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The Baltimore Museum of Art Announces Plans to ReOpen in September 2020

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The Museum’s 2020 Vision Initiative Focusing on the Achievements of Female-Identifying Artists Will Resume and Be Extended into 2021.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will begin a phased reopening today, with the intention of having all of its galleries and gathering spaces accessible to visitors by September 30, 2020. The museum will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with timed-entry passes available to BMA members beginning Friday, August 28 and the general public on Friday, September 4. The Sculpture Gardens are already open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to dusk. The BMA also released its health and safety protocols, which include details regarding timed and limited entry to the museum, PPE requirements, changes to visitor flow, and planned signage to remind visitors about social distancing, capacity limits, and sanitary practices. The BMA plans to welcome up to 25 percent of its capacity, or 350 visitors per day, on September 16 and increase to 525 visitors per day by September 30. The BMA’s reopening remains contingent on state and city guidelines, and the museum is prepared to alter its timelines should further precautions be necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

Upon reopening, the BMA will resume its planned roster of 2020 Vision exhibitions, which explore and celebrate the achievements of female-identifying artists and leaders. While 2020 Vision was originally developed as a year- long curatorial and programmatic initiative, it will now be extended and unfold throughout the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. The museum will reopen with exhibitions that debuted in March—just weeks or in some cases days before the museum temporarily closed in response to COVID-19. Focused solo presentations of works by Zackary Drucker, Katharina Grosse, Valerie Maynard, Ana Mendieta, Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young, Howardena Pindell, Jo Smail, Shinique Smith, and SHAN Wallace will be on view beginning September 23, and Candice Breitz: Too Long, Didn’t Read, which features two poignant video installations by the South African artist, will reopen September 30 without an admission fee.

BmoreArt Picks: Sept. 15 – 21

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BmoreArt PicksBmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

This Week: We are featuring online events that you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch or safely socially distanced, plus a few ways to get involved locally and nationally. Stay home, stay healthy, stay engaged in the arts.

BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.

To submit your calendar event, email us at [email protected]!

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BMA receives $5 million to create center for prints, drawings and photographs

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Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Art Photo by Ethan McLeod

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced today that it has received a $5 million gift from longtime supporters Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff to establish a center dedicated to the presentation, study, and preservation of its 65,000-object collection of prints, drawings, and photographs.

MCHC announces new series launching with Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, Ph.D.

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Carla Hayden

Librarian of Congress and Baltimorean, Carla Hayden, Ph.D., will join Catherine Mayfield, France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library at the Maryland Center for History and Culture, on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in a conversation about how museums and libraries can make their collections useful in today’s world. The program is the first in a four-part series entitled, “Core Conversations,” and will explore the institution’s four newly identified core values: discovery, dialogue, authenticity, and community.

Lexington Market vendor applications now accepted, due Oct. 2

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Round one vendor applications for food purveyors and retail businesses at the historic Lexington Market, which is undergoing a redevelopment to construct a new market building, have opened until October 2nd, 2020.

Laid-off hospitality workers to protest at City Hall tomorrow, Sept. 15

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Laid off hospitality workers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus from the Hyatt Hotel, Marriott Waterfront, and other workplaces will protest at City Hall on Tuesday, September 15 at 1 p.m. They are calling on Mayor Young and the City Council to pass legislation to require hotel, event center, and commercial property owners to bring back the same employees let go before the crisis as they reopen or restore operations.

Baltimore Center Stage announces dates for ‘The Bridge Series’

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Baltimore Center Stage announced today the dates for The Bridge Series, a new program of virtual gatherings from Baltimore Center Stage. The Bridge Series explores the interconnectedness of classic and contemporary theater through virtual play readings and conversations between artists and scholars.

The Maryland film industry honors Vince Peranio for his contributions to the business

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Vince Peranio at the event honoring his 50 years in the Maryland film industry. Photo by Ashton Pilkerton

Because of the coronavirus, Vince Peranio and his wife Dolores Deluxe, owners of The Palace on Dallas, never got to have a farewell party before they moved to Portugal last month.

But before he left, Peranio was honored for his contributions to the Maryland film industry at a gala at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Peranio worked for 50 years as a production designer for filmmaker John Waters and others and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, a group that works to improve business conditions for filmmakers in Maryland.

The award presentation, which included a tribute from Waters, was the highlight of a gala fundraiser that drew several hundred people to the hotel, shortly before the coronavirus began spreading in the U.S., last November.

Photo by Ashton Pilkerton.

In one of his patented spoken-word presentations written just for the occasion, Waters gave a movie-by-movie rundown of how much Peranio contributed both to his work and the larger film industry. He made the point that since the vast majority of Peranio’s movie and television work was in Maryland, it was fitting that he should be honored in Maryland, too.

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