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This week: Become Again closes at Terrault, BSO Pulse with Rhiannon Giddens, Hoffberger Open Studios + Sale, MICA ArtWalk, Markele Cullins opens at Waller Gallery, Le Mondo Opening Celebration, Micah E. Wood at The Charmery, Afro House Concerts, Jumpcuts at Joe Squared, No Walls, No Bans, No Borders at The Peale, Christopher Koch at Gallery Blue Door, and Bonnie Jones opens at Cardinal Space.

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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BmoreArt Event Next Thursday !

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.

Become Again | Closing Reception
Thursday, May 16th • 7-9pm

814 North Collington Avenue : 21205

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.

BSO Pulse: Rhiannon Giddens
Thursday, May 16th • 8:30pm

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street : 21201

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

BSO Pulse is back for the fourth season — bringing together the worlds of classical music and indie artists onto one stage! Each concert crosses genres, opening with a classical performance by members of the BSO, a set from our featured artist and culminating with a unique collaboration between the two groups.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens has taken the folk world by storm, winning a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk album with The Carolina Chocolate Drops and receiving critical acclaim for her solo career. Hear the 2017 MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner who is revitalizing decades of American roots music with invigorating style.

Enjoy a pre-concert party with music from Caleb Stine, happy hour drink specials and food from our favorite Baltimore spots.

Hoffberger Open Studios + Sale
Friday, May 17th • 4-8pm

131 West North Avenue : 21201

Meet and support local artists at our Open Studios & Sale, hosted by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at MICA.

Take a peek inside our painting studios, chat with us about our work, and buy paintings and drawings at special discounted prices. Snacks will be provided!

Note: this event is at the same time and location as MICA ArtWalk 2019 – be sure to check that out too!

MICA ArtWalk
Friday, May 17th • 5:30-8:30pm

1300 West Mount Vernon Avenue : 21217

Don’t miss ArtWalk, the kick-off event for the annual Commencement Exhibition and celebration of MICA’s undergraduate class of 2019. Bring family and friends to explore the campus-wide showcase of student art, featuring painting, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, graphic design, film and animation screenings, and much more. Purchase dinner and snacks onsite from local food trucks, and visit a cash bar under the tent at MICA’s Cohen Plaza.

For full details:

Art for sale can be purchased directly through student sellers, with their preferred payment option (e.g. Venmo, Paypal, direct transfer, credit swipe, cash, check or through the MICA Store). Work will remain on view in the exhibition through Monday, May 20. Delivery or pick-up must be arranged between purchaser and seller, or else purchased work can be held at MICA for pick-up.

Reflections From The Moon Below | Opening Reception
Friday, May 17th • 6-9pm

Waller Gallery
2420 Calvert Street : 21218

Waller Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Reflections From The Moon Below, a first for Baltimore artist Markele Cullins. This exhibition is Markele Cullins’ first solo show which explores nature and family as sources of healing, reflection, and acknowledgement of pain. The exhibition showcases printed textiles, blue toned photography, video and painting collage. Reflections From The Moon Below references imagery from the past and present as tools for how memories and experiences pull, shift, and expand overtime. Cullins creates work that pulls from within by juxtaposing and altering these images with one another. Markele Cullins has contributed to the arts and music community through public speaking, curating, and djing in the city for over six years.

Markele Cullins is an interdisciplinary visual artist and DJ born and based in Baltimore, MD. Cullins works in a variety of mediums ranging from photography, design, installation, and experimental video. Cullins went to UMBC for his bachelor’s degree. Throughout his conceptual and research-based practice, he explores themes of intimacy, memory recollection, and technology. As a performer and DJ he has performed at Motor House, Metro Gallery, Space Camp, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. Cullins spoken at Baltimore Pride, The Creative Time Summit, Terrault Gallery, and The 29th MAPACA Conference.

Waller Gallery is a multidisciplinary art gallery focusing on art created by people of color. Conceived in 2017 by curator and scholar Joy Davis, Waller Gallery has a vision to support artists in Baltimore, the US, and globally through exhibitions, programming, and collaborative projects. The gallery considers all forms of art including design, social practice, craft, and digital art. Notwithstanding the current political assault on artists, especially queer and poc artists, we stand with them and will continue the tradition of black owned businesses in Baltimore.

Le Mondo Opening

Friday, May 17th • 6-11pm

Le Mondo
406 North Howard Street : 21201

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