BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas.
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ongoing through November 13
presented by Maryland Art Place
The LGBTQ Fund at BCF and Maryland Art Place proudly present MASKerade Baltimore – a virtual silent auction and mask design competition to raise awareness and funds for issues facing the LGBTQ community in Baltimore. Since launching in 2018, The LGBTQ Fund at BCF has awarded nearly $100,000 to organizations fighting discrimination, providing health services, producing arts and culture events and supporting LGBTQ youth with anti-bullying and suicide prevention programs.
Proceeds from MASKerade will be split 40:60 between local artists who have lost income during the economic downturn and The LGBTQ Fund to ensure that support for vital programs continues. This support is needed more than ever since the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting marginalized groups especially hard. LGBTQ individuals are at greater risk for contracting the virus due to compromised immune systems; may be suffering increased mental health challenges due to isolation; and may be forced into unsafe situations, such as living with unsupportive family members or partners due to unemployment or illness. Additionally, Black Lives Matter protests have spotlighted violence against gay and trans people of color which must be addressed.
This is Who I Am Now: A Solo Presentation by Amber Eve Anderson
ongoing through November 28
@ Hamiltonian Arts
Washington, DC: Hamiltonian Artists presents This is Who I Am Now, Amber Eve Anderson’s first solo exhibition with Hamiltonian Artists. It will be on view by appointment only from October 31 – November 28 at H Space, 1932 9th Street NW, #C102 (Enter from 9 1/2 Street), Washington, DC 20001. All public programs will take place online.
This is Who I Am Now is an archive of every advertisement that Anderson viewed on Instagram over a one-week period. Composed of 126 images that almost exclusively depict household goods, the archive presents a portrait of the artist through the lens of targeted advertising. The exhibition vacillates between physical and digital worlds, combining images and found objects through installation and video, functioning as a case study in the aspirational. Objects ranging from rugs to sofas to earrings to soap portrayed amidst orderly, plant-filled, sun-dappled rooms, suggest affluence, aesthetic integrity, and a good night of sleep. Anderson highlights the way one’s surroundings, whether virtual, manmade, or natural, come to shape one’s identity and behavior. By bringing representations of social media into physical space, the work calls attention to everyday technologies by upsetting the usual means of interaction. Her work functions as a playful, funny, and poetic critique in order to explore how identity is reduced by consumerism.
Amber Eve Anderson (b. 1982) lives and works in Baltimore. She received an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art multidisciplinary program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2016 and a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. Her work has been exhibited in group shows across the US as well as in Canada, Finland, Morocco, and Peru. In 2019 she received an Individual Artist Award in Media from the Maryland State Arts Council. She was a 2019 and 2020 Trawick Prize Semi-finalist and a 2016 Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Baker Artist Award Finalist. Her work has been featured in Bmore Art Magazine, Hyperallergic, and The Creator’s Project. She volunteers on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore.
Mixed Media Speaker Series – Rights and Wrongs, Part 3 of 3
November 10, 2020, 12 PM – 1:30 PM
“Rights and Wrongs” is a 3-part series that explores a range of perspectives, including the history of race in America and the Black Lives Matter movement, women’s suffrage and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, immigrant rights, public health vs. individual liberty, voter rights and voter access, freedom of speech and the arts, or other topics and approaches that connect to this theme.
Part III’s featured speaker is Amalia Mesa-Bains, an internationally renowned artist, scholar, and curator. Throughout her career, Mesa-Bains has expanded understandings of Latina/o artists’ references to spiritual practices and vernacular traditions through her altar installations, articles, and exhibitions, and in 1992; she was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Her work has been shown at institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New Museum and international venues around the world. The event is hosted by Kenneth Krafchek, Director, MFA Community Arts.
BMA x NMWA Monthly Talk Show: Healing
Tuesday, November 10 • 12-12:45pm
presented by National Museum of Women in the Arts + Baltimore Museum of Art
Find some peace, connection, and well-being in this episode dedicated to art that promotes healing. Join artist Elissa Blount-Moorhead and curators Melani Douglass and Amanda Vercruysse in a conversation that explores how both the making and appreciation of art can do us good.
BMA x NMWA Monthly Talk Show is an online program that brings together women artists and special guests to discuss their work with educators from the BMA and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Authenticity with Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick
Thursday, November 12 • 12-1:30pm
presented by Maryland Center for History and Culture
WYPR’s Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick will headline the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s next Core Conversation on November 12 at noon ET. During the third virtual program in the four-part series, Henkin and Patrick, creators of WYPR’s Out of the Blocks, will explore the theme of authenticity.
“This conversation with Aaron and Wendel – who have been able to tell the stories of everyday Baltimoreans in such a compelling manner – will help participants develop an understanding of what we think is one of the primary roles of museums and cultural institutions,” said Mark Letzer, president and CEO, the Maryland Center for History and Culture. “We’ll explore what it means to be authentic, how authenticity plays a role in the way we collect objects as well as in how we and Aaron and Wendel tell stories.”
Aaron and Wendel’s Out of the Blocks series has taken the pair all over Baltimore City, where they go to a block, and make it their mission to meet and interview everyone there. Based on the theory that everyone has a story to share, they have produced countless programs proving exactly that.
“Their mission for storytelling is very translatable to what we do with historic objects and art here at the Maryland Center for History and Culture,” Letzer added. “We want our visitors to take that leap into the story of each painting, garment and object with us.”
The Maryland Center for History and Culture reopened in September with a new brand identity. The Core Conversation Series was created to explore the institution’s core values – Community, Authenticity, Dialogue and Discovery. Previous programs have featured Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden discussing Discovery and Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer, David Simon exploring Dialogue.
This virtual program is free and open to all audiences, however, registration is required. Those interested in registering can do so through the link here. Once registered for the program, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions.
The Maryland Center for History and Culture’s series will continue with one final conversation in December, to be announced. Visit mdhistory.org for a full list of virtual programming.
The Maryland Center for History and Culture is now open with limited hours and capacity due to COVID-19. Museum and library hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Research visits to the library are currently by appointment only. Entry will be monitored to ensure proper social distancing. Masks will be required.
For more information about the Maryland Center for History and Culture, visit www.mdhistory.org.
Performance: Peabody in the Evening
Thursday, November 12 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters
Inspired by artworks in the Walters European Baroque collection, Ching-Yi Lin, DMA candidate of the Peabody Conservatory, will deliver The Beauty of Pearl and Symmetric Design in Baroque: Music and Craft, a digital piano concert.
Presented in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yi Lin performs throughout North America and Asia. He appeared as a soloist performing Schumann Piano Concerto with the Soochow Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the concerto competition. Most recently, he gave his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as one of the top Prize Winner of the New York International Artist Association Competition. Other venues including National Opera Center in New York City, Brodbeck Music Center of Hood College, Taiwan National Recital Hall, Taipei KHS Hall, and Yunlin Cultural Affairs Department.
He has been awarded numerous prizes in both regional and international competitions, such as the young artist competition by Philharmonic Society of Arlington, the Marbella International Piano Competition by Arthur Rubinstein Institute, Ishikawa International Piano Competition, the New York International Artist Association Piano Competition, Metropolitan International Piano Competition, Taipei Taiwan International Piano Competition, the Asia Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Wonderlic Piano Competition in Baltimore, and the Taipei City Piano Competition. In 2017, he was chosen as the winner of the Taiwanese Chapter of the Peabody Institute Alumni Society, performing a recital at National Recital Hall in Taiwan.
Lin has been involved with many prestige festivals such as Art of the piano, Marbella Music Festival, Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Berkshire Music Festival, and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Festival. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Institute under the tutelage of Alexander Shtarkman. Besides playing the piano, he likes streaming games and cooking.
Thursday programs are sponsored by BGE.
JJC Talks: Jerrell Gibbs
Thursday, November 12 • 6:30-7:30pm
presented by Baltimore Museum of Art
Join the Joshua Johnson Council on Facebook Live for their November meeting featuring a presentation from Baltimore artist Jerrell Gibbs.
Joshua Johnson Council (JJC) Members share a passion for African American and African art. Named after an 18th-century African American portrait painter who lived and worked in Maryland, the JJC is one of the oldest African American museum support groups in the U.S. Its mission is to forge meaningful connections between Baltimore’s African American communities and The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) by promoting and highlighting the achievements of African American artists.
JJC Membership offers a wide range of opportunities for active participation within a network of friends and colleagues dedicated to art, education, community, and family. JJC programs and meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month.
About the Presenter:
Jerrell Gibbs retraces family memories, examining the origin of his own life by representing intimate and instantly joyous moments. While affirming the multilayered experience of the African American diaspora, Gibbs plunges the viewer into an immersive experience, the realm of his childhood.
Growing up in Baltimore influenced his perspective of socioeconomics, body politics, race, economic disparities, and their influence on one another. Through his figurative portraits, Gibbs accentuates banal representations of Black identity by depicting empathy, inviting the possibility for a spiritual connection. The works are adapted from small Polaroids into life-sized paintings. The artist draws from revised characters in his own life and narratives such as Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts, mimicking the comic strip’s playful illustrative style.
Gibbs will graduate in 2020 with an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has exhibited at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Galleries at CCBC, and the Gallery at Howard University. His work appears in the permanent collection in the Harbor Bank of Maryland.