October 30 Community Day features a live-streamed conversation with acclaimed author Isabel Wilkerson, sponsored by the Open Society Institute-Baltimore
November 3 Stoop Storytelling event features tales of modern-day migration
BALTIMORE, MD (October 17, 2022)—The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced two special programs celebrating the public opening of A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration, a groundbreaking exhibition with newly commissioned works by 12 of the most acclaimed artists working today. The Community Day on Sunday, October 30, from 1 to 5 p.m., includes free admission to the exhibition, artmaking with Safiyah Cheatam, a dance performance by Moving History, on-site participation in the Legacies of the Great Migration Interactive, and light fare from H3irloom Food Group and Mera Kitchen Collective.
At 4 p.m., the BMA partners with Open Society Institute-Baltimore (OSI) to host a virtual conversation with acclaimed author Isabel Wilkerson, who wrote the award-winning book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Wilkerson will share her perspectives on the Great Migration and its relevance to present-day migration via Zoom for the audience in the BMA’s auditorium and for a limited number of participants online. Registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance. This event is part of OSI’s Talking About Race series, which first featured Wilkerson in 2011. The recording is not permitted.
On Thursday, November 3, Baltimore’s popular Stoop Storytelling Series comes to the BMA for “Movement in Every Direction: Stories about Modern-Day Migration.” This free event features a variety of speakers who tell seven-minute true tales about escape and exodus, oppression and opportunity, resettlement and regeneration—and the profound act of making a home away from home. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Visit artbma.org for more information and to register.
A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration is a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the profound impact of a pivotal time in American history through the perspectives of 12 acclaimed contemporary artists. Akea Brionne, Mark Bradford, Zoë Charlton, Larry W. Cook, Torkwase Dyson, Theaster Gates Jr., Allison Janae Hamilton, Leslie Hewitt, Steffani Jemison, Robert Pruitt, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, and Carrie Mae Weems were commissioned to make new works that reflect on their connections to the South, migration, ancestry, and land. The exhibition encompasses an extraordinary range of paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos, sound, and immersive installations that connect past and present. The exhibition is on view from October 30, 2022, through January 29, 2023