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C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street :: 21201
José Manuel Fors
[image: Grace Hartigan, “Celtic Saint”, 1978, watercolor and collage, 39 x 27 inches]
C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to begin 2018 with a group exhibition dedicated to collage. In the spirit of experimentation, these works assimilate different artistic practices and movements to form new expressions. Collages, An Exhibitionshowcases the work of seven artists and their unique approaches to a time honored medium.
Several artists in this exhibition found a particular resonance between collage and Abstract Expressionist painting. Esteban Vicente and Lee Hall fluidly translate the language of color field painting to torn and cut paper assemblage. Keith Martin’s masking tape improvisations echo the same layered narratives in his oil paintings, and watercolor collage was so important to Grace Hartigan that she called it a “second expression.”
Incorporating found imagery and material, the collages of Romare Bearden, Jose Manuel Fors and Vivian Fliegel are self-reflective and autobiographical. Bearden’s collage paintings recall memories of Old Harlem and life in the American South, while Fors’s photo-based works are visual records of his family history and cultural identity. Fragmented figures occupy clamorous surroundings in Fliegel’s surreal compositions inspired by everyday life.
Collages, An Exhibition will be on view from January 24 through March 10. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, January 24 from 6 to 8pm.
MICA Falvey Hall, Brown Center
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue :: 21217
The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) announces a series of winter visiting artist talks that showcase artists and designers working in wide range of fields, including data visualization, fine art, photography, design and more.
Part of MICA’s long-standing tradition of inviting working artists and designers from around the world to speak with students and the local community, the visiting artists scheduled to speak this season represent the diversity of global art, as well as the ways in which art and design influence politics, community activism and media.
Recent visiting artists include internationally renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing, conceptual artist Andrea Zittel and curator and artist Fred Wilson, among others.
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. For more details, visit events.mica.edu.
Alberto Cairo and the Visual Trumpery Tour
Data visualization expert and author Alberto Cairo examines how “fake news,” lies and videotape are fracturing the nation, and exposes the underbelly of national media, politics, corporations and the legal system.
The word “trumpery” means worthless nonsense, something that is showy and deceitful at the same time. Cairo’s non-partisan talk focuses on the visual, examining misleading charts, graphs and data maps designed by individuals and organizations from across the political spectrum. Presented by Open Studies and the master’s program in Information Visualization.
Julio Fine Arts
Loyola University :: 21210
Mary Beth Akre
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street :: 21201
A comedy of manners that spans centuries, Cloud 9 is a smart, satirical look at gender politics and sexual oppression across the ages. Written in 1978, this modern classic offers witty social commentary, controversial casting requirements, and if that weren’t enough, time-travel! Taking us from the corsets of colonial Africa to the sexual liberation of 1970’s England, Churchill’s parody pokes fun at nearly every permutation of human sexuality, and reminds us why the playwright remains a feminist hero and icon today.
Please note that Cloud 9 explores mature themes, contains adult language, sexual content and violence. Cloud 9 may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 18.
307 West Baltimore Street :: 21201
It’s GRL PWR’s BIRTHDAY!!
Yup Yup, Let the waters flow 🌊
Celebrate yer GRL PWR water bearers Amy Reid & Pangelica at SWEAT 💦, A night of DRAG 😜🐬
As a special treat, Pretty Boi Drag is TAKING OVER 👑
BRINGING THE HOTTEST DRAG KINGS FROM DC:
Lor Ube (Zoe Sulli U)
$10 cover, $7 in Drag
All Ages, BYOB for 21+
EMP Collective (307 W Baltimore St.)
**Pretty Boi Drag is a QWOC (queer women of color) produced drag king troupe based in Washington, DC putting on some of DC’s sexiest and most exciting shows with an all-inclusive roster of performers. You can find more information about them and their troupe at prettyboidrag.com.
3134 Eastern Avenue :: 21224
On View: JAN 27-FEB 17
Each Creative Alliance Resident defines their sense of place