After Fabergé is an exhibition of 5 large-scale digital prints by artist Jonathan Monaghan. A digital animator by training, Monaghan creates finely-crafted, virtual versions of the famous Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs, two of which are in the Walters’ collection. After Fabergé runs concurrently with Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition at the Walters November 12, 2017 – June 24, 2018.
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Japanese Woodblock Prints showcases more than 40 lively prints dating from the 17th through 19th centuries from the Walters’ collection. Japanese woodblock prints are often credited to individual artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige. However, these celebrated and beautiful works of art are the products of masterfully orchestrated collaborations among publishers, artists, carvers, and printers; their distinct roles are explored in this exhibition.
Nearly 250 exquisite Chinese snuff bottles, delicately crafted from stone, glass, porcelain, ivory, lacquer, enamel, and precious metals, will be on view in the galleries of the Walters’ palazzo-style court. Once personal adornments and handsome gifts, these extraordinary examples of technical and artistic virtuosity were made to hold snuff, a mixture of finely ground tobacco leaves, spices, and aromatic herbs.
On view: DEC 7 - JAN 12
Reception: FRI DEC 7 | 6-8PM | FREE
This exhibition will feature the works of late artist Alice Gadzinski. Her papier-mâché depictions of the everyday kitsch objects found in the homes of many provoke thoughts of negative ironic critique as well as strong optimism brought on by the love she saw captured in these objects. Viewers can see works Alice completed before her passing as well as collaborative works created in her likeness.
Beauty stops us in our tracks. It makes us pause, look, consider. Sometimes it overwhelms us. We are often told art should aspire to this standard and be proportionate, symmetrical, naturalistic, and orderly. But what of work that is designed to revolt and terrify? Across sub-Saharan Africa, artists working across a range of states, societies, and cultures deliberately created artwork that violated conceptions of beauty, symmetry, and grace—both ours and theirs. Subverting Beauty features approximately two dozen works from sub-Saharan African’s colonial period (c. 1880–c.
This exhibition features approximately 30 photographs by artists born in Vietnam, China, Japan, and Korea between 1929 and 1980. Each work explores a time of day, a reflection on legend or history, a past remembered and missed, or a future imagined and anticipated. The images also explore suspended time, periods of waiting or boredom. Some of these works are real-time images, others were created as a result of the time an artist spent immersed in the world of the image—the time required to manipulate the subject or to capture the image.
In 1968, nine Catholic peace activists protested the Vietnam War in a fiery blaze in Catonsville, Maryland. “Activism and Art: the Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later” examines one of the most iconic and written-about acts of political protest in 20th century American history. Through art created by Catonsville Nine activist Tom Lewis and elements of the documentary “Hit & Stay: a history of faith and resistance,” this exhibit explores the motivations and considers the consequences of civil disobedience, and contextualizes this protest in our present turbulent political climate.
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. The Kuba kingdom, on the southern edge of the Congolese Rainforest in central Africa, developed one of the greatest civilizations in the history of the continent. Art and design were central to their life. In addition to an elaborate and varied masquerade tradition, Kuba men and women were prolific textile artists, even weaving houses and embroidering currency.
Spencer Finch’s impressive light installation Moon Dust (Apollo 17), first presented at the 2009 Venice Biennale, will illuminate the BMA’s majestic Fox Court for the next seven years. The work consists of 150 individual chandeliers with 417 lights. The chandeliers are hung individually from the ceiling and form one large, cloud-like structure. Although an abstract sculpture, the installation is also a scientifically precise representation of the chemical composition of moon dust as it was gathered during the Apollo 17 mission.
"Structure and Perspective" brings together commissioned works by Maryland-born artist David Brewster with objects from the Maryland Historical Society’s collection. This marrying of old with new, contemporary with “antique,” creates a dialogue that inspires thought-provoking discussions of how the objects of the past remain relevant to today’s ever-changing social landscape. It also highlights Brewster’s often challenging perspective on the modern world, one that looks to the overlooked or unseen.
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. Installed in a gallery adjacent to the Cone Collection, this one-gallery exhibition will be organized in two six-month presentations, each including 20–30 prints, drawings, and artists’ books.
Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981, Kingston, Jamaica; lives and works in Jamaica and Lexington, KY) creates opulent tapestries out of dazzling arrays of found and fabricated materials—glitter, sequins, toys, beads, faux flowers, jewelry, and other embellishments. For her exhibition at the BMA, Patterson will create an immersive installation featuring her work …and babies too… (2016) in the Berman Textile Gallery.
e of the most exceptional collections of Asian art in North America takes center stage on Sunday, October 1, when the Walters Art Museum opens its new installation Arts of Asia. The dramatic display offers a rich exploration of artistic traditions from diverse cultures and regions across India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. The stunning array of more than 150 works spanning 2,000 years includes 30 objects that have never been on view.
HoCo Open is an annual non-juried exhibit showcasing Howard County artists. Artists (aged 18 years and older) who live, work, or study in Howard County were invited to bring one piece of ready-to-hang original artwork completed in the past two years to the drop-off on January 3 from 4:30–6:30pm for inclusion in the exhibit.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm. Closed January 21 & February 18.
Fiber Redux pairs the work of two mixed-media artists. In her colorful sculptural work, Kelly Boehmer entangles symbols of fantasies with metaphors for anxieties while Meg Schaap’s artwork expresses a contemporary portrait of France’s iconic Queen Marie Antoinette.
A free exhibit reception will be held on January 18 (snow date: January 25) from 6-8pm.
From colonial impressions of the Chesapeake Bay to detailed city plans for guiding Baltimore's rapid expansion, this exhibition features over thirty of the most stunning and historically significant maps of Maryland from the collection of the late businessman, philanthropist, and Johns Hopkins alumnus Willard Hackerman. The maps are brought together with related rare books and prints, ephemera, and digital story maps to reveal the passion of a collector, the early mapping of Maryland, and the potential of combining historical maps with modern data to re-examine the past.
A celebration in honor of the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in history on MLK Monday, January 21, 10am-6pm. FREE. Join us for free special performances by "Step" the documentary's Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, DewMore Baltimore, Chin-Yer Wright, Kondwani Fidel, and Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company. Plus, enjoy birthday cake, a hands-on art workshop, and more at this FREE, fun-filled event! Visit our latest exhibition "PARENTING: An Art without a Manual" with FREE admission all day, 10am–6pm. Generously sponsored by Bank of America.