It’s no surprise that, at times, the semester can feel inundated with stress. Assignments accumulate and papers pile up, but eventually a break comes along that allows you to reflect on the good times that have thankfully made up the last few months. Below are just five moments that I’m thankful have made their way into my Senior fall at Hopkins.
This past year The Contemporary, a nomadic museum where I’ve been lucky enough to intern, has co-hosted a number of lectures with local galleries which bring a variety of artists to Baltimore for free, public talks. Working a number of these events has definitely been a highlight of the semester, and has also entailed some cool dinners with prominent artists and gallerists alike. It’s great to see the diverse audience that these lectures bring about, and I’d encourage anyone in Baltimore to take advantage the (free) greatness that is The Contemporary’s Speaker Series.
For this year’s Fall Break, my friend Liana and I made the strenuous four-hour trip up to New York for a few, solid days of food, art, and trying not to look like tourists. Fall Break, short as it may be, is an awesome time to take a trip and check out what’s going on in another city. We indulged in some killer meatball sandwiches at The Meatball Shop, saw Jeff Koons’ much talked about retrospective at the Whitney on its final night, and had spiritual awakenings in the midst of $1 slices of pizza. A weekend well spent.
Halloween in Baltimore is an unquestionably good time. In addition to the usual house parties and trip to Fell’s Point, this year I found myself at a haunted house organized by 901 Arts, a community-based youth arts center. My expectations of an endearing, DIY haunted house were quickly shattered as I entered a world of fear like none other. The kids in the program far exceeded my expectations—as demonstrated by my incessant screaming—and it’s a must-do during Halloween in Baltimore.
ALLOVERSTREET is a monthly art walk that centers around Oliver Street (see what they did there??) in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. A number of local galleries open their doors the first Friday of every month for a night of incredible art and memorable openings. As I’ve said countless times before, the Baltimore art scene is truly unique and at a really, really exciting time in its development, and seeing what’s out there is a great way to get a better sense of what makes this city tick—thankfully, ALLOVERSTREET makes this easy to do over the span of just one night.
All of these good times bring me to my most recent cause for excitement: Thanksgiving Break. This year, Vio made the trip to St. Louis to and it’s been everything I’ve ever imagined and more. St. Louis (complete with our flawed prosecution system) may not have the appeal of the many other U.S. cities, but it has meant introducing her to the real Midwest, including: