Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift
February 12–May 20, 2012
Assembled from the John Bourne collection of art of the ancient Americas, this exhibition features 135 Precolumbian artworks from Mexico to Peru. Organized thematically by culture, the artworks present more than 2,500 years of creativity in Mexico, Central America and Andean South America from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1520. The exhibition features artworks as illustrations of the societies’ fundamental principles such as the shamanic foundation of rulership in Mesoamerica, Costa Rica and Panama, and the cosmic principles embodied by gold and silver in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Other artworks, from elaborate musical instruments to portrayals of dancers, explore the importance of performance to politics and religion throughout the ancient Americas. The exhibition travels to the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History in New Mexico June 10–August 26, 2012.
CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Touch and the Enjoyment of Sculpture: Exploring the Appeal of Renaissance Statuettes
January 21–April 15, 2012
This groundbreaking focus show explores the implications of tactile perception for enjoying sculpture by melding the research of a Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist studying how the brain reacts to tactile stimuli and a Walters curator interested in the increased appreciation of tactility as an aspect of European Renaissance art—a period marked by a new availability of small “collectibles” meant to be held. Did artists anticipate a reaction to tactile stimulus in shaping sculpture, specifically statuettes of female nudes? Visitors can hold and register their evaluations of replicas of “appealing” statuettes, as well as variants assumed to be unappealing. Displays illustrate the Renaissance attitudes towards touch, the sensation of touch being stimulated without actual contact and the neural processing and perception of objects during touch.
January 21–March 18, 2012
Peer One is a video tour curated by staff member and artist Kari Altmann using the museum’s new works of art database as a starting point. A group of peers, including artists, curators, and bloggers respond to objects in the museum’s permanent collection with videos, injecting contemporary perspectives. The videos are available as a tour of clips correlating with specific museum objects or galleries. The results range in form from experimental video art to critical audiovisual essays
Near Paris: The Watercolors of Léon Bonvin
February 25–May 20, 2012
Highly detailed and original, Léon Bonvin’s watercolors of flowers, landscapes and moon lit scenes represent a distinctive contribution to the realist movement in mid-19th century France. Self-taught, Bonvin’s luminous paintings reflect the humble surroundings accessible to the artist, an innkeeper on the outskirts of Paris. Museum founder William Walters acquired an outstanding collection of Bonvin’s work following the artist’s tragic suicide in 1866.
Lunch & Learn
The John Bourne Collection: From Private to Public Domain
Thursday, March 1, 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
Explore the journey of the John Bourne collection of 300 ancient Americas artifacts from a private collection to the Walters, a public art museum. Using a multi-faceted approach, Senior Objects Conservator Julie Lauffenburger will address how the museum tackled issues of authenticity, over-restoration and materials identification now that the objects are housed in a public collection.
Sound and the Enjoyment of Sensation: Exploring the Pleasures of Renaissance Music
Sunday, March 4, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
The Broken Consort, featuring Brian Kay and special guests Kevin Shannon & Niccolo Seligmann, brings us a dynamic program of Renaissance and Baroque music. From the folk songs of Spain to the Cantatas of mid 17th-century Italy, they will take you on a musical journey through the pleasures of an earlier time.
Sunday, March 4, 2–3 p.m.
Pleasure has made us who we are today! We wouldn't have survived as a species if the circuitry in our brains didn't make activities like eating food and having sex pleasurable. But what about other activities? How does the brain react to tactile stimuli when enjoying art? Join David Linden as he talks about how we activate pleasure circuits through a range of activities like exercising, caring for others and enjoying art. What do they have in common?
Poetry in the Galleries with Smartish Pace
Saturday, March 10, 2–3 p.m.
The Smartish Pace Reading Series continues with awarded-winning poet Campbell McGrath reading from his new collection, In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys. Over the past twelve years, the Baltimore-based Smartish Pace magazine has published more than 700 poets and hosted 75 poetry readings.
An Artful Language Exchange / Un Intercambio Lingüísticoy Artístico
Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Learning a second language? Have fun with art and language in the Walters Art Museum as part of a new series of bilingual (Spanish and English) gallery experiences.
¿Quiere aprender el inglés en un museo internacional aquí justo en Baltimore? A la vez puede ayudar a los que aprenden español mientras ve las obras de arte.
Ancient Americas Forum
Saturday, March 17, 12–4:30 p.m.
This forum discussion will explore topics tied to the special exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas presented by a panel of experts from several disciplines. Panelists include Senior Objects Conservator Julie Lauffenburger, Anthropologist Allen Christenson and Archaeastronomist Anthony Aveni, best-known for his theories on the prophesized end of the world in December of 2012. Curator Dorie Reents-Budet will moderate.
