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Posted 8/5/2009

BMA'S NEW CURATOR Last week, the Baltimore Museum of Art announced the appointment of Kristen Hileman as the BMA's new curator of contemporary art, filling the senior curator of contemporary art space vacated when Darsie Alexander became the chief curator at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center late last year. Hileman, currently the associate curator at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, starts at the BMA in November. She will have some ambitious shoes to fill. Alexander presided over two of the BMA's most notable large exhibitions of the recent past--2005's SlideShow, the first major museum exhibition to explore the projected slide in contemporary art, and last year's mammoth Franz West retrospective--started the BMA's Front Room series of project-space exhibitions, and spearheaded the BMA's acquisition of contemporary works such as Thomas Hirschhorn's "Chandelier With Hands." Hileman, though, has already established a pretty good track record herself, co-organizing the Hirshhorn's intrepid, intelligent 2008 exhibition The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image. According to an e-mailed BMA press release, Hileman's first BMA project is coordinating the museum's Andy Warhol: The Last Decade exhibition, the first American survey of Warhol's later works being organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum, scheduled to open in October 2010.

BALTIMORE IN COLLEGE PARK The Unfolded Crystal: Seduction of the Hyperreal, an exhibition curated by local musician/artist Melissa Moore, opens Aug. 6 at the University of Maryland's Stamp Gallery with a reception from 6-9 p.m. The multi-media show--which "attempts to materialize an existence that reaches beyond the capabilities of human consciousness"--includes the work of local artists Gina Denton, Ayako Kataoko, Jen Kirby, Jenny Graf Sheppard, and Moore herself, and the opening includes a performance by the Stone Carving Oraclestra, Jill-of-all-experimental-trades Graf's musical/performance ensemble that performed at High Zero and, this time around, includes Miranda Bushey, Katherine Porter, Shana Palmer, and Serena Williams. Visit thestamp.umd.edu/gallery for more information.

OPENINGS Milana Braslavsky's Lotta Art "Best in Show" Solo Exhibition opens Aug. 7 at School 33's members gallery with a reception from 6-9 p.m.; that same evening, the R.L. Croft-curated Shunpiker, featuring the works of Janet Van Fleet, Bill Gusky, Christine Hahn, and Ken Huston, opens at the Federal Hill space. An exhibition of animal-themed works opens Aug. 6 at the Sowebo Arts Gallery, with a reception from 6-8 p.m., to benefit the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and SoWeBo Arts, Inc.

CLOSING Radix--the group show featuring works by Jennifer Becker, Michael Benevento, Brent Crothers, Gina Denton, Jennie Fleming, Ellen Ann Gallup, Dawn Gavin, Doug Hansen, Ben Piwowar, and Renee Rendine--ends Aug. 9, at the Whole Gallery. Sacred to the Memory of, Art Under Ground Studio's exhibition of cemetery photography, ends Aug. 8.

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