Upcoming Exhibitions

Design for Mobile Living: Art From Eastern Africa

From June 1, 2016 — November 27, 2016

This exhibition presents the art of eastern Africa's nomadic societies in order to explore the ways in which mobility shapes creativity and artistic form. Unlike monumental sculpture found in societies that settle in one place, the artworks presented in this exhibition are lightweight, portable, and almost always associated with the body. They were created by nomadic cattle herders whose lives were defined by a near-constant state of movement across the lush highlands, dry savannas, and sparse deserts of eastern Africa.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

From June 22, 2016 — July 31, 2016

In conjunction with Artscape, Baltimore’s premier arts festival organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the BMA presents a special exhibition of works by Theo Anthony, Stephanie Barber, Darcie Book, Larry Cook, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Eric Kruszewski , and Christos Palios, finalists for this year’s $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

Kimono & Obi: Romantic Echoes From Japan's Golden Age

From July 10, 2016 — January 15, 2017

The BMA presents an exquisite selection of late 19th- and mid-20th century kimonos and obis that have never been shown before. These stunning garments were made after the lifting of sumptuary laws during Japan’s Edo period (1603–1867) when commoners were forbidden to wear showy clothing with colors like red or purple. The Meiji Era (1868–1912) coincided with increased prosperity as Japan entered the industrial age and this newfound wealth was often expressed in lavish garments. Many of these kimonos displayed decorative motifs with symbols of the Imperial Court, especially those referring to the Heian Era (794–1185), considered Japan’s Golden Age when the court was in its most powerful, refined, and romantic period.

Baker Artist Awards 2016

From July 31, 2016 — September 11, 2016

The BMA celebrates the Baker Artist Awards with a multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing examples of works by winners of the prestigious Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. This year, five artists will be selected to win $85,000 in prizes: the $50,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, the $20,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize, and three $5,000 prizes: The Semmes G. Walsh, Nancy Haragan, and Board of Governors Awards.  The Baker Artist Awards were created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community.

Through a sophisticated online portfolio and significant monetary prizes for the winners, the Baker Artist Awards serves artists of all disciplines who live and work in Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties.

Black Box: John Waters’ Kiddie Flamingos

From September 21, 2016 — January 22, 2017

For this 2014 video, John Waters recast his 1972 cult film Pink Flamingos—considered one of the most notorious films ever made—with children reading a cleverly modified G-rated script.

Front Room: Guerrilla Girls

From September 25, 2016 — March 12, 2017

The BMA presents a selection of works from the Portfolio Compleat (1985-2012) by the New York-based Guerrilla Girls. This group of anonymous women artists have produced over the course of 30 years a body of work that includes posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film, and culture at large. They appear in public wearing gorilla masks and use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny.


From October 23, 2016 — January 29, 2017

Matisse/Diebenkorn is the first major exhibition to show the profound influence of French modern artist Henri Matisse on the work of American artist Richard Diebenkorn. Breathtaking juxtapositions of more than 90 paintings and drawings from museums and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe reveal the enduring power of Diebenkorn’s firsthand experiences of the French artist’s work and present a stunning new view of two artists who never met. The exhibition will travel to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art following its presentation in Baltimore. The BMA is the only East Coast venue for this highly anticipated exhibition.

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