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This week: Ana Finel Honigman: Cult Artists conversation with Cara Ober at Ivy Bookshop, Nora Sturges: Levitation and Jackie Milad: Chaos Comes and Goes opening receptions at C. Grimaldis Gallery, FIYAH Power Tour: Abdu Ali LIVE at Ottobar ft. Grace Ives, CreativeMornings/Baltimore featuring Erin Fostel at the Pratt Library, THE (PROBABLY LAST) POST TYPOGRAPHY PRINT+POSTER SALE!, Reparations: Some Things are Just Owed and Some More than Others opening reception at Galerie Myrtis, and Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art opening celebration at the BMA.

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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Ana Finel Honigman: Cult Artists | Conversation with Cara Ober
Tuesday, September 24th • 7-9pm

The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road : 21209

The Ivy welcomes Ana Finel Honigman to discuss her new book Cult Artists. She will be in conversation with BmoreArt Editor and Publisher Cara Ober. What makes a cult artist? Whether pioneering in their craft, fiercely and undeniably unique, or critically divisive, cult artists come in all shapes and guises. Cult Artists handpicks 50 notable figures in the modern art world and explores the creative genius that earned them the ‘cult’ label, while celebrating the works that made their names.

CULT ARTISTS handpicks 50 notable figures in the modern art world and explores the creative genius that earned them the ‘cult’ label, while celebrating the works that made their names. From the iconic Salvador Dalí and Frida Kahlo, to radical activists such as the Guerrilla Girls and Ana Mendieta. The artistic mediums explored are similarly varied, with sculptors, performance, graffiti and fine artists alike. From little knowns with small, devout followings, to superstars gracing the covers of magazines, each is special in their individuality and their ability to inspire, antagonise and delight.

Ana Finel Honigman is a New York-born art and fashion writer with a Doctorate degree in the History of Art from Oxford University. She lives in Berlin and Baltimore. Alongside her academic work, Ana has written about contemporary art and fashion for magazines including AnOther Magazine, ArtNews, Artforum, British Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Frieze, Guardian Unlimited, Paper, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Nora Sturges: Levitation | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 26th • 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : 21201

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Levitation, an exhibition of recent small-scale paintings by Baltimore-based artist Nora Sturges.Working in oil paint, gouache, and egg tempera, Sturges surpasses reality to enter a world of abstracted landscapes of color and form.Levitation is her second solo exhibition at C. Grimaldis Gallery.

Sturges’ recent works are inspired by the mystery and humanity of late medieval Italian frescoes.Her paintings merge a mystifying spatial context with solid forms to create a pathway into abstraction.Sturges builds her own worlds riddled with beautiful imperfections and clarity through layers of paint.By combining the holy and the earthly, the medieval and the present day, she attempts to understand and build upon this history from a post-abstraction viewing context.

By showcasing paintings no larger than 10 inches wide, Levitation, highlights Sturges’ ability to generate an intimacy with the viewer.Her approach to abstraction provides hints to a world that is foreign at first glance, but becomes more structured as you move from piece to piece.It is this disjointed familiarity unified by color that brings these small works to life.

Sturges has received numerous awards and recognitions, including four Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and four publications in New American Paintings. She was granted the Juror’s Award from the McLean Project for the Arts in 2011, and was named Best in Show from the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2010.Sturges has held recent solo exhibitions at David Lusk Gallery (Nashville, TN), Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, MD), Stevenson University (Stevenson, MD), and Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery (Kent, CT).Sturges is currently a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Towson University (Towson, MD).

Levitation will be on view from September 26 through November 2. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 26 from 6 to 8pm.

Jackie Milad: Chaos Comes and Goes | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 26th • 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : 21201

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Chaos Comes and Goes, a solo exhibition of works by Baltimore-based artist, Jackie Milad.As an investigation of the idea of the archive, this exhibition showcases pieces that have been reborn using collage elements from previous works.Milad aims to question preciousness and practice experimentation, while also highlighting themes of history and culture.

Chaos Comes and Goes draws focus to time and movement, showcasing how artwork can become part of a regenerative process, keeping the work from becoming static.Thinking about the similarities between this notion and the reality of historical symbolism, we can begin to understand Milad’s resistance to permanence. She presents the viewer with truths, that even the pyramids, which we think of as ever lasting, will crumble one day.

