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  • 8-Minute Guided Meditation with Mark Rothko’s Black over Reds

    Meditation is a process of fully experiencing the present moment that generally uses the breath—or, more specifically, the sensations of the breath—as a focal point. For centuries, people have used visual aids during meditation to help them enter contemplative states. The process of slowly and closely examining a work of art, especially an abstract work […]

    Elizabeth Benskin | 06.17.2020
  • What We’re Missing Most: BMA Lexington Market

    “Already, I miss it so much,” SHAN Wallace says of Lexington Market, a city block of carry-outs, kiosks, and poultry and produce stands that closed on March 19 in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus. As the city rolls out new plans to develop both the Market and the surrounding area —demolition began […]

    Jessica Novak | 05.12.2020
  • 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
  • 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
  • How Conservators Restored a 1937 Painting & the Artist’s Place in History

    When Virginia Anderson, Curator of American Art, came across Maria Hamel Finkelstein’s 1937 painting Meditation in storage, it was clear the painting had been untouched for quite some time. Dirt covered the surface of the painting, concealing its true colors and nuances. A thick, uneven coating of yellowing varnish created scattered splotches. There were fraying […]

    Staff | 12.20.2019
  • In the Galleries: Children’s Takes on Contemporary Art

    Artist, writer, and BMA Security Officer Dereck Stafford Mangus shares his encounter with students and Glenn Ligon’s Untitled (America America) A few weeks back, a magical if fleeting moment occurred in the Museum. A few children from a school group exiting the Contemporary Wing slowed down while passing Glenn Ligon’s Untitled (America America). This conceptual […]

    Dereck Mangus | 11.19.2019
  • RePlay / Panel Discussion with Keith Calhoun, Chandra McCormick, Norris Henderson, Monica Cooper, and Annie Anderson

    “The minute you step into Angola, you step back in time,” photographer Keith Calhoun recounted for an audience gathered at the BMA, where photography and video of the prison by Calhoun and Chandra McCormick is on view through October 27. For more than 30 years, New Orleans natives Calhoun and McCormick, married since 1988, have documented […]

    Andrea Boston | 10.10.2019
  • Artist Oletha DeVane on Materials and the Meanings They Hold

    The Baltimore-based artist’s sculptures embody spirits and call for social justice Every material carries a meaning. No one visually or verbally articulates this with greater eloquence than Oletha DeVane, a matriarch in Baltimore’s arts community. The artist’s practice over the past several decades as an artist, educator, curator, and arts advocate is central to a […]

    Virginia Anderson | 05.17.2019
  • A Secret Map and Layers of Meaning

    “Here I have a story about the Emancipation of people in needle and thread and fabric,” Joyce J. Scott has said about Plantation, a quilt that her mother created.   Plantation depicts two perspectives—one of a starry night sky, and the other of the fields below—collapsed together into a single composition. The constellation of stars […]

    Melanie Martin | 05.15.2019

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