Maryland Art Place has issues-oriented exhibits"Queering Family...


Maryland Art Place has issues-oriented exhibits

"Queering Family Values: An Exhibition of Gay and Lesbian Pride" is one of two exhibits opening at Maryland Art Place this Thursday. Curated by Robert Atkins, a columnist for the Village Voice, the show includes work that addresses questions relating to non-traditional families and such issues as adoption and legal problems. It is presented in conjunction with Baltimore's Gay and Lesbian Pride Day on June 13.

Concurrently, MAP also will show works by Nicholas Corrin and Michael B. Platt. Corrin's works are metaphors based on landscape, and deal with loss and emptiness, while Platt's works deal with issues of urban violence, and specifically its young victims.

Both shows run through July 3 at MAP, 218 West Saratoga St. Call (410) 962-8565. The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra concludes its 10th anniversary season Wednesday with an 8 p.m. concert at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. The highlight of a strong program should be the appearance of Baltimore Symphony principal oboist Joseph Turner in Ralph Vaughan Williams' Oboe Concerto. Turner is a master of this most difficult and sensuous of all wind instruments. The rest of the fine program that BCO music director Anne Harrigan will conduct includes Mozart's "Magic Flute" overture, George Walker's "Lyric for Strings" and Haydn's "Farewell Symphony." Tickets are $16, $11 for students and seniors. For information, call (410) 887-2259.

Stephen Wigler Look into "Patricia's Meditation Mat," a 5-foot square of painted and embellished quilt by Patricia Ciricillo, and you find all sorts of things: birds, fish, flowers, deer, a shell, a ribbon, a star, a peace symbol (I think). Ciricillo says her approach to quilt making is "improvisation within structure" and "what emerges has a musical quality."

Ciricillo is one of five artists working in various media in this month's main gallery exhibit at Artshowcase. The others are Sue Ashle (silk paintings), Marcia Wolfson Ray (mixed media relief paintings), Olga Rosser (collages) and Lucinda Shaw (leaded glass screens). The works are on view through May 29 at Artshowcase, 336 North Charles Street. Call (410) 783-0007.

John Dorsey

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