This week: Suzy Kopf at AIA Baltimore Gallery, Artist Talk with René Treviño at the Walters, the Maryland Arts Summit at UMBC, Ways of Seeing at Gallery CA, Rosa Leff at Jubilee Arts, Waller Talks with Markele Cullins and Imani Spence, Ryan Syrell at Springsteen, and Joshua Levy at the Crown.
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Leftovers and Breezeblocks by Suzy Kopf | Opening Reception
Thursday, June 6th • 5-7pm
AIA Baltimore Gallery
11 1/2 West Chase Street #1 : 21201
On view June 6-August 2
Please join AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation for the opening reception of Suzy Kopf’s Leftovers and Breezeblocks show at AIA Baltimore June 6, from 5-7pm.
This project truly began in the summer of 2014 when the artist moved to Baltimore by way of Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA. Coming from the American west, driving is part of her artistic practice; it’s the way she would get to know a new place, a scavenger hunt Kopf enacted with herself. She tried to make sense of the maze of one-way streets and mixture of architectural styles she had never seen before. She noticed she was looking for patterns, connections and systems that would align Baltimore with the other cities she has lived in.
On Kopf’s early Baltimore drives, she was intrigued by odd structures like the Falls Road Waiting Shelter and imposing buildings like Park Terminal that immediately felt like they came out of another time. Baltimore’s unique blend of buildings quickly became one of her favorite things about the city and a focus of her work.
It wasn’t until Kopf began research in the Baltimore Streetcar Museum’s archives in the summer of 2017 that she realized that the system that brought together neighborhoods in the network she was looking for doesn’t exist anymore. Streetcars were taken out of service in Baltimore in the fall of 1963 and the system has been slowly dismantled in the decades since. The remaining thirty-eight sites in this series of watercolor collages are testament to a history that is disappearing. Nostalgia always rides a fine line, and if anything, this project is nostalgic for something that worked that no longer works. Public transportation in Baltimore today is an embarrassment few people will protest. She sees her work as an investigation of the past through today’s remainders: what locations have been preserved so far and which have fallen away and why?
from the artist’s website:
I returned to Levittown, Puerto Rico in February of 2019 to investigate for myself the recovery of the midcentury houses after Hurrican Maria. The resulting impressions are captured in this series of watercolors I made upon my return home.
Levittown, Puerto Rico, 2017-8
In March of 2017 I was able to visit Levittown, Puerto Rico and was inspired by the vibrancy of the homes there. Closer than their mainland counterparts to their original iterations, this planned housing community teleported midcentury design while being peppered with current automobiles and references to contemporary life.
image: Suzy Kopf, 2019, Post Maria III from Breezeblocks series, Watercolor on Paper, 15”x11”
Painting and Pride: The Work of René Treviño
Thursday, June 6th • 6:30-7:15pm
The Walters Art Gallery
600 North Charles Street : 21201
To celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, this talk highlights the work of Baltimore-based painter René Treviño. As a gay Mexican-American artist, Treviño draws heavily from Ancient American imagery to “reweave” histories of the past and confront societal assumptions about our shared human experience. He will join Ellen Hoobler, William B. Ziff, Jr. Associate Curator of Art of the Americas, 1200 BCE-1500 CE, to look at how contemporary art continues to offer new interpretations of historic collections.
Image: René Treviño, Jaguar Rainbow, 2016, acrylic and rhinestones on silver leather, 24 x 24 inches
Maryland Arts Summit
Friday, June 7th – Saturday, June 8th
Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture
UMBC : 21250
The 2019 Maryland Arts Summit will be the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland, highlighting the work that is being done through our communities. Dialogue, learning and networking opportunities will focus on the growth of Maryland arts.
Presented by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, in conjunction with The Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland State Department of Education, and AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance
Preconference presented by AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, on June 6, 2019
Tickets will be available at the end of March.
Ways of Seeing | Opening Reception
Friday, June 7th • 6-9pm
440 East Oliver Street : 21202
Ways of Seeing is an exhibition co-curated by Anil Lewis and Sarah McCann that invited artists to submit work that can be “seen” through all five senses. The exhibition questions the meaning of seeing, how people experience the world and the ways in which they work to understand, particularly those with a different experience. Curators that are both blind and sighted worked directly with artists who created new work for the exhibition. The exhibition will be accessible to blind and sighted audiences, providing an opportunity for an immersive art experience.
Ways of Seeing will be on view June 7 – July 20, 2019 at Gallery CA, a contemporary arts space devoted to showcasing local, regional, national and international artists located at: 440 E. Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 12-4pm and by appointment.
Artists included are: Luanne Burke (CO), Jenny Callahan (CO), Cindy Cheng (MD), Del Hardin Hoyle (NY), Sallah Jenkins (MD), Dominic Terlizzi (MD), David Ubias (PA), Michael A. Williams (TN), Marguerite Woods (MD), and George Wurtzel (TN).
The exhibition is supported by a Creative Baltimore Fund Individual Artist Grant, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council Creativity Grant Program and 75 individuals who backed a Kickstarter campaign. In addition, WayAround will be adding accessible information about each piece of art and artist. This information will be available on your smartphone via the WayAround – Tag and Scan app. Before coming to the exhibit, be sure to download the free app for iOS or Android so you can experience this new way of getting information accessibly.
Additional events include All Dots Are Not Created Equal on June 15 at 2pm a collaborative art-making workshop where participants will create their own tactile communication as well as learn how the quality of design in tactile and braille materials greatly impacts the users experience.
To RSVP, contact Ellen Ringlein by email at ERinglein@nfb.org or by phone at (410) 659-9314.
On June 22 at 1pm a Tactile Art Panel will be held with Mark A. Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind, Tactile Artist Ann Cunningham from Colorado and local artists Sallah Jenkins and Marguerite Woods who will share information on tactile arts and how creativity can connect across the unique ways we experience the world. Free and open to the public.
Between by Rosa Leff | Opening Reception
Friday, June 7th • 6-9pm
Jubilee Arts Baltimore
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue : 21201
There is a monotony to our day to day experiences. No matter what part of the globe we live in, there are people on their way to and from work, meeting up with friends, and running errands. Baltimore based artist Rosa Leff’s papercuts celebrate the moments in-between that make up most of our lives.
All of the works to be exhibited are papercuts based on photos taken by the artist in Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Juan, Florida, Japan, and China. Rather than looking to monuments, landmarks, and other tourist sites, Rosa Leff looks for the things that are more universal. It might be something as simple as a discarded can, or as complex as the shadow of a fence on a brick wall.
In the artist’s own words: “It is a joy to hear people debate which city one of my papercuts depicts because it means there is something in that image that resonates with them and, more often than not, it evokes a sense of home.An image of back alley might not be a happy memory in and of itself, but the beauty in it is where that alley takes you.”
On view June 7th-27th
Waller Talks!: Markele Cullins and Imani Spence
Saturday, June 8th • 2-4pm
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue : 21201
Friends, colleagues, and young luminaries Markele Cullins and Imani Spence will delight the Waller Gallery community with an artist talk. Themes of the event may include family, jazz, and collage. The event runs 2-4pm, Saturday, June 8th.
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.
Book of Flowers RYAN SYRELL | Opening Reception
Saturday, June 8th • 7-10pm
422 South Highland Avenue : 21224
Night equalizes, it de-centers, and affirms that we are unstable and floating; unmoored from constructed time. It encourages wild oscillations between anxiety and ecstasy. A sense of porosity is amplified as sensation, perception, and memory wash together in nocturnal space.
The paintings in Book of Flowers are a suite of nocturnes; they begin at the moment of sunset and progress into night. This exhibition continues Syrell’s investigations into the affect of color and collapse of space as memory. Employing strategies of overwhelming scale and saturated palettes, each paintings’ intensity and restlessness become their own act within a play, scene within a film, or song on a record.
Night becomes the central subject of the work, directing the psyche of its inhabitants and its observers. Depicted are lived-in rooms, interiors full of material life both ephemeral and urgent. Screens access virtual spaces and windows offer portals to elsewhere while reflecting immediate surroundings. Cut flowers and vestiges of limbs haunt, while each element doubles as a barrier and an opening.
ADAM by Joshua Levy | Opening
Saturday, June 8th • 8-10pm
1910 North Charles Street : 21218
On Saturday, June 8th, Joshua Levy will be premiering his collection “Adam” at The Crown. Joshua is an established photographer within the Baltimore area of Maryland, and he specializes in Portrait Photography. “Adam” is the culmination of Joshua’s work and he is very excited to be debuting the collection for the very first time to the public.
“The male figure has been displayed to show off the strength and influence it can have on society. ADAM was created to break every preconception that society has of traditional male masculinity to show the emotional position of the male body while showing vulnerability within the portraits.
Each male was photographed to express the longing for a significant other. Throughout my life, I have never been the person that was desired, placing my mind in a dark place. I was hurt; feeling as though I was never wanted by anyone. ADAM was my way of expressing the loneliness that I felt during those times and the dark thoughts that haunted my mind. In the end, I wanted to be the individual that the male subjects long to be with.”
Light food will be served, The bar and restaurant will be open as well so please support. A big thank you to The Crown for hosting this event! Images will be up for 3 weeks in total until Jun 29th 2019
For more on this series visit http://www.joshualevyphoto.com/adam For further information and images please contact Joshua Levy at email@example.com
The Crown 1910 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21218
Breezeblocks, 2019, Watercolor by Suzy Kopf