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The Big Table: Extra-Ordinary Objects
The Big Table's bold new look created by acclaimed graphic designer David Plunkert of Spur Design explores how and why contemporary artists incorporate everyday objects and materials into their practice. From the title wall made of hundreds of number two pencils to the interactive boot, bucket, and pillow, the Big Table installation is packed with wit and creativity. Visit the interactive gallery to gather, learn, make and share!
The Big Table Connections
Connect to innovative art and artists, explore big ideas, and participate in creative activities. On the first Saturday of every month, gather 'round the Big Table for lively conversations with thinkers and makers to learn how artists use everyday objects to create extraordinary artworks.
From engineers and filmmakers to sound artists and fine craftspeople, meet experts from related fields who will share their insights in the galleries, then participate in art-making activities that delve into the ideas behind the artwork. Continue the conversation on Twitter at #BMAbigtable. For more information, call 443-573-1832.
Found Fabric Hearts
February 7, 2 pm
Meena Satnarain of FutureMakers will lead a free drop-in workshop in response to Robert Rauschenberg's Honorarium (Spread). Explore soft circuits by sewing light-up textile hearts, just in time for Valentine's Day.
To get a jump-start on the fun, customize your fabric with Futuremakers on January 25 at a screenprinting workshop. Registration for the workshop, held at the Baltimore City Robotics Center (1001 W. Pratt Street, 2nd Floor), is required. Cost is $15. To register, visit kidsmakethingsbetter.com/bma. Admission is $20 for adults, $12 for children (age 7-16), and $15 for BMA Members. Not a Member? Join today!
March 7, 2 pm
In conjunction with Front Room: Dario Robleto, Big Table Connections will explore the role of sound in Robleto's work. Join us for a gallery conversation followed by a hands-on art-making activity that explores the sonic potential of everyday materials.
The Ecology of Objects
April 4, 2 pm
Environmental artists Eileen Wold and Hugh Pocock will explore the intersection of human needs and the ecology in Rirkrit Tiravanija's Untitled (bicycle shower). Stay for a fascinating art-making workshop that investigates energy systems.
Art historian and critic Michael Fried and Berlin-based artist Anri Sala discuss the impact of narrative, sound, and the limits of language in Sala's evocative films, including on view in Black Box: Anri Sala through February 22. Seating is limited.
Sponsored by the BMA's Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art
As part of the Space Telescope Science Institute's public lecture series, the artist will join STScl scientists to discuss the cross-pollination of art and science—including the ways in which imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, has influence Robleto and the works featured in the BMA's exhibition Front Room: Dario Robleto, on view through March 29.
Sponsored by the BMA's Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art
Artist Talk: Amy Cutler
Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m.
BMA Meyerhoff Auditorium
Join renowned contemporary artist Amy Cutler in conversation with BMA Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs Ann Shafer. During the past 15 years, Amy Cutler (American, b. 1974) has become internationally known for exquisitely detailed narrative works of art. Inspired by stories and images encountered in current events, art history, fairy tales, and personal experiences, Cutler creates enigmatic paintings and drawings of women, animals, and hybrid beings involved in fantastic, dreamlike activities. Cutler has a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from the Skowhegan School.
Preview and Reception
Friday, March 27, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Preview the Fair before it opens to the public and enjoy a private reception with printers, gallerists, and BMA curators. Invitations will be mailed to Contributor Members at the Sponsor level and above ($500+) and members of the Joshua Johnson Council; Print, Drawing & Photograph Society; and Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art. Upgrade your BMA Membership to the Sponsor level to receive your invitation! Call 443-573-1800 or upgrade online at artbma.org. http://www.artbma.org/members/benefits.html#Contributor
Sunday, March 29, 11 a.m.
The BMA welcomes back former curator Jan Howard, who now heads the department of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. This lecture is sponsored by the Print, Drawing & Photograph Society.
Artist & Editions Award
Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m.
FREE with Print Fair admission
Established in 2002, this $1,000 award recognizes the work of a leading artist or master printer who has made a substantial contribution to the imagery, themes, and techniques of printmaking today.
A basic unit of design, the humble chair has much to tell us about the larger world—about its maker and users. Explore the social, cultural, economic, and technological forces that shaped America through 10 chairs in the transformed American Wing.
A cross-disciplinary group of thinkers in the fields of history, philosophy, economics, medicine, and literature (to name a few) will each give a 10-minute 'lightning round' talk on one chair from the American collection as seen through their discipline. After the talk, you're invited to continue the conversation in the American Wing.
Seating is limited. Call 443-573-1835 for more information.
The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society continues its 2014-2015 season with a performance by The Houston Person Quartet, featuring American saxophonist Houston Person, whose 2014 album, The Melody Lingers On, has earned him widespread acclaim for its inspired take on the Great American Songbook. Person has been described as having a “fundamental approach to his horn, eloquently expressing heartfelt emotion in much the same way a vocalist might.“ (JazzTimes)
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 pm
Discover the wonder of a single work of art or gallery in this half-hour Docent-led tour.
Wednesdays, 2 pm
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.