Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963 - 2017

From April 22, 2018 — July 29, 2018

The BMA is proud to honor Jack Whitten, one of the most important artists of his generation, with this exhibition of his carved and assembled sculptures inspired by the materials and traditions of Africa and ancient Greece. For the first time ever, these revelatory works will be on view in Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017, organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This ticketed exhibition features 40 sculptures carved from a diverse spectrum of materials— including wood, marble, copper, bone, and personal mementos—contextualized with African, Minoan, and Cycladic sculptures and other examples of objects that inspired Whitten across the years. A gallery dedicated to Whitten’s Black Monoliths, a series of paintings honoring African American figures, reveals the connection between Whitten’s paintings and his previously unknown sculptures, and marks the first time these works have been exhibited together.

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Exhibition Tickets

Pay What You Want Wednesdays

You set the admission price on Wednesdays! Reserve Odyssey tickets in-person at the BMA Office the day-of your Wednesday visit in order to take advantage of Pay What You Want Wednesdays.

Catalogue

Odyssey is accompanied by a full-color catalogue that features the sculptures made by Whitten over the past 50 years, as well as the Black Monolith series of paintings, and archival photographs. The catalogue includes essays by Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Programming and Research Curator and Thaw Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University, and Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky, and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art at The Met. Available for purchase at the BMA Shop, or order online at shop.artbma.org.

Organized by:

This exhibition is organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sponsored by:

This exhibition is generously sponsored by The Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation, Suzanne F. Cohen, Anonymous, Heidi and Brian Berghuis, Amy L. Gould and Matthew S. Polk, Jr., Agnes Gund, Transamerica, Guy and Nupur Parekh Flynn, LaVerna Hahn Charitable Trust, Nancy Dorman and Stan Mazaroff, Amy and Marc Meadows, Clair Zamoiski Segal, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Charitable Trust, Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown, Eileen Harris Norton Foundation, Ilene and Michael Salcman, Bank of America, and Hauser & Wirth.

Exhibition Tickets

  • Installation view, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017. Photography by Mitro Hood.

    Installation view, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017. Photography by Mitro Hood.

  • Installation view, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017. Photography by Mitro Hood.

    Installation view, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017. Photography by Mitro Hood.

  • Installation view, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017. Photography by Mitro Hood.

    Installation view, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017. Photography by Mitro Hood.

  • Installation view, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017. Photography by Mitro Hood.

    Installation view, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017. Photography by Mitro Hood.

Jack Whitten. The Afro American Thunderbolt. 1983-84. Courtesy of the artist’s estate and Hauser & Wirth. Photography by Genevieve Hanson, NYC


Related Events

JUL 28 · 2:00pm–3:00pm

Immortality Screening and Performance

Free

During the final weekend of the critically acclaimed exhibition Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963 – 2017, join us for a screening of Bashi Rose and Michelle Rodwell's new short film, Immortality.


JUL 28 · 5:00pm–9:00pm

Jazz Odyssey: Lafayette Gilchrist Quartet

Part of Jack Whitten: Jazz Odyssey · BMA Members: $35 | Non-Members: $50

Jazz returns to the Sculpture Garden this summer to pay tribute to the artist Jack Whitten’s deep love of the genre. Enjoy evening access to the exhibition Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017, open during this special concert until 7 pm.