Past Exhibitions

Art is for Everyone: Baltimore County Public Schools Art Exhibition

From May 16, 2018 — May 20, 2018

For the past 30 years, the BMA has hosted an annual countywide student exhibition, Art is for Everyone, presenting the artwork of Baltimore County public school students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

fyi...For Your Inspiration: Baltimore City Public Schools Art Exhibition

From May 9, 2018 — May 13, 2018

Now for the eleventh year, the BMA hosts fyi…For Your Inspiration 2018, a citywide student exhibition presenting artwork by 400 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Beyond Flight: Birds in African Art

From December 20, 2017 — June 17, 2018

This exhibition presents approximately 20 works that illustrate the honored place birds hold within numerous African cultures. Included are works that cite birds by material or motif made in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria.

Culture: Pende (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Gitenga Mask. Mid-20th century. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Purchased as the gift of Amy Gould and Matthew Polk, Gibson Island, Maryland, BMA 2015.148

Head Back & High : Senga Nengudi, Performance Objects (1976–2015)

From December 5, 2017 — May 27, 2018

Senga Nengudi (American, b. 1943) chooses familiar, inexpensive materials loaded with symbolic resonances to construct intimate environments.

Senga Nengudi. Studio Performance with 'R.S.V.P.’. 1976. Courtesy of Levy Gorvy Gallery, New York and London

Crossing Borders: Mexican Modernist Prints

From November 19, 2017 — March 11, 2018

This exhibition explores an unprecedented period of cultural and intellectual exchange between Mexico and the U.S. in the 1930s and 1940s through 30 prints and drawings by artists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Elizabeth Catlett.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Wilmington Trust.

Diego Rivera. Zapata. 1932. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Blanche Adler. BMA 1932.28.5. © 2017 Diego Rivera/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico

Front Room: Njideka Akunyili Crosby | Counterparts

From October 25, 2017 — March 11, 2018

Los Angeles-based artist and 2017 MacArthur Genius Fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby debuts a suite of new paintings that draw upon her experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States, maintaining ties to her family in Nigeria, and building relationships in America.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Dwell: Aso Ebi, 2017. Acrylic, solvent transfer, colored pencil, collage, commemorative fabric on paper. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London.

Spiral Play: Loving in the '80s

From October 18, 2017 — April 15, 2018

For 40 years, Al Loving experimented with materials and process to expand the definition of modern painting, drawing on everything from free jazz to his family’s quilting tradition. In the 1980s, Loving broke free of the flat image, using heavy rag paper to make three dimensional collages in brilliant colors. Spiral Play features 12 of these collages, some of them monumental in scale.

Al Loving. Barbara in Spiral Heaven, 1989. Mixed media on paper collage. Estate of Al Loving and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.

Annet Couwenberg: From Digital to Damask

From August 16, 2017 — February 18, 2018

This intimate exhibition of approximately 11 works by Maryland-based artist Annet Couwenberg reveals the intersection of science, art, technology, and history that makes textiles such a fascinating art form.

Annet Couwenberg. Puff 3. 2014. Collection of the Artist. Photography by Dan Meyers

Black Box: Kara Walker & Hank Willis Thomas

From June 28, 2017 — March 18, 2018

Salvation by Kara Walker, one of the most significant works in the BMA’s contemporary collection, and And I Can’t Run by Hank Willis Thomas, a recent promised gift to the Museum, start a critical conversation in the Black Box Gallery on slavery’s legacy.

Top: Kara Walker. Salvation. 2000. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Friends of Modern Art Fund, BMA 2001.14. © Kara Walker. Bottom: Hank Willis Thomas. And I Can’t Run. 2013. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Promised gift of a MAD Gathering to The Baltimore Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Black, White & Abstract: Callahan, Siskind, White

From May 17, 2017 — October 1, 2017

Black, White & Abstract considers the work of three of the most important and influential American photographers of the 20th century: Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White.

Minor White. Windowsill Daydreaming (72 N. Union Street, Rochester). 1958, printed 1960–1966. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, and Roger M. Dalsheimer Photograph Acquisitions Endowment, BMA 2012.174.2. Reproduced with permission of the Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum. © Trustees of Princeton University

Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public Schools Student Art Exhibitions

From April 26, 2017 — April 30, 2017

The imagination and talent of Baltimore City and Baltimore County students is on view in these annual student art exhibitions: fyi ... For Your Inspiration and Art is for Everyone.

Front Room: Adam Pendleton

From March 26, 2017 — October 1, 2017

Adam Pendleton uses the irrationality of Dada as a means of re-envisioning race in America. The Contemporary Wing's Front Room Gallery will feature paintings, collages, and screenprints displayed against immersive floor to ceiling wall works derived from photographic and text-based collages.

Off the Shelf: Modern & Contemporary Artists' Books

From March 12, 2017 — June 25, 2017

The BMA presents more than 130 rarely shown artists’ books and related prints by more than 50 renowned artists, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Grace Hartigan, David Hockney, and Ed Ruscha.

Joan Miró and Paul Éluard. Page from the book À Toute Épreuve. 1958. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Mrs. Nelson Gutman, in Memory of her Husband’s Birthday, June 21st, BMA 1959.148. © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Black Box: Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj

From February 8, 2017 — June 11, 2017

The many spirit mediums of Palmelo, Brazil, are featured in Captain Gervasio's Family (2013-2014), a 14-minute black-and-white film by Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj.

Timeless Weft: Ancient Tapestries and the Art of Louise B. Wheatley

From February 1, 2017 — July 30, 2017

This intimate exhibition celebrates the 40-year career of Maryland artist Louise B. Wheatley. Internalizing the lessons of ancient masters, Wheatley creates art that is unmistakably a reflection of her own unique vision and her self-imposed sense of technical perfection.

Shifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art

From December 18, 2016 — December 3, 2017

The BMA’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Africa drawn from its own collection features photographs, prints, and drawings by David Goldblatt, Gavin Jantjes, William Kentridge, Julie Mehretu, Senam Okudzeto, Robin Rhode, and Diane Victor. Each artist offers pointedly political perspectives on the lives of Africans and their diasporic descendants.

Senam Okudzeto. Fragment from the series All Facts Have Been Changed to Protect the Ignorant. 2000-01. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Nathan L. and Suzanne F. Cohen Contemporary Art Endowment

On Paper: Finding Form

From October 30, 2016 — April 30, 2017

This exhibition celebrates one of the strengths of the BMA’s collection: contemporary drawings that combine an interest in pure, refined geometric form with a desire to use materials expressively.

Eva Hesse. Untitled. 1964. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift from the Estate of the Artist, BMA 1983.54. © The Estate of Eva Hesse. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth


From October 23, 2016 — January 29, 2017

More than 90 paintings and drawings by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) show the French modern master’s enduring influence on one of the greatest post-war American painters.

Home page left: Henri Matisse. The Yellow Dress. 1929-31. The Baltimore Museum of Art. ©2016 Succession H. Matisse / ARS, New York. Home page right: Richard Diebenkorn. Seated Figure with Hat. 1967. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. ©2016 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Above left: Henri Matisse. View of Notre Dame. 1914. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. ©2016 Succession H. Matisse / ARS, New York. Above right: Richard Diebenkorn. Ocean Park #79. 1975. Philadelphia Museum of Art ©2016 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

Oliver Herring: Areas for Action

From October 23, 2016 — October 29, 2017

Covered in glitter, food dye, foil and other joyfully messy materials, 50 volunteers from all walks of life participated in Oliver Herring’s Areas for Action. This surprising series of daily public performances in a New York City gallery in 2010 is featured in 12 digital videos on view in the first gallery adjacent to the East Entrance.

Oliver Herring. Areas for Action, Day 15: Color Spit Duet; Kristen and Davis Spit Blue. 2011. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Frederick R. Weisman Contemporary Art Acquisitions Endowment. BMA 2012.191.25. Courtesy the Artist. ©Oliver Herring

Anne Truitt: Intersections

From October 23, 2016 — November 5, 2017

Five sculptural towers of color by the acclaimed artist Anne Truitt (1921-2004, American) are on view adjacent to the BMA’s Asian and African art collections. This juxtaposition, as well as brief in-gallery essays by the BMA’s curators of contemporary, Asian, and African art, invite visitors to contemplate the ways in which essential visual elements such as color and shape transcend time and geography.

Anne Truitt. Whale’s Eye, 1969. Acrylic on wood. Gift of Helen B. Stern, Washington, D.C., BMA 1984.58.

Front Room: Guerrilla Girls

From September 25, 2016 — March 12, 2017

With a combination of audacious graphics, telling statistics, and provocative humor, the Guerrilla Girls, a groundbreaking feminist collective, use humor to call attention to the ways in which museums, private collectors, publications, and the art market have historically marginalized female artists and artists of color.

Guerrilla Girls. Birth of Feminism movie poster. 2001. From the "Portfolio Compleat". The Baltimore Museum of Art: Women's Committee Acquisitions Endowment for Contemporary Prints and Photographs, BMA 2015.47.66. © Guerrilla Girls

Black Box: John Waters’ Kiddie Flamingos

From September 21, 2016 — January 22, 2017

For this 2014 video, John Waters recast his 1972 cult film Pink Flamingos—considered one of the most notorious films ever made—with children reading a cleverly modified G-rated script.

John Waters. Kiddie Flamingos. 2014. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Dr. Max Stern Trust Fund; gift of the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art; Alice and Franklin Cooley Fund; and purchased as the gift of an Anonymous Donor, BMA 2015.85. © John Waters, Courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery

Queer Interiors

From September 18, 2016 — August 31, 2017

Queer Interiors is part of the BMA’s Commons Collaboration initiative, which commissions an artist and non-profit to work together on an installation and offer a series of public programs related to Imagining Home.

Jaimes Mayhew and Rahne Alexander. Photo by Jill Fannon.

Baker Artist Awards 2016

From July 31, 2016 — September 11, 2016

The BMA celebrates the 2016 Baker Artist Awards with a multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing examples of works by winners of the prestigious prizes. This year's exhibition in the May Galleries features the work of visual artist Joyce J. Scott, winner of the $50,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize and literary artist Jen Grow, winner of the $20,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winner. Also featured are the winners of three $5,000 prizes: performing artist Naoko Maeshiba, filmmaker Matt Porterfield and visual artist Bill Schmidt.

Joyce J. Scott. War Baby. 2014‑2015. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Courtesy of Goya Contemporary, BMA R.17773.2. ©Joyce J. Scott

Kimono & Obi: Romantic Echoes From Japan's Golden Age

From July 10, 2016 — January 15, 2017

The BMA presents an exquisite selection of late 19th to 21st century kimono and obi never before on view.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by The Coby Foundation, Ltd.

Kimono Furisode 1912-1989, Taisho (1912-1926) or Showa (1926-1989). Japan. Gift of Mrs. D.M. Cheston, Baltimore 1990.113

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

From June 22, 2016 — July 31, 2016

Congratulations to FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, winners of the 2016 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

In conjunction with Artscape, Baltimore’s premier arts festival organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the BMA presents a special exhibition of works by Theo Anthony, Stephanie Barber, Darcie Book, Larry Cook, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Eric Kruszewski , and Christos Palios, finalists for this year’s $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture Co-Founded by: Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle. Installation view of The Monument Quilt. 2013–ongoing. Courtesy of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Photo by BOPA.

Design for Mobile Living: Art From Eastern Africa

From June 1, 2016 — November 27, 2016

This exhibition presents the art of eastern Africa's nomadic societies in order to explore the ways in which mobility shapes creativity and artistic form. Unlike monumental sculpture found in societies that settle in one place, the artworks presented in this exhibition are lightweight, portable, and almost always associated with the body. They were created by nomadic cattle herders whose lives were defined by a near-constant state of movement across the lush highlands, dry savannas, and sparse deserts of eastern Africa.

Artist unidentified. Man's Belt (Enkeene Pus). Maasai region, Loita section, Tanzania. Mid-20th century. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Nancy and Robert H. Nooter, Washington, D.C., BMA 1994.293

Student Art Exhibitions: Featuring Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public School students

From May 18, 2016 — May 22, 2016

The BMA is holding a student art extravaganza, with concurrent exhibitions of works from both Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public School students.

Baltimore City Student Art Exhibition, 2014.

Front Room: Broomberg & Chanarin

From April 13, 2016 — September 11, 2016

The BMA presents the first U.S. exhibition of the dynamic collaborators Broomberg & Chanarin. Adam Broomberg (1970, South Africa) and Oliver Chanarin (1971, United Kingdom) have worked together since the late 1990s, challenging the concepts and structure of power through their photography-based practice. Their new body of work—photography, copper plates, sculpture, and film—highlight the changes technology has wrought on warfare, revealing the fallacies we tell ourselves about it.

Broomberg & Chanarin. Still from Rudiments. 2015. Courtesy the Artist. Image courtesy of the Artists and Lisson Gallery, London

On Paper: Picturing Painting

From March 30, 2016 — October 23, 2016

The large-scale color images in this exhibition reinterpret masterworks of painting as photographs. In some cases fashioned as an homage, in others a critique, these works combine elements of historical paintings with traits particular to photography to create images with a unique and powerful presence.

Rineke Dijkstra. Hel. Poland, August 12, 1998. 1998. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund, BMA 2001.22. © Rineke Dijkstra

New Arrivals: Maryland Artists

From February 7, 2016 — May 8, 2016

The BMA’s growing collection of works by Maryland-based artists is celebrated in this exhibition of approximately 19 recently acquired artworks by Raoul Middleman, John Waters, and others.

Bobby Donovan. Baltimore. 1992. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Bequest of Ruth Cole Kainen, Chevy Chase, Maryland, BMA 2011.249. © Bobby Donovan

New Arrivals: Gifts of Art for a New Century

From February 7, 2016 — May 8, 2016

The culmination of the New Arrivals series is a major exhibition of approximately 200 artworks that juxtapose recent acquisitions with complementary works already in the collection.

Table Screen with New Year's Scene. Japan. c. 1800. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Bequest of Dr. W. Lehman Guyton, Cockeysville, Maryland, BMA 2011.363

New Arrivals: Art Quilts

From December 16, 2015 — June 19, 2016

Unlike its predecessors, the art quilt is intended for display on the wall rather than the bed.

Among the many recent additions to the BMA’s late 20th-century textile collection are five stunning quilts created by professional artists who chose to express themselves with cloth and thread, in some cases abandoning their original media in order to do so.

Adrien Rothschild. Purple Mountains. 1991. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of the Artist, Baltimore, BMA 1998.360

New Arrivals: Matisse Prints & Drawings

From December 9, 2015 — July 10, 2016

Approximately 20 prints and drawings demonstrate the continuing legacy of the BMA’s relationship with the Matisse family. Etta and Claribel Cone’s dedication to collecting the art of Henri Matisse established at the BMA one of the most comprehensive collections of the artist’s work.

Henri Matisse. Marie-José in Yellow Dress. 1950. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Marguerite Matisse Duthuit Collection. BMA 2011.211. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

New Arrivals: Joachim Koester

From October 28, 2015 — March 27, 2016

This 3-minute 16 mm film was inspired by a hot air balloon expedition led by researcher Salomon August Andrée, who left Norway to journey across the North Pole in 1897. Thirty-three years later, the explorers’ remains were found with a box of negatives that told the story of a crash and an ill-fated three-month trek across the ice.

Joachim Koester. Message from Andrée (still). 2005. 16mm film loop. 3 min and 4 sec. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Promised gift of a MAD Gathering in Honor of Sandra Levi Gerstung. BMA R.16861.3. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Commons Collaboration: Architectural intervention

From October 25, 2015 — August 31, 2016

As a complement to the exhibition Imagining Home, Baltimore-based artist Marian April Glebes, in collaboration with the non-profit building materials reuse facility The Loading Dock, will present a project on the material nature of home.

Marian April Glebes. Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection). 2015. Mixed media, audience participation. Courtesy of the artist.

New Arrivals: Photographs from the O'Neil Collection

From September 30, 2015 — March 27, 2016

This exhibition features approximately 18 color and black-and-white photographs that were part of a major gift from Baltimore collectors Tom and Nancy O’Neil, who have collected 20th- and 21st -century photography for more than two decades.

Larry Schwarm. Wheat Stubble Fire, Eastern Colorado, 1992, printed 2004. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Nancy and Tom O'Neil, Baltimore, BMA 2013.348

New Arrivals: Late 20th-Century Photographs from Russia & Belarus

From September 30, 2015 — March 20, 2016

More than 20 photographs by Russian and Belarusian artists capture once-powerful symbols of the eroding Soviet State. These works came to the BMA from Brenda Edelson, who served as the museum’s program director from 1973-85 and oversaw the BMA’s Downtown Gallery, the first satellite gallery in the country.

