Lively exhibitions of censored art, royal Kuwaiti treasures and contemporary visions of photography suggest the diversity of the new season of visual arts in Baltimore.
Here's brief description of five of the most intriguing shows:
* "Censored/Censured" is a show of approximately 30 works that have been removed from regional art shows or moved to other places within exhibition areas. Some pieces were physically altered. It runs through Oct. 5. at The BAUhouse, 1713 N. Charles St.
* "Mermaids, Mummies & Mastodons," an exhibition about the history of Amerian museums, opens Dec. 2 at the Peale Museum. A model of a towering skeleton of a mastodon, the sort that greeted the first visitors to the Peale in 1814, will hang from the ceiling on chains, just as it did in its first museum show. This exhibition examines the history of learning in America as well as the history of science and art. A re-created museum room from the 1820s and 1830s includes mineral, fossil and shell collections as well as paintings and other curiosities. The Peale is the oldest building constructed as a museum in the Western Hemisphere.