Upcoming Exhibitions

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.


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. Legacy. 2014.


Tomás Saraceno

From October 1, 2017 — July 22, 2018

Tomás Saraceno is creating an ambitious, site-specific installation that will be suspended across the BMA’s recently renovated East Lobby. The composition combines clusters of iridescent-paneled spheres with a sweeping “spiderweb” of black ropes that will be woven onsite across a two-story open area bordered by the lobby staircase and mezzanine.

Tomás Saraceno. Many suns and worlds. 2016. Solo exhibition at The Vanhaerents Art Collection. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. © Photography by The Vanhaerents Art Collection, 2017


Spiral Play: Al 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. Humbird. 1989. Mixed media on board. Acquired directly from the artist; Christiane Nienaber Contemporary Art, New York; Estate of Al Loving; Gary Snyder Gallery, New York; Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.


Front Room: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

From October 25, 2017 — March 18, 2018

Los Angeles-based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby will debut 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. "The Beautyful Ones" Series #1c. 2014. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London. Photography Stephen White © Njideka Akunyili Crosby