Photo exhibit honors Schaefer's support of the arts

October 16, 1994

"Do It Now!" a documentary photographic exhibit on the career of Gov.William Donald Schaefer, opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art today along with the opening of the museum's new wing.

The Schaefer exhibit, to be shown in the museum's main building, consists of about 50 photographs documenting Mr. Schaefer's career from 1955 to the present. It covers his four terms as mayor of Baltimore, from 1971 to 1986, and his two terms as governor during the last eight years.

Compiled from various sources, including newspapers and photographers, the exhibit covers his entire career -- not just his involvement with the arts.

Arnold L. Lehman, BMA director, said the exhibit is being shown -- in cooperation with other cultural institutions, including the Walters Art Gallery, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Center Stage -- to honor the governor for his commitment to the arts.

"We're doing it on behalf of all the cultural institutions," Mr. Lehman said. "The idea came about because the cultural institutions, and especially the ones that had worked most closely with the governor and mayor, wanted to do something to honor him as he goes out of office.

"Here is a man who has been an extraordinary supporter of the arts for decades," Mr. Lehman explained, "and this is an exciting, appropriate and touching tribute to him."

THE NEW WING

The Baltimore Museum of Art's New Wing for Modern Art opens today with an open house and celebration -- free to the public -- from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

After a ribbon-cutting with Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, there will be performances, videos, music and appearances by groups that include the Baltimore Dance Collaborative, the Flying Tongues comedy-theater troupe and the contemporary African women's vocal group Ebe Yeye.

For details call (410) 396-6314.

The BMA is located on Art Museum Drive near Charles and 31st streets. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission during regular hours: $5.50 for adults; $3.50 for seniors and students; $1.50 for children ages 7 through 18; children under 6 are admitted free. Admission is free for everyone on Thursdays.

For more information call (410) 396-7100.

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