BmoreArt’s Picks: May 10-16

This Week: Cade Center Gallery Student Art Exhibit opening, Jazz outdoor concert and talk at Evergreen, Lauren R. Lyde solo exhibition reception at Top of the World, J.M. Giordano opening reception at Maryland Art Place, The Lost Weekend at Greedy Reads, Voices of a Black Butterfly premiere at The Peale, Hoffberger School of Painting graduates’ reception, Elena Volkova’s Anacostia Portraits opens at Hornfleur Gallery, Elena Johnston opening at Current Space — PLUS Rapid Lemon Productions Variations Project and more Calls for Entry!

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 Cade Gallery’s AACC Juried Student Art Exhibition 2022 | Opening Reception
Wednesday, May 11 • 5-7pm
@ Cade Center Gallery

Juried by Eric Briscoe

Exhibition Information: This year’s exhibition will occur in the Cade Gallery. May 10 – June 10.
Exhibit Reception: Wed May 11th 5-7pm.

About the Exhibit:

The exhibit will feature works by AACC students in a variety of 2D and 3D media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photo, design, and more. Our annual juried exhibition is an opportunity for students to go through a selection process by an outside art professional and to learn about the jurying process.

Juror: E. L. Briscoe was born in LaPlata, MD in Charles County. Briscoe attended Charles County public schools and continued on to study visual art at Charles County Community College (currently the College of Southern Maryland), Morgan State University, (‘95) B.A., Howard University, (‘98) M.F.A. Briscoe is the coordinator of the Visual Arts Program at Morgan State University and has artworks in The James E. Lewis Museum of Art collection The Jean and Robert Steele Collection of African American Prints, David Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park and has exhibited at the African American Museum, Dallas, TX, SoWeBo Gallery, Baltimore, The Creative Alliance, National Black Art Show, SOHO, NY, Art-O-Matic, Washington, D.C., The Nina Simone Experience, Atlanta GA as well as others. Briscoe has also curated exhibitions such as The Evolution of Depression; revisited, drawings by Larry Scott at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Energies and Entities, paintings by Doris C. Kennedy and Baltimore City Arts: Turning the Corner

Jazz: America’s Secret Sonic Weapon
Thursday, May 12 • 6-8pm
@ Evergreen Museum + Library

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. government recruited jazz icons such as Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington to tour the world as cultural ambassadors and burnish America’s reputation as a beacon of multi-cultural freedom and creativity. While this projection often obscured a far more complicated reality, the tours proved incredibly effective, inspiring one reporter to dub them “America’s secret sonic weapon.” At Evergreen—once the home of Ambassador John Work Garrett and his arts patron wife, Alice Warder Garrett—diplomacy and jazz have long co-existed. They will once again harmonize at this outdoor concert and talk co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and featuring music by Peabody jazz sextet Kenyatta and narration by Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars professor Anna Harwell Celenza. Staged on Evergreen’s newly renovated historic terrace, this program will illustrate the power of jazz to seduce the world even as it remained a source of cultural dissonance for some Americans. Light refreshments will be served.

The View From Here | Opening Reception
Thursday, May 12 • 6-8pm
@ Top of the World Observation Level

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the next solo exhibition at Gallery in the Sky at the Top of the World Observation Level located on the 27th Floor of the Baltimore WorldTrade Center. Lauren R. Lyde opens her solo show, “The View from Here,” on Thursday, May 12, 2022. This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).

As a daughter of Baltimore City, “The View from Here” reveals artist Lauren R. Lyde’s excursions in childhood and self-discovery growing up in West Baltimore. This exhibition is an evolution of a body of work that Lyde continues to actualize. The foundation of the artwork is childhood and her “Dream Chaser” series. The work presents images, scenes, and activities in the world of children. The imagery is a journey into childhood. It inspires a youthful appreciation and approach to life. “Starting with the young people I teach, my work is an open invitation for reimaging how we connect with young people in our communities through the arts,” says Lyde.

Working in oil and charcoal on canvas, most of the work was created between 2020–2022 in a corner of Lyde’s kitchen during the pandemic. “The themes that I am most interested in exploring in my work are those that foster patience, kindness, consideration, and a regard for others regardless of identity or life circumstances,” continues Lyde.

Curator Kirk Shannon-Butts raves, “Another of Baltimore’s unsung creatives, Top of the World is the perfect positioning for Lyde’s artistry and vision. I have traveled to Africa, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and all over the United States, and Lauren’s paintings of children are unparalleled. Whether the child is swimming, fishing, or holding onto a parent, the level of love and consideration for the most essential of us, the child, is so beautifully actualized and on full view for the audience.”

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