Tag: baltimore arts community

[email protected]: ArtLab Emphasizes the Important Influence of Art and Creativity in Baltimore City

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Labs@LightCity ArtLab
Photo courtesy Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts by Mike Oswald

Innovation LABS at the third annual Light City Baltimore concluded last week, packed with unprecedented access to Baltimore’s movers and shakers, and the nudge to get the city collaborating for change.

Creative Alliance Turns 21! Celebrate at Leeloo’s Lounge Party

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Marquee Ball

LEELOO’S LOUNGE PRE-PARTY | 7:30 pm
It’s time for the Creative Alliance’s Marquee Ball, and Leeloo’s Lounge Party is the best part of the night! With exclusive performances throughout The Patterson, heavy hors d’oeuvres, specialty drinks, beer & wine, and more it is sure to be the best party of the year.  Entry to the Deep Space Dance Party included in the $90 ticket price! Support our creative community and buy your tickets today.

Purchase tickets, here.
Advanced purchase of tickets suggested. 

MICA’s President, Fred Lazarus, to Step Down

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Fred Lazarus. Photo courtesy MICA.edu.
Fred Lazarus. Photo courtesy MICA.edu.

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’.)

The Grand Reopening of the BMA’s Contemporary Wing

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For far the past two years, Baltimore has had a void.  While we’ve been able to enjoy a good landscape or religious portrait, or even the Kinetic Sculpture Race, we’ve been forced to travel to far-off museums in DC or Philly for a solidly curated contemporary collection.  Come Sunday, the void will be filled.

Artist: Melissa Webb

The BaltimoreMuseum of Art (BMA) is reopening its contemporary wing this Sunday, November 18 after a two-year renovation project.  The new wing has three new exhibitions, two interactive galleries, sound and moving image works, a black box gallery,  and the new BMA Go Mobile interactive art guide app. The installations include a wide range of artists from masters such as Warhol and Rauschenberg, to newer emerging artists on the contemporary scene.

The Grand Opening takes place on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and includes various performances and activities for the entire family.  If you prefer something for a date night, consider coming Saturday night, November 17 to the BMA Late Night at 9:00 p.m.  White Life and Tim Nohe will be providing music, there will be collaborative art-making projects designed by renowned sculptor Maren Hassinger, and discussions led by BMA staff to give you fresh perspectives on new exhibits.  Light fare and a cash bar will be on the premises, so come celebrate in style this momentous occasion for the Baltimore arts scene.

Where?
The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD


When?

Saturday, November 17, 2012
9:00pm – Midnight

Sunday, November 18, 2012
11:00am – 5:00pm

Why?
To celebrate contemporary art making a comeback in Baltimore!

How Mr. Mom Turns Ward Cleaver

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My wife and I used to be cool. Like other twenty-something couples in the Baltimore arts community, our partnership paid little mind to conventional notions of gender. She was by far the primary breadwinner. I cooked all our dinners. We shared all other homemaking responsibilities evenly. I was proud of our enlightened attitude that allowed us to work out an idiosyncratic domestic partnership with seemingly no regard for traditional gender roles. No one would dare say we weren’t a liberated, modern couple.

That began to change when my wife became pregnant. We were careful to limit her exposure to germs and toxins, so taking out the garbage became solely my domain. It was a portentous change, but I didn’t realize it at the time. I didn’t have the foresight then to see that soon virtually all of our superficial feminist merit-badges would be sacrificed on the altar of parenthood.

Our son is fed breastmilk exclusively. We prefer not to use bottles. We’d rather not leave the baby with a sitter. And from these few seemingly innocent parenting preferences sprang a “Leave It to Beaver” style family arrangement: Mom stays at home with the child and keeps the house in order; Dad supports the family financially and is occasionally guilted into washing a few dishes. Okay, so it’s not quite that simple. But my wife does cook dinner more often she used to, and just last week she baked chocolate chip cookies. Bittersweet, as with every delicious bite came the thought that somehow we were setting the movement back 50 years.

Maybe there are other ways we could set up the family unit, but with no family in town to help out our options are limited. And though we’re in our late twenties, we’re the first of our Baltimore friends to procreate, so we have to learn as we go.

What remains to be seen is what becomes of our arrangement when the kiddo moves on to solid foods. Will we continue in our grandparents’ family roles, or will we revert to our hip, genderblind selves?

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