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Mickalene Thomas' immersive two-story installation will transform the BMA's East Lobby into a living room for Baltimore. The experience will extend onto an enclosed terrace where the BMA will host a series of events, such as film screenings, artist talks, performances, workshops, book clubs, and self-care seminars. Influenced by the 1970s and 1980s, Thomas' signature aesthetic incorporates geometric patterns, prints, textures, wood paneling, and shag carpeting, among other nostalgic motifs.
Across sub-Saharan Africa, a strict gendered division of artistic labor existed throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Men worked in wood and metal, carving and casting works that glorified leaders and paid homage to deities, while women created works in clay, cloth, and beads, stitching and firing the art of everyday life. This exhibition brings together two dozen works from the BMA's collection to demonstrate the critical role of women in shaping and maintaining social identities across 20th-century Africa.
Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art offers a sweeping new perspective on the contributions black artists have made to the evolution of visual art from the 1940s to the present moment. Artists featured include pioneers of postwar abstraction once overlooked by history, such as Norman Lewis, Alma W. Thomas, and Jack Whitten, as well as artists from a younger generation such as Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Martin Puryear, Lorna Simpson, and many others.
This focus exhibition acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of women artists to the development of American modernism through nearly 20 works from the BMA’s collection by Elizabeth Catlett, Maria Martinez, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Marguerite Zorach, and others. The selection of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts showcases these artists’ innovative engagements with the major art movements of 20th century from Cubism to Abstract Expressionism.
Arts Every Day will be hosting its fourth annual 10x10 Exhibit featuring over two hundred student and teacher artworks from Baltimore City Public Schools that respond to a culturally relevant body of work, movement, or theme. This year, the 10X10 Exhibit work is inspired by the theme IDENITITY.
The exhibition, curated by a team of high school students: Mason Alston of Baltimore Design School, Charyce Burrell of Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, Kayla Laws of Renaissance Academy, and Malachi Wright of Baltimore Design School, will be on view at the Motor House.
Bard to the Bone, BSF’s Shakespeare Appreciation Society, meets every odd-numbered month for a lively conversation about a specific aspect of Elizabethan/Jacobean theatre.
Enjoy snacks, drinks, and conversation with fellow Shakespeare buffs, and enrich your understanding of the Bard’s work and its relevance to our modern world.
This event is FREE and begins at 7pm.
January's Topic is Henry V: Rabbit or Duck?
Tufan Derince, at the crest of a wave of young Kurdish musicians who have swept over the corridor linking Diyarbakır—the capital of Kurdish culture in Southeast Turkey—with urban centers of Kurdish migration along the Eastern Mediterranean, has performed at hundreds of weddings across Turkey. Recently relocated to the Netherlands he has already made a major impact on Kurdish music scenes in Europe, collaborating with refugee Kurdish musicians from Syria, creating a novel blend of electronic pop and heavy electrified Kurdish folk music.
DUKING IT OUT FOR YEAR TEN!
“Elvis" and Kittie Glitter take care of business as hosts of this hilarious underground fight club. In seven elaborately staged rounds, this action-packed, punch-drunk evening offers flim-flam fisticuffs, cartoon-like violence, below-the-belt comedy, and hot tah-tahs. Between bouts burlesque talents will keep the audience "all shook up."
Education remains the single most important civil rights issue of our time. Even after Brown vs. Board of Education, the Little Rock Nine, national desegregation, and the fading of overt racism from public dialogue, Maryland schools are more segregated now than they have been in decades. This leads to huge achievement gaps, and robbing all students of the experience of interacting with people of different backgrounds and perspectives that is crucial in the real world.
A new concert series featuring local Baltimore singers and rappers performing selections from the hit musical Voices of Carmen!
This performance and community conversation unpack the storyline of the opera Carmen while bringing the characters and conflicts into contemporary times. Come hear Voices of Carmen in its first concert series and join the #CarmenConversation.