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By Sloane Brown and Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2010
A s folks entered the Contemporary Museum for its winter party, they were greeted with a cacophony of electronic noise, which sounded like the soundtrack of a 1950s sci-fi B-movie. Michael Trigilio, Lee Montgomery and Jon Brumit, of the Neighborhood Public Radio artist collective, showed party guests how to tweak various contraptions in order to create the strange sounds. "I love it. Did you try it? The artists show you how to use all these little transmitters," said museum board member Marcy Sagel.
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b staff | December 18, 2013
MICA graduate Haggag, 26, was named director of the Contemporary Museum this year. Exhibits are listed in reverse chronological order.  Seth Adelsberger, "Surface Treatment," Springsteen Gallery, Nov. 22-Jan. 10, 2014 Springsteen Gallery isn't even a year old and they've already left one hell of a mark on our arts scene. Seth Adelsberger's exhibition is sharp and a wanton change towards process that I very much enjoyed. I am looking forward to his solo exhibition opening June 2014 at the Baltimore Museum of Art and encourage everyone to catch his work at Springsteen while you can. Also, someone please, please, please buy me an Adelsberger for Christmas.  Multiple Artists, "Paint it Black, Guest Spot," Nov. 9-Jan.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
For the Contemporary Museum , which abruptly announced last month that it was suspending operations, the challenge going forward may be implicit in its name: How does it stay contemporary? The museum began exhibiting cutting-edge art in Baltimore 23 years ago, helping to create an appetite for nontraditional works. Now it hopes to reinvent itself in an increasingly crowded cultural landscape. "Things have changed from those days," said Rebecca Hoffberger, whose opening in 1995 of the American Visionary Art Museum on Key Highway is one such change.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
This winter, Baltimore is shaping up to be a place where talk is cheap - and enlightening. Two new free speaker series are in the works: The Contemporary museum will present artists with national reputations talking about their creative process. Meanwhile, the Ivy Bookshop has lined up a roster of local cultural pioneers and has asked them to discuss the books that have influenced their lives. Both series begin Jan. 13. The Contemporary's speaker series represents the first offering from the newly reorganized institution since it abruptly shut its doors in mid-exhibition in May 2012.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2011
When Sue Spaid started her job as the Contemporary Museum 's executive director in November, she said she wouldn't be offering "an easy art experience. " But she didn't say it couldn't be fun, or even funny. And that's the point of her first show at the museum: "LOL: A Decade of Antic Art. " It's hard to predict if people will actually laugh at loud (let alone ROFL), but Spaid has assembled an exhibit that is bound to prompt plenty of discussion. "The idea has been brewing in my head for a long time," the director said this week, in between answering phones and lending a hand with assistants who were getting the works onto the walls.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2010
The Contemporary Museum , which has featured provocative works by a broad sampling of cutting-edge artists, announced a new executive director this week who promises to keep things innovative. Sue Spaid doesn't officially start until Dec. 13, but the Pennsylvania-based curator and educator has already planned more than 50 events for the next six months or so and has already sketched out exhibits through 2013. "I'm a Virgo, so I'm big at planning," Spaid, 49, said Wednesday.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
The trustees of the Contemporary Museum announced Monday that they have voted unanimously to suspend operations May 31. That will be the last day for the executive director and four part-time staff members. Plans to secure a new home for the museum have been scrapped. "We are solvent," said board member Barbara Portnoy Levine, who announced the board's decision Monday. "We are not in debt. The board just decided that the model was not serving us properly. We were not getting the commitment in terms of fundraising and participation we feel we should be getting.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2013
The embattled Contemporary Museum will reopen this fall and winter, roughly 18 months after the institution abruptly shut its doors and laid off its five-member staff. The rejuvenated institution, now called The Contemporary, will return to its nomadic roots by mounting exhibitions at several as-yet-undetermined locations throughout Baltimore, instead of staging them in just one building that viewers have to deliberately decide to visit. "The Contemporary is back!" reads an announcement at contemporary.org.
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July 9, 2013
A recent Sun editorial linked the planned reopening of the Contemporary Museum with "newly designated arts districts. " including the Station North Arts & Entertainment District immediately north of Penn Station ("The Contemporary returns," July 8). In 1991, after I had leased the Charles Theatre as an "art film house" and was negotiating to lease the Everyman Theatre in the 1700 block of North Charles Street, I was contacted by Contemporary co-founder and director George Ciscle, requesting a rent-free exhibit in the former Famous Ballroom (now part of the expanded Charles Theatre )
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2011
A 12-foot-long white banner with black letters has been suction-cupped to the first-floor windows of the former Craig Flinner art gallery at Charles and Centre streets. It reads: "Future home of the Contemporary Museum . Opening January, 2012. " At least, that's the plan. In fact, the date for the grand reopening is something of a moving target. At the moment, Sue Spaid, the Contemporary's executive director, doesn't have a signed lease. The museum's furniture and most of its documents are in storage.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2013
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, which opened in Baltimore with great fanfare in 2005, has fallen short of attendance and fundraising goals - forcing the state to shore up its finances. During the past five years, annual attendance has averaged 38,000, well short of the 150,000 projected when the Lewis Museum opened, according to data supplied by the museum. Meanwhile, museum officials acknowledge, it has failed to met a state requirement that it generate $2 million, half of its annual budget, in privately raised revenue.
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July 9, 2013
A recent Sun editorial linked the planned reopening of the Contemporary Museum with "newly designated arts districts. " including the Station North Arts & Entertainment District immediately north of Penn Station ("The Contemporary returns," July 8). In 1991, after I had leased the Charles Theatre as an "art film house" and was negotiating to lease the Everyman Theatre in the 1700 block of North Charles Street, I was contacted by Contemporary co-founder and director George Ciscle, requesting a rent-free exhibit in the former Famous Ballroom (now part of the expanded Charles Theatre )
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July 8, 2013
It's been more than a year since the Contemporary Museum closed its doors in order to rethink its mission and reorganize its operations and staff. The economic downturn that began in 2008 hit Baltimore's most insistent institutional advocate for what a Sun critic once called "the art of right now" particularly hard, and its lingering effects eventually forced the museum to suspend exhibitions entirely and lay off its five-person staff in May 2012. There's been nothing quite like it since.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2013
The embattled Contemporary Museum will reopen this fall and winter, roughly 18 months after the institution abruptly shut its doors and laid off its five-member staff. The rejuvenated institution, now called The Contemporary, will return to its nomadic roots by mounting exhibitions at several as-yet-undetermined locations throughout Baltimore, instead of staging them in just one building that viewers have to deliberately decide to visit. "The Contemporary is back!" reads an announcement at contemporary.org.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
More than five years after a financial crisis ravaged the U.S. economy, the Baltimore Museum of Art has finally run out of options. Museum administrators announced Monday that after exhausting other cost-cutting measures, they have laid off 14 employees, or 9 percent of the 154-member staff. The cuts, which affected 11 full-time and three part-time employees, took effect immediately. The job cuts are needed to make up a projected deficit of more than $500,000 by July 1, according to museum director Doreen Bolger, and to accommodate a budget that is shrinking by $1 million from its current level of $12.9 million for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
For the Contemporary Museum , which abruptly announced last month that it was suspending operations, the challenge going forward may be implicit in its name: How does it stay contemporary? The museum began exhibiting cutting-edge art in Baltimore 23 years ago, helping to create an appetite for nontraditional works. Now it hopes to reinvent itself in an increasingly crowded cultural landscape. "Things have changed from those days," said Rebecca Hoffberger, whose opening in 1995 of the American Visionary Art Museum on Key Highway is one such change.
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By GLENN MCNATT and GLENN MCNATT,SUN ART CRITIC | November 19, 2005
A West Coast curator described as an "introverted extrovert" and who organized two California biennial shows and a traveling exhibition of women photographers and video artists has been named executive director of the Contemporary Museum, officials said yesterday. Irene Hoffman, a curator of contemporary art at the Orange County Museum of Art, will replace Thom Collins, who resigned last summer after 20 months at the Baltimore institution to become director of the art museum at Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y. Museum officials praised Hoffman as a great communicator with a scholar's depth of understanding who could attract new audiences and raise the museum's public profile.
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May 29, 2012
One hopes that the suspension of operations announced this week by the Contemporary Museum turns out to be only a temporary hiatus. The museum has been a mainstay of the Baltimore art scene for more than two decades, and it is almost impossible to imagine the city without it. Ironically, its closing coincides with the designation of a new arts and entertainment district on the west side of downtown that could provide the perfect setting for...
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
The trustees of the Contemporary Museum announced Monday that they have voted unanimously to suspend operations May 31. That will be the last day for the executive director and four part-time staff members. Plans to secure a new home for the museum have been scrapped. "We are solvent," said board member Barbara Portnoy Levine, who announced the board's decision Monday. "We are not in debt. The board just decided that the model was not serving us properly. We were not getting the commitment in terms of fundraising and participation we feel we should be getting.
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