As part of our virtual series of Art in the Round events, we are excited to host a curator night featuring a discussion with six premier members of the Baltimore art community.
We are overjoyed to welcome Jeffrey Kent, George Ciscle, Asma Naeem, Gary Vikan, Amy Eva Raehse, and Cara Ober who have selected one piece from the exhibition and will discuss why they connected with their chosen art.
Art in the Round – Virtual Ticket Donation:
Enjoy 2 remaining events (Curator Night and Art in the Round) and receive a 2021 art calendar
*Suggested Donation of $25
Art in the Round – Virtual Reserved Table:
$250 to enjoy all events, and receive a 2021 art calendar and a special package of final night surprises
JEFFREY KENT, ARTIST & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THE PEALE CENTER FOR BALTIMORE HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
Kent combines dramatic gestures, vivid colors, multiple layers, impasto, and reverse text in his paintings. His struggle with dyslexia (without access to diagnosis and care) is a recurring theme expressed in reverse text. His bricolage artworks consider the history of inequity by manipulating objects of daily life. In his critique of accessibility of the Art World, Kent’s street performances, community investment projects, and multimedia public presentations bring fine art to people who wouldn’t have opportunities to experience it. In addition to his art practices, Kent founded the folded alternative art space in Baltimore, Subbasement Artist Studios (2004-2014); Co-Owner of Unexpected Art Space (2013-2016); Artisic Director at the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture(2018-) as well as the Co-founder of Connect+Collect and Director of Promotion and Outreach, BmoreArt (2018-) designed to create awareness and momentum among art collectors, and promotes a culture of collecting in Baltimore. His artworks are in the collections of National Academy of Sciences, Robert W Deutsch Foundation, Hilton Hotels, FTI Consulting Inc., among others.
GEORGE CISCLE, CURATOR-IN-RESIDENCE (EMERITUS), MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART
George Ciscle has mounted groundbreaking exhibitions and taught courses in the fine arts and humanities for close to 50 years. He was the founder and director of The Contemporary, an “un-museum,” which challenges existing conventions for exhibiting art in temporary non-traditional sites. From 1997 – 2017 he served as Curator-in-Residence at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), consulting on the development of community-based and public programming concentrating on exploring new models for connecting art, artists, and audiences. At MICA Ciscle also founded and directed the Exhibition Development Seminar, Curatorial Studies Concentration, and MFA in Curatorial Practice.
ASMA NAEEM, EDDIE C. AND C. SYLVIA BROWN CHIEF CURATOR, THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART
Asma Naeem is a specialist in American art and contemporary Islamic art. Before joining The Baltimore Museum of Art, she was curator of Prints, Drawings, and Media Arts at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Her shows there included UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar, co-curated with Taína Caragol, and Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now. The former won the Award for Excellence from the Association of American Museum Curators, and the latter, the Special Achievement award in the 2018 Smithsonian Excellence in Exhibitions awards program. Asma’s work has been published in Artforum, and American Art, among others; Princeton University Press published her first book on silhouettes, and her second book, Out of Earshot: Sound, Technology, and Power in American Art, 1860-1900, was published in January 2020 by the University of California, Berkeley Press. Asma holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
GARY VIKAN, DIRECTOR (RETIRED), WALTERS ART MUSEUM
Gary Vikan was director of the Walters Art Museum from 1994 to 2013; from 1985 to 1994 he was the museum’s chief curator. Before coming to Baltimore, Gary was senior associate at Harvard’s Center for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. A native of Minnesota, he received his BA from Carleton College and his PhD from Princeton University. Gary serves on the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts of the Salzburg Global Seminar. Has been has been an advisor to the Getty Leadership Institute, Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology, and the Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics at Johns Hopkins University. Gary was appointed by President Clinton in 1999 to his Cultural Property Advisory Committee and was knighted by the French Minister of Culture in the Order of Arts and Letters in 2002. He is currently the president of the Committee for Cultural Policy and president of the Literary Society of Washington, DC. In retirement, Gary writes, lectures, and teaches. His recent books include From the Holy Land to Graceland (2012), Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director (2016), and The Holy Shroud: A Brilliant Hoax in the Time of the Black Death (2020). His next book, My Father Took Pictures, will be out in early 2021.
AMY EVA RAEHSE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GOYA CONTEMPORARY GALLERY
Amy Eva Raehse represents and manages the careers of emerging and mid-career artists in a program focused on Post-War and Contemporary Art in both primary and secondary markets. Curating over 100 exhibitions, Raehse has also been a juror for numerous competitions, has participated in copious international art fairs, and has placed thousands of works of art in major public, private, and museum collections worldwide. With over 20 years in the field, Ms. Raehse has taught at various Colleges and Universities and lectures regularly about professional practices. She sits is on the Board of Directors at The Creative Alliance of Baltimore, University of Maryland Global Campus Art Advisory, and the Programming Advisory at Maryland Art Place. Raehse has worked in the museum, not-for-profit, commercial, and academic sectors of the arts, is a co-founding member of the activist group Artists For Truth, and has authored exhibition catalogue essays, and scholarly articles in varied publications. A member of the Association of Print Scholars, Art Table, and the International Fine Print Dealers Association, Raehse holds a MFA, BFA, and Certificate in Arts Management.
CARA OBER, FOUNDING EDITOR, BMOREART
Cara Ober is an artist, arts writer, curator, and the founding editor and publisher at BmoreArt, Baltimore’s art and culture magazine. She writes regularly about artist, museum, and material culture, with emphasis on context and subtext in the art world. In 2019, she was awarded a Rabkin Art Writers Grant and was commissioned by the Warhol Foundation to write “Artspeak and Audience” for Common Field’s Field Perspectives Series. In addition to her regular writing and editing for BmoreArt, Ober has published articles in Vulture: New York Magazine, Hyperallergic, Burnaway, Art Papers, ARTnews, and The Baltimore Sun. Cara has taught classes and lectured at MICA, Johns Hopkins, American University, UMBC, and Goucher College. She holds an MFA in painting from MICA and a degree in fine arts from American University.