Galina Moskaleva. Untitled. 1996. From the series "Children Who Have Had Thyroid Operations". The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Robert and Brenda Edelson, BMA 2012.512

Baker Artist Awards 2014 & 2015

From September 16, 2015 — November 15, 2015

The 2014 and 2015 winners of the $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize present arresting and poignant examples of their works—diverse in subject matter and media.

Baker Artist Awards

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

From June 24, 2015 — August 9, 2015

Held in conjunction with Artscape, the widely anticipated juried competition and exhibition returns to the BMA, following two years at the Walters Art Museum during the BMA’s multi-phase renovation.

Wickerham & Lomax (Daniel Wickerham and Malcolm Lomax). Detail, Paddles 1-8. 2015. Courtesy of the Artists.

American Crazy Quilts

From June 3, 2015 — November 29, 2015

Seven elaborate quilts from the late 1880s are unique labors of love and masterfully created artworks. Pieced together with a variety of fabrics, ornaments, paint, and embroidery, crazy quilts have a delightfully arbitrary quality that belies the skillful planning that went into making them.

Maker: Minnie K. Minderlein. Crazy Quilt with Initial "M". c. 1885. Origin: Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Minnie K. Minderlein. BMA 1956.157

Student Art Exhibitions: Featuring Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public School students

From May 6, 2015 — May 17, 2015

The BMA is holding a student art extravaganza, with concurrent exhibitions of works from both Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public School students.

Baltimore City Student Art Exhibition, 2014.

Diverging Streams: Eastern Nigerian Art

From April 26, 2015 — April 17, 2016

Diverging Streams: Eastern Nigerian Art features nearly 20 headdresses, masks, and costumes from the eastern Nigerian region of Africa, demonstrating the exchange between the Igbo, Jukun, Igala, Ogoni, Boki, Idoma, Ibibio, and Ejagham artists who lived between the Benue and Cross rivers.

Headcrest with Two Faces. Early 20th century. Boki or Keaka region, Cross Rivers state, Nigeria. Collection of Toby and Barry Hecht, Bethesda, Maryland, R.17545.8

On Paper: Spin, Crinkle, Pluck

From April 19, 2015 — September 20, 2015

This exhibition showcases eight prints and drawings whose images are the result of a specific action or intention, rather than a depiction of that action.

For example, Trisha Brown’s image of a foot spinning is not a rendering of a foot in motion, but actually her foot pirouetting directly on the etching plate.

Trisha Brown and Graphicstudio. Untitled Set One, No. 3. 2006. From the series "Untitled Set One.” The Baltimore Museum of Art: Women's Committee Acquisitions Endowment for Contemporary Prints and Photographs, BMA 2007.338. Published by Graphicstudio/USF

Front Room: Sara VanDerBeek

From April 12, 2015 — September 20, 2015

A solo exhibition of photography and sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Sara VanDerBeek is presented in the latest Front Room exhibition.

On view in Front Room: Sara VanDerBeek: Modern Symbols. 2015. Courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures, New York, The Approach London and Altman Siegel, San Francisco. R.17563.9

Black Box: Sharon Hayes

From March 15, 2015 — October 11, 2015

Artist Sharon Hayes, renowned for her politically charged live performances and video works, ignites an engrossing, candid conversation about sexuality and gender identity in Ricerche: three.

Sharon Hayes. Still from Ricerche: three. 2013. © Sharon Hayes. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Lessons Learned: American Schoolgirl Embroideries

From November 23, 2014 — May 10, 2015

Discover samplers and silk embroideries made by schoolgirls from Maryland and other East Coast states during the 18th and 19th centuries, which were displayed by families as showpieces to advertise their daughters' accomplishments.

Anna Henrie. Sampler with House and Landscape. 1840. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of the Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation, Inc., BMA 1958.32

Front Room: Dario Robleto

From November 16, 2014 — March 29, 2015

Dario Robleto's Setlists for a Setting Sun weaves together the histories of recorded light and sound in a body of poetic sculptures, prints, and cut-paper works. The artist has drawn inspiration for the pieces from nautical history, space exploration, early sound recordings, and family legacies within American popular music.

On Paper: Alternate Realities

From September 21, 2014 — April 12, 2015

Twenty-six narrative prints never before on view playfully exaggerate and reimage the visual language of popular culture. These works by American artist consider larger societal issues while exploring myths, folk lore, religious stories, and fairy tales.

Black Box: Anri Sala

From September 14, 2014 — February 22, 2015

The film recreates the terror and uncertainty civilians endured during the siege of Sarajevo by interspersing scenes of the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsing the First Movement of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique with a musician making her way through what became known as Sniper Alley. Sprinting through the streets, the music runs through her head. At each crossing, she hesitates, holds her breath, and pushes through.

Front Room: Seth Adelsberger

From June 27, 2014 — November 2, 2014

A variety of luminescent and textured paintings from Baltimore-based artist Seth Adelsberger demonstrates the artist’s innovative approaches to painting over the past five years.

Black Box: Lorna Simpson

From June 27, 2014 — August 31, 2014

The power of Lorna Simpson’s video installation lies in its choir of 15 voices gently humming the melody “Easy to Remember,” a haunting song about love and loss. Within the tranquil, flowing meditation, individual interpretations of the song emerge as we hear unique intonations.

FYI…For Your Inspiration 2014: Baltimore City Public Schools Art Exhibition

From May 7, 2014 — May 11, 2014

For the 8th year, this citywide student art exhibition will present artwork by 400 students, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, from 90 Baltimore City public schools.

Art is for Everyone: Baltimore County Public Schools Art Exhibition

From April 30, 2014 — May 4, 2014

The 26th annual countywide art exhibition includes a variety of 2- and 3-dimensional artworks-sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, and digital art-representing the breadth of the Baltimore County public schools' art program from kindergarten through 12th grade.

On Paper: Figure Drawings from the Thomas E. Benesch Memorial Collection

From April 20, 2014 — September 14, 2014

There are as many approaches to the human figure as there are artists. See ten compelling variations of the figure from contemporary masters in the latest On Paper exhibition. The intimate presentation features drawings from artists such as David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and others.

The Renoir Returns

From March 30, 2014 — July 20, 2014

More than 60 years after its theft from the BMA, Pierre-Auguste Renoir's On the Shore of the Seine (c. 1879) returns to public view! A special two-gallery exhibition reunites the 5½-by-9 inch painting with more than 20 masterworks bequeathed to the BMA by visionary Baltimore collector Saidie May, who purchased the Renoir in 1925.

Front Room: Sterling Ruby

From March 16, 2014 — June 15, 2014

The BMA presents an exhibition of provocative soft sculptures by acclaimed artist Sterling Ruby, deemed "one of the most interesting artists to emerge in this century" by The New York Times.

Black Box: Camille Henrot

From March 5, 2014 — June 15, 2014

The BMA is the first museum in the US to present French artist Camille Henrot’s Grosse Fatigue, winner of the Silver Lion Award at the 2013 Venice Biennale. The energetic 13-minute video on the origins of life and creation myths incorporates behind-the-scenes footage of the prestigious collections at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History.

Baker Artist Awards 2013

From February 26, 2014 — April 6, 2014

The BMA presents artworks by sculptor Jonathan Latiano and photographer Lynne Parks and a video presentation of cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski, winners of last year’s $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize.

German Expressionism: A Revolutionary Spirit

From January 29, 2014 — September 14, 2014

More than 35 vivid paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture present an overview of the revolutionary art movement that flourished in Germany during the first three decades of the 20th century.

Black Box: Gerard Byrne

From October 16, 2013 — February 16, 2014

Society’s desire to believe in something otherworldly can transform the banal—branches, rock formations, and mist on the water—into variations of a creature, the Loch Ness monster, both ominous and oddly endearing.

Front Room: An-My Lê

From October 9, 2013 — March 2, 2014

The consequences of war and the enormity of the military’s reach are felt through quiet moments away from combat in An-My Lê’s powerful color and black-and-white images.

Matisse's Marguerite: Model Daughter

From September 18, 2013 — January 19, 2014

More than 50 prints, drawings, sculptures, and paintings of Matisse's daughter Marguerite offer a rare look at the artist's personal life and work. Born in 1894 when the artist was struggling to achieve recognition for his art, Marguerite was a frequent model for her father, as well as a dedicated assistant and archivist.

Morris Louis: Unveiled

From September 8, 2013 — February 9, 2014

Illuminating unknown aspects of the ground breaking artist’s practice, Morris Louis: Unveiled presents more than 25 works, including several large-scale paintings and a number of rarely seen drawings that comprise a recent gift to the BMA from the artist’s widow’s estate. Exhibition highlights include two unusual and exuberantly gestural paintings Silver III, 1953, and Untitled 5-76, 1956 as well as the iconic Dalet Beth 'veil' painting.

Front Room: Nathaniel Mellors & Jimmy Joe Roche

From July 3, 2013 — September 29, 2013

This exhibition presents irreverent, edgy, and absurdist videos by two artists exploring human behavior when social norms are stripped away.

Art is for Everyone: Baltimore County Public Schools Art Exhibition

From May 8, 2013 — May 12, 2013

For the past 25 years, the BMA has hosted an annual countywide student art exhibition, Art is for Everyone, presenting the artwork of Baltimore County public school students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The breadth of the county schools' art program is highlighted by a variety of two-and three-dimensional artworks, including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, and digital art.

FYI…For Your Inspiration 2013: Baltimore City Public Schools Art Exhibition

From May 1, 2013 — May 5, 2013

Now for the seventh year, the BMA hosts FYI…For Your Inspiration 2013, a citywide student art exhibition presenting artwork by 400 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grades at 90 Baltimore City public schools.

Max Weber: Bringing Paris to New York

From March 1, 2013 — June 30, 2013

The BMA presents the first exhibition to extensively explore American artist Max Weber's formative years in Paris from fall 1905 to December 1908, when he transformed his painting style from classical representations of figures to bold interpretations of cubism and futurism.

Black Box: Raqs Media Collective

From February 27, 2013 — June 16, 2013

An Afternooon Unregistered on the Richter Scale (2011) is a silent projection that uses subtle animation techniques to bring to life a 1911 photograph. Sleepwalker's Caravan (2008) shows traditionally carved Yaksha and Yakshi figures floating down a river flanked by contemporary industrial sites.

Front Room: Surreal Selves

From February 16, 2013 — June 9, 2013

Front Room: Surreal Selves presents 16 figurative paintings by three international artists influenced by old master techniques and pop culture. Their work suggests a resurgence of Surrealism with images that convey personal fantasies, nightmares, and new permutations for the human body in a technology-driven world.

On Paper: Works from the Cohen Collection

From February 13, 2013 — August 25, 2013

Carl Andre, Mel Bochner, Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, Olafur Eliasson, Tony Smith, and other important Minimalist and Conceptual artists are highlighted in this exhibition of 20 exquisite drawings from the collection of former BMA Board Chair Suzanne F. Cohen. The exhibition includes pieces both generously gifted and promised to the BMA, as well as works given to the BMA in her honor.

On Paper: Drawings from the Benesch Collection

From November 18, 2012 — February 10, 2013

The BMA’s new gallery dedicated to the presentation of the Museum’s renowned holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs opens with 10 outstanding drawings from the 1960s and 70s by contemporary masters for whom drawing was central to their art.

Gaia: Site-specific installation

From November 18, 2012 — May 19, 2013

For this unique indoor project, Baltimore-based street artist Gaia created portraits of individuals living in the BMA’s neighboring Remington community, inspired by the Museum’s iconic painting Vahine no te vi (Woman of the Mango) by Paul Gauguin.

Black Box: Allora & Calzadilla

From November 18, 2012 — February 3, 2013

The BMA’s new Black Box gallery for light, sound, and moving image works debuts with <em>A Man Screaming is Not a Dancing Bear</em>, a recently acquired 11-minute video (2008) set in New Orleans.

Front Room: Zwelethu Mthethwa

From November 18, 2012 — February 10, 2013

The BMA’s celebrated Front Room series returns with eight stunning color portrait photographs by the acclaimed South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa (pronounced zweh-LEH-too mm-TATE-twa).

Matisse's Dancers

From November 14, 2012 — February 24, 2013

This intimate exhibition of more than 30 dance-themed prints, drawings, and sculptures by the great French artist Henri Matisse spans three decades of the artist’s career—from sculptures created in 1909-11 to delicate drawings of dancers sketched in 1949.

Baker Artist Awards 2012

From September 5, 2012 — October 7, 2012

The BMA celebrates the Baker Artist Awards with a multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing the winners of the prestigious $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize: musician Nathan Bell, photographer Alexander Heilner, and sculptor David Knopp.

