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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Friday, January 06, 2012

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Public Programs Complement the Special Exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2012

Media Contact:
Amy Mannarino
410-547-9000, ext. 277
amannarino@thewalters.org

Baltimore—The Walters Art Museum is pleased to present programming related to the special exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas on view Feb. 12–May 20, 2012. 

ADULT PROGRAMS

To register for adult programs, visit www.thewalters.org, call 410-547-9000, ext. 238 or email adultprograms@thewalters.org (unless otherwise noted).

LECTURES/FORUMS

Opening Day Talk: Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas
Sunday, February 12, 2–3 p.m.
Price: Free
Curator Dorie Reents-Budet will provide an overview of the exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift. She will examine key objects with origins ranging from ancient Mexico to Bolivia and discuss John Bourne’s early years exploring the jungles of southern Mexico in search of ancient Maya archaeological sites.

Lunch & Learn: The John Bourne Collection: From Private to Public Domain
Thursday, March 1, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
Price: Free
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.

Ancient Americas Forum
Saturday, March 17, 12–4:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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.

12:30–1 p.m. Introduction, Dorie Reents-Budet (moderator), 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

SPECIAL EVENTS

An Artful Language Exchange/Un Intercambio Lingüístico y Artístico
Sundays, February 12 and March 11, 3–4:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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.

Art of the Ancient Americas Community Night / Una Noche para la Comunidad: Arte de las Americas Antiguos 
Thursdays, March 15, April 19 and May 17, 6–8 p.m.
Price: Free
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.
Price: Free
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.

TOURS

Walk-in Gallery Tours
Price: 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.

Friday, April 13–Sunday April 15, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Art Blooms Tours
Docents stationed in the Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift

Tour free with membership or exhibition admission. 

The docent tour in the museum’s permanent collection is free.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Homeschool Workshop: Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas
Thursday, February 16, 1:30–3:30 p.m. or 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.

FAMILY PROGRAMS

To register for family programs, visit www.thewalters.org, call 410-547-9000, ext. 300 or email familyprograms@thewalters.org (unless otherwise noted).

DROP-IN ART ACTIVITIES
Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free, no registration required
Recommended for children of all ages and their families
Drop-in, make and take a fantastic piece of art home with you.

March: ¡Animales!
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.
March 3–4 Creature Canteens
March 10–11 Golden Animal Medallions
March 17–18 Huichol Yarn Animals
March 24–25 Bat & Bird Bowls
March 31–April 1 Beautiful Animal Beads

April: From the Jungle to the Mountains
Let’s imagine we are living in an ancient civilization! Our inspiration will come from the special exhibition, Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas. We will make small people out of clay, create a big round calendar and set a table for a traditional celebration.
April 7–8 Tasty Traditions
April 14–15 Family Figures
April 21 FREE Ancient American Family Festival
April 28–29 Amazing Aztec Calendar

Free African American Family Festival: Carnivale of Cultures
Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: Free
Celebrate the African influence on cultures from Cuba to Brazil and beyond. Join us as we explore the rich diversity of art, music and culture of African Latin Americans. Learn about poets, artists and heroes of Latin American and African American history. Discover local Afro-Latin communities. Create your own colorful artwork, learn a few new dance steps and be amazed by exciting performances all day!

Scout Museum Days
Price: Free
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.

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?

Mini Camp: Archeologist for a Day! 
Tuesday, April 3, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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 past civilizations. 

Free Ancient American Family Festival
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: Free
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.

Please note: 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.

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