The Bromo Spectacular New Public Sites walking tours explored the invisible public spaces and storied buildings of Baltimore’s Bromo District while highlighting the speculative and spectacular efforts shaping the neighborhood to this day. The free, participatory tours featured little known histories, urban design successes and challenges, and artist-led redevelopment projects Le Mondo and Current Space. The first tour concluded with Carly Bales speaking about Le Mondo, a multi-use community hub and experimental performance complex. The second tour opened with Michael Benevento talking about expansion plans for gallery and studio center Current Space. Participants of both tours were invited to see the district in new ways through absurd, poetic, and sublime moments.
Bromo Spectacular was presented as part of the Front exhibition curated by Betty Gonzales. Front was an augmented reality and online exhibition addressing issues of urban renewal by reimagining vacant storefronts throughout the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District. For the exhibition artist and illustrator Precious Blake created an interactive map, set of posters, and free coloring book featuring neighborhood sites and histories from the Bromo Spectacular walking tours.
Bromo Spectacular – Tunneling Revival
Saturday, April 22, 4-6pm, followed by Front opening reception 6-9pm at Le Mondo
Met at the Metro Station entrance at the northeast corner of Eutaw & Saratoga Streets
301 N Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201
- Special guest Carly Bales spoke about Le Mondo, a multi-use community hub and experimental performance complex.
- Highlights: Metro Tunneling, Lexington Scramble, Social Insecurity, Franklin Onramp / Gallery Row, 7-11 Plastical Revival, Back Alley Parking Shortcuts, Private Park Liberation, Diggin’ Le Mondo
Bromo Spectacular – Voids & Vistas
Saturday, April 29, 2-4pm
Met in front of Current Space
421 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
- Special guest Michael Benevento spoke about Current Space’s artist venue and studios expansion plans.
- Highlights: Current Space Redevelopment, Tyson Canyon Trees, Umbrella Void, Superblock reboot, Greyhound Badminton, Howard Street Transitions, Hopscotch Crosswalk, Bromo Tower Vista