Sondheim Artscape Prize 2012 Finalists

From June 16, 2012 — July 29, 2012

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are proud to announce that Renee Stout is the winner of the 2012 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

In conjunction with Artscape, Baltimore’s premier arts festival organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the BMA presents a special exhibition of works by the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize finalists: Lisa Dillin, Jon Duff, Hasan Elahi, Matthew Janson, John McNeil, and Renee Stout.

Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public Schools Art Exhibitions

From May 2, 2012 — May 13, 2012

The imagination and talent of Baltimore City and Baltimore County students is on view in these two annual student art exhibitions: fyi ... For Your Inspiration and Art is for Everyone.

Candida Höfer: Interior Worlds

From November 16, 2011 — February 26, 2012

Thirteen works by the internationally acclaimed contemporary German photographer Candida Höfer are presented in this intimate exhibition.

Embroidered Treasures: Textiles from Central Asia

From November 13, 2011 — July 8, 2012

More than a dozen bold, colorful embroidered textiles from Central Asia are being presented for the first time at the BMA. These stunning late 19th- to early 20th-century textiles include wall hangings, covers, a wedding canopy, and saddle cover made in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.

Print by Print: Series from Dürer to Lichtenstein

From October 30, 2011 — March 25, 2012

The BMA’s world-class print collection is the inspiration for an unprecedented exhibition of works spanning 500 years of printmaking. Discover more than 350 prints by Canaletto, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, and other European and American artists who created series covering a wide range of topics— places, imagination, narrative, design, appropriation, and war.

Hand Held: Personal Arts from Africa

From September 25, 2011 — February 5, 2012

Discover more than 80 visually engaging objects used in daily life in Africa that brilliantly merge artistry and utility. Late 19th- and early 20th-century hats, combs, vessels, baskets, seats, blankets, and wearable textiles drawn from the BMA’s outstanding African collection include several major recent acquisitions being shown for the first time.

Baker Artist Awards 2011

From September 7, 2011 — October 2, 2011

The BMA celebrates the Baker Artist Awards with an exhibition of works by the three Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners: visual artist Gary Kachadourian, performance artist Audrey Chen, and beatboxer and vocal percussionist Shodekeh. Recipients of 18 $1,000 b-grants will also have the opportunity to exhibit their works at the BMA. The exhibition will culminate in a free late night closing party on Saturday, October 1.

Sondheim Artscape Prize: 2011 Finalists

From June 25, 2011 — August 7, 2011

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are proud to announce that Matthew Porterfield is the winner of the 2011 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

In conjunction with Artscape, Baltimore’s premier arts festival organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the BMA presents a special exhibition of works by the finalists for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The finalists this year are Stephanie Barber, Louie Palu, Mark Parascandola, Matthew Porterfield and Rachel Rotenberg.

Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public Schools Student Art Exhibitions

From June 1, 2011 — June 5, 2011

Experience the creativity and imagination of Baltimore's youth— from pre-kindergartners to high school seniors attending public schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The variety of impressive artwork includes sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, and digital art.

Curator's Choice: Jean and Allan Berman Textile Gallery

From May 14, 2011 — October 30, 2011

A lush printed velveteen bedcover, fine Li skirt, and important William Morris Hammersmith rug are among the captivating selections handpicked by Curator Anita Jones for Curator’s Choice.

Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960

From February 20, 2011 — May 15, 2011

More than 200 compelling images showcase photography's extraordinary development since 1960 in this gripping exhibition. Seeing Now offers a striking snapshot of the world around us as seen through the eyes of more than 60 photographers—including Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Garry Winogrand, and Cindy Sherman.

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade

From October 17, 2010 — January 9, 2011

The first museum exhibition in the U.S. to explore the late works of American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) brings together more than 50 works that reveal the artist’s energetic return to painting and renewed spirit of experimentation during the last decade of his life. This period shows the celebrity Pop icon creating more paintings and on a vastly larger scale than at any other moment of his 40-year career.

Front Room: Guyton\Walker

From September 22, 2010 — January 16, 2011

In conjunction with the BMA’s presentation of Andy Warhol: The Last Decade, the New York-based collaborative Guyton\Walker is presenting a sprawling installation with energetic and colorful components that demonstrate how Warhol’s artistic legacy impacts a new generation of artists.

Advancing Abstraction in Modern Sculpture

From July 21, 2010 — February 20, 2011

One of the earliest examples of David Smith’s welding is shown for the first time in this exhibition of more than 30 works drawn from the BMA’s collection, the Estate of David Smith, and private collections.