BmoreArt’s Picks: September 20-26

This Week: Kevin Tervala lectures on Abstraction and African Art for the Art Seminar GroupBmoreArt’s Jeffrey Kent and Cara Ober in conversation with Devin Allen and Bill Gaskins in a Connect+Collect Virtual Talk, Jo Smail opening reception at Goya Contemporary, Plein Air Painting at Evergreen, John Waters at Maryland Center for History and Culture, Oletha DeVane opening reception at UMBC, September Bromo Art Walk, and Corita Kent and J.M. Giordano opening receptions at Goucher–PLUS Center for Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship 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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Abstraction and African Art: Historic Arts (Lecture 1 of 2)
Tuesday, September 20 • 1:30pm
@ Central Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

1:30 pm Central Presbyterian Church (7308 York Road @ Stevenson Lane in Towson) and Zoom

Abstraction and African Art: Historic Arts (Lecture 1 of 2)

Kevin Tervala, associate curator of African art and department head for arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, & the Pacific Islands at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Africa has long been associated with abstract artistic expression. Indeed, the story of African art’s entrance into the art historical canon is so well known that it scarcely needs to be repeated. Yet, in spite of the voluminous scholarship on European interest in African abstraction, there is much we do not know about the history of abstract form on the continent itself. Most basically: What does abstraction mean in Africa? Why did it develop in some places and not others? Where did it emerge, what prompted its genesis? Our lectures begin to answer these questions through an examination of both historic and modern abstract practices.

$15 fee for guests and subscribers

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BmoreArt Connect+Collect | Meet the Artists: Devin Allen with Bill Gaskins
Wednesday, September 21 • 6:30pm
presented by BmoreArt, AIA Baltimore, and TILT

Join BmoreArt’s Jeffrey Kent and Cara Ober for a conversation with photographers Devin Allen and Bill Gaskins. Allen is one of eight photographers featured in Dynamic Range, the first exhibition at BmoreArt’s Connect+Collect gallery that explicitly includes the magazine’s contributors. The exhibit’s goal is to present each photographer as a skilled and multifaceted artist, distinct from their ongoing work with the publication but also revealing overlapping concerns.

Thank you AIGA Baltimore and TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image for partnering with us on the event!

Jo Smail: If All the World were a Blackbird | Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 21 • 6-8pm
@ Goya Contemporary Gallery

Please join us to celebrate the opening of Jo Smail: If All The World Were A Blackbird beginning on September 21, 2022 from 6-8pm, and on view through November 23, 2022.

Featuring ten large paintings created after Smail’s major 2020 retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the artist’s consummate exploration of novel ground proves –yet again– that the most predictable feature in Smail’s work is to expect the unexpected.

About Jo Smail:

Baltimore-based South African artist Jo Smail (b. 1943, Durban) is celebrated worldwide for her inventive approach to abstraction across tactile media. Often composed through compounded states of material accruals, subtractions, and adaptations, Smail’s compositions expressively reflect the human condition in unique ways. Educated in South Africa, Smail moved to Baltimore in 1985 and was Professor of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art from 1988-2017, where she is now Professor Emeritus. Formal exploration as well as innovations emerge from the artist’s personal history – delving into the past, present, and perception of future with equal weight and vibrancy.

Influenced by the horrors of apartheid, a devastating Baltimore studio fire (1995), a life-altering stroke (2000), the socio-political content of personal effects, the natural world, and art history, Smail’s work has been the subject of myriad exhibitions and major publications with significant reviews printed in The New York Times, Art in America, The Hudson Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, Artblog, Baltimore Magazine, Artforum Magazine, among many others.

Read more of this week’s picks at BmoreArt.