Bultimore Museum Unveils Renovated Galleries, Work by Sarah Oppenheimer

Iracaz at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons Baltimore Museum of ArtA new look is being premiered at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) this week with the completion of the first phase of its $24.5 million renovation.

Highlights of the project include a major architectural intervention by artist Sarah Oppenheimer; three new exhibitions; a new black box gallery for light, sound, and moving image works; two new interactive galleries; and the museum’s first mobile art guide for the collection.

The BMA is the first major museum to commission and acquire a site-specific installation by award-winning artist Sarah Oppenheimer. For this dramatic two-part work, the artist has cut through the floor, ceiling, and walls between the 2nd and 3rd floors of the contemporary wing and also through the wall between the contemporary and Cone wings to connect visitors and periods of art history using meticulously crafted mirrored and aluminum sculptural forms. Oppenheimer (American, born 1972) has exhibited at venues in the U.S. and Europe and is a visiting critic at Yale University.

“The November reopening of the contemporary wing is an important milestone for the BMA, as it is the first completed phase of the BMA’s renovation to provide a more dynamic and engaging experience for our audiences,” says Museum Director Doreen Bolger.

The Sixteen refreshed and revitalized galleries showcase masterworks by Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol alongside more than a dozen new acquisitions created by established and emerging artists working today.

Sarah Oppenheimer. Installation view of W-120301. 2012. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Nathan L. and Suzanne F. Cohen Contemporary Art Acquisitions Endowment; and gift of the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, BMA 2012.1. © Sarah Oppenheimer. Photo by James Ewing.

Sarah Oppenheimer. Installation view of W-120301. 2012. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Nathan L. and Suzanne F. Cohen Contemporary Art Acquisitions Endowment; and gift of the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, BMA 2012.1. © Sarah Oppenheimer. Photo by James Ewing.

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