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This week: BmoreArt’s Connect + Collect III with Doreen Bolger and Taha Heydari at Motor House, Larder Talks: Dr. Sarah Taber and Denzel Mitchell, LaToya M. Hobbs at City Hall, Museum Nights at the Lewis Museum, WLDLY Launch at Flavor, ‘sindikit curated “abstraction, we thinks” at MONO Practice, Laure Drougal at Cardinal, Dimensional Reflections at The Parlour, and Blackface: A Reclamation of Beauty, Power, and Narrative at Galerie Myrtis.

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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!! Upcoming BmoreArt Event !!

BmoreArt Magazine Party: Issue 07 Body
Thursday, May 23rd • 7:30-9:30pm

The Parkway Theatre
3 West North Avenue : 21201

Tickets $25-30 / More information here

Join us to celebrate Issue 07: Body, an exploration of Baltimore and DC-based artists who represent the body, who nourish it in their work, who use it as art medium and concept, and offer new patterns of thought around the politics, benefits, ethics, and limitations of having a body in 2019.

This event will be hosted at The Parkway Theatre and is an opportunity to celebrate in one of Baltimore’s architectural gems and to do it in style. Dress code is old school Hollywood glam. Have we mentioned they have best popcorn in Baltimore? Your ticket includes an adult beverage, popcorn, photo booth, and the first opportunity to take home our latest issue.

Connect + Collect III: Doreen Bolger and Taha Heydari
Thursday, April 18th • 7pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 21201

Tickets $10 / More information here

Our third panel features Doreen Bolger, former director of The Baltimore Museum of Art and a serious collector of Baltimore-based art, with Taha Heydari, an Iranian-born painter and MICA graduate living in Baltimore. Topics to be discussed include ethical relationships between artists, collectors, and galleries; strategies for exhibiting across the country and internationally; collecting at Baltimore-based art auctions and municipal galleries; and the great importance of showing up.

Top Image: Shooting the Edge, 2017-19, Acrylic on Canvas by Taha Heydari

LaToya M. Hobbs: Salt of the Earth II | Opening Reception
Tuesday, April 16th • 6pm

The Gallery in Baltimore City Hall
100 Holliday Street : 21202

Please join us for the Opening Reception of artist, LaToya M. Hobbs’ Salt of the Earth II exhibition on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00PM in The Gallery in Baltimore City Hall.

In her developing series, Salt of the Earth, inspired by the biblical scripture Mathew 5:13, LaToya M. Hobbs explores the personification of women as salt and their function as preservers of family, culture, and community.

Salt of the Earth II is on view in The Gallery in Baltimore City Hall from April 16th until June 14th.

Larder Talks: Sarah and Denzel
Wednesday, April 17th •  6-8pm

3 West 23rd Street : 21218

Larder Talks: Dr. Sarah Taber and Denzel Mitchell

Join us for a conversation touching on sustainable agriculture, urban farming and the wild history of domesticated bees. Sliding scale tickets include snacks (vegan and GF options). Drinks will be available for purchase from our neighbors at Fadensonnen.

Dr. Sarah Taber is a freelance crop veterinarian and host of the fabulous podcast ‘Farm to Taber’

Denzel Mitchell tends Strength to Love Farm, cooks with Blacksauce Kitchen and is a co-founder of the kitchen program at Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School.

Photo: USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program

Tickets here.

Museum Nights @The Lewis
Thursday, April 18th • 6-9pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street : 21202

Please join us again, as our exclusive guest Thursday April 18th from 6-9pm for our exciting new event series Museum Nights @ The Lewis.

Enjoy a great collaboration of art, music, and cuisine in an award winning cultural space. This event will feature:

Hip – Hop Karaoke Lounge
1 complementary Tito’s Handmade Vodka signature cocktail
Lite bites available for purchase
Live DJ featuring DJ Lil Mike
3 levels of museum exhibit space

Please RSVP to attend and receive your discounted ticket price of $20 at the door, and your complementary Tito’s cocktail.

abstraction, we thinks | Opening Reception
Thursday, April 18th • 6-9pm

MONO Practice
212 McAllister Street : 21202

April 18 — June 1, 2019
Curated by Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton
Robert Burnier, Chicago, IL
Adrienne Gaither, Washington, D.C.
Alexis Granwell, Philadelphia, PA
Amanda Muhlena Hays, Washington, D.C.
Clint Jukkala, Philadelphia, PA
Tarn McLean, Toowoomba, Australia
image of a work by Clint Jukkala, “Divided mind, 2019, oil on linen, 14×12 inches.