12:30–1 p.m. Introduction: Dorie Reents-Budet, Curatorial Consultant for Art of the Ancient Americas
1–2 p.m.The John Bourne Collection: From Private to Public Domain: Julie Lauffenburger, Senior Objects Conservator, The Walters Art Museum
2–3 p.m.In the Footsteps of the Ancestors: Dancing with the Ancient Maya Gods: Allen J. Christenson, Professor in the Department of Humanities, Classics and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University
3–4 p.m. Maya Apocalypse Soon?: Anthony F. Aveni, Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology and Native American Studies, Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Sociology & Anthropology, Colgate University
4–4:30 p.m.Panel Discussion
Ancient Indian Tales of Magic Rings and Extraordinary Necklaces
Sunday, April 1, 3–4 p.m.
Exploring some of the lore that surrounds Indian jewelry, Wendy Doniger from University of Chicago will examine ancient Indian stories of rings. One story includes men who accuse women of unchastely behavior only to have the ring prove that it was the man, in fact, who was unchaste.
Lunch & Learn
Why is a Walters Conservator Blogging from Iraq?
Thursday, April 5, 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
Walters Director of Conservation and Technical Research Terry Drayman-Weisser has made three trips to Iraq in the past 16 months. She traveled there to train Iraqis on how to preserve very fragile and badly damaged ancient Nimrud ivories and then blogged about her observations along the way. In this talk she will speak about her experiences in Iraq and how she became a partner in an effort to create a national Iraqi Institute for Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage.
A Good Friday Lecture
Friday, April 6, 1–2 p.m.
For nearly 1,500 years, the face of Christ has been depicted in remarkably similar ways, by illustrators of all backgrounds, from Byzantine mosaicists to Hollywood filmmakers. Why is the face so frequently depicted this way? Bring your lunch to this richly illustrated talk in which Walters Director Gary Vikan will explore the emergence of the “canonical” face of Christ in the early medieval period.
Drawing Class: Ink Gestures
Sunday, April 15–Sunday, May 6, 1–4 p.m.
Price: Members $75 / Non-members $150
Why work in a drawing studio when you have the entire Walters Art Museum at your disposal? Back by popular demand, artist and teacher Leslie Shellow will lead drawing sessions for beginner to intermediate level students in specific galleries learning the various techniques of ink wash and ink pens.
Islamic Art: Mirrors of the Invisible World
Sunday, April 22, 2–4 p.m.
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World is a 90-minute documentary for PBS celebrating the artistic legacy of the Muslim world. It displays an extraordinary journey, exploring the immense richness of Islamic art and architecture, including the finest buildings in the Islamic world and an astonishing collection of cultural treasures.
Phoenician Art at the Walters Art Museum
Monday, April 23, 5–7 p.m.
The Phoenicians lived in the southeast region of the Mediterranean and were the major seafaring trading culture between 1550–300 BCE. Phoenician artists combined elements and ideas from the many different cultures their traders had visited, such as the Aegean, Syrian, Cypriot, Assyrian and Egyptian civilizations. This program will examine the main characteristics of Phoenician art and focuses on the special significance of those objects in the Walters’ collection.
The Art of the Writing Book Club
Sunday, April 29, 3–5 p.m.
Price: Members free / Non-members $5
Join us this season for intimate discussions of exciting and artful books. Members receive 10% discount on books purchased in the museum store. Meet in the Walters’ Parlor, located at 5 West Mt. Vernon Place.
The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine De Medici
Was Catherine de Medici really one of the most maligned monarchs in history? Or did her great love (and ambition) for her husband and sons just cloud her judgment? Join us and be the judge.
Peabody on the Court
Friday, March 2, 12–1 p.m.
This concert features Peabody composer John Belkot in a concert with set instrumentation (strings, winds, guitar, lute or voice), featuring canonical works as well as several premieres.
Friday, April 6, 12–1 p.m.
This concert features students from the Peabody Early Music Department. Enjoy this dynamic series of Free Friday noon concerts on the Sculpture Court.
Secular and Religious Melodies from the American Recorder Society
Sunday, March 25, 1–4 p.m.
Musicians from the American Recorder Society will play musical selections throughout the museum, featuring Renaissance and 19th-century French recorder melodies that continue to resonate today.
Art of the Ancient Americas Community Night / Una Noche para la Comunidad: Arte de las Americas Antiguos
Thursday, March 15, 6–8 p.m.
Thursday, April 19, 6–8 p.m.
Would you like to explore the ancient world of the Americas while enjoying lectures and performances from local community partners? If so, please join the Walters for this community event with free admission into the special exhibition.
¿Le gustaría explorar el mundo antiguo de las Américas mientras gozando unas lecturas y espectáculos de parte de nuestras colaboradoras locales? Si quisiera, venga al Museo Walters para este evento comunitario y pase por la exhibición especial gratis.
Art Blooms 2012: A Floral Fiesta!
Thursday, April 12–Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Price: Art Blooms is free. During Art Blooms, admission to the special exhibition is also free.
The Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum presents the annual Art Blooms event. Each spring, Art Blooms enhances the Walters’ collection with interpretative floral arrangements by regional garden clubs. Activities include a floral design speaker/demonstration, docent tours and the spectacular combination of flowers and art.
AfterHours at the Walters
Thursday, April 26, 6–9 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of our new special exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift with an AfterHours event. Enjoy music, food, cash bar and a discussion about “authentic” Mexican food with Walters Director Gary Vikan and food scholar Jeffrey Pilcher. Entry to the exhibition is free.
Walk-In Gallery ToursPrice: Free with membership or special exhibition tickets to Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas. Meet at the Centre Street Lobby.
Sunday, March 4, 1 p.m. Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift
Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. Explorando el Arte de las Américas Antiguas: La Colección Donada por John Bourne*
Sunday, March 25, 1 p.m. Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift
Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift
Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m. Explorando el Arte de las Américas Antiguas: La Colección Donada por John Bourne*
* Estas presentaciones presentan en español./These tours are given in Spanish.
Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m. Medieval Art
For more information or to register by phone, call (410) 547-9000, ext. 300 or email email@example.com (unless otherwise noted).
Drop-in Art Activities
Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. / no registration required
In March, we will make artistic animals, from the ferocious to the familiar! Choose your animal guide inspired by the folklore of the ancient Americas, then experiment with clay, precious metals, yarn and more to create your own treasures!
APRIL: From the Jungle to the Mountains
Let’s imagine we are living in an ancient civilization! In April, our inspiration will come from the special exhibition, Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift. We will make small people out of clay, create a big round calendar and set a table for a traditional celebration!
Scout Museum Days
Saturday, March 3, 1–3 p.m. Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day: Can You Dig It?
Sunday, March 4, 1–3 p.m. Cub Scout Museum Day: Can You Dig It?
Saturday, March 10, 1–3 p.m. Junior and Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day: Can You Dig It?
Uncover the treasures of the Ancient Americas, imagine life in ancient civilizations and create your own ceramic art while earning merit badges during this interactive, two-hour program.
Mini Camp: Archeologist for a Day!
Tuesday, April 3, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
No school today? Mini Camps at the Walters offers creative kids a unique and fun-filled way to spend the day! Put on a pith helmet and join us as we explore the ancient Americas and unearth clues about glorious civilizations of the past.
Spring Break Family Art Activities
Wednesday, April 4–Friday, April 6, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. / No registration required
Give yourself a break and make some art with us! Come in for special ArtCart appearances and spring inspired art activities all week long.
Free Ancient American Family Festival
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Travel back in time to explore the magnificence of Ancient American civilizations! Experience the flavors, sounds and colors of Meso, Central and South America. Create artwork inspired by ancient cultures and be awed by vibrant performances of traditional music and dance. Enjoy free admission to the special exhibition, Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas.
Student Art Shows
Baltimore County Student Art Show
Wednesday, March 7–Sunday, March 11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Anne Arundel County Student Art Show
Wednesday, March 21–Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m.–5p.m.
The Walters Art Museum and Baltimore and Anne Arundel County Public Schools celebrate students’ artistic achievements with an exhibit of artwork inspired by the Walters collection.
Animals in Art
Thursday, March 15, 9:15 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Join us for an exciting day of learning at the Walters Art Museum and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore! Students will spend from 9:15-11 a.m. exploring animals and their habitats at the Maryland Zoo. From 1:30-3:30 p.m., students will discover animals in works of art from the Walters collection and create artwork that showcases new species of imaginary creatures. There will be separate workshops for age 5–6, 7–9 and 10–12.
Wednesday, April 4 & 11, 1–4 p.m.
Price: Members $10 / Non-members $15
In this two-week workshop, teenage students 13–17 will be introduced to the basic techniques of ceramic sculpture and create their own three-dimensional works of art. Students will explore the galleries and experiment in the studio, making personal connections to the collection and sharpening art-making skills.
Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas
Thursday, April 19, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Price: Members $5 / Non-members $8
Students will analyze stone, clay and fiber artworks created by the diverse cultures from Northern Mexico to Chile featured in the special exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas. In the Walters’ studios, students will create their own work of art inspired by the art of Mesoamerica. There will be separate workshops for age 5–6, 7–9 and 10–12.
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours may vary during special exhibitions.
The special exhibition admission price for Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $6 for students/young adults (18–25); and free for 17 and under and members. General admission to the permanent collection is free. Prices are subject to change and may vary for special exhibitions.
The Walters is located in the historic Mt. Vernon Cultural District in downtown Baltimore, at the corner of North Charles and Centre streets, only 10 blocks from the Inner Harbor.
A lighted parking lot, with parking attendant, is located directly across from the Walters at Centre and Cathedral streets. A discounted rate is provided when the parking ticket is validated inside the museum.
All programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum’s website at www.thewalters.org prior to the date of the program to confirm.