Past Exhibitions


Now through 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.

Front Room: Guerrilla Girls

Now through 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.

Black Box: John Waters’ Kiddie Flamingos

Now through 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.

Baker Artist Awards 2016

Now through 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.

Kimono & Obi: Romantic Echoes From Japan's Golden Age

Now through 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.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

Now through 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.

Design for Mobile Living: Art From Eastern Africa

Now through 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.

Student Art Exhibitions: Featuring Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public School students

Now through 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.

Front Room: Broomberg & Chanarin

Now through 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.

On Paper: Picturing Painting

Now through 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.

New Arrivals: Maryland Artists

Now through 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.

New Arrivals: Gifts of Art for a New Century

Now through 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.

New Arrivals: Art Quilts

Now through 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.

New Arrivals: Matisse Prints & Drawings

Now through 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.

New Arrivals: Joachim Koester

Now through 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.

Commons Collaboration: Architectural intervention

Now through August 31, 2016

As a complement to the exhibition Imagining Home, Baltimore-based artist Marian April Glebes, in collaboration with the non-profit building materials reuse facility The Loading Dock, will present a project on the material nature of home.

New Arrivals: Photographs from the O'Neil Collection

Now through 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.

New Arrivals: Late 20th-Century Photographs from Russia & Belarus

Now through 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.

Baker Artist Awards 2014 & 2015

Now through 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.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

Now through August 9, 2015

Held in conjunction with Artscape, the widely anticipated juried competition and exhibition returns to the BMA, following two years at the Walters Art Museum during the BMA’s multi-phase renovation.

American Crazy Quilts

Now through 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.

Student Art Exhibitions: Featuring Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public School students

Now through 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.

Diverging Streams: Eastern Nigerian Art

Now through 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.

On Paper: Spin, Crinkle, Pluck

Now through 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.

Front Room: Sara VanDerBeek

Now through September 20, 2015

A solo exhibition of photography and sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Sara VanDerBeek is presented in the latest Front Room exhibition.

Black Box: Sharon Hayes

Now through 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.

Lessons Learned: American Schoolgirl Embroideries

Now through 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.

Front Room: Dario Robleto

Now through 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.

On Paper: Alternate Realities

Now through 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.

Black Box: Anri Sala

Now through 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.

Front Room: Seth Adelsberger

Now through 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.

Black Box: Lorna Simpson

Now through 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.

FYI…For Your Inspiration 2014: Baltimore City Public Schools Art Exhibition

Now through 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.

Art is for Everyone: Baltimore County Public Schools Art Exhibition

Now through 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.

On Paper: Figure Drawings from the Thomas E. Benesch Memorial Collection

Now through 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.

The Renoir Returns

Now through 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.

Front Room: Sterling Ruby

Now through 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.

Black Box: Camille Henrot

Now through 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.

Baker Artist Awards 2013

Now through 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.

German Expressionism: A Revolutionary Spirit

Now through 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.

Black Box: Gerard Byrne

Now through 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.

Front Room: An-My Lê

Now through 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.

Matisse's Marguerite: Model Daughter

Now through 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.

Morris Louis: Unveiled

Now through 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.

Front Room: Nathaniel Mellors & Jimmy Joe Roche

Now through September 29, 2013

This exhibition presents irreverent, edgy, and absurdist videos by two artists exploring human behavior when social norms are stripped away.

Art is for Everyone: Baltimore County Public Schools Art Exhibition

Now through 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.

FYI…For Your Inspiration 2013: Baltimore City Public Schools Art Exhibition

Now through 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.

Max Weber: Bringing Paris to New York

Now through 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.

Black Box: Raqs Media Collective

Now through 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.

Front Room: Surreal Selves

Now through 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.

On Paper: Works from the Cohen Collection

Now through 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.

On Paper: Drawings from the Benesch Collection

Now through 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.

Gaia: Site-specific installation

Now through 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.

Black Box: Allora & Calzadilla

Now through 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.

Front Room: Zwelethu Mthethwa

Now through 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).

Matisse's Dancers

Now through 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.

Baker Artist Awards 2012

Now through October 7, 2012

The BMA celebrates the Baker Artist Awards with a multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing the winners of the prestigious $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize: musician Nathan Bell, photographer Alexander Heilner, and sculptor David Knopp.

Sondheim Artscape Prize 2012 Finalists

Now through 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.

Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public Schools Art Exhibitions

Now through 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.

Candida Höfer: Interior Worlds

Now through February 26, 2012

Thirteen works by the internationally acclaimed contemporary German photographer Candida Höfer are presented in this intimate exhibition.

Embroidered Treasures: Textiles from Central Asia

Now through 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.

Print by Print: Series from Dürer to Lichtenstein

Now through 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.

Hand Held: Personal Arts from Africa

Now through 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.

Baker Artist Awards 2011

Now through 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.

Sondheim Artscape Prize: 2011 Finalists

Now through 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.

Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public Schools Student Art Exhibitions

Now through 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.

Curator's Choice: Jean and Allan Berman Textile Gallery

Now through 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.

Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960

Now through 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.

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade

Now through 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.

Front Room: Guyton\Walker

Now through 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.

Advancing Abstraction in Modern Sculpture

Now through 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.