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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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<><><><><><><><>1939: Exhibiting Black Art at the BMA | Exhibition Opens
Wednesday, June 13th – August 10th

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218

In 1939, the BMA presented one of the first major exhibitions in the U.S. to feature African American artists. Contemporary Negro Art, served “as a declaration of principles as to what art should be in a democracy and as a gauge of how far in this particular province we have gone and may need to go…,” wrote renowned African American philosopher and art critic Alain Locke in the exhibition brochure. Nearly 80 years later, the BMA pays tribute to this landmark exhibition with 14 prints and drawings by African American artists who were included in the 1939 show.

Installation view, Contemporary Negro Art exhibition, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1939. Photograph Collection, Archives and Manuscripts Collections, The Baltimore Museum of Art. AN6.40

<><><><><><><><>Adam Holofcener | Tape Release Party
Thursday, June 14th · 7-9pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : 21230

Join us for the release of Adam Holofcener’s newest tape, Mostly Best Boy Versos (Kunstemporary Records). The compositions on this tape were crafted in conjunction with his installation Practice/Performance, on view in the Project Space. The genre of Mostly Best Boy Versos can loosely be called “experimental country;” existential twang with aleatoric elements. There will be performances by Adam Holofcener and additional acts throughout the night.

<><><><><><><><>Waving and Wavering | Flag Day Gallery Talk
Thursday, June 14th · 7-8pm

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

This Flag Day, join exhibition curator Alexander Jarman as he moderates a gallery talk with local artists that contributed to Waving and Wavering, including René Treviño, Hamida Khatri (Project KALI), Iqrama Muhammad, Ursula Populoh and members of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Seven decades after the official adoption of America’s own Flag Day, learn how artists continue to harness the power of flags to re-interpret history.

Waving and Wavering is an exhibition that explores multiple interpretations of flags as both concept and format through three different perspectives: local examples of artists creating new flags for the city of Baltimore, new models of artists examining the American flag, and international samples of artists working with flags in contemporary ways. We are thrilled to unveil four new flags for Baltimore City created by local artists/groups: Ursula Populoh, Iqrama Muhammad, Project KALI and FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Don’t miss our artist talks June 14 from 7– 8 PM. We hope to see you there!

Image: Yarisal & Kublitz, “Just Like Starting Over, Again”, 2017.

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Saturday, June 16th – Sunday, June 17th

Each year in June, the GLCCB kicks off Pride Month in celebration of Baltimore’s vibrant Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) community that culminates into Pride Weekend. Baltimore Pride Weekend 2018 consists of a three-day celebration, that kicks off with Twilight on the Terrace on Friday June 15 followed with the block party and legendary parade on Saturday and Sunday’s festival at Druid Hill Park. Baltimore Pride is now in its 43rd year! Last year this celebration was attended by over 30,000 individuals. Want to learn more about Baltimore PRIDE and the GLCCB in general? Visit our about section for more information.

Don’t forget to read your personal letter from this year’s Pride Coordinator, Lakesha Davis.


PROTEST GYM: Two thirty-minute performances
June 16, at 7:00 pm, or June 17, at 2:00 pm at St. Charles Projects

Together, we will prepare ourselves for protest.

We might:

try on,

{Arrive early or on-time.}
Protest Gym is an interactive performance exhibition in the gallery at St. Charles Projects, curated by Dominic Terlizzi. All are welcome to participate.
Protest Gym is free.

St. Charles Projects
The Gallery is located between Charles Street and St. Paul Street on 27th Street in Baltimore City. The entrance is on the ground floor behind the central lobby. Enter at the south side along 27th Street.


The BIG Show | Opening Reception
Saturday, June 16th · 6pm

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

The BIG Show, little BIG Show, and BIG Show on Stage is our annual members’ exhibition extravaganza! ANY member can contribute one work of art in this floor-to-ceiling salon-style spectacular and variety show event! All ages welcome! Be a part of the biggest BIG Show yet!!

The BIG Show proudly displays over 175 works of art by professional and novice artists alike, all of whom are current members supporting the Creative Alliance. An annual favorite for audiences and artists, The Big Show is an opportunity for Creative Alliance members to show off their visual creations and purchase affordable artworks from fellow community members. EVERY Creative Alliance member is encouraged to submit one work of art, including 2-D work under 3-feet wide, pedestal or shelf-oriented sculpture, or film/video in a DVD format. Artwork can be in any media.

Members of all ages are encouraged to participate in this members’ exhibition, including youth from 10 -17, who will be featured in The little BIG Show. Youth can participate for only $5 (membership for adults start at $40) and can submit one work of art to be displayed near the front of the gallery.

The Big Show on Stage is back for another year of the wildest, wackiest variety show in B’more where the performers are…you!  All performance forms and styles are welcome (so long as they are suitable for audiences of ALL AGES). The Big Show on Stage is a chance for our members to show off their talent in front of the Creative Alliance community on one of the best stages in the city. Members are allowed to perform in groups with non-members. Groups MUST have at least one Creative Alliance member.

If you can do it on the stage, you can do it tonight! We welcome musicians, singers, clowns, jugglers, poets, contortionists, comedians, full band performances, and all of the other amazing talents you may have to share.


1 West Mount Vernon Place | Opening Celebration
Saturday, June 16th · 11am-4pm

1 West Mount Vernon Place : 21201

In celebration of the opening of 1 West Mount Vernon Place, the Walters is hosting a free block party featuring an opening ceremony and an array of special programs. Visitors of all ages are invited to tour the transformed space and enjoy art demonstrations and a variety of performances. The opening ceremony takes place at 11:30 a.m.


11:20 a.m.-noon
Opening ceremony with performance from “The Band” Marching Unit

Noon-1 p.m.
DJ James Nasty and ceramicist Roberto Lugo spins records and clay
Raku firing with Community artist Herb Massie and Jubilee Arts, 12-1

Meet Waltee

1-1:45 p.m.
Live music from Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Live music from The All Mighty Senators

All day fun
Hula Hooping with Baltimore Hoop Love
Face painting
En plein air painting in the park
Mosaic tile making
Sidewalk chalk drawing & bubbles
Enoch Pratt Free Library and Book Buggy
Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy Monument tours

Noon-4 p.m.
Drop-in/Art Cart on the Sculpture Court
Pixilated Photo Booth

Food Trucks

Mr. Souvlaki
Dizzy Cow Pizzeria
The Local Oyster

…and more!

Vendors & Partner Booths
Ceramists from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Baltimore Clayworks
Maryland Historical Society
Maryland Humanities
Cool Progeny

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