BmoreArt’s Picks: December 15-21

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This Week: We are featuring online events that you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch plus a few ways to get involved locally and nationally. Stay home, stay healthy, stay engaged in the arts.

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 Magazine Reveal Zoom Event
Thursday, December 17 • 7 pm

Issue 10 is here!!! Join the BmoreArt team for a toast and cover reveal virtual event with our team of artists, writers, and contributors. Sneak peek of the issue will be available and subscriptions are being mailed this week! Register to join us on Thursday night! And please feel free to bring a cocktail to raise in honor of all the amazing artists and contributors who made this issue possible!

Zoom Registration Link: BmoreArt Toast to Issue 10
For anyone who was not able to purchase a subscription yet – you can purchase this weekend at Greedy Reads in Remington and Fells Point and Good Neighbor in Hampden!



Elizabeth Talford Scott, Abstract 27 (1993)

Elizabeth Talford Scott: Upside- Downwards
Ongoing through January 28
@ by Goya Contemporary

Elizabeth Talford Scott (1916-2011) was born near Chester, South Carolina on the land her parents worked as sharecroppers, and where previously her grandparents were held as slaves. The sixth of fourteen children who lived on the Blackstalk Plantation, Elizabeth was trained by age nine to repurpose scrapped materials into usable objects to accommodate basic survival needs. Quilting was a familiar part of the black American experience, especially within the South. It was a keystone for innovation, recycling, constructed iconography, and passing historical narratives from one generation to the next. The artist honed her quilting skills at a young age, though her invention within the medium would develop over many years, moving away from domestic function into wall hangings that live squarely within the vernacular of fine art.

The exhibition, Elizabeth Talford Scott: Upside- Downwards, includes more than 20 objects that reveal this important American artist and her influential practice.

“Elizabeth Talford Scott’s works are akin to visual diaries,” says Amy Eva Raehse, Director & Partner at Goya Contemporary “In a time when some institutions are just starting to represent the stories of black and brown America, our 25 years sharing these narratives help us underscore that blackness is not monolithic. There are shared experiences, and of course, there are very personal and individual experiences. Elizabeth’s practice intertwined the two in dynamic and pioneering ways.”



EVOKING THE SENSES | A Multi-Venue FlatFile Exhibition & Online Program Series
Ongoing through February 20
presented by Transformer DC

Touch, Taste, Sight, Smell, and Sound – this winter Transformer will be Evoking the Senses in collaboration with more than 50 artists and special guests to recharge, reconnect, and re-energize people with their senses as we head into a new year.

Centered around Transformer’s ever-evolving FlatFile program, Evoking the Senses will feature a rotating display of artworks presented within Transformer’s storefront, a pop-up exhibition at the LINE DC, and SMUDGE: a two-day in-person exhibition at the now ‘empty’ home/studio of artists, Amy Hughes Braden & Alex Braden. Additionally, multiple layers of artist-driven projects and events will be presented online throughout this winter.

Designed to spark inspiration, imagination and hope, Evoking the Senses introduces and highlights a new roster of artists & artworks within Transformer’s FlatFile program, reflecting a diversity of artistic backgrounds, aesthetics and creative practices. Online programming will feature FlatFile artists, collectors, and special guest collaborators from a broad range of creative fields, each ‘evoking the senses’ through innovative and playful ways as they reference and respond to FlatFile artworks. Audiences are invited to participate in virtual studio visits, video cooking & cocktail sessions, spiritual and meditative practices, and more, while also receiving artist designed music playlists, reading lists, recipes and the like – all reflecting artwork from Transformer’s FlatFileprogram. New FlatFile artists and artworks will be announced and featured weekly through mid-February 2021.

Evoking the Senses will culminate in a ‘celebration of the senses’ on Valentine’s Day, with the presentation of Transformer’s 5th Annual Heartbreakers Ball, reimagined this year as an interactive online ‘variety show’.



UNDER $500 2020 Exhibition
Tuesday, December 15 | Ongoing through December 19
presented by Maryland Art Place

UNDER $500 will be entirely ONLINE! Due to rising COVID cases, we will be foregoing the physical exhibition and ticketed reception and migrating the entire show to a strictly virtual event.  We feel it is the safest and most socially conscious decision we could make as COVID cases continue to grow in our state.

Despite this adjustment, we are very excited to host our 8th annual UNDER $500 affordable art sale ONLINE! The UNDER $500 sales event will launch Tuesday, December 15 to the public, and again the Exclusive Ticketed Preview Sale opens Monday, December 14. UNDER $500 will feature the work of Baltimore and surrounding area artists at a price point of $500 or less. We have over 100 participating artists! Purchase artwork at any point throughout the sale from the comfort of your own home, office, or vacation spot!  The virtual sales exhibition will be featured online HERE where you may also Register!!! BE SURE TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE!



ENTANGLEMENT: A Conversation with artist Carol Brown Goldberg and Jack Rasmussen
Tuesday, December 15 • 6pm
presented by C. Grimaldis Gallery

In conjunction with C. Grimaldis Gallery’s current solo exhibition of recent paintings by Carol Brown Goldberg, we would like to present Entanglement, a conversation between the artist and the Director and Curator at American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center, Jack Rasmussen.

Drawing the line between meditation and madness, Goldberg’s dense organic landscapes allow us to peer into an idyllic world of intricate patterns and mesmerizing foliage. In search of a new understanding of the force of nature, these animate worlds showcase fantasy and reality perpetually intertwined. Through the act of painting, Carol Brown Goldberg investigates the worlds of biology, botany, and geology. Her work in this series focuses on the microcosm and a creative interpretation of advanced science as it bleeds into a visual language.

Please join us on Tuesday, December 15th at 6PM on Zoom for this virtual conversation. We look forward to your presence and participation!



Book Talk: The Brother You Choose with Paul Coates, Eddie Conway and Susie Day
Wednesday, December 16 • 6-7pm
presented by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join author Susie Day and former Black Panthers Paul Coates and Eddie Conway to discuss lives, politics, and their friendship that helped Eddie survive decades in prison. In 1971, Eddie Conway, Lieutenant of Security for the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, was convicted of murdering a police officer and sentenced to life plus thirty years behind bars. Paul Coates was a community worker at the time and didn’t know Eddie well — the little he knew, he didn’t much like. But Paul was dead certain that Eddie’s charges were bogus. He vowed never to leave Eddie — and in so doing, changed the course of both their lives

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BMA Violet Hour: Katharina Grosse and Eric N. Mack
Wednesday, December 16 • 6-7pm
presented by the Baltimore Museum of Art

Join us for an in-depth conversation with artists Katharina Grosse and Eric N. Mack, moderated by critic and art historian Dr. Molly Warnock, 2020-21 Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art.

Inspired by the exhibition Katharina Grosse: Is It You?, on view at the BMA through September 19, 2021, Grosse and Mack discuss the intersections of their work, processes, and inspirations. We’ll hear how childhood visits to museums played a formative role for the work they make today, and how working with architectural or other material givens in different situations has spurred each artist to take their art out of the studio and into the world.

BMA Violet Hour is a series of virtual programming designed to give visitors an opportunity to relax and connect with artists, makers, and the community through a series of engagements including artist talks, special presentations, performances, and interactive activities.

If you haven’t made it to the BMA to see Katharina Grosse: Is It You? in person, you can visit virtually.

This event will stream live on the BMA’s Facebook page.

About Our Guests:
Katharina Grosse (b. 1961, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) is widely known for her in situ paintings, in which explosive color is sprayed directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes. Grosse embraces the events and incidents that arise as she works, opening up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. Approaching painting as an experience in immersive subjectivity, she uses a spray gun, distancing the artistic act from the hand, and stylizing gesture as a propulsive mark. Grosse began painting at an early age, always attuned to the ways that color and light merged with thought itself.

Eric N. Mack (b. 1987, Columbia, MD) refers to himself as a painter, yet his works rarely observe the medium’s traditional canvas-to-stretcher format. Rather, his tactile assemblages, created from a dynamic combination of used textiles, worn clothes, moving blankets and torn rags, alongside photographs and pull-outs from books and magazines, extend and transform the notion of painting. His use of color, form, and material as elements in a compositional lexicon, as well as the stained or dyed fabrics which are his principal medium, declare the origin of his practice in the investigation of painting in an expanded field, while the way his compositions occupy and transform space are evidence of their sculptural nature. They are both paintings and sculptures—fully engaging with both disciplines.

Molly Warnock is an art critic and art historian based in Baltimore. The author of Simon Hantaï and the Reserves of Painting (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2020), she has written widely on modern and contemporary art for, among other journals, Artforum, Art in America, Les Cahiers du Musée National d’Art Moderne, Tate Papers, Journal of Contemporary Painting, and, as well as for numerous U.S. and European exhibition catalogues. She is a 2020-21 Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, at the National Gallery of Art.



LIVE Artist Talk: LaToya M. Hobbs
Thursday, December 17 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Baltimore-based artist LaToya M. Hobbs’ work deals with figurative imagery that addresses beauty, cultural identity, and womanhood as they relate to women of the African Diaspora. In conversation with Keondra Prier, Manager of School Programs, LaToya shares her experiences as a portraitist, a mother, and the 2020 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Winner. LaToya and Keondra will also discuss how teaching and educational styles relate to creating art.

About the Artist:

LaToya M. Hobbs is an artist, wife, and mother of two currently living and working in Baltimore, MD. She received her BA in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and MFA in Printmaking from Purdue University. Hobbs’ work has also been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Other accomplishments include a 2019 Individual Artist Award in the Works on Paper category from the Maryland State Arts Council, a 2019 Artist Travel Grant awarded by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore, and she is the recipient of a 2020 Artist in Residence award at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA.



Virtual Happy Hour: Louise Bourgeois Birthday Celebration
Thursday, December 17 • 5:30-6:30pm
presented by National Museum of Women in the Arts

Join NMWA staff for a virtual happy hour to celebrate Louise Bourgeois ahead of her December 25th birthday! We will make a specialty cocktail in her honor, share artworks and stories, and explore the museum’s collection and archives for all things Louise.

Required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join.

Amei Wallach is an art critic, commentator, and filmmaker. Her feature-length documentaries, including “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider,” remain in international demand. Wallach has also written or contributed to several books and her articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Art in America, Smithsonian Magazine, and more. She was on-air arts commentator for the PBS MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour and chief art critic for New York Newsday. Wallach is currently president emerita of the U.S. chapter of the International Art Critics Association, on the board of CEC Artslink, and founding director of the AICA-USA Art Writing Workshop.

Andra ‘AJ’ Johnson will be teaching us how to make a specially created cocktail inspired by Louise Bourgeois. Johnson has been part of the DMV restaurant scene for years and currently serves as the Bar Director for the Serenata/Zumo cocktail bar in La Cosecha. She is a co-founder of DMV Black Restaurant Week and her forthcoming book, White Plates, Black Faces, tells the stories of people of color in the restaurant industry.



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Black Futures Micro-Grant
deadline December 16
sponsored by CLLCTIVLY

Are you a Black-led organization serving in the Greater Baltimore community? CLLCTIVLY is proud to announce our Black Futures Micro-Grant video contest.

To enter, simply add your organization to CLLCTIVLY.ORG and upload your video (3 minutes max) and write a brief description. Videos should include your mission and what inspires you to do your work. Building collectively requires shared principles, so please include one principle from the Nguzo Saba and explain why this principle is important to your work.

Nguso Saba (The Seven Principles): Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility); Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).



Scholastic Art & Writing Awards | Call for Jurors
deadline December 18
sponsored by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is looking for talented professionals in the fields of visual and literary arts to participate as Regional Jurors in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the regional affiliate for Maryland, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country’s longest-running and most prestigious creative teen recognition program for students in grades 7–12. Now in its 94th year, the Awards recognize the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provides opportunities to celebrate creative teens.

Luminaries that have served as past jurors for the Awards include: Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Francine Prose, Edwidge Danticat, David Sedaris, Roz Chast, Wangechi Mutu, Waris Ahluwalia, and more.

This is a great opportunity for professionals to hand-select the next generation of amazing talent, see the work of students from across the state, and share their expertise with others.

The application is available here and the deadline is Friday, December 18, 2020.



ONE501 Live/Work Artist Spaces | Applications Open
deadline December 31
sponsored by CulturalDC

CulturalDC, Foulger-Pratt, and DC Housing and Community Development Fair Housing Program are pleased to offer an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to live and create in the historic Eckington neighborhood near Alethia Tanner Park. The two-story units are 2 Bedroom and 2 or 3 Bathroom with a work space, flex/retail space, kitchen, and slop sink. Interested tenants must meet the income requirements of 60% Median Family Income (MFI), have a household of 2-5 people, and show a commitment to artistic practice and/or active participation in the arts industry and local arts community. Priority will be given to artists in need of housing who currently live or work in the District. Earliest move-in is in Spring 2021. Artists of all disciplines, ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, religions, ages, languages, and backgrounds are encouraged and welcome to apply!



Baltimore Rock Opera 2021 Shadow Show | Call for Submissions
deadline January 2
sponsored by Baltimore Rock Opera

Nobody is sure what next year will be like, but we’re gonna make some art anyway! BROS will be producing an evening of ORIGINAL SHADOW PUPPETRY & MUSIC performances in the late Spring of 2021. The BROS Artistic Council is seeking pitches for fascinating stories that can be told with unique usage of shadow play and original music. We’re assuming that nothing will be back to normal in the early spring so are preparing for performances that can be built and rehearsed with minimal social contact and performed in an outdoor setting in May/June of 2021.

Put your thinking cap on because pitches are open right now!



B&O Railroad Museum Street Art Competition | Call for Proposals
deadline January 3
sponsored by Creative Alliance + B&O Railroad Museum

Street art and graffiti have a deep connection with railroads, as works of art crisscross the nation on train cars, connecting artists with unknown new communities. As a reflection on railroads themselves, the B&O Railroad Museum, in partnership with the Creative Alliance, is seeking street art and graffiti art proposals that respond to the idea of connectedness, in our Baltimore community and as a nation. Four selected artists will have the opportunity to create a mural of their design on half of one side of a caboose at the Museum.

header image: Elizabeth Talford Scott, "Tie Quilt #2" (1991) from Goya Contemporary exhibition

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