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Now at Baltimore Museums: Winter 2013

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This winter, museums around Baltimore's show no sign of hibernation. From the National Aquarium to the Baltimore Museum of Art, these institutions have full calendars of exhibitions, workshops, and other programming. It'd be a shame to miss all that these museums have to offer.

Want more art? Be sure to check individual art galleries in Baltimore as well as the full list of Baltimore art museums for additional exhibitions and programming.

Matisse's Dancers
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Through Sunday, February 24
Admission: Free
More than 30 dance-themed prints, drawings, and sculptures by master artist Henri Matisse are on display at The Baltimore Museum of Art. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a recently acquired series of 11 transfer lithographs of a dancer moving through various positions. The museum will also host the following family activities centered around the exhibition:
  • Sunday, January 6: Create a Clay Sculpture
  • Sunday, January 13: Build a Matisse-Inspired Wire and Fabric Sculpture
  • Sunday, January 20: Make an Oil Pastel of Dancers
  • Sunday, January 27: Family Tour: Capturing the Body in Motion, 2-2:45 p.m.
While you're there, be sure to also check out the museum's newly renovated Contemporary Art Wing.

The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth
Through Sunday, September 1, 2013
American Visionary Art Museum
Admission: $15.95 (adults), $13.95 (seniors), $9.95 (students/children), free for children under six
Visual narratives by more than 30 artists will be showcased at the AVAM's eighteenth annual thematic exhibition, which will use the raw power of visual storytelling as inspiration. Works include embroidery, diorama, sculpture, film, graffiti, PostSecret confessions, and more.

Paradise Imagined: The Garden in the Islamic and Christian World
Through Sunday, September 23
The Walters Art Museum
Admission: Free
In cultures all over the world and across time, gardens have long functioned as spaces of invention, imagination, and myth-making. This exhibition explores the art of gardens, looking at the cross-fertilization of garden imagery between the East and West.

Texture: The Person and Nature
Friday, January 11 through Saturday, March 9
School 33 Art Center
Admission: Free
This exhibition will feature drawings, paintings, and sculptures that emphasize a variety of interwoven and distinctive textures. Artists include George-Ann Bowers, Jenny Zoe Casey, Erin Fostel, Mia Halton, Sandra Jane Heard, Magnolia Laurie, and Kenneth Yee. An opening reception will take place Friday, January 11, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Defining Moments: An Exhibition of Works by Bryan Collier
Sunday, January 13 through Sunday, May 26
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History
Admisson: $8 adults; $6 seniors, youth, and college students; free for children 6 and under and Maryland teachers
See work by award-winning illustrator and Maryland native Bryan Collier, whose artistic style infuses both watercolors and collage. The exhibition is organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.

Thousand Little Brothers
Thursday, January 24 through Saturday, March 23
Maryland Art Place, Power Plant Live! complex
Admission: Free
Artist Hasan Elahi, a former subject of an intensive FBI investigation, developed a tracker to disclose every bit of information about him. In this installation, the artist displays more than 50,000 images and screenshots of his financial data, communications records, and transportation logs that he collected during a yearlong period. The exhibition critiques contemporary investigative techniques, while at the same time embracing surveillance for the subject's own protection.

The Wizard of Oz
Saturday, January 26 through Sunday, September 15
Port Discovery Children's Museum
Admission: $13.95 (free for military personnel and veterans)
Follow Dorothy and Toto on the yellow brick road to the first ever educational exhibition based on the beloved movie classic, The Wizard of Oz. Climb the Wicked Witch's castle, watch memorable movie clips, learn about farming at Gale Farm, solve puzzles at Professor Marvel's wagon, experience Dorothy's bedroom as it spins through a tornado, talk like a munchkin, and more.

On Paper: Drawings from the Cohen Collection
Wednesday, February 13 through Sunday, August 25
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Admission: Free
In this exhibition, 16 figurative paintings suggest a resurgence of surrealism among a young generation of artists.

From Room: Surreal Series
Wednesday, February 20 through Sunday, June 9
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Admission: Free
This exhibition features 20 drawings by artists working in conceptual and Minimalist styles. Highlights include works by Carl Andre, Mel Bochner, Bruce Nauman, Hamish Fulton, Robert Smithson, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Olafur Eliasson.

Black Box: Raqs Media Collective
Wednesday, February 27 through Sunday, June 16
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Admission: Free
In collaboration The Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore Museum of Art will present two video artworks by the New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective that reinterpret historical and romantic images of India for contemporary consideration.
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