BMA celebrating its 90th birthday, and you're invited

Museum will also unwrap its new exhibit

Arts: Museums/Literature

October 14, 2004|By Ashley Burrell | Ashley Burrell,SUN STAFF

It's hardly a birthday celebration without cake. But for its 90th birthday, the Baltimore Museum of Art decided a little cake wasn't going to cut it.

About 5,000 slices will be served to visitors Sunday, when the museum celebrates its milestone with an outdoor festival also featuring dance performances, live music, face-painting and art- and sculpture-making.

Sunday also marks the opening of the museum's new exhibit In Monet's Light: Theodore Robinson at Giverny. The exhibition includes 60 paintings by Robinson, an American impressionist who found inspiration in Monet's Giverny collection. Robinson's paintings of the French countryside will be displayed alongside five landscape paintings by his friend and mentor, Claude Monet.

"The exhibit is about exploring the relationship between these two artists," said BMA representative Amy Pelsinsky. "There will be quotes from letters on display and other ma- terial that shows how the paintings developed."

Perhaps inspired by the exhibits inside, visitors can draw with chalk on the street, create funky party hats or participate in artsy party games such as "Doodle-lee-do" and "Purple Robe Relay." Families can take a self-guided tour allowing children to explore the galleries with the guidance of an "Imaginative Art+Fun Pack." ("It's a fun activity where the kids can actually dress up like the people they see in the paintings," Pelsinsky said.) Other visitors can take one of a number of guided tours.

Kid-friendly rock band Milkshake will perform songs from its new CD, Bottle of Sunshine. Other activities will include salsa lessons, a performance by the Winston Middle School Jazz Ensemble and Latin music from Mambo Combo. Improvisational dance troupe Nancy Romita and the Moving Company will incorporate suggestions from the audience and perform through, around and in three of the works of art in the Levi Sculpture Garden.

"We love to perform in informal settings because it is rich with visual imagery," said Romita. "We will perform three nonchoreographed dances where we improvise according to the ideas people give us."

The dance company, which has focused on improvisational dancing for two of the 11 years it has been together, has a primary focus -- dance that can be done without a stage.

Guests can vote for their favorite BMA works of art in the "People's Choice" contest. The winners will be announced during a ceremonial cake-cutting and presentation of a giant birthday card.

At the Artful Birthday Cake Silent Auction, visitors can bid on cakes inspired by the BMA's collection.

Charm City Cakes, 123 W. 27th St., is creating cakes for the silent auction, as well as the ceremonial cake.

"The ceremonial cake will be a four-tier pear compote ginger cake with gold accents and an edible lion on top," said owner and pastry chef Duff Goldman. "The cake will have different examples of the art that is at the BMA," he said. "There will be all types of representations of lions, including a Baroque lion, an Andy Warhol lion, a Tibetan snow lion and a lion done with the style of Antioch mosaics," he added.

The Cake Studio, 4319 Old Milford Mill Road in Pikesville, will present a three-tiered chocolate hazelnut cake with red chocolate pieces resembling the BMA's Alexander Calder sculpture at the auction. "I saw the sculpture, and it reminded me of my garnishes," said Cake Studio owner and pastry chef Debra Fleury.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is at 10 Art Museum Drive. Sunday's events run from noon-5 p.m., rain or shine. General admission to the museum is free Sunday only. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and the first Thursday of every month, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for those 65 and older and college students; and free for children 18 and younger. For more information, call 410-396-7100. For the full schedule of events, visit www.artbma.org.

For more art events, see page 39.

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