BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events October 24 – 30

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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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<><><><><><><><>CIRCA Presents: Cara Ober
Wednesday, October 25th :  12-1pm

Performing Arts and Humanities Building :: 21250

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) is pleased to present Baltimore-based cultural organizer and artist Cara Ober, who will speak about her experiences as founding editor of BmoreArt, Baltimore’s celebrated online art magazine and print journal.

Cara Ober earned an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005 and a BA in fine arts in 1996 from the American University. She is a recipient of grant funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, as well as the winner of a Mellon Arts Innovation Grant from Johns Hopkins University in 2015, a Grit Fund Grant from The Contemporary via The Andy Warhol Foundation in 2015, and a Warhol Grant for Emerging Curators in 2006.

Lunch provided, admission is free.

<><><><><><><><>Designing the Parkway
Wednesday, October 25th :  5:30-8pm

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theater
3 West North Avenue :: 21201

Learn about the design of the 2017 AIABaltimore Excellence in Design Awards Grand Design Award winning project, SNF Parkway

A conversation and behind-the-scenes look at the rebranding of the Maryland Film Festival and how Baltimore’s grandest abandoned movie theater was transformed into a 21st-century landmark.

With architects Ziger/Snead 

and designers Post Typography

Plus Southway Builders

Moderated by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson

Happy hour @ 5:30 PM

Event @ 6:30 pm

Presented by AIA Baltimore & AIGA Baltimore as part of Baltimore Architecture Month 2017 and Design Month 2017

The Parkway Theatre’s unique architecture and design approach celebrates the building’s 100 years of opulence, decay, and reinvention. The stunning transformation of this grand theater purposefully contrasts modern design interventions with a century of history, resulting in a ‘rescued ruin’ where layers of the past coexist with the future.

Event Sponsors

Indigo Ink
Post Typography
Ziger/ Snead Architects


Artist Conversation: Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Wednesday, October 25: 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Maryland Institute College of Art Falvey Hall
1300 W Mount Royal Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21217

Join us at the Falvey Hall auditorium at the Maryland Institute College of Art to hear 2017 MacArthur Award winner Njideka Akunyili Crosby in conversation with BMA Senior Curator Kristen Hileman. Crosby will reflect on her new suite of works in “Front Room: Njideka Akunyili Crosby | Counterparts,” on view October 25 at the BMA.

Her layered, mixed media paintings explore the artist’s experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States and navigating cultures. Learn more about the meanings embedded in her complex constructions composed of paint, fabric, and photographic transfers.

Free admission. This program is presented in partnership with Maryland Institute College of Art Painting Department.

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Stories: A Slide Talk by Painter Amy Sherald
Thursday, October 26th :  5:30pm

F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center
3400 North Charles Street :: 21218

Award-winning painter Amy Sherald will present a slide talk on her work on Thursday, October 26 at Johns Hopkins University. Her talk, “Stories,” which is free and open to the public, will begin 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.

Sherald is best known for her acutely observed, three-quarter length portraits of African-Americans, whose skin she depicts in gray scale monochrome against vibrant, atmospheric backgrounds. The result is a dreamily detached, yet penetrating view of individuals who have been ignored for centuries by the history of art.

“My work is about taking blackness past the stereotypes and opening it up to the imagination,” she told The Baltimore Sun. “These paintings exist in the liminal space between fantasy and reality. They start with color and costume. Usually, the image comes first and the meaning and words come second.”

Last year, Sherald became the first woman to win first place in the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. In addition to the $25,000 grand prize and the opportunity to create a portrait for the NPG’s permanent collection, her painting, “Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance),” is currently part of a nationwide museum tour.

Sherald has been in numerous group shows around the country and has had solo exhibitions at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. Her next solo show will open at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in May, 2018. Her work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture, the Columbus Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nasher Museum of Art. She is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Sherald has done residencies in Norway, China and the Netherlands. Among other honors, she is the recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Joan Mitchell Foundation. She was recently awarded the Geneviève McMillan/Reba Stewart Chair in Painting at MICA.

Sherald received her B.A. from Clark-Atlanta University, her M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and was a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence in Portobelo, Panama. She lives and works in Baltimore.

Amy Sherald’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Center for Visual Arts and Homewood Arts Programs. Below are selected works by Sherald which are free to download.

