BMA celebrates its 90th year with `90 Free Hours'

The beginning of a yearlong calendar of events

Family: events, activities

January 01, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore Museum of Art is turning 90, and you're invited to the party. All year long, the museum will be celebrating its birthday with exhibitions, events and activities.

And kicking things off tomorrow, the museum presents "90 Free Hours at the BMA!" - 14 days of free music, dance, film, workshops, drop-in tours and more. "90 Free Hours" runs through Jan. 21.

At 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, visitors can tour the BMA with a docent and learn the museum's history. Then from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., children 6-10 can attend a workshop where they sketch a piece of BMA artwork in nine minutes. An art instructor will provide assistance. At 2 p.m., Dance Baltimore! sponsors a performance by Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Stephanie Powell DanseEnsemble and Full Circle Dance Company.

Events Saturday will include a talk on Henri Matisse's Yellow Dress with curator Jay Fisher at 11:30 a.m., a tour of artworks from 1914 with a museum docent at 2 p.m. and an improvisational poetry activity from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, a lecture on "What Is the Fascination With Baltimore Album Quilts?" with quilting expert Elly Sienkiewicz is at 2 p.m. There'll also be a hands-on activity for ages 5 and up, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., to make beaded messages, as in The Beaded Prayers Project.

At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, visitors can learn about the acquisition, storage, display and shipping of objects in the collection. And at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8, Chris Gilbert, BMA curator of contemporary art, discusses James Lee Byars' The Figure of Question. At 2 p.m. Jan. 9, BMA paper conservator Kim Schenck and preparator Chris Carter demonstrate what it takes to care for works of paper.

On Jan. 10, tour the BMA and learn about its history at 11:30 a.m., learn about Honore Daumier's print and drawing methods at 2 p.m., and watch an experimental-music performance by the Red Room Collective from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On Jan. 11, there'll be a tour of the art of 1914 with a docent at 11:30 a.m. and an art activity for adults - re-creating a BMA artwork using graphite and colored pencils - at 2 p.m.

Curator Anita Jones discusses the "Baltimore Album Quilt" at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14. And University of Baltimore professor Kendra Kopelke conducts a workshop on writing poetry about art, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 14.

At 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15, learn how the BMA frames its art, then attend a talk on Daumier at 1 p.m. with curators. At 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16, curator James Archer Abbott discusses Louis Comfort Tiffany's Five Windows.

Another history tour of the BMA will be led by a docent at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17. And then from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the New York African Film Festival Traveling Series will run, showing Si-Gueriki: The Queen Mother, Alex's Wedding, Moi et Mon Blanc (Me and My White Pal) and A Drink in the Passage.

On Jan. 18, curator Sona Johnston discusses Anthony van Dyck's Rinaldo and Armida at 11:30 a.m. Then at 2 p.m., in celebration of the Chinese New Year, storyteller Linda Fang presents Chinese myths and legends related to Chinese works in the collection. And at 3:30 p.m., a docent leads a tour of the art of 1914.

From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 18, the New York African Film Festival Traveling Series continues, with Wariko, le Gros Lot (Wariko, the Jackpot), Petite Lumiere (Little Light), Rapbizz and Le Fleuve (The River).

"90 Free Hours" wraps up Jan. 21 with a program at 11:30 a.m. on how the museum changes its exhibitions, and a program on bronze sculptures is at 2 p.m.

"90 Free Hours at the BMA!" events take place tomorrow through Jan. 21 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Free. Call 410-396-6314 or visit www.art bma.org.

For more family events, see Page 38.

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