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The iconic neon sculpture Violins Violence Silence by renowned contemporary American artist Bruce Nauman has shone brightly on the side of the BMA’s East Wing since 1984. Nauman’s first public neon work came to the Museum as a gift of the artist’s galleries in recognition of the BMA’s pioneering exhibition of Nauman’s work in that medium. Over the years, time and natural wear and tear have taken their toll on the piece. It was removed in fall 2013 (See images of the dramatic deinstallation.) to be re-fabricated with more up-to-date and durable neon technology.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the gift of Violins Violence Silence and the 100th anniversary of the Museum in 2014, the BMA’s Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FoMaCA) organized a series of events to raise the $120,000 needed to restore the beacon-like presence of this 20th-century masterpiece to the BMA and the city of Baltimore.
Illuminating Bruce Nauman's Career and Influence
Thursday, June 12, 6 p.m.
$15 FoMaCA Members
$20 general admission
Free at the door for students with ID
Hear fascinating insights on the innovative career of Bruce Nauman, one of the most important artists of our time, during a lively conversation moderated by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.
- Juliet Myers, Bruce Nauman Studio Manager for the past three decades;
- Paul Schimmel, former Chief Curator of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Vice President and Partner of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery whose essay Pay Attention appeared in the 1994 Nauman retrospective catalog; and
- Peter Plagens, celebrated art critic, Newsweek Contributing Editor, and author of the new biography, Bruce Nauman: The True Artist. He currently contributes to The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times among several other prominent publications.
Signed copies of the biography will be available at the BMA Pop-Up Shop. Become a Member today to save 20% off the cover price and 10% off all Shop purchases throughout the year!
The event will be held at Notre Dame of Maryland University's Knott Auditorium, 4701 N. Charles Street, Baltimore. Use campus entrance on Homeland Avenue for easier access to parking.
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