Art and Stuff
Academy Art Museum, 106 S. South St., Easton, (410) 822-2787, www.art-academy.org Already noted for its impressive collection of American and European art, AAM takes its reputation to the next level by forging a partnership with the National Gallery to show work from American impressionists Tarbell, Benson, Hassam, and Chase while DC renovates its American artist galleries.
African Art Museum of Maryland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, (410) 730-7106, www.africanartmuseum.org, $3, seniors $2, AAA guests $1.50, children under 12 $1, AAMM guests free. AAMM hosts events, offers an hour-long African Experience tour, and exhibits baskets, masks, and art.
Alzacar Gallery, Baltimore School of Arts, 712 Cathedral St., (410) 347-1478. Somewhere in this building are the next Marios, Rye Ryes, and Tyler Gages. Until Dancing with the Stars 9 and Step Up 3, this is the place to find them.
American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, www.avam.org, $12-$5, free Thursdays 5-9 p.m. Under the shiny exterior and glimmering blue glass is the nation's quirkiest, shiniest, most creative art museum. Take the quirk home when you're done after a spin through the gallery shop where old-school toys and handmade Italian marbles are a near-steal.
American Indian Cultural Center and Piscataway Indian Museum, 16816 Country Lane, Waldorf, (301) 372-1932. Reproductions of the way it was plus artifacts as a reminder that our high schools and rivers were named for something.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Annapolis, (410) 295-0104, www.annapolismaritimemuseum.or.., free. Dedicated to preserving Annapolis boating history and the Chesapeake waters, this museum is housed in culturally historic McNasby Oyster Co. The museum hopes to renovate the building, which has a boat-accessible entrance, into a facility that can educate visitors about keeping the bay safe and clean. In the meantime, lighthouse tours and a concert series will add spice the water-based activities like Old Bay on a crab.
Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh, Pa., (412) 237-8300, www.warhol.org $6-$10. Everything you thought you knew plus the wacky stuff you didn't about the godfather of pop art. Fun fact: Warhol was a pack rat and would fill crates with miscellaneous junk and seal it up when it was full. The boxes were numbered but not itemized, and the museum is slowly going through everything.
Art Gallery of Fells Point, 1716 Thames St., (410) 327-1272, www.fellspointgallery.org, free. Run by more artists than you can shake a stick at, plus the miniature show which is, uh, lots of tiny stuff.
Baltimore Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave., Baltimore, (410) 578-1919, www.baltimoreclayworks.org, free. It's more than pots, people. Demonstrations, lectures, and parties where functional pottery meets art.
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, www.artbma.org, free-$25. Free film screenings, family workshops on the weekends, a tattoo-themed fashion show, plus the area's largest photography exhibition help to encompass the museum's ever-growing collection of art that spans from classics to modern and contemporary.
C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N Charles St., (410) 539-1080, www.cgrimaldisgallery.com, free. The city's first contemporary museum turns 30 this year with exhibits examining the Olympics, Havana, and large-scale sculpture.
Contemporary Museum of Art, 100 W. Centre St., (410) 783-5720, www.contemporary.org, free. We're biased since we can walk there during our lunch break, but we like really cool art amd really cool ideas. This summer check out Cottage Industry, an exhibition featuring six entrepreneurial artists presented in the museum's gallery space and two off-site locations,
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, Washington, (202) 639-1700, www.corcorcoran.org , $6-$12. They've got a great cocktail hour. With a drink in one hand and art all around, we feel swanky.
The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick, (301) 698-0656, www.delaplaine.org This center offers classes in various disciplines with on-going exhibits from the community and the center's teachers.
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, 215 Giles St., Havre de Grace, (410) 939-3739, www.decoymuseum.com, $6-$2, kids and members free. It's more than floating decoys and jokes made from the highway. It's about history, the ecosystem, and those sweet carvings.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th and Independence avenues SW, Washington, (202) 357-2700, www.hirshhorn.si.edu, free. The Smithsonian's contribution to modern, pop, and contemporary art fills its spaces with every interpretation of 'visual art' you can think of, focusing this summer on cinema.
Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100, (410) 962-8565, www.mdartplace.org, free. Stunning art from the locals hung in a gallery in the Power Plant Live! of all places.
Maryland Institute College of Art Galleries, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., (410) 225-2300, www.mica.edu, free. Within these walls lies the future of Baltimore art. What've ya got to lose by being the first to know'
McBride Gallery, 215 Main St., Annapolis, (410) 267-7077, www.mcbridegallery.com, free. Just because we ooh and ahh over the weird stuff doesn't mean there's no love for sailboats on the water or trees; we can love all that traditional stuff too.
Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, 6019 Chambersburg Road, Orrtanna, Pa., (717) 352-3792, www.mistereds.com, free, but the peanuts will cost you. Mr. Ed has been collecting elephants since 1967 and moved his collection from his house in 1975 creating this lighthearted and wholly entertaining museum full of trunks and little tails.
M'tter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 563-3737, ext. 211, www.collphyphil.org/muttpg1.sh.., $8-$12. Body Worlds is a traveling exhibition of, uh, bodies, but other than being split open and posed, everything's pretty normal. What's a colon look like when it's filled with a ton of poop? It's uncouth to talk about, but it's something we want to know.
National Gallery of Art, on the National Mall, Third and Ninth streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, (202) 737-4215, www.nga.gov, free. Van Gogh is okay on WETA, but if you look at it sideways and see the gobs of paint things get more interesting. Every classic artist is here and special exhibitions of Ernst's illustrated books and medieval art. Don't leave without getting gelato from the caf'.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, (202) 783-5000, Washington, www.nmwa.org, $6-$8. Celebrate women's contributions to just about everything and see Nevelson's room installation Dawn's Wedding Feast.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 763-8100, www.philadelphiamuseum.org, $8-$12. Kahlo and Soriano's exhibits just closed but an animation exhibition and the art of the kimono are picking up the slack.
Top of the World Observation Level and Museum, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., (410) 837-8439, www.baltimore.to/TopOfWorld/in.., $5. Set your point-and-shoot digital camera to panoramic and make your own art.
Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, www.thewalters.org, free, $12 for special exhibits. A sculpture gallery to rival a Greek palace, Renaissance paintings from the textbooks, ancient art, rare manuscripts, and the in-depth and stunning Maps exhibit make getting it all in on one go exhausting. If you only have 15 minutes for lunch to pop in, check the Room of Wonders, a m'lange of everything, which proves that curiosity, weird stuff, and pack rat tendencies can really get you somewhere.
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S. Shumaker Drive, Salisbury, (410) 742-4988, www.wardmuseum.org If the Havre de Grace museum didn't do it for you, Ward has the most comprehensive and extensive collection of wildfowl carvings in the world. The museum also hosts workshops in decoy carving and jewelry making plus photography exhibits. When you've finished, check out another wildfowl: The Shorebirds are hitting homers down the street.
West Virginia Museum of American Glass, Main Avenue and Second Street, Weston, W. Va., (304) 269-5006, www.wvmag.bglances.com It takes more than lungs and a brain full of hot air to make art out of glass. Sculptures, busts, decanters, tiles, and lamps are only a few sparkly shiny items in this museum crafted and blown by artists . . . not hotheads.
Painting Our Natural Surroundings, May 24, Patapsco Valley State Park, Avalon, (410) 461-5005, www.dnr.state.md.us/publicland.., $2. You're new to painting but you know you're the next Thomas Kincade, given the right materials and explanation. Materials are supplied (wear clothes you won't mind ruining) and Patapsco Valley is serene. Now's your chance to find your calling.
Baltimore and Beyond Photography Exhibition, through May 31, Belvedere Square, 518 E Belvedere Ave., (410) 464-9773, www.belvederesquare.com, free. Commercial photographer, photojournalist, and erstwhile City Paper contributor Jennifer Bishop explores unique moments in and out of Charm City.
