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This Week: George Ciscle moderates a panel discussing Maurice Berger and Fred Wilson, Louise Fishman opens at Goya, Form and Gesture group show opening at Silber Gallery, JHU MICA Film Centre presents a conversation with Devin Allen, Hilton Carter speaks at the Walters, Erin Fostel solo show opening at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Valerie Cassel Oliver talk at Towson, Out of Order (OOO) at MAP, Art for Ukraine at Current Space — PLUS NextGen 9.0 at VisArts and more featured Calls for Entry.

 

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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Earth Day Afterparty – Mochimochi Land
 

Legacies: Maurice Berger and Fred Wilson
Tuesday, April 19 • 6:30pm
@ UMBC CIRCA + streaming

This event is a celebration of the life and work of Maurice Berger (1956 – 2020) upon the 20th anniversary of his curation of the exhibition Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations 1979 – 2000, and the 30th anniversary of his appointment as curator of the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The program also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Fred Wilson’s groundbreaking installation Mining the Museum with The Contemporary and the Maryland Historical Society, as well as Wilson’s sculpture Artemis/Bast, which is currently on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Curator George Ciscle will moderate an intergenerational panel with Fred Wilson, Lee Boot, Symmes Gardner, and two Baltimore-based artists who see the work of Berger and Wilson as touchstones for theirs, Ashley Minner and Christopher Kojzar.

 

 

The Soul Selects: Louise Fishman and Her Heroes, Martin, Mitchell and Hesse | Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 20 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through June 30
@ Goya Contemporary

Guest Curated by Judith Stein

Goya Contemporary Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by the renown New York-based artist Louise Fishman, guest curated by Dr. Judith Stein, PhD. The exhibition, entitled The Soul Selects: Louise Fishman and Her Heroes, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell, and Eva Hesse, will be on view from April 20th – June 30th, 2022.

During Louise Fishman’s celebrated 60-year career, it was her good fortune to know Mitchell, Martin, and Hesse. This exhibition is the first to consider Fishman’s quintessential paintings in the context of her friendships with the women who gave her the explicit and implicit courage to be herself when alone in the studio, contributing to her visual and spiritual development as an artist.

Years before Fishman and Mitchell met, the young painter happened on a magazine photo of Mitchell. The aura of toughness Mitchell radiated became a template for Fishman of how to survive as a woman artist in a misogynist art world. As a kindred expressionist with a lifelong passion for paint, Fishman admired the athleticism of Mitchell’s technique.

The friendship between Fishman and Hesse barely had time to develop before Hesse died in 1970. But soon thereafter, when Fishman saw a memorial show for the artist, Hesse’s boundary-breaking work profoundly altered Fishman’s sense of what art should and could look like.

Fishman’s bond with Martin was primarily spiritual. They both favored the grid for compositional structure and shared a longstanding respect for the power of mediation.

While Fishman shares Martin’s proclivity for the virtue of forms based on the grid, her unconstrained expressionism addresses the commanding forces of nature with a ferocity known to Mitchell, though her tactile experimentation amid the physicality of materials and their sensitivity to human emotions nods at Hesse. Though she was known to be inspired by music, travel, art history, literature, and her identity as a Jewish-Lesbian-Female maker, few scholars have discussed in depth, the influence of Fishman’s three heroes the way guest curator Dr. Judith Stein does in this exhibition and accompanying catalogue.

In addition to a selection of recent and early Fishman paintings, the exhibition will explore the common ground that Fishman found in these three disparate artists by including works from her three heroes. The publication chronicles the development of the artist’s visual language through that of her influences, adding significant scholarship to the study of Fishman’s work.

Following an extensive career, Fishman passed away in 2021, but she is considered by many of her contemporaries as a ‘hero’ to the next generation of painters.

 

 

Form and Gesture: Impressions of Movement | Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 20 • 6-9pm | Ongoing through July 2
@ Silber Gallery

Form and Gesture:  Impressions of Movement
Artists: Meghan Brady, Carolyn Case, Matias Cuevas, E. Saffronia Downing, Anna Hepler, Ashley Page, Kim Rice and Renee Van Der Stelt

Curated by Alexis Iammarino and Alex Ebstein

Goucher College’s Silber Gallery
April 20 – July 2, 2022

Form and Gesture: Impressions of Movement couples the vocabularies of movement analysis with the formal analysis of visual arts. The pieces included are artifacts of their own production, documents that describe their own making. The aesthetics and forms are a direct result of physically rigorous or improvisatory studio processes performed by the artists. The show is an invitation to imagine and discuss how the artists’ movement contributes to their techniques. It also informs a deeper appreciation for and expression of their art practices across geographies, generations, and cultural identities.

Artist Curators Iammarino and Ebstein gather works in which the visual form, structure, and physicality articulated in the making prompts discourse between the divergent approaches to material use and craft explored by each artist. Similarly, they consider the creative communities of feedback and support as well as the geographies that contribute to these distinct, visual voices. Within the gallery, “movement” is unpacked into the paths of individual action and stillness, group momentum, formations of community, restrictions and tensions, and the suggestion of future trajectory Giving attention to the physical effort evident in their studio practices and the ways they choose to articulate their identities within the works, artists in this show move, labor, perform, and directly collaborate with their materials to forge the meaning of their work. The resulting objects convey personal and political narratives located within the corporeal actions, emotive presence, and conceptual interests that individuate and braid together conversations between artists.  Here the curators consider the bodies of the artists’ as conceptually fluid entities, each positioned to represent self between the physical, the social and/or a situated body politic.

Dance and restorative practices anchor Iammarino’s studio practice in the visual arts and community-based collaborations; including her work as a muralist, cinematographer, director/curator of public history publication platforms and exhibitions.  Ebstein’s visual arts curation is informed by her commitment to community and occupying and sharing creative space in Baltimore, in both co-founded galleries and existing, artist live/work warehouses.  Her studio practice finds commonality with and inspiration from the artists she works with in both her curatorial and professorial roles.Pairing these overlapping interests with different focuses examines how artists build both a visual language and physical practice –in the studio and as part of a larger conversation about how abstraction and formal language interact. By examining echoes of similar forms, spatial relationships, material transformations, and tactile objects, the works challenge the expectation that like forms convey like ideas.

 

 

A Conversation with Devin Allen
Thursday, April 21 • 5:30-6:30pm
@ JHU MICA Film Centre

Artist Talk: Hilton Carter
Thursday, April 21 • 6-8pm
@ The Walters

Location: Walters’ Graham Auditorium

Plant and interior stylist, author, artist, and Instagram sensation Hilton Carter will discuss his artistic practice and the importance of greenery in conversation with Jo Briggs, the Jennie Walters Delano Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Art. This program will connect majolica, a ceramic form and design phenomenon from the Victorian era and often used to hold plants, to current modes of integrating botanicals in interior spaces. Following this talk will be a Q&A with the artist and a book signing.

This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Majolica Mania, on view at Hackerman House at 1 West Mount Vernon Place through August 7.

Carter’s most recent title, Wild Creations, will be available to purchase from the Museum Store.

Please note that this program will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel at a later date.

About the Artist:

Hilton Carter is a plant/interior stylist, author, and artist. In his best-selling book Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants, he explains that bringing plants into your home should evoke a similar feeling of calm and a “change in the air,” similar to walking into a plant nursery or greenhouse. Carter’s interest in plants started out as purely practical. His first plant was a fiddle leaf fig named Frank. Since then, he has written and photographed two other best sellers, Wild Interiors: Beautiful plants in beautiful spaces (April 2020) and Wild Creations (April 2021), partnered with Target on the collection Hilton Carter for Target, and just released his Guide to Houseplants, with the Magnolia Network. He has a loyal following on Instagram @hiltoncarter, where he shares his knowledge of plant care and styling with the green loving community.

 

 

ERIN FOSTEL: Time of Day, Place in Life | Opening Reception
Thursday, April 21 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through May 28
@ C. Grimaldis Gallery

Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Time of Day, Place in Life, a solo exhibition by Baltimore-based artist Erin Fostel. Showcasing two bodies work in charcoal drawing, this debut exhibition connects presence to absence. From cluttered, private interiors to vast, blank walls, Fostel captures the variability of light and the amity of our familiar surroundings.

Erin Fostel’s Shadow Series draws our focus to fleeting moments of light across interior space. Rendered at a direct scale, these images confront the body with the mundane and the enchanting simultaneously. Each glimmer of sunlight is supported by heavily contrasting darkness to show the malleability of our relationship to space. The drawings were born out of the artist’s experience with loss, seeking to transform grief into beauty. What sets Fostel apart from others working in charcoal is the intense vulnerability with which she approaches her work. Every mark and every subtle shade is made with an attention to intimacy. How easy it is for the viewer to get lost in the breadth of a shadow and to have time to think of their own pain and their own gratitude.

Akin to the theme of time and place, the artist’s Bedroom Series depicts the inside of women’s bedrooms. Devoid of the figure, these drawings ask the viewer to imagine those not shown and ruminate on the correlations to their own personal environments. This ongoing series acknowledges the resiliency of the female spirit and the spontaneity of life. The delicacy and labor with which these exclusive interiors are drawn celebrates the owner in a way that is free of the objectification that awaits her in the outside world.

Erin Fostel (b. 1981, Baltimore, MD) received her BFA in Drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include Interloc (Rockland, ME), Tuttle Gallery (Owings Mills, MD), City Hall North Gallery (Baltimore, MD), Katz Gallery at the Friends School (Baltimore, MD), Marketview Arts at York College (York, PA), Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College (Towson, MD), and Terrault Contemporary (Baltimore, MD), among others. Notable group exhibition locations include the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia Beach, VA), Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), Maus Contemporary (Birmingham, AL), and the Carroll Museum (Baltimore, MD). Fostel’s work is included in the the collections of the Maryland Center for History and Culture and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. She received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2019 and a Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Price in 2018.

Time of Day, Place in Life will be on view at C. Grimaldis Gallery from April 21st through May 28th, 2022. A reception will take place on Thursday, April 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Masks covering the nose and mouth are REQUIRED at this event.

 

 

Lecture | Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver
Thursday, April 21 • 6:30pm
@ Towson University Center for the Arts

Thurs., April 21 at 6:30 p.m. | TU Center for the Arts, Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032

Cassel Oliver is the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to that, she was senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas. Her most recent exhibition was “The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse,” which embraced Black Southern Hip Hop as a portal to the long trajectory of Black Southern aesthetic sensibilities, and how they have manifested in the visual arts and music.

 

 

OOO EVENT & SILENT AUCTION
Friday, April 22 • 6-10pm
@ Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place (MAP) eagerly anticipates the return of its Annual Spring Benefit Exhibition & Silent Auction, Out of Order (OOO) on Friday, April 22, 2022, at 6’oclock in the evening. This year Out of Order turns 25!! The auction will be both a virtual and physical exhibition and will be held in the MAP building located at 218 West Saratoga Street, just within the Bromo Arts District. Out of Order (OOO) is a highly celebrated exhibition-event, and a ‘one-night-only’ opportunity for patrons and collectors to acquire contemporary art at unbelievably low silent auction prices. All bidding will be virtual so make sure to register in advance and bring your device! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

* We will have staff members on-site who will help with the bidding process if needed. Ipads will also be available and a charging station will be set up for your convenience.

This year’s theme for OOO is  Alice in WOOOnderland!  Jump down the rabbit hole and join the celebration in support of local & regional artists. Tickets are $40 presale and $45 at the door. Tickets include light tastings and an open bar. All tickets also include free entry to KIDOOO, MAP’s accompanying youth-driven OOO exhibition to be held on the 2nd floor of the MAP building the very same evening, and the basement after-party.  Parents/guardians of KIDOOO may attend at a discounted price of $25 presale and $30 at the doorArrow Parking will be providing free parking for OOO guests at the Arrow Lot across the street from Maryland Art Place on Saratoga Street. Tickets are available for purchase HERE. Participating artists receive free admission to OOO!

Blue Dog BBQ will be catering the event!. Beverages include donations from Union Craft Brewing, wine, and a signature Alice in Wonderland-themed cocktail provided by Dooby’s! Drag Queens Jesus Vice 007 & Ervena Chloe will be passing out temporary tattoos and lollipops. While DJMikieLove hypes the madness and passes the vibe check. Then fall down the rabbit hole and find us in the basement where DJ Kotic Couture and Bedlam Brass will be performing. They slap! Document your evening and snap a photo with Pixilated photo booth with a backdrop courtesy of Baltimore-based artist, Laura Amussen.

MAP is happy to continue KIDOOO, a youth version of Out of Order.  KIDOOO was created as an opportunity for young artists to exhibit their work in a major arts venue, extending MAP’s services to students in elementary, middle, and high school level art classes.

Visit MAP’s exhibition page for more information! 

About Out of Order:

By covering the walls from floor to ceiling, Out of Order provides a salon-style display space for hundreds of artists to hang their work wherever they please. OOO plays host to a variety of artists and professionals practicing in the visual arts and is a great opportunity for students and emerging artists to get their feet wet in Baltimore’s creative sector.

MAP is proud to be partnering with the Art Connection in the Capital Region (ACCR) again this year—a nonprofit that works to enrich lives by increasing access to original visual art in nonprofits throughout Baltimore/DC. Donated artwork is permanently exhibited within the public areas of partnering organizations and becomes part of a public collection. The artwork contributes to the creation of vibrant spaces, encourages dialogue, and fosters well-being amongst clients and staff on a daily basis. Check out some of the 100+ nonprofits ACCR has partnered with: artconnection-cr.org

 

 

Body and Soul Mother’s Day Art Sale
Saturday, April 23 12-5pm

@Motor House
120 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Art for Ukraine
Sunday, April 24 • 1-5pm
@ Current Space

An art sale to benefit Ukrainian artists affected by war; featuring artwork by amazing local and regional artists, organized by Elena Volkova! All works will be sold for $100 each.

1-5pm in our outdoor courtyard!

Follow #ArtforUkraine_Baltimore to view available works!

Featuring work by:
Billy Friebele
E. Brady Robinson
Eileen Wold
Elena Volkova
Ilya Popenko
Inna Alesina
Jacquelyn Phillips
Jessie and Katey
Jill Fannon
Joe Giordano
Jonna McKone
Joshua Levy
Liz Donadio
Lou Joseph
Michael Dax Iacovone
Nate Larson
Patrick Joust
Paula Tillman
Renee Van Der Stelt
René Treviño
Se Jong Cho
Wilson Kemp
and more!

Questions:
Contact Elena Volkova at elenavolkovaphotography@gmail.com

This outdoor event will be held in our rear courtyard. Enter through the alley – Tyson Street, between Franklin and Mulberry. Use 421 Tyson Street in Google Maps.

 

 

Calls for Entry

 

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Washington Project for the Arts Residency
deadline April 24

WPA is pleased to announce the continuation of our Artist-Organizer Residency Program. During 2022–23, we are offering our space to two artist-organizers, one during the summer of 2022 and the other in the spring of 2023. Locally-based artist-organizers and artist-curators are encouraged to apply through this open call. We are accepting submissions between now and Sunday, April 24.

We will prioritize applications from artists who are working on projects that emphasize collaboration and outreach, involving other artists and thinkers; and artists who plan to use the space for an average of 20 hours or more per week. Eligible kinds of projects include curatorial and editorial research, community organizing, or public programming. This residency is intended for self-directed exploration and experimentation—there is no requirement for specific outputs.

The ten-week residency includes:

  • 800 sq. ft. street-level ADA compliant space with gallery lighting, slop sink, bathroom, kitchenette, Internet access, printer, video monitors, projectors, folding table, and chairs
  • 24/hr access (you will have private use of the space outside of our open hours)
  • Introduction to potential collaborators and resources including curators, scholars, archives, etc.
  • Curatorial and research support on a flexible schedule
  • Open studio event at the conclusion of the residency
  • $1,500 stipend and $500 material budget

 

 

the museum of americana | Call for Submissions
deadline April 30

the museum of americana accepts submissions of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book/chapbook reviews, writer interviews, music, and art. We seek work that showcases, examines, or repurposes historical American culture. Our current submission period is open April 1 – 30. We seek work that engages with or repurposes the complex cultural history of America. We are particularly interested in work from writers, artists, and musicians who are traditionally marginalized from publishing.

 

 

The Studio Museum in Harlem Artist in Residence
deadline April 30

The Museum’s iconic Artist-in-Residence program, envisioned by artist William T. Williams, gives emerging artists an unparalleled opportunity to develop their practice in an eleven-month residency, and offers audiences the chance to view this work in annual exhibitions. Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advancing the work of visual artists of African and Afro-Latinx descent through its Artist-in-Residence program. The program has supported nearly 150 artists who have gone on to have highly regarded careers. Every year, the Museum offers an eleven-month residency for three local, national, or international artists working in any media. Individuals selected for the residency receive institutional guidance and professional development, research support, studio space, and a stipend paid out over the course of the residency.

 

 

NextGen 9.0 | Call for Entry
deadline May 1
sponsored by VisArts

VisArts welcomes artists ages 17 – 27 in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area to submit their application for NextGen 9.0. This exhibition will be presented in the VisArts Kaplan gallery from June 3 – August 7, 2022. This will present a unique opportunity for aspiring artists with little to no experience to exhibit their work in a professional gallery. Programming for this exhibition will include conversations with other emerging artists, critiques with local curators/arts administrators who work with young artists, along with other professional development opportunities.

VisArts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts. VisArts provides children, teens and adults with opportunities to express their creativity and enhance their awareness of the arts.

NextGen 9.0 Jurors:

Antonio McAfee

Jackie Milad

Online applications are due by May 1, 2022, 11:59 pm. Please keep in mind that submission does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants should have little or no experience exhibiting in a professional gallery. Previous NextGen participants are ineligible. Previous NextGen applicants who were not selected may re-apply for this year’s exhibition.

After reviewing all works, selected artists will be notified by May 6.

 

 

Botanicals | Call for Submissions
deadline May 1
sponsored by SE Center for Photography

In times of turmoil we often turn to nature for solace and centering. Whether bringing light and focus to what we are losing or celebrating rebirth, from broad landscapes to close up or microscopic forms…..

Are you inspired by a single bloom or a profusion of blossoms in a lush bouquet, enchanted gardens manicured or messy, plants endangered or invasive, carefully cultivated or sown by nature, bursting forth or shriveling on a vine?

Our juror for Botanicals is Wendi Schneider. Wendi is a visual artist working in photography and precious metals to illuminate vanishing beauty in our vulnerable natural world.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG, Twitter) and an archived, online slideshow. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived.

 

 

Ashby M. Larmore Fellowship Program 2022-2023
deadline May 1
sponsored by Maryland Center for History and Culture

The Ashby M. Larmore Fellowship Program was created to foster and expand genealogical and historical knowledge related to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The fellowship seeks to support scholarly research using primary sources in the collections of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library. Research topics may be genealogical in nature, or focusing on historical topics exploring the people, events, sites, and/or objects of Eastern Shore communities through the mid-20th century.

See application guidelines here: https://www.mdhistory.org/library/fellowships-prizes/

 

 

Innovator in Residence Program
deadline May 1
sponsored by Library of Congress

We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Innovator in Residence! The Innovator in Residence application process has two phases: 1) a 3-page concept paper and 2) an invitation-only full proposal. We’ve established a broad Innovator in Residence Program to support innovative and creative uses of our collections that showcase how the Library relates to and enriches the work, life, and imagination of the American people. We will pay you up to $80,000 each year for a maximum of two years to do research with Library of Congress collections, produce a creative and transformative digital work for the American people, and serve as an ambassador for the Library.

 

 

header image: Fred Wilson (photo by Guy Ben-Ari)

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