Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings, Galleries, and Events February 20 – 26

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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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Spencer Finch: Moon Dust | Installation Opening Day
from Wednesday, Feb 21st – October 14th, 2024

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218

Spencer Finch’s impressive light installation Moon Dust (Apollo 17), first presented at the 2009 Venice Biennale, will illuminate the BMA’s Fox Court for the next seven years. The work consists of 150 individual chandeliers with 417 lights. The chandeliers are hung individually from the ceiling and form one large, cloud-like structure. Although an abstract sculpture, the installation is also a scientifically precise representation of the chemical composition of moon dust as it was gathered during the Apollo 17 mission. Finch translated the diagrams of the chemical formulas of the contained molecules by using light bulbs in different diameters and basic customary fixtures with different arm lengths to create a three-dimensional scale model of the moon’s atomic makeup. The diameter of a globe corresponds to the size of an atom and thus represents a specific element, the small globes representing helium, the bigger oxygen. The overall effect is one of science translated into visual wonderment.

This installation is curated by Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.

Moon Dust (Apollo 17) is on extended loan from the collection of Joanne Gold and Andrew Stern, who are generously sponsoring its presentation at the BMA.

Image: Spencer Finch. Moon Dust (Apollo 17). 2009. Installation view at “Fare Mondi/Making Worlds”, Venice Biennial, 2009. Collection of Joanne Gold and Andrew Stern. © Spencer Finch, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nordenhake Berlin/Stockholm. Photography by Gerhard Kassner, Berlin

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim
Friday, February 23rd : 7:30pm + Sunday, February 25th : 3pm

The Engineers Club
11 West Mount Vernon Place : 21201

Baltimore Concert Opera goes to the barber! Step into gilded ballroom of the Engineers Club to hear Stephen Sondheim’s horror story of a barber with a mysterious past and the best meat pies in London. Onstage antics, witty banter, and a dark twist — Sweeney Todd will keep you on the edge of your seat. BCO’s first-rate operatic voices will elevate this gripping piece of theater into a stunning musical work that is not to be missed.

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House of Stronzo Film Screening + Director’s Talk
Friday, February 23rd : 7-9pm

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : 21230

(60 mins) – House of Stronzo chronicles the quest of Pete Cecere, one of the preeminent collectors of folk art and outsider art in North America, to find permanent homes for his “kids” – the more than 5,000 pieces of original art that are currently housed in his Virginia home – before he dies.

He thinks his house is the star of the show. But it’s Cecere’s bursting passion for his collection, his fondness for the often struggling artists who are driven to leave an artistic mark on the world, which steals this show. He struggles with the effects of diabetes and a breathing disorder, a constant reminder that time is not on his side. His daughter, former U.S. Ambassadors and Foreign Service Officers, as well as museum curators, offer glimpses into the peculiarities of Pete Cecere, a man who has made it his life’s work to honor those artists who receive little recognition but who boast an abundant passion for fulfilling the demands of their creative spirit.

The 60-minute film will be followed by a Q&A with Director Matt White, moderated by AVAM’s Founder & Director Rebecca Hoffberger. Light concessions will be available for purchase at the event.

*The screening will be held after normal museum hours and AVAM’s galleries will be closed. Museum admission is not included in ticket price.

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