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Category: Now On View

  • A Fierce Education

    I first met Sharon Lockhart in Israel in 2011. I’d been invited to contribute an essay to the catalog for Lockhart’s project on choreographer Noa Eshkol, soon to premiere at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. 1 Lockhart and I talked about her recent time in Poland, where […]

    Eva Díaz | 03.24.2021
  • A Timeline of The Freedom Quilting Bee

    At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the quilters of a small, rural town in Alabama founded the Freedom Quilting Bee. The woman-led cooperative used their craft skills to establish new forms of income and expand their quilting audience. Gee’s Bend, Alabama, is home to generations of extraordinary Black craftswomen, who represent a crucial […]

    Stella Hendricks | 03.08.2021
  • What is Mother Power?

    The Next Generation of Arts Professionals Explore the Answer in A Perfect Power: Motherhood and African Art In the matrilineal societies of Central Africa in the 1800s and early 1900s, when kinship was traced through the maternal line, mothers were credited not only with creating life and nurturing families, but protecting communities, strengthening leaders, and […]

    Staff | 12.18.2020
  • 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
  • OBSERVATIONS FROM THE ARTIST: SHAN WALLACE ON 410

    Baltimore native SHAN Wallace uses her camera to tell personal, often political, and indelibly poetic stories about her hometown. Her site-specific installation, 410, is on view at The Baltimore Museum of Art beginning March 1 through June 28. Named for the area code that encompasses the city, 410 is conceived as a love letter to […]

    Staff | 02.28.2020
  • Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young In Conversation with Arthur Jafa, Part 1

    How do life, breath, joy, and pain manifest in black experience from cradle to grave? How are health and wellness nurtured? Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young’s Back and Song considers the labor and care provided by generations of black healers, including their historic contributions to and resistance of Western medicine’s flawed and discriminatory structures. […]

    Staff | 02.28.2020
  • In the Galleries: An Unexpected Encounter with Leonardo Drew

    On opening night of Melvin Edwards: Crossroads and Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, a man dressed in a hot pink blazer looked intently at Edwards’ monumental installation Homage to the Poet Leon Gontran Damas. Rendered from welded steel Homage fills the entire first room of the exhibition space. Onlookers can merely conjecture about […]

    Rob Kempton | 01.07.2020
  • In Conversation with Mickalene Thomas

    The artist discusses her hopes for how Baltimore receives her work and what it feels like to go first You can hear in Mickalene Thomas’ voice her affection for Baltimore and enthusiasm for this moment in BMA history when she speaks by phone from her Brooklyn studio about her immersive two-story installation now on view […]

    Jessica Novak | 12.19.2019
  • How the Black Abstract Exhibition Moves America Away from Anemic Art History

    Editor’s Note: This essay was originally written for a guidebook that accompanies Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art. The book is available for free to all exhibition visitors. You can read more from Bridget R. Cooks in her award-winning book Exhibiting Blackness. With the occasion of Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art comes […]

    Bridget R. Cooks | 10.03.2019
  • Drawn To with SHAN Wallace

    Which works of art at the BMA draw you in? For the latest installment in our series Drawn To, we posed this question to SHAN Wallace. Watch the award-winning photographer, educator, and freedom fighter from East Baltimore discuss her spiritual and artistic connections to the masks, sculptures, and textiles on view in Subverting Beauty: African […]

    Andrea Boston | 05.21.2019

ELISSA BLOUNT MOORHEAD AND BRADFORD YOUNG IN CONVERSATION WITH ARTHUR JAFA, PART 3

What is Mother Power?

ELISSA BLOUNT MOORHEAD AND BRADFORD YOUNG IN CONVERSATION WITH ARTHUR JAFA, PART 2