Baltimore—The Walters Art Museum is pleased to present programming related to the special exhibition Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe on view Oct. 14, 2012–Jan. 21, 2013.
Opening Day Talk: Revealing the African Presence
Sunday, October 14, 2–3 p.m.
Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art Joaneath Spicer will explore the major themes of the groundbreaking exhibition, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe. Join us as we explore the world of Renaissance Europe through the eyes of both white Europeans and Europeans of African ancestry. What do we know about this time from the art that is left behind, and what do these representations teach us today?
Panel Discussion: Revealing the African Presence
Sunday, October 28, 12–4 p.m.
The ongoing impact of the European heritage on American society is profound, but many today feel alienated from that history. Scholars will explore ideas tied to the special exhibition, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe. Panelists include Walters’ exhibition curator Joaneath Spicer, Princeton University professor Anthony Appiah, University of London professor Kate Lowe and Johns Hopkins University professor Ben Vinson. Author and journalist Farai Chideya will moderate.
Thursday Night Film: Othello, Starring Laurence Olivier
Thursday, November 1, 7–8:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening film screening of the 1965 interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, Othello, starring Laurence Olivier as Othello. Join us for the next two Thursdays as we continue to explore Othello, the story and the character.
Thursday Night Film: Othello, Starring Laurence Fishburne
Thursday, November 8, 7–8:30 p.m.
Come to the Walters this Thursday evening and watch Laurence Fishburne star as Othello, in the 1995 film interpretation of Shakespeare’s play. This more modern presentation of the classic story provides the audience with another version of this tragic, but thrilling tale! This movie is a great way to prep for the engaging discussion of Othello next Thursday evening.
A Public Conversation: Othello Today
Thursday, November 15, 5:30–8 p.m.
Leslie King-Hammond, Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland College of Art, will moderate a lively discussion on the representation of the black Moor, Othello. Audience members will be invited to join in this open-ended dialogue about issues of color, race, identity and the representation of the black Moor by Shakespeare.
The 32nd Annual Theodore L. Lowe Lecture: Speak of Me as I Am
Sunday, November 18, 2–3 p.m.
Fred Wilson, contemporary artist and U.S. artist representative for the 2003 Venice Biennale, will speak about his exhibition Speak of Me as I Am: The Transformative Effect the Art of the Past Has on the Imagination of the Present, which explored representations of Africans in Venetian culture. Wilson will discuss the “hidden-in-plain-sight” history of Africans in Venice and its effect on the contemporary Venetian unconscious.
Lunch and Learn: The Black Egyptian at Christ’s Hand
Thursday, December 6, 12–1 p.m.
The Supper at Emmaus (Venetian, ca. 1540) is a little known painting in the Walters’ collection, which is currently on display as part of Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe. Bring a light lunch to enjoy while Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art Joaneath Spicer discusses the black Egyptian at Christ’s right hand. What does the apparently unprecedented inclusion tell us about contemporary society, the Biblical story and the development of Venetian painting?
Walk-in Gallery Tours
Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe
Sundays, November 18 and December 2, 1 p.m.
Price: Free with membership or exhibition admission/ Meet at the Centre Street Lobby
This curator-led tour of Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe examines the multi-dimensional role Africans played in Renaissance Europe.
Peabody Music and Dance on the Court: Crossing Time and Distance
Sunday, October 21, 1–2 p.m. and 3–4 p.m.
Enjoy choreographed dance and live music performed on the Sculpture Court. African Traditional, European Renaissance and South American Contemporary music will be performed by the Peabody Institute’s Cello, Guitar and Early Music ensembles with Peabody Dance. This performance was created specifically for the Sculpture Court, choreographed by Artistic Director of Peabody Dance Carol Bartlett.
Drop-In Art Activities
Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free, no registration required
OCTOBER: Reimagining the Renaissance
We will travel back in time to explore art and culture of the Renaissance as we become master artists, creating musical instruments, coats of arms, art for our tabletops and magnificent ships to sail around the world! Our inspiration will come from the special exhibition, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe.
FREE Renaissance Family Festival
Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Travel back in time as we explore the Renaissance. Enter our castle to experience a world of new inventions, discoveries, sounds and ideas. Dress up and step into a gilded frame to become a painting and perfect perspective. Special guests will use dance, puppetry, video and storytelling to immerse you in the world of the past. Visit the exhibition, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe, for free!
Mini Camp: My Day in the Renaissance
Tuesday, November 6, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Price: Members $80, Non-Members $100 / Preregistration required.
No school today? Mini Camps offer creative kids a unique and fun-filled way to spend the day. Join us as we explore life in the Renaissance and create artistic masterpieces. We’ll discover great artists, inventors and explorers as we have an adventure of our own in the art studios and special exhibition, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe.
Renaissance MastersScout Programs
Saturday, November 10, 1–3 p.m. Brownie Girl Scouts Museum Day
Sunday, November 11, 1–3 p.m. Cub Scouts Museum Day
Saturday, November 17, 1–3 p.m. Jr. & Brownie Girl Scouts Museum Day
Sunday, November 18, 1–2:30 p.m. Daisy Girl Scouts Museum Day
Price: Free / Preregistration required.
Travel to Renaissance Europe, celebrate the Age of Discovery and create a masterpiece of your own while earning merit badges during this interactive, two-hour exploration.
Price: Members $5, Non-Members $8 / Preregistration required.
Thursday, December 20, 1:15–3:30 p.m. Exploring the African Presence
Students will examine paintings, sculptures and printed books to discover the multi-dimensional role Africans played in Renaissance Europe. Participants will make personal connections between cultural issues affecting race and identity in the 16th century and now, and consider the importance of portraiture as a window into society. There will be separate workshops for age 5–6, 7–9 and 10–12.
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.