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This week: Submersive Productions presents MASS/RABBLE at the War Memorial, Our Words Will Still Be Heard at Jubilee Arts, Annie Farrar: Apparitions with MICA group exhibition: Wander Walking at Hamilton Gallery, Out of Order 2019 at Maryland Art Place, Becoming Again at Terrault, and Jazz Sightings featuring Larry Poncho Brown at Eubie Blake Cultural Center.

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MASS/RABBLE | Opening Night
Wednesday, April 3rd

Baltimore War Memorial
101 North Gay Street : 21202

As our bodies move, we tell a story. Where we have been, where we are going, what we hold on to, what we let go of. When bodies move in masses, they tell a larger story. Hope, fear, war, famine, the search for a better life. What does it mean to be just one body moving in humanity’s great crowd? This is a movement piece. Prepare to be moved.

Guests of all levels of physical ability are invited to join our ensemble of thirty movers in the vast space of Baltimore’s War Memorial for Submersive Production’s largest-scale work to date. As you choose your own degree of involvement, the invitation to join the rabble will remain open.

Our Words Will Still Be Heard | Opening
Friday, April 5th • 4-7pm

Jubilee Arts Center
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue : 21217

Our Words Will Still Be Heard is the second exhibition planned in conjunction with Rising Up an education program for middle school students organized by the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. Curated by Sarah McCann, the exhibition asked professional artists to create work about the power voice that were exhibited alongside art and performances of lyrical narratives created by Baltimore middle school students expressing personal stories and their perspectives on life.

At a time when people are being silenced, the arts provide an opportunity to speak out. It is only through the rising up of all voices that true equilibrium and harmony can be achieved.

Annie Farrar: Apparitions // MICA group exhibition: Wander Walking | Opening Receptions
Friday, April 5th • 6-9pm

Hamilton Gallery
5502 Hamilton Road : 21214

Hamilton Gallery | Hamilton Arts Collective is pleased to present two exhibitions

Annie Farrar: Apparitions in Gallery I

Annie Farrar creates sculpture, collage, and prints that examine sustainability, consumerism, feminism, reality, and time. The material-based work uses art historical references and experiences recorded in European late medieval manuscripts, early Renaissance artwork, and Seventeenth Century Dutch still life painting to consider these concerns. This exhibition uses these themes to examine the Virgin Mary as both a spiritual leader but most importantly as a feminist by utilizing a combination of the symbolism of memento mori, iconography, the Annunciation, and cycles of life and death.

MICA group exhibition: Wander Walking in Gallery II

Wander Walkingis a selected collection of works from the undergraduate community of the Maryland Institute College of Art. It portrays the imaginative, playful, confrontational, and questioning nature of the artists as they experience their college years. Wander Walking is organized and curated by Claire Lynch, a graduate student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In this show, Lynch aims to showcase the dynamic and powerful thoughts we all have in young adulthood as we wander through the world.

Exhibitions run March 29, 2019 – April 28, 2019

Out of Order 2019

Friday, April 5th • 6-9pm

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Join us for Out of Order, MAP’s 22nd Annual Spring Benefit, Silent Auction, and Party!  Out of Order will take place Friday, April 5, 2019, from 7-10pm. View and bid on works from regional artists – ranging from, emerging and student artists to established professionals.

By covering the walls from floor to ceiling, Out of Order provides an opportunity for artists to hang their work in a salon-style exhibition.  OOO is a unique way to get involved with Baltimore’s growing art scene while supporting one of Baltimore’s most established contemporary arts organizations.  Proceeds from art sales are split equally between MAP and the artist.  Revenue generated at Out of Order directly supports MAP’s programs, exhibitions and opportunities; furthering MAP’s mission to support emerging and mid-career artists and professionals throughout the year.

Tickets are $40 presale and $45 at the door. All tickets include free entry to KIDOOO, MAP’s accompanying youth-driven OOO exhibition in the 2nd floor Members Gallery.

Interested in contributing to OOO? Consider an OOO sponsorship starting at $250. Connect with Amy Cavanaugh Royce: [email protected].

Become Again | Opening Reception
Saturday, April 6th • 7-10pm

218 Saratoga Street, 3rd Floor : 21201

Mandy Chesney
Elliot Doughtie
Jasjyot Singh Hans
Nick Simko

Curated by Jared Christensen

Terrault Gallery and guest curator Jared Christensen present Become Again, a gallery exhibition, supported by poetry and spoken word programs and community engagement events, that will expand the conversation about queer identity beyond the closet. Inspired by the philosophical concept of “becoming,” which suggests a lifelong process of self discovery, change, and adaptation, this project explores a second becoming that queer individuals enter after they come out. Become Again challenges homogenous ideas of queer identity and speculates about the present and future of queer communities that exist apart from normative culture. This project uplifts and inspires solidarity within the queer community at large, enacting pride through individual truth.

The artists in Become Again work across mediums with thematic investigations into how bodies occupy space. Elliot Doughtie’s sculptural installation and Jasjyot Singh Hans’ illustrations relate the dualism of bathrooms as sites of queer pleasure and trauma. Nick Simko’s photographic work combines sculpted and biological figures to disrupt assumptions about identity, while the ambiguous, immersive forms in Mandy Chesney’s work force viewers to physically adjust their orientation, speaking to the liminal experience of non-normative identity.

Jazz Sightings: Visual Images by Larry Poncho Brown | Opening 
Sunday, April 7th • 3-5pm

Eubie Blake Cultural Center
847 North Howard Street : 212101

Larry “Poncho” Brown, is a native of Baltimore, MD. He started his first business at the age of 17 as a signwriter and he has been a full time artist ever since. Poncho received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in graphic design and photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. His art, both fine and commercial, has been published nationally in Upscale, Ebony, Ebony Man, Essence, and Jet magazines. His art is featured in the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History book entitled “Wrapped In Pride” and “Connecting People With Art”.

​His popular works have been prominently featured on several TV shows including “A Different World”, “In The House”, “The Wire”, “The Carmichael Show”, “Star”, and “Greenleaf”. Movies featuring his art include “Avalon”, “He Said, She Said”, and “Soulfood”. His work adorns the walls of the likes of Camille Cosby, Dick Gregory, Anita Baker, Susan Taylor, Ed Gordon and Bernard Bronner just to name a few. His original works are in the corporate and institutional collections of Coppin State University, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the District of Columbia Superior Courts, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University, Howard University Hospital, and Yale New Haven Health Park Avenue Medical Center.

His earlier works were predominately airbrush illustrations. He evolved from a graffiti artist in his earlier years, to a classically trained sign painter and graphic artist. Poncho’s early published works in the mid 80’s like his “Black is Black” Series was the first to address the subject of colorism in the African American art realm. He was one of many artists often referenced as “The Popular Artists” who gained national recognition during “The Cosby Show” era, and found commercial success between 1985-2000 during a period known as “The Golden Age of African American Art”, by making their art accessible to the masses through direct participation in community art and cultural festivals, foregoing the traditional artist arrangement of artist representation, gallery representation, and art publisher distribution. At the height of this era his works were sold in 3000 galleries across the country, and on the walls of nearly 500,000 homes.

In pursuing his philanthropic goals, he founded Raising The Arts which has created over 70 images to assist non-profit organizations and African American Organizations with fundraising for the past two decades. He also co-founded the Creative Quarantine which is a collaboration with other professional artists that dedicate the entire month of January to creating new experimental works.

Admirers often site rhythm, movement, and unity, as favorite elements in his work. He primarily works in acrylic, although he uses a variety of mediums and styles to express his interests in Afrocentric themes, Ancient Egyptology and dance. Poncho’s unique style combines past and present art stylizations to create a sense of realism, mysticism, and beauty, which gives his art universal appeal. “My creations are a reflection of my personal values and pay homage to ongoing themes of unity, family, and spirituality”-Larry Poncho Brown

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