URBAN LIFE The Maryland Institute College of Art's Shaping the City free lunchtime lecture series has focused on cities and the "human and environmental forces that change them," a broad subject that nicely compliments the upcoming, and what looks to be essential, City From Below conference that runs March 27-29. MICA's series takes a very local approach, with its Feb. 6 debut examining Baltimore's history of public housing discrimination. UMBC professor of American studies Edward Orser revisits that idea with his noon, March 27 talk in Falvey Hall of the Brown Center. Titled "Blockbusting in Baltimore: The Legacy of Residential Racial Segregation," a subject he explored in his 1997 book, Blockbusting in Baltimore: The Edmondson Village Story.
OPENINGSLetters, Words, and Phrases--a group exhibition featuring Susan Brandt, Ruth Bowler, R. L. Croft, Craig Dennis, Susan Eder, Julie Marie Gaere, Rebecca Katz, Cara Ober, and Molly Springfield--opens at Goucher University's Rosenberg Gallery March 23. Patterns of Obsession--a three-artist show featuring Dana Reifler Amato, Chris Bathgate, and Matthew Kern--opens March 20 at Gallery Imperato with a reception that runs from 7-10 p.m. Living Classrooms' 3-5th grade Baltimore Urban Gardening Students display totem poles made from found and recycled materials at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson March 19-21 with a reception and performance 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 20. Baltimore School for the Arts visual arts students displays works in the spring exhibition in the school's Segal Gallery March 20 with a reception from 4-6 p.m.Regain/Regrowth: Photographs from Latvia and the Baltic Region by Danielle Yurchinkonis opens in MICA's Main Building March 23 with a reception from 5-7 p.m.We're Not Alone--an Art on Purpose project featuring works by Denise Tassin and Towson University and Johns Hopkins University students--opens March 23 in Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall. Built To Last: Ten Enduring Landmarks of Baltimore's Central Business District--featuring more than 150 photographs of sites from downtown Baltimore--opens March 25 at the Top of the World Observation Level of the World Trade Center.
LAST CHANCE Chestertown-based photographer James L. Amos' exhibition Geographic, Illustrative, and Personal ends March 23 at UMBC's Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.