The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is heralding 100 years of sharing its internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern and contemporary art with an appreciative public. In addition to hosting special events and activities through the end of 2014, the museum is putting the finishing touches on $28 million in renovations that serve to accentuate the art while also drawing some attention to the aesthetics of the environment. The BMA’s historic Merrick Entrance, designed by famed architect John Russell Pope, has reopened after being closed to visitors for almost 30 years. Plus, the renovated Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing provides a new presentation of the BMA’s outstanding collection of American paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. A dramatically redesigned East Wing Lobby and Zamoiski Entrance have also reopened.
The museum’s multi-year renovation project concludes with the reinstallation of the African and Asian art collections and the opening of a new center for learning and creativity in 2015.
This season, the BMA presents “On Paper: Alternate Realities” through April 12, 2015. The exhibition features rare narrative prints by socially-conscious American artists. In addition, the museum presents “Lessons Learned: American Schoolgirl Embroideries” from November 23, 2014 to May 2015.
While the BMA continues its centennial celebration, The Walters Art Museum is looking back at a proud 80-year history with “From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story.” This new installation, on display through April 17, 2016, traces the journey of William T. Walters and his son, Henry, two of America’s greatest art collectors. Two hundred works of art from different cultures all over the world have been selected from the Walters’ complete collection of 22,000 pieces.
The museum is also hosting a series of lectures and special events as a part of 80th anniversary activities, along with presenting the exhibition “From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print” through April 12, 2015.
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