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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.
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.
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.
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.
"Seshadri is a son of Frost by way of Ashbery: both the high-frequency channels of consciousness and the jazz of spoken language are audible in these poems."
—The New Yorker
Vijay Seshadri, recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, will present the 8th Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading. He was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and currently teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in American Scholar, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Times Book Review, and in many anthologies, including Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets, Contours of the Heart, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, and Best American Poetry.
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.