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$5 Million Gift will Establish Center for the BMA’s Collection of 65,000 Prints, Drawings and Photographs

Published September 15, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that it has received a $5 million gift from longtime museum supporters Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff to establish a center dedicated to the presentation, study, and preservation of the BMA’s 65,000-object collection of prints, drawings, and photographs.

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BMA Announces Plans to Reopen in September 2020

Published August 27, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that it will begin a phased reopening on September 16, with the intention of having all of its galleries and gathering spaces accessible to visitors by September 30, 2020. The museum will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with timed-entry passes available to BMA members beginning Friday, August 28 and the general public on Friday, September 4. The Sculpture Gardens are already open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to dusk. The BMA also released its health and safety protocols, which include details regarding timed and limited entry to the museum, PPE requirements, changes to visitor flow, and planned signage to remind visitors about social distancing, capacity limits, and sanitary practices. The BMA plans to welcome up to 25 percent of its capacity, or 350 visitors per day, on September 16 and increase to 525 visitors per day by September 30. The BMA’s reopening remains contingent on state and city guidelines, and the museum is prepared to alter its timelines should further precautions be necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

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BMA Offers Direct Support to Local Artist Community, Launching Three New Initiatives in June 2020

Published August 27, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that it is launching three new initiatives to provide direct support to Baltimore-based artists, galleries, and communities: BMA Salon, BMA Screening Room, and BMA Studio. The initiatives will provide some immediate financial relief to local artists and businesses, develop new platforms of visibility to ensure the longer-term success of Baltimore’s arts ecology, and extend participatory opportunities to populations that do not have ready access to digital content. The development of these programs stems from the BMA’s popular, ongoing speaker series, The Necessity of Tomorrow(s), which was established to imagine futures that embrace issues of social justice, equity, and creative practice. The BMA’s new initiatives actualize the series’ core principles and respond to the needs of the current situation through creative endeavors, furthering the museum’s role as a cultural collaborator and civic leader. More details on the programs, which are slated to launch during the first two weeks of June, are below.

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BMA Hosts Livestreamed Concert & Convo with Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Akua Allrich on Monday, September 21

Published August 25, 2020

On Monday, September 21, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is presenting a livestreamed concert at 6 p.m. from its living room to yours. Jazz: The Living Room Session features acclaimed jazz vocalist Akua Allrich performing from the museum’s immersive East Lobby installation Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure, which was designed as a living room for Baltimore with patterns and textures drawn from 1970s and 1980s black culture.

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BMA Debuts New Outdoor Experiences on August 5

Published August 7, 2020

While The Baltimore Museum of Art’s (BMA) building is still closed to the public, there is now more for visitors to see, do, and eat outside the museum. Beginning Wednesday, August 5, the BMA is debuting a presentation of Kota Ezawa’s powerful video National Anthem in the Latrobe Spring House and new Go Mobile audio tour stops on the exterior works of art and buildings with insights from BMA curators. Beginning Saturday, August 15, these experiences will be accompanied by the Snow Cone Sisters Café featuring gourmet hot dogs and snow cones from Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen. The Sculpture Gardens and Spring House will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, weather permitting.

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BMA Appoints Six New Members to its Board of Trustees

Published July 30, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today the addition of six new trustees to its board. They include Denise Galambos, Lisa Harris Jones, Elizabeth Hurwitz, Sherrilyn Ifill, Stuart O. Simms, and James D. Thornton. The new trustees join Clair Zamoiski Segal, the BMA’s Board Chair, Christopher Bedford, the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, and 40 other active trustees in leading the BMA and ensuring its long-term success. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and oversight of the museum and fostering ongoing support for the BMA’s ambitious mission and vision.

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Bma Acquires Works by Barbara Chase-Riboud, Oletha DeVane, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Laura Ortman, Wendy Red Star, Shinique Smith, and Martine Syms, Among Others

Published June 24, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today new acquisitions made as part of its 2020 Vision initiative, which includes a commitment to only purchase works by female-identifying artists this calendar year. Among the highlights entering the collection are mixed-media sculpture and paintings by Barbara Chase-Riboud, Oletha DeVane, Janiva Ellis, Bessie Harvey, Suzanne Jackson, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, and Mary T. Smith; video and animation by Nathalie Djurberg, Laura Ortman, and Martine Syms; works on paper by Vivian Browne, Barbara Regina Dietzsch, Wendy Red Star, Nellie Mae Rowe, Shinique Smith, and Gerda Wegener; photographs by Delphine Diallo and Mariette Pathy Allen; and design objects and textiles by Barbara Brown, Greta Grossman, Zandra Rhodes, and the women of Gee’s Bend. The BMA has committed a budget of approximately $2.5 million to the effort and will continue to make announcements regarding new acquisitions throughout the year.

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New BMA Violet Hour Series Launches June 24 Featuring Virtual Artist Talk with Zackary Drucker

Published June 23, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced a new series of online programs designed to give visitors an opportunity to relax and connect with artists, makers, and the community. The bi-weekly BMA Violet Hour program will feature artist talks, meditations, and other interactive experiences. The first event on Wednesday, June 24, pairs artist and cultural influencer Zackary Drucker with her personal muse and mentor Rosalyne Blumenstein, LCSW, a legendary trans rights activist, for a conversation moderated by renowned photographer, curator, and educator Allen Frame.

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BMA to Offer Direct Support to Local Artist Community, Launching Three New Initiatives in June 2020

Published May 27, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that it is launching three new initiatives to provide direct support to Baltimore-based artists, galleries, and communities: BMA Salon, BMA Screening Room, and BMA Studio. The initiatives will provide some immediate financial relief to local artists and businesses, develop new platforms of visibility to ensure the longer-term success of Baltimore’s arts ecology, and extend participatory opportunities to populations that do not have ready access to digital content. The development of these programs stems from the BMA’s popular, ongoing speaker series, The Necessity of Tomorrow(s), which was established to imagine futures that embrace issues of social justice, equity, and creative practice. The BMA’s new initiatives actualize the series’ core principles and respond to the needs of the current situation through creative endeavors, furthering the museum’s role as a cultural collaborator and civic leader. More details on the programs, which are slated to launch during the first two weeks of June, are below.

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BMA Receives 3.5 Million Gift to Endow Directorship for Matisse Studies Center

Published May 12, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced that it has received a gift of $3.5 million from a longtime museum advocate to endow the directorship for The Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies, which is currently slated to open in fall 2021. In recognition of this generous gift, the position has been titled The Anne and Ben Cone Memorial Director. The Matisse collection at the BMA was first established through the vision and philanthropy of sisters Claribel and Etta Cone, and the named directorship acknowledges their nephew and his wife, who have continued the family’s legacy of support for the BMA.

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BMA Responds to Global Pandemic by Making Exhibition of Major Works by Acclaimed Artist Candice Breitz Accessible on Newly Developed Website

Published April 27, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today the launch of a new microsite to house and make publicly accessible nearly all of the videos that had been installed for its major spring exhibition, Candice Breitz: Too Long, Didn’t Read, which closed several days after its opening in March in accordance with health and safety guidelines. The site features Breitz’s powerful multichannel videos TLDR (2017), which explores a series of global debates surrounding sex work, and Love Story (2016), which contrasts narrations of the experiences of six individuals impacted by the global refugee crisis.

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BMA Appoints Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole as Special Counsel on Strategic Initiatives

Published April 23, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that renowned scholar and arts administrator Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole will serve as the museum's Special Counsel on Strategic Initiatives. In her role, Dr. Cole will provide guidance to the BMA’s board, director, and senior leadership team as they continue to implement the museum’s longterm strategic vision, which positions social equity and civic engagement as essential aspects of its scholarly and public program and within its internal structures. Dr. Cole will offer her expertise on a pro bono basis for a period of three years.

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BMA Expands Digital Resources for Art Experiences at Home

Published April 7, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) remains temporarily closed and looks forward to announcing its reopening date in accordance with health and safety guidelines. In the meantime, it has expanded its digital resources to continue offering unique art experiences for virtual visitors quarantined or selfisolating at home. The museum’s newest digital assets include Virtual Gallery Walks, BMA Stories, and Free Family Sundays at Home, a weekly family art project.

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Jay McKean Fisher to Step Down from BMA After 45 Years in Curatorial and Leadership Positions

Published March 2, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that Jay McKean Fisher, one of the BMA’s longest-serving curators and the inaugural director of the museum’s Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies, has decided to retire on March 31, 2020 after 45 years at the institution. As of April 1, he will be named the Emeritus Senior Curator for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. During his tenure at the BMA, Fisher shepherded numerous acquisitions for the museum’s collection, including the George A. Lucas Collection of 19th-century French art, the Gallagher/Dalsheimer collection of American photography, and hundreds of works on paper by Henri Matisse from the Marguerite Matisse Duthuit Collection and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Fisher has also organized many of the BMA’s most important and celebrated exhibitions, including Matisse: Painter as Sculptor (2007); Photographs, Drawings, and Collages by Frederick Sommer and Surrealist Art from the BMA's Collection (1999); and The Prints of Édouard Manet: A Centenary Celebration (1983). Just as critical, Fisher has also built and maintained relationships for the institution with audiences, artists, scholars, collectors, and donors both in Baltimore and around the world.

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BMA to Open Major Retrospective on Artist Joan Mitchell in March 2021

Published February 27, 2020

Joan Mitchell has long been hailed as a formidable creative force—a woman artist who attained critical acclaim and success in the male-dominated art circles of the 1950s, and then went on to make her own distinctive way in the world for four decades. From March 21 through July 18, 2021, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will present a comprehensive survey of Mitchell’s oeuvre that establishes a new depth of scholarship on her work. Titled Joan Mitchell, the retrospective will feature approximately 60 works, including rarely seen early paintings and drawings, the vibrant gestural compositions that established her career, and large-scale, colorful, multi-panel masterpieces from her later years. With suites of major paintings as well as sketchbooks, charcoal drawings, and pastels on paper, the exhibition will open a new window into the richness of Mitchell’s practice and present a model of art history that accommodates multiple chapters and evolving styles. Joan Mitchell is accompanied by a catalogue that will provide further essential insight into Mitchell’s artistic achievements and the inspirations that drove them.

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BMA to Present Major Exhibition Exploring Motherhood and African Art

Published February 20, 2020

Throughout the matrilineal societies of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century Africa, symbols of motherhood were used to imbue artworks with moral, cultural, and spiritual authority, or “mother power.” While individual artworks from this region and the anthropology of maternal kinship (when a person’s identity and authority is determined by their mother’s bloodline) have been studied in depth, the wider relationship between artistic creativity and maternal kinship has been largely unexplored. The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) brings this subject to light with A Perfect Power: Motherhood and African Art, an exhibition that demonstrates how this powerful visual iconography played an important role in the functioning of these states and societies. On view from April 5 through July 12, 2020, the exhibition includes nearly 40 artworks drawn from public and private collections. A Perfect Power is presented as part of the museum’s 2020 Vision initiative to explore the wide-ranging contributions of women artists as well as historic representations of women in art from many times and places.

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BMA Presents Two Major Video Installations by Acclaimed Artist Candice Breitz as part of the 2020 Vision Initiative

Published January 30, 2020

Critically acclaimed artist Candice Breitz is recognized around the world for her unflinching questioning of power and influence, especially as it relates to individual identity. In March, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will present Candice Breitz: Too Long, Didn’t Read, the spring season anchor of the museum’s yearlong 2020 Vision initiative highlighting works by female-identifying artists. The exhibition features two of Breitz’s powerful multi-channel video installations, TLDR and Love Story, both of which examine how our contemporary obsession with celebrity and the explosion of media have distorted our ability to connect with real-world humanitarian issues and empathize with the experiences of those living on the margins of society. Presented side-by-side for the first time, the works represent more than 35 hours of content that captures Breitz’s essential voice as an artist and interrogator of contemporary culture.

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BMA Presents Nine Solo Exhibitions of Female-Identifying Contemporary Artists

Published January 30, 2020

As part of The Baltimore Museum of Art’s (BMA) 2020 Vision initiative to provide greater recognition for women artists and leaders, the museum is hosting nine solo exhibitions of works by female-identifying artists beginning in March. Seven exhibitions encompassing paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, and video by Zackary Drucker, Katharina Grosse, Valerie Maynard, Ana Mendieta, Elissa Blount Moorhead, Howardena Pindell, and SHAN Wallace will be presented in the Contemporary Wing second floor galleries from March 1 through June 28, 2020. An exhibition of 50 works by Jo Smail will be presented in the Contemporary Wing third floor galleries from March 1 through August 9, 2020, and a new work by Shinique Smith will be presented in the European art galleries March 15 through August 9, 2020. Subsequent exhibitions opening in August will feature works by Sharon Lockhart, Tschabalala Self, and Lisa Yuskavage. Admission is free for each of the exhibitions. The 2020 Vision Contemporary Wing exhibitions are generously sponsored by BGE, Constellation, and Exelon.

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BMA Presents Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist

Published January 13, 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist, a solo exhibition of works by the Portland, Oregon-based artist known for paintings inspired by the attire of women activists, warriors, and cultural figures. On view January 26–June 28, 2020, the exhibition features seven works from Lesperance’s ongoing Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp series, as well as a new artist book of archival sources. Also featured is Lesperance’s participatory project, Congratulations and Celebrations, through which members of the public can borrow a hand-knit sweater depicting a labrys battle axe to perform a personal act of courage. These acts—big and small, public and private—will be documented on Instagram, with some becoming part of the exhibition

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BMA Announces its Fall 2019 Acquisitions

Published December 30, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that it has added nearly 100 works to its collection this fall, with objects engaging all five of the museum’s curatorial departments. Among the new acquisitions are works by Zoë Buckman, Sonya Clark, Olafur Eliasson, Darrel Ellis, Doreen Garner, Samuel Fosso, Allen Frame, Tomashi Jackson, Zhang Kechun, Judith Larzelere, Ellen Lesperance, Nate Lewis, M. Joan Linault, William B. Meyers, Tanya Marcuse, Sir William Orpen, Joe Overstreet, Howardena Pindell, Ramsess, and Sanlé Sory. The museum also added 18 works by unidentified artists from Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Japan, Korea, and Nigeria, and a 19th-century Baltimore Album Quilt. Approximately a dozen of the works in the group were purchased with proceeds from the BMA’s spring 2018 deaccession from its contemporary holdings, including paintings by Firelei Báez and Ed Clark, a sculpture by Fred Eversley, and a video by Kota Ezawa. The fall 2019 acquisitions mark the final group to enter the BMA’s collection before it launches its 2020 Vision initiative, which includes a commitment to only purchase works by female-identifying artists in the coming year.

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BMA to host Free Event with 1619 Project Journalist Nikole Hannah-jones, Activist/art Collector Pamela Joyner, and Artist Zoë Charlton

Published December 3, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will host The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Future Histories, a free conversation with award-winning journalist Nikole HannahJones who created The 1619 Project for The New York Times; activist/art collector Pamela J. Joyner; and Baltimore-based artist and art professor Zoë Charlton. The event is part of the BMA’s The Necessity of Tomorrow(s) series, which brings together artists, writers, and thought leaders to examine and discuss issues and ideas at the intersections of art, race, and social justice. For this event, Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, will moderate a panel discussion about how a more complete accounting of history makes different futures possible. The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Future Histories is free and open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m. Seating is first come, first seated in the BMA Auditorium and in live-streamed locations throughout the museum. The event includes free admission to the BMA’s Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art exhibition and cocktail reception with music, cash bar, and light bites.

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BMA Unveils Mickalene Thomas A Moment’s Pleasure

Published November 21, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) debuts Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure, an immersive site-specific installation that transforms the museum’s East Entrance and entire two-floor East Lobby. Inspired to create a living for Baltimore, Thomas has installed a new façade on the exterior that resembles the city’s traditional row houses and re-envisioned the interior with new wallpapers, furniture, carpeting, and other design elements, altering every surface of the space. The vivid geometric patterns, prints, and textures of the environment reference the aesthetics of the 1970s and 1980s, particularly the creativity of black culture in the U.S. during that period. Mickalene Thoma s: A Moment’s Pleasure marks the inaugural presentation of the Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Biennial Commission, which was established in fall 2018 to provide contemporary artists with a platform within the BMA to realize ambitious new projects and to engage with the community through one of the most accessible areas of the museum. This installation is the most expansive commission undertaken by both the artist and the museum and also the first major presentation of the BMA’s 2020 Vision initiative. It will remain on view through May 2, 2021.

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BMA Presents Adorned: African Women & The Art Of Identity

Published November 12, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents an exhibition that demonstrates the critical role of women in shaping social identity across 20th-century Africa. On view from December 11, 2019 through June 28, 2020, Adorned: African
Women & the Art of Identity features two dozen artworks from across the continent, including several that have never before been exhibited.

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BMA Presents Free Form: 20th-century Studio Craft

Published November 12, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents a focus exhibition of modern craft from its collection in Free Form: 20thCentury Studio Craft. On view from December 18, 2019 through June 7, 2020, the exhibition includes more than 20 examples of ceramics, embroidery, and jewelry created during the 1940s to 1970s by American artists Betty Cooke, Maria Karasz, Gloria Balder Katzenberg, and Gertrud and Otto Natzler.

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BMA Expands Curatorial Department for Contemporary Art

Published October 28, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced the appointment of Jessica Bell Brown and Leila Grothe as Associate Curators for Contemporary Art, expanding the museum's contemporary department. Brown most recently served as the Consulting Curator at Gracie Mansion Conservancy, where she spearheaded the organization of the much-acclaimed show, She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York, 1919-2019. Grothe joins the BMA after having held the position of Associate Curator at the Wattis Institute at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she focused on commissioning new work by emerging and mid-career artists whose practices have yet to receive significant attention, including Rosha Yaghmai, Yuki Kimura, and Melanie Gilligan. Brown and Grothe will both assume their responsibilities at the BMA on November 18, 2019.

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BMA Receives Gift of Art from Noted Collectors and Philanthropists Pamela J. Joyner And Alfred J. Giuffrida

Published September 26, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that noted collectors and philanthropists Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida have gifted the museum a group of seven works by artists Radcliffe Bailey, Zander Blom, Moshekwa Langa, Clifford Owens, Adam Pendleton, and Purvis Young, plus two promised gifts of large-scale paintings by Meleko Mokgosi and Angel Otero that will come to the museum at a later date. The gift coincides with the September 29 opening of Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, which draws on the extensive Joyner/Giuffrida collection as well as the BMA’s own holdings to examine the significant contributions that black artists have made to the development of abstraction from the 1940s to the present.

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BMA Kicks Off 2020 Vision Celebration with By Their Creative Force: American Women Modernists

Published September 5, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced the first exhibition of its year-long 2020 Vision initiative to celebrate female-identifying artists. By Their Creative Force: American Women Modernists features nearly 20 works by artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Maria Martinez, and Georgia O’Keeffe to recognize the innovative contributions women artists have made to the development of American modernism. The exhibition is on view October 6, 2019–July 5, 2020.

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BMA to Unveil Mickalene Thomas's Largest Commission to date in November 2019, Completely Transforming The Museum's East Lobby

Published August 15, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will open Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure, a large-scale, site-specific installation that will transform nearly every aspect of the museum’s two-floor East Lobby. Envisioned as a living room for Baltimore, the installation will see Thomas re-fit the space with new wallpapers, furniture, and other interior design elements. Within this environment, Thomas will present a selection of her paintings, prints, and collages, while exterior artworks will signal the shift in the aesthetic and communal experience. The installation marks the inaugural presentation of the Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Biennial Commission, which was established last autumn to provide contemporary artists with a platform within the BMA to realize ambitious new projects and to engage with the community through one of the most accessible areas of the museum. On view until May 2021, Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure is the most expansive commission undertaken by both the artist and the institution.

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BMA Presents Major Exhibition Exploring Development of Abstract Art through the Work of Black Artists

Published August 15, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, an exhibition that captures the significant contributions that black artists have made to the development of abstraction from the 1940s to the present. On view September 29, 2019, through January 19, 2020, Generations explores the multifaceted power of abstract art as experimental practice , personal exploration, and profound political choice for decades of black artists. The exhibition features more than 70 paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media installations by such notable artists as Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Jennie C. Jones, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson, and Alma W. Thomas. The exhibition is curated by Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, and Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Research & Programming Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University. The exhibition is co-organized by the BMA and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

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BMA Presents Melvin Edwards: Crossroads

Published August 15, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced the presentation of Melvin Edwards: Crossroads, an exhibition that explores the cross-cultural connections in the artist’s work from 1977 to the present. On view September 29, 2019 through January 12, 2020, this exhibition of 23 sculptures and installations focuses on the ways in which Edward’s dynamic welded steel works have been equally influenced by his singular vision of abstraction and by his personal experiences—from growing up during the civil rights era in the U.S. to engaging with a variety of African cultures.

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BMA Dedicates a Year of Exhibitions and Programs to Women Artists in 2020

Published August 1, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced 2020 Vision, a year of exhibitions and programs dedicated to the presentation of the achievements of female-identifying artists. The initiative will encompass 13 solo exhibitions and seven thematic shows beginning in fall 2019, with additional presentations still being planned. Highlights include a large-scale transformative commission by Mickalene Thomas, a major monographic survey of Joan Mitchell’s career, an exploration of Candice Breitz’s video works, and the reinstallation of several of the museum’s galleries to emphasize the depth and diversity of women’s artistry through time. These presentations will be supported by a wide range of public and scholarly programs that will foster dialogue on women’s contributions to art history and the development of many of the artistic institutions that we know today.

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BMA Receives $5 Million Gift to Establish Center Dedicated to the Study of French Master Henri Matisse

Published July 25, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced that it has received a gift of $5 million from the Ruth Carol Fund to support the creation of a center within the museum dedicated to the study of French artist Henri Matisse, drawing on the museum’s incomparable collection of more than 1,200 works by the artist In recognition of this generous gift and in tribute to the Ruth Carol Fund’s founder, a longtime BMA supporter, the center will be called The Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies. The Marder Center will serve as a major resource for scholars, providing new opportunities for research and symposia for the presentation of exhibitions that contribute to both academic and public understanding of the French master’s practice, and for the digitization and publication of portions of the collection, making it accessible to audiences around the world. The gift from the Ruth Carol Fund provides essential support toward the design and construction of the space and also establishes an endowment for the Marder Center’s ongoing operations. The Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies is slated to open in 2021, with a focus presentation drawn from the BMA’s vast Matisse collection.

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BMA Lexington Market to Host Free Screenings of Solange Knowles Art Film in August

Published July 12, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced the June 27 opening of a branch location at Lexington Market, the world’s oldest continually operating public market. BMA Lexington Market is a 250-square-foot space that will host a variety of art programs and collaborative activities. The branch will host an opening reception on Wednesday, June 26, from 3 to 5 p.m., to showcase photography created by youth at the Greenmount West Community Center who worked with New Orleans-based artists Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. BMA Lexington Market is located near the arcade in the East Market. It will have regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free.

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BMA to Open a Branch Location at Lexington Market on Thursday, June 27

Published June 25, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced the June 27 opening of a branch location at Lexington Market, the world’s oldest continually operating public market. BMA Lexington Market is a 250-square-foot space that will host a variety of art programs and collaborative activities. The branch will host an opening reception on Wednesday, June 26, from 3 to 5 p.m., to showcase photography created by youth at the Greenmount West Community Center who worked with New Orleans-based artists Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. BMA Lexington Market is located near the arcade in the East Market. It will have regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free.

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BMA Announces more than 70 New Acquisitions, Including Major Contemporary and Historic Works

Published June 13, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that it has added to its collection this year more than 70 historic and contemporary works by a range of national and international artists. Among the new acquisitions are 17 objects purchased with proceeds from the auction of recently deaccessioned works. These include mixed-media works by Charles Gaines, Ebony G. Patterson, and Wilmer Wilson IV; prints by Emma Amos, Geta Brătescu, and Faith Ringgold; drawings by David Driskell and Clio Newton; a film by Ana Mendieta; photography by Elle Pérez; and a painting by Mary Lovelace O’Neal, among others. The BMA, through gift and purchase, has also acquired a range of historic works, including a rare 18th-century miniature by Anna Maria Werner; 19th-century prints by Manuel Orazi; and a 20th-century painting by André Derain and drawing by Édouard Vuillard.

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BMA Invites 300 Organizations to Participate in Historic Survey

Published May 29, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced it is relaunching its ambitious 1937 citywide survey to find out how the museum can best serve the interests of Baltimore’s communities. Titled Make It Now, the updated survey asks 300 organizations—including schools and civic, social, and religious groups—to tell the BMA what they want from Baltimore’s largest art museum. This initiative will help in planning for future exhibitions and programs while reinforcing longstanding relationships and developing new ones throughout the city.

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BMA Presents Major Exhibition Exploring Development of Abstract Art Through the Work of Black Artists

Published May 14, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, an exhibition that captures the significant contributions that black artists have made to the development of abstraction from the 1940s to the present. On view September 29, 2019, through January 19, 2020, Generations explores the multifaceted power of abstract art as experimental practice, personal exploration, and profound political choice for decades of black artists. The exhibition features nearly 80 paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media installations by such notable artists as Mark Bradford, Jennie C. Jones, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson, Alma W. Thomas, and Sam Gilliam, and unveils a newly commissioned work by Kevin Beasley. Generations is curated by Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, and Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Research & Programming Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University. The exhibition is co-organized by the BMA and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

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BMA to Reinstall Contemporary Collection Galleries with New View on the Development of Contemporary Art

Published May 14, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced a sweeping reinstallation of its contemporary collection galleries that focuses on the creativity of 20th- and 21st-century black artists. Titled Every Day: Selections from the Collection, the reinstallation features works by such visionary artists as David Hammons, Joyce J. Scott, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and Nari Ward, alongside those by Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, and Andy Warhol, among others. Centering the works by black artists creates a multidimensional picture of contemporary art that also allows us to reimagine our collective past, revealing the vital role of artists and art in these conversations about history and the future.

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BMA Presents 2019 Jazz in the Sculpture Garden Concerts

Published May 2, 2019

The BMA's popular summer jazz series returns with three concerts featuring national and regional talent in the museum’s lush gardens. Featured performers are Vijay Iyer (June 29), Matana Roberts (July 13), and the Wendel Patrick Quartet (July 27). General admission tickets are $50 for a single concert or $135 for the three-concert series. BMA Member tickets are $35 for a single concert or $90 for the three-concert series. Tickets are on sale Wednesday, June 5, and will sell out quickly, so reservations are highly recommended. Tickets for BMA Members are available beginning Wednesday, May 29.

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BMA Presents Oletha DeVane: Traces of the Spirit

Published April 25, 2019

The BMA’s Spring House is transformed this summer with a multimedia installation by Baltimore-based artist Oletha DeVane. On view June 19 through October 20, 2019, Oletha DeVane: Traces of the Spirit features a selection from the artist’s ongoing spirit sculpture series. Seven works are displayed in an altar-like setting with the sound of water, referencing both the cooling spring that once ran through the Spring House’s structure and the forced Atlantic migration of the enslaved persons who labored in it.

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BMA Presents Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick

Published April 16, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents an exhibition of photographs by New Orleans natives Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. On view June 16–October 27, 2019, Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick features the husband-and-wife team’s poignant and celebrated photographs of life and labor practices at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, the largest maximum-security prison in the United States.

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BMA to Host Free Event With Rapper/Activist Boots Riley & Artist Mickalene Thomas

Published April 2, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will host a conversation with the celebrated musician, activist, and filmmaker Boots Riley and acclaimed artist Mickalene Thomas moderated by BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. The event is part of the BMA’s ongoing Necessity of Tomorrow(s) series, which bring together artists, writers, and thought-leaders to examine and discuss issues and ideas at the intersections of art, race, and social justice.

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BMA Presents Hitching their Dreams to Untamed Stars: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott

Published March 29, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) brings together the work of MacArthur Award-winning artist Joyce J. Scott and her mother, artist Elizabeth Talford Scott, for a one-gallery exhibition that explores their profound mutual influence. The two artists lived and worked together in Baltimore for more than 60 years and the younger Scott credits her mother for showing her that she could realize her dreams as an artist. On view May 15–December 1, 2019, the exhibition demonstrates their exceptional creativity with needle and thread through 9 works that include an early collaboration, three stunning quilts, a beaded necklace and tapestry, and sculptures clothed in luminous glass and bead garments.

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BMA Presents An Exhibition of Outstanding Works on Paper from the Mary and Paul Roberts Collection

Published February 13, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is presenting an exhibition of 35 postwar graphics by some of the most significant modern and contemporary artists working in the United States thanks to a generous gift from Baltimore philanthropists Mary and Paul Roberts. Featuring works by Richard Diebenkorn, Jasper Johns, Elizabeth Murray, and Barnett Newman, Front Room: The Mary and Paul Roberts Collection celebrates a group of prints, drawings, and photographs remarkable for its range and quality. The exhibition also honors the legacy of Mary Roberts, who passed away in November 2018. The exhibition is on view in the BMA’s Contemporary Wing April 3 through June 30, 2019.

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BMA Presents Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

Published February 8, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents the first major exhibition to examine how 20th-century European and American Surrealist artists used monsters and mythic figures to depict their experiences of war, violence, and exile. Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s includes 90 works by Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, André Masson, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Dorothea Tanning, and others who responded to the rise of Hitler and the spread of Fascism by creating some of the most compelling images of the Surrealist movement. On view in Baltimore February 24–May 26, 2019, this ticketed exhibition is co-organized by the BMA and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

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BMA Receives Major Gift to Endow Chief Curator Position from Philanthropists Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown

Published February 8, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced a gift of $3.5 million from Baltimore-based philanthropists Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown to endow the position of chief curator at the museum. The Browns’ support and advocacy for the BMA spans more than two decades and includes important contributions of both art and funds to expand the museum’s presentations and collections of works by African American artists. This most recent gift underscores the Browns’ ongoing generosity and commitment to the BMA and marks a critical development for the museum as it continues to enact its vision to position social equity at the core of its mission.

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BMA Presents Exhibition of Luminous Early 20th-Century Landscapes

Published January 23, 2019

From bright watercolors to thickly painted landscapes with bold explorations of color and form, Expressions of Nature: Early 20th-Century Landscapes presents the many ways that European and American artists depicted the world around them during a period of great artistic change. On view March 10 through September 22, 2019, this intimate exhibition includes a selection of luminous paintings and rarely shown watercolors and drawings by William H. Johnson, Gustav Klimt, John Marin, Piet Mondrian, Grace Turnbull, Hale Woodruff, and other artists who made the natural world their own in new and compelling ways.

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BMA Announces Second Round of Contemporary Art Acquisitions Made with Auction Proceeds

Published December 19, 2018

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announces today that its Board of Trustees recently approved the acquisition of 48 works of art, including four purchased using proceeds from the auction of recently deaccessioned works. The new acquisitions encompass a painting by Meleko Mokgosi; photographs by Louise Lawler, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Carrie Mae Weems; sculpture by Melvin Edwards and Senga Nengudi; and textiles by Stephen Towns. The acquisitions also include a major gift of 35 prints, drawings, and photographs from Baltimore collectors Mary and Paul Roberts, with works by Richard Diebenkorn, Jasper Johns, Glenn Ligon, Elizabeth Murray, Gabriel Orozco, Martin Puryear, Gerhard Richter, and others.

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BMA Announces First Named Public Art Commission for a U.S. Museum and New Curatorial Fellowship

Published November 30, 2018

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today a major new biennial commission made possible by an historic endowment gift from Baltimore philanthropists Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker. As the first named public art commission for a U.S. museum, the Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Biennial Commission fosters the creation of new works by international contemporary artists, cultivates aspiring curators through a parallel fellowship, and activates the BMA’s East Lobby with publicly accessible art.

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BMA Presents Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / Delights of an Undirected Mind

Published October 31, 2018

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / Delights of an Undirected Mind, an exhibition of psychologically charged videos, sculpture, and immersive installations by the Berlin-based Swedish artists. Their captivating stop-motion animations embrace Surrealist themes—dreams, the subconscious, and the emotional and irrational—and convey both humor and darkness. This is the first U.S. museum presentation for each of these works. On view February 24–May 26, 2019, the exhibition is presented concurrently with Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s.

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BMA Presents Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography

Published October 11, 2018

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents an exhibition of more than 40 modern and contemporary photographs by artists mostly born in China, Japan, South Korea, or Vietnam who delve into various concepts of time. Their images could be focused on a time of day, a past legend or history, or an imagined future. Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography is on view at the BMA from November 4, 2018, to March 24, 2019.

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