BmoreArt’s Picks: July 5-11

This Week: Spellbinders’ Salon at Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Morgan Phillips opening reception at Alchemy of Art, Fools and Madmen present Julius Caesar at Motor House, Breathing Black documentary screening at the Peale, Summer Potluck at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, Tianquiztli market + festival at Creative Alliance, and Clarissa Pezone and Jason Piccoli opening at Baltimore Clayworks, and True Laurels Summer Film Series at the Parkway — PLUS Anita Wetzel Residency Grant at Women’s Studio Workshop 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.
To submit your calendar event, email us at events@bmoreart.com!

The Spellbinders’ Salon, a New Performance Series
Wednesday, July 6 • 8pm
@ Black Cherry Puppet Theatre

Join us for a new performance salon, the Spellbinders’ Salon, featuring song, storytelling, divination, dance, and performance art! Tickets: https://blackcherry.ticketspice.com/spellbinders-salon

With work by…

Valeska Populoh (https://www.valeskapopuloh.net/)

Talbolt Johnson (https://www.instagram.com/talboltemmanueljohnson/)

Jake Bee (https://bakerartist.org/portfolios/jacob-budenz)

Forgetter (https://forgettermusic.bandcamp.com/)

…and special guests from New Orleans, The Lyre Leaves! Doors at 7:30, performances at 8. $10 / 15, masks and proof of vaccination or negative covid test required.

If you are interested in getting involved in future iterations of this event series (all mediums of performance welcome), please get in touch with Jake Bee at jabudenz@gmail.com!

Black Comics: Politics of Race + Representation with Dr. Sheena Howard
Thursday, July 7 • 5-6pm
@ The Peale

Join Dr. Sheena Howard for a free, online lecture as she explores the politics of race and representation in black comics. This program has been created in conjunction with the exhibition The Amazing Black Man, a series of provocative comic book covers by the acclaimed artist Kumasi J. Barnett, on display at the Peale from May 21 to July 16, 2022.

Sheena C. Howard, is an award- winning author, filmmaker and scholar. In 2014 Sheena became the first Black woman to win an Eisner Award for her first book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (2013). The Eisner Awards are considered the ‘Oscars of Comics’. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed books and comics books. In 2017, Sheena published the Encyclopedia of Black Comics, which is the first book of its kind, profiling over 100 Black people in the comics industry. The Encyclopedia of Black Comics was named the 2018 American Library Associations’ Outstanding Reference Source.

Accessibility Information

All online events will have human-generated, live captions and ASL interpretation. Please reach out directly to access@thepealecenter.org if you have any additional access requests or questions.

Morgan Phillips’s Bite Me Exhibition | Opening Reception
Thursday, July 29 • 6:30-9:30pm
@ Alchemy of Art

Junk food, super food, sinfully delicious, guilty pleasure, clean eating–how do the words we attach to foods add value to them? How does that value system affect how we feel about ourselves when we enjoy or consume certain foods? How does it affect how we feel about others consuming those foods? How does fatness and oversimplified views on “health” affect this value system?

Through “Bite Me” I am exploring the world of food shame, and the ways in which it affects how I perceive myself and the world around me. I am exploring the foods I find comfort in, and enjoy, through a lens of celebration in place of the shame and disgust levied upon these foods by a society obsessed with diet culture, perceived health, and thinness. This collection is meant to remind us that how we label food is important, and how we value ourselves through food choices matters. Live, eat, enjoy shamelessly the foods that provide comfort. Remove your judgements on foods based on an antiquated value system and release yourself and everyone else from that value system. Junk food is just food–bite me.

A majority of this collection was created with a process called electroforming, in which metal is plated onto a non-metal object. Many of these pieces contain the food item itself under many layers of shellac and metal. I felt this process of preserving the foods made them seem even more precious. It reminds me of the preservation process some of us will undergo in death, a sort of sacred ritual, for these foods that are otherwise seen as unworthy.

Morgan Phillips is a fat queer identified interdisciplinary Jewelry Designer, living and working in Baltimore Maryland.

For more work by Morgan Phillips please visit:

www.etsy.com/Stellariumjewerly

www.instagram.com/stellariumjewelry

Read more about this week’s picks at BmoreArt.