<><><><><><><><>AVAM’s Free Fall Halloween Celebration
Thursday, October 26th :  4-7pm

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway :: 21230

Join us for another freaky Free Fall Halloween Celebration at AVAM!

4-7 pm: Free “Lumin-Eeries” Lantern-Making Workshop! Monsters & their Mummies are invited to create their own eerie luminary lantern, BYO glass jar (any size w/ label removed), all materials: glue, paper, googly eyes & bling provided; ALL AGES family workshop on the third floor of AVAM’s Jim Rouse Visionary Center (the third building of our Wonderland campus on Key Highway) & face painting, too!

4-7 pm: Free Museum Admission! Explore the latest AVAM exhibition, The Great Mystery Show, & tour the rest of our wonderland campus.


Erin Fostel: “A Measure of Place” Opening Reception
Friday, October 27: 6-8 pm

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore: 21224

Erin Fostel explores and documents mood, atmosphere, and the immensity of grief in her haunting charcoal drawings of the architecture of Baltimore. On view October 27 – December 1.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Erin spent her early years copying characters out of her brother’s comic books, and writing highly dramatic soap operas on her grandmother’s typewriter. A love for drawing and storytelling led her to the Maryland Institute College of Art. Upon graduating in 2004 she stayed in Baltimore and has maintained a studio in various locations around town, including a cold dark basement infested with prehistoric-sized crickets where she couldn’t stand up straight. She loves to draw. Even though she appreciates that the world is full of amazing colors she enjoys pushing the tonal boundaries of charcoal, which is her primary medium.

<><><><><><><>MICA presents Disney Animator Floyd Norman
Friday, October 27th :  4:30-9:30pm

1300 West Mount Royal Avenue :: 21217

Animator, writer and comic book artist, Floyd Norman, is the subject of the new documentary, FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE, which chronicles his extraordinary life and career as Disney’s first Black artist.

Floyd Norman will teach a masterclass on story art at 4:30 p.m. in Falvey Hall, followed by a screening of the documentary and Q&A at 7:30 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Both events are free and open to the public.

<><><><><><><><>Extant Arts Festival
Saturday, October 28th :  12-4pm

North Avenue + Charles Street :: 21201

October 28, 2017, 12-8p, Gather Together will host the Extant Arts Festival in Station North Arts District at the YNOT Lot at the corner of North Avenue and Charles St.

Gather Together, in partnership with MECU, the Contemporary Museum and the Grit Fund, presents the The Extant Arts Festival: Performances and art by, for, about and with survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Extant Arts is a day long survivor-centered and survivor-led arts festival that celebrates the complexity of survivor voices and histories. Extant Arts rejects typecast narratives and empowers individuals to define and express their own experiences. The festival rejoices in how people who have experienced sexual and domestic violence continue to exist, survive and thrive.

For the first time this gathering will include a festival of original performance works by, for, about and with survivors, organized and curated by Gather Together, a collective of survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The ground-breaking Extant Arts Festival: Thriving after Survival will place survivors’ stories—and the work of artists who create with them—at the center of an this celebration.

Special thanks to MECU and Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. This event is supported by the Grit Fund, a Regional Regranting Program administered by The Contemporary and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

<><><><><><><><>18th Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival RISE!
Saturday, October 28th :  3:30pm

Patterson Park Pulaski Monument
Patterson Park :: 21224

3:30 Festival, 6:30pm Parade Line-up, 7pm Parade | Rain or Shine! Free!
Patterson Park Pulaski Monument

The community that creates together is GREAT together! Join your neighbors, friends, and family and help bring this year’s festival and parade to life! Rise, the theme of this year’s parade, is a celebration of nature and community – both thrive, grow stronger, and rise when they’re treasured.

Celebrate the natural world with us by creating illuminated lanterns, carrying glowing large scale artist-made floats, and marching with Baltimore’s most beloved community bands around Patterson Park. The astounding parade finale includes spectacular storytelling, animation, and music the entire family can enjoy!

The day begins at 3:30pm with Baltimore’s BEST family Halloween festival featuring an adorable kids costume contest, lantern making, hayrides, yoga, live music, an arts & crafts market, and more! Local food trucks and the beer garden will stay open until 8:30pm. Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the afternoon!

