BmoreArt’s Picks: July 12-18

This Week: Kumasi J. Barnett, Jeffrey Kent, and Dr. Darryl Peterkin in conversation at The Peale, Summer ’22 exhibition opening at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Youngblood opening reception at Maryland Art Place, Second Chance Community Spotlight Festival installation, Truepenny Projects presents Squidsbury by Chad Short at the Mercury Theater, The Big Show + The Big Show on stage at Creative Alliance, and an artists reception for Donald Edwards at Hamilton Gallery — PLUS Crystal Moll Gallery Plein Air Show Call for Entry 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.

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THE AMAZING BLACK MAN: Kumasi J. Barnett Artist Talk and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, July 14 • 6-7pm
@ The Peale

THE AMAZING BLACK MAN: Kumasi J. Barnett Artist Talk and Panel Discussion

July 14, 2022, 6-7pm

FREE | In-person at the Peale

  • COVID protocols are in place when visiting the Peale; Proof of vaccination and masking required

In this panel discussion, artist Kumasi J. Barnett and exhibition curator, Jeffrey Kent, are joined by Dr. Darryl Peterkin, author and American historian from Morgan State University. “When I was introduced to Baltimore-based artist Kumasi Barnett’s artwork in New York at the Armory Show in 2019, I was blown away by the content editing and visual editing process. So much that I felt very fortunate to have an opportunity to exhibit his artwork at the Peale.”

—Jeffrey Kent, Chief Curator, the Peale

Photo by Fabien Palencia

SUMMER ’22 | Opening Reception
Thursday, July 14 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through September 10
@ C. Grimaldis Gallery

Hasan Elahi / José Manuel Fors / Carol Brown Goldberg / Cheryl Goldsleger / Grace Hartigan / Jae Ko / Dimitra Lazaridou / Eugene Leake / Beverly McIver

ON VIEW July 14 – September 10, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, July 14, 6:00-8:00 PM

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present its 45th annual summer group exhibition, Summer ‘22, featuring contemporary painting, photography, and sculpture. Participating artists represent an overview of the gallery’s ongoing commitment to engaging programming.

This survey exhibition spans decades to pull together work that showcases, most importantly, a deep love of art making. The work of Eugene Leake (1911-2005) guides us through rural landscapes and atmospheric painting, while Grace Hartigan’s (1922-2008) washes of color blend together figurative content with the artist’s signature sensibility of vibrant color, active gesture, and painterly freedom. Beverly McIver examines racial, gender, social, and occupational identities in her narrative and autobiographical paintings, working to both confront and amaze the viewer with her prowess.

Hasan Elahi works across photo-based disciplines to examine issues of citizenship, migration, and surveillance. After being erroneously suspected of terrorist activity and subjected to FBI questioning in 2002, the artist inundated his detainers with an ongoing archive of his everyday activities, turning personal data into an open-ended art project. In a similar ode to the archive, Cuban artist José Manuel Fors creates photographic collages which act as a collection of memories. Images of family and old documents cast in sepia-tone bring together ideas of time and identity.

The work of Carol Brown Goldberg and Cheryl Goldsleger presents ideas of entwinement and interconnection through painting. Goldberg creates dense organic landscapes filled with intricate foliage, providing an artistic interpretation of advanced sciences as it bleeds into visual language. And Goldsleger explores the inescapable relationship between societies and location, also building tension in the chaos of overlapping typographical forms. Korean artist Jae Ko brings viewers deep into her world of paper by constructing memorizing sculptural forms seeped in vibrant color; shifting our consciousness fluidly between the natural and the human-made. And finally, Greek photographer Dimitra Lazaridou depicts her native Athens in a soft silence which allows us to linger on subtle architectural elements and engage in stillness.

Summer ‘22 will be on view at C. Grimaldis Gallery from July 14 through September 10, 2022. A reception will take place on Thursday, July 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. We are pledged to follow certain requirements for COVID-19 safety compliance and therefore masks covering the nose and mouth are REQUIRED at this event.

Summer hours for C. Grimaldis Gallery, which is free and open to the public, are Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please note that the gallery will be closed from August 21 through September 5 for our annual summer holiday.

YoungBlood | Opening Reception
Thursday, July 14 • 6-9pm | Ongoing through September 2
@ Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place is proud to announce Young Blood, an exhibition showcasing the works of recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. This marks MAP’s 13thYoung Blood program which has, to date, provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 Young Blood has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis project(s). The exhibition will highlight exceptional works ranging in media.

Young Blood Exhibiting Artists:

Candice EH Cramer | MICA
Penn Eastburn | MICA
Martin Gonzales | UMD
Bao Hu | MICA
Danielle Hawk | Towson
Geoffrey Krist | MICA
Anna Reed | MICA
Jennifer Yablonsky | Towson

Read more of this week’s picks at BmoreArt.