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.
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Mickalene Thomas' immersive two-story installation will transform the BMA's East Lobby into a living room for Baltimore. The experience will extend onto an enclosed terrace where the BMA will host a series of events, such as film screenings, artist talks, performances, workshops, book clubs, and self-care seminars. Influenced by the 1970s and 1980s, Thomas' signature aesthetic incorporates geometric patterns, prints, textures, wood paneling, and shag carpeting, among other nostalgic motifs.
Across sub-Saharan Africa, a strict gendered division of artistic labor existed throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Men worked in wood and metal, carving and casting works that glorified leaders and paid homage to deities, while women created works in clay, cloth, and beads, stitching and firing the art of everyday life. This exhibition brings together two dozen works from the BMA's collection to demonstrate the critical role of women in shaping and maintaining social identities across 20th-century Africa.
Celebrate the season with festive art songs, classic carols, and holiday favorites performed by sopranos Annie Gill and Thea Tullman Moore, mezzo-soprano Christianne Rushton, baritone José Sacin, and pianist Patricia McKewen Amato.
Experience "performers with easy, conversational rapport with their audience, stage presence and exquisite voices” in a “diverse and energetic program” (Baltimore Messenger) and join the artists for a champagne reception after the hour of music.
The BMA hosts a free panel discussion with award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones who created The 1619 Project for The New York Times, activist/art collector Pamela Joyner, and Baltimore-based artist and art professor Zoë Charlton. Moderator Lauren Haynes from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will lead a conversation on how a more complete accounting of history makes different futures possible, then invite questions from the audience.
The Founding Director of Galerie Myrtis will speak about her experience in Baltimore and the importance of having Black artists visible in Baltimore. There will be a conversation with Visual Arts Curator, Thomas James, and a Q&A session with the audience.
FIRST SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES
New Year’s Day Celebration
Wednesday, January 1 at 4.m.
Central Presbyterian Church, Towson
Greet the dawn of 2020 with old and new friends at our annual New Year’s Day Celebration,
featuring Baroque instrumental favorites selected by our beloved first chair musicians on flute,
oboe, cello, and harpsichord. Maestro T. Herbert Dimmock will also join the celebration on the
organ. There is no better way to welcome the new year!
Tickets: $25 Regular / $27 Door
FIRST SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES
January 5 at 4 p.m.
Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Part V: Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen
Bach’s Cantata 153: Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind
Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto Opus 9, No. 2
Kerry Holahan, Soprano
Janna Critz, Alto
Kyle Tomlin, Tenor
Ross Tomaccio, Bass