In 2014, we launched with CoHosts, our inaugural Speaker Series, which was organized with thirteen local commercial, artist-run, and independent galleries. Each gallery responded to a simple question: Who is the one artist or art professional that you want The Contemporary to bring to Baltimore? In 2016-17, we've decided to resume the series and have partnered with six artist-run platforms including galleries, spaces, collectives, and festivals. All lectures are free and held at the Baltimore School for the Arts, located at 712 Cathedral Street. The participating cohosts are: EARTHSEED, First Continent, Penthouse Gallery, Platform Gallery, Terrault Contemporary, and Transmodern Festival.
The lecture will begin at 7pm, doors close at 6:45.
Kimberly Drew (a.k.a. @museummammy) received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. An avid lover of black culture and art, Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media.
Since starting her blog, Drew has worked for Hyperallergic, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Lehmann Maupin. She has delivered lectures and participated in panel discussions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Basel Miami Beach, Moogfest, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Brooklyn Museum and elsewhere. Drew is currently the Social Media Manager at The Met, was recently honored by AIR Gallery as the recipient of their inaugural Feminist Curator Award and was selected as one of the YBCA100 by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Platform Gallery was founded in 2014 by Lydia Pettit and Abigail Parrish on the first floor of Platform Arts Center. Functioning as a commercial gallery, Platform promises to create driving, thought-provoking shows that question the relationship between artist, curator, and community as well as providing opportunities for Baltimore and regional artists to show their work. Run by women, Platform is an open, safe space for artists of all genre to meet and collaborate with community members of any class, race, gender, or age in hopes of influencing future shows and programming.
CoHosts II is made possible with key support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with additional support from The Aaron & Lillie Straus Foundation, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards, and Baltimore School for the Arts. The Contemporary is funded through the generosity of its Board of Trustees, foundations, government agencies, corporations, and individuals. Major institutional support has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Aaron & Lillie Straus Foundation, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, T. Rowe Price Foundation, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, and Creative Baltimore Fund. The museum also gratefully acknowledges an ongoing partnership with the Baltimore School for the Arts. The official graphic designer of The Contemporary is The Office of Kristian Bjørnard (OOKB), and the hotel sponsor is Hotel Indigo.