BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events June 20 – 26

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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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Summer ’17 | Opening Reception
Thursday, June 22nd : 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : 21201

Exhibit Runs: June 22 – August 26

Featuring: Anthony Caro, Wesley Clark, Zoë Charlton, Graham Collins, Madeleine Dietz, Hasan Elahi, Alfonso Fernandez, Ben Marcin, Rania Matar, Beverly McIver, Christos Palios, John Ruppert, Annette Sauermann, Colin Van Winkle, and Diane Victor

<><><><><><><><>MICA MFAST Summer Lecture Series | Anastasia Aukeman
Thursday, June 22nd : 6pm

MICA Lazarus Auditorium
131 West North Avenue : 21201

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the M.F.A. in Studio Art program are pleased to announce the full schedule of summer lectures from visiting artists. The series begins June 22, and all events are free and open to the public.


Anastasia Aukeman is an art historian and curator who teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogues and written articles and reviews for Art in America, Art on Paper, and ARTnews, among other publications. She specializes in art of the United States post-WWII and also in photography. She been teaching at Parsons School of Design at The New School since 2003, with occasional time off for fellowships (The Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Fellowship in the Department of Photography at MoMA, 2007-2008) and a writing sabbatical (American Council of Learned Societies / Henry Luce Foundation for American Art Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 2011-2012). She received her Ph.D. from City University New York, in 2013. She will be discussing her recently published book: “Welcome to Painterland Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association”.

<><><><><><><><>ART/SOUND/NOW | Pangelica and Jeron White with Polarity
Thursday, June 22nd : 7pm

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201

ART/SOUND/NOW brings live performance into the galleries on fourth Thursday nights in the summer. Experience the collections in new ways as musicians provide intriguing soundscapes in the galleries for one night only. Pop and electronic artist Pangelica will explore our emotional attachments to inanimate objects and the hidden sacrifice of luxury in the museum’s Treasury, while jazz bassist Jeron White and Polarity will reflect on the pluralism of cultures and beliefs represented in the Walters’ Icons gallery, which houses Jewish, Ethiopian Christian, and Eastern Orthodox objects.

See all upcoming ART/SOUND/NOW events


Artists for Truth: Devising a Movement Happy Hour

Friday, June 23, 6-8 pm 

Join the Artists for Truth team at Spacecamp for our closing event this Friday: an open community visioning session and happy hour. Dialogue will be facilitated by Artists for Truth organizers. Enjoy some cold beverages (generously donated by local breweries Flying Dog & Peabody Heights, and also by National Bohemian) as we collectively envision the future of Artists for Truth! Also, if you haven’t been to Spacecamp to see the artwork in the Artists for Truth Benefit Exhibition (or if you’ve had your eye on something this whole time) this will be the final opportunity- there is still much artwork left to view and to purchase!!

Artists for Truth is made possible by the generous support of The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, individual donors, and our art community. Special thanks to Strong City Baltimore for serving as fiscal sponsor for Artists for Truth, and to SpaceCamp Gallery for hosting us this summer.

Image credit: Alex Fine
Spacecamp | 16 West North Ave Baltimore, MD
For more information about Artists for Truth please visit our website:


The Re-Model: A BmoreArt Speaker Series | with ARTS.BLACK 
Saturday, June 24th : 5:30pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 21201

ARTS.BLACK is a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate, and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. The journal is edited by Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne.

Join BmoreArt for a lively discussion with Arts.Black founding editors Jessica Lynne and Taylor Renee Aldridge at The Motor House on Saturday, June 24.

Doors open at 5 pm for a 5:30 lecture followed by Q&A.

Tickets are free but limited so please reserve yours here.

Taylor Renee Aldridge is a Detroit based writer and curator. Taylor is the 2016 recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant for Short Form Writing. She received her M.L.A from Harvard University with a concentration in Museum Studies and a B.A from Howard University with a concentration in Art History. Taylor has worked at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art (Harvard University), and has been awarded the Goldman Sachs Junior Fellowship at The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions). She has written for the Detroit MetroTimes, ARTNews, ContemporaryAnd, SFMoMA’s Open Space and Hyperallergic.

Jessica Lynne is a Brooklyn-based arts administrator and critic. She received her BA in Africana Studies from NYU and has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Art21 and The Cue Foundation, Callaloo, and The Center for Book Arts. Jessica contributes to publications such as Art in America, The Art Newspaper, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and Pelican Bomb. She’s co-editor of ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives, and a founding editor of the now defunctZora Magazine. Currently, Jessica serves as the Manager of Development and Communication at Recess.

The Re-Model: Strategic Career Thinking from Art World Insiders

A Speaker Series from BmoreArt

The Re-Model is a new speaker series designed to bring nationally recognized artists and arts professionals to Baltimore to challenge existing structures of success and to build awareness and diversity within current models for best professional practices. From insider tips to creating productive relationships with galleries to funding models for ambitious projects, Re-Model speakers will candidly discuss their art careers in conjunction with the projects and publications they have created.

