward expansion of the Baltimore City Heritage Area map.
You Are here
April 2016 – ongoing
1137-1139 Harford Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Featured Graduate Student
Check out this interview with Illustration Practice, MFA student, Tiffany Lin.
You can also see Tiffany’s thesis work on display as part of MICA’s Grad Show II – MFA Illustration Practice from March 27th – April 9th at the Riggs & Leidy Gallery in the Lazarus Graduate Center, 131 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201. Opening reception March 31st, 5-7pm.
Northeast Market, Main Entrance
2101 East Monument Street : 21205
On Saturday, April 1st 2017, a special interactive art exhibition will pop-up at the historic Northeast Market. The Day at the Market program and Community Artist, Ben Hamburger, present: Facing Change, a socially engaged art project that brings together different perspectives on the contentious issue of community development in East Baltimore. Portraits on salvaged formstone debris paired with audio narratives honor people and their stories about the area’s past, present and future. Participatory elements of the exhibition provoke viewers to think critically about their sense of place, home and the meaning of fair development. This project aims to confront the difficult realities of rapid urban development and raise awareness about a range of impacts on diverse stakeholders.
There will be subsequent showings of the work at the Northeast Market on Wednesday, April 5th 2017 and in Maryland Institute College of Art Grad Show III in Decker Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Avenue, opening Friday, April 21st, 5pm – 8pm.
This project is made possible by generous funding from Alternate ROOTS, an arts and activism organization in the American South, and the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Office of Community Engagement.
Notre Dame of Maryland University : 21210
Exhibition Dates: March 27 through April 28, 2017
Featuring drawings and prints by Miguel A. Aragon, David Avery, Jessica Burke, Lauren Caldarola, Rita Elsner, Carol Foerster, Gill Alexander, Joshua Hatfield, Sanzi Kermes, Dimitrina Kutriansky, Danielle Johns, Martyna Matusiak, Guy Moshayov, Bruce Muirhead, Robert Pierosh, John Sproul, Denise Stewart-Snabria, Caroline Thorington, Vessekina Traptcheva, Ralph Steeds, and Brian Webb.
Juror Nicole Buckingham Kern ’03, Gallery Coordinator at Community College of Baltimore County
C. Grimaldis Projects
523 North Charles Street : 21201
C. Grimaldis Projects is pleased to present undercurrent, a solo exhibition by Hidenori Ishii. Extending from the artist’s focus on the aftermath of Fukushima Daiichi, the exhibition posits a series of meditations on what utopia might be possible after nuclear collapse and how beauty might persist as landscape turns mutant.
Four paintings entitled Ekki Múkk (Icelandic for “quiet here”) are fragments of a burnished floral motif based on the traditional woodwork adornment of a late 17th century Dutch cabinet attributed to Jan van Mekeren. Ishii’s own painting practice is influenced heavily by 17th century Dutch still lives and their concern with freshness and decay. Rendered with synthetic materials, these flowers appear to be distressed, oxidized copper, as if their metal has been exposed to harsh elements for years.
Copper also forms the support system for Ishii’s Follow the Map series; breast-shaped cast resin works in neon vitrines which could be lab samples to be tested or artificial body parts for sale. These small, gene-like works might be scattered like seeds, germinating hybrids between biological and artificial, natural and technological.
In new paintings from the artist’s Nostalgia series, abstracted foliage grows around toxic chain-linked fencing. The reflective pool in Nostalgia VII and BLK Nostalgia VII intimates the exhibition’s title, suggesting a flow of hazardous material which might nourish or poison its surroundings. Ishii describes these paintings as a response to Monet’s water lilies: examinations of how space shimmers between surface and reflection, between visible and invisible.
The works in this exhibition feature the artist’s signature use of synthetic resin Kuricoat C-720, a neon-green substance sprayed at Fukushima Daiichi after the reactor meltdown in an effort to resist the airborne spread of radiation. At disaster sites, invisible radioactive material weaves itself into the contaminated environment, redefining space and one’s relationship to the body. Ishii’s utopias respond to such an undercurrent, hypothesizing the entangled trajectories of objects and their fates; the fate of a vein, an organ, a machine or of a flower.
Hidenori Ishii (b. 1978 Yonezawa, Japan) is a graduate of the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Joan Mitchell MFA Fellowship Nominee. His work has been included in group shows in New York, Dallas and Baltimore, as well as a recent solo exhibition at Erin Cluley Gallery in 2015. undercurrent is the artist’s third solo project at C. Grimaldis Gallery. He currently lives and works in New York.
