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Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD 21218-3898)
Kathryn Gunsch (Project Director: January 2013 to present)

Engaging New Installation of African Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art

Implementation of the reinstallation of the African art collection and related digital interpretive tools.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) requests an implementation grant to support a major reinstallation of its outstanding African art collection, to open in spring 2015. Developed with an NEH planning grant, it will advance the BMA's strategic priority of building a dynamic artistic program around collection strengths. Under the leadership of Dr. Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch, Associate Curator of African Art, this reinstallation will represent the full scope of the collection in a gallery triple the size, in an environment that promotes reflection, inquiry, and close engagement with the art. Free admission, instituted in 2006, will ensure accessibility to a broad and diverse audience. The BMA is home to one of the earliest and most important African art collections in the United States. The Museum holds more than 2,100 objects from ancient Egypt to contemporary Zimbabwe, ranging from items produced for performances, royal courts, and religious use to pieces created for the art market.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$275,000 (approved)
$275,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2015