WDLY Launch
Thursday, April 18 • 9 pm – 2 am

15 East Centre Street : 21202

WDLY is a collaborative nomadic platform focused on the curation of events. The aim of each event is to build social spaces in which various demographics in Baltimore and surrounding areas can revel in quality music and art focused experiences. Malcolm Lomax and Teri Henderson are the authors of said experiences with qualifications including: programming, curation, artistic production, and creative direction. WDLY’s goal is to promote inclusivity, introduce new practices, give exposure to young creatives, connect with established artist, and work towards the extension of their legacy. We would like to feature creatives that challenge themselves, that are interested in evolving their practice, and are open to collaboration. The future of Baltimore nightlife will be an extended family united by love, passion, community, and creativity.

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Pre-order Tickets are $7
Tickets at the Door are $10

(dirty clean) Cleaners | Opening Reception
Saturday, April 20th • 6-9pm

1758 Park Avenue : 21217

Artist Laure Drogoul will create an immersive installation and uncanny dry cleaner shop composed of low density polyethylene (the clear plastic used to package “clean” garments). The work reflects on the ubiquitous cleaners of our urban landscape and draws on the history of Cardinal, which once housed a dry-cleaning business. Drogoul’s project emphasizes the growing environmental problem of LDPE plastic #4 and the use of perchloroethylene, a known toxin, to clean wearables. During the exhibition, on-going performances will guide gallery visitors through the cleaning process.

Blackface: A Reclamation of Beauty, Power and Narrative | Opening Reception

Saturday, April 20th • 6-pm

Galerie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street : 21218

April 20 – June 15, 2019

Curators: Myrtis Bedolla and Jessica Stafford Davis

Galerie Myrtis and The Agora Culture present Blackface: A Reclamation of Beauty, Power, and Narrative. In asserting the beauty of the black body, affirming its power—and societal and historical place, curators Myrtis Bedolla and Jessica Stafford Davis offer a counter narrative to the racist archetypes that evolved from 18th century minstrelsy, and its negative stereotyping of African Americans that prevails today.

The exhibition explores contemporary notions of black identity through photography by Tawny Chatmon, and painters Alfred Conteh, Jerrell Gibbs, and Jas Knight;and offers an investigation of blackface from a historical perspective presented in paintings by Arvie Smith and multidisciplinary works by Felandus Thames. The addition of a compiling video by filmmaker Karina Griffith captured in Berlin, Germany evokes the maligning of blackness through an international lens.

In addressing the insidious nature of minstrelsy and the appropriation of black culture—to deploy and rationalize the subjugation of African Americans for financial gain, Frederick Douglass described blackface performers as:

“…the filthy scum of white society, who have stolen from us a complexion, denied them by nature, in which to make money, and pander to the corrupt taste of their white fellow citizens.” Lott, Eric (1993). Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York: Oxford University Press.

Image: The Redemption: Girl Enlightened by Tawny Chatmon, 30 x 44 inches on Hahnemühle Paper w/ additional 5cm border, Total size with frame: 51 x 62 inches, Photography, Photo-Manipulation, 24k gold leaf, Acrylic Paint, 2018/2019

Closing Talk for Unfixed / Matisse in Bath
Saturday, April 20 • 7 – 10 pm

421 N Howard Street : 21201

Current Space is proud to present Unfixed, a solo exhibition by Kottie Gaydos and Matisse in Bath, paintings by Se Jong Cho and sound by Marc Miller. Please join us for the closing reception and artist talk.

Closing Reception: April 20th, 7-10pm
Artist Talk: 8pm

Exhibition Duration: March 30th – April 20th
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, noon – 4pm

Dimensional Reflections
Opening Reception: April 20th 6-9pm

The Parlour
803 Saint Paul St

Dimensional Reflections is a group exhibition featuring works by Khadija Nia Adell, James Bouché, Sutton Demlong, Bryan Funk, Giulia Livi, Cevahir Özdoğan, and Victoria Schanken. Dimensional Reflections is a curatorial exercise that explores versatile relationships with the artist choice of material, process, and narratives. Each work of art expresses contemporary and cultural storylines and take a unique perspective in creating a dialogue within materials. Materials such as wood, concrete, plexie, recycled materials and other everyday objects are processed by technology and craft to reimagine our norms of everyday objects. Each artist shares a focus on minimal composition, while giving the viewer a window into the complexities of social parameters, observation in design, and visual aesthetics.

About the Space:
The Parlour is a new project space and platform for art exhibitions, sound performances, and special events. Located in Mt.Vernon, the space is a first floor apartment home with a large reception room and modern den used for events. The space is collaboratively curated and directed by the artists Erick Antonio Benitez and Ariel Cavalcante Foster.

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