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Media Calendar for July/August 2012


Public Property
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. From Dec. 2011–March 2012, a series of public choices were made, from deciding the exhibition title and theme, to selecting artworks.

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, the public selected the works of art to include in the exhibition. While on view, visitors will continue to contribute to, and change, this exhibition. 


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.

The Two Planets - Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
August 11November 18, 2012
In the short film vignettes of The Two Planets (Dow Song Duang), the farmers of small Thai villages discuss several classic works of modern European painting while artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook fixes her camera on them. The farmers’ spontaneous comments are translated into subtitles while the audio track conveys their lighthearted enjoyment and social interaction. Contemplated outside of a museum in this atypical context, unexpected aspects of the works are illuminated as are conventions of viewing and interpretation that have come to be central features of the Western experience of art. This film demonstrates universality and cultural specificity as they relate to encounters with works of art. 



Closing Party for the Public Property Exhibition
Saturday, August 11, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Price: Free
Pick up a map of monuments and public art around Baltimore when you visit Public Property. Throughout the summer, explore the city, and take your own photos to share and build an online archive on Wikipedia. Then join us at the museum for the final closing event of Public Property, when we will have an upload party, share photos and celebrate. Come have a drink, watch a Creature Feature film and experience the experiment one last time!


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

To verify subjects and times of individual tours, visit

Sunday, July 1, 1 p.m.                        Collection Highlights
Sunday, July 8, 1 p.m.                        Italian Paintings
Sunday, July 15, 1 p.m.                      Vive La France! French Art
Sunday, July 22, 1 p.m.                      East Meets West, Asian and European Art
Sunday, July 29, 1 p.m.                      Nineteenth-Century Art
Sunday, August 5, 1 p.m.                   Art of the Ancient World
Sunday, August 12, 1 p.m.                 Collection Highlights
Sunday, August 19, 1 p.m.                 Nineteenth Century Art
Sunday, August 26, 1 p.m.                 Medieval Art


For more information or to register by phone, call (410) 547-9000, ext. 300 or email (unless otherwise noted).

Drop-in Art Activities
Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. / no registration required
Price: Free

JULY: Americana Beautiful
Price: Free

Raise the flag high as we celebrate all things American. Apple pie, baseball and grand landscapes—think about what symbolizes America for you. This month we’ll paint landscapes from sea to shining sea, create impressive self portraits and design delightful neighborhood dioramas.

Art projects and gallery activities are available in weekly sessions, either morning or full-day, taught by professional artists and educators. Visit for full class descriptions and registration information.

July 26
1st–2nd Grade: Ladies, Knights & Dragons
3rd–5th Grade: Enchanted Towers

July 913
1st–2nd Grade:  Heroic Adventures
3rd–5th Grade: Heroes, Myths & Mortals

July 1620
1st–2nd Grade: Painting Party!
3rd–5th Grade: Splish-Splash Masterpieces

July 2327
1st–2nd Grade: Forest Friends
3rd–5th Grade: A Nature Walk

The Artists Studio Experience
Participants will create observational drawings based on individually selected themes and objects in the museum. They will create sketchbooks for daily use in the galleries and studios, experiment using a variety of drawing materials and styles, as well as complete several large final drawings for inclusion in their portfolios. The group will discuss historical and contemporary art, examine professional artists’ portfolios and exercise individual and group critiques.

Price: Members: $150; nonmembers: $280 

July 30–August 3
6th–8th Grade: The 3rd Dimension
9th–12th Grade: Drawing

August 6–August 10
6th–8th Grade: Observational Drawing
9th–12th Grade: Drawing & Painting


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 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 prior to the date of the program to confirm.