BmoreArt’s Picks: September 14-20

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BmoreArt’s Picks: September 14-20

BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

This Week: We are featuring online events that you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch and some that you can safely leave the house for, plus a few calls for entry to get involved locally and nationally. Stay home, stay healthy, stay engaged in the arts.

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!

Loïs Mailou Jones, Arreau, Hautes-Pyrénées, 1949; Oil on canvas, 19 1/2 x 23 5/8 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Gladys P. Payne; © Loïs Mailou Jones; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

NMWA xChange: Alma Woodsey Thomas and the Little Paris Group
Tuesday, September 14 • 12-12:45
presented by National Museum of Women in the Arts

This monthly talk show, a spin-off of the award-winning BMA x NMWA series, connects viewers to NMWA and its mission to champion women artists. Join as hosts from the museum interview special guests including artists, educators, and curators; consider topics relevant to our world; and offer insight into collaborations that NMWA is fostering while its building is closed for renovation.

In the first episode of NMWA xChange, the museum’s associate curator Virginia Treanor, PhD, and senior educator Adrienne L. Gayoso welcome independent scholar, art historian and curator Adrienne L. Childs, PhD. This discussion centers on artist Alma Woodsey Thomas and her connection to the “Little Paris Group,” a Washington, D.C.-based collective of Black artists established by Loïs Mailou Jones and Céline Marie Tabary.

Childs is an associate of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Her current book, Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts, which explores the representation of Black figures in European decorative arts, is under contract with Yale University Press.

Free. Registration required.

Contemporary Voices: Tanya Aguiñiga
Tuesday, September 14 • 7-8pm
presented by GW Textile Museum

Join artist Tanya Aguiñiga for a discussion of fiber art as activism on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fiber-centered interventions through performance, site-specific installation, community-based collaborations and object making have helped Aguiñiga and others voice the emotions felt at the edge of two cultures. In the face of injustice, fiber and textile techniques have been her companions in creating works of healing and empowerment.

In this virtual talk Aguiñiga unpacks the specifics of why fiber and textile-based materials have been the most effective conduit for her to bridge worlds at the border. She will discuss design thinking, give a brief history of art at the border and explore fiber works by other artists carried out at the border. Program participants will receive a guide to best practices for community engagement.

About Tanya Aguiñiga

Tanya Aguiñiga was born in San Diego, California, and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. An artist, designer and craftsperson, Aguiñiga works with traditional craft materials, such as natural fibers, and collaborates with other artists and activists to create sculptures, installations, performances and community-based art projects. Drawing on her upbringing as a binational citizen who crossed the border from Tijuana to San Diego daily for school, Aguiñiga’s work speaks to her experience of divided identity and aspires to tell the larger and often invisible stories of the transnational community.

How to Participate

To participate, register online to get a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (7 p.m. EDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

About Contemporary Voices

Meet innovative artists and scholars whose practice draws on textile materials, techniques or knowledge. This series is presented in partnership with the Textile Society of America and is supported through the museum’s Cynthia and Alton Boyer Fund for Education. Browse upcoming programs

Photo by Gina Clyne

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