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Major Art Exhibitions in Baltimore

Check out these current and upcoming exhibitions exploring everything from Harry Houdini to John Waters

Parenting: An Art without a Manual

American Visionary Art Museum
Through September 1, 2019
Bringing together historic, l’dor v’dor, traditional and transcultural wisdom right beside the latest scientific insights from expert brain and behavioral research, Parenting: An Art without a Manual explores all types of parenting, from the animal kingdom to the role of grandparents, teachers, and foster and adoptive parents.  Examined through art, humor, historic text, and first-hand testimony, this exhibit looks at parental influences and the projected trajectory of changes in future families.
www.avam.org

John Waters: Indecent Exposure

Baltimore Museum of Art
Through January 6, 2019
This retrospective will examine Waters’ influential career, with a focus on photographs, sculpture, soundworks and video made since the early 1990s. Among the highlights of the exhibition are Kiddie Flamingos, a 2014 video work in which children read a G-rated version of Pink Flamingos (Waters’ notorious 1972 celebration of all things outsider and extreme); a photographic installation in which Waters explores the auras and absurdities of famous films, their directors and actors; and a suite of photographs and sculpture that propose humor as a way to humanize dark moments in history from the Kennedy assassination to 9/11.
www.artbma.org

Romare Bearden: Visionary Artist

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
November 11, 2018 - March 3, 2019
More than 70 original collages, watercolors, drawings and limited edition prints, many of them from Maryland collectors, showcase Romare Bearden as one of the most important visual artists of the 20th century. Steadfastly devoted to the African American community, Bearden was instrumental in encouraging his fellow artists to create work that responded to the turbulent times of 1960s America. Throughout his prolific career, Bearden countered racial stereotypes with images drawn from history, literature, the Bible, the African American community, and his imagination.
www.lewismuseum.org

Mark Bradford: Tomorrow is Another Day

Baltimore Museum of Art
Through March 3, 2019
Bradford’s exhibition for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale is making its American debut at the Baltimore Museum of Art in Charles Village. Visitors move through installations inspired by everything from Bradford’s personal experiences to Greek mythology and the universe at large. The Baltimore exhibition will also feature a site-specific installation: a painterly “waterfall” moving through the East Lobby to the second floor. 
www.artbma.org

1 West Mount Vernon Place Reopening

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. 
www.thewalters.org

Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini

Jewish Museum of Maryland
Through January 21, 2019
Learn the incredible story of how Hungarian Jewish immigrant, Ehrich Weiss, transformed himself into international superstar Harry Houdini. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity to try out some of Houdini’s magic tricks, including the world’s smallest version of Houdini’s biggest illusion – making a five-ton elephant “vanish.” On display will be artifacts from Houdini’s life including a straightjacket he escaped from and a personal diary documenting his travels through Maryland.
www.jewishmuseummd.org

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.
www.artbma.org

Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits

Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA)
Through January 6, 2019
This exhibit at the BMA brings together a group of fascinating sculptural works by internationally acclaimed Argentinian artist and trained architect Tomás Saraceno who is also a pioneer in scanning, reconstructing, and reimagining spider webs and possesses the only three-dimensional spider web collection in existence.
www.artbma.org

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