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The Parkway Theatre
3 West North Avenue : 21201
In The Jungle, 63m, 2017
Directed by Stephanie Barber
Starring Cricket Arrison and M.C. Schmidt
$10 general admission/$9 students
Sight Unseen is honored to host the Baltimore Premiere of local director, Stephanie Barber’s most recent film, In The Jungle, at The Parkway Theatre!
“In The Jungle, playfully and sorrowfully tells the tale of an unreliable narrator in a self imposed exile. Given a grant to study the equivalent of animal cries in jungle flora our heroine has lived for 1, 612 days deep in an unnamed jungle. This jungle serves as an extended metaphor for excessive and continual growth and death, fear and sustenance; a metaphorical space of chaos in which the scientist finds solace and which stands in contrast to the human jungle of ‘civilization’.
Equal parts musical, performance piece and poetic lecture, In The Jungle is a 63 minute hybridized essay film written and directed by Stephanie Barber, starring Cricket Arrison and M.C. Schmidt, cinematography by Mathew Robert Thompson and sets designed by Smelling Salt Amusements.”
Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201
Maryland Art Place (MAP) presents Young Blood, an annual exhibition of artworks created by recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. Curated each year by MAP’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC), Young Blood includes emerging artists from area colleges such as Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County and Towson University.
We are pleased to announce our 10th annual Young Blood artists; Melissa Penley Cormier (UMBC), Emily Dierkes (Towson), Bryan Funk (MICA), Noa Heyne (MICA), Hamida Khatri (MICA), and Giulia Piera Livi (MICA). Located at 218 W. Saratoga Street within the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District, Young Blood will be on display from July 12th–August 19th, 2017. An opening reception will be held on July 12th from 6pm–9pm and is free and open to the public.
Art in Context: Korea at Hillyer Art Space
Wednesday, July 12: 12-2 pm
Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Ct NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008
Ticket Information: www.eventbrite.com
Join International Arts & Artists (IA&A) for “Art in Context: Korea”, a discussion on Korean culture, identity, and the broader conditions impacting creative work and partnerships.
Panelists include Julia Kwon, a visual artist whose exhibition “Like Any Other” is currently on view at IA&A’s Hillyer Art Space, Tom Vick, Curator of Film at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, and Adam Wojciechowicz, Public Affairs Specialist at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, DC.
On view this month at IA&A’s Hillyer Art Space, Kwon’s exhibition “Like Any Other” employs colorful Korean textiles on painting and sculpture to explore the constructed notions of what it means to be Korean. The series is inspired by the artist’s experience of being seen as “the other,” and comments on gender and ethnicity. By capturing the tension that arises from the divide between different social groups and addressing the problematic process of being reduced and categorized, the works in this exhibition searches for authentic origins and clear categories to the uncertainties of translation and complexities of globalism, multiculturalism, transnationalism, and hybridity.
The “Art in Context” series is part of IA&A’s International Partnership Initiative, developed in 2013 to prioritize international work between U.S. arts institutions and their counterparts abroad by creating a forum for discussion and discovery among leaders in the arts, academic, diplomatic, and policy communities. “Art in Context” showcases artists and cultural organizations in the broader social, economic, and political context in which they exist.
Image: Julia Kwon, “Like Any Other. No. 40”, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Rubys Grant Workshop: Baltimore City 2
Thursday, July 13: 6-7 pm
Hosted by Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
The Motor House
120 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Attention painters, sculptors, photographers, poets, and writers! The Rubys are project-based funding of up to $10,000 for regional artists at any stage of their career to support the creation of innovative artistic projects.
Application opens for proposals: June 1, 2017
Deadline to apply: July 31, 2017
Learn more at the grants at: http://www.baltimoreculture.org/rubys/apply
Attend a grant workshop to learn about the application process as well as about general grantwriting tips and strategies. The workshop lasts about an hour and had ample opportunity for questions from artists. Workshops are open to all and free to attend.
2017 Sondheim Artscape Prize | Finalists’ Award Ceremony + Reception
Saturday, July 15th : 7pm
Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201
The Walters and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are partnering to present the Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists’ Exhibition, one of summer’s most anticipated events. On view at the Walters Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, August 13, the exhibition showcases the work of the seven finalists competing for the Janet & Walters Sondheim Artscape Prize, a $25,000 fellowship that is awarded each year by an independent panel of jurors to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. This year’s finalists are all based in Baltimore.
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony and reception at the Walters on Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m., with extended gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This year’s jurors are: Ruba Katrib, curator at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York, where she organizes exhibitions, educational and public programs, and publications, and coordinates program presentation; Clifford Owens, a New York-based contemporary artist who works in performance, photography, text, and video; and Nat Trotman, associate curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is held in conjunction with Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, and is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. Artscape runs from July 21 through July 23 along Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street. Additionally, an exhibition of the semifinalists’ work is shown in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Friday, July 21 through Sunday, August 6.
