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Jul
15
Sun
Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics @ Baltimore Museum of Art
Jul 15 2018 – Jun 2 2019 all-day
Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics @ Baltimore Museum of Art | Baltimore | Maryland | United States

Beauty stops us in our tracks. It makes us pause, look, consider. Sometimes it overwhelms us. We are often told art should aspire to this standard and be proportionate, symmetrical, naturalistic, and orderly. But what of work that is designed to revolt and terrify? Across sub-Saharan Africa, artists working across a range of states, societies, and cultures deliberately created artwork that violated conceptions of beauty, symmetry, and grace—both ours and theirs. Subverting Beauty features approximately two dozen works from sub-Saharan African’s colonial period (c. 1880–c. 1960) that are accumulative, composite, crude, uncanny, and disproportionate. More importantly still, it explores the reasons why artists working during this turbulent period in the continent’s history turned against beauty in order to express the meaning and vitality of their day-to-day existence.

Aug
29
Wed
A Golden Anniversary: Celebrating 50 Years of the Print, Drawing & Photograph Society @ Baltimore Museum of Art
Aug 29 2018 – Oct 6 2019 all-day
A Golden Anniversary: Celebrating 50 Years of the Print, Drawing & Photograph Society @ Baltimore Museum of Art | Baltimore | Maryland | United States

In the fall of 2018, the BMA’s oldest friends group, the Print, Drawing & Photograph Society (PDPS), will celebrate its 50th anniversary by sponsoring an exhibition to highlight a selection of late 19th-century, modern and contemporary works on paper that PDPS has helped the BMA acquire over the years. Installed in a gallery adjacent to the Cone Collection, this one-gallery exhibition will be organized in two six-month presentations, each including 20–30 prints, drawings, and artists’ books. The crown jewel of the group’s celebration is the gift to the museum’s collection of Joan Miró’s Plate 6 from the “Black and Red Series.”