BmoreArt Selections: August 30 to September 5
This Week: Joyce J. Scott at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, WTMD First Thursday Festival, SHAN Wallace Presents “The Queer Agenda: THE WATERMELON WOMAN” Screening at SNF Parkway, The one and the many opening reception at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, the space between us Curated by Lily Xiao Opening Reception at Gallery CA, Jani Hileman and Adiante Franszoon have Opening Receptions at Creative Alliance and the 2022 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, PLUS Maryland Film Festival RFP for Graphic Design Services! and more featured opportunities!
BmoreArt’s Picks features the best weekly art openings, events and performances happening in and around Baltimore. For a more comprehensive overview, check out the BmoreArt calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated daily.
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Araminta with Rifle and Vévé by Dr. Joyce J. Scott
Thursday, September 1
@ Banneker-Douglass Museum
Come to the Banneker-Douglass Museum beginning September 1 to admire the monumental sculpture, Araminta with Rifle and Vévé (2017), created by Dr. Joyce J. Scott, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. Seeing the sculpture is a perfect introduction to our upcoming exhibition, The Radical Voice of Darkness Speaks of Resistance and Joy, a majestic continuation of Harriet Tubman’s bicentennial celebration and a great way to kick off International Underground Railroad Month.
Standing 10 feet tall, the Harriet Tubman monument is made of ground foam painted with found objects, blown glass, and mixed-media applications. Tubman holds in her hands a beaded rifle adorned with flowers and a beaded cane, called a vévé.
Provocative and penetrating, the sculpture was originally part of Joyce J. Scott’s 2018 exhibition titled Harriet Tubman and Other Truths at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. The Banneker-Douglass Museum is honored to have her as its new temporary home, pictured at right. outside the museum gates through September 30, 2023 as part of The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy exhibit opening November 10, 2022.
Festival of the First Thursday of September
Thursday, September 1 • 5:30 p.m.
@ Guangzhou Waterfront Park
We are DRIVEN to hang out with you on Thursday, September 1st at Canton Waterfront Park!
WTMD and Brewers Hill present the First Thursday Festival, our region’s largest FREE music festival!
- Rock out with Neal Francis, Illiterate Light and Pressing Strings.
- Head down to the east side DJ stage with Lemz and Emily Rabbit.
- Enjoy delicious local foods from a variety of vendors at the McCormick Spice Food Court.
- Cool off with a Reyka Vodka cocktail or an ice-cold beer from Monument City Brewing.
- Support local artisans, makers, and makers by shopping at our Maker’s Village Made In Baltimore.
There is something for everyone at First Thursdays. It’s where community happens. See you soon Baltimore!
The Queer Agenda: THE WATERMELON WOMAN
Thursday, September 1 • 7:00 p.m.
@ SNF Parkway
As gay kids, there weren’t many examples, or movies, accessible to us young people, especially in Baltimore when you barely left your zip code. As a child, I vividly remember looking up queer and gay life on the television screen, never really finding the spectrum that it was a part of. I especially want this series to prioritize a multiplicity of queer and gay narratives. –SHAN Wallace
Baltimore Living Archives Artist-in-Residence SHAN Wallace is an award-winning nomadic visual artist, photographer, and educator from East Baltimore. He draws on the nuances of daily life around him in Baltimore, not as fixed narratives but as a multiplicity of experiences. He uses his lenses, collage, and site installations as the foundation of his work, demonstrating the cultural and political narratives of black life, confronting oppressive politics and histories within African diaspora communities, and challenging ideas surrounding the collections, the culture and existing archives of Blackness. During the month of September, Wallace curates a series of films called the queer agenda featuring some of his favorite queer classics.
the watermelon woman Synopsis
Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty and snappy landmark of New Queer Cinema. Video store clerk and budding filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the “Most Beautiful Mom,” a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined to find out who the actress she knows as the “Woman watermelon” and make her the subject of a documentary, she begins to investigate and is shocked to discover that Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson) was not only a fellow Philadelphian, but also a lesbian. The project is not without its drama, as Cheryl’s singular approach causes friction between her and her friend Tamara (Valarie Walker), and she begins to see parallels between Fae’s troubled relationship with a white director and her own budding romance with her. White Diana (fellow filmmaker Guinevere Turner). ).
“the watermelon woman It’s a lesbian classic. This 90s autofiction is top-tier Black Queer Cinema. I can’t wait to see this movie on the big screen again.” –SHAN Wallace
Read more of this week’s selections on BmoreArt.