Peter Williams: With So Little To Be Sure Of
to Mar 29

Peter Williams: With So Little To Be Sure Of

Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah
February 23 - March 29, 2018                                                                                                    Opening reception: Friday, February 23, 6-8PM

Revolution, Rebellion, Reparations...How to make a painting: Saturday, February 24, 2PM
A conversation with artist Peter Williams, curator Larry Ossei-Mensah, and contributors to the catalogue Angela N. Carroll and Ebony L. Haynes.

137 West 25th Street, Ground Floor
Between 6th and 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

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a r t + c r u s h: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.
6:00 PM18:00

a r t + c r u s h: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.

Opening reception: November 5, 6-9pm**

Platform Gallery
116 W. Mullberry Street

November 5th-27th, 2016**
Gallery hours: Saturday 11-5pm

Platform Gallery is pleased to present a r t + c r u s h: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., on view at 116 W Mulberry Street. This group exhibition will highlight the concept of the art crush- a phenomenon where an artist would admire, follow, and be inspired by another artist. This exhibition will include the works by: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Aqeel Malcolm, Joiri Minaya, Matthew Morrocco and Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

a r t + c r u s h is an annual exhibition curated by Platform with the hope of celebrating art crushes as a studio practice. a r t + c r u s h is an investigation into the relationships between the crusher and the crushed. Crushes are more popularly recalled as painfully beautiful experiences of infatuation. They are loyal loves from afar that usually end in some sort of odd admiration. Due to social media and web trolling, crushes can now blossom without even the slightest of communication. To develop an art crush, an artist must be faithfully dedicated to support another artist’s work and studio practice. a r t + c r u s h: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. presents Brown’s newest body of work while exhibiting the work of his crushes: Aqeel Malcolm, Joiri Minaya, Matthew Morrocco, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

ELLIOTT JEROME BROWN JR. is a conceptual photographer working on ideas related to intimacy, vulnerability, and social perception within the intersection of Blackness and queer identity. The resulting images, set within biographical, private, and public spaces, demonstrate how the subjective body is in tension with past and available imagery, as well as with politicized representations of the body. Elliott received his BFA in Photography and Cultural Analysis from New York University.  His work has been featured in publications such as New York magazine, Newspaper, and Mossless: Private/Public/Portrait. He has exhibited in the United States, Mexico, and the Czech Republic. In addition to a visual practice, Elliott is also the curator of DATE NIGHT, an interdisciplinary exhibition set in various homes. Organized under a guiding, discursive question, the exhibition facilitates intimate conversations on the exhibiting artists’ works and practices.

AQEEL MALCOLM explores the intersections of his identity as a Black, Queer, African American, and Jamaican American male and addresses “masculinity,” what defines it today, and the effects of that definition.  Malcolm is a fiber artist and weaver living and working in New York, and his work references the barbershop to explore spaces where men convene and the objects that inhabit them. Aqeel Malcolm is the first recipient of the Edward and Sally Van Lier Arts Fellowship at the Museum of Arts and Design and graduated with a BFA in Fiber and a concentration in Experimental Fashion from Maryland Institute College of Art with several awards to his credit.

JOIRI MINAYA is a Dominican – American artist born in 1990. Living between the United States and the Dominican Republic (and having lived in Belgium for a while) has made Minaya aware of her own difference and subjectivity depending on context. Influenced by this, her work meditates on representation, identity constructions, gender roles, migration and nature from a personal place but also through larger transcultural and historical frames. She graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales (ENAV) in Santo Domingo, D.R. in 2009, the Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, D.R. in 2011 and Parsons the New School for Design in 2013. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Minaya is the recipient of a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Award, a Great Prize and the Audience Award in the XXV Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes at the Centro León in Santiago, D.R., and the Great Prize of the XXVII National Biennial of the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo. She lives and works in Manhattan, NY, maintaining a strong artistic presence and family ties in the Dominican Republic.

MATTHEW MOROCCO is an artist working with aesthetic and personal histories. He received a BA in Philosophy and Art Theory from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA from Columbia University. He is a 2016 NYFA Fellow.  More information can be found on his website.

KAMEELAH JANAN RASHEED (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA) is an artist, writer, and former public school social studies teacher. A 2006 Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, Rasheed holds an Ed.M (2008) in Secondary Education from Stanford University as well as a BA (2006) in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College. She has exhibited her work at Jack Shainman Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, BRIC Art Gallery, Weeksville Heritage Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, MoCADA, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, the Soap Factory, among others. Currently, she is an artist in residence at Smack Mellon and on faculty at SVA. Selected residencies, fellowships and honors include: Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2016), Keyholder Residency at Lower East Side Print Studio (2015), Commissioned Artist, Triple Canopy Commissions at New York Public Library Labs (2015), Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Grant (2015), A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), Process Space Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency (2015), Artist in the Marketplace – Bronx Museum Participant (2015), Art Matters Grantee (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grantee (2014), New Museum R&D: Choreography Seminar Participant (2014), Vermont Studio Center Residency (2014), Working Classroom Teaching Artist (2014). She has spoken and facilitated discursive programming at a number of institutions such as the MET (forthcoming), MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The Museum of the City of New York,  the Center for Book Arts, Creative Time, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Interference Archive, School of Visual Arts, Parsons, The New School, NYU, Columbia University, Barnard, and the University of Illinois.

PLATFORM was founded in 2014 by Lydia Pettit and Abigail Parrish on the first floor of Platform Arts Center. Functioning as a commercial gallery, Platform promises to create driving, thought­ provoking shows that question the relationship between artist, curator, and community as well as providing opportunities for Baltimore and regional artists to show their work. Run by women, Platform is an open, safe space for artists of all genre to meet and collaborate with community members of any class, race, gender, or age in hopes of influencing future shows and programming. Exhibitions span from new age artists that are influential to contemporary art to curated historical investigations of art in Baltimore. Platform promises to excite audiences beyond the art community, challenge convention, create new paths, and open its doors to change.

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Stephen Towns: Take Me Away to the Stars: The Mystery, Magic, and Myth of Nat Turner
3:00 PM15:00

Stephen Towns: Take Me Away to the Stars: The Mystery, Magic, and Myth of Nat Turner

Saturday, November 5th : 3-5pm

Galerie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street : 21218

Stephen Towns: Take Me Away to the Stars, explores how violence is processed through escapism, religion and myth. Using the historic and mythological chronicles of Nat Turner’s historic slave rebellion, Stephen Towns constructs a contemporary story through drawings, paintings and quilts.

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Kelvin Bulluck: Face Naked
7:00 PM19:00

Kelvin Bulluck: Face Naked

Friday, November, 7-10 pm

Gallery CA
440 East Oliver Street, Baltimore: 21202

Face Naked is a visual exploration of the female-identifying face, free of any makeup or enhancements. The series was inspired by an open letter, penned by Alicia Keys titled, “Alicia Keys: Time to Uncover,” in which Keys declared that she would no longer be “covering up” to meet the expectations of beauty placed on her by others. As a photographer that often works in the beauty and fashion industries, Bulluck began to question his own expectations surrounding beauty and the role that makeup plays in his concept of it. Could the mainstream standard of beauty be redefined, and if so, could it be done without the use of makeup? In response to this, Bulluck decided to create a series featuring women, free of makeup, showcasing their natural beauty.

Every image featured in the series is an intimate portrait of human beauty in its raw form. The images highlight various skin textures and the colorful personalities behind them. Many of the subjects were not accustomed to being photographed without makeup, requiring trust in the photographer and allowing each subject to open up in their own way.
Kelvin Bulluck is a Baltimore-based portrait photographer, specializing in beauty and fashion photography. His work has been featured in local, national print and online publications including Baltimore Style Magazine, Strangers With Style, Dark Beauty Magazine, Encore HD Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine, Essence, and the BmoreArt Journal. Photography has given him the ability to share the world through his own eyes and to tell stories that wouldn’t have otherwise been told.

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XXChange – Opening Artist Reception
6:00 PM18:00

XXChange – Opening Artist Reception

Friday, November 4th : 6-9pm 

Area 405
405 East Oliver Street : 21202

Jurors Myrtis Bedolla, Zoë Charlton, Breon Gilleran and Megan Van Wagoner chose 36 artists, makers, designers and craftspeople to exhibit in XXChange. Featuring media including digital fabrication, functional sculpture, mixed media projections, and a range of more traditional craft and fine art, The XXChange exhibition and series of events of encourages and empowers self-identifying women/womyn/ gender fluid, and trans* creators in building community and incorporating a broader scope of art, craft and technology into the traditional scope of gender based material pursuits.

Artists featured in XXChange are:
Aimi Bouillon
Allison Fomich
Amelie Haden
Ann Stoddard
April Wood
Ariel Foster
Audrey Van De Castle
Brianna Faulkner
Bonnie Crawford Kotula
Catherine Mapp
Christine Strong
Claudia McDonough
Dawn Whitmore
Eleni Kontos
Esther Iverem
Faith Wilson
Freda Mohr
Holly Wilson
Jenna Carls
Jenna Wright
Jennifer Zwelling
Jessica Searfino
Liana Owad
Madeline Becker
Margaret Walker
Mary Frank
Mary Olin Geiger
Mia Halton
Michele Colburn
Mollye Bendell
Sasha Baskin
Sarah Marriage
Sherry Insley
Sydney Mullis
Whitney Sherman

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Erick Antonio Benitez: Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra – Opening Reception
7:00 PM19:00

Erick Antonio Benitez: Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra – Opening Reception

Thursday, November 3rd : 7-10pm 

Current Space
421 North Howard Street : 21201

Current Space is proud to present Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra, an exhibition by Erick Antonio Benitez featuring a multimedia installation documentary work focusing on the US-Mexican border and the lives it affects. The exhibition also features research data and found objects gathered from the border itself, spanning its entirety; from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific. This project was awarded the 2016 Ruby Artist Project Grant, sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, which allowed funding for its in depth investigation and creation.

Erick Antonio Benitez- is Salvadorian-American visual artist, sound alchemist, and curator based in DC/Baltimore. Benitez’ inter-disciplinary work is rooted in his commitment to matters of cultural identity, nature, social justice, and activism/education through art. Benitez co-founded La Bodega collective, a cooperative of cross-disciplinary, multi-functional studios and galleries. He is part of Woven Autonomo, a sonically-focused entity who collaboratively curate and perform sound art and music. Benitez is also a collaborator with the Greenmount Greenway Project, which aims to rehabilitate vacant lots in the Greenmount West Neighborhood into safe, active, and inspiring parks for all ages.

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