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The third iteration of the Commons Collaboration kicks off with an exciting project from Baltimore-based artist Phaan Howng in collaboration with Blue Water Baltimore. For this project, Howng creates an immersive environment with intense, unnatural colors inspired by toxic waste. Through her partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, Howng will highlight local environmental issues and create a space and suite of programs to raise awareness about Baltimore's waterways.
About the Artist
Internationally acclaimed artist and trained architect Tomás Saraceno uses iridescent panels, spider webs, and inflatable orbs in three fascinating sculptures on view. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Entangled Orbits, transforms the East Lobby with clusters of iridescent-paneled modules held in place by strings reminiscent of a spider web. Appearing somewhat like bubbles, these spherical modules evoke the artist’s visionary plans for “cloud cities,” which look to naturally occurring forms for inspiration and might provide environments for future human habitation.
For 40 years, Al Loving experimented with materials and process to expand the definition of modern painting, drawing on everything from free jazz to his family’s quilting tradition. In the 1980s, Loving broke free of the flat image, using heavy rag paper to make three dimensional collages in brilliant colors. Spiral Play features 12 of these collages, some of them monumental in scale. The work is radical, beautiful, and deeply human. In the artist’s words, “I chose the spiral as a symbol of life’s continuity. It became an overall wish for everyone.”
Los Angeles-based artist and 2017 MacArthur Genius Fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby will debut a suite of new paintings that draw upon her experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States, maintaining ties to her family in Nigeria, and building relationships in America. Layers of paint, fabric, and photographic transfers not only energize the interiors and figures depicted in the artist’s works, but serve as a metaphor for the complex merging of relationships and cultural backgrounds that contribute to Akunyili Crosby’s sense of self.
On view: DEC 9- JAN 13
Opening reception: SAT DEC 9 | 6-8PM | FREE
Gallery talk: SAT JAN 6 | 7PM | FREE
From 1965-2002, painter James Hennessey taught at the MICA, influencing the artistic production of thousands of artists. This career-spanning exhibition focuses on large work produced in Baltimore over the course of more than 50 years.
Enjoy an evening of music and comedy when two of Germano’s cabaret favorite performers share the stage to entertain you with an eclectic mix of music and stories. Russ Margo's singing style recalls the days of the classic popular vocalists of the 20th century. Audiences have declared him the “best of the best”, his repertoire ranging from Gershwin and Cole Porter to Al Jarreau and Lennon/McCartney.
“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. Burlesque talents Nona Narcisse, Maria Bella, and Candy del Rio will help keep the audience "all shook up" between fights! Don't miss this sexy, subversive, satirical, and nonsensical tradition that celebrates The King's birthday month!
Written by Audrey Cefaly
From Rapid Lemon Productions
January 12 – 21
Love Is A Blue Tick Hound is a collection of four one-acts, three of which have received New York premieres, and all of which have won multiple festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Rapid Lemon Productions presents the regional premiere, as part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival.