Security guards at the Baltimore Museum of Art will be hosting its next major exhibit.
That’s right. According to a recent press release, the museum will launch an aptly named exhibition titled “Guarding the Art”, which will feature works from the BMA archives, chosen by guards with the help of art historian and curator Dr Lowery Stokes Sims. And the purpose of this exhibition? To provide “a particularly human-centered lens through which to view objects” of people who spend all day around them.
“Our security guards spend more time in our galleries and live among our collection than any other staff member at the institution,” explained Christopher Bedford of BMA. “It is their perspectives, perspectives and relationships with art and their daily interactions with our visitors that will set the stage for ‘Keeping Art’ to be an exceptional experience.”
Originally designed earlier this year as part of BMA’s commitment to diversity by Chief Curator Dr Asma Naeem, the 17 Guards – many of whom “are also artists, conductors, musicians , academics and writers “- come” from a wide range of backgrounds and interests “, which is apparently reflected in the wide-ranging exhibit that spans eras, genres, cultures and mediums. were asked to participate are Traci Archable-Frederick, Jess Bither, Ben Bjork, Ricardo Castro, Melissa Clasing, Bret Click, Alex Dicken, Kellen Johnson, Michael Jones, Rob Kempton, Chris Koo, Alex Lei, Dominic Mallari, Dereck Mangus, Sara Ruark, Joan Smith and Elise Tensley.
Admittedly, the press release also indicates that special emphasis will be placed on the lesser-known works of the BMA’s collection. For now, several works on display have already been announced, although the exhibition is apparently thematically concerned with the passage of time.
“Guarding the Art” debuts in March 2022. Until then, you can read more about the exhibition here.
Painting by Max Beckmann / Courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art
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