AIA Baltimore Bookstore and Gallery, 11 1/2 W. Chase St., (410) 625-2585, aiabalt.com, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Intimate gallery space sits underneath the excellent architecture book store in Mount Vernon. Students in Morgan State's Master of Architecture program exhibit their final semester work through June 10.
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., (410) 244-1900, avam.org, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Beloved local institution of inspired, unorthodox approaches to visual art that deal with big ideas and themes. The Marriage of Art, Science, and Philosophy runs through Sept. 6.
Area 405, 405 E. Oliver St., (410) 528-2101, area405.com, noon-3 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. Relief. Collective, artist-run gallery space. New and existing work by Deborah Fisher and Lisa Bordhorst runs through May 31. Sink/Float, the gallery's Artscape exhibition that deals with water, opens July 16 and runs into August.
Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., (410) 578-1919, baltimoreclayworks.org, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Vital local exhibition and workshop hub of ceramic arts. The Annual Seconds sale June 5-7. Student Show June 6-20. Yoshi Fuller's exhibition runs June 27-Aug. 1. Visit web site for its schedule of summer workshops.
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, artbma.org, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to the museum's internationally acclaimed Cone Collection of post-impressionism and early modernism and always changing contemporary wing, this summer the BMA holds its annual group show of the Sondheim prize finalists (June 20-Aug. 16), its annual citywide student art exhibition Art is For Everyone May 27-31, a series of jazz concerts in the sculpture garden starting July 18, yoga classes in the sculpture garden starting June 2, and Free Family Sundays of events between 2-4 p.m. during June, July, and August.
C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St., (410) 539-1080, cgrimaldisgallery.com, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Long-standing local gallery featuring an impressive roster of contemporary painters and sculptors. A group sculpture exhibition featuring Dimitri Hadzi, Jon Isherwood, Jane Manus, Ulrich Ruckriem, John Ruppert, and Annette Sauermann runs May 20-June 27. In July and August, the gallery runs a group show featuring a selection of its artists.
The Contemporary Museum, 100 W. Centre St., (410) 783-5720, contemporary.org, noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Located across the street from the Walters Art Museum, this intimate space has become an indispensable local hub for collective creative processes and forward-thinking exhibitions. The Reverse Ark: In the Wake runs through Aug. 22. Future Party, a fundraiser for the Mobtown Modern concert series of contemporary composition, takes place June 12. Drawing by Fax, a group show of fax-based and mediated works, runs Sept. 12-Dec. 27.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., Washington, (202) 639-1700, corcoran.org, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays. This spry, often inventive museum in Washington primarily focuses on American art. Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes runs through July 12. The Evans-Tibbs Collection reopens June 3. William Eggleston: Democratic Camera; Photographs and Video 1961%u20132008 runs June 20-Sept. 20. Sargent and the Sea, which brings together John Singer Sargent works inspired by his summers in Brittant, Normandy, and Capri, runs Sept. 12-Jan. 3.
Eubie Blake Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., (410) 225-3130, eubieblake.org, noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Invaluable institution of regional African-American culture and arts. James Cunningham's Children in the Image of My Mother In the Eye of My Father runs June 4-27. Memories of Us, a youth exhibition, runs July 7-10. Photographer Lashele Bynum's Many Moods runs Sept. 3-Oct. 3.
Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-0341, museums.jhu.edu/evergreen, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Intelligent, high-brow culture presented in a resplendently posh setting. Modernism at Evergreen: Erno Fabry (1906-1984), a retrospective of Czech-born architect and designer, runs through Oct. 25. Reading the Grain: The Sculpture of Lawrence Schneider runs June 7-Aug. 30.
Gallery Four, 405 W. Franklin St., galleryfour.net. Collective-run, independent contemporary art space. Rectified, a group show exploring irony and representation, runs through June 13.
Gallery Imperato, 921 E. Fort Ave., suite 120, (443) 257-4166, galleryimperato.com, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays. Alyssa Dennis' Urban Blight runs through June 27. The gallery holds its first film festival July 10-Aug. 8, featuring the short film works of Corrine Bot, Christine Chin, bill Domonkos, Matthias Egger, Laura McClanahan, Joe Parker, Gautam Rao, and Carl Stevens.
Goya Contemporary, Mill Center, 3000 Chestnut Ave., suite 214, (410) 366-2001, goyagirl.com. Exquisite gallery space showing internationally renown contemporary artists. Works by Yue Minjun and Wilhelm Mundt run through July 18. Gallery Artists and New Acquisitions runs July 20-Aug. 20. Jo SMail: Waking Up From the Inside Out runs Sept. 1-Oct. 15.
The Hexagon, 1825 N. Charles St., hexagonspace.com. Collective-run music venue and gallery space in the Station North Arts District that caters a wide variety of music and visual genres. It hosts the Baltimore Electronic Music Fest June 27 with a wide berth of experimental and electro-acoustic sound artists. And throughout July it showcases its Community Youth Art Exhibition, a salon-style show of various community youth art organizations.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, (202) 357-2700, hirshhorn.si.edu. The Smithsonian's contemporary and modern art base, housed in architect Gordon Bunhaft's dramatic building, offers some of the best, consistent contemporary art programming in the Mid-Atlantic region, and its permanent collection of works by Alexander Calder, Clifford Stills, and Willem de Kooning aren't to be missed. Walead Beshty: Legibility on Color Backgrounds runs through Sept. 13. Black Box: Guido Van der Werve runs through Oct. 11.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., (410) 732-6400, jewishmuseummd.org, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Eclectic, intelligent small museum that puts on a nice mix of visual art and historical exhibitions. Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther, an exhibition of JT Waldman's graphic novel, Megillat Esther, runs through July 26.
