June 17–August 19, 2012
This summer, we’re holding a participatory exhibition, created collectively by the public. You decide what the exhibition will be. We will invite your opinion on a series of decisions between Dec. 2011–Feb. 2012, from determining the title and theme to selecting artworks. Visit the museum when Public Property opens and continue to contribute to, and change, this public exhibition. First, we asked you to browse the collection and tell us which artworks you would collect and tag them with key words. We found some popular themes from among your choices. We held a vote to determine which would become this exhibition’s theme, and you chose “Creatures.” Using an online voting tool from Feb. 16–March 11, the public is invited to choose works of art to include in the exhibition.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
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 will travel to the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History in New Mexico June 10–August 26, 2012 and to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville March 3–June 23, 2013.
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.
Hashiguchi Goyo’s Beautiful Women
May 19–August 12, 2012
Through just a handful of images, Hashiguchi Goyo, the last of Japan’s great ukiyo-e printmakers, captured the spirit and the dynamic visual character of the pre-war era. Between 1918 and his death in 1920, Goyo oversaw the production of just 13 prints. Of these, eight were images of beautiful women. To this small group of images, his brother and nephew added a handful of posthumous works based on completed designs. The 12 prints and two drawings in this exhibition comprise first editions of all of Goyo’s prints of beautiful women and reveal the elegant design sense of this important modern Japanese artist.
Paradise Imagined: The Garden in the Islamic and Christian World
June 30–September 23, 2012
This focus show explores the art of gardens and the cross-fertilization of garden imagery between the East and West. Gardens have functioned as spaces of invention, imagination and mythmaking, as well as places of repose and recreation, for different cultures across time. Through a journey into the intimate gardens on the pages of approximately 22 illustrated herbals, poetry, epic and sacred texts from the Walters’ collection of manuscripts and rare books, the exhibition focuses on the transmission, exchange and assimilation of garden imagery and metaphors between the Islamic and Christian worlds in the late medieval and early modern eras. This show will address the image of the garden as an expression of love, power, philosophy, spirituality, knowledge, and the interactive and often performative dimension of imaginary gardens evoked through word and image.
Henry Walters’ Lecacy: The Art of Medicine
Tuesday, May 1, 7–9 p.m.
Director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Gary P. Lees, will recount how 100 years ago Henry Walters endowed this special program combining art and science and how the media of medical illustrators has evolved from beautiful hand drawing to stunning computer imaging.
Lunch & Learn
Assessing the Damage–Japan’s Tsunami-Ravaged Arts and Cultural Sites
Thursday, May 3, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Curator of Asian Art Robert Mintz examines the impact on Japanese arts and culture institutions of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. In addition to examining the initial impact of the event, Mintz will address Japan’s preparedness for natural disasters, the lessons learned from this momentous event and the status of reconstruction efforts within the arts and culture communities.
An Artful Language Exchange
Sunday, May 13, 3–4:30 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.
Un Intercambio Lingüístico y Artístico
El domingo, el 13 de mayo, 3–4:30 p.m.
¿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
Thursday, May 17, 6–8 p.m.
Explore the ancient world of the Americas while enjoying lectures and performances from your local community. During this event, enjoy free admission to the special exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift.
Una Noche para la Comunidad—Arte de las Américas Antiguas
El jueves, el 17 de mayo, 6–8 p.m.
¿Le gustaría explorar el mundo antiguo de las Américas mientras gozando unas lecturas y música de parte de nuestras colaboradoras locales? Si quisiera, venga al Museo Walters para este evento comunitario y pase por la exhibición especial Arte de las Américas Antiguas: La Colección Donada por John Bourne gratis.
Peabody on the Court
Friday, May 4, 12–1 p.m.
This concert features students from the Peabody Harp Department, which continues our partnership with the Peabody Institute. As the season draws to an end, we are proud to conclude our second year presenting this series of dynamic Friday lunchtime concerts.
Game Show at the Walters
Saturday, June 23, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
As the opening event for the exhibition Public Property, the Walters is hosting a game show in the auditorium. Inspired by reality television game shows, this game show will feature the artworks as “contestants”, where the winner is determined by the audience and a small panel of judges. This will be an amusing and unusual evening of art criticism.
Walk-In Gallery Tours
Price: Free, meet in the Centre Street Lobby
Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas tours are free with membership or with paid admission to the exhibition. To verify subjects and times of individual tours, visit www.thewalters.org.
- Sunday, May 6, 1 p.m. Celebrating Women in Art
- Sunday, May 13, 1 p.m. Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift
- Sunday, May 13, 2 p.m. Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift (Tour will be in Spanish)
- Sunday, May 20, 1 p.m. Highlights of the Walters
- Sunday, May 27, 1 p.m. The Chamber of Art and Wonders
- Sunday, June 3, 1 p.m. The Arts of Asia
- Sunday, June 10, 1 p.m. Nineteenth-Century Art
- Sunday, June 17, 1 p.m. Celebrating Men in Art
- Sunday, June 24, 1 p.m. The Chamber of Art and Wonders
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
MAY: Coming Up Roses
Everything is coming up roses, daisies and even vegetables! How does your garden grow? Show us your green thumb this month when we create plant and garden art from paper, wire, felt and more. We’ll provide the supplies; all you need to bring is a fertile imagination.
JUNE: Summer in Japan
Join us in June as we create artwork inspired by a summer day in Japan. Imagine you are wearing a light cotton kimono and listening to the song of cicadas as you create tiny animal sculptures, samurai sword guards, colorful sashes and fantastic sea monsters.
Waltee’s Cubs Baby Program: Colors in Nature
Tuesday, May 8, 1–2 p.m.
NEW! Waltee’s Cubs is our newest program for families with infants and pre-toddlers. 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.
International Family Day
Sunday, June 10, 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
International Family Day highlights the global roots of our community. Join Refugee Youth Project in celebration and enjoy this year’s theme—Explore Global Peace.
Student Art Shows
Worldview Student Art Exhibit
Friday, April 27–Friday, May 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Students from Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City celebrate a year of learning about the art and culture of China. Students’ artwork, inspired by the Walters’ collection, will be on view on the Sculpture Court.
Howard County Student Art Show
Wednesday, May 16–Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Walters Art Museum and Howard County Public Schools celebrate students’ artistic achievements with an exhibition of artwork inspired by the Walters’ collection.
Telling Stories in Art
Thursday, May 17, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Journey through time and explore how stories can be told through art. Students will discuss the parts of a story and literary elements while examining paintings, sculptures and artifacts from the Walters’ collection. Participants will use their imaginations in the galleries and in the studio to create their own work of art that tells a story. There will be separate workshops for ages 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.
General admission to the permanent collection is free. Prices are subject to change and may vary for 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.
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.