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<><><><><><><><>Jim Sanborn: Plunder | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 20th • 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : 21201

September 20 – October 27

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Plunder, a solo exhibition by Jim Sanborn. The exhibition presents a selection of sculptural work that tackles the mythic and subversive.

In Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity, Sanborn offers a rare glimpse into the world of antiquities trade in Cambodia, a country whose cultural sites and heritage are subject to a global market of looted and forged artifacts. Now in its eighth year, the project includes over 20 sandstone replicas of 8th – 13th century Khmer sculpture masterfully produced to be indistinguishable from genuine artifacts. Sanborn posits that these works have their independent value and authenticity as “contemporary antiquities”, capable of affecting positive change in an industry shadowed by illicit and destructive practices.

A series of relief sculptures made from pulped CIA documents give precedent to the artist’s investigation of the looting of antiquity. Disassembled from a larger work, the stelae allude to ancient artifacts that have been excavated in pieces and sold. Fragmented Arabic and Cyrillic inscriptions describe classified covert operations, connecting the effects of modern censorship and the degradation of a historic record.

Plunder is organized in partnership with the exhibition, Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity, running concurrently at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

Jim Sanborn graduated with a double major in art history and sociology from Randolph-Macon College, Ashland in 1969 and received his MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn in 1971. His work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; MIT, Cambridge, MA; The Central Intelligence Agency, Langley, VA; The National Endowment For The Arts, Washington, D.C.; Kaohsiung Museum Of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and the Kawasaki International Peace Park, Kawasaki, Japan.

image: Jim Sanborn
Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity
September 4 – December 16, 2018

<><><><><><><><>Repurposed with Purpose | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 20th • 6-9pm

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Curated by Doreen Bolger

On View: September 20 – November 10, 2018

This exhibition aims to enrich the visitor’s experience—and their understanding of the arts and humanities—by encouraging viewers to look for greater variance and nuance in the meaning of materials. The choice of materials holds different significance for each artist, sometimes reflecting larger societal issues and at others, more personal interests, concerns, or priorities. Some artists are thinking about the environment and as they choose their materials, commenting on its fragility and the impact of its degradation on mankind and the earth, now and in times to come. They celebrate reuse while mourning waste, creating compelling works of art, sometimes interactive and experiential, even pointing out that mankind is causing obsolescence, decay, and even mortality. Some artists reference or incorporate historic found objects that take us from the present moment to the past and memory, reminding us that time is a continuum. Others repurpose their own creations, giving them a new expression. For many, the use and meaning of these materials allow them to reach across boundaries of race, class, and gender orientation to remind us that we are unified by our humanity. Some even embrace a more evident position of social activism or political statement, making work where their choice of materials raises issues specific to the time and place in which we live.

Repurposed with Purpose: Meaning in the Materials of Making is generously funded by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, with in-kind support from the MuseWeb Foundation.

<><><><><><><><>Constitution Day: Women’s Rights in the Age of Gender Inequity
Thursday, September 20th • 7-11pm

1300 Mount Royal Avenue : 21217

On September 20, the Maryland Institute College of Art and the ACLU of Maryland will co-host the annual Constitution Day symposium, a unique intersectional, interdisciplinary panel discussion on “Women’s Rights in the Age of Gender Inequity, #MeToo, and Trump.”

Speakers include:

Mónica Ramírez: activist leader and lawyer working to overcome gender-based violence, particularly on behalf of Latinas and farmworkers

Kalima Young: lecturer at Towson University and Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at University of Maryland College Park whose work explores the impact of race and gender-based trauma

Carolee Scheeman: artist whose work explores gender, sexuality, and the human body

Dr. Sheri Parks (as moderator): Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at MICA, professor of American Studies, and long-time radio host on WYPR

Tickets will be available for students and the general public starting at 5 PM in the Brown Center on Thursday, September 20.

<><><><><><><><>The Eventualities Come – Solo exhibition by KT Duffy | Closing Reception
Thursday, September 20th • 7-9pm

218 West Saratoga : 21201

“The Eventualities Come” opens August 11th from 7-10PM and is open every Saturday, with a closing reception Thursday, September 20th 7-9PM.

This exhibition also marks Terrault’s 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

KT Duffy creates carnal and colorful transmedia mashups that protrude outside of easy definition and circle cheekily around deep issues of humanity. Duffy’s interest in emerging technologies and their relationship to the evolution of the human animal is what drives their practice. The Eventualities Come explores the ever narrowing gap between the Digital and the Physical, which they approach as binaries akin to Male and Female. Leveraging the undefined areas between these binaries, Duffy links binary constructions into new semi-organic forms, where no entity is bound to a singular reality, substance, or expression. The artist generates a variety of digital and physical forms that arise from digital fabrication, code, and video-based moving images. These snippets are then combined into more complex mashups which utilize the logic breakdowns or “glitches” that occur when joining conflicting frameworks.

