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) have 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. FoMaCA has already raised more than 50% of the total and are poised to meet their goal to have the piece restored and reinstalled by fall 2014.
Please contribute to this project today! (Select the designation Illuminate Campaign: Nauman Restoration.) Contact Curatorial Assistant Helene Grabow by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 443-573-1763 for more information.
Illuminate Cocktail Party
Thursday, January 23, 6-8 p.m.
$225 non-FoMaCA Member, $200 FoMaCA Member*
Tickets for the kick-off event at the one-of-a-kind Bolton Hill home of artist Lat Naylor and his wife Barbara are available now. Ticket quantities are limited. Call 443-573-1763 for more details.
Panel Discussion & Dinner
$550 non-FoMaCA Member, $500 FoMaCA Member*
Art world luminaries, including Kathy Halbreich and Paul Schimmel, will talk about their involvement in the 1993-1995 retrospective exhibition of Bruce Nauman’s work, as well as the impact of Nauman on contemporary art over the last two decades. Ticket quantities are limited. A select number of tickets for the panel discussion only will be released in the weeks prior to the discussion. Call 443-573-1763 for more details.
Receive a discount on tickets and ensure your place at both events by purchasing a patron package:
Individual package - $100 savings: $600 for FoMaCA members; $675 for non-FoMaCA members,* includes one ticket to January 23rd cocktail party and one ticket to spring panel discussion and dinner.
Dual package - $250 savings: $1150 for FoMaCA members; $1300 for non-FoMaCA members,* includes two tickets to January 23rd cocktail party and two tickets to spring panel discussion and dinner.
Call 443-573-1763 for more details.
*A letter stating the tax deductible amount of your contribution will be provided.