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 educator who 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.
The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition
June 29–August 11, 2013
The Walters Arts Museum and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts presents the Sondheim Artscape Prize: 2013 Finalists. Artists compete for top honors and a $25,000 fellowship in the Greater Baltimore area’s most prestigious arts competition. The prize assists in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in this region. Held in conjunction with Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, the finalists and semifinalists exhibitions are presented in partnership with the Walters and Maryland Institute College of Art. The competition winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Walters on Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Lunch and Learn: The Sensual Middle Ages
Thursday, May 2, 1–2 p.m.
Did you know that the incorporation of the five senses was an important aspect of medieval art? Touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight were important in gaining knowledge of the sensible world and interpreting it according to Christian doctrine. Bring your light lunch and join the Walters’ Martina Bagnoli, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Medieval Art, as she explores the sensory dimension of medieval art and ritual.
Intercambio - Tours in English and Spanish
Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
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.
On-site Insights: Developing an Exhibition
Thursday, May 23, 6 p.m.–7 p.m.
In this On-site Insights program, the Walters' exhibition team will share stories of the development of the exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. It will be held during our Thursday evening hours and includes free admission to the special exhibition. For this event, we extend a special welcome to our visitors from the 2013 Annual Meeting and Museum Expo hosted by the American Alliance of Museums.
Peabody on the Court Music Series
Friday, May 3, 12–1 p.m.
This spring's final Peabody on the Court Music Series concert will feature musicians from the Early Music Department of the Peabody Institute. This free concert is presented through a partnership between the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and the Walters Art Museum.
KAL: 35 Years as an International Editorial Cartoonist
Sunday, May 5, 2–3 p.m.
The Walters welcomes back Kevin 'KAL' Kallaugher, former Baltimore Sun editorial cartoonist, and current cartoonist for The Economist. Best known for his internationally syndicated political cartoons that have appeared in over 100 publications worldwide, KAL will reference political cartoons in Woodville and talk about his 35 years as an international editorial cartoonist. Book-signing of KAL’s latest book follows. His books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Chado, The Way of Tea
Saturday, May 11, 2–3 p.m.
Please join us as we welcome the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Washington D.C. Association to demonstrate and explain the honored rituals and customs of an official tea ceremony. “Chado” (literally “the Way of Tea”) synthesizes numerous arts and philosophies that combine into a systematic method of preparing, serving and drinking tea. Served with a respectful heart and received with gratitude, a bowl of tea satisfies both the physical and spiritual thirst.
Walters Enthusiasts Taste & Tour
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Price: Member $15/ Non-Member $20
Join the Walters Enthusiasts for a rare tour into the Manuscript Library led by Curatorial Associate for Rare Books and Manuscripts, Dr. Lynley Anne Herbert. Explore the images of wine and revelry in manuscripts followed by some wine and revelry of your own. Meet in the Café Q.
Walk-In Gallery Tours
Price: Free, meet in the Centre Street Lobby
Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m. New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville
Sunday, May 12, 1 p.m. Celebrating Women in Art
Sunday, May 19, 1 p.m. The Art of the Ancient World
Sunday, May 26, 1 p.m. Highlights of the Walters
Sunday, June 2, 1 p.m. The Arts of Asia
Sunday, June 9, 1 p.m. Nineteenth Century Art
Sunday, June 16, 1 p.m. Celebrating Men in Art
Sunday, June 23, 1 p.m. The Chamber of Art and Wonders
Sunday, June 30, 1 p.m. Highlights of the Walters
Drop-in Art Activities
Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. / No registration required.
MAY: Architectural Elements
We will be stacking our art-making skills high this May as we explore just what it takes to build! Visit our Drop-in Art Activities each week to construct a different design element that helps our buildings look great and stand strong. Look through and open up your art to a world of architecture.
JUNE: Escape to India
Sail down the Ganges River to a place of vibrant color, spicy smells and mesmerizing music. Spend the entire month of June escaping to India with us! Travel through the Thar desert to collect sand to create your mandala. Wear your rhythmic jewelry and listen to the sound of each step as you hike the Himalayas. Join us as we explore the outline of an elephant using light-make sure to hold on tight as he carries us on a journey through the art of India!
Waltee’s Cubs Baby Program: Three Little Pigs
Tuesday, May 14, 1 p.m.–2 p.m.
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 a gallery tour designed especially for Waltee's Cubs, art material exploration and play. Cooing and crying are welcome!
Homeschool Workshop: Drawing and the Elements
Thursday, May 16, 1:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Price: Members $5/ Non-Members $8
Led by a professional teaching artist, this workshop will focus on the elements of art, basic studio techniques, observational drawing and extended looking. Participants will create art both in the galleries and in our studio classes. Ideal for the student who wants to learn the basics or improve upon their fine arts skills. 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.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays 5–9 p.m.
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.
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.