Drawing from an expansive and obsessively created “library” of code snippets and CAD (Computer-aided Design)/CAM (Computer-aided manufacturing) forms, Duffy creates pieces that evolve and inherit attributes from each other. These entities navigate fleshy terrain, as singular organisms or part of a larger gaggle of “lumpy friends”, producing 3D abstractions which serve to challenge the notion that there is any right way to exist in a body.

KT Duffy (b. 1987) is a new media artist and educator from Chicago, IL. They received their MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014, where they subsequently taught for two years. Their work has most recently been shown in a two person exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art and solo exhibition corresponding with their residency as PIXELFACE (collaboration with Ali Seradge) at LoRez Brewery in Chicago. They are currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL.

*The title for the exhibition comes from the poem, (untitled), by CHEKWUBE DANLADI, whom KT Duffy recently collaborated with, kicking off a series of ongoing works, during their residency at the Vermont Studio Center, summer 2018.

Counterweight| Closing Reception + Catalogue Release
Friday, September 21st • 8pm

The Menial Collection
243 West Read Street : 21201

The history of civilization is not concrete. Those with power retroactively construct it as they erect structures in their own names. The perfection of concrete as a building material by the Romans allowed physical manifestations of imperial power to proliferate rapidly across the Mediterranean Empire. This legacy of heroic architecture, phallic warrior monuments, and patriarchal power flows from the ancients and into the governments that followed and drew influence from them, down into our contemporary existence. Echoes can be heard in conversations around Confederate war monuments built in the name of their “Lost Cause”— a retroactive attempt to both mythologize and concretize a false narrative of history and to silence dissenting voices.

In Counterweight, Sera Boeno, Cevahir Özdoğan, and Noa Heyne explore the historical power invested in concrete and draw connections to the architectural and sociological conditions of their birthplaces, Turkey and Israel. Understanding the material as inherently gendered, the artists construct works that question the relationship between history, monumentality, power, and the feminine experience. If concrete has often functioned as a vehicle through which power itself is cemented, how can its power be appropriated by the feminine?

Copies of the Counterweight catalogue, the first publication from The Menial Collection, will be on sale, with essays from the curators, Sera, Cevahir, and Noa, as well as an extended bibliography and installation photographs. It will also be made available for free online in the form of a PDF. To celebrate Counterweight’s closing, we will also have beer and other refreshments! All are welcome!

<><><><><><><><>In Profile: Modern Cameos | Opening Reception
Friday, September 21st • 6-9pm

Baltimore Jewelry Center
10 East North Avenue : 21201

In Profile: Modern Cameos is an exhibition of work by contemporary jewelers who utilize the cameo as the source, subject matter, or format for their work. The cameo has a vast and varied history, from antiquity to the present day, acting as a signifier of prestige and status, a memento for travel, and an indicator of desire. The diverse artists featured in In Profile: Modern Cameos, representing seven countries from around the globe, mine the cameo formats of the past and reinvigorate them through modern tendencies and associations.

Exhibition dates: September 21 – November 9, 2018
with an opening reception Friday, September 21, 6 – 9 pm

Featuring work by:
Adam Atkinson
Andrew Kuebeck
Anna Talbot
Billie Jean Theide
Bryan Parnham
Carolina Quintela
Geraldine Fenn
Jana Machatova
Jessica Calderwood
Julia Harrison
Karl Fritsch
Kelly Jean Conroy
Margo Csipo
Marissa Saneholtz
Mary Frisbee Johnson
Melanie Bilenker
Nicole Jacquard
Olga Starostina
Rho Tang
Sharon Massey
Victor Beckmann
Zachery Lechtenberg

<><><><><><><><>BJC Symposium The Body: Altered/Adorned
Saturday, September 22nd • 9am-4pm

Baltimore Jewelry Center
10 East North Avenue : 21201

Join us for a free day of workshops, demonstrations, and talks on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9a – 4p. Together we will explore the tradition of altering and adorning the body through jewelry, fashion, augmentation, modification, and cosmetics (and more!). Full list of speakers and workshops to be announced.

<><><><><><><><>RESPECT: A Homegoing Tribute Concert Honoring Queen Aretha Franklin
Saturday, September 23rd • 7pm

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

The Creative Alliance and Caesar Productions present: A Soulful Homegoing Tribute Concert Honoring The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin with performances by:

Lea Gilmore
Navasha Daya
Ama Chandra
Shalanda Hansboro
The Steam Dollz (Michelle Shellers and Michelle Weeks)
Omnia Azar
Alexis Taylor
Jonathan Gilmore

And other special guests to be announced!

Alpha: March 25, 1942    Omega: August 15, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Services starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp

SUN SEP 23 | 7:30PM | $20, $17 MEMBERS (+$3 At the door)

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