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Culture Club: Take Me Away To The Stars, BMA Election Party, Baltimore Rising at MICA

Our monthly roundup of openings, events, and news from the art world.

By Gabriella Souza | November 3, 2016, 2:48 pm

-Stephen Towns
Arts District

Culture Club: Take Me Away To The Stars, BMA Election Party, Baltimore Rising at MICA

Our monthly roundup of openings, events, and news from the art world.

By Gabriella Souza | November 3, 2016, 2:48 pm

-Stephen Towns


Guerrilla Girls Election Night Party
Nov. 8, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. If this election season has you down, join dozens of others who are similarly jaded and lift your spirits at a party featuring art by badass collective Guerrilla Girls, poster making, conversations on the intersection of art and politics with BMA curators, plus a DJ, cash bar and eats by Alma Cocina Latina.

Charm City Fringe Fest
Nov. 3-13, various locations throughout Charles Village and Hampden. For the past five years, this 11-day theater festival of all things just outside the mainstream. Take in a burlesque performance, or perhaps an absurdist game show, or watch God perform his one-man show. And this year, catch the Fringe After Dark for comedy and music shows.

Culture Shift
Nov. 11 and 12, The Motor House, 120 W. North Ave. Spend two days celebrating music and art, with panel discussions, networking events, and performances by the Balti Gurls, TT the Artist, and street artists from the Section1 Project.

Baltimore Review’s 20th Anniversary Party
Nov. 5, 823 Park Ave. Founded in 1996, this literary journal aims to showcase Baltimore as a literary hub, and to promote great writing here and across the U.S. Talk with writers and poets, plus enjoy refreshments at its birthday bash.

Fades & Fellowship

Nov. 15-19, Motor House, 120 W. North Ave. This theatrical commentary is set behind the backdrop of a barbershop and invites you into the world of barbers and the community of the barbershop as part of a provocative, unscripted storytelling experience. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the show dances between documentary and theater in a unique, intimate, and enlightening experience.

Visual Art

Baltimore Rising
Through Nov. 23, Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies, 131 W. North Ave. This exhibition at the Riggs and Leidy Galleries brings together a broad survey of works by 15 artists—including Paul Rucker, Devin Allen, and Joyce Scott—with significant ties to Baltimore who address the social, economic, political and racial issues that propelled the city to the national spotlight in 2015. And don’t miss the Nov. 16 panel discussion on the topic, “Can Artists Ignite a Revolution?”

Take Me Away to the Stars
Nov. 5 through Feb. 18, 2017, Galerie Myrtis, 2224 N. Charles St. Stephen Towns—who earlier this year became the first recipient of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize—explores how violence is processed through escapism, religion, and myth in his latest exhibit. Using Nat Turner’s historic slave rebellion, he constructs a contemporary story though drawings, paintings, and quilts and provides an avenue to process the violence of American history and articulate the anger and frustration that continues to exists throughout the nation today.

Nov. 4 through Dec. 2, Area 405, 405 E. Oliver St. This exhibition, workshop, and symposium series are focused on 36 women-identifying artists, who represent a variety of mediums—mixed media and digital fabrication among them, as well as more traditional fine art. Jurors Myrtis Bedolla, Zoë Charlton, Breon Gilleran, and Megan Van Wagoner aim to build community and incorporate a broader scope of art, craft, and technology into the scope of gender based material pursuits.

Through Nov. 29, Project 1628, 1628 Bolton St. This exhibition of furniture and sculpture constructed by father-son artist pair David and Eli Hess is a product of their changing relationship and layered histories, which reveal their shared and disparate work practices and aesthetics. The work itself emerges from an amalgamation of weathered objects—pieces once discarded, later rescued, and then stored, only to be reimagined and incorporated in a new form.

Forest Through the Trees and Being Present
Through Dec. 22, Jordan Faye Contemporary, 218 W. Saratoga St.
D.C.-based artist Jeff Herrity says about Forest Through the Trees, “My porcelain slip casting work has always been about how we create and modify our identity based on feedback and input from a socially networked world.” And in Being Present, the gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary with an installation of more than 50 artists.

a r t + c r u s h
Nov. 5-27, Platform Gallery, 116 W. Mulberry St. This group exhibition highlights the concept of the phenomenon where artists admire, follow, and can be inspired by another artist and includes the work of Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Aqeel Malcolm, Joiri Minaya, Matthew Morrocco, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

Your Funeral
Nov. 11 through Dec. 17, Terrault, 218 W. Saratoga St. This group show—which features the work of Michael Anthony Farley, Janea Kelly, Maya Martinez, and others—has a description that was too good for us not to share a part of: “This is a group show, this is slab culture, the end, the reiteration of the word. This is fun: sad fun, difficult fun, a branded sense of refusal, obscuration, compulsion. We cannot stop, yet we so desperately wish to be able to, and at the same time we are happy? The text rearranges itself on the page, some of this is out of our control, some of us are just rowing a boat trying to avoid the day-to-day.” And in order to take Baltimore artists’ work back to the Satellite Art Show in Miami Beach this winter, Terrault and Platform Gallery are holding a show of magnanimous proportions at The Crown Nov. 12. The lineup includes :3ION, Sun Club, and Al Rogers, Jr., in another display of how supportive Baltimore’s art scene truly is.


The Bromo Arts District named Stephen Yasko its new executive director. As former general manager of WTMD-FM, he developed programming and events showcasing Baltimore’s music scene, and oversaw the creation and construction of WTMD’s new broadcast facility in downtown Towson.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is seeking applications for the 2017 Transformative Art Prize and MECU Neighborhood Event Grants. An information session on the application process will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St.

In October, Baltimore artist and founder of the Baltimore LOVE Project Michael Owen (we know you’ve seen his giant murals of hands spelling out L-O-V-E) painted one of such work at the Einstein Bagels across the street from Pulse Orlando, the nightclub that was the scene of a brutal mass shooting. The hands in this mural featured 49 orange blossoms, Florida’s state flower, and Owen’s hope is that this permanent monument will honor those lost and bring love to those in need.

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