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Now Is The Time: Recent Acquisitions to the Contemporary Collection

From May 2, 2021 — July 18, 2021

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Informed by the BMA’s core values of equity, diversity, and justice, the Contemporary Department has added an impressive array of new artists and works to the Museum’s collection. Acquired using the proceeds from the deaccessioning of seven works in 2018, the new works forge new pathways and tell stories that we are committed to sharing—from Baltimore-based artists and those who capture a Southern vernacular to more expansive narratives about American identity and global migration.

Now Is The Time: Recent Acquisitions to the Contemporary Collection will present many of the works that were acquired during this searching and productive period, most of them on view to the public for the first time.

The exhibition ranges across boundaries provocatively, diversifying the practices as well as the practitioners on view at the BMA. Brilliant senior figures including Betye Saar, Valerie Maynard, Benny Andrews, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, and Virginia Jaramillo hang alongside young artists such as Laura Ortman, Jerrell Gibbs, and Theresa Chromati, creating dialogues across generations. Works by Thornton Dial and Beverly Buchanan draw out traditions of self-trained and academic making, troubling the line that divides them. And Barbara Chase-Riboud, Suzanne Jackson, and Fred Eversley wield materials from different worlds—weaving, gardening, even aeronautics—that fundamentally change the picture of what art can be. Now Is The Time aims to open minds as well as eyes.

Curated by Christopher Bedford, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, Asma Naeem, Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, and Katy Siegel, Senior Programming and Research Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Suzanne F. Cohen Exhibition Fund, Lorayne and Jim Thornton, and Sheela Murthy/MurthyNAYAK Foundation.

Informed by the BMA’s core values of equity, diversity, and justice, the Contemporary Department has added an impressive array of new artists and works to the Museum’s collection. Acquired using the proceeds from the deaccessioning of seven works in 2018, the new works forge new pathways and tell stories that we are committed to sharing—from Baltimore-based artists and those who capture a Southern vernacular to more expansive narratives about American identity and global migration.

Curated by Christopher Bedford, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, Asma Naeem, Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, and Katy Siegel, Senior Programming and Research Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Suzanne F. Cohen Exhibition Fund.

Image: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. "Echo Map I. 2000." 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 2020.54. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.