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MORTALS & MYTHS IN ANCIENT GREECE October 11, 2009–January 3, 2010
from the director
Dear Members: Why does someone become a member of the Walters? To judge from the spike in new memberships during our popular Maps exhibition last year, some members see the logic of a financial benefit. After all, a Walters membership offers free admission to ticketed exhibitions, like Maps and Bedazzled, as well as discounts in our Museum Store and at a number of Mount Vernon’s renowned restaurants. Moreover, for our higher level members there is reciprocal free admission to many other museums like the Walters all over the country. By this line of reasoning a Walters membership very quickly pays for itself in free admission to special exhibitions and in discounts in our store and at local restaurants. And there is the out-of-town value as well: someone once told me that he and his wife more than paid for their Walters membership in one weekend of free museum admission to museums in New York City. I am thankful for those among our members who have joined for those very logical reasons. But as we enter the 50th anniversary year of Walters membership, I want to shift gears slightly and ask: why do some of you remain members of the Walters for a lifetime? Year in and year out, nearly 70% among you say, “yes, we renew.” And so I ask, why? Why do some of you remain with us not year to year, but decade to decade? There are probably many reasons, and I welcome your responses— which I promise to share in these very pages in future issues. But in the meantime, I will offer my own guess. My guess is that you value what we at the Walters—both staff and volunteers—value: namely, excellence. And by that I mean not only excellence in the traditional Walters sense of scholarship, but excellence as well in how we all strive to create a first-rate experience for our visitors, as we celebrate the great collection with which we are entrusted. But we also strive to create value for our community as we strive to enrich the lives of Baltimoreans—children and families—those whom our founder Henry Walters charged us to serve in his will when he used the phrase “for the benefit of the public.” I truly believe that those many among you who stick with us from year to year value what we do to realize that goal, and want to be part of it. You want to affiliate—with excellence in art and scholarship, and with excellence in public service. For this, I thank you. And I welcome you to remain our partners in the months and years ahead. Yes, this is a great museum—for what it has always had, and for what it has always strived to be. Sincerely,
Dr. Gary Vikan
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In 1961, members enjoyed a lecture by an art critic from the New York Times.
the walters art museum board of trustees 2009 -2010 Andrea B. Laporte, Chair Peter L. Bain, President Ellen N. Bernard, Vice-President Thomas S. Bozzuto, Vice-President James H. Degraffenreidt, Jr., Vice-President Douglas W. Hamilton, Jr., Vice-President Dr. Hervey (Peter) S. Stockman, Jr., Vice-President Frank K. Turner, Jr., Treasurer Dