BmoreArt’s Picks: September 28 – October 4

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.

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American Landscapes
Ongoing through November 19
@ The David C. Driskell Center

American Landscapes is the first major exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center to juxtapose African American artists with their contemporaries, presenting a comprehensive narrative of the contribution of African American artists to American art canon.

The works in this exhibition were selected based on the artists’ contribution to the genre of landscape art and date from c. 1850 to 2020. Of the 73 works by 68 artists, over half were selected from the Driskell Center collection, with others borrowed from outside collections. These artists were chosen for their historical relevance and their artistry while considering individual style and influence or dialogue with their contemporaries.

Additionally, the exhibition includes a selection of 30 landscape works by Professor David C. Driskell, known for his love and depiction of pine trees, gardens, and landscapes. American Landscapes is curated by Dorit Yaron, Deputy Director, assisted by Professor Curlee R. Holton, Director, both of the David C. Driskell Center.

Annet Couwenberg: Sewing Circles | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 30 • 5pm | Ongoing through December 11
@ The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) presents Annet Couwenberg: Sewing Circles, on display from September 30 through December 11. The exhibition presents an overview of ten years of cultural research, digital experimentation, and finished artifacts by Couwenberg, who uses lace as a primary material. Through her creations, the artist asks how traditional textile construction can be modified or transformed by adapting it to digital fabrication processes.

Couwenberg’s technical experiments include 3D printing of multi-pronged connectors that are used to assemble umbrella-like structures, laser-cut buckram (cloth stiffened with glue) that produces dramatic origami “infinity” collars, and Y-shaped CNC-cut polyethylene that produces infinitely scalable lace forms. She has also explored Damask and Jacquard digital weavings. Some of Couwenberg’s work that evokes fish scales and skeletons was inspired through exploration of digitized fish skeletons during a 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.

One particular work on display was created at UMBC in partnership with engineering students led by professor of mechanical engineering Tim Topoleski and with the assistance of software developer and engineer Alan Grover. Cleft (2016–21) is based on a Dutch ruffled collar as an example of a piece of clothing acting as both a constraint and a beautiful enhancement. Based on the concept of clothing as metaphor, the work examines the precarious balance between the constraints of social norms and our private desires. There is an intertwined yet conflictual relationship between immigration and citizenship, a state of anxiety that defines our contemporary condition. By putting the audience in charge as the “digital puppeteer,” Cleft explores the untangling of this conflict between self-determination and dependency through the syntax of the body, and the boundaries of our social interactions through computer software, which translates our “movements.”

Born in the Netherlands, Annet Couwenberg received MFA degrees from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Syracuse University. She received a Smithsonian Artist and Research Fellowship in 2014. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Gyeonggi MOMA (Ansan, Korea), HOMA Museum (Seoul, Korea), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE), 28th Street Studio (NYC), Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), City Gallery (Atlanta), Decorative Arts Museum (Little Rock, AR), Textile Museum (Tilburg, Netherlands). Her work has been reviewed widely, including in Le Monde, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Fiberarts, Surface Design, The Journal of Cloth and Culture and Sculpture Magazine. Telos Art Publishing published a monograph on her work in 2003.

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