This spring and summer, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) hosts a series of events honoring the art, the legacy, and the music behind Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963 – 2017, the first-ever exhibition devoted to renowned artist Jack Whitten’s sculpture. The ticketed exhibition includes 40 works inspired by the materials and traditions of Africa and ancient Greece, plus Whitten’s Black Monolith paintings honoring prominent African Americans such as Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, and James Baldwin.
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
WHEN: Sunday, April 29, 2–3:30 p.m.
Acclaimed sculptor Melvin Edwards will join Odyssey curator Katy Siegel for a conversation on Jack Whitten’s art. The two will reflect on Whitten’s five decades-long career of creating innovative paintings and sculptures and his impact on social abstraction.
Art After Hours: Afropolitanism
WHEN: Friday, June 22, 8–11 p.m.
TICKETS: $25 or $20 BMA Members
Tickets include evening access to the exhibition (a $10 value) and selected galleries, entertainment, and a free food or drink ticket. Cash bars and light bites are available for purchase. This event is for guests 21 and older.
Baltimore’s best art party is back and celebrating the Odyssey exhibition! Come dressed up or down, sip a signature cocktail, dance, make art, and enjoy pop-up activities throughout the museum.
Jazz Odyssey Concerts
WHEN: Saturdays – June 2, July 7, July 28, 7–9 p.m.
TICKETS: BMA Member tickets are $35 for a single concert or $90 for the three-concert series and are available beginning Wednesday, April 18. Tickets sell out quickly, so advance reservations are highly recommended. Each ticket includes evening access to the Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017 exhibition from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
General admission tickets are $50 for a single concert or $135 for the three-concert series and are available beginning Saturday, April 28.
To honor Jack Whitten’s passion for the art of jazz music, the BMA will present three “Jazz Odyssey” concerts in the Sculpture Garden featuring performances by Ravi Coltrane (June 2), The Sun Ra Arkestra (July 7), and Lafayette Gilchrist Quartet (July 28).