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BmoreArt News Briefs: Emily Breiter becomes Bromo Arts district director; Deutsch Foundation names Jessica Solomon as vice president; MICA awarded in National Democracy Challenge; and more

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The following art news briefs have been compiled by our friends at BMore Art. To read more at BmoreArt, click here.

Emily Breiter comes in as Bromo Arts District Executive Director

In a press release, Amy Cavanaugh Royce, board chair of the Bromo Arts District and executive director of Maryland Art Place, welcomed Emily Breiter as the arts district’s next executive director. Breiter formerly worked on business engagement, fundraising, and events at the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Breiter will replace Claudia Jolin in the position, but Jolin will remain on the Bromo Board of Directors.

Hidden Histories: The I. Henry Photo Project

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Webster Phillips was around 9 years old when he first went out on assignment for the Baltimore Sun. Irving Phillips, his father, a staff photographer, brought Webster along with an extra camera so he could act as second photographer, getting detail shots while Irving focused on the action.

He was learning the family trade. Webster’s grandfather, I. Henry Phillips, was a photographer at the Afro-American newspaper. His father, Irving, also worked for the Afro, and traveled around the South with Martin Luther King Jr., documenting his speeches for the paper. In 1969, after he returned from serving in Vietnam, Irving was the first Black photographer hired by the Sun. Even Webster’s grandmother, Laura Phillips, worked in the Afro’s archive.

Baltimore Museum of Art to Host FREE Event with 1619 Project Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, Activist/Art Collector Pamela Joyner, and Artist Zoe Charlton

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On Tuesday, December 17, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will host The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Future Histories, a free conversation with award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah- Jones who created The 1619 Project for The New York Times; activist/art collector Pamela J. Joyner; and Baltimore-based artist and art professor Zoë Charlton. The event is part of the BMA’s The Necessity of Tomorrow(s) series, which brings together artists, writers, and thought leaders to examine and discuss issues and ideas at the intersections of art, race, and social justice. The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Future Histories is free and open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m. Seating is first come, first seated in the BMA Auditorium and in live-streamed locations throughout the museum. The event includes free admission to the BMA’s Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art exhibition and cocktail reception with music, cash bar, and light bites. For more information, please click here.

The BMA Presents Major Exhibition Exploring Development of Abstract Art Through the Work of Black Artists

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The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, an exhibition that captures the significant contributions that black artists have made to the development of abstraction from the 1940s to the present. On view through January 19, 2020, Generations explores the multifaceted power of abstract art as experimental practice, personal exploration, and profound political choice for decades of black artists. The exhibition features nearly 80 paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media installations by such notable artists as Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Jennie C. Jones, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson, and Alma W. Thomas. The exhibition is curated by Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, and Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Research & Programming Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University. The exhibition is co-organized by the BMA and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Pop-Up Art Exhibition Featuring Charlotte Culot at 1405 Point – 10/18 and 10/19

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1405 Point will play host for a special Pop-Up Art Exhibition featuring Charlotte Culot this coming weekend. From 11am-7pm, on both Friday and Saturday, October 18 and October 19, stop by 1405 Point to view this French artist’s work. Charlotte will be introducing her latest paintings, as well as a collection of rugs and tapestries based on her original work. Add it to your calendar and come check out Charlotte’s work. For more details, click here.

Women Rule at Everyman Theatre’s Salon Series

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If you’re looking for an affordable night out and want to try something new, make your way to Everyman Theatre​ in downtown Baltimore. Everyman’s 2​019 Salon Series starts Monday, September 9,​ and continues on select dates through December. Each evening highlights a new play written by women, directed by women, in a one-night-only performance.

These unique events transform attendees from passive audience members to artistic co-creators who get a front-row peek inside the acting and directing process. Add in a relaxed atmosphere, the chance to mix and mingle with actors and directors, and a cash bar, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a fun, memorable evening.

This year, Everyman Resident Company Members ​Megan Anderson​ ​(currently in P​roof)​, Deborah Hazlett​ ​(Everything is Wonderful, Sweat)​, ​Dawn Ursula​ (​Queens Girl in the World, Sweat)​, and ​Beth Hylton (Dinner with Friends)​ are taking the helm. Plays from the Salon Series are often brought to the mainstage in subsequent years; Be Here Now,​ Everyman’s fourth play in their 19/20 season, was a 2018 Salon Series pick that the audience adored.

In Pursuit of The Impossible

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“What if magic is real?”  It’s a question that local entrepreneur, Joel DeWyer, has been asking himself for most of his life.  Tapping into over 25 years of experience as a magician, DeWyer uses his refined skills of sleight-of-hand and playful deception to explore this idea, albeit, in ways audiences often don’t expect.  DeWyer is part of a new wave of performers, shifting the paradigm of the modern magician.  “Forget the coin behind the ear or feather flowers from nowhere, my objective is total wonder and astonishment,” he confidently claims.

Organizations and individuals most often seek out DeWyer’s services when they want to add something unique, yet sophisticated to their event, whether that’s a corporate gathering, a social networking function, a private dinner party, or a formal celebration, such as a wedding reception.  DeWyer’s relaxed approach and charming, professional style, make it easy to adapt what he does to comfortably fit almost any gathering or situation.  “For many of us, our limited experience of magic has been some goofy trick mixed in with a lot of bad jokes and cheesy humor – sometimes that works.  I offer a more refined approach, creating impossible moments for my clients and making sure their guests remember the event for a long time to come.”

An Evening of Art and Music with BMA’s Art After Hours Party

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BMA - Art After Hours

When the gallery lights go down, the party lights come up for Art After Hours, a lively series of evening events with activities, inspired by the BMA’s current exhibitions. Boost yourself with a beer & a bite, groove to music from house musician, Hans Berg, enjoy surreal games and pop-up performances and experience art in new ways.

With the closing weekend of two special exhibitions at the Museum: Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s and Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: Delights of an Undirected Mind, the BMA will be celebrating by hosting a surrealism-inspired Art After Hours Party this Friday, May 24, from 8pm – 11pm. The party will include an evening of music, art-making, drinks and lite bites and late-night access to galleries and special exhibitions. Tickets are $25 ($20 for BMA Members), for ages 21+ and can be purchased here.

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