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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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<><><><><><><><> Through the Layers Pt. 1 | Closing Reception + Artist Talk
Wednesday, July 26th : 7-9pm

218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Join us for an artist talk and closing reception with Antonio McAfee on Wednesday, July 26th as he discusses his work in his solo exhibition ‘Through the Layers Pt 1’.

Exhibition runs through July 29th with gallery hours Saturday’s 1-5pm.

McAfee’s visual riffs on traditional portraiture in his reimagined photographs open a space for change that leads to awareness of doubt, questioning, and increased possibilities of who these individuals are or could be. By saturating visitors’ vision with red and blue, a new base color palette of seeing is established from the originals. In combination with 3D glasses the figures and environments shift further. The interaction between viewers and photographs is geared to provide new experiences in perception, with hopes to create a new normality when it comes to ways of perceiving.

Appropriating photographs from W.E.B Du Bois and Thomas Calloway’s Exhibition of American Negroes (1900) into various 3D images and collages, McAfee attempts to provide alternate ways to see black figures, ways that allow for the subjects to have multitudes of possibilities, real and imagined within a still image. In McAfee’s exhibition Through the Layers Pt. 1, the reimagined images provide a less static and more inexplicable depictions of the individuals, breaking down their image to reveal red and blue versions that play with the act of viewing and perception. Shifting positions while viewing the images allows the audience to view these sitters in a state that is in flux, opening up an engagement that is physical and pictorial and aims to redefine normality.


Publik / Private Presents: Strangers Become Sisters: Misogyny & Community (Open Discussion)
Wednesday, July 26 : 7 pm

Reading and Open Discussion at The Room
800 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD

This month will be a reading lead by P/P founder, Jordannah Elizabeth and an open discussion about misogyny and community in the arts and literary and social justice community in Baltimore City.


Andria Nacina Cole
Kathleen Mazurek
Nicola Norman
Mecca Verdell
Carolyn Shayte
Colette Shade
Christine Ferrera

$5-10 sliding scale
All proceeds go to Publik / Private Small Press, our independent press of handmade chapbooks.

<><><><><><><><>ART/SOUND/NOW: Nudie Suits and Sam Bessen
Thursday, July 27th : 7pm

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201

The Walters’ performance series 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. Electronic duo Nudie Suits will present a modern, immersive take on the Marian madrigal, or composition for secular voice, among the museum’s Medieval relics. Contemporary horn player Sam Bessen will play original avant-garde compositions inspired by ancient sculptures in the Greek galleries.

<><><><><><><><>MICA Grad Show | M.A. in Art Education
Friday, July 28th : 5-7pm

Sheila & Richard Riggs & Leidy Gallery
131 West North Avenue : 21201

Open: Mon–Sat: 10AM–5PM, Sun: 12PM–5PM

  • Alexa Kulinski
  • Belinda Vicars
  • Jordan Coons
  • Jessica Pegorsch
  • Lindsay Holloway
  • Megan Leppla
  • Mary Rooney
  • Sierra Reading

<><><><><><><><>Two Lane Stories | Artist Talk
Friday, July 28th : 6:30pm

Gallery CA
440 East Oliver Street : 21201

About the show and curator:

Charles Mason III is a visual artist who uses photography, mixed media, installation, and painting to discuss social, racial, political, historical, and identity issues. He creates art in order to stimulate self-evaluation, community conscious, and social change. Charles is continually motivated by the means in which art can break boundaries and speak to the masses. In curating the exhibition Two Lane Stories, Charles looks to continue to break these boundaries and create conversation through the selected works and featured interviews, documenting the obstacles, issues, and expectations each “Black Man Artist” in the exhibition faces through their work and art making practice. Two Lane Stories allows an inside look at 6 artists based in the state of Maryland, ranging from emerging to established, and to show how they navigate the space of being black, a man, and an artist.

Featuring the work of:

E.L. Briscoe
Ken Royster
Ernest Shaw Jr.
Jeffrey Kent
Stephen Towns
M. Anthony

<><><><><><><><>Fluid Movement Presents: Sharkspeare | Opening Weekend
Saturday, July 29th + Sunday, July 30th

Druid Hill Park Pool
267 East Drive : 21211

This summer, Shakespeare meets synchronized swimming in Fluid Movement’s annual water ballet “SHARKESPEARE.” July 29-30 at Druid Hill Park pool and August 4-6, at Patterson Park pool.

Sharkespeare and his trusty assistant Shakesbear will herd their unruly crew of actors, swimmers, and ne’er-do- wells on- and off-stage at the Globe Theater Water Park and Renaissance Festival while trying to do justice to the great Bard’s work.

From a Tempest/Gilligan’s Island mash-up to a Hamlet soliloquy set to a jaunty ukulele tune, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Fluid Movement is a non-profit Baltimore-based performance art group that juxtaposes complex subject matter with delightful and unexpected mediums. We create art that is accessible, and often educational, for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Our performances are created for urban spaces, in Baltimore and beyond. We encourage a sincere understanding and appreciation for city life and city dwellers through our work.

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