Our latest podcast features an amazing Baltimore family of artists, writers and musicians. Ironically, I knew them all individually but only learned recently that they are related to each other! Guy Curtis is a professional drummer who formerly played with George Clinton. Curtis’ daughter, Victoria Kennedy, is a Baltimore-based writer. Her son, Lawrence Burney, who has been a guest on my show before, writes for VICE and publishes his own Zine “True Laurels”.
When I learned that all this talent resided in one family, I knew it was time to bring that family to our podcast and share their story with you.
We continue our exploration of local art as Marc travels to the Baltimore Museum of Art for another tour: artist and musician Paul Rucker‘s Rewind exhibition, which is one of the Baker Artist Awards exhibitions. Rewind touches on racism both in the past and today, and gained national attention when the Huffington Postfeatured the exhibit earlier this month.
The exhibition will be on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art until Nov. 15, 2015. More information is available here.
Marc speaks with Gracie Xavier, photographer and MICA Community Art Graduate, as they take a tour of the Detroit native’s photography and Videography exhibit “Cutz: Black Men in Focus” currently showing at the Gallery CA, Station North. This compelling exhibit investigates current events, social myths and personal perceptions surrounding the Black male identity through the backdrop of the African American barber shop.
We take an audio tour of Rewind, a fascinating exhibit currently showing at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, featuring the work of artist, composer and musician Paul Rucker. Rucker is artist-in-residence at both the Creative Alliance and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Rewind is the largest collection of Rucker’s work to date, and visually embodies America’s uncomfortable history regarding issues of social justice through sculptural installations, text, quilts, and animations.
Former Marc Steiner Show producer Cricket Arrison joins us to talk about her fascinating and groundbreaking one-woman and one-audience-member-at-a-time play, “Make Yourself at Home,” running at Baltimore’s Annex Theater through February 22.
Maryland Poet Laureate Lucille Clifton passed away on this day in 2010. We remember her by listening to her read some of her best poems, and we listen back to a segment from the Marc Steiner Show archives, where we talked to friends and colleagues about Lucille Clifton’s life and legacy shortly after her passing. Featuring: Michael Glaser, the Poet Laureate of Maryland, who taught with Lucille Clifton at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and his wife Kathleen Glaser, who was principal of Hollywood Elementary School where Clifton spoke to students; E. Ethelbert Miller, a poet and literary activist on the Board of the Institute for Policy Studies, and Director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University; poet and playwright Kenneth Carroll; and Wayne Karlin, a writer, who has written and edited many books, and a professor in the Languages and Literature Department at the College of Southern Maryland.
Baltimore blues artist Quinton “Q” Randall joins us to talk about his music and life. You can check him out on February 10th at the Ottobar with Sidewalk Chalk and J Pope N Funk Fridays and on February 11th in Jessup with Poet Mosaic.
With: Mia Loving Curator and Founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator; Michelle Gomez, independent curator who works collaboratively with under-represented audiences on community-focused exhibitions in Baltimore; Sophia Mak, artist, dancer, performer, educator, activist, and Program Manager at 901 Arts, a youth community arts organization; and Abdu Ali, musician and writer.
We discuss race, representation, and cinema, with Dr. Kimberly Moffitt,Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; and Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Instructor at University of Maryland College Park and Towson University.
We take a tour through the Baltimore Museum of Art‘s recently reopened American Wing with David Park Curry, Senior Curator and Department Head of Decorative Arts and American Painting and Sculpture for the Museum. The free and festive American Wing Opening Celebration – a day of fun activities for all ages – will be held Sunday, November 23, from 10am-5pm.
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We listen back to a conversation on Arts, Design and Social Change, with: Isabel Meirelles, author of Design for Information; Paul Rucker, Artist-in-Residence at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at MICA; and Stephen Towns, visual artist.
Join us for a sneak peek of God’s Country, a performance by LOVE the Poet opening for a one week run by the Strand Theater Company. We’re joined by Michelle Antoinette aka LOVE the Poet, spoken word artist and musician.
I talk with nationally renowned poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller about Ceremonies of Dark Men, an exhibition of large-scale photographs by five male artists complemented by poetic excerpts and placed in key areas around Washington, DC. The works will, in part, address issues of black manhood in creative ways. The exhibition will be unveiled this weekend (September 5) and be on display until December 30, 2014. Click here for more information.
We take a visit to Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis African American History and Culture Museum to spend some time in their current exhibit, The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey – Where Art & History Intersect. It’s a treasure trove of art and artifacts – including letters from Zora Neale Hurston and antique photographs – chronicling over 400 years of African American history and culture and telling the often-untold story of African American achievement and contribution to our society. We toured the exhibit with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, the owners of the collection.
Actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes co-hosts our second conversation focused on Black men in the arts. We discuss masculinity, talk about the importance of young people getting involved in the arts, and hear stories from:
We talk with artistMina Cheon, AKA Kim IL Soon, and Ethan Cohen of Ethan Cohen Fine Arts in New York City – which hosted a show of Kim Il Soon’s work in 2012 – about the work of this Socialist Realist painter from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and how her work is tied to a quest for the reunification of Korea and global peace.
We go behind-the-scenes tour of a fascinating exhibit currently on display at the Walters Art Gallery: New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. Walters’ Deputy Director for Development Joy P. Heyrman, who curated the exhibit, fills us in on the brief but productive life of 19th Century Baltimore-born painter Richard Caton Woodville. We learn about Woodville’s work, subjects, and the times, including scenes of 19th Century life that touch on politics and race in unique ways.
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