BmoreArt’s Picks: October 25-31

This Week:  The Guardians reveal party at The Peale, Dan Hicks lectures at UMBC, Edgar Reyes, Nicoletta Darita de la Brown, and Priscila González de Doran at the Walters, opening reception for Christopher Whitehead at Chesapeake Arts Center, Murjoni Merriweather opening reception at Creative Alliance, Rubell Museum DC opens with inaugural exhibition What’s Going On, Parallax Women’s Photography Exhibition opening and juror talk at Gormley Gallery, GRL PWR Presents SWEAT! at Current Space, and A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration opens at the BMA with a Community Day — PLUS Baltimore Jewelry Center Community Challenge 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 Guardians Reveal Party
Wednesday, October 26 • 5-7:30pm
@ The Peale

*Masks required at indoor events

Don’t miss PART 2 of the acclaimed Guardians project! The Peale is hosting a party to announce the next cohort of amazing Baltimore Guardians. We’ll also feature a pop-up exhibition of the first round of Guardians recipients.

The Guardians is a photo documentary & storytelling project, created by Whitney Frazier and Kirby Griffin, that includes photo portraits, large scale banners and digital archives that celebrate unrecognized Black female leaders across Baltimore City neighborhoods. This project provides a platform for women who spend their lives fighting for a better, more equitable Baltimore.


Robert K. Webb Lecture with Dan Hicks
Thursday, October 24 • 4-5:30pm
@ UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Humanities Forum and the Department of History presents the annual Robert K. Webb Lecture, featuring Dan Hicks, who will speak on The Decade of Returns: Museum Curation after the “Universal Museum.”

As museums around the world begin to transfer ownership and make returns of looted African cultural heritage, what does this mean for museums in Europe and North America? In this talk, Dan Hicks takes stock of a century of African demands for returns, the gradual evolution of professional ethical curatorial practice, and the opportunities and risks that lie ahead.

Dan Hicks is Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at Oxford University, Curator at the university’s Pitt Rivers Museum, and a Fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford. His book, The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution, was named one of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2020 and is the winner of the 2022 National Council on Public History Award for the Best Book in Public History.

Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase following the lecture.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students, staff, and visitors. If you would like to request a disability-based accommodation on site or have questions about this event or its location, please contact us at

This event is co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities.

Muertos y Santos: Celebrating Life and Death in Latinx Communities
Thursday, October 27 • 6-7pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

Location: Walters’ Graham Auditorium
Registration required.

Between October 31 and November 2, many Latin American countries celebrate and honor those who have passed in a variety of ways, including Día de Muertos, Día de Todos los Santos, and Día de los Fieles Difuntos. Across these varying holidays, altars, art, rituals, and religion are all part of the experience in one way or another. Artists Edgar Reyes and Nicoletta Darita de la Brown and freelance writer Priscila González de Doran at the Catholic Review will each share their perspectives and experiences engaging with various components of these holidays. Following the conversation, please join us for a question and answer session with the audience.

Please note that this program will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel at a later date.

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