Within her collages, Milad gives us hints of her identity as an Egyptian-Honduran-American through pictorial elements and deconstructed language. She utilizes color and texture, freeing herself up to be responsive and reactive during her process.This breakdown of symbols and collapse of ideas references her experience in the world and allows the viewer to draw multiple meanings from small details in each piece.

Milad has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.Recent select exhibitions include Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD), Phoebe Projects (Baltimore, MD), Museo de Arte de Mazatlan (Mazatlan, Mexico), Transmitter (Brooklyn, NY), and Goucher College (Baltimore, MD).Milad has been awarded three Individual Artist Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and is a 2019 Sondheim Finalist, recently exhibiting her work at the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD).Along with her active studio practice she has also held a long-standing career as a curator and educator supporting emerging artists.Milad is currently an Assistant Director for the Joseph Meyerhoff Center of Career Development and an Adjunct Professor in the Curatorial Practice MFA Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Chaos Comes and Goes will be on view from September 26 through November 2. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 26 from 6 to 8pm.

CM/Bal: Erin Fostel on MUSE
Friday, September 27th • 8:30-10:30am

Enoch Pratt Library
400 Cathedral Street : 21201

CreativeMornings/Baltimore is a FREE monthly breakfast lecture series based on the two core principles that everyone is creative and everyone is invited. CM/Bal is one of over 200 chapters around the world meeting each month. Every month, all chapters organize talks based on the same theme. CreativeMornings is fueled by an engine of generosity and is 100% volunteer run, partnering with great local businesses and organizations. The theme for September is MUSE and we’re delighted to welcome Erin Fostel to the stage on September 27!

We’ll be in the France-Merrick Creative Arts Center of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library on the second floor! The Enoch Pratt will also have muse-like artifacts from their Special Collections on display for this event.

FIYAH Power Tour: Abdu Ali  ft. Grace Ives
Friday, September 27th • 8:30pm

The Ottobar
2549 North Howard Street : 21218

Abdu Ali performs live in Baltimore for their FIYAH POWER Tour

Grace Ives

with sounds by
Damn Kham
Station North Sadboi w/ Baby Kahlo YTK 4Kmichael & Babby

18 +
show starts promptly at 8:30PM!

Saturday, September 28th • 12-4pm

Post Typography
2219 Saint Paul Street : 21218

Saturday, Sept. 28 ONLY
2219 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
DI$COUNT$!Art prints – Rare show posters (Future Islands, Bonnie Prince Billy, Dan Deacon, Double Dagger, Pere Ubu, many more!)
Design books
Signed Film Posters
LPs and 45s
Shirts + Scarves
Bill Murray

Reparations: Some Things are Just Owed and Some More than Others | Opening Reception

Saturday, September 28th • 5-7pm

Galerie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street : 21218

Solo Exhibition at Galerie Myrtis featuring Wesley Clark

Exhibition: September 14 – October 31, 2019

The Tell-All Earbox: model no. C0mm0n3r-1
wood, oil paint, shellac, 2019

Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art | Opening Celebration
Sunday, September 29th • 1-5pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218

Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art celebrates the significant contributions black artists have made in the development of abstraction.

Inspired by Generations, this free day of activities for all ages features FREE admission to Generations, pop-up performances, artist-led activities, and workshops.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
FREE admission to Generations (regularly $10)

1–5 p.m.
Create an abstract work of art with guest teaching artist Charles Mason III.
Meet local organizations supporting black artists and creatives in Baltimore, including the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, Greenmount West Community Center, and MICA Black Student Union.

1:30–3 p.m.
Explore a Culinary Voyage Through the Black Diaspora, presented by food curator and storyteller Krystal C. Mack.

2 p.m.
Experience an improvisational performance by pianist and composer Scott Patterson and beatboxer and vocal percussionist Shodekeh.

2:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy an interactive, collective movement activity led by dancer, educator, and performance artist Tracie Jiggetts, founder of Artists for Truth.

3 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Get inspired with spoken word performances by the youth of Greenmount West Community Center.

Support for opening weekend is generously provided by CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield.

Header Image Credit: Shinique Smith. Black, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Pink. 2015. The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. © Shinique Smith, Courtesy David Castillo Gallery. Photography by John Schweikert

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