Hand Held: Personal Arts from Africa brings together more than 80 artworks from the BMA’s historic African collection. The blankets, seats, combs, hats, and other objects on view were
repeatedly handled or worn by their owners—individuals and households from 21 African countries. Footage of African artists demonstrates how some of the artworks were created, and samples of hand-spun and hand-woven textiles allow visitors to touch and feel the difference from mass-produced textiles. Hand Held previews one theme to be featured in the renovated African
art galleries. The expanded, light-infused galleries are scheduled to open in 2014.
Curated by Nichole Bridges, Associate Curator for African Art.
In September 2010, internationally acclaimed contemporary hotographer Candida Höfer focused her camera on two of Baltimore’s most venerable cultural institutions: The Johns
Hopkins University’s George Peabody Library and the Walters Art Museum. A selection of the resulting images make their Baltimore debut in Candida Höfer: Interior Worlds. The breathtaking exhibition features 13 large-scale images of some of the world’s most illustrious museums, libraries and theaters, including the Louvre and Paris Opera. Curated by Kristen Hileman, Curator of Contemporary Art. This exhibition is sponsored by Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker.