Art Matters "Art Matters" with Baltimore Museum of Art Director Christopher Bedford connects listeners with some of the most interesting and innovative artists working today. As the 10th director of Maryland's largest art museum, Bedford is recognized as a dynamic leader who recognizes the powerful role that art and artists can play in shaping our society.Tune in the first Friday of every month to hear how artists from Baltimore and beyond define themselves and their work.
Art Matters

Art Matters

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"Art Matters" with Baltimore Museum of Art Director Christopher Bedford connects listeners with some of the most interesting and innovative artists working today. As the 10th director of Maryland's largest art museum, Bedford is recognized as a dynamic leader who recognizes the powerful role that art and artists can play in shaping our society.Tune in the first Friday of every month to hear how artists from Baltimore and beyond define themselves and their work.

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Mickalene Thomas

New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas talks with BMA Director Chris Bedford about the recent national and international recognition for black women artists are getting and A Moment's Pleasure, her new immersive new commission that has transformed the BMA's East Lobby into a living room for Baltimore.

Leonardo Drew

BMA Director Christopher Bedford talks to New York-based multi-media artist Leonardo Drew about how the artist gives new life and meaning to the found materials he uses. Mr. Drew also discusses his appreciation and respect for viewers' different interpretations of his art. Works by the artist are on view in Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art at the BMA through January 19. Free admission will be available to everyone November 23 ---- 24 courtesy of Bank of America, and city residents December 14 ---- 15 courtesy of CareFirst.

William T. Williams

Artist William T. Williams talks about his long career as an abstract painter and his role in mentoring the next generation. Works by Williams are on view at the BMA in Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art and Every Day: Selections from the Collection and in New York at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery.

Melvin Edwards

Artist Melvin Edwards talks with BMA Director Christopher Bedford about how his experiences in Africa have influenced his work—including his ongoing Lynch Fragments series—and shares details about his upcoming installation at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Melvin Edwards: Crossroads is on view at the BMA beginning September 29.

Clifford Owens

Photographer and performance artist Clifford Owens talks with BMA Director Christopher Bedford about vulnerable interactions in his performance work, growing up in Baltimore, and the BMA's newly reinstalled contemporary galleries.

Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick

New Orleans-based artists Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick discuss their work documenting the men incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola—including how they began this project more than 30 years ago and the daily struggles for those incarcerated, released, and exonerated. Their photographs are on view in Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick at the BMA through October 27.

Wangechi Mutu

BMA Director Christopher Bedford interviews Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu about her transition from working in collage to bronze sculpture and this moment of success for her and other black female artists. Mutu's Water Woman sculpture is on view at the BMA.

Joyce C. Scott

BMA Director Christopher Bedford talks with Baltimore-based artist Joyce J. Scott about the new exhibition pairing her artwork with that of her mother, Elizabeth Talford Scott, and the legacy of artmaking in her family. Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Stars: Joyce J. Scott and Elizabeth Talford Scott is on view at the BMA May 15-December 1, 2019.

Paul Rucker

BMA Director Christopher Bedford interviews Paul Rucker, an artist determined to create compelling works of art that provoke the mind, body, spirit, and conscience of this ethically embattled world of the 21st century. Their conversation focuses on Paul\u8217\us work and the artist\u8217\us role in addressing social problems.

Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg

BMA Director Christopher Bedford interviews Berlin-based Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg about their creative collaboration making psychologically charged, Surrealist-inspired stop-motion animated films, sculpture, and immersive installations. An exhibition of the artists\u8217\u work is on view at the BMA through May 26, 2019. The artists will be in Baltimore for the next Art After Hours event the evening of Friday, May 24, where Hans will debut selections from his new recording of electronic house music.

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