From May 16, 2018 — May 20, 2018
For the past 30 years, the BMA has hosted an annual countywide student exhibition, Art is for Everyone, presenting the artwork of Baltimore County public school students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
From May 9, 2018 — May 13, 2018
Now for the eleventh year, the BMA hosts fyi…For Your Inspiration 2018, a citywide student exhibition presenting artwork by 400 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
From December 20, 2017 — June 17, 2018
This exhibition presents approximately 20 works that illustrate the honored place birds hold
within numerous African cultures. Included are works that cite birds by material or
motif made in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, and
From December 5, 2017 — May 27, 2018
Senga Nengudi (American, b. 1943) chooses familiar, inexpensive materials loaded with symbolic resonances to construct intimate environments.
From November 19, 2017 — March 11, 2018
This exhibition explores an unprecedented period of cultural and intellectual exchange between Mexico and the U.S. in the 1930s and 1940s through 30 prints and drawings by artists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Elizabeth Catlett.
This exhibition is generously sponsored by Wilmington Trust.
From October 25, 2017 — March 11, 2018
Los Angeles-based artist and 2017 MacArthur Genius Fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby debuts a suite of new paintings that draw
upon her experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States, maintaining ties to her
family in Nigeria, and building relationships in America.
From October 18, 2017 — April 15, 2018
For 40 years, Al Loving experimented with materials and process to expand the definition of modern painting, drawing on everything from free jazz to his family’s quilting tradition. In the 1980s, Loving broke free of the flat image, using heavy rag paper to make three dimensional collages in brilliant colors. Spiral Play features 12 of these collages, some of them monumental in scale.
From August 16, 2017 — February 18, 2018
This intimate exhibition of approximately 11 works by Maryland-based artist Annet Couwenberg reveals the intersection of science, art, technology, and history that makes textiles such a fascinating art form.
From June 28, 2017 — March 18, 2018
Salvation by Kara Walker, one of the most significant works in the BMA’s contemporary collection, and And I Can’t Run by Hank Willis Thomas, a recent promised gift to the Museum, start a critical conversation in the Black Box Gallery on slavery’s legacy.
From May 17, 2017 — October 1, 2017
Black, White & Abstract considers the work of three of the most important and influential American photographers of the 20th century: Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White.
From April 26, 2017 — April 30, 2017
The imagination and talent of Baltimore City and Baltimore County students is on view in these annual student art exhibitions: fyi ... For Your Inspiration and Art is for Everyone.
From March 26, 2017 — October 1, 2017
Adam Pendleton uses the irrationality of Dada as a means of re-envisioning race in America. The Contemporary Wing's Front Room Gallery will feature paintings, collages, and screenprints displayed against immersive floor to ceiling wall works derived from photographic and text-based collages.
From March 12, 2017 — June 25, 2017
The BMA presents more than 130 rarely shown artists’ books and related prints by more than 50 renowned artists, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Grace Hartigan, David Hockney, and Ed Ruscha.
From February 8, 2017 — June 11, 2017
The many spirit mediums of Palmelo, Brazil, are featured in Captain Gervasio's Family (2013-2014), a 14-minute black-and-white film by Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj.
From February 1, 2017 — July 30, 2017
This intimate exhibition celebrates the 40-year career of Maryland artist Louise B. Wheatley. Internalizing the lessons of ancient masters, Wheatley creates art that is unmistakably a reflection of her own unique vision and her self-imposed sense of technical perfection.
From December 18, 2016 — December 3, 2017
The BMA’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Africa drawn from its own collection features photographs, prints, and drawings by David Goldblatt, Gavin Jantjes, William Kentridge, Julie Mehretu, Senam Okudzeto, Robin Rhode, and Diane Victor. Each artist offers pointedly political perspectives on the lives of Africans and their diasporic descendants.
From October 30, 2016 — April 30, 2017
This exhibition celebrates one of the strengths of the BMA’s collection: contemporary drawings that combine an interest in pure, refined geometric form with a desire to use materials expressively.
From October 23, 2016 — January 29, 2017
More than 90 paintings and drawings by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) show the French modern master’s enduring influence on one of the greatest post-war American painters.
From October 23, 2016 — October 29, 2017
Covered in glitter, food dye, foil and other joyfully messy materials, 50 volunteers from all walks of life participated in Oliver Herring’s Areas for Action. This surprising series of daily public performances in a New York City gallery in 2010 is featured in 12 digital videos on view in the first gallery adjacent to the East Entrance.
From October 23, 2016 — November 5, 2017
Five sculptural towers of color by the acclaimed artist Anne Truitt (1921-2004, American) are on view adjacent to the BMA’s Asian and African art collections. This juxtaposition, as well as brief in-gallery essays by the BMA’s curators of contemporary, Asian, and African art, invite visitors to contemplate the ways in which essential visual elements such as color and shape transcend time and geography.
From September 25, 2016 — March 12, 2017
With a combination of audacious graphics, telling statistics, and provocative humor, the Guerrilla Girls, a groundbreaking feminist collective, use humor to call attention to the ways in which museums, private collectors, publications, and the art market have historically marginalized female artists and artists of color.
From September 21, 2016 — January 22, 2017
For this 2014 video, John Waters recast his 1972 cult film Pink Flamingos—considered one of the most notorious films ever made—with children reading a cleverly modified G-rated script.
From September 18, 2016 — August 31, 2017
Queer Interiors is part of the BMA’s Commons Collaboration initiative, which commissions an artist and non-profit to work together on an installation and offer a series of public programs related to Imagining Home.
From July 31, 2016 — September 11, 2016
The BMA celebrates the 2016 Baker Artist Awards with a multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing examples of works by winners of the prestigious prizes. This year's exhibition in the May Galleries features the work of visual artist Joyce J. Scott, winner of the $50,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize and literary artist Jen Grow, winner of the $20,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winner. Also featured are the winners of three $5,000 prizes: performing artist Naoko Maeshiba, filmmaker Matt Porterfield and visual artist Bill Schmidt.
From July 10, 2016 — January 15, 2017
The BMA presents an exquisite selection of late 19th to 21st century kimono and obi never before on view.
This exhibition is generously sponsored by The Coby Foundation, Ltd.
From June 22, 2016 — July 31, 2016
Congratulations to FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, winners of the 2016 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.
In conjunction with Artscape, Baltimore’s premier arts festival organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the BMA presents a special exhibition of works by Theo Anthony, Stephanie Barber, Darcie Book, Larry Cook, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Eric Kruszewski , and Christos Palios, finalists for this year’s $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.
From June 1, 2016 — November 27, 2016
This exhibition presents the art of eastern Africa's nomadic societies in order to explore the ways in which mobility shapes creativity and artistic form. Unlike monumental sculpture found in societies that settle in one place, the artworks presented in this exhibition are lightweight, portable, and almost always associated with the body. They were created by nomadic cattle herders whose lives were defined by a near-constant state of movement across the lush highlands, dry savannas, and sparse deserts of eastern Africa.
From May 18, 2016 — May 22, 2016
The BMA is holding a student art extravaganza, with concurrent exhibitions of works from both Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public School students.
From April 13, 2016 — September 11, 2016
The BMA presents the first U.S. exhibition of the dynamic collaborators Broomberg & Chanarin. Adam Broomberg (1970, South Africa) and Oliver Chanarin (1971, United Kingdom) have worked together since the late 1990s, challenging the concepts and structure of power through their photography-based practice. Their new body of work—photography, copper plates, sculpture, and film—highlight the changes technology has wrought on warfare, revealing the fallacies we tell ourselves about it.
From March 30, 2016 — October 23, 2016
The large-scale color images in this exhibition reinterpret masterworks of painting as photographs. In some cases fashioned as an homage, in others a critique, these works combine elements of historical paintings with traits particular to photography to create images with a unique and powerful presence.
From February 7, 2016 — May 8, 2016
The BMA’s growing collection of works by Maryland-based artists is celebrated in this exhibition of approximately 19 recently acquired artworks by Raoul Middleman, John Waters, and others.
From February 7, 2016 — May 8, 2016
The culmination of the New Arrivals series is a major exhibition of approximately 200 artworks that juxtapose recent acquisitions with complementary works already in the collection.
From December 16, 2015 — June 19, 2016
Unlike its predecessors, the art quilt is intended for display on the wall rather than the bed.
Among the many recent additions to the BMA’s late 20th-century textile collection are five stunning quilts created by professional artists who chose to express themselves with cloth and thread, in some cases abandoning their original media in order to do so.
From December 9, 2015 — July 10, 2016
Approximately 20 prints and drawings demonstrate the continuing legacy of the BMA’s relationship with the Matisse family. Etta and Claribel Cone’s dedication to collecting the art of Henri Matisse established at the BMA one of the most comprehensive collections of the artist’s work.
From October 28, 2015 — March 27, 2016
This 3-minute 16 mm film was inspired by a hot air balloon expedition led by researcher Salomon August Andrée, who left Norway to journey across the North Pole in 1897. Thirty-three years later, the explorers’ remains were found with a box of negatives that told the story of a crash and an ill-fated three-month trek across the ice.
From October 25, 2015 — August 31, 2016
From September 30, 2015 — March 27, 2016
This exhibition features approximately 18 color and black-and-white photographs that were part of a major gift from Baltimore collectors Tom and Nancy O’Neil, who have collected 20th- and 21st -century photography for more than two decades.
From September 30, 2015 — March 20, 2016
More than 20 photographs by Russian and Belarusian artists capture once-powerful symbols of the eroding Soviet State. These works came to the BMA from Brenda Edelson, who served as the museum’s program director from 1973-85 and oversaw the BMA’s Downtown Gallery, the first satellite gallery in the country.
From September 16, 2015 — November 15, 2015
The 2014 and 2015 winners of the $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize present arresting and poignant examples of their works—diverse in subject matter and media.
From June 3, 2015 — November 29, 2015
Seven elaborate quilts from the late 1880s are unique labors of love and masterfully created artworks. Pieced together with a variety of fabrics, ornaments, paint, and embroidery, crazy quilts have a delightfully arbitrary quality that belies the skillful planning that went into making them.
From May 6, 2015 — May 17, 2015
The BMA is holding a student art extravaganza, with concurrent exhibitions of works from both Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public School students.
From April 26, 2015 — April 17, 2016
Diverging Streams: Eastern Nigerian Art features nearly 20 headdresses, masks, and costumes from the eastern Nigerian region of Africa, demonstrating the exchange between the Igbo, Jukun, Igala, Ogoni, Boki, Idoma, Ibibio, and Ejagham artists who lived between the Benue and Cross rivers.
From April 19, 2015 — September 20, 2015
This exhibition showcases eight prints and drawings whose images are the result of a specific action or intention, rather than a depiction of that action.
For example, Trisha Brown’s image of a foot spinning is not a rendering of a foot in motion, but actually her foot pirouetting directly on the etching plate.
From April 12, 2015 — September 20, 2015
A solo exhibition of photography and sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Sara VanDerBeek is presented in the latest Front Room exhibition.
From March 15, 2015 — October 11, 2015
Artist Sharon Hayes, renowned for her politically charged live performances and video works, ignites an engrossing, candid conversation about sexuality and gender identity in Ricerche: three.
From November 23, 2014 — May 10, 2015
Discover samplers and silk embroideries made by schoolgirls from Maryland and other East Coast states during the 18th and 19th centuries, which were displayed by families as showpieces to advertise their daughters' accomplishments.
From November 16, 2014 — March 29, 2015
Dario Robleto's Setlists for a Setting Sun weaves together the histories of recorded light and sound in a body of poetic sculptures, prints, and cut-paper works. The artist has drawn inspiration for the pieces from nautical history, space exploration, early sound recordings, and family legacies within American popular music.
From September 21, 2014 — April 12, 2015
Twenty-six narrative prints never before on view playfully exaggerate and reimage the visual language of popular culture. These works by American artist consider larger societal issues while exploring myths, folk lore, religious stories, and fairy tales.
From September 14, 2014 — February 22, 2015
The film recreates the terror and uncertainty civilians endured during the siege of Sarajevo by interspersing scenes of the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsing the First Movement of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique with a musician making her way through what became known as Sniper Alley. Sprinting through the streets, the music runs through her head. At each crossing, she hesitates, holds her breath, and pushes through.
From June 27, 2014 — November 2, 2014
A variety of luminescent and textured paintings from Baltimore-based artist Seth Adelsberger demonstrates the artist’s innovative approaches to painting over the past five years.
From June 27, 2014 — August 31, 2014
The power of Lorna Simpson’s video installation lies in its choir of 15 voices gently humming the melody “Easy to Remember,” a haunting song about love and loss. Within the tranquil, flowing meditation, individual interpretations of the song emerge as we hear unique intonations.
From May 7, 2014 — May 11, 2014
For the 8th year, this citywide student art exhibition will present artwork by 400 students, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, from 90 Baltimore City public schools.
From April 30, 2014 — May 4, 2014
The 26th annual countywide art exhibition includes a variety of 2- and 3-dimensional artworks-sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, and digital art-representing the breadth of the Baltimore County public schools' art program from kindergarten through 12th grade.
From April 20, 2014 — September 14, 2014
There are as many approaches to the human figure as there are artists. See ten compelling variations of the figure from contemporary masters in the latest On Paper exhibition. The intimate presentation features drawings from artists such as David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and others.
From March 30, 2014 — July 20, 2014
More than 60 years after its theft from the BMA, Pierre-Auguste Renoir's On the Shore of the Seine (c. 1879) returns to public view! A special two-gallery exhibition reunites the 5½-by-9 inch painting with more than 20 masterworks bequeathed to the BMA by visionary Baltimore collector Saidie May, who purchased the Renoir in 1925.
From March 16, 2014 — June 15, 2014
The BMA presents an exhibition of provocative soft sculptures by acclaimed artist Sterling Ruby, deemed "one of the most interesting artists to emerge in this century" by The New York Times.
From March 5, 2014 — June 15, 2014
The BMA is the first museum in the US to present French artist Camille Henrot’s Grosse Fatigue, winner of the Silver Lion Award at the 2013 Venice Biennale. The energetic 13-minute video on the origins of life and creation myths incorporates behind-the-scenes footage of the prestigious collections at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History.
From February 26, 2014 — April 6, 2014
The BMA presents artworks by sculptor Jonathan Latiano and photographer Lynne Parks and a video presentation of cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski, winners of last year’s $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize.
From January 29, 2014 — September 14, 2014
More than 35 vivid paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture present an overview of the revolutionary art movement that flourished in Germany during the first three decades of the 20th century.
From October 16, 2013 — February 16, 2014
Society’s desire to believe in something otherworldly can transform the banal—branches, rock formations, and mist on the water—into variations of a creature, the Loch Ness monster, both ominous and oddly endearing.
From October 9, 2013 — March 2, 2014
The consequences of war and the enormity of the military’s reach are felt through quiet moments away from combat in An-My Lê’s powerful color and black-and-white images.
From September 18, 2013 — January 19, 2014
More than 50 prints, drawings, sculptures, and paintings of Matisse's daughter Marguerite offer a rare look at the artist's personal life and work. Born in 1894 when the artist was struggling to achieve recognition for his art, Marguerite was a frequent model for her father, as well as a dedicated assistant and archivist.
