Are the winter months getting you down? Why not take a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art? Founded in 1914, the BMA is an institution of Baltimore, offering an outstanding collection of art with over 95,000 pieces which include modern art, European masterpieces, historic American art, sculptures, and more. Here are a few things to enjoy this winter season.
The BMA has multiple collections of art to enjoy, which showcase art from all over the world.
American Art Collection
The American Art Collection encompasses over 800 paintings, sculptures, and physical art created from the 18th century to the 21st century. Featured artists include Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Marsden Hartley, Joseph Stella, as well as additional acclaimed artists. Explore American history through art, including Baltimore’s rich history as a hub for artists and foreign trade.
The Cone Collection
Starting as a personal art collection by Baltimore sisters Claribel and Etta Cone, the Cone Collection is one of the most prestigious in the world, featuring works by Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, and Degas to name a few.
Take a tour through the innovative works of Asian artists dating back to the 2nd century in this dual gallery exhibit. The South gallery holds works which depict the beliefs of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism and include art that showcases the traditions of the temples and tombs. The North Gallery highlights the way of life in Asian cultures through art. Pieces here include ceramics, paintings, and furniture created with the use of such materials as bronze and jade.
The European Art Collection features works by Frans Hals, Rembrant Van Rijn, Jean Baptiste, and Auguste Rodin, among others. Tour through masterpiece paintings, etchings, engravings, sculptures, and jewels as well as three galleries of Renaissance and Medieval works of art.
The BMA’s renowned African Art collection is comprised of 85 pieces from 40 different regions and kingdoms in Africa. The collection includes historical information for the pieces represented, describing why and for whom the pieces were created. Pieces include Married Woman’s Ceremonial Aprons, headdresses, Yoruba masks, Kuba and Pende Masks, and the Commemorative Head of a King.
Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure
This two story installation is one of the largest commissioned by the BMA. The art of Mickalene Thomas is influenced by the 1970’s and 1980’s motif and is also inspired by western art and pop culture. Mickalene Thomas has commissioned multiple artists with ties to Baltimore to feature their art as well in this exhibition. Such artists include Derrick Adams, Zoë Charlton Theresa Chromati, Clifford Owens, and D’Metrius John Rice.
Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art
This powerful exhibition details the evolution of visual art created by black artists over the last 120 years. This exhibition is both cultural as well as powerful, as their art depicts the struggles and triumphs throughout the generations. Some of the artists that are featured are Norman Lewis, Alma W. Thomas, Jack Whitten, Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, and Lorna Simpson.
Art After Hours
When: January 31st from 8:00p.m. – 11:00p.m.
Cost: $25 for non-members, $20 for members
Come out and celebrate the New Year at the Art After Dark party with music, art making, and after-hours access to the exhibits. Beer, wine, and appetizers will be available for purchase.
Art Making Workshops
When: Sundays from 2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of art making with the family. Materials are provided and the workshops are free. Registration isn’t required, so make sure you bring friends and family for a fun afternoon.
The Baltimore Museum of Art has so much to offer and admission is free, so you can’t beat the price. Enjoy the collections and exhibitions and when the weather warms up make sure to take a stroll through their sculpture garden.