Black Box: Anri Sala
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.
After reading art historian and critic Michael Fried’s insightful analysis of Sala’s work in his book Four Honest Outlaws: Sala, Ray, Marioni, Gordon, Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman was inspired to invite Fried to select a work by Sala for presentation in Baltimore.
Don't miss the art historian and artist in conversation at the BMA February 21. The pair will discuss the impact of narrative, sound, and the limits of language in Sala’s evocative films.
Curated by the artist and Michael Fried, The Johns Hopkins University J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities, and organized by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.
On Paper: Alternate Realities
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. Among the prints featured are two complete portfolios by Raymond Pettibon and Trenton Doyle Hancock, as well as newly acquired works by Wangechi Mutu, Amy Cutler, Chitra Ganesh, Toshio Sasaki, Iona Rozeal Brown, and William Villalongo.
At the center of the exhibition is an eight-panel, accordion bound work titled El Regreso del Caníbal Macrobiótico (The Return of the Macrobiotic Cannibal) (1998) by Enrique Chagoya. The colorful combination of woodcut, color lithograph, and chine-collé printing juxtaposes images of American comic book characters, Catholic iconography, medical illustrations, Mayans in overcoats, and alien spaceships.
Curated by Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs Ann Shafer.
Front Room: Dario Robleto
November 16, 2014 – March 29, 2015
This exhibition features Robleto’s Setlists for a Setting Sun, a body of poetic sculptures, prints, and cut-paper works that weave together the histories of recorded light and sound. The artist has drawn inspiration for the pieces from nautical history, space exploration, early sound recordings, and family legacies within American popular music. The show debuts three works created by Robleto (American, born 1972) at the Headlands Center of the Arts in Sausalito, CA, as part of its inaugural program to commission art from outstanding contemporary artists. These new works were in part inspired by the BMA’s proximity to the Space Telescope Science Institute on the campus of The Johns Hopkins University. Lending a contemporary component to the BMA’s American Wing reopening celebration, this exhibition is curated by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.
Lessons Learned: American Schoolgirl Embroideries
November 23, 2014–May 2015
Lessons Learned: American Schoolgirl Embroideries heralds the return of the Jean and Allan Berman Textile Gallery, located within the renovated American Wing. The exhibition features more than 20 samplers and silk embroideries made by American girls who attended schools in Maryland and other East Coast states during the 18th and 19th centuries.
From opulent to understated, the works provide a fascinating glimpse into early American life. The samplers and embroideries on view were once displayed by families as showpieces to advertise their daughters’ accomplishments. Landscapes, still lifes, tributes to national heroes, and literary and biblical scenes are among the wide range of subjects. One of the most elaborate works depicts the exuberant interior of King Solomon’s palace and the imperial trappings of the Queen of Sheba’s entourage in silk, metallic threads, sequins, and glass gems.
Curated by Anita Jones, Curator of Textiles