Bromo Arts Tower
21 South Eutaw Street : 21201
The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower presents “Moonifestations of Ancestor Earth: a voyage of expansion,” a mixed media exhibit by The Dandy Vagabonds (xander dumas and elliot moonstone) in the First Floor and Mezzanine Galleries. The exhibit is on view Saturdays from July 8 through January 27, 2018 from 11am to 4pm. A free opening reception will take place Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:30pm where guests have the opportunity to view the exhibition, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 21 S. Eutaw Street.
In “Moonifestations of Ancestor Earth: a voyage of expansion,” The Dandy Vagabonds have created two and three dimensional naturescapes that captivate the senses. They encourage the viewer to “picture the ocean as it churns and cascades, spits and crashes…grooving time into the cliffs of the Pacific coast” or to widen their vision to “see ancient ferns unfurling within a forest of moss and conifers.”
The Dandy Vagabonds, a Baltimore-based duo, capture moments in time and space through their whimsical, adventurous and insightful story telling. Drawing inspiration from the lineage of stones and the memory of flying, the collaborative duo uses performance art, fiber arts, the tactile and the ephemeral to weave together moments of ancestor past and future in their panoramic environments.Through their exhibit, dumas and moonstone plan to take the viewer on a journey throughout Earth element tapestries and into the Cosmos.
421 North Howard Street : 21201
DEMO: Paintings by D’Metrius Rice and Hannah Leighton are bound by gravitational abstraction and attraction. The artwork aims to amplify subjective perceptions of shape, space and layer. A similar frequency and energy exude from the work. The work focuses on materiality and its limitations in executing thought-based processes. The art relics on exhibit reflect the debris and destruction that undergird our everyday encounters. Demo represents a demonstration of capabilities bound by a shared yearning to deconstruct space and objects, while reflecting the material perspective of the viewer.
Hannah Leighton is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA last May from the Maryland Institute College of Art. (2015) Upon graduating college, Leighton spent a month at Green Olive Arts in Morocco where she studied painting. Post travels, she moved into an artist community where she has co-founded and directs Ballroom Gallery. Leighton plans to attend graduate school to attain a MFA in 2018.
D’Metrius Rice, born 1981 in Silver Spring, MD, lives and works in Baltimore, MD. He got his BFA in painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004. His current work involves a loose, drawing based approach to painting.
Influences include, music, quantum physics and cartoons from the 80s and 90s. He has shown in DC, Richmond, Baltimore, NYC and Australia. His work is has spread through Baltimore’s art and music scene, and into people’s collections. He was part of the Open Walls mural program in Baltimore and a group show in Australia.
Brushing Your Teeth is an exhibition of recent paintings by Mark Wehberg. His paintings have gone through many different phases over the past 2 years, sometimes tending to be figurative, while other times lending to the abstract. A recurring theme in his work borrows from the everyday maintenance that we go through to maintain our positions in society and is conceptualized in this exhibition.
In 2017, much of artwork that is seen and shared happens on the internet.. This has a direct effect on how art is perceived and created. Painting in these times has become a constant battle between the Analog and the Digital. New technologies and painting programs have opened up a new dialogue in art, and allows for limitless creations. The paintings in this show are the remnants, the experiments, the studies of that constant push and pull between the analog and digital. Using tools like Photoshop and Digital painting programs, technology is infused to create a balance between hand-done and computer-done. These paintings are a reaction to the world we live in and the human conditions, personal and widely interpretable, that each of us experience.
Mark Wehberg (b.1992) is an artist from Baltimore, Maryland. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. Since then he has had many group and solo exhibitions, most recently showing at The Hole in New York City in April 2017. His last solo show “Moody” was at Terrault Gallery in Baltimore, MD. His work has been shown in Los Angeles, Oakland, New York, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Provincetown, MA. He has since pursued teaching art at elementary and middle schools in Baltimore and Salisbury, MD.
120 West North Avenue : 21201
“WOMEN”, choreographed by Nicole Bindler in collaboration with three dancers from the Bethlehem, Palestine-based Diyar Dance Theater, is a hybrid dabke/contemporary dance that explores the parallels between the conquest of Palestinian land and Palestinian women’s bodies. The dancers create a map of Palestine with stones on the stage and on the geography of their bodies. They perform quotidian tasks, such as braiding hair to the sounds of war outside their window. They dance to the music and the sounds of the streets in their hometown, Bethlehem. This piece is an ode to the women of Palestine told by three women who grieve the loss of their land and the sea they cannot visit. This piece is also a celebration of their vitality, resiliency, and intelligence that resides not just in their minds, but in their skin, muscles and bones. You can learn more about the performance here: http://www.nicolebindler.com/women
Last year, Baltimore Palestine Solidarity received a $2,500 grant from the Research Associates Foundation to bring the dance performance “WOMEN” to Baltimore. While the grant covers the expenses of putting on the performance, we would like to raise an additional 1000 for the 5-person team of dancers, choreographer and director: https://www.gofundme.com/WOMENtoBmore