BmoreArt’s Picks: November 8-14

This Week:  Hotel Indigo hosts QRCKY’s opening reception, Essential Tremors + Matmos, Myrtis Bedolla curated exhibition opening at Banneker-Douglass Museum, Transformer’s 20th Anniversary Gala, Baker Artist Awards Celebration at the BMA, Nights on the Fringe at the Peale, Creativity Center grand opening, Tim Doud exhibition opens at HEMPHILL, and Gina Pierleoni and Schroeder Cherry speak at Stevenson University — PLUS Poetry Out Loud 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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QRCKY | Reception
Wednesday, November 9 • 5-7pm
@ Hotel Indigo

Maryland Art Place in partnership with Hotel Indigo Baltimore is pleased to present new original artwork by Baltimore based artist, QRCKY.  The exhibition is on view at Hotel Indigo Baltimore, located at 24 West Franklin St. from September 9 – January 6.  A public reception will take place Thursday, November 10 from 5 to 7 pm.

About the Artist:

“Art is not a luxury; it is a necessity. It documents history — it helps educate people and store knowledge for generations to come. Generations of people that don’t see themselves in art lose their history. My art allows me to develop an identity and say:  “This is my story. This is what I know.”

Art unity communities allow us to dialogue about history and its legacy. These are some of the most important works I have made. They speak to who I am, my heritage, and my culture.

My work explores the relationship between Black diaspora sensibilities and urban spaces. With influences as diverse as Kara Walker and Jean-Michel Basquiat, new synergies are crafted from constructed and discovered layers. Currently living in Baltimore, I am interested in the sensation of moving, the deconstruction and reassembly of surfaces, and of forgetting and remembering what has come before.”


We hope to see you Thursday, November 10 from 5 – 7pm for the opening reception.

Validated parking is available at 15 West Franklin St. Garage.

Essential Tremors Presents The Selector Series #3: Matmos (Drew and Martin)
Wednesday, November 9 • 7-9pm
@ Idle Hour

A fully immersive, shared listening experience in a high-fidelity environment with your hosts, Drew Daniel and MC Schmidt (Matmos).

Modeled on the “jazz kissas” founded in Tokyo in the 1950’s in which people gathered to drink and listen to records, The Selector Series features a guest “selector” (DJ) who chooses a record that’s important to them that we then play that evening.

The Selectors will begin the evening by introducing the record its relevance to them and some of the history behind it then attendees will listen to a high-fidelity playback of the record in its entirety. The record Drew and Martin chose is Enoch Light’s “Spaced Out.”

Idle Hour features an extremely high-fidelity stereo and special seating options:

-$20: Prime Seats (best location for immersive stereo sound in middle of room); includes one cocktail; 7 available

-$15: Regular Seats; includes one cocktail; 13 available

The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy | Opening Reception
Thursday, November 10 • 6-9pm
@ Banneker-Douglass Museum

The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy presents multidisciplinary works of art by fifteen cross-generational Black Maryland-based artists, as well as pieces from the Banneker-Douglass Museum Fine Art Collection. This exhibition, guest curated by Myrtis Bedolla of Galerie Myrtisin Baltimore, explores America’s fraught history of systemic racism while celebrating the resiliency of a people who have persevered despite social and political devices to suppress them.

Investigated through paintings, photographs, prints, videos, and conceptual works are notions of resistance and joy, imagery that gives voice to the voiceless and dispossessed. Presented are thought-provoking narratives that serve as a conversation on Black empowerment while sanctioning and proclaiming Blackness and its humanity.

Featured artists are Devin Allen, Tawny Chatmon, Wesley Clark, Larry Cook, Oletha DeVane, Edward D. Ghee, Sr., Phylicia Ghee, Jerrell Gibbs, Curlee Holton, Monica Ikegwu, Megan Lewis, Charles Mason, III, Wendell Patrick, Joyce J. Scott, and Chrystal Seawood. Also included are commissioned portraits of Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Lillie Carroll Jackson, and Harriet Tubman by Hughie Lee-Smith, and a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Nathaniel Gibbs.

The exhibition will run November 10, 2022 – September 30, 2023. Programming in alignment with the exhibition is scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibit, to include artists’ talks, a conversation with the curator, a jazz & poetry night out, youth events, and more.

Read more of this week’s picks at BmoreArt.