ONE ERA ended and another began when Doreen Bolger took over this week as director of the Baltimore Museum of Art. She replaced Arnold Lehman, who had already left to take over that other BMA, the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. The transition includes the departure of Brenda Richardson, the deputy director, whose curatorial vision dominated the museum's priorities in modern art for two decades.
It won't be the same place, whatever new approaches the new director brings, but that won't be clear to the visitor's eye for some time. Most of the temporary exhibitions for the next two years have already been planned. What seems unlikely to change is the museum's emphasis on contemporary and recent art, among its other strengths and constituencies. It is a reasonable division of labor with the Walters Gallery of Art, not as a matter of turf but of common sense and of the community getting the most out of its finite resources.