The natty, bow-tied Fred Lazarus IV announced today that he’ll retire from his job as president of MICA at the end of the next academic year, May 2014. (We totally called this one a month or so ago — just sayin’.)
This girl wore leg warmers, hand warmers, hoodie, and fishnet tights on an overcast and misty afternoon that almost welcomed such outrageously layered coverage. (Cool backpack; great skirt.)
I loved the chance to take a stroll inside MICA’s Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries and survey the brilliant array of Sondheim semifinalists’ work. Above, “Image Bank” is a magical view of actual cloud formations. See the heart, see the arrow, the buffalo, the seahorse, the human dog, the dragon-swan, the unicorn skeleton… Well, what do you see?
It’s not Scapescape, it’s not Whartscape, it’s… Ratscape! The Hour Haus (right above Arts and Craftsman/ next to Joe Squared on North Avenue) is hosting 47 mostly local bands over the three days of Artscape weekend. Fifty bucks will get you entry for all three days AND a meal AND five beers each day. That’s a pretty bangin’ deal.
Check out the Facebook event here. (Also, I’d highly recommend reading the comments under Simon Mugzilla’s post in there – an interesting semi-dialogue on profit in the punk/local music world.)
The lineup looks like this:
Seasoned artist Renee Stout, who won the $30,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize for 2012, is a multi-media maker who creates her art, at least in part, by consistently taking on a fierce fictional identity. Her alter-ego’s intriguing first name: Fatima.
When I visited Stout’s exhibition – currently on display at the BMA, along with the work of all spectacular Sondheim finalists, Lisa Dillin, Jon Duff, Hasan Elahi, Matthew Janson and John McNeil, until July 29th – I was most struck by those pieces in which the mind of this Fatima Mayfield, a gifted spiritual healer, seems most alive and participant. The staged photographs, starring Renee/Fatima in dreadlocks and platform heels, yes, also thought-provoking, but less so for me than the art-text-involved works that seem to stream from both women’s brains, creator and character.
The most fun thing to do at Artscape is to wander around and stare at other Artscape attendees. While the heat reduced some visitors to hot-weather basics (tank tops, shorts, and flip flops), other Baltimoreans used the event to showcase their personal style. A few of our favorites below.
Photos by Liz Donadio; style spotting by Donna Sellinger.
Donte Williams: “I just woke up and threw stuff on!”
Jen Tydings of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society: “I’m just doing a Viking thing today.”
Tyrone Powe: “I felt like I ran out of clothes, so I just threw on anything. I knew that jewelry would help me out.”
Angelo Thomas is a stylist at Matthew John’s Salon.
This weekend, Artscape turns 30–the free festival came to life on a cool, rainy day in the summer of 1982. While this weekend probably won’t offer the same reprieve from the heat, it does guarantee the same culture and charm the festival has embodied from the start. Artscape is the largest annual free arts festival in the United States, and this year 173 exhibitors from all over the country share their work with over 350,000 expected visitors, for a can’t-beat price of zero per person. The festival takes place over three days, spread over 12 city blocks and approximately four million square feet of display space. You can check out exhibitions in fashion, film, fine arts, games, performing arts, and car art, as well as several musical performances. The lineup this year includes, among others, Fantasia (no kidding), Matisyahu, and G. Love.
This year’s Artscape will pay tribute to the festival’s origins with a special exhibit called “1982 on the Charles Street Bridge,” which will feature work by diverse artists, all inspired by the 1980s. If the neon-bright 80s aren’t your scene, other attractions abound, dance troupes, interactive storytelling, art workshops, and a fantastic sculpture garden called the Rabbit Hole. Artscape has also become more kid-friendly in recent years, and parents no longer have to pay for children’s activities: They’re now free, just like everything else. Kids can enjoy puppets, origami, arts and crafts projects, and even a (very) amateur Grand Prix race. For those so inclined, there is an exhibit called Gamescape, which features locally produced video games, as well as art inspired by games.
Artscape truly has something for everyone, so if you’re not busy this weekend, or you’re like me and need something to distract you from obsessing over the Harry Potter finale, get your art on. But don’t forget the sunscreen and the crowd-friendly attitude.