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.
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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.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents an exhibition of work by artist John Ruppert entitled LAB: Empirical Evidence: John Ruppert. The exhibition will span the artist’s recent explorations with installation, sculptural objects, photography, and sound as it relates to the world around us. Influenced by his intense interest in natural phenomena, Ruppert’s overarching investigation will focus on the intersection of the natural world and humanity. In a broader sense, he seeks to develop a heightened consciousness of our precarious existence on the planet.
McDaniel College’s art and art history department showcases work by McDaniel College senior Jonathan Nepini of California, Md.
“My current studio practice is rooted, broadly, in an interest in our relationship with water, particularly the relationship between residents of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Nepini. “I have spent my entire life in southern Maryland where I have been surrounded by water, and it is a source of inspiration and calm to me.”
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.
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.
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.
Presented through an ongoing partnership between Howard County Public School System and the Arts Council, this year’s Youth Art Month exhibit features hundreds of works by HCPSS students in grades K-12, selected from public school art classes throughout the county. Inspired by the title theme, Defining Ourselves: I Am More Than What You See, students created artwork using a variety of media and styles.
Exhibit runs March 8 - April 19, with a free public reception on April 4 from 5-7pm. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm.
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.
An exhibit featuring work by Howard County Public School System art faculty. During the summer, K-12 art teachers expanded their own artistic practice, and broadened their understanding of contemporary artists and teaching for big ideas, through in-depth research of contemporary artistic sources, and an exploration of new media and processes.
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.
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.
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.
February 15-May 12. Mon-Sat 11-4pm
Close on Spring Break: March 17-24
Explore the diverse world of martial arts—such as kung fu, kobudo, tang soo do, and kendo—originating in China, Japan, and Korea. Regional martial arts specialists present their insights and expertise about training, fighting techniques, mental discipline, self-defense, sport and more. Learn about the histories of these traditions and their global diffusion.
Y:ART Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by Joan Scheibel, Gina Falcone Skelton and Farida Hughes. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 6-9pm. The installation highlights a distinctive body of work from each artist that speaks to the layered complexity of the human experience.
5-6 p.m. — Free admission to Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s. Tickets regularly $15
6-7:15 p.m. — Join Monsters & Myths Curator Dr. Oliver Shell and scholars from Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, and Morgan State University for a discussion on the psychological effects of war, how Surrealists used classical mythology as a metaphor for traumatic events of the 1930s and 1940s, and the relevance of this work today. Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m.
No RSVP or ticket required for exhibition entry or panel discussion.
“Hometown Girl: Contemporary Quilts of Mimi Dietrich” is a new exhibition at the Maryland Historical Society featuring one-of-a-kind appliqué quilts created by Baltimore-native Mimi Dietrich.
The opening reception on March 23 includes a lecture by Mimi Dietrich, 2-3 pm, followed by a reception and gallery tour, 3-5 pm. Cost is $10 members/ $15 nonmembers.