Major Art Exhibitions in Baltimore

Check out these current and upcoming exhibitions exploring everything from climate change to fashion

Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Stars: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott

Baltimore Museum of Art
Through Dec. 1
This exhibition brings together 10 artworks—quilts, beaded and glass sculptures, weavings, and more—made separately or in collaboration by mother and daughter, MacArthur award-winning artist and Baltimore icon Joyce J. Scott and her mother Elizabeth Talford Scott.

Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art

Baltimore Museum of Art
Sept. 29 – Jan. 19, 2020
Featuring nearly 80 paintings, sculptures and mixed-media installations by such notable artists as Mark Bradford, Jennie C. Jones, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson, Alma W. Thomas and Sam Gilliam, and a newly commissioned work by Kevin Beasley, this exhibition captures the significant contributions that black artists have made to the development of abstraction from the 1940s to the present.

The Secret Life of Earth: Alive! Awake! (and possibly really Angry!)

American Visionary Art Museum
Oct. 5 – Sept. 6, 2020
One part visual display and two parts environmental crash course on the wonders and fragility of life on this planet, this exhibition will enlighten everyone from climate change skeptics to burgeoning activists.

Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Oct. 26 – March 1, 2020
Sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett is best known for her work during the 1960s and 70s, blending art and social consciousness to confront the most disturbing injustices against African Americans. More than a dozen of her thought-provoking works will be on display.

Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style

The Walters Art Museum
Oct. 6 – Jan. 5, 2020
Co-organized by Glasgow Museums and the American Federation of Arts, this exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth with 166 remarkable works of art and design, the majority of which will be on public display for the first time in North America.

Spectrum of Fashion: Celebrating Maryland’s Style

Maryland Historical Society
Oct. 5 – Oct. 2020
Featuring nearly 100 examples of women’s and men’s clothing spanning four centuries, Spectrum of Fashion includes a gown by Project Runway finalist and Baltimore native Bishme Cromartie as well as clothing worn by the Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson, another Baltimore native.

1 West Mount Vernon Place

The Walters Art Museum
Now Open
After a comprehensive renovation, the museum’s Hackerman House building at One West Mount Vernon Place is once again open to the public. The 19-century mansion’s many stunning features include a grand spiral staircase, Tiffany stained-glass skylight and carved wooden bookcases. Installations at Hackerman House will feature new works from community art projects and contemporary artists, along with ceramics from around the world. As visitors walk through the space, a free app will allow them to explore the stories of Hackerman House’s inhabitants, enslaved and free servants, architects and builders.

Spencer Finch: Moon Dust

Baltimore Museum of Art
Through October 14, 2024
Installed in February 2018, Spencer Finch’s impressive light installation Moon Dust (Apollo 17), first presented at the 2009 Venice Biennale, will illuminate the BMA’s majestic Fox Court for the next seven years. Hanging from the ceiling, the 417 lights represent the chemical composition of moon dust as it was gathered during the Apollo 17 mission.