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Art in our town December 28, 2006

Posted by sneaks in display topics, winter.
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Winter is a great time to spend a quiet (or not-so-quiet) afternoon at one of Baltimore’s world-class museums. Here’s a survey of the special exhibitions our patrons might be sampling this month:

American Visionary Art Museum: Home and Beast. “A lively exploration of our very notion of ‘home’ and an artful lovesong to all of the animals, real and imaginary, in our lives.” Outsider art, 709. Animals, 590. Home, 728.

Baltimore Museum of Art: Meditations on African Art: Light “focuses on the importance of light to the interpretation of African art. Varying light levels in the galleries will reveal African art objects as they were meant to be seen… works of art whose materials are mean to dazzle the eye during sunlit performances, and pieces intended for the shadows or nighttime performances.” 709.6

George Peabody Library: Yet Another One! : HL Mencken. “This exhibition offers an intriguing new view of writer and journalist H.L. Mencken through the personal and often humorous inscriptions in books, pamphlets and other gifts he gave to friends and family.” B M

Homewood House Museum: Feathers, Fins, and Fur: The Pet in Early Maryland. Opens January 4 – should be a lively one! 636

Howard Community College: Russian Realism: Stalin to Perestroika 1935-1989. “A rare opportunity to view and learn about masterpieces from the longest sustained representational art movement in the 20th century.” 759.7 

Walters Art Museum: Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. Egyptian amulets, scarabs, figurines and ritual objects. 932

Walters Art Museum: Courbet/Not Courbet. Can you spot the forgeries? The exhibition Courbet and the Modern Landscape lets the viewer decide whether works of the Impressionist painter Gustave Courbet are real or fake. 759.4

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