The Baltimore Museum of Art’s popular evening event, Art After Hours, returns on Friday, January 31 from 8pm – 11pm. Spend an evening celebrating radical self-expression through art and fashion inspired by the new exhibition, Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist, and the BMA’s retro-cool lobby installation, Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure. Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for BMA Members, include a free ticket for food or drink. Tickets can be purchased in person at the BMA Box Office, online, or at the door the evening of the event if tickets are still available.
Looking for more? On Sunday, February 2, join Ellen Lesperance for a free knitting workshop from 12pm – 3pm. Open to all ages and skill levels, participants can create squares or strips, culminating an un-patterned or anarchist sweater created by the group. Whether you attend one or both events, it will be a weekend for the arts!
ART AFTER HOURS
Friday, January 31
8pm – 11pm
Art After Hours is for adults ages 21 and older. The event includes live music and a variety of interactive art experiences. Beer, wine, cocktails, and light bites from Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen are available for purchase. Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for BMA Members and include a free ticket for food or drink. Tickets can be purchased in person at the BMA Box Office, online, or at the door the evening of the event if tickets are still available.
∙ Make wearable art using Symbolcraft with local artist Rene Trevino
∙ Conversations with Congratulations and Celebrations Sweater participants who have worn the sweater while doing a personal act of courage
∙ Part 1 of the Anarchist Sweater Making Workshop led by artist Ellen Lesperance (Part 2 is Sunday, February 2 at noon)
∙ After-hours access to galleries
∙ Free drink or menu item
Community Knitting Workshop: Anarchist Sweater with Ellen Lesperance
Sunday, February 2nd
Noon – 3 p.m.
Join artist Ellen Lesperance for a free knitting workshop open to all ages and skill levels. Working alongside the artist, participants will create squares or strips, culminating in an un-patterned or anarchist sweater created by the group.
Works from Ellen Lesperance’s ongoing series, Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, are on view at the BMA in Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist. The works in the series are inspired by protest garments made and worn by separatist feminists while demonstrating against U.S. nuclear weapons storage in Berkshire, England, from 1981 to 2000. Lesperance was drawn to the artistry of the hand-made garments. Knit-in symbols such as rainbows, peace signs, battle axes, and celestial skies carried messages and even garments without apparent symbolism expressed meaning through patterns.
The BMA is located at 10 Art Museum Drive, three miles north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For general museum information, call 443-573-1700 or visit artbma.org.
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