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The Big Table
The Big Table–a place to gather, learn, make, and share—features a bold new theme by acclaimed graphic designers Ellen Lupton and Abbott Miller. Their lively exploration of contemporary art in the newly renovated Contemporary Wing reveals the fascinating ideas behind Minimalism, one of the great strengths of the BMA’s collection.
Lupton is Director of the Graphic Design MFA program and Director of the Center for Design Thinking at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Miller is a partner at Pentagram Design in New York.
The Big Table Connections
See the new Big Table on your next visit to the Contemporary Wing, or join us on the first Saturday of the month for lively conversations with thinkers and makers. Meet experts in related fields—from neuroscientists and engineers to choreographers and product designers—who will share their insights in the galleries. Then, participate in art-making activities that delve into the ideas behind the artwork. For more information, call 443-573-1832.
Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m.
The group: Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoint, or SPUN. Their mission: Complete the empty spaces of the world's tossed aside needlepoint canvases.
Spend a lively afternoon with SPUN founder Mary Smull learning needlework techniques and contributing a few stitches of your own to unfinished needlepoints SPUN has collected. Arrive at 2 p.m. to talk about intriguing elements of needlework and see Elaine Reichek's grid of digital embroideries on view in the BMA's Contemporary Wing.
Philadelphia-based artist Mary Smull teaches at MICA and the University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally, reaching audiences as far away as South Korea. In 2009, Smull received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she was nominated for the Cranbrook Museum of Art Purchase Prize and the Daimler Emerging Artist Award. Recently Smull received a University of the Arts Faculty Enrichment Award to study computer-aided woven design at the Jacquard Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She is a member of the Philadelphia cooperative gallery Grizzly Grizzly.
Subverting the Grid
Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m.
Investigate artists who question and critique Minimalist practices.
The Big Table is generously sponsored by The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
Combining video projection and live music performance, Camille Henrot's Psychopompe creates a stirring interpretation of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Henrot's unique project mixes influences from avant-garde cinema and mythology with fragmented images of contemporary life.
Presented in collaboration with Maryland Institute College of Art and The Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Media Studies. For more information, visit mica.edu.
Free Guided Tours
Enjoy free guided tours at the BMA! All tours start in the Lobby unless otherwise noted. For information on tour topics and times, visit our online Calendar.
Highlights at the BMA
Get to know some of the treasures of the BMA’s collection in this 45-minute Docent-led tour.
Sundays, 2:30 p.m.
Discover the wonder of a single work of art or gallery in this half-hour Docent-led tour.
Wednesdays, 2 p.m.
Learn about the various exhibition on view at the BMA in this one hour Docent-led tour.
Cell Phone Tour
Sculpture Garden Cell Phone Tour
Explore the BMA’s lush Sculpture Gardens with a cell phone tour. Call 443-573-1822 to hear commentary by BMA Director Doreen Bolger, BMA Objects Conservator Ann Boulton, sculptor Mark di Suvero, and special reminiscences from BMA Trustee Peggy Heller—who grew up with the Wurtzburger sculpture collection prior to its donation to the Museum. See the cell phone tour brochure for more information.
BMA Sculpture Garden Podcast
Explore the lush Sculpture Gardens anytime you want with this podcast. Simply download the podcast to your personal digital audio player to hear special commentary about artworks in the Sculpture Gardens.