Black Box: Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj
From February 8, 2017 — June 11, 2017
The many spirit mediums of Palmelo, Brazil, are featured in Captain Gervasio’s Family (2013-2014) by Tamar Guimarães (Brazilian, b. 1967) and Kasper Akhøj (Danish, b. 1976). The 14-minute black-and-white film is a meditative look at the mediums who communicate with the dead and engage in psychic healing practices. By juxtaposing details of the modernist buildings for which Brazil is known and the mediums engaged in such activities as holding hands to form a healing “magnetic chain,” the filmmakers suggest parallels between modernist architecture’s ideals and social organization and that of the Spiritist community.
Captain Gervasio’s Family is presented in partnership with The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS). Guimarães and Akhøj will be in residence at JHU this spring. Throughout their work, the Copenhagen-based collaborators explore the structure of social space and hierarchies, within both small communities and geographically or racially defined groups of people.
The BMA is closed every Monday and Tuesday.
Timeless Weft: Ancient Tapestries and the Art of Louise B. Wheatley
From February 1, 2017 — July 30, 2017
This intimate exhibition celebrates the 40-year career of Maryland artist Louise B. Wheatley. Internalizing the lessons of ancient masters, Wheatley creates art that is unmistakably a reflection of her own unique vision and her self-imposed sense of technical perfection.
Some of Wheatley’s works recall the composition and specific methods of Coptic textiles, including intricate and technically difficult border designs, the use of slanted wefts, and flying needle techniques. Less directly, Wheatley emulates their brilliant colors, connection to nature, celebration of earth’s fertility, and exploration of philosophical and religious thought.
The BMA is closed every Monday and Tuesday.
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts is thrilled to present the 29th Annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival March 19 through April 30, 2017. This year’s movies, a prime selection of insightful, gripping documentaries and heartfelt, at times humorous dramas, provide windows into Jewish experience writ large and small.
Introducing us to individuals in contemporary Israel and the United States and post-World War II Europe, we witness their journeys through moral struggles, career decisions, and identity crises. Through portrayals of universal and timeless human experiences, these films offer unique perspectives on what it means to be Jewish in different societies. We look forward to sharing these stories with you!
Front Room: Adam Pendleton
From March 26, 2017 — August 13, 2017
Adam Pendleton (American, b. 1984) is a New York-based artist whose work examines and questions the freedom of abstraction in relationship to language, politics, and identity. The animating force of his work is found in Black Dada—the artist’s term for a broad conceptualization of blackness. Working in various modes and mediums including painting, collage, video, and performance, the artist disrupts and reconsiders preconceived notions of history and culture. The Contemporary Wing’s Front Room Gallery will feature paintings, collages, and screenprints displayed against immersive floor to ceiling wall works derived from photographic and text-based collages.
Adam Pendleton is an American conceptual artist known for his multi-disciplinary practice, involving painting, silkscreen, collage, video and performance.
The Baltimore Jewish Film Festival features award-winning films from around the world with the common theme of Judaism and the Jewish experience. The festival screens eight to ten films per season, with each screening followed by a talk featuring a guest speaker.
USA/Poland/ Israel, 2016, Director: Michal Jaskulski
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 pm
English/Polish with subtitles, 90 min.
Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic Pole, launches a crusade to persuade the people of Kielce, Poland, to confront the truth about the darkest moment in their past: Kielce was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom. In the face of long-held animosity in the hearts of his fellow citizens, Bialek, a psychologist, uses education and community organizing to debunk conspiracy theories and cut through the unending debate about how and why it happened. His persistence, commitment, and passion transform Kielce into a place of dialogue and reconciliation.
Special Guest: Anna Sommer Schneider, Georgetown University
Presented in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Maryland
Short: And Then, Violence (Drama)
France, 2015, Director: Jordan Goldnadel
French with subtitles, 15 min.
Rebecca, 22, is a secular, Jewish Parisian law student. After the January Paris terror attacks, and in an increasingly violent and anti-Semitic context, she questions her identity. Has she become a target in this country she so dearly loves?
All tickets are general admission. Films frequently sell out; advance purchase is recommended.
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1. Order online at gordoncenter.com/filmfestival
2. Mail or fax order form: JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills MD 21117 410.356.7605 Attn: Marilyn Zvili
3. Stop by the cashier’s window at either J location.
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