The grand, marble-stepped entrance to the Baltimore Museum of Art has been closed to visitors for as long as I’ve been alive. But starting next month, visitors will be able to walk up that grand staircase, pass between those massive columns, and enter into the museum in the grand old fashion.
The reopening of the historical entrance, the revamped American Wing, and reinstalled galleries of African and Asian art are the focus of this glowing profile of the BMA and its indefatigable director, Doreen Bolger, published in the New York Times last week.
Besides trumpeting Bolger’s work on the BMA’s $28 million facelift (which we spoke to her about earlier this fall), the Times also praises her for her tight connection with local artists and art students. This marks quite a change from the 1970s when, according to MICA provost Raymond Allen, “one of the prime criticisms local artists had of the Baltimore Museum of Art was that it cared not a whit about them.” My, how times have changed.