Critical Review

Critical Review

Johab Silva's "Tales of the New World" at MoCA Arlington

Silva’s subject is nothing less than the global cataclysm we find ourselves in—from the lingering effects of colonization, to sustained war and genocide, environmental degradation, and rampant consumerism.

A Book for Art Nerds and Aficionados, as well as the Culturally Curious

Get the Picture: Bianca Bosker’s Journey Among Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Her How to See (February 2024 Viking)

Reflecting on the History of the American Labor Movement while Looking Ahead into the New Millenium 

Forged Together: Collective Action at the Baltimore Museum of Industry Reflects on the History of the American Labor Movement While Also Looking Ahead into the New Millenium    You hear, ...

National Pavilions Question their own Identities in a Globalized World

At the national pavilions there’s an appropriately diverse set of strategies for addressing the legacies of colonialism and immigration from both traumatic or optimistic perspectives. 

Exhibits at Baltimore Jewelry Center, Clayworks, Peale, and CPM

Stories conjured in plastic, clay and wood: 4 art exhibits mix meaning and material

Orange Grove Dance's new performance, executed by human dancers and choreographed with Artificial Intelligence (AI), in review.

A&I, which launched on Friday, April 19th at The Voxel in Baltimore, combines experimental dance, ambient soundscapes, minimalist stage design, and innovative lighting techniques with a high-tech concept.

Curator Adriano Pedrosa Celebrates Acts of Resistance, Independence, Vulnerability, and Joy in Spite of a Sick, Sad World

The 60th Venice Biennale takes on themes of displacement, environmental injustice, racism, colonialism, but also manages to avoid easy cliches by treating artists from marginalized backgrounds as individuals with agency.

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Katori Hall brings four gay Black men together for the weekend

With The Hot Wing King, Baltimore Center Stage serves up a lively spread of rapid-fire one-liners, spicy moves, and camaraderie that serves as an entree to a discussion of contemporary Black manhood through April 28

Arting Gallery Hosts a Reception Thursday, May 2 for the Whimsical Exhibition

At Arting Gallery, David Barnett instills seriousness with a profound dose of wackiness. Or another way of describing A Carnival of Characters is that this intense, inventive show explores the childlike in the adult, and the other way around. 

Exhibits featuring Rebecca Strzelec, Rebecca Marimutu, Rosa Leff, and Kelly Walker

Rebecca Marimutu’s "Portraits (Contact),"  Rebecca Strzelec’s "365 Grams," and Rosa Leff and Kelly Walker’s "A Fine Pairing"—at Goucher College, Baltimore Jewelry Center, and Creative Alliance, respectively—made me reflect on my relationship to myself, womanhood, and the women who shaped me.

Pigeonaire's Immersive Show Lands in Peabody Heights Brewery Through March 31

Pigeonaire's production of Sailing Over a Cardboard Sea is a thoughtful reflection on the responsibility that scientists have to their societies.

Curator Caitlin Gill's Group Exhibition Brings Representation into the Post-COVID Era

“The show wasn’t intended to be actively political, but the body is always political.”

The Perennial Dialogue Among Art Through the Ages at the Walters

The esteemed Baltimore institution shows pertinent new works among its coveted collection of ancient art to reveal eternal truths across world cultures – and that tricky thing called time.

Rapid Lemon Production at The Strand Theater Breaks Down the Fences

The Book of Grace opens with a familiar theme, the love-hate relationship between a domineering father and an aspiring son. By the end of the play that conflict has taken on world-shattering significance for both men.

An Exhibit of Diverse Objects that Collectively Attest to Deep Continuities and Extensive Cultural Exchanges.

While the Walters has been able to boast of one of the strongest collections of Ethiopian art in the world since the 1990s, the current exhibition offers a meaningful attempt to tell a complex and relational visual history in unprecedentedly detailed ways.

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