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Posted 11/18/2009

EXQUISITE CORPUS The title that curator Laura Amussen picked for the debut exhibition in Goucher College's swank new Silber Gallery slyly calibrates the brain for its content. The work in this group show--featuring Heather Boaz, Jeanne-Marie Burdette, Elizabeth Crisman, Joshua Crown, Ellen Durkan, Jason Horowitz, Jackie Milad, Jenny Mullins, Lynn Palewicz (her Knife pictured), and April Wood--ostensibly emerges from the art-historical tradition of representing/interpreting the human body, but critical-theory bookworms (guilty as charged) will note that the term "ambiguous bodies" is a bit of a meme meandering through queer, gender, and sexuality studies, which prepares you for the intellectual rigor covered by these artists. A more considered review will appear in a future issue, but you won't find a more defiant or politically challenging notion of the nude in art in any local show right now than Charlton's three-channel video piece "Prime." Ambiguous Bodies runs through Dec. 13, and an opening reception begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 19.

SERIAL FILLER Jordan Faye Block moved her namesake Contemporary gallery into the lovely Federal Hill library space vacated by Jason Hughes a few months back, opening with a solid show of gorgeous wood sculptures from local artist James Long. This weekend, she inaugurates a more curious endeavor: The Salon Series is a weekend focus exhibition, with painter Lori Larusso occupying the first weekend, Nov. 20-22. According to jordanfaye.com, the series is designed to "give emerging artists the opportunity to present their work professionally in a gallery setting and exposure to the fundamentals of installing and curating a show," and Block plans on mounting six such salons over the next eight months. A great idea, and Block put out an open call for participating artists across all media, but the process comes with a legal contract's worth of fine print (see jordanfaye.com)

OPENING China Illuminated, a collection of Chinese photography from 1934-2008, opens Nov. 14 at the Park School with a reception from 6-7:30 p.m. City Paper contributing photographer Sam Holden's Analog 2009 opens Nov. 22 at Rocket to Venus with a reception from 7-10 p.m. Eric Gardner's solo exhibition and the group show Functionless Form, Functional Décor open Nov. 20 at School 33 with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Grace Hartigan: A Life in Painting opens Nov. 18 at the C. Grimaldis Gallery with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Matt Voelker's MFA Exhibition of clay illustrations opens Nov. 20 at Towson University's Holtzman MFA Gallery. Also at Towson, the Annual Student Juried Exhibition opens Nov. 19 at the Center for the Arts with a 7:30-9 p.m. reception. Painter Daniel Stuelpnagel's From Sea to Shining City opens Nov. 19 at the Frederick Douglass%u2013Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum (1417 Thames St.) with a reception from 5-9 p.m.

CLOSING The Jason Sloan-curated new media exhibition SSI.4 Sight.Sound [interaction] closes at MICA's Rosenberg Gallery Nov. 20, as does the fun and heady interdisciplinary-sculpture exhibition WNDRNG: Let's Get Lost in the Main Gallery. The ingenious fiber-arts exhibition Knit Wit ends Nov. 18 at Nudashank (co-curated and operated by City Paper contributor Alex Ebstein). Matt Bovie's collage work in Hola Amigo! New Collages and Other Messes closes Nov. 25 at the Meredith Gallery. Experiencing America closes Nov. 24 at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland's Gormley Gallery.

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