From September 8, 2013 — February 9, 2014
Illuminating unknown aspects of the ground breaking artist’s practice, Morris Louis: Unveiled presents more than 25 works, including several large-scale paintings and a number of rarely seen drawings that comprise a recent gift to the BMA from the artist’s widow’s estate. Exhibition highlights include two unusual and exuberantly gestural paintings Silver III, 1953, and Untitled 5-76, 1956 as well as the iconic Dalet Beth 'veil' painting.
From July 3, 2013 — September 29, 2013
This exhibition presents irreverent, edgy, and absurdist videos by two artists exploring human behavior when social norms are stripped away.
From May 8, 2013 — May 12, 2013
For the past 25 years, the BMA has hosted an annual countywide student art exhibition, Art is for Everyone, presenting the artwork of Baltimore County public school students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The breadth of the county schools' art program is highlighted by a variety of two-and three-dimensional artworks, including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, and digital art.
From May 1, 2013 — May 5, 2013
Now for the seventh year, the BMA hosts FYI…For Your Inspiration 2013, a citywide student art exhibition presenting artwork by 400 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grades at 90 Baltimore City public schools.
From March 1, 2013 — June 30, 2013
The BMA presents the first exhibition to extensively explore American artist Max Weber's formative years in Paris from fall 1905 to December 1908, when he transformed his painting style from classical representations of figures to bold interpretations of cubism and futurism.
From February 27, 2013 — June 16, 2013
An Afternooon Unregistered on the Richter Scale (2011) is a silent projection that uses subtle animation techniques to bring to life a 1911 photograph. Sleepwalker's Caravan (2008) shows traditionally carved Yaksha and Yakshi figures floating down a river flanked by contemporary industrial sites.
From February 16, 2013 — June 9, 2013
Front Room: Surreal Selves presents 16 figurative paintings by three international artists influenced by old master techniques and pop culture. Their work suggests a resurgence of Surrealism with images that convey personal fantasies, nightmares, and new permutations for the human body in a technology-driven world.
From February 13, 2013 — August 25, 2013
Carl Andre, Mel Bochner, Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, Olafur Eliasson, Tony Smith, and other important Minimalist and Conceptual artists are highlighted in this exhibition of 20 exquisite drawings from the collection of former BMA Board Chair Suzanne F. Cohen. The exhibition includes pieces both generously gifted and promised to the BMA, as well as works given to the BMA in her honor.
From November 18, 2012 — February 10, 2013
The BMA’s new gallery dedicated to the presentation of the Museum’s renowned holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs opens with 10 outstanding drawings from the 1960s and 70s by contemporary masters for whom drawing was central to their art.
From November 18, 2012 — May 19, 2013
For this unique indoor project, Baltimore-based street artist Gaia created portraits of individuals living in the BMA’s neighboring Remington community, inspired by the Museum’s iconic painting Vahine no te vi (Woman of the Mango) by Paul Gauguin.
From November 18, 2012 — February 3, 2013
The BMA’s new Black Box gallery for light, sound, and moving image works debuts with <em>A Man Screaming is Not a Dancing Bear</em>, a recently acquired 11-minute video (2008) set in New Orleans.
From November 18, 2012 — February 10, 2013
The BMA’s celebrated Front Room series returns with eight stunning color portrait photographs by the acclaimed South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa (pronounced zweh-LEH-too mm-TATE-twa).
From November 14, 2012 — February 24, 2013
This intimate exhibition of more than 30 dance-themed prints, drawings, and sculptures by the great French artist Henri Matisse spans three decades of the artist’s career—from sculptures created in 1909-11 to delicate drawings of dancers sketched in 1949.
From September 5, 2012 — October 7, 2012
From June 16, 2012 — July 29, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are proud to announce that Renee Stout is the winner of the 2012 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.
In conjunction with Artscape, Baltimore’s premier arts festival organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the BMA presents a special exhibition of works by the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize finalists: Lisa Dillin, Jon Duff, Hasan Elahi, Matthew Janson, John McNeil, and Renee Stout.
From May 2, 2012 — May 13, 2012
The imagination and talent of Baltimore City and Baltimore County students is on view in these two annual student art exhibitions: fyi ... For Your Inspiration and Art is for Everyone.
From November 16, 2011 — February 26, 2012
Thirteen works by the internationally acclaimed contemporary German photographer Candida Höfer are presented in this intimate exhibition.
From November 13, 2011 — July 8, 2012
More than a dozen bold, colorful embroidered textiles from Central Asia are being presented for the first time at the BMA. These stunning late 19th- to early 20th-century textiles include wall hangings, covers, a wedding canopy, and saddle cover made in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.
From October 30, 2011 — March 25, 2012
The BMA’s world-class print collection is the inspiration for an unprecedented exhibition of works spanning 500 years of printmaking. Discover more than 350 prints by Canaletto, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, and other European and American artists who created series covering a wide range of topics— places, imagination, narrative, design, appropriation, and war.
From September 25, 2011 — February 5, 2012
Discover more than 80 visually engaging objects used in daily life in Africa that brilliantly merge artistry and utility. Late 19th- and early 20th-century hats, combs, vessels, baskets, seats, blankets, and wearable textiles drawn from the BMA’s outstanding African collection include several major recent acquisitions being shown for the first time.
From September 7, 2011 — October 2, 2011
The BMA celebrates the Baker Artist Awards with an exhibition of works by the three Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners: visual artist Gary Kachadourian, performance artist Audrey Chen, and beatboxer and vocal percussionist Shodekeh. Recipients of 18 $1,000 b-grants will also have the opportunity to exhibit their works at the BMA. The exhibition will culminate in a free late night closing party on Saturday, October 1.
From June 25, 2011 — August 7, 2011
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are proud to announce that Matthew Porterfield is the winner of the 2011 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.
In conjunction with Artscape, Baltimore’s premier arts festival organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the BMA presents a special exhibition of works by the finalists for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The finalists this year are Stephanie Barber, Louie Palu, Mark Parascandola, Matthew Porterfield and Rachel Rotenberg.
From June 1, 2011 — June 5, 2011
Experience the creativity and imagination of Baltimore's youth— from pre-kindergartners to high school seniors attending public schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The variety of impressive artwork includes sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, and digital art.
From May 14, 2011 — October 30, 2011
A lush printed velveteen bedcover, fine Li skirt, and important William Morris Hammersmith rug are among the captivating selections handpicked by Curator Anita Jones for Curator’s Choice.
From February 20, 2011 — May 15, 2011
More than 200 compelling images showcase photography's extraordinary development since 1960 in this gripping exhibition. Seeing Now offers a striking snapshot of the world around us as seen through the eyes of more than 60 photographers—including Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Garry Winogrand, and Cindy Sherman.
From October 17, 2010 — January 9, 2011
The first museum exhibition in the U.S. to explore the late works of American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) brings together more than 50 works that reveal the artist’s energetic return to painting and renewed spirit of experimentation during the last decade of his life. This period shows the celebrity Pop icon creating more paintings and on a vastly larger scale than at any other moment of his 40-year career.
From September 22, 2010 — January 16, 2011
In conjunction with the BMA’s presentation of Andy Warhol: The Last Decade, the New York-based collaborative Guyton\Walker is presenting a sprawling installation with energetic and colorful components that demonstrate how Warhol’s artistic legacy impacts a new generation of artists.
From July 21, 2010 — February 20, 2011
One of the earliest examples of David Smith’s welding is shown for the first time in this exhibition of more than 30 works drawn from the BMA’s collection, the Estate of David Smith, and private collections.