November 11, 2012
Next weekend, visitors to the Baltimore Art Museum's newly renovated Contemporary Wing may find themselves staring up at a hole in the ceiling, their mouths gaping open like fish. They'll have been hooked by a central feature of the $6.5 million building project - artist Sarah Oppenheimer's playful, gravity-defying illusion with the enigmatic name "W-120301. " And who would blame them for staring? How often can we watch someone appear to walk up a wall? Oppenheimer knocked holes in walls and cut through ceiling to change the architecture of the Baltimore Museum of Art . And, that's not a bad metaphor for museum director Doreen Bolger's goal to knock down the walls between the museum and the community.
January 28, 1996
The Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, Pa., presents "Medieval Art in America: Patterns of Collecting 1800-1940" through March 3. The exhibition presents an overview of the collecting of medieval art in the United States from 1800 to 1940.The museum also presents a series of films and lectures. Films in its "Europe in the Middle Ages" series: "The Feudal System," 2 p.m. Feb. 3; and "Christians, Jews and Moslems in Spain," 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Lectures include: "Stained Glass From Chartres Cathedral at Princeton University," 2 p.m. Jan. 28, and "The Legacy of Ornament: Searching in the Glencairn Museum," 2 p.m. Feb. 4. The museum is on Curtin Road on the Penn State University Park campus.
October 10, 1990
Andre Grabar, 94, an internationally known expert on Byzantine art, died Friday at his home in Paris. An author, lecturer, and archaeologist, he was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and educated in St. Petersburg. In 1928 he earned a Ph.D. in Byzantine art from the University of Strasbourg, France. He taught art history there until 1937 and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris until 1966. He was also a professor of early Christian and Byzantine archaeology at the College de France in Paris from 1946 to 1966, and a research professor at Dumbarton Oaks Institute of Harvard University from 1950 to 1964.
September 18, 2000
The Churches of Charles, an annual series of lectures sponsored by churches in North Baltimore along and near Charles Street, will focus this year on how faith is reflected in various art forms. The lectures, "Religion and Art: Faith Taking Form," will examine how Christians have given form to their faith using music, drama and varieties of visual art. The first lecture is planned for 11 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. A tour will explore religion in the Walters collection.
January 4, 1998
The Walters Art Gallery has received four grants, totaling $840,000, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Getty Grant Program and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.The grants are earmarked to support ancient and medieval art collections at the Walters."While public funding for the arts continues to be the subject of much scrutiny, these resources are invaluable for the Walters to uphold its vital role in the national cultural community," said Walters director Gary Vikan.
July 5, 1997
In the art world, there are scholars and administrators.Richard H. Randall Jr., who died this week, was both. The former Walters Art Gallery director combined a vast knowledge of medieval art with a canny ability to manage administrative details, large and small. Under his direction, the Walters tripled in size, growing from a quiet institution to a popular public destination.Mr. Randall, 71, collapsed and died of heart failure Thursday while doing errands near his Roland Park home.As director of the Walters from 1965 to 1981, Mr. Randall brought about a major expansion of the museum on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore after other attempts failed.