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Visual arts best bet: BMA to reopen renovated wing
The 20th and 21st centuries have never looked so good.
On Nov. 18, the Baltimore Museum of Art will reopen its strikingly redesigned Contemporary Wing after a 20-month closure, marking the end of the first phase of a $24.5 million renovation. The 16 galleries in the 35,000-square-foot wing will feature works by such artists as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg alongside more than a dozen new pieces by some of today's most innovative artists.
Visitors will find two new interactive galleries and a black-box chamber created to showcase light, sound and moving image works, such as an 11-minute video by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. The film, titled "A Man Screaming Is Not a Dancing Bear," is set in a New Orleans leveled by Hurricane Katrina.
And there's more -- a site-specific installation by Sarah Oppenheimer that involves smashing through the museum's ceiling, walls and floor. It should be, quite literally, ground-breaking.
The Contemporary Wing reopens Nov. 18 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. Call 443-573-1700 or go to www.artbma.org.
-- Mary Carole McCauley
September 12, 2012