Thursday, September 18, 2014

BMA OUTPOST BRINGS THE MUSEUM TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD

clip_image004BMA OUTPOST

WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 1–5 PM, Tuesday through Friday
WHERE:
Boone Street Farm, 2100 Boone St., Baltimore
For more information about the BMA Outpost, contact Gamynne Guillotte at 443.573.1835.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is launching the BMA Outpost, a portable museum that will take up temporary residence in a variety of communities throughout Baltimore City this fall. This innovative program led by the BMA’s Amy and Marc Meadows Education Fellow Katie Bachler includes a playful display of reproductions of artworks from the BMA’s collection along with art-making and storytelling activities that offer opportunities for inspiration and discovery. It will be open to the public.

“The BMA Outpost strengthens the museum’s connection to Baltimore communities through a lively exchange of art, ideas, and personal reflections,” said BMA Director Doreen Bolger. “I am looking forward to seeing how people respond to this new experience of art in their environment.”

Many of the BMA Outpost activities explore the universal idea of home and individual responses to this theme. Reproductions from the collection show the many ways artists from different time periods and cultures have explored the meaning of home. Community participants of all ages are invited to share their memories and experiences of home, make a map of their neighborhood, and create artwork inspired by home. Ideas generated by these community events will inform an interactive exhibition in the BMA’s new center for learning and creativity, scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

The BMA Outpost was designed and produced by Baltimore Development Cooperative in collaboration with the museum. Look for it at community gardens, farmers’ markets, playgrounds, and other local gathering spots. Bachler will post upcoming locations on blog.artbma.org and will also be posting about her experiences around the city.

Bachler has a Master of Public Art Studies in Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Women’s Studies/Minor in Studio Art from Occidental College, Los Angeles. Her community-based art and design experience includes creating a unique map for the Walker Art Center’s 2013 exhibition Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City and collaborating with day laborers and domestic workers in Los Angeles to create a braided rug out of articles of clothing used for work as part of the Craft and Folk Art Museum’s 2010 exhibition Folk Art Everywhere.

ABOUT THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

Founded in 1914, the BMA is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Among its 90,000 objects is the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world; European and American fine and decorative arts and textiles; prints and drawings from the 15th-century to the present; works by established and emerging contemporary artists; objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands; and two beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens. The museum is currently undergoing a $28 million phased renovation to improve the visitor experience that debuted with the Contemporary Wing reopening in November 2012. The historic Merrick Entrance, American art galleries, and Zamoiski East Entrance will reopen during the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2014. Renovations to the African and Asian art galleries and a new learning and creativity center will be completed in 2015. Since 2006, the BMA has eliminated general admission fees so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.

IMAGE:  Walter Henry Williams. A Quick Nap. 1952. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Purchased as the gift of Eddie C. Brown and C. Sylvia Brown, Baltimore, BMA 2008.8. © Estate of Walter Williams