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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Monday, December 10, 2012

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Media Calendar for March-April 2013

 

SPOTLIGHT EXHIBITION

New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville
March 10–June 2, 2013
Painter of iconic works of American genre, Richard Caton Woodville (1825–55) led a life of paradox. Born and raised in Baltimore, he produced most of his paintings in Europe, where he died at age 30. Although he left behind fewer than 20 paintings, his images were widely known in his time through reproduction as premium prints. His beautifully crafted paintings contain humorous characterizations of contemporary life, realistic depictions of period interiors and a sense of a narrative moment frozen in time, giving viewers many points of access to a fascinating period of American and European history. In this first exhibition devoted to Woodville since 1967, the Walters’ rich holdings and several key loans will be assembled to explore the biography, historical and social context, and contemporary reception of this engaging painter. The exhibition will travel to The Mint Museum in Charlotte June 30–November 3, 2013.

CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue
March 2–May 26, 2013
This focus show highlights a work of exceptional historical importance jointly owned by the Walters Art Museum and the Yeshiva University Museum—an intricately decorated and inscribed wood panel from a Torah ark, a special cupboard that holds the sacred Jewish scripture. The panel is believed to come from the Ben Ezra synagogue of Old Cairo (Fostat), Egypt, which has captivated public imagination for over a century. It is the site of the 19th-century discovery of the Cairo Geniza, a treasure trove of documents on medieval Jewish life around the Mediterranean. This exhibition presents Geniza documents, Ben Ezra synagogue photographs and art from Jewish and Muslim artisans, together with conservation research. This is the second of two small-scale exhibitions that explore Jewish communities of the Islamic world. A version of this exhibition will travel to the Yeshiva University Museum in New York City in fall 2013.

New Eyes on America: Student Response
March 16–June 9, 2013
The Walters Art Museum is working with five high schools from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Frederick County to create a focus show related to the special exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. Students received a visit from a museum educatorwho introduced exhibition themes, including new forms of technology and communication such as the telegraph and penny press—both characteristic of 19th-century America. From October through December, the students spent time considering and discussing the Woodville exhibition and created artworks in response. Students developed projects ideas, and since technology plays such a significant role in teenagers’ lives today, the majority of the works will contain a digital component.

ADULT PROGRAMS

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS

Lunch and Learn: The Bacchic St. John the Baptist
Thursday, March 7, 12–1 p.m.
Price: Free
The Renaissance desire to find a single, universal truth in human history and religion sometimes led humanists to a Christian interpretation for pagan divinities and their stories. A number of images of St. John the Baptist reveal this syncretism by the year 1500. The Walters is home to two such paintings. Bring your light lunch and listen as retired National Gallery of Art Senior Lecturer Russ Sale delves into the fascinating history of the Bacchic St. John the Baptist. 

Religion and Pluralism in Egypt: Historic and Contemporary Views
Thursday, March 7, 6–7:30 p.m.
Price: Free
This program, held in conjunction with the focus show Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue, explores Egypt’s religious communities, past and present. Special emphasis will be given to the religious communities of Egypt today and their role in contributing to the country's future after the revolution. The format will be an open dialogue among speakers and audience. 

Opening Day Talk: New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville
Sunday, March 10, 2–3 p.m.
Price: Free
Exhibition curator Joy Heyrman will introduce Baltimore-born artist Richard Caton Woodville in this special exhibition, the first of its kind since 1967. Learn about new discoveries revealed in the exhibition, the social, political and technological transformations Woodville considered, and the broad impact his paintings achieved through reproduction, for a new American audience hungry for visual imagery. 

Forum: New Eyes on Woodville
Sunday, March 17, 12–4 p.m.
Price: Free
This session provides context for the exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. Panelists and talks include: Joy Heyrman, exhibition curator, The Artist’s Biography; Seth Rockman, Brown University Assistant Professor of History, Woodville’s Baltimore; Jochen Wierich, Curator of Art, Cheekwood Museum,The Artistic Environment in Düsseldorf; James Kochan, Costume and Military Uniforms in Woodville's Work; Elisabeth Garrett Widmer, author and museum consultant, Material Culture in Woodville's Paintings.

Intercambio—Tours in English and Spanish
Sunday, March 24, 3–4:30 p.m.
Price: Free
Learning Spanish? Have fun with art and language in the Walters Art Museum as part of the bilingual (Spanish and English) gallery series called Intercambio. 

Lunch and Learn: A Closer Look at Woodville
Thursday, April 4, 12–1 p.m.
Price: Free
Bring your light lunch and listen as Walters’ Paintings Conservator Eric Gordon shares his insight into Baltimore artist Richard Caton Woodville from a technical perspective. Eric spent many hours completing a technical research study on the Walters’ Woodville paintings in preparation for the special exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville

John and Berthe Ford Annual Lecture: Collaboration and Creativity in Islamic Art
Sunday, April 14, 2–3 p.m.
Price: Free
Join us for an enlightening afternoon as Walter B. Denny, Islamic scholar and art history professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, explores the differing cultural expectations of “greatness” in art, and the various collaborative practices existing in the art of the Islamic world, especially after the establishment of the first royal design ateliers in the 15th century CE. 

Antiques Appraisal Day with J. Michael Flanigan
Saturday, April 20, 12–3:30 p.m.
(Pre-registration required for all appraisals.Pre-registration closes on April 16)
Price: Members $20/ Non-Members $30/ Senior Citizens & Students $5
Bring your small treasures to the Walters to get your antiques appraised by well-known Baltimore appraiser J. Michael Flanigan. This ticketed event includes admittance to the formal program, appraisal of two personal items and free admission to the special exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. During the program, Flanigan will select objects to be highlighted and discussed; however, all registrants will receive an appraisal by Flanigan at the conclusion of the program. All appraisals are verbal approximations of value, for entertainment purposes, are solely the opinions of the appraiser and not those of the Walters or its staff. No stamps, coins or weapons.

Watercolor 101
Sundays, April 21 & 28, 1–3 p.m.
Price: Members $40/ Non-Members $50/ Senior Citizens and Students $40
Watercolor made easy! In just two sessions, you can learn the tips and tricks to working with this rewarding medium, using the Walters’ collection as inspiration. This beginner and intermediate course with local artist Danamarie Hosler will provide the fundamental skills you can build on as you hone your practice of watercolor painting for lifelong enjoyment and artistic expression. 

Intercambio—Tours in English and Spanish
Sunday, April 21, 3–4:30 p.m.
Price: Free
Learning Spanish? Have fun with art and language in the Walters Art Museum as part of the bilingual (Spanish and English) gallery series called Intercambio. 

PERFORMANCES

Peabody on the Court Music Series
Friday, March 1, 12–1 p.m.
Price: Free
This Peabody on the Court Music Series concert will feature solo violinist Lauren Rausch. This free concert is presented through a partnership with the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. 

Early Music at the Walters
Sunday, March 10, 5:30–7 p.m.
Price: Adults $15/ Members $12/ Students $10
Join us in the Sculpture Court for this new Sunday concert series presented by An die Musik. Enjoy a wine reception following the concert. Purchase tickets at andiemusiklive.com

Peabody on the Court Music Series
Friday, April 5, 12–1 p.m.
Price: Free
This Peabody on the Court Music Series concert will feature cellists from the studio of Alison Wells. This free concert is presented through a partnership with the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Art Blooms 2013
Friday, April 5–Sunday, April 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Price: Free
Each Spring, Art Blooms enhances the Walters collection or special exhibitions with interpretive floral arrangements by over 30 regional garden clubs. Programs include an opening night party, docent tours, floral arranging demonstrations, engaging keynote speakers and our event-exclusive Garden Shed, which features gently used floral and gardening items. 

FREE Victorian Family Festival
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: Free
Stroll through Baltimore's cobblestone streets as we experience life in the 19th century. Share your stories using a printing press and send a secret message using morse code, hop into our early childhood area to meet Peter Rabbit and enjoy captivating performances all day long. Strap on your suspenders as we create Victorian art together! Visit the special exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, for FREE.

