Postcards From the Walters
Each week, former Director Gary Vikan explored the cultural and historical treasures of the museum. Postcards From the Walters is a weekly radio segment, on Baltimore's WYPR radio and also available as a podcast. The segment features stories about the lives and the collection that make the legends of the Walters Art Museum. Catch the next broadcast, on Monday morning at 9:35 a.m.
April 12th, 2010
While rummaging through an art gallery in Paris more than 40 years ago, James O'Toole noticed a painting of grey clad troops marching past a column on a rainy day.
February 18, 2010
Marc talks with Gary Vikan, Director of the Walters Art Museum, Stephen Fisher, Collector, and Robert Mintz, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Walters about their new exhibit, highlighting Japanese Cloisonne Enamels from the Stephen W. Fisher Collection.
November 30, 2009
I love to give after-hours tours of the Walters for small groups, but over the years I've tried to follow two rules.
November 23, 2009
Henry Walters' enormous gift of 1931.
November 16, 2009
Henry Walters probably was pleased, but we'll never know. He was, after all, almost pathologically shy.
November 9, 2009
It appears that he has not shaved for several days and he looks very tired.
November 6, 2009
Ahead of Gary Vikan's public discussion with Noah Charney at the Walters on November 7, WYPR invited him to preview the topics in an on-air chat with Noah (by phone) for their Maryland Morning segment. Noah Charney is the author of the novel The Art Thief and director of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art.
November 2, 2009
Their answer was both quick and unequivocal: 'No way is the Rubens Vase going to Australia!' 'Why?' I asked. 'Blind Cracks,' they said.
October 26, 2009
There are times in the life of any museum when things are just not what they should be.
October 19, 2009
Walters curators are known for their creative ways of presenting the past.
October 12, 2009
There are lots of things about being a museum director that are unexpected, in some cases simply fun.
October 5, 2009
The next time you enter the Walters Art Museum by way of its original bronze doors on North Charles Street, stop at the threshold and look around for a minute. My guess is that you'll be struck by two quite contradictory feelings.
September 28, 2009
That tip of the right foot of Jesus had come off before!
September 21, 2009
It's rare for an art museum to become the stage for a political protest.
September 7, 2009
Baltimore is blessed with two historical art museums with complementary collections.
August 31, 2009
In October 1997, Baltimore and the Walters were honored to receive a very special guest.
August 25, 2009
Henry Walters and JP Morgan were two of the greatest financiers and art collectors of America's "Gilded Age."
August 20, 2009
Both father and son--William T. and Henry Walters—loved academic paintings.
August 17, 2009
Before there was The Walters, there was The Walters Public Bath.
August 10, 2009
What does Elvis Presley have to do with the Walters?