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Howard County Follows Suit, Removes Confederate Memorial Outside Courthouse

Photo via Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman/Facebook

Another local Confederate memorial disappeared from public view last night, when Howard County work crews removed a large commemorative stone located right outside the circuit courthouse in Ellicott City.

American Visionary Art Museum Offering Naming Rights for a $25M Donation

The American Visionary Art Museum. Photo by Jack Hoffberger.

A deep-pocketed philanthropist or art lover has an opportunity to make a lasting mark on Baltimore’s coolest art museum.

Maryland Science Center’s VP of Development to Take Over as CEO this Fall

Mark Potter. Photo via press handout.

A familiar face at the Maryland Science Center is being promoted to president and CEO of the Inner Harbor museum this fall.

Tracing the History of Baltimore’s Great Railroad

Inside the B&O Railroad Museum roundhouse. (public domain photo)
Inside the B&O Railroad Museum roundhouse. (public domain photo)

This summer, Lauren Eller is visiting some of Baltimore’s neighborhood-level museums. Like the communities they are located, these museums have a strong, colorful identity all their own. Each deserves a closer look, for though they may be off the beaten track, the history held within is both harrowing and fascinating in equal turns.

You may think that trains and railroads are merely artifacts of a bygone era. But if you visit the B&O Railroad Museum in Southwest Baltimore, you’ll see just how essential these engines have been in our country’s history. The legendary B&O — named for its headwaters in Baltimore and ending terminus in Ohio — began right in our hometown.

Clipper Mill’s Oddest Museum Is Closing

Les Harris’ Amaranthine Museum in Clipper Mill, a 10-year-old attraction that showcases 200 paintings by the late artist Les Harris, is closing permanently this month at its current location and moving to a different site with less space.

New Smithsonian Museum Will Archive Baltimore Protest History

A rendering of the future Museum of African American History & Culture, being built on the National Mall in DC
A rendering of the future Museum of African American History & Culture, being built on the National Mall in DC

This is a historic time for Baltimore–and historians are paying attention.

BMA to Re-Open Historic Entrance

Rendering by Ziger/Snead architects.

After more than 30 years, the BMA will reopen next year the historic entrance for visitors beginning on November 23, 2014, in celebration of the museum’s 100th anniversary. The landmark event will also herald the reopening of the renovated Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing and a new presentation of the BMA’s outstanding collection of American fine and decorative arts, considered one of the finest on the East Coast. A dramatically redesigned East Wing Lobby and Zamoiski Entrance will reopen in fall 2014 as well.

The grand reopening is a significant milestone in the BMA’s $28 million renovation to provide visitors with a more welcoming environment and more imaginative and inspiring encounters with art. The first phase of the BMA’s ambitious multi-year renovation was realized when the Contemporary Wing reopened in November 2012. Since then, more than 92,000 people have visited the wing to see the museum’s significant collection of contemporary art and a series of focus exhibitions, installations, and programs highlighting works by Sarah Oppenheimer, Raqs Media Collective, Jimmy Joe Roche, An-My Lê, and others.

Art Blooms at the Walters


In honor of Art Blooms at the Walters, which kicks off tonight and continues through the weekend, we thought we would share with you this video featuring outgoing Walters Director Gary Vikan, who announced earlier this year his resignation at the end of June 2013 after 27 years at the museum.

Please Do Touch the Art


If you´re the type who avoids museums because the temptation to touch the exhibits is too great, then consider stopping by the Walters sometime in the next couple of months. The museum´s newest show, Touch and the Enjoyment of Sculpture:  Exploring the Appeal of Renaissance Statuettes is aptly titled — ¨Visitors are invited to…  hold, stroke and even caress the pieces.¨

What, exactly, might you be caressing? The installation includes twelve centuries-old statues, along with 22 replicas (those are the ones you´ll actually get to handle). And the touching is essential, because these small art objects were meant to be handled — they were luxury goods commissioned specially because they were satisfying to hold and handle.

But the exhibit isn´t just looking back at the past, it´s also looking forward to the future. Visitors will get to rate their favorite statues to hold and touch on iPads provided by the Walters. Then that data will be mined by the Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute, which is partnering with the museum for this show. “We’re challenging people to think about why physical contact with works of art can be so satisfying,” says Hopkins neuroscientist Steven Hsiao. So do the museum a favor — come and touch some art!