The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 - United States
Founded in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) inspires people of all ages and backgrounds through exhibitions, programs, and collections that tell an expansive story of art—challenging long-held narratives and embracing new voices. Our outstanding collection of more than 95,000 objects spans many eras and cultures and includes the world’s largest public holding of works by Henri Matisse; one of the nation’s finest collections of prints, drawings, and photographs; and a rapidly growing number of works by contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds. The museum is also distinguished by a neoclassical building designed by American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an array of modern and contemporary sculpture. The BMA is located three miles north of the Inner Harbor, adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University, and has a community branch at Lexington Market. General admission is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art. artbma.org
Color and Illusion: The Still Life of Juan Gris
September 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022
The BMA and Dallas Museum of Art have co-organized the first U.S. exhibition in over 35 years dedicated to the Spanish artist Juan Gris, whose exquisite compositions explored the boundary between abstraction and representation, tension and stasis, color, and form. The exhibition highlights the artist’s pioneering and revolutionary contributions to the Cubist movement by focusing on his fascination with subjects drawn from everyday life. More than 40 paintings and collages span all major periods of Gris’s evolving practice and reveal the transformation of his innovative style and principal motifs from 1911 until 1927, the year of his tragically early death.
Katharina Grosse: Is It You?
March 1, 2020 – September 19, 2021
German artist Katharina Grosse’s exuberant large-scale, in-situ paintings explore the countless ways in which a painted image can appear in our lives. For this exhibition at the BMA, the internationally acclaimed artist has transformed the central gallery of the Contemporary Wing with an expansive fabric installation that is partially suspended from the ceiling, creating an enveloping cloth “room” with undulating walls. Grosse spray-painted the fabric onsite, allowing the colors and the shapes of the fabric to combine to form a vibrant and immersive experience for visitors.
Sharon Lockhart: Perilous Life
March 28 – September 19, 2021
This exhibition features film, photography, and sculpture that bookend American artist Sharon Lockhart’s 10-year engagement with a group of children in Łódź, Poland. The film Pódworka (2009) is a series of fleeting interludes that is both a study of a specific place and an evocation of children’s resourcefulness. The elegiac photographic still life portrait Milena (2020) and the bronze sculpture Untitled (Siblings) (2020) pay homage to the artist’s friend and collaborator Milena in the wake of her passing, denoting both the passage and the fixing of time, as well as the enduring power of love and the fragility of life.
Tschabalala Self: By My Self
March 28 – September 19, 2021
Thirteen paintings and two related sculptures that capture the depth, intricacy, and singularity of one of the most significant artists reinventing figurative painting. The exhibition explores how the compositional process generates meaning in Self’s work as she uses a variety of reproductive techniques—stencils, tracings, prints, casts, and mechanically stitched lines of thread—to structure artworks that are ultimately singular and unique. Among the new works are a suite of three new paintings of a female couple created in response to Henri Matisse’s sculpture Two Women (1907–08; originally titled Two Negresses) in the BMA’s collection.
Lisa Yuskavage: Wilderness
March 28 – September 19, 2021
Co-organized with the Aspen Art Museum, this exhibition brings together more than 15 paintings that show American artist Lisa Yuskavage’s expansive treatment of landscape through lush and dexterously crafted compositions that tantalize the eye and beguile the mind. Since roughly 2007, the vastness of nature has played a significant role in her most ambitious large-scale paintings which are ebulliently colorful, unabashedly explicit, and epic in ambition—and yet elusory in their meaning.
She Knew Where She Was Going: Gee’s Bend Quilts and Civil Rights
March 10 – September 30, 2021
Gee’s Bend quilts are among the most celebrated independent craft evolutions in American history. Defined by colorful, syncopated geometric pieces of found and personal materials, they reflect both a lineage of female instruction at home and the freedom of individual expression. This exhibition features five quilts that represent distinct examples of artistic experimentation during a pivotal era in Gee’s Bend quilting history. They recently entered the BMA’s collection by purchase and gift from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the work of African American artists from the South
Adelyn Breeskin: Curating A Legacy
October 7, 2020 – October 31, 2021
The BMA celebrates the remarkable career of Adelyn Breeskin, the museum’s former director (1942–62) and first curator of prints (1930–42). Breeskin played a major role in expanding the breadth of the BMA’s collection, including securing the renowned Cone Collection of modern art. She also commissioned the U.S. Pavilion for the 1960 Venice Biennale with works by Abstract Expressionist artists Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Hans Hofmann, and Theodore Roszak. Examples by these artists as well as important works she acquired for the museum and archival materials are featured in the exhibition.
SHAN Wallace: The Avenue
January – November 2021
This new five-part mural by Baltimore-based artist SHAN Wallace is named for Baltimore’s storied Pennsylvania Avenue, a long-standing Black cultural hub where bandleader Cab Calloway and singer Billie Holiday once performed. This outdoor installation grows out of Wallace’s ongoing research into the foundational roles Black Americans have played in U.S. food culture: how food has been a means of finding freedom, communion, and joy from the colonial era to the present.
Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure
November 24, 2019 – May 29, 2022
This immersive installation by internationally renowned artist Mickalene Thomas has completely transformed the museum’s two-floor East Lobby into a living room 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. 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.
Spencer Finch: Moon Dust
February 21, 2018 – October 14, 2024
Spencer Finch’s impressive light installation Moon Dust (Apollo 17), first presented at the 2009 Venice Biennale, is illuminating the BMA’s majestic Fox Court. The work consists of 150 individual chandeliers with 417 light bulbs. The chandeliers are hung individually from the ceiling and form one large, cloud-like structure. Although an abstract sculpture, the installation is also a scientifically precise representation of the chemical composition of moon dust as it was gathered during the Apollo 17 mission. The overall effect is one of science translated into visual wonderment.
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