Current Exhibition

Curators' Incubator 2018: Waving and Wavering

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Waving and Wavering: Contemporary Artists Flags

Curators' Incubator | Alexander Jarman

On View:  May 17 - June 23, 2018

Flag Day Artist Talks: June 14, 2018 | 7 - 8pm

Featuring Project KALI, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Ursula Populoh, Iqrama Muhammad, YARISAL & KUBLITZ, René Treviño, Jen DeNike, Brette Gabel, Nino Cais, UBIK, Amy Yee, Carver Audain, and ±MAISMENOS±.

Many of our most visible public symbols, including flags, are currently under increased scrutiny and public reconsideration. Rather than seek to define any fixed set of meanings, the exhibition Waving and Wavering assumes that a flag will always carry various and contested meanings. Exploring multiple interpretations of flags as both concept and format, this exhibition emphasizes three main perspectives: local examples of artists creating new flags for the city of Baltimore, new models of artists examining the American flag, and international samples of artists working with flags in contemporary ways.

The art world’s investigation into the use of banners, pennants, and other similar iconography is long standing, and representations of flags persist as important symbols in modern and contemporary art. One may look to Jasper Johns' notable series of the stars and stripes as an example which initiated a dialogue over freedom of expression and the limits of representation.  In the 70 years since Johns' flag works debuted, numerous flag exhibitions - such as the People's Flag Show or Old Glory - have been mounted, the American government has debated the use of its flag in protests through proposed amendments and Supreme Court cases (Texas v. Johnson, 1989), and artits have continud to present their own versions of iconic flags, such as David Hammons' African American Flag (1990). We now find ourselves in an unprecedented time, when flags and monuments around this country are being reassessed, when the appropriate responses to the National Anthem are in debate, and when symbols for new social movements such as Black Lives Matter and Time’s Up are being created. Waving and Wavering aims to contribute to these conversations by presenting alternative views of familiar symbols, illustrating the ways in which artists are using the format of a flag to address issues of power and personal politics.

About Curators’ Incubator: Curators’ Incubator was established in 2002 as a platform for aspiring curators to grow. In this program, MAP’s gallery is made available to an emerging curator or curatorial team to develop a creative, curatorial vision as part of a mentored partnership initiative. The program provides approximately 2,200 square feet of gallery space and a generous budget to the selected curator to produce a five week exhibition at MAP.  Curators' Incubator has served 145 curators and artists since its inception in 2002.

Upcoming Exhibitions

What's to come at MAP

Young Blood

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: July 11 - August 25, 2018

Maryland Art Place presents its 11th annual Young Blood exhibition, showcasing the works of recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates.  Featuring:

Caroline Hatfield
 MFA Interdisciplinary Studio Art (Towson)
 
Mitchell Noah
MFA Intermedia and Digital Art (UMBC)
 
Mollye Bendell
MFA Intermedia and Digital Art (UMBC)
 
Madeline Stratton
MFA Mount Royal School of Art (MICA)
 
Ryan Lytle
MFA Rinehart School of Sculpture (MICA)
 
Sara Kaltwasser
MFA Community Arts (MICA)  
 
To date, Young Blood has provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for 85 transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 this program has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis exhibitions. This exhibition will highlight exceptional works ranging from painting,  sculpture, installation, photography, and virtual reality.  

Sarah Tilton // Hotel Indigo

On View: June 6th - July 28, 2018

Opening Reception: June 6th, 6pm - 8pm

Hotel Indigo | 24 West Franklin Street | Free & Open to the Public

Maryland Art Place is pleased to present recent works by Sarah Tilton at Hotel Indigo!

Sarah Tilton (b. 1993) is an abstract painter living and working in Baltimore, MD. She is best known for her bold and expressive large-scale paintings. Drawing inspiration from her background as a classically trained musician, Sarah works improvisationally to create paintings that represent feelings without names. “I always think that the best music sort of envelopes you and causes you to feel very specific emotions that you usually can’t name, and that’s what I’m trying to do with my paintings.” -Tilton

Since graduating from Towson University in 2017, her work has been featured in the NextGen 4.0 Exhibition at VisArt, juried by artists Tim Doud and Cathy C. Cook, in the UNDER 500 at Maryland Art Place, and has been added to private and corporate collections across the country.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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