Current Exhibitions

Invisible Architectures | Social Contracts @ MAP

Invisible Architectures | Social Contracts @ MAP   |     |  

Invisible Architectures | Social Contracts

Exhibition: Thursday, May 16 - June 25, 2024

Opening Reception: Thursday May 16, 2024 | 5 -9 pm

Performances: Thursday, June 13 | 6 - 8 pm

Closing Reception: Tuesday, June 25 | 6 to 8 pm

Maryland Art Place in collaboration with COFAC CoLab  Directors Dr. Kalima Young and Ada Pinkston, are excited to present "Invisible Architectures \ Social Contracts." This exhibition explores the impact of geographic, economic, social, and institutional structures on personal relationships. This dynamic interdisciplinary art festival and Co-Lab sponsored project  (Spring 2024) investigates the past, present and future directions social contracts may take. Join us on Thursday, May 16 from 5 pm to 9 pm for the opening reception taking place during the BROMO Art Walk with accompanying performances held on Thursday, June 13 (details forthcoming).

About Invisible Architectures: 

As we approach another election year in the United States, agreements about what is included in an American social contract continue to be up for debate.The term social contract started when philosophers from France to England started to think about the nature of humanity and the tensions that exist between the people who enact power and the people who do not. What are the agreed upon boundaries that exist within our social, family and political structures? How do these boundaries create or negate cognitive distance with what actually happens in any social theater? Artistic interventions have the potential to offer us much needed insights and possibilities for our collective future.  

Exhibiting Artists: 

Doreen Bolger Bio: 

Doreen Bolger, retired Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), served from 1998 to 2015. During her 17-year tenure, she led a successful $100 million fundraising campaign, oversaw BMA's renovation, implemented free admission, and transitioned the institution from a city agency to a private organization. Bolger holds a BA magna cum laude from Bucknell University, an MA from the University of Delaware, and a PhD from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Prior to her BMA role, she worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as Curator and Manager of the Henry R. Luce Center for American Art, Curator at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, TX, and served as Director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Since retirement, Bolger has contributed to local arts organizations including: Creative Alliance, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Maryland Art Place, and Woman’s Club of Roland Park; curated exhibitions in the co-curation of  MICA’s 2015/2016 Graduate Exhibition; and gifted twenty works to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. She also contributed to Bmore Art’s publication City of Artists Baltimore (2023).

About Invisible Architectures in CoLab

The COFAC CoLab is an incubator for ideas, projects and collaboration. The lab is a home for interdisciplinary work. It's a hub where ideas can be cross-fertilized and put into motion. Designed as a space where fields of study are porous, the objective is to build new knowledge for an ever-evolving world. Professors Dr. Kalima Young, (Department of Electronic Media & Film) and Ada Pinkston (Department of Art + Design, Art History Art Education) were selected to be Towson University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication CoLab Directors from 2021-2024.

About Maryland Art Place 

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981.

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

What's to come at MAP

Andrew Thorp | Hotel Indigo

On View:  May 3 - August 1, 2024

Reception: Thursday, May 16 | 6  to 9 pm

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

Maryland Art Place in partnership with Hotel Indigo Baltimore is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Maryland-based artist, Andrew Thorp. The exhibition is on view at Hotel Indigo, located at 24 West Franklin St. from  May 3 - August 1, 2024. A public reception will take place Thursday, May 16 from 6 to 9 pm during the BROMO Art Walk.

About the artist: Andrew Thorp was born and raised in Tulsa, OK migrating to MD to pursue a BFA from MICA and later an MFA from Towson University..  Currently Thorp  works and resides in the neighborhood of Waverly in Baltimore, MD.

Thorp’s paintings are pictures from liminal everyday spaces painted usually with oil on canvas or panel. He states: “These images - a stray hubcap, a chain link fence, and grass growing on a median - are typical and even banal, but in them I find immense depth, presence and beauty. I enjoy the immediacy and quickness of paint, often letting the paint be itself rather than worrying too much about representation. I am interested in not only what objects are in my paintings but what they can become. I focus on presence in my work and what it means to present in a world susceptible to collapse due to climate catastrophe and economic disaster.

Please join us on Thursday, May 16 from to 9 pm at Hotel Indigo  for the opening reception celebrating the solo exhibition of Andrew Thorp. Hotel Indigo is free and open to the public.

Zeke's Coffee: Generation Crit III

On View: May 3 - August 1, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8 | 12 to 2 pm

Zekes’ Coffee Shop and Maryland Art Place (MAP) are pleased to present Generation: Crit II, an exhibition featuring artworks from a local Maryland Art Crit Group from Center Arts and Studios located at the Mill Center. 

Generation, is a series of exhibitions developed by MAP to promote the work of artist groups or collectives who come together to support, critique and inspire one another.  Join us for the opening reception held at Zeke’s Coffee located at 4719 Harford Road on Saturday, June 8 from 12 to 2 pm

The Center Arts and Studios Critique Group offers an alternative space for artists to partake in an objective level of engagement with their own processes and ideas. 

CAS Critique Group provides access to supportive and attentive discussion regarding artworks at any level of development for artists at any level of accomplishment.

Exhibiting Artists include: 

Mark Cameron, David Diaz, Elizabeth English,  Calliandra Hermanson, Ashley Kidner,  Karen Klinedinst, Jennifer McBrien, Helen Sgouros, Leslie Shellow and Virginia Warwick.

ABOUT ZEKE’s: In 205 Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmers Market. One year later he opened a retail space on Harford Road in Lauraville, and further expanded his operations to a fully functioning café just down the street at 4719 Harford Road in 2017. www.zekescoffee.com

Our Mission

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981.

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Phone: 410.204.1959
E-mail: map@mdartplace.org