TOURS

Walk-In Gallery Tours
Price: Free, meet in the Centre Street Lobby

MARCH
Sunday, March 3, 1 p.m., East Meets West–Asian and Western Art
Sunday, March 10, 1 p.m., Renaissance Art
Sunday, March 17, 1 p.m., Nineteenth-Century Art            
Sunday, March 24, 1 p.m., Portraits–Who Am I?
Sunday, March 31, 1 p.m., Highlights of the Walters

APRIL
Sunday, April 7, 1 p.m., 
New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville By Exhibition Curator Joy Peterson Heyrman
Sunday, April 14, 1 p.m., Highlights of the Walters
Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m., New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville By Exhibition Curator Joy Peterson Heyrman
Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m., Castles and Cathedrals

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Drop-in Art Activities
Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. / No registration required.
Price: Free
MARCH: In the News
Extra! Extra! Make art all about it! Write, wear and build newsworthy objects and inventions from the 19th century. Take inspiration from the special exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, as we collaborate with a famous Baltimore poet and send your words across the globe.
APRIL: Paint Me a Story
In April, roll up your sleeves and put on your smocks as we explore paint together! We’ll take a close look at paintings from the special exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, and learn how to use paint in brand new ways to tell our own stories.

Scouts Museum Days: Travel the Silk Road
Saturday, March 2, 1–3 p.m., Brownie Girl Scouts
Sunday, March 3, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Cub Scouts
Saturday, March 9, 1–3 p.m., Jr. & Brownie Girl Scouts
Saturday, March 16, 1–2:30 p.m., Daisy Girl Scouts
Price: $10
Follow the Silk Road, share whimsical stories and create a work of art inspired by scenes of Ancient China while earning merit badges during this interactive, two-hour exploration. 

Sensory Morning
Sunday, March 3, 9–11 a.m.
Price: Free
Join us for a morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for children with autism and their entire family. Enjoy the collections of the Walters Art Museum during quiet, less stimulating hours. Tour the selected galleries, participate in multiple hands-on stations that include tactile activities, visual supports and interpretive materials, and create a work of art in the comfort of a private studio. 

Waltees Cubs Baby Program: Choo Choo
Tuesday, March 12, 1–2 p.m.
Price: Members $10/ Non-Members $15
Waltee’s Cubs invites parents, grandparents and caregivers with children birth to 18 months of age to bond, play and learn in the museum galleries during this 60 minute class. Each program includes activities for play and sensory exploration within our galleries and age-appropriate art activities in the comfort of our private studio. Cooing and crying are welcome! 

Homeschool Workshop: New Eyes on America
Thursday, March 21, 1:15–3:30 p.m. or Thursday, April 18, 1:15–3:30 p.m.

Price: Members $5/ Non-Members $8
This special exhibition workshop will explore the historic paintings of 19th-century Baltimore artist Richard Caton Woodville. Woodville is known for his realistic depictions of everyday life. Students will examine his works of art and develop a better understanding of the 1840s and 1850s in American and European history. Explore the Walters through this workshop designed exclusively for homeschool students ages 5–12. Participants enjoy an introduction to the museum, a guided tour, studio activity and post-visit materials.

Teen Homeschool Drawing Workshop
Wednesdays, April 3 & 10, 1–4 p.m. 
Price: Member $20/ Non-Member $25
Want to have interesting conversations about art, learn new techniques and build your portfolio? During this two session workshop, students will explore the galleries and experiment in the studio, making personal connections to the collection and sharpening art-making skills. 

Waltees Cubs Baby Program: Story Time
Tuesday, April 9, 1–2 p.m.
Price: Members $10/ Non-Members $15
Waltee's Cubs invites parents, grandparents and caregivers with children birth to 18 months of age to bond, play and learn in the museum galleries during this 60 minute class. Each program includes activities for play and sensory exploration within our galleries and age-appropriate art activities in the comfort of our private studio. Cooing and crying are welcome! 

VISITOR INFORMATION

HOURS
Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays 5–9 p.m.

ADMISSION
General admission to the permanent collection is free. Special exhibitions with admission fees will be free during Constellation Thursday Nights from 5–9 p.m. Prices are subject to change and may vary for special exhibitions.

LOCATION
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.

PARKING
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.

PHONE
410-547-9000

WEBSITE
www.thewalters.org