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BMA Presents Jazz Odyssey Concerts Inspired by Artist Jack Whitten

Published May 23, 2018

The Baltimore Museum of Art’s (BMA) popular summer jazz series returns with three concerts inspired by artist Jack Whitten’s passion for jazz. The series includes performances by Ravi Coltrane (June 2), The Sun Ra Arkestra (July 7), and Lafayette Gilchrist Quartet (July 28). General admission tickets are $50 for a single concert or $135 for the three-concert series. BMA Member tickets are $35 for a single concert or $90 for the three-concert series. Tickets sell out quickly, so advance reservations are highly recommended. Each ticket includes evening access to the Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017 exhibition from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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BMA Presents Ann Veronica Janssens: Fog Star in the Spring House Beginning May 30

Published May 17, 2018

The interior of The Baltimore Museum of Art’s (BMA) neoclassical Spring House will be transformed with light, haze, and color as part of a special installation by Brussels-based artist Ann Veronica Janssens. On view from May 30 through October 31, 2018, Ann Veronica Janssens: Fog Star is the newest work in the artist’s series of Fog Star installations that explore the shifting nature of perception.

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BMA Presents First Major Exhibition of Jack Whitten’s Sculptures

Published April 16, 2018

This spring, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will present the first exhibition dedicated to sculptures by renowned contemporary artist Jack Whitten. Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017, on view April 22 through July 29, 2018, reveals an extensive and entirely unknown body of the late artist’s work. Co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), Odyssey features 40 of Whitten’s sculptures made in Greece over the course of his five-decade career. Created from a diverse spectrum of materials—including wood, marble, copper, bone, fishing wire, and personal mementos—the works are contextualized with African, Minoan, and Cycladic sculptures and objects that inspired Whitten through the years. The exhibition also unites Whitten’s Black Monoliths series for the first time to reveal how sculpture influenced his paintings. This ticketed exhibition is curated by Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Programming and Research Curator and Thaw Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University, and Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art at The Met.

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The BMA Diversifies Its Collection, Strengthening Its Holdings to Enhance Visitor Experience

Published April 13, 2018

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that its Board of Trustees has approved plans to deaccession seven works from its contemporary collection, following an extensive analysis of the museum’s holdings in this area. The funds raised will be used exclusively for the acquisition of works created from 1943 or later, allowing the museum to strengthen and fill gaps within its collection. During the same meeting, the trustees approved the acquisition of nine works by contemporary artists Mark Bradford, Zanele Muholi, Trevor Paglen, John T. Scott, Sara VanDerBeek, and Jack Whitten, several of which are the first by the artist to enter the collection.

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The Baltimore Museum of Art Celebrates Jack Whitten's Legacy with Special Events

Published April 11, 2018

This spring and summer, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) hosts a series of events honoring the art, the legacy, and the music behind Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963 – 2017, the first-ever exhibition devoted to renowned artist Jack Whitten’s sculpture. The ticketed exhibition includes 40 works inspired by the materials and traditions of Africa and ancient Greece, plus Whitten’s Black Monolith paintings honoring prominent African Americans such as Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, and James Baldwin.

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Artist Meleko Mokgosi Rethinks European Compositions for New Suite of Paintings at The Baltimore Museum of Art

Published April 10, 2018

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance, an exhibition that includes a suite of new paintings by the artist that examines the idea of resistance, defined by Mokgosi as any instance in which a subject refuses to give in to the oppression of her or his spirit. On view May 2 through August 12, 2018, these large-scale figurative paintings rethink the tradition of historical European compositions by depicting daily life in southern African nation-states and post-colonial ideals of democracy. The exhibition is presented in the museum’s galleries of European art.

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The BMA Presents Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates on May 17 as part of Necessity Of Tomorrow(s) Speaker Series

Published March 29, 2018

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will present a conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and author of Marvel’s The Black Panther comic book series on Thursday, May 17 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The program is part of The Necessity of Tomorrow(s), the BMA’s free series of creative conversations and social events featuring nationally recognized artists, writers, and thought-leaders to consider key ideas at the intersection of art, race, and social justice—and imagining the futures we want. The discussion with Coates and BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford will be centered on Afrofuturism and its role in today’s cultural landscape.

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The Baltimore Museum of Art Presents Major Retrospective of Visual Art by John Waters

Published March 22, 2018

From October 7, 2018, to January 6, 2019, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents John Waters: Indecent Exposure, the first major retrospective of the artist’s visual art in his hometown of Baltimore. Through more than 160 photographs, sculptures, soundworks, and video made since the early 1990s, Waters’ renegade humor subverts mainstream expectations of representation and reveals the ways that mass media and celebrity embody cultural attitudes, moral codes, and shared tragedy.

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BMA Presents Two Recent Films by Acclaimed Artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

Published March 13, 2018

In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Media Studies, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts on view April 4 through August 19, 2018 in the Contemporary Wing. The exhibition presents two dramatically stylized films that artfully resurrect history and poetry.

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BMA Celebrates Astronomically Inspired Artworks at Art After Hours Party on March 23

Published February 27, 2018

“Art After Hours: Moondust & Stargazing” takes place Friday, March 23 from 8- 11 p.m. at The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and features a night of music, interactive art experiences, and cash bar. Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for BMA Members and can be purchased at the BMA Box Office or online beginning March 2.

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