Once the sun sets, the magic begins. Grab your lantern and get ready to march with thousands of your neighbors, artists, musicians, and performers. You can also line the parade route to watch the delightful Great Halloween Lantern Parade!! The route begins at the Boat Lake in Patterson Park, heads east to the annex of the Park, and ends back at the Pulaski Monument for a specially commissioned FINALE on the stage.

EVERYONE is welcome to dress in costume, bring a lantern, and march in the Parade.

Produced by Creative Alliance and Friends of Patterson Park, and in partnership with Baltimore City Dept of Recreation and Parks.


Queer Performance Evening, Miami is Nice
Saturday, October 28: 8-10 pm

Space Camp
16 W North Ave, Baltimore: 21201

This Free Fall Baltimore sponsored event brings together Baltimore and DC based queer performing artists for an evening of drag, poetry, music, dance, burlesque, and community within the gallery exhibition. Come for the entertainment and stay for “Miami is Nice’s” closing reception! See you in 1980’s South Florida!
Featuring performances from:
Lurch & Holler
Sebastian Katz
Vin Seadler
Alexander Gallagher
Brice Peterson
Sylvia Trash
Dr. 305
Sebastian Katz
Trans Women Of Color Collectve
Ophelia Bones
Joseph Reisberg
Sarah Strahorn
Little Prince
Neru from Hippy Trippy Collective

GUISE | A Costume Party Benefiting Maryland Art Place
Saturday, October 28th :  7pm

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street :: 21201

GUISE is an extravagant, decadent, themed costume party benefiting Maryland Art Place (MAP), a 36 year old arts organization anchoring the gateway corridor of the Bromo Arts & Entertainment district.


Special Guest DJ’s –DJ P Chris, DJ 5STAR & DK AK

Fashion by BISHME CROMARTIE| Live Art Auction

Best Costume & Mask Contest| Open Bar| Light hors d’oeuvres

GENERAL ADMISSION-$100 general admission tickets

& $250 VIP can be purchased through MT.CM/GUISE

(includes open premium bar all night, music by the Lineup Room & private floor VIP access art installations & surprises)


Attire: Venetian Themed | Full Costume

Valet Parking available, art, fashion and local talent installations

<><><><><><><><>Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
Sunday, October 29th :  12-4pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street :: 21201

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with traditional dance performances and art-making activities. Visitors will be able to contribute to a community altar, enjoy special food and drink, and take tours of the collection in English and Spanish.

Community Altar
Sculpture Court, Level 2A
View the community altar and contribute an offering of your own.

Coyote by Edgar Reyes
Manuscript Gallery, Level 3
In a special installation, artist Edgar Reyes responds to the museum’s ancient Americas collection and explores the ongoing displacement of native people whose traditions are not defined by national borders. Coyote explores the connection between the art of the past and the contemporary Mexican diaspora.


Ojos de Dios (God’s Eye)
Sculpture Court, Level 2A
Create a traditional Ojos de Dios or God’s Eye which is an important spiritual symbol for the Wixáritari, an indigenous native population of Mexico, as well as Spanish Catholic colonists.

Paper Cempasúchil
Sculpture Court, Level 2A
Learn how to make paper marigolds, or cempasúchil, which play an important role in the rituals of Día de los Muertos.

Studio A, Lower Level
Try your hand at creating Hojalata, or traditional Mexican folk art made with tin and decorated with unique cultural motifs and bright colors

12 P.M.
Centre Street Inner lobby, Level 1
Meet in the Centre Street Lobby for a special Spanish language tour*
*Starting in November, the Walters will offer Spanish language tours the first Saturday of each month.

1-2 P.M.
Bailes de Mi Tierra featuring Briana and Allison Gonzalez
Graham Auditorium
Join us in the auditorium for a traditional Mexican folk dance performance by local troupe Bailes de Mi Tierra and songs by Briana and Allison Gonzalez.

2:30-3:30 P.M.
Danza Guadalupana de Maryland and Danza de los Viejitos
Graham Auditorium
Join us in the auditorium for dance performances that blend traditional indigenous and Spanish dance with religious and cultural celebration.

1-4 P.M.
Free Pixilated Photo Booth
Level 2 Lobby

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