LOF/T, 120 W. North Ave., loadoffun.net/LoadofFun/TheLOFt.html Cabaret space venue dedicated to performing and mixed-media visual and theatrical experiences. Performance artist Rebbeca Nagle delivers her solo show A Dozen Things June 12. On June 26 Smelling Salts Amusements reprise The Pledge, a theater piece premiered at the Transmodern Festival. Ric Royer and Missoula Oblongata debut Fifty Greatest Ladies and Gentlemen, two new theater pieces with the same name, July 17. And the Los Solos series of solo female artists begins every first Friday starting Sept. 4.
Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, suite 100, (410) 962-8565, MDartplace.org, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Cozy not-for-profit space with long-standing ties to the local art community. The 23rd Annual Critics' Residency Program runs through June 20. Convergence 09: Work by Recent MFA Graduates runs July 7-Aug. 29. And the Seventh Annual Curators' Incubator runs Sept. 15-Oct. 24.
Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 225-2300, mica.edu, galleries open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Baltimore's venerable local institution for visual arts education typically has a slower gallery schedule over the summer, but a few things do pop up, such as the MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibition June 29-July 11 in the Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries.
Meredith Gallery, 805 N. Charles St., (800) 753-3575, meredithgallery.com, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Contemporary gallery focusing on art furniture, ceramics, paintings, and crafts. Fire Proof, an exhibition of ceramics by MICA faculty and students using a traditional Japanese-style wood burning kiln, runs July 2-Aug. 15.
Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36th St., (410) 732-4258, minasgalleryandboutique.com, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Eclectic Hampden gallery space that also programs very worthwhile literature and poetry events. E. Liz Downing's Cousins and the Stone Age Astronauts runs through July 12.
National Gallery of Art, on the National Mall, Third and Ninth streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, (202) 737-4215, nga.gov. The national fine art institution, housing one of the finer collections of Western art in the world and home to some true American gems, such as George Bellows' "Club Night" and Alma Thomas' "Red Rose Cantata." Jaromir Funke and the Amateur Avant-Garde runs through Aug. 9. A collection of Philip Guston works occupy the Tower Gallery through Sept. 13. Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life runs May 31-Nov. 29. Stanley William Hayter: From Surrealism to Abstraction runs May 31-Nov. 29.
Nudashank, 405 W. Franklin St., 3rd floor, nudashank.blogspot.com. Emerging gallery space run by artists Seth Adelsberger and City Paper contributor Alex Ebstein. Picture Plane, a group show of digital abstraction, runs through June 19. Where the Sun Don't Shine is the gallery's Artscape exhibition of black-and-white works of a variety of media, runs July 11-Aug. 1. The juried painting show Chromatose runs Aug. 21-Sept. 19.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., (410) 767-0473, africanamericanculture.org, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. This relatively young, positively vital institution collects a wealth of regional African-American culture and arts inside its gorgeous downtown home. Sister Soldiers: Black Women and the Modern Military runs through June 14. East Side Stories: Portraits of a Baltimore Neighborhood, Then and Now runs through July 26. The Beauty of Now: Maya Freelon Asante runs through Aug. 16.
School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., (410) 396-4641, school33.org, noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. This Federal Hill veteran community arts center has recently become one of the more forward-thinking hubs for emerging artists exploring topical issues, and pairs its exhibition's themes with inclusive public programming. The group show Masked, about the social construction of identity and concealment, runs through June 27. The Studio Artists Exhibition runs July 7-Aug. 1.
Steven Scott Gallery, 808 S. Ann St., (410) 902-9300, stevenscottgallery.com, noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. This veteran local gallerist recently relocated to Fells Point, and celebrates his 21st anniversary this year. Amy Lamb's large-scale floral photographs run through June 28. As Far as the Eye Can See, the gallery's 21st-anniversary summer group show, runs July 1-Sept. 27.
Sub-basement Art Studios, 118 N. Howard St., (410) 659-6950, subbasementartiststudios.com, open by appointment. Local artist Jeffrey Kent's gallery space in the second basement of a Howard Street apartment building has become an indispensable space for large-scale works, heady group shows, and expansive solo shows. Je Ne Sais Quoi, a group show of 10 female artists, runs through June 7.
Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. This stately museum in the heart of Mount Vernon boasts a world renown permanent collection of 18th- and 19th-century European, but don't overlook some of its true gems, such as items in its ancient and Islamic art collections. Herman Maril: An American Modernist runs June 28-Aug. 30, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of this Baltimore painter. Rembrandt Peale's Portrait of John Meer: A New Addition to the American Art Collection runs through Aug. 23. Prayers in Code: Books of Hours from Renaissance France runs through July 19. And Shrunken Treasures: Miniaturization in Books and Art runs Aug. 15-Nov. 8.
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