Season sampler Highlights of Baltimore's fall arts and entertainment calendar are diverse Exhibits

September 13, 1990|By Linell Smith

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.

* "Grace Hartigan: Twenty-five years at the Maryland Institute" exhibits works that span Hartigan's presence at the institute. She shows her work widely throughout the country and abroad; two other local shows will celebrate her work this season. In addition to her painting, Hartigan also began the institute's Hoffberger School of Painting. The show will run Nov. 30 through -Dec. 31 at the institute.

* The exhibit "Islamic Art and Patronage: Selections From Kuwait" will run Dec. 9 through Feb. 17 at The Walters Art Gallery. This exhibition will explore the theme of patronage through 107 Islamic works of art owned by members of the ruling family of Kuwait. It was assembled during the past 20 years and is considered to be one of the finest privately owned collections in the world. Spanning a period of 1,000 years, the show includes works of ceramic, metal, wood, manuscripts, textiles, gems and gold jewelry. The show is currently in Leningrad.

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