[Nate examines how vanity pervades pop culture, and reviews a group show that attempts to combat vanity through modesty. --the artblog editors] In the last decade, pop culture has included some moments of embarrassment that came to epitomize specific events (e.g. Janet Jackson’s controversial performance incident at Super Bowl XXXVIII). Her public humiliation, known as a “nip slip” (or its more polite euphemism, the “wardrobe malfunction”) is the takeoff point for the group show Nip Slips at Current Space in Baltimore. In examining the issues raised by a moment of vanity and its consequences, the show asks the question: What happens when ... More » »
The Baltimore Museum of Art recently re-installed its contemporary galleries, which include Sarah Oppenheimer’s first U.S. commission. This sounded like a good reason to plan a trip, especially since I could also see a small, focused exhibition about Max Weber‘s transmission of advanced art from Paris to New York in the period before WWI. Max Weber is given a well deserved place alongside his better known contemporaries Weber should be better known than he is, but the same could be said of a number of American modernists who worked before the Second World War. Max Weber: Bringing Paris to New ... More » »
It was National Train Day Saturday, an Amtrak love fest at 30th Street Station, and as Steve and I waited for our train to Baltimore (to visit good friends Chuck and Iris) I ambled around the displays (there was a nice photo display on the Great American Migration that explained how the railroad helped make that possible (via passenger and freight trains).
Last week Temple announced the hiring of Robert Blackson as Director of Exhibitions at Tyler School of Art. Today comes the announcement from the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore of Sue Spaid’s appointment as Executive Director of the museum. While in Philadelphia, Spaid headed up the Abington Art Center’s exhibition program and also taught Engineering Ethics and Aesthetics at Drexel University. She will join the Contemporary Museum Dec. 13. We should say here that we know Spaid and are big fans of her writing, curating and thinking. Earlier this month ICA announced Jenelle Porter’s move to ICA Boston. As of January, ... More » »
Post from Jason Urban Hello Libby and Roberta, AVAM is defintely the flagship of the Baltimore art scene but there are quite a few other spots worth investigation should you get back down there. School 33, the Creative Alliance, Area 405, Chela (which may or may not still be around), and Spare Room are all worth a visit depending on the month. And there are quite a few DIY-type spaces. In the year I lived there (before moving to Philly) I found it to be a very open and friendly city to work in… very supportive and there’s alot of ... More » »
For months, fellow blogger Mark Barry has been trying to get us down to Baltimore for the American Museum of Visionary Art. Uhhh, it’s south. Uhhh, it’s a day’s commitment. Uhhh, we can’t get it together. Uhhh, we were so wrong. It was great. Between Barry and museum director and visionary founder Rebecca Hoffberger (top image, Hoffberger left and Barry right), we got a warmer welcome than anything north of here can possibly muster.Here’s a picture of the fresh eggs from his very own chickens that Barry gave me (oh, yeah, he also gave Roberta her own eggs). Try to ... More » »
Post from artblog contributor Mark Barry Your comment about airport art (see Libby’s post) in Alaska coincided with a discussion I had last night, at yoga. Namaste. I was asked if I liked the new [Jonathan] Borofsky piece in front of Penn Station here in Baltimore. I do like it but I wish it we’re a commission for a local artist (me) and your airport experience is just the reason why. A sense of place. “Male/Female” though grand and shiny and bold, doesn’t have a Baltimore connection. It says nothing about the city or region to travelers coming and going ... More » »
Post by Mark Barry The Baltimore Office of the Mayors Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture got morphed into the tourism office, Baltimore Office Of Promotion and the Arts. Everything a city government does tends to be promotional anyway, that’s politics. There’s some tension and maneuvering going on over budgeting but art still has a niche in City Hall. The Mayor is interested in using artists and art organizations to develop blighted areas of the city. There is a small wave nationwide of appreciating the value and potential of a strong urban “creative class,” started by Richard Florida and his ... More » »