This Saturday, celebrated quilt expert Robert Shaw will be at the BMA to give a lecture on art quilts. One of the most highly regarded experts on contemporary and antique quilts in the world, Shaw is the author of such critically acclaimed definitive books as The Art Quilt, Art Quilts: A Celebration, and American Quilts: The Democratic Art.
Shaw’s talk will address how from 1800 to the present day there have always been art quilts that were primarily decorative, as well as utilitarian pieces that transcend function and rise to the level of art. He will also comment on several works in the BMA’s current exhibition New Arrivals: Art Quilts.
Robert Shaw will speak at the BMA on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. The free event is generously sponsored by Herbert Katzenberg and Susan Katzenberg in memory of
Gloria B. Katzenberg.
Adrien Rothschild. Purple Mountains. 1991. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of the Artist, Baltimore, BMA 1998.360
The 100th anniversary of The Baltimore Museum of Art in 2014 was cause for celebration on numerous counts including the re-opening of the original entrance to the Museum, the reinstallation of several parts of the collection, and the publication of a new highlights catalogue. To further honor this centennial, the Museum was fortunate to receive 4000 works of art through the Campaign for Art over the course of the past decade. These gifts, promised gifts, bequests, and purchases made with recently donated funds would have been unattainable without the extraordinary generosity of many donors who chose to contribute so meaningfully to the Museum.
The acquisition of these works has prompted us to contemplate how the collection, now encompassing 95,000 works of art, has grown and evolved over time. Because only a selection of these works may be shown in the New Arrivals exhibitions and in the collection galleries, we thought it would be exciting to feature a series of blog posts that demonstrate how some of these new acquisitions build and offer new perspectives on the Museum’s collection. We hope that you will enjoy reading these posts written by our curatorial staff.
Jay Fisher, Interim Co-Director
Rena Hoisington, Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs