Upcoming Exhibitions

Ann Veronica Janssens: Fog Star

From May 30, 2018 — October 31, 2018

Ann Veronica Janssens’s installation transforms the interior of the Spring House on the Museum’s west lawn, drawing visitors into the neoclassical building with a hazy glow of brilliantly hued light.

Ann Veronica Janssens. NY Star. 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

1939: Exhibiting Black Art at the BMA

From June 13, 2018 — October 28, 2018

In 1939, the BMA presented one of the first major exhibitions in the U.S. to feature African American artists. Contemporary Negro Art, served “as a declaration of principles as to what art should be in a democracy and as a gauge of how far in this particular province we have gone and may need to go…,” wrote renowned African American philosopher and art critic Alain Locke in the exhibition brochure. Nearly 80 years later, the BMA pays tribute to this landmark exhibition with 14 prints and drawings by African American artists who were included in the 1939 show.

Installation view, Contemporary Negro Art exhibition, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1939. Photograph Collection, Archives and Manuscripts Collections, The Baltimore Museum of Art. AN6.40

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

From June 20, 2018 — August 5, 2018

For one of the summer’s most highly anticipated exhibitions, the BMA and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts present works by six finalists competing for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The $25,000 fellowship is awarded by an independent panel of jurors each year to a visual artist or visual art collaborators living or working in the Greater Baltimore region.

Installation view, 2012 Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist Exhibition

Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics

From July 15, 2018 — June 2, 2019

This exhibition features approximately two dozen works from sub-Saharan African’s colonial period (c.1880-c. 1960) that are accumulative, composite, crude, counterintuitive, and disproportionate. More importantly still, it explores the reasons why artists working during this turbulent period in the continent’s history turned against beauty in order to express the meaning and vitality of their day-to-day existence.

Kómó Society Helmet Mask (Kómókum). Manding or Miniakna peoples (Mali or Guinea). Early 20th century. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Robert and Mary Cumming, Baltimore, BMA 1983.79

Maren Hassinger: The Spirit of Things

From July 18, 2018 — November 25, 2018

For more than four decades, New York-based artist Maren Hassinger has explored relationships between the industrial and natural worlds in a practice that is both meditative and critical. This exhibition represents a broad range of her work with abstract compositions, videos, and documentary photographs.

Installation view of Maren Hassinger: The Spirit of Things at Art + Practice, Los Angeles

Kuba: Fabric of an Empire

From August 19, 2018 — January 20, 2019

This exhibition of dazzling Kuba textiles presented in the BMA’s Cone Collection galleries reveals how a central African kingdom independently developed a form of modernist abstraction in the 20th century.

Unidentified Kuba Artist. Overskirt. 20th Century. Democratic Republic of the Congo. Private Collection.

PDPS 50th Anniversary

From August 29, 2018 — October 6, 2019

In the fall of 2018, the BMA’s oldest friends group, the Print, Drawing & Photograph Society (PDPS), will celebrate its 50th anniversary by sponsoring an exhibition to highlight a selection of late 19th-century, modern, and contemporary works on paper that PDPS has helped the BMA acquire over the years.

Joan Miró. Plate 6 from the "Black and Red Series". 1938. The Baltimore Museum of Art, BMA 2017.41. © 2018 Successió Miró / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York /ADAGP, Paris

Mark Bradford: Tomorrow is Another Day

From September 23, 2018 — March 3, 2019

Mark Bradford, one of the most accomplished artists working today, incorporates themes and figures from his personal life, Greek mythology, and the universe in Tomorrow is Another Day. The exhibition features a new site-specific installation—a spectacular painterly 'waterfall'—brought together with the artist's works previously on view in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Mark Bradford. Tomorrow Is Another Day. 2017. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Joshua White.

John Waters: Indecent Exposure

From October 7, 2018 — January 6, 2019

This retrospective of Waters' visual arts career comments on pop culture, the movie industry, the contemporary art world, the artist's childhood and identity, and the transgressive power of images.

John Waters. Divine in Ecstasy. 1992. Collection of Amy and Zachary Lehman. © John Waters, Courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery