Jack Whitten. 9.11.01. 2006. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Purchase with exchange funds from the Pearlstone Family Fund and partial gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., BMA 2018.81. © Jack Whitten Estate. Courtesy the Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser & Wirth

Overview

Since its founding in 1914, the BMA has collected and exhibited the art of its time, resulting in major examples of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Conceptual art, and Pop art alongside that of emerging talent.

Informed by the BMA’s core values of equity, diversity, and justice adopted in 2018, the Museum has recently acquired an impressive array of contemporary works by artists historically overlooked: works by artists who are Black, women, self-trained, Indigenous, and/or connected to Baltimore.

The BMA’s collection will continue to evolve to represent more fully and deeply the spectrum of individuals that have shaped the trajectory of art.

Now Is The Time: Recent Acquisitions to the Contemporary Collection

In 2018, the BMA sold seven works of art to fund new acquisitions that would address gaps in the contemporary collection. Many of the 28 works on view in Now Is The Time were acquired by the BMA using proceeds from that sale to present a more equitable art history. Data analysis throughout the exhibition reflects on the history of the contemporary collection from different perspectives.

Every Day: Selections from the Collection

In 2019, the BMA presented the first reinstallation of its contemporary collection centered on black artistic imagination. The exhibition featured nearly 50 works of painting, sculpture, video, printmaking, and photography from the BMA's permanent collection, alongside a group of loans primarily from the celebrated Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection.