Imaging Home is an innovative thematic exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art that brings a refreshing examination of art through interaction, technology, and interpretation. Along with the upcoming opening celebration this Sunday, the BMA announced receiving a $3 million gift, the largest individual gift ever given to the museum. “In recognition of this tremendous generosity and inspirational philanthropy, the suite of educational spaces you are about to see will forever be known as the Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center”, according to the BMA Board of Trustees Chair, Clair Zamoiski Segal.
“Home is something about which everyone has an experience, a feeling, an opinion,” according to Gamynne Guillotte, Director of Interpretation and Public Engagement. Guillotte along with Oliver Shell, Associate Curator of European Painting & Sculpture, organized the exhibit after collaborating with other curators, educators and designers. They went through a long sifting process to see what would create a coherent presentation, selecting more than 30 artworks from across the BMA collection. “We knew we wanted the Cheney Miniatures, because they are extremely popular and would draw people in,” Shell stated. The Cheney Miniature Rooms are architectural interiors constructed by Eugene Kupjack, who crafted realistic miniature interiors in one-twelfth scale. Four of his miniature rooms are on display.
Throughout the exhibit, the theme of what home means to the viewer is presented through various art pieces, interactions with videos, soundscapes, and with hands-on experiences in the Commons Collaboration Room, and the Studio. For the unique soundscapes project, Jessica Keyes, Manager of Interpretation, demonstrated how unobtrusive speakers are mounted over six of the pieces of art to immerse the viewer in a “gentle shower of ambient sound.” While looking at the photography of Sophia’s Diary, Harford County, Maryland (1936-1937), visitors hear the quiet sounds of footsteps on the stairs, a clock ticking, and doors opening and closing inside the actual house, recorded this past summer.
Guests are challenged to think of what home means to them from selected works dating from the 4th century BCE to the present. “People have very personal connections, thoughts and feeling about home, by the same token home is a subject that is large enough that it can start to encompass some of the larger social and political issues around the nation,” Guillotte explained. She stated how through the exhibit Imagining Home , “we can talk about vacancies in the city of Baltimore, we can talk about housing security, we can talk about the zoning that creates our physical and domestic environment, and we can unpack issues about migration”
Also during the opening celebration, there will be a number of activities happening throughout the day to include; music, dance, and a photo booth with a unique twist. If you like hands-on art activities Jessica Braiterman will be conducting art projects for visitors. On the agenda of crafts are a house of cards, doormat refrigerator magnets and more in the Studio education room.
Join the opening celebration at the Museum, located at 10 Art Museum Drive in Baltimore this Sunday, October 25th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and enjoy the many special activities scheduled. The exhibit and events are free.