Edgar Allan Poe famously proclaimed the death of a beautiful woman "the most poetical subject in the world." The prolonged suffering of his beautiful, dying wife, Virginia Poe, almost certainly inspired this belief. Virginia Poe remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures in the famed author's history. Join us for a series of live readings, themed discussion, and Q&A about the famed muse, poetess, child bride and daughter of Baltimore.
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Call for South Asian Artists: The Towson University Asian Arts and Culture Center is inviting visual art submissions from South Asian diaspora artists in the greater Baltimore and Washington DC area for the upcoming gallery exhibition Creative Confluence: South Asian Community Reflections, Connections, and Dialogue happening in Fall 2022. This is a curated group exhibition, and eligible artists can submit up to 5 works for consideration. Find more information and submit work here or at bit.ly/CreativeConfluence-CallForArt. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2022.
Step into the pages of author Eric Carle's books with Port Discovery Children’s Museum’s limited time exhibit – Very Eric Carle. Explore themes such as hope, hard work, persistence, and friendship as you venture through classic works including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle and The Very Busy Spider from beloved author/illustrator Eric Carle. Locally sponsored by: M&T Bank. Media Sponsor: Maryland Public Television. Co-organized by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
Suzanne F. Cohen’s (1935–2018) extraordinary leadership and enduring support for the BMA touched every area of the Museum. In addition to chairing the Board and numerous Trustee committees, Cohen helped establish an endowment for free admission and funded many exhibitions, commissions, restorations, public programs, and gifts of art.
Organized by Carnegie Museum of Art, this exhibition debuts a recent body of work by New York-based artist Elle Pérez.
Including 13 photographs created between 2019 and 2021, Devotions explores relationship building, creating space to reflect on how we navigate ourselves in relation to others and the world. Pérez’s carefully sequenced images dwell in moments of grief and care, pain and pleasure, desire and self-exploration. Amidst recurring motifs of water, touch, and BDSM are also striking choices in proximity, scale, color, and light.
Salman Toor: No Ordinary Love will feature more than 45 paintings and works on paper made between 2019 and 2022, that weave together motifs found in historical paintings with recognizable 21st-century moments to create new worlds based in Toor’s imagination. Among the works are several made especially for the exhibition and inspired by paintings in the BMA’s renowned 17th- to 19th-century European collection, such as Sir Anthony van Dyck’s Rinaldo and Armida (1629).
Explore five centuries of the artifice of identity— from the splendid metamorphoses of classical myths to the posturing and bodily reinvention of contemporary drag culture. Shapeshifting includes approximately 50 prints, drawings, photographs, and artists’ books from the BMA’s collection that explore transformation and masquerade as recurring themes of artistic imagination across time and place.
The long-awaited Joan Mitchell retrospective is almost here! Co-organized by the BMA and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this comprehensive exhibition follows the career of the internationally renowned artist who attained critical acclaim and success in the male-dominated art circles of 1950s New York, then spent nearly four decades in France creating breathtaking abstract paintings that evoke landscapes, memories, poetry, and music.
Beatrice Glow is a New York- and Bay Area-based multi-sensory and interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the social history of plants. For her first exhibition in a major U.S. museum, Glow delves into the unseen and unsavory sociohistorical and ecological realities underlying the tobacco industry’s veneer of luxury through her digitally printed and embroidered silk textiles, VR-sculpted and 3D-printed objects, watercolors, and scent experiences.
Guarding the Art will feature works from the BMA’s collection, across eras, genres, cultures, and mediums, selected by guest curators from the BMA’s Security department. As guest curators, the officers will collaborate with leadership and staff across the museum to select and reinterpret works. In addition, the team is working with renowned art historian and curator Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, who is providing additional mentorship and professional development.
This exhibition showcases William Cordova’s on the lower frequencies i speak 4 u (2019), a remarkably complex work that originates from the Peruvian American artist’s research into individuals, places, and narratives significant to the Civil Rights Movement that intersect with contemporary social and musical history.
Working with porcelain and multiple surface techniques, Piccoli’s elegant vessels channel realms of mystery and myth as he draws from ancient forms to create his ritualistic wares. Inspired by the past with contemporary perspective, he envisions adventures with rich rewards at their end. His work is an amalgamation of fragments of architectural facades and spires, hidden glens and rocky crags, potion jars and seductive ewers. The title references the boons bestowed when goals are met on a metaphorical or literal journey.
The exhibition consists of a series of installations and sculptures that speak to memory, identity and loss. Using figurative realism and abstraction, I am capturing snapshots of moments with psychological charge and dreamlike narratives. This work is a result of the process of trying to find joy and succumbing to sorrow in the present moment, processing memory and spirituality in the context of bereavement, and the engagement with the physicality of clay as a mode of processing.
At the intersection of art and science lies Voyages, an original immersive event series at the National Aquarium that inspires connection to nature and celebrates all things Baltimore. At Voyages: Chapter 1, voyagers will embark on an audio-focused tour of the National Aquarium’s exhibits, listening to original soundscape tracks composed by local beatboxer, vocal percussionist and breath artist Shodekeh.
Join us for a dance and choreography workshop inspired by select works in the reinstallation of the Contemporary Wing, How Do We Know the World? and led by Baltimore’s Full Circle Dance Company.
For more than 20 years, Full Circle has presented diverse stories, tackling real-world issues, and creating technically excellent work that engages and moves a broad audience.
All abilities are welcome!
Join a virtual reading of the first-person narrative, "A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story," with authors Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan and with Maryland Center for History and Culture education staff. Following the reading, create your own carousel mobile from home.
This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. After registering, an automated confirmation email will provide connection instructions. If you register by July 20, materials for the carousel mobile project will be mailed to you.
Speak Life Baltimore
Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello Community Development Corporation
3220-A The Alameda Baltimore MD 21218
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