March 15, 2021
BMA Announces March 28 Reopening
Limited Capacity, Timed-Entry Tickets Will Be Available Each Week
BALTIMORE, MD (March 15, 2021)—The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that it will reopen with limited capacity on Sunday, March 28. The museum will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with timed-entry passes available to the general public beginning Monday, March 22 through the BMA’s website. The BMA plans to welcome up to eight people per each 30-minute time slot for a maximum of 112 people per day—well below Baltimore City’s 25 percent capacity guidelines. All visitors are required to answer two questions about COVID-19 exposure on the day of their appointment and wear face masks and observe gallery capacity limits and social distancing. The BMA is prepared to alter its plans should further precautions be necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of staff and visitors.
Coinciding with the reopening, the BMA will debut three new 2020 Vision exhibitions originally scheduled to open in fall 2020. Sharon Lockhart: Perilous Life features film, photography, and sculpture that bookend Lockhart’s 10-year engagement with a group of children in Łódź, Poland. Tschabalala Self: By My Self features 15 new and recent paintings and sculptures that capture the intricacy and singularity of Self’s formal techniques, which include stenciling and tracing, printing, casting, and mechanically stitching lines of thread as a means of exploring the Black female form. Lisa Yuskavage: Wilderness brings together more than 15 paintings that show the artist’s expansive treatment of landscape through lush and dexterously crafted compositions that tantalize the eye and beguile the mind. These exhibitions, as well as Katharina Grosse’s colorful and expansive fabric artwork Is It You?, will remain on view through September 19, 2021.
Other exhibitions currently on view are Stephanie Syjuco: Vanishing Point (Overlay), a three-part installation that examines how image-making is implicated in the construction of racialized, exclusionary narratives of history and citizenship; She Knew Where She Was Going: Gee’s Bend Quilts and Civil Rights, which showcases five recently acquired quilts by the famed Black textile artists from Alabama; and Adelyn Breeskin: Curating a Legacy, which honors the many achievements made by the BMA’s director from 1942 to 1962.
“When we launched our small group reservation system in February, we could not have imagined the overwhelming response and clear desire by the public to return to the BMA. The enthusiasm from our audiences was both heartening and further indicative of the importance of art to our lives. I am delighted that we have now begun the slow and thoughtful process of making the museum even more available to visitors,” said Christopher Bedford, the BMA’s Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director. “We are also reopening our doors with an outstanding array of exhibitions that capture the richness and depth of contemporary creation and honor the important contributions of female-identifying artists and an important leader of this museum.”
BMA Health and Safety Protocols
● Museum Access: Visitors will only be able to enter the BMA through the Zamoiski East Entrance. Everyone is required to have a free, timed-entry pass and must answer two questions about their exposure to COVID-19 on the day of their visit. Up to eight passes are available in 30-minute intervals until 4:30 p.m. and groups are limited to five people. The BMA Shop, lobby restrooms, and Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen will be accessible without passes, in alignment with capacity limits for each space. Visitors will be able to exit the museum through the Zamoiski East Entrance, Merrick Historic Entrance, and Wurtzburger School Entrance.
● PPE and Signage: All staff and visitors are required to wear masks. Visitors who arrive to the welcome area without a mask will be provided with one by the BMA. Hand sanitizer stations are installed throughout the museum. Signage on the floors will help visitors maintain six feet of social distance and observe capacity limits in different galleries and spaces throughout the museum. Additional signage will indicate areas where one-way traffic may be required and provide reminders about important sanitary practices. Front-of-house staff will also be on hand to answer questions and help visitors move through the museum.
● Gallery Access: The BMA will reopen its building with a limited number of galleries and gathering spaces. Visitors may explore the European Art galleries, Antioch Court, Cone Collection galleries, second floor Contemporary Art galleries, and Textiles gallery.
Additional information about the BMA’s health and safety protocols will be available on its website at artbma.org.
About the Baltimore Museum of Art
Founded in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) inspires people of all ages and backgrounds through exhibitions, programs, and collections that tell an expansive story of art—challenging long-held narratives and embracing new voices. Our outstanding collection of more than 95,000 objects spans many eras and cultures and includes the world’s largest public holding of works by Henri Matisse; one of the nation’s finest collections of prints, drawings, and photographs; and a rapidly growing number of works by contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds. The museum is also distinguished by a neoclassical building designed by American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an array of modern and contemporary sculpture. The BMA is located three miles north of the Inner Harbor, adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University, and has a community branch at Lexington Market. General admission is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.