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Rashid Johnson. Fatherhood. 2015. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of the Artist; and purchased as the gift of Jeffrey and Shari Aronson, Peter Marino Charitable Foundation, Thomas Wilhelmsen, and an Anonymous Donor, BMA 2021.166. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Rashid Johnson

New Installation

The Contemporary Wing will reopen on November 14th.

Exploring themes such as Witnessing, Wayfinding, Legacy, Care, Self-Possession, Reckoning, Progress, and Resolve, this new installation aims to present explorations of artists and the personal relationships that their artworks cultivate.

Nearly 100 works will be presented, each offering an artistic response to the past 50 years of social history, our environments, and ways of knowing the world. The works include long-time visitor favorites and powerful, recent acquisitions to the BMA’s collection.

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.