The new presentation of the BMA's celebrated African art collection—one of the earliest and most important collections of African art on the East Coast— will be more than three times its former size.
Featuring more than 85 objects, many large-scale, the new presentation in the Janet and Alan Wurtzburger Gallery explores the impact of region, history, and culture on African art traditions. Several of the works on view, such as the majestic Great Mother Headdress (D'mba) from the Baga region of Guinea, are considered the best of their kind.
A new gallery designed for thematic exhibitions will feature, Diverging Streams: Eastern Nigerian Art. From the foremost private collection of African art in the region, approximately 20 headdresses, masks, and costumes tell a story of constant innovation and change as shifting trade routes spread new ideas among the artists who lived along the Benue and Cross.
Curated by former BMA Associate Curator for African Art Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch, currently Teel Curator of African and Oceanic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
Asian Art Collection
Reopening April 26, 2015
Twice the size of its former installation, the new presentation of the Asian art collection focuses on 150 artworks from China with examples of ceramics, paintings, furniture, and objects made of bronze, jade, and lacquer from 2 BCE to today. These artworks demonstrate thousands of years of innovation by Chinese artists and the impact they had on cultures around the world.
The Julius Levy Memorial Gallery will present mortuary wares, objects, and images that demonstrate the importance of the temple and tomb in China's Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist spiritual traditions.
The adjacent gallery will present a thematic survey of Chinese high-fired ceramics, from the 9th to 19th century. The works were originally used for storing, preparing, or serving meals, practicing calligraphy and painting, or decorating the study and family altar.
Curated by Associate Curator of Asian Art Frances Klapthor
Sondheim Artscape Prize
Exhibition: June 24ľAugust 9, 2015
Award Ceremony and Reception: Saturday, July 11, 7 pm
Held in conjunction with Artscape, the widely anticipated juried competition and exhibition returns to the BMA, following two years at the Walters Art Museum during the BMA’s multi-phase renovation.
The annual prize and exhibition shines a light on talented artists living in the Baltimore region, awarding $25,000 to the winning artist selected by a panel of jurors, including Naima Keith, associate curator at New York’s The Studio Museum; Kelly Kivland, assistant curator at Dia Art Foundation; and Matt Saunders, artist and Harvard College assistant professor.
- Mequitta Ahuja
- Zoë Charlton
- Benjamin Kelley
- Magnolia Laurie
- Jim Leach
- Ryan Syrell
- Wickerham & Lomax
The 2015 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is made possible through the generous support of the Abell Foundation, Alex. Brown & Sons Charitable Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Hecht-Levi Foundation, Legg Mason, M&T Charitable Foundation, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, John Sondheim and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.