Baltimore Ink: Patterns on Bodies, May 31, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, www.artbma.org, $20, members $10, students $15. Exploring the connection between African body art and American tattoo art, Skin and Ink editor Bob Baxter is joined by renowned tattoo artists in a discussion about modern tattoo art, followed by a Baltimore-centric runway show.
Graduate Art Sale, noon-4 p.m., June 7-8, MICA's Studio Center and Mount Royal Station, www.mica.edu, free. In part with MICA's graduate exhibition 15 x 15, this sale gives you a chance to snatch the work from the next Jeff Koons now (so you can make mad bank by selling it from your esteemed private collection to the BMA later).
ClayFest!, June 6-8, Baltimore Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave., (410) 578-1919, www.baltimoreclayworks.org, $10-$30. Hands-on activities include the biggest ceramic bargain of the year with the Clayworks' seconds sale.
Celebration of Textiles, June 7-8, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW, Washington, (202) 667-0441, www.textilemuseum.org, free. Washington's Textile Museum is celebrating its 30th year of textile love, so get on board, take the train south, and enjoy the museum's grounds and interiors dedicated to demos and activities for the whole family.
Homeless Art Show, 6-9 p.m. June 12, John Fonda Gallery, Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 837-5533, www.theatreproject.org, www.hchmd.org, free. Healthcare for the Homeless brought together community artists and homeless artists in collaboration; this is a show of their multimedia works. Come see what a little creative action can accomplish.
Artscape at the BMA: Sondheim Prize Finalists, June 21-Aug. 3, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, www.artbma.org, free. Special exhibition for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize, for which six artists and historians vie for a $25,000 prestigious prize.
Manayunk Arts Festival, June 28-29, Manayunk, Pa., (215) 482-9565, www.manayunk.com Delaware Valley's largest arts festival means you're a savvy shopper with an eye for art with a juried show and 275 artists.
Sondheim Prize Semifinalists, July 17-Aug. 2, MICA's Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries, www.mica.edu, free. Take a look at works by all the talented folks in the running for number one.
Flicks from the Hill, 9 p.m., June 19-Aug.7, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, www.avam.org, free. The AVAM screens films relating to its exhibition All Faiths Beautiful every Thursday on Federal Hill. Films will be screened in the Jim Rouse Visionary Center if it rains, but fingers crossed for clear skies for Close Encounters of the Third Kind. An alien invasion under a roof just seems wrong. Free admission to the museum 5-9 p.m.
Body and Soul Lecture Series, through June 18, AVAM, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, and Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, www.avam.org, $10, students and seniors $5. Body Worlds 2 meets All Faiths Beautiful in this weekly series blending religion, visual art, and medical science.
One-Day Mosaic Workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 7, AVAM, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, and Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, www.avam.org, $100, members $75. Join Baltimore Clayworks co-founder Rick Shelley to make mosaics like the AVAM's exterior on wood, with mirrors, and stained glass.
Screen Painting Workshop, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., June 14, AVAM, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, and Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, www.avam.org, reservations required. Painted screens are as much a part of Baltimore culture as Natty Boh and half'n'half. You've got both in the fridge, but your rowhouse is incomplete without a painted screen to bring out the shine in your marble steps.
Visionary Experience Summer Camp, July 8-26, AVAM, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, and Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, www.avam.org, $200-$700. When we were in sixth grade, art at summer camp was a 'sculpture' made of popsicle sticks. At AVAM, middle-schoolers learn from the city's best--making stop-motion film, working with community artists, and learning puppetry from Nana Project and the Great Halloween Lantern Parade's Annie Howe--before exhibiting their work in a salon.
Little Italy Open Air Film Festival, 9 p.m. Fridays, July 11-Aug. 29, intersection of High and Stiles streets, www.littleitalymd.com, free. Charm City's slice of Italy screens eight films from The Blues Brothers to hometown favorite Hairspray.
Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., July 12, Deep Creek Lake State Park, 898 State Park Road, Swanton, (301) 387-7314, www.dnr.state.md.us/publicland.., free. Forty artists exhibit original work including pottery, jewelry, photography, woodworking, watercolor, oil, and more. Includes Dixieland music, food, and naturalist/eco programs and demonstrations.
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