The Rembrandt Effect opens to the public on December 12.
The new Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs is dedicated to the presentation, study, and preservation of the BMA’s works on paper collection. With more than 57,000 prints, 4,000 drawings, and 4,000 photographs from the 15th century through the present day, the BMA has one of the most significant holdings of art on paper in the United States.
Works on paper represent two-thirds of the BMA’s entire collection, but their sensitivity to light requires that they typically remain off view. When the Dorman-Mazaroff Center opens on the first floor, it will make much more of this portion of the Museum’s collection available for public viewing. The approximately 7,000-square foot center, designed by Quinn Evans Architects, will feature a dedicated space for temporary exhibitions, study rooms for scholarly and public programs, staff offices, improved storage and publicly-visible work areas that will allow visitors see the core functions of the Museum. The BMA is also digitizing approximately 40,000 works to make them publicly accessible for study and enjoyment online.
Collection highlights include a vast body of 19th-century French prints from the George A. Lucas Collection, as well as excellent examples of European graphic works by such artists as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Édouard Manet; modernist prints and drawings by Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Joan Miró; experimental photographs by Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston; and 20th-century American photography by William Eggleston, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. In recent years, the BMA has expanded its holdings by women artists and artists of color with contemporary works on paper by Sanford Biggers, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Faith Ringgold, and Kara Walker, among others.
At the heart of the Dorman-Mazaroff Center is the Study Room, giving students and scholars a chance to examine works more closely. Starting Spring 2022, the Study Room is available by appointment only and can accommodate individuals and classes up to 30 people. Please provide a minimum of three weeks’ notice when scheduling your appointment.
To visit, email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-573-1792.
Exhibitions & Events
The Rembrandt Effect
The Center's inaugural exhibition, The Rembrandt Effect, examines the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) as one of history’s greatest etchers. On view December 12, 2021 through April 10, 2022.
BMA Community Day
Celebrate the reopening of the BMA’s first floor on Sunday, December 12 with a day of activities and a first look at the new Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and The Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies. Free and open to all ages.
Evening Access & Members Shopping
On December 16, join us for special access to the Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies and Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs as well as A Modern Influence: Henri Matisse, Etta Cone, and Baltimore.
The Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs is generously supported by Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff, the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the France-Merrick Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.