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Media Calendar for September/October 2012

New Evening Hours: Beginning Oct. 4, the Walters Art Museum will be open every Thursday evening from 5–9 p.m. for Constellation Thursday Nights. Special exhibitions with admission fees will be free during these times.


Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe
October 14, 2012–January 21, 2013
This exhibition explores the wealth of European art to reveal the little known presence of Africans and their descendants in Renaissance society and the many roles—saints, slaves, aristocrats, farmers, artists and diplomats—they played there. Featuring the period from late 1400s to the early 1600s and artists from Gerard David to Peter Paul Rubens, the portraits at the core of this show provide a window on an unsuspected facet of a society deeply impacted by the expanding worldview of the Age of Exploration. This show of approximately 76 works is organized by the Walters and will travel to the Princeton University Art Museum February 16–June 9, 2013.

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 addresses 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. 

African Presence: Student Response
September 15, 2012–February 3, 2013
The Walters Art Museum is working with five middle schools from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County to create a focus show related to the special exhibition Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe on view October 14, 2012–January 21, 2013. An educator visited each school to discuss the themes of the exhibition. The students will create their own artworks, including a mural, diptych, book, mixed-media collages and digital media pieces, in response to portraits in the exhibition.

Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Silversmiths of Yemen
October 27, 2012–January 21, 2013
This focus show of approximately 25 objects celebrates Yemeni-Jewish silverwork from the Zucker Family Trust and the Rosalee C. Davison collections, dating between the 18th and the 19th century. It is the first of two small-scale focus shows exploring Jewish communities of the Islamic world. The aim is to highlight the ways Jews both shared and contributed to Islamic art and culture while maintaining their Jewish identity. From the inception of Islam in the seventh century, Jewish and Muslim communities co-existed in Yemen, although few Jews live there today. Yemeni-Jewish craftsmen created superb silver pieces characterized by elaborate granulation and filigree for Muslims and Jews. The Zucker collection consists of headpieces, bracelets, necklaces and belt buckles as well as daggers for the Muslim elite. Many are dated and carry the name of the Jewish silversmith and Muslim ruler.



Ceramics Class: Coil, Pinch and Slab
Sunday, September 9–23, 1–4p.m.  To register go to or
Price: Members $150; nonmembers $200
Have you ever marveled at the Walters’ Ancient Greek and Roman collection of amazing pottery? Come to the museum to learn the basics of hand built pottery. Your instructor will lead you through the processes of hand building with wet clay, bisque firing, glazing and glaze firing. Join us for all three sessions of this introductory course in ceramics.

Intercambio: Tour in Spanish and English
Sunday, September 23, 3–4:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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.

Book Reading by Debra Spark
Saturday, September 29, 2–3 p.m.
Price: Free
Stop in to the museum’s Sculpture Court while you are visiting the Baltimore Book Festival to hear Debra Spark read from her latest book, The Pretty Girl. This imaginative collection of stories is Spark’s latest work of fiction, which revolves around artists, artistry and the magical, sometimes malicious, deceptions they create.

Lunch and Learn: The Secret Lives of Roman Statues
Thursday, October 4, 12–1 p.m.
Price: Free
During the first decades of the 20th century, Henry Walters purchased several marble statues formed from mismatched ancient heads and bodies conjoined for the purposes of the antiquities market. Bring a light lunch to enjoy while Walters Assistant Curator of Ancient Art Marden Nichols explores the fascinating back story of our ancient Roman statues.

Opening Day Talk: Revealing the African Presence
Sunday, October 14, 2–3 p.m.
Price: Free
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 we know about this time from the art that is left behind, and what these representations can teach us today.

Intercambio: Tour in Spanish and English
Sunday, October 21, 3–4:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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.

Panel Discussion: Revealing the African Presence
Sunday, October 28, 12–4 p.m.
Price: Free
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.


Gala 2012: A Salute to Gary Vikan!
Saturday, October 13, 6 p.m.–12 a.m.
Price: $500 per person; special tables available.
The community will come together to honor Gary Vikan’s nearly three decades of service to the Walters Art Museum. Join us for cocktails on the court, dinner in the galleries, our new exhibition and dancing into the night. This year a portion of the Gala proceeds support free access to the Walters.

pARTy at the Walters
Saturday, October 13, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.
Price: $75
If the Gala is too early, kick up your heels at the pARTy and enjoy an open bar, desserts and dancing on the Sculpture Court.

Day of the Dead Festival
Saturday, October 27, 12–3 p.m.
Price: Free
Come celebrate! This uplifting Mexican holiday celebrates the lives of family and friends who have died. Visitors will enjoy traditional Mexican dance performances, a live mariachi band and art activities for the whole family. Beginning on October 24, you may come to the museum’s Sculpture Court and leave an offering or ofrenda.


Peabody on the Court Music Series
Friday, October 5, 12–1 p.m.
Price: Free
The first Peabody on the Court concert of the fall 2012 season features solo clarinetist, Joel Weszka. This concert is presented through a partnership with the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

Peabody Music and Dance on the Court: Crossing Time and Distance
Sunday, October 21, 1–2 p.m. and 3–4 p.m.
Price: Free
Enjoy an afternoon of beautifully 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 Walters’ Sculpture Court, choreographed by Carol Bartlett, Artistic Director of Peabody Dance.


Monthly Curatorial Tours
Price: Free, no reservations required. Meet at the Center Street Lobby Visitor Services Desk.

Exoticism Salon: Reality vs Fantasy
Saturday, September 1, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Assistant Curator of 18th and 19th Century Art Jo Briggs gives an overview of the installation of 19th-century paintings from the permanent collection that depicts scenes set in the Middle East.

Asian Rocks
Saturday, October 6, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Chief Curator Rob Mintz in a lively conversation and tour that will explore Scholar’s rocks and other objects associated with Chinese Immortal and Scholar traditions. These exotic and evocative natural forms were selected for their individual characters and intriguing shapes.

Walk-In Gallery Tours
Price: Free docent tours, no reservations required. Meet at the Center Street Lobby Visitor Services Desk. To verify subjects and times of individual tours, visit

Sunday, September 2, 1 p.m.                Highlights of the Walters

Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m.                The Art of the Ancient World

Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m.              Castles and Cathedrals

Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m.              The Chamber of Art and Wonders

Sunday, September 30, 1 p.m.              Highlights of the Walters

Sunday, October 7, 1 p.m.                    Medieval and Renaissance Art

Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m.                  Nineteenth Century Art

Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m.                  Highlights of the Walters

Sunday, October 28, 1 p.m.                  The Chamber of Art and Wonders  


Drop-in Art Activities

Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. / no registration required
Price: Free

SEPTEMBER: The Artist’s Toolkit
Calling all artists! Is your toolkit missing some important pieces? Low on lines? Craving color? Trying for texture? You’re in luck! Walters’ artists and museum educators have just what you need. To fully complete your set, visit any weekend in September as we explore the Elements of Art.

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.

Waltee’s Cubs Baby Program: Building Blocks
Tuesday, October 9, 1–2 p.m. Preregistration required.
Price: Members $10, nonmembers $15
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. Cooing and crying are welcome!

FREE Renaissance Family Festival
Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: Free
Travel back in time as we explore art, culture and life during 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, perfect perspective and design your own map. Special guests will use dance, puppetry, video and storytelling to immerse you in the world of the past! Visit the special exhibition, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe, for free.


Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Beginning Oct. 4, the Walters will be open every Thursday evening from 5–9 p.m. for Constellation Thursday Nights.

General admission is free. Prices are subject to change and may vary for special exhibitions.

Beginning Oct. 4, special exhibitions with admission fees will be free on Thursday evenings from 5–9 p.m.

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.