Lectures will be free and hosted quarterly at The Motor House, located at 120 W. North Avenue in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Each talk will be followed by an informal reception for speakers and guests to network and purchase books and publications.

This event was generously sponsored by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, with additional support from The Motor House and Hotel Indigo.


Hyrsteria | Issue No. 2 Launch
Saturday, June 24 at 5 PM – 7 PM

Dovecote Cafe
2501 Madison Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21217

Ticket Information:

HYRSTERIA is launching it’s second issue! Join us at Dovecote to celebrate — enjoy some baked goods, drinks, and readings/music from our contributors.

HYRSTERIA is a zine highlighting social differences that challenge us in our day-to-day lives— gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, culture and so on. It is a testimony of truth, fiction, and everything in-between while addressing struggle and oppression in it’s various forms. These stories, investigations, and artworks are written and illustrated by folks who are, for the most part, based in Baltimore.


Best of 5 Years of Sweaty Eyeballs Animation
Saturday, June 26 : 7 PM – 9 PM

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway
5 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

We are very excited to kick off a new monthly screening series at the Parkway with Sweaty Eyeballs Animation! Come celebrate the best of the first 5 years of Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitationals with a screening of previous audience choice award winners and curator picks.

The Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational began as the brainchild of animator and Towson University professor Phil Davis as a way to bring unique voices in international and independent animation to a Baltimore audience. Since 2012, Sweaty Eyeballs screenings have showcased an eclectic mix of animated narrative, documentary, music videos, and experimental work pushing the boundaries of art, style, and technology. Starting with this screening, Sweaty Eyeballs will be a monthly event at the Parkway!

This screening includes work by Eirik Gronmo Bjornsen and Anna Mantzaris (Norway), Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo (France), Alan Holly (Ireland), Nicolas Menard (United Kingdom), Christian Larrave (USA), Sarina Nihei (United Kingdom / Japan), Yoriko Mizushiri (Japan), Špela Čadež (Slovenia), Kirsten Lepore (USA), Jaime Rodriguez (USA), and Andy Kennedy (USA).

Curated by Phil Davis (Towson University) and Max Porter (Maryland Institute College of Art).

Program Duration: 83 minutes. Some animation in the program tackles adult themes and contains violence. Recommended rating of PG-13. For more information visit


Saturday, June 24th : 6pm

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

On View: June 24 – July 29
Opening Reception: JUN 24 | 6 – 8pm
The BIG Show On Stage!: JUN 24 | 8pm
The BIG Show Open Critique: Wed, JUL 19 | 7pm | FREE!

The BIG Show and little BIG Show is our annual members’ exhibition extravaganza! ANY member can contribute one work of art in this salon styled spectacular event! All ages welcome! Be a part of the biggest BIG Show yet!!


Hot Juried Show | Opening Reception
Saturday, June 24: 6 PM – 9 PM

3402 Gough St, Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Y:ART Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its thirteenth exhibition, welcoming new, hot artwork for Baltimore’s sizzling heat. Y:ART is thrilled to be partnered with the “Artscape Gallery Network” for this remarkable exhibition.

The opening reception will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 6pm-9pm.

Y:ART’s Hot Juried Show has been an open call for work with the intention of welcoming fresh, cutting-edge artworks that reaffirm Y:ART’s mission to support and promote local artists. All of the artists that are included represent the finest artwork Baltimore has to offer; each contributing an innovative personal perspective to this collective body of work. Jurors for the exhibition include world-renowned photographer, Connie Imboden, founding editor of Bmore Art , Cara Ober, and owner/curator of Y:ART Gallery, Juli Yensho. These notable artists/jurors have selected a refined group of artists; all of whom display an exquisite level of skill and professionalism.

Featured Artists: Cheryl Atkins, Edmond Praybe, Jane Knighton, Janet Maher, Loring Boglioli, Lyndie Vantine, Maxine Taylor, Nancy Linden, Peggy Fox, Peter Smith, Steven Dembo, Susan McCurdy Yonkers, and William Wright

<><><><><><><><><>MICA MFAST Summer Lecture Series | Hasan Elahi 
Sunday, June 25th : 6pm

MICA Lazarus Auditorium
131 West North Avenue : 21201

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the M.F.A. in Studio Art program are pleased to announce the full schedule of summer lectures from visiting artists. The series begins June 22, and all events are free and open to the public.

Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenge of borders. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, The Hermitage, and at the Venice Biennale. Elahi was invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, World Economic Forum, and at TED Global. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016, his awards include grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and on The Colbert Report. In 2010, he was an Alpert/MacDowell Fellow and in 2009, and was Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2014, he was Artist-in-Residence at Shangri-La/Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and 2017 at the MacDowell Colony. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at the University of Maryland College Park, roughly equidistant from the CIA, FBI, and NSA headquarters.

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