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The Last Day of Disco; DUOX4Odell’s: You’ll Know If You Belong

by Michael Anthony Farley on April 28, 2017
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When tasked with paying tribute to a long-shuttered nightclub, Wickerham & Lomax went an unusual route. Their ambitious DUOX4Odell’s: You’ll Know if You Belong, which closes tonight in Baltimore, speaks to loss and placelessness as much as glamour.

Closing Reception: April 28th, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
1723 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

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Highlights From PMF VIII

by Michael Anthony Farley on April 4, 2017
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BALTIMORE – The 8th Publications and Multiples Fair wrapped up Sunday at the Baltimore Design School, and as always, was awesome. The fair, organized by art collective Open Space, features DIY publishers, independent artists, and all manner of great weird stuff. Notably, it seemed this year had less “traditional” fares such as zines or screenprints and more odd small objects. With hundreds of surprisingly affordable vendors from across the nation, it’s always a serious challenge to not go on a mega-art-shopping spree.

A sampling of what I wish I had bought after the jump.

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Applications Now Open for Open Space’s 8th Publications & Multiples Fair

by Michael Anthony Farley on January 5, 2017
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There are few art events that are as fun as Open Space’s Publications & Multiples Fair. The annual PMF brings screenprinters, DIY press, and artists working in a variety of 2D and 3D media to the Baltimore Design School for a weekend-long affair that feels more like your favorite neighbors’ garage sale than an art fair.

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No Fear: Macon Reed at ICA Baltimore

by Michael Anthony Farley on December 15, 2016
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In her new show Who’s Afraid of Magic? Macon Reed present a playful DIY-meets-high-femme body of work about witch hunts, misogyny, and violence.

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Fear and Loathing in Trump’s America

by Michael Anthony Farley on November 10, 2016
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I’ve been drinking pretty much non-stop from around 7 p.m. on election night to about 12 hours ago. That’s when the realization sunk in that the world hasn’t ended—yet—and I had to work today, sober.

I guess cultural commentators are supposed to provide some sort of eloquent, thoughtful observations in times like these. But there’s just not a lot I can muster beyond repeatedly screaming “FUUUUUUCK!”

All I can add to the echo chamber of despair is an honest account of how one white queer person on Medicaid and food stamps —who is scared shitless for my nieces, and my nephew with disabilities, and my chosen family that’s disproportionately comprised of trans*, immigrant, outspoken, poor, black, brown, and female bodies—has been trying to cope.

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Bye-Bye Bb: An Interview with Allie Linn & Colin Alexander

by Michael Anthony Farley on August 25, 2016
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For the past two years, we’ve been big fans of the little artist-run space Bb, which has brought smart site-specific projects to both its odd storefront in Baltimore’s Westside and booths at art fairs. When Colin Alexander and Allie Linn, Bb’s founders, announced that the space was closing, everyone seemed to be scratching their heads. Why would a popular art space close, one year after receiving a grant and so much attention? Colin’s answer, it turns out, is pretty straightforward…

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All The Instagrams I Should’ve Taken at Fields Fest

by Michael Anthony Farley on August 24, 2016
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Last weekend, hundreds of artists, musicians, and weirdos decamped from Baltimore and turned a nudist campground into a temporary utopia. It was so utopian, it didn’t even occur to me to use social media. Thankfully, many others did.

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Pokémon Players Show Up at Museum Director’s House, Crash into Her Car

by Michael Anthony Farley on August 3, 2016
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The Contemporary’s Executive Director, Deana Haggag has a serious Pokémon infestation.

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