The BMA's contemporary wing reopens. In occasion more than 100 objects, including paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, prints, and video, are presented thematically in galleries improved with state-of-the art lighting and new interiors. Highlights include the debut of 3 new exhibitions; a new black box gallery for light, sound and moving image works; two new interactive galleries, and masterworks from the collection.
Black Box: Allora & Calzadilla
November 18, 2012 – February 3, 2013
The BMA’s new Black Box gallery for light, sound, and moving image works debuts with A Man Screaming is Not a Dancing Bear, a recently acquired11-minute video (2008) set in New Orleans. Alternatingfootage of an abandoned house ravaged by HurricaneKatrina in 2005 and the seemingly calm wetlands ofthe lower Mississippi River Delta builds a quiet tensionthat is interrupted by images of a resident of the city’s9th Ward transforming the blinds of the home into apercussive instrument. These haunting scenes evokethe musical traditions of New Orleans, the idea of artisticcreation coming in the aftermath of destruction, and thevisual metaphor of light breaking into the darkness of theabandoned house.
Collaborators Jennifer Allora (American, born 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (Cuban, born 1971) have made perseverance and accomplishment in the midst
of challenging circumstances the subject of videos, performances, and sculptural installations. They represented the U.S. in the 2011 Venice Biennale.
On Paper: Drawings from the Benesch Collection
November 18, 2012 – February 10, 2013
The BMA’s new gallery dedicated to the presentation of the Museum’s renowned holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs opens with 10 outstanding drawings
from the 1960s and 70s by contemporary masters for whom drawing was central to their art. These works show a range of everyday and extraordinary objects—from
Jasper Johns’ trompe l’oeil rendering of a hanger to Claes Oldenburg’s amusing sketch of a baked potato monument in front of New York City’s Plaza Hotel. Philip Guston, Lee Bontecou, James Rosenquist, and Antoni Tàpies are among the other artists represented. These works are drawn from the Thomas E. Benesch Memorial Collection at the BMA, a group of more than 140 remarkable drawings by international contemporary artists.
Front Room: Zwelethu Mthethwa
November 18, 2012 – February 10, 2013
The BMA’s celebrated Front Room series returns with eight stunning color portrait photographs by the acclaimed South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa (pronounced zweh-LEH-too mm-TATE-twa). Selections from three of his most compelling series include large-scale images of South African youth in elaborate church uniforms, interior portraits of South Africans that show aspects of their domestic life, and laborers amidst the stark landscape of the sugar cane industry. Mthethwa (South African, born 1960) has had over 35 solo exhibitions in venues around the world, including the 2005 Venice Biennale.
The Front Room series’ smart, lively, and engaging exhibitions change every four months throughout the year. Look for a range of solo artist shows and thematic exhibitions with an international and multidisciplinary perspective that showcase some of the most innovative artists and ideas of our time.
November 18, 2012 – Ongoing
The BMA is the first major museum to commission and acquire a site-specific installation by award-winning artist Sarah Oppenheimer. For the dramatic two-part work, the artist opens sightlines between the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Contemporary Wing and through the wall between the contemporary and Cone collections, inserting meticulously crafted aluminum and reflective glass. The groundbreaking architectural intervention allows you to see unexpected views of fellow visitors, art works, and galleries above, below, and across from you.
Oppenheimer received a BA in Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA from Yale University, where she is a visiting critic in painting and printmaking in the School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe at venues including the Rice University Art Gallery, Houston; the Saint Louis Art Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm.
Oppenheimer’s architectural intervention at the BMA is generously funded by the Nathan L. and Suzanne F. Cohen Contemporary Art Acquisitions Endowment and a gift from the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.
November 18, 2012 – May 5, 2013
For this unique indoor project, Baltimore-based street artist Gaia created portraits of individuals living in the BMA’s neighboring Remington community, inspired by the Museum’s iconic painting Vahine no te vi (Woman of the Mango) by Paul Gauguin.
Working from Baltimore and San Francisco to Amsterdam and Seoul, Gaia's distinctive hand-drawn images have explored immigration and segregation, the need to foster green spaces, and the economics and politics of urban development.
Gaia recently received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art and curated Open Walls Baltimore, where acclaimed street artists from around the world mounted an outdoor exhibition of extraordinary murals throughout the Station North community in Baltimore.
In addition to the new presentation of the contemporary wing, the BMA’s $24.5 million renovation includes the reinstallation of its American and African collections, and improvements to the lobby to enhance the visitor experience. The renovation will also provide the museum with greater flexibility in the presentation of both its collection and exhibitions, facilitating more dynamic and engaging encounters with art at the BMA. The project is expected to be completed during the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2014.
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The BMA kicks off its Contemporary Wing reopening with two free special events. Join us for The Big Day! on Sunday, November 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a variety of fun performances, live music, art demonstrations, and art-making activities for visitors of all ages. Night owls and creative types who can’t wait to take in the Museum’s dynamic new art experiences can swing by the BMA Late Night on Saturday, November 17 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. This adventurous night includes live music and dancing, cutting-edge performances, a collaborative art project, cash bar, and more.
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