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Category: Curatorial Take

  • Gold Barbra by Deborah Kass

    “You paint the whole background, you screen it lightly once. You paint in what needs to be painted in, and then you screen it again. Just like Andy did it.” 1 In 1992, Deborah Kass ran a glossy film still through the only large Xerox machine in New York’s East Village. She had found the […]

    Cecilia Wichmann | 08.19.2020
  • Anti-Chinese Messages Poured Out of 19th-Century Pitcher

    Why does this object with an aggressive racialized scene remain on view at the BMA? The first time I saw Karl L.H. Müller’s ‘Walrus’ Beer Pitcher, I felt nauseous. The porcelain pitcher on view in the BMA’s American Wing features a white man choking a Chinese man, who is depicted with Western stereotypes of Chinese […]

    Sarah Cho | 05.07.2020
  • Spray Paint, Surprise, and Wonder

    Looking at the work of Katharina Grosse What?! She made that with paint? That’s a lot of paint! She did that on a house?! These are the reactions I received when I showed my young daughters a photograph of Katharina Grosse’s Rockaway, the artist’s 2016 commission for MoMA PS1—a transformation of the derelict Fort Tilden […]

    Virginia Anderson | 04.10.2020
  • 6 Questions for a Curator: Katy Siegel

    We get a lot of questions about being a curator—everything from how does one become a curator to how do curators put together exhibitions. Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Research Curator and co-curator of Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, offered to answer some of the most frequently asked and most interesting questions we’ve received about […]

    Andrea Boston | 10.30.2019
  • Behind the Scenes: Curating Women Behaving Badly

    For the past six years, I’ve been an Art History graduate student at the University of Delaware and a resident of Baltimore. Though I live only a few blocks away from The Baltimore Museum of Art, it wasn’t until the summer of 2019, as the International Fine Print Dealers Association Curatorial Intern, that I was […]

    Jordan Hillman | 10.24.2019
  • Louisiana State Penitentiary’s Rodeo: A Spectator’s Account

    Although the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in 1865, it did not ban forced labor for men and women convicted of a crime, no matter how minor the offense. The nation’s largest maximum-security facility, the Louisiana State Penitentiary, bases its operations on this distinction. Roughly 6,500 men incarcerated at the facility are required to work onsite, […]

    Leslie Cozzi | 06.12.2019

Jay McKean Fisher’s Legacy

Anti-Chinese Messages Poured Out of 19th-Century Pitcher

Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young In Conversation with Arthur Jafa, Part 1