BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events December 26 – January 1

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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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<><><><><><><><>Head Back & High: Senga Nengudi
ongoing – May 27th, 2018

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive :: 21218

Twisted, knotted, and stretched pantyhose weighted with sand sag onto the floor in Head Back & High: Senga Nengudi, the latest exhibition in the gallery adjacent to the East Lobby. Senga Nengudi (American, b. 1943) chooses familiar, inexpensive materials loaded with symbolic resonances to construct intimate environments. Interacting with the installation and observing the works, performers and audiences are invited to consider how they move through the world and the factors that influence their distinct experiences. The installation features performance photography and a video documenting more than 40 years of collaborative performances with artist Maren Hassinger, who will be the subject of a BMA exhibition opening in summer 2018. Nengudi’s work explores themes that range from claiming public space for creative action to examining the dynamics of intimate relationships.

Head Back & High: Senga Nengudi, Performance Objects (1976–2015) is curated by BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford and Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art Cecilia Wichmann.

The exhibition is co-organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and Art + Practice.

<><><><><><><><>EXPOSURE 2017 | Youth Media Festival
Wednesday, December 27th : 7pm

SNF Parkway Theatre
3 West North Avenue :: 21201

Join us for a night at the movies as we celebrate another year of youth-produced #MeaningfulMedia!!!

This year we are screening a dozen short films produced by our youth in elementary, middle and high school representing Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Washington, DC at the newly restored SNF Parkway Theatre – home of the Maryland Film Festival.

This event is FREE so bring the whole family. Come celebrate with our kids as they experience the joy and prestigue of seeing their work featured on a real movie theater screen!


Nonument 01: McKeldin Fountain Fundraiser Party
Thursday, December 28: 5 – 8 PM

Nonument01: McKeldin Fountain and D center Baltimore
22 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201-5904

Please join us for an exclusive sneak preview of Baltimore’s first augmented reality monument! Meet heroic Baltimoreans featured in the @Nonument01::McKeldin Fountain app!
All donations from the smallest to large ones, are appreciated and will be tax deductable through DCenter Baltimore.

Holiday cheer, libations, a presentation about the project, a toast to public space + music provided!
Friends + Partners Welcome! **If you cannot make the event, you can make a tax deductible donation to! **


Free Film at the Parkway: Claire Denis’ 35 SHOTS Of RUM on 35mm!
Thursday, December 28: 7:30 – 9:15 PM

The SNF Parkway / Maryland Film Festival
5 West North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Free films at the Parkway continue with a free-admission 35mm presentation of one of the greatest works by perhaps the master filmmaker Claire Denis, 35 SHOTS OF RUM!

Widely hailed as one of the best films of 2009, this masterwork comes from the renowned director of Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day, Chocolat, and Nenette et Boni. 35 Shots of Rum is a film about family, and making new families from the people around you.

Lionel (Alex Descas) is a middle-aged widower who makes his living driving a public-transit train and shares an apartment in Paris with his twentysomething daughter, Joséphine (Mati Diop). Lionel and Joséphine have a warm and caring relationship, and while it’s not Lionel’s nature to say very much, his affection for his daughter is clear. Lionel’s on-and-off girlfriend Gabrielle (Nicole Dogue) and their footloose friend Noé (Grégoire Colin) live in the same building, and together the four have fallen into a casual family relationship. However, when Lionel’s close friend and fellow driver René (Julieth Mars Toussaint) announces he’s retiring, Lionel becomes painfully aware that he’s not as young as he once was, and realizes how much he depends on his daughter. Sumptuously filmed and featuring an evocative score by Tindersticks, 35 Shots of Rum casts a lovely spell unlike any other movie you’ve seen.

“You can live in a movie like this. It doesn’t lecture you. These people are getting on with their lives, and Denis observes them with tact. She’s not intruding, she’s discovering. We sense there’s not a conventional plot, and that frees us from our interior movie-going clock. We flow with them.”—Roger Ebert, in his 4 (out of 4) star-review

“I liked these characters, and suddenly not having them in my life anymore, simply because Denis has decided to start the closing credits, devastated me.”—Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

“35 Shots of Rum is a quiet and lovely new film by the French director Claire Denis.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times


GRL PWR Presents: Sweat! A Night of Drag
Friday, December 29th

EMP Collective
307 West Baltimore Street :: 21201

The GRL PWR crew is back with the best underground Drag Show in Baltimore City: SWEAT!

Aviva Murio
Desiree Dik
Bombalicious Eklaver
Saaphyri Wildz
Tara Evaans

RoVo Monty

DJ Isabejja

Allure Bound
Connie Smith
Fagette (Madeleine Stella Somers)
Stung Corpse

All Ages, BYOB for 21+
$10 cover, $7 in Drag
9pm-2am at EMP Collective (307 W Baltimore St.)

GRL PWR aims to create a platform for a diverse array of artist and creatives, specifically: womyn identified, poc, trans, non-binary, femme & queer artists.

Follow us on Instagram @grlpwrbaltimore

Each GRL PWR event accepts donations for a causes and businesses we support. This time we will be collecting donations for Allure Bound.

Allure Bound Designs by Antrice, a fashion designer studying at Stevenson University. Striving to make beautiful garments for all your alluring curves.

<><><><><><><><>Kwanzaa Celebration 2017
Saturday, December 30th

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street :: 21202

Celebrate this annual African American holiday with African dance, storytelling, drumming performances, workshops and traditional crafts using fiber art.  Hear elder and quilter Joan Gaither discuss the African American histories documented in her story quilts from the exhibit, Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched. Presenters include Sankofa Dance Theater, author food nutritionist Tambra Raye Stevenson from I Am and community artist Sallah Jenkins.

*** Due to health issues Dr. Karenga’s lecture has been cancelled. ***

Special Admission is $5.

<><><><><><><><>Motown New Year’s Eve 1968
Sunday, December 31st

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue :: 21224

Baltimore’s Finest Funk & Soul DJs ring in the New Year with the brass bombast of the The Belvederes! Dance the night away to the swingin’ sound of 1968 with DJs Landis Expandis (Skintight) and Rob Macy (Save Your Soul at Lithuanian Hall).

This throwback throw-down will ring in the New Year with two sets of killer soul covers by The Belvederes. Pop your top with our complementary midnight toast, then dance into the night with The Jacksons to Stevie, Smokey to The Supremes, Marvin to Martha Reeves, and everyone in between!

SUN DEC 31 | 8:30PM – 3AM | $35, $30 mbrs. (+$3 at the door)
$220 reserved VIP table for four with complimentary bottle of bubbly!

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