Black Box: Sharon Hayes
March 15 – July 2015
Through her performances, films, and installations, Baltimore-born artist Sharon Hayes examines the intersection of history, politics, and speech, with a particular focus on the language of 20th-century protest groups. For this exhibition the BMA is presenting Hayes’ Ricerche: three(2013), a 38-minute video that debuted at the 2013 Venice Biennale and received a special mention from the Golden Lion award committee. The film questions attitudes of 36 students at an all women's college in western Massachusetts on issues of sexual and gender identity.
Curated by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman and presented in collaboration with The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Media Studies and the Museums in Society program.
Front Room: Sara VanDerBeek
April 12 – September 2015
This exhibition features the art of a Baltimore-born artist who has photographed the streets of Baltimore and Detroit and transformed artifacts reclaimed from urban environments into sculptural subjects in her photography studio. Featuring sculpture and photography, the installation is inspired by VanDerBeek's research on the BMA's collection, particularly the Museum’s world renowned Matisse holdings. These images will also become part of an artist's book inspired by the project.
The exhibition is curated by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.
On Paper: Spin, Crinkle, Pluck
April 19 – September 2015
This exhibition showcases eight prints and drawings whose images are the result of a specific action or intention rather than a depiction of the action. Essentially, the artists are letting the object or action describe itself. 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.
The featured artists and their actions are: Tauba Auerbach (crinkle), Trisha Brown (spin), Mona Hatoum (pluck), Emil Lukas (wrap), Gabriel Orozco (spit), Stan Shellabarger (shuffle), Denise Tassin (wriggle), and Rachel Whiteread (squash).
Curated by Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs Ann Shafer.
Wurtzburger African Art Gallery
Reopening April 26, 2015
The gallery for the BMA's celebrated African art collection will be expanded to more than three times its former size and relocated to the center of the Museum's first floor for the new presentation of the Alan and Janet Wurtzburger African Art Gallery.
More than 100 objects, many large-scale, will address the impact of region, history, and culture on African art traditions. The BMA has one of the earliest and most important collections of African art on the East Coast, thanks to a transformative gift of 125 African objects from the Wurtzburgers.
Today, the BMA holds more than 2,100 objects from ancient Egypt to contemporary Zimbabwe. Several of these objects, such as the majestic Great Mother Headdress (D'mba) from the Baga region of New Guinea, are considered the best of their kind.
Asian Art Galleries
Reopening April 26, 2015
Doubling the space devoted to the Asian art collection, two renovated galleries will feature approximately 150 works, including the BMA's renowned Chinese high-fired ceramics—representing 1,000 years of innovation from the 9th through the 19th centuries, and a variety of works that show the importance of the temple and the tomb in Chinese artistic tradition.
Curated by Associate Curator of Asian Art Frances Klapthor.