Former Social Security Administration Offices Plaza
398 North Green Street : 21201
Along with planning to put a highway through Fell’s Point and Federal Hill in the 1960s and 1970s, city planners also plotted a new highway through West Baltimore. Unlike its eastern counterpart, however, which was stopped before construction began, a stretch of the road in West Baltimore actually got built. This stretch of a little over a mile from Martin Luther King to the West Baltimore MARC Station, dubbed the “Highway to Nowhere,” paved through a number of West Baltimore neighborhoods and its impacts are still felt today. This walking tour will give us a chance to get out on foot and explore the physical road with its interchanging embankments, brutalist piers and pastoral landscaping, while also learning how people currently use this highly public, yet overlooked space. The tour will include a discussion around the history behind how residents fought against the highway and eventually succeeded in blocking it from going even further through the rest of Baltimore. Our tour guide, public artist and preservationist Graham Coreil-Allen, will lead us literally across the Highway to Nowhere, and may challenge us with a few voluntary physical activities like trying to step over jersey barriers.
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218
Free for Members
Non-Members: Tickets are $15 for both days or $10 for one day
Students & Teachers: Free with valid I.D.; purchase on-site
Make plans now to come to this highly anticipated showcase of limited editions, drawings, multi-part portfolios, and photographs by established and emerging artists from approximately 20 vendors from around the U.S. New collectors and curious art enthusiasts are always welcome. Take advantage of the Fair’s intimate and inviting setting to talk to printers and gallerists to learn more about the art, artists, and printmaking techniques.
The Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair is presented every two years by the BMA’s Print, Drawing & Photograph Society (PDPS). For more information about PDPS events, call 443-573-1789. Proceeds from the Print Fair support contemporary acquisitions for the BMA’s collection of works on paper.
<><><><><><><><><><><>Publications and Multiples Fair VIII
Saturday, April 1st – Sunday, April 2nd: 12-6 daily
Baltimore Design School
1500 Barclay Street : 21202
Open Space is pleased to present the Eighth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair!
The Publications and Multiples Fair is an annual exposition of contemporary artist books, prints, publications, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, and works produced in multiple.
This event has grown tremendously, from having 15 vendors in its first year to having 150 in its seventh year. Taking up one weekend in the spring, PMF acts as a beacon for artists across the country. People traveling from both coasts come together to sell the wares they have produced throughout the year and stay for the connections made with makers they may have never met before. In more recent years we have curated additional on-site programming throughout the weekend that includes panel discussions on contemporary identity issues, poetry readings, musical performances, motivational speeches, and artist talks.
<><><><><><><><><><><>The Logan Visionary Conference: FOOD, From Crisis to Innovative Delight
Sunday, April 2nd : 12:30pm
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : 21230
Doors open 12:30pm, FREE program begins at 1pm – SHARP!
Inspired by the humbling projections that predict earth’s global population to increase by nearly 2 billion over just the next three decades (that’s a whole lotta new hungry mouths to feed!) and in further compliment to AVAM’s latest thematic exhibition, Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of FOOD, the 2017 Logan Visionary Conference will feature plain-speaking experts passionate on agricultural sustainability and sanctity, solutions for the enhanced future production and delivery of food, and offering great take home information for better nutrition, fitness and well-being.
Speakers at the Logan Visionary Conference include keynote speaker Seth Goldman, the Co-founder & TeaEO Emeritus of Honest Tea and Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat. Also speaking, University of Delaware Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism, and Environmental Humanities, and writer of Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet, McKay Jenkins. Food futurist, senior health system advisor and co-founder of Food Systems 6, Kenneth L. Kaplan, will share his research and vision for the future of food. Our culture of disposable food packaging will be brought to task by the husband and wife, art-making team, Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang. Featured in the award-winning documentary, One Plastic Beach, the Lang’s curated collection of plastic debris found near their home in California offers a rainbow hued response to a dire ecological crisis. Clinical herbalist, nutritionist, and co-owner of Apotheosis Herb Farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Deborah Mizeur sends out the call return to nature. The world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder and professional trainer, Ernestine Shepherd, will offer seasoned pro-tips on staying forever young. Finally Judy Wicks, founder of White Dog Cafe and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, will be on hand to guide listeners in building a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable, and locally based economy.
Johns Hopkins University : 21218
Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Barry Blitt will present a slide talk on his work at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 3, at Mattin 101, Jones Building, N. Charles & E. 33rd Streets.
Blitt’s presentation, “In One Eye and Out the Other,” starts at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, on the Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Admission is free and open to the public.
Since 1992, Blitt has done illustrations and drawn over 80 covers for The New Yorker magazine, including “Deluged,” which was voted Cover of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2006, and “The Politics of Fear,” a finalist for the same award in 2009. His work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic. From 2003-2011, he illustrated Frank Rich’s weekly column in the New York Times.
Blitt has been honored with exhibitions and awards from the Society of Illustrators, Print, and American Illustration, and is a member of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. He has also illustrated numerous children’s books, notably Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) and George Washington’s Birthday: A Mostly True Tall Tale. He lives and works in Roxbury, CT.
Barry Blitt’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Center for Visual Arts and Homewood Arts Programs. Visitor parking on campus is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive.