This Week: Kevin Tervala lectures on Abstraction and African Art for the Art Seminar Group, BmoreArt’s Jeffrey Kent and Cara Ober in conversation with Devin Allen and Bill Gaskins in a Connect+Collect Virtual Talk, Jo Smail opening reception at Goya Contemporary, Plein Air Painting at Evergreen, John Waters at Maryland Center for History and Culture, Oletha DeVane opening reception at UMBC, September Bromo Art Walk, Corita Kent and J.M. Giordano opening receptions at Goucher, and The Return Puppet Show’s final weekend of performances at CPM–PLUS Center for Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship and more featured opportunities.
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.
1:30 pm Central Presbyterian Church (7308 York Road @ Stevenson Lane in Towson) and Zoom
Abstraction and African Art: Historic Arts (Lecture 1 of 2)
Kevin Tervala, associate curator of African art and department head for arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, & the Pacific Islands at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Africa has long been associated with abstract artistic expression. Indeed, the story of African art’s entrance into the art historical canon is so well known that it scarcely needs to be repeated. Yet, in spite of the voluminous scholarship on European interest in African abstraction, there is much we do not know about the history of abstract form on the continent itself. Most basically: What does abstraction mean in Africa? Why did it develop in some places and not others? Where did it emerge, what prompted its genesis? Our lectures begin to answer these questions through an examination of both historic and modern abstract practices.
Join BmoreArt’s Jeffrey Kent and Cara Ober for a conversation with photographers Devin Allen and Bill Gaskins. Allen is one of eight photographers featured in Dynamic Range, the first exhibition at BmoreArt’s Connect+Collect gallery that explicitly includes the magazine’s contributors. The exhibit’s goal is to present each photographer as a skilled and multifaceted artist, distinct from their ongoing work with the publication but also revealing overlapping concerns.
Thank you AIGA Baltimore and TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image for partnering with us on the event!
Please join us to celebrate the opening of Jo Smail: If All The World Were A Blackbird beginning on September 21, 2022 from 6-8pm, and on view through November 23, 2022.
Featuring ten large paintings created after Smail’s major 2020 retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the artist’s consummate exploration of novel ground proves –yet again– that the most predictable feature in Smail’s work is to expect the unexpected.
About Jo Smail:
Baltimore-based South African artist Jo Smail (b. 1943, Durban) is celebrated worldwide for her inventive approach to abstraction across tactile media. Often composed through compounded states of material accruals, subtractions, and adaptations, Smail’s compositions expressively reflect the human condition in unique ways. Educated in South Africa, Smail moved to Baltimore in 1985 and was Professor of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art from 1988-2017, where she is now Professor Emeritus. Formal exploration as well as innovations emerge from the artist’s personal history – delving into the past, present, and perception of future with equal weight and vibrancy.
Influenced by the horrors of apartheid, a devastating Baltimore studio fire (1995), a life-altering stroke (2000), the socio-political content of personal effects, the natural world, and art history, Smail’s work has been the subject of myriad exhibitions and major publications with significant reviews printed in The New York Times, Art in America, The Hudson Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, Artblog, Baltimore Magazine, Artforum Magazine, among many others.
Reminisce with Baltimore’s iconoclastic writer, director, and artist John Waters. Using Baltimore as the setting for his counter-culture movies, he has also immortalized some of his favorite Baltimore cinemas on film. Join John Waters, Amy Davis, author of Flickering Treasures, and Joe Tropea, the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s Director of Artist Engagement and Curator, for a virtual stroll down memory lane.
This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. After registering, an automated confirmation email will provide connection instructions.
Evergreen is offering twice-monthly plein air painting sessions on the grounds now through October. Attendees can document the change of seasons at Evergreen, which boasts formal gardens with statues and fountain, lawn areas, woods, and a stream. Sign up for one session or all of them!
Featuring nearly 100 artworks, the exhibition is the first retrospective of celebrated Maryland artist Oletha DeVane, and traces the artist’s extensive career, from her early paintings and works on paper to video artworks and interactive sculpture, including works on view for the first time.
A prolific artist, wayfinder and storyteller, DeVane has spent decades learning and making art about the most profound phenomena of our human condition: spirituality, mythology, and transformative experience, including experiences of hardship. Over the last five decades, as she traveled in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, she became inspired by the stories and characters she encountered. Her artwork brings the unexpected to light, while finding new nuances in the old and familiar, and surprising intersections among those cultures.
A highlight of the exhibition is a large-scale carved sculpture, Nkisi Woman-Universal Nkisi (2021–22), which will be activated over the course of the exhibition by visitors who are invited to add beads to its surface. The nkisi is a Kongo cultural figure invested with sacred energy, and this sculpture will catalyze communion and community-building. The work reflects DeVane’s fascination with how materials convey meaning and reemerge as myths and memories.
The exhibition also celebrates Oletha DeVane’s collaborative activities. Her long-standing collaboration with writer and media personality Tadia Rice, Beyond Bars: Prison Women Speak, will be updated for the exhibition in the form of new video works.
Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit is organized by curator Lowery Stokes Sims.
Experience the Bromo Arts District during a night of artistic performances, exhibits, and open studios on Thursday, September 22, from 5-9pm. View the EVENT MAP and information below for the participating creative groups to help plan your evening. Event maps will be available at all participating locations during the event.
This event is free, but please register in order to get event updates and access to special discounts.
Support our local artists! Artwork will be available for purchase throughout the event at galleries, artist studios, and pop-up markets.
While you are welcome to stay for full performance times at participating locations, please feel comfortable quietly leaving during performances in order to make it to your next location. Our friends at Topo Chico will be on hand to provide refreshing sparkling mineral water to accompany your walk. Pick up a complimentary drink at the following locations: The Black Genius Art Show, the Bromo Tower, Current Space, and NoMuNoMu.
Goucher College is pleased to present We Care: Works by Corita Kent, on view in Silber Gallery from September 10 through December 16, 2022.
Corita Kent was an artist, an educator, and an activist who used her artwork to address issues of social injustice and the anti-war movement. As a Catholic nun, Corita drew on her faith, her distinct design sensibility, and diverse aesthetic influences to create her vibrant, text-based serigraphs. Corita came into her artistic identity in the 1960s amidst the protests over the Vietnam War and the fight for civil rights.Responding to the changes prompted by Vatican II,her religious community, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, had adoptedincreasingly progressive positions, and found colleagues within the church, such asRev. Daniel Berrigan, S.J.,who were taking up vocal stances against the draft, hunger, and pervasive problems of racial and economic division.
This selection of boldly colored serigraphs is on loan from the U.S. Province of the Society of St. Sulpice. It is the first time this collection has been shown in Baltimore, MD. We Care is presented along with the Goucher Library Special Collections & Archives’ exhibition of the same title, which documents the Goucher community’s participation in activism and protests in the region throughout the college’s history. More information on Father Berrigan (known locally as a member of the Catonsville Nine) can be found in the 4thfloor exhibition, along with many other instances of social action and demonstration.
J M Giordano: NIGHT WORK is a selection of photographs from the decades-long photography and photojournalism career of the artist. The black and white images depict night life in Baltimore, featuring moments from music venues, nightclubs, bars, casinos, street scenes, and portraiture, documenting these spaces between the mid 90s to the mid 2010s. Baltimore night life fed and defined various subcultures across the city prior to the shutdown that the pandemic precipitated. In the uncharacteristically quiet shift, Giordano took the opportunity to review his work, assembling a uniquely intimate view of Baltimore culture. Theseimages are among those featured in J.M. Giordano’s resulting, first book, We Used To Live At Night, published by Culture Crush in 2021.
Joseph M. Giordano, an award-winning photojournalist based in Baltimore city and co-host of the podcasts 10 Frames Per Second and Photo Flip. His book, We Used to Live At Night chronicles 25 years of the city at night. His work has been featured on NPR, ProPublica, Al-Jazeera, GQ, Architectural Digest, Taste, The Observer New Review Sunday Magazine, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Washington Post, The Baltimore City Paper, i-D Magazine, Discovery Channel Inc., Rolling-Stone, XLR8R. His work, from the Struggle series is in the permanent collections at the Reginald Lewis Museum. In 2015 he was short-listed for the National Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Prize and his international photographs covering the collapse of the steel industry are the subject of a solo show at the Museum of Industry in Baltimore.
Giordano’s book will be available for purchase through the Ivy Bookshop during the opening reception in Rosenberg Gallery.
Final Weekend to see: The Return Puppet Show
Saturday, Sept 24 and Sunday, Sept 25
@ CPM Gallery
The Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) New Artworks Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council offers funding to artists and organizations to support the planning, creation, and installation of new local public art projects.
You can apply for planning grants of $10,000 as well as project grants up to $50,000. The first deadline is October 24, 2022.
Recipients of Getty Scholar Grants may be in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from work-related obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly lecture devoted to an annual research theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty. Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
The next deadline for submission of application materials for a Getty Research Institute Scholar is 5:00 p.m. (PST) on October 3, 2022. The next deadline to submit an application for a residential scholar grant at Getty Villa (“Anatolia”) is 5:00 p.m. (PST) November 1, 2022.
The Bennett Prize is a stipend/grant-in-aid program established by American art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt to support the fine art practice of a woman painter working in figurative realism. The Bennett Prize, administered by The Pittsburgh Foundation, is awarded biennially and provides $25,000 annually over two consecutive years to the winning artist ($50,000 total). Ten (10) finalists will be selected to participate in a traveling exhibition organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) and the winner will be showcased in a solo exhibition at the close of her grant. A runner up award of $10,000 will be given to one additional finalist. The opening exhibition will be held from May 18 to Sept. 10, 2023 at the Muskegon Museum of Art before traveling to additional venues.
Il Varco is proud to host the 11th edition of Prisma Art Prize, in partnership with Contemporary Cluster, Biafarin, ArtRights, Artuu and Vivivacolors, Atelier Montez and ArtUp a quarterly art contest with €2000 yearly cash prize, more than €3000 in service prizes and the possibility to be exhibited at Contemporary Cluster gallery in Palazzo Brancaccio, Rome, in 2023, one of the most innovative art institutions in the international contemporary panorama.
The prize is under the artistic direction of Marco Crispano and the curatorship of Domenico De Chirico and has a jury panel of professionals from different backgrounds in visual arts.
The goal is to create space and visibility for emerging artists, presenting an inclusive career opportunity that will extend throughout 2022 involving visual artists from all over the world, regardless of age, gender and ethnicity. The selected artists will have the opportunity to be exhibited in one of the most prestigious galleries in Rome, to be published in our print catalog and on our online gallery, to win cash and service prizes and to be interviewed by our media partner.
Proposals are welcome from mid-career artists, artisans, designers, makers, sculptures, and so on, who identify their practice within the field of craft. The Center, and by extension this grant, recognizes craft to be a particular approach to making with a strong connection to materials, skill, and process. We believe in empowering artists, makers, scholars, and curators to grow the field, embracing new definitions, technologies, and ideas while honoring craft’s history and relationship to the handmade. Craft, in all its forms, demonstrates creativity, ingenuity, and practical intelligence. It contributes to the economic and social wellbeing of communities, connects us to our cultural histories, and is integral to building a sustainable future.
The Ida B. Wells: Disrupting the Master Narrative Fund partners with artist-activists across a spectrum of creative disciplines and offers awards ranging from $2,000 to $25,000.
In honor of Ida B. Wells’ birthday, this year’s expanded fund opened for Short-Form Film applicants on July 16, 2022, followed by Visual Arts on August 1, 2022, and Creative Placemaking will open on October 1, 2022. For details on all three programs, including deadlines and how to apply, click here.
The Gutierrez Memorial Fund is pleased to present its 2022 Legacy Grant. The project-based arts grant calls for proposals from arts organizations, individual artists, and educators who are residents of Maryland and whose programs or projects serve Maryland communities. Special consideration is given to projects that build skills, engage community and transform the built environment. For more information on eligibility and to download an application please visit https://gutierrezmemorialfund.com/grant-info/.
The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2020.
If you don’t mind confirming receipt of this email and sending a couple of reminders out in September and early October that would be greatly appreciated!! Also if you are free October 22nd – we hope you will join us for the 13th (hard to believe) Annual John K. Gutierrez Memorial Walk!!
Baltimore news updates from independent & regional media
This week's news includes: The Walters acquires Kehinde Wiley and Herbert Massie, mulitple public art works go missing, Jill Orlov wins the MASB Artist Travel Prize, fiber artist Melissa Webb, Little Donna's named one of 50 best restaurants, looking back on Artscape, and more!
The best weekly art openings, events, and calls for entry happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas.
This Week: Fitsum Shebeshe, Jessica Bell Brown, and Rhea Beckett in conversation at UMBC, Baltimore Clayworks virtual artist talk with Clarissa Pezone, Charm City Burlesque and Variety Festival, Charm City Fringe, BROS' The Gold Night, and more!