Through August 14, 2022, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Joan Mitchell, a retrospective of the internationally renowned artist who attained critical acclaim and success in the male-dominated art circles of 1950s New York, then spent nearly four decades in France creating breathtaking abstract paintings that evoke landscapes, memories, poetry, and music. This comprehensive exhibition features 70 works spanning the artist’s career, including rarely seen early paintings and drawings, vibrant gestural paintings that established her reputation in New York, and enormous multi-panel masterpieces from her later years that immerse viewers with their symphonic color.
Now you’ll have even more time to linger among The Baltimore Museum of Art collection, visit ticketed exhibitions, and browse gifts at The BMA Shop. As part of the Endowment for the Future, launched in 2020, the BMA identified five ways to achieve museum-wide change. These goals included offering free admission for special exhibitions, raising salaries for all staff members, and increasing access to art by expanding open hours.
At Port Discovery Children’s Museum, we know that children not only crave – but need – opportunities for creative play, expression, and thinking. Here are some of the ways that Art Play helps children develop important skills – and some ideas from our Port Discovery Play Experts for incorporating art and play into your child’s routine!
Creative Play is Fun & Educational
For little ones, creative play is not only fun – but it also encourages children to be creative, express themselves without judgment, and explore through various art forms. Art play fosters creativity, promotes healthy childhood development, and helps develop problem-solving and other important skills.
Art experiences also positively impact academic, social, and emotional outcomes for children, helping them develop self-esteem, confidence, and creative thinking skills that will help them be successful, engaged citizens.
Get a peek inside artists’ studios, enjoy performances, and listen to panel discussions during virtual Baltimore Open Studio Tour this Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the event takes place on BOPA’s Facebook page at @promoandarts and YouTube page BOPAInc. Twelve artists and galleries are featured in Baltimore Open Studio Tour with video tours of studios, Lunch Live Artist Conversations, and the virtual exhibition “B2020.” Baltimore Open Studio Tour is part of Free Fall Baltimore presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council. For information, visit www.promotionandarts.org.
Love the arts? There are plenty of cultural activities taking place online this month. There is no need to leave the house. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that Free Fall Baltimore presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), is taking place as a hybrid of virtual and small in-person events.
The annual celebration, held each October in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, showcases the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. Free Fall Baltimore is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Baltimore’s vibrant arts scene. By providing a schedule of mostly virtual programming, Free Fall Baltimore maintains public health and safety while expanding its virtual reach beyond Baltimore City.
When Joy Davis opens the doors to her new Waller Gallery this week, it will mark a sort of homecoming. After a time away in New York, where Davis earned her master’s in fashion and museum studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Baltimore County native has returned home to establish an arts enclave devoted to amplifying the voices of marginalized artists, and to further the legacy of black-owned business in Charm City.
Adam Davies’ photographs show sparse, desolate public spaces like the columns of a bridge or a bend in the road in stark ways. In the new exhibit “Reroutings,” his architectural and landscape photographs will be displayed in a “monumental” size, 5-by-6 feet, and the gallery will have darkened walls and curtains for a more immersive experience. As an added bonus, Alex Zhang Hungtai, best known for the crooning lo-fi project Dirty Beaches, will perform electronic music in response to the pictures. And it’s all free.
Gallery opening reception starts at 6 p.m., Alex Zhang Hungtai performance at 7:30 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, free.
Four years ago, a vision came to Baltimore painter Stephen Towns for a brand new piece. He saw a black woman, a slave, feeding a white baby, against the backdrop of an American flag.
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.
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