Quick Draw Competition for ALL AGES, painting street views of the Town of Bel Air during the Maryland Center for the Arts’ Harford Plein Air Festival, Saturday, October 12. Register in advance online or onsite from 8-9am; timed painting from 9-11am. Artists display their work from 11:30-1pm next to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, 45 S. Main St., Bel Air.
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Projected lights, sounds, and reflective surfaces convey a sense of flowing water in Oletha DeVane’s installation, Traces of the Spirit, presented inside the BMA’s Spring House. The exhibition references the building’s past as a dairy and place where enslaved people were forced to labor and creates an altar-like location for a selection of the artist’s spirit sculptures. For these totem-like objects, DeVane (American, b.
Beauty stops us in our tracks. It makes us pause, look, consider. Sometimes it overwhelms us. We are often told art should aspire to this standard and be proportionate, symmetrical, naturalistic, and orderly. But what of work that is designed to revolt and terrify? Across subSaharan Africa, artists working across a range of states, societies, and cultures deliberately created artwork that violated conceptions of beauty, symmetry, and grace—both ours and theirs. Subverting Beauty features approximately two dozen works from sub-Saharan African’s colonial period (c.1880-c.
For more than 30 years, New Orleans-natives Keith Calhoun (b. 1955) and Chandra McCormick (b. 1957) have been documenting life in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Known as “The Farm,” the prison was founded on the consolidated land of several cotton and sugarcane plantations. Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex includes poignant photographs and videos that record the exploitation of men incarcerated in the maximum-security prison farm while also showcasing their humanity and individual narratives.
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.
Every Day: Selections from the Collection is the BMA’s first reinstallation of its contemporary collection centered on black artistic imagination. Nearly 50 works of painting, sculpture, video, printmaking, and photography from the BMA’s permanent collection, alongside a select group of loans primarily from the celebrated Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection, foreground the critical contributions black artists have made to postwar visual art.
This exhibition explores the cross-cultural connections in Melvin Edwards’ sculpture from 1980 to the present. Edwards (American, b. 1937) was profoundly influenced by his experience at a major arts festival in Lagos in 1977. Since then his work has increasingly connected to African art, languages, poetry, liberation politics, and philosophy. He has made reciprocal ties to many African countries, such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Senegal, where he has maintained a home for nearly 20 years.
MacArthur award-winning artist and Baltimore icon Joyce J. Scott’s earliest art lessons were at the knee of her mother, the renowned fiber artist Elizabeth Talford Scott. The eldest Scott passed down to her daughter knowledge inherited from generations of craftspeople in their family who had honed their expertise and persisted in their artistry through the extreme deprivations of slavery and its aftermath in sharecropping, migration, and segregation. “They couldn’t buy things,” Joyce J. Scott recounts, “so they made things.
View and purchase paintings from this year’s Harford Plein Air Festival, Saturday, October 12, 11am-5pm, Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main St.; free admission to both events. Details at www.mdcfa.org or 443-567-5216. The Harford Plein Air Festival is supported by the Harford County Cultural Arts Board with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.
Excitement and passion are at the heart of this all-Russian season opener! Baltimore Symphony Violinist Ivan Stefanovic brings his amazing talents to Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. Tchaikovsky poured his whole heart and soul into Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique". It’s an emotional masterpiece that has to be experienced live! Sofia Gubaidulina brings Russian spirit to the American jazz scene of the 1970s in her Concerto for Orchestra and Jazz Band which combines the talents of the Orchestra and members of the Columbia Jazz Band.
Starting in September 2018, the Second Saturday dance will move to the Church of the Nativity & Holy Comforter, Hart Hall. 6112 York Rd, Baltimore.
The Baltimore Folk Music Society presents American Square and Contra Dancing on the 2nd Saturday of the month running from 8:00 'till 11:00 pm, with a short break in the middle.
By Alex Reeves & Nell Quinn-Gibney
Directed by T.P. Huth
Rapid Lemon Productions
October 11 – 20
Rapid Lemon Productions closes their 2019 Season of Belief with another world premiere play.
Artificial intelligence, genuine grief, and a patchwork family.
When we die, who cares for those we leave behind?
In conjunction with DIS | A Good Crisis, join us for DIS University (DIS U). The conversation series brings together DIS contributors and Baltimore-based thinkers for extended dialogue on big ideas. Moderated by Lee Heinemann of Get Your Life!.
Join Lisa Snowden McCray, Editor-in-Chief of Baltimore Beat, with Matt Goerzen, researcher at the Data and Society Research Institute.
Arrive early! The first 50 guests at each event receive a free DIS U travel mug. Pop-up coffee shop and bookstore presented by Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse and Thread Coffee Roasters.
On Oct. 13 Springfield Presby. welcomes the Cornerstone Saxophone Quartet. Our concert begins at 3:00 and will be followed by a reception. The afternoon is open to all with a free-will offering taken. The quartet is comprised of musicians whose individual professional careers span more than three decades. Each member has been a career military musician with one of the premier military bands in Washington, DC. Members include William Marr, Sheila Nevius, Cynthia Marr and Dr. Robert Beeson.
The Patagonia Winds celebrates its tenth anniversary season with a powerhouse program of favorites by Holst, Coleman, and Mussorgsky. This unique concert event weaves multimedia visuals and performer commentary to draw audiences deeper into the experience of the music, with the intimacy and connection afforded by chamber music.