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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Candice Breitz

BMA Director Christopher Bedford and Berlin-based, South African artist Candice Breitz talk about her inspiration for the two works, Love Story, which addresses the worldwide refugee crisis, and TLDR, a film about the treatment of sex workers in South Africa. Ms. Breitz's immersive, multi-media installation, Candice Breitz: Too Long, Didn't Read, will be on view at the BMA through January 10, 2021. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Elissa Blount Moorhead

Baltimore-based artist Elissa Blount Moorhead talks with BMA Director Christopher Bedford about Back and Song, her multi-channel video collaboration with cinematographer Bradford Young that explores the pursuit of healing and well-being, especially through music, is at the root of the black experience. Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young: Back and Song is on view at the BMA from September 23, 2020 through January 3, 2021. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Katharina Grosse

German artist Katharina Grosse talks with BMA Director Christopher Bedford about her gallery enveloping fabric and paint installation—her first in a U.S. museum—and describes the immersive experience awaiting visitors. Katharina Grosse: Is It You? is on view at the BMA through June 28, 2020. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ellen Lesperance

Portland, Oregon-based artist Ellen Lesperance talks about her paintings inspired by sweaters worn by activities at the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp, creative non-violence, and her Congratulations and Celebrations Sweater, which is worn for personal acts of courage and posted on Instagram. Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist is on view at the BMA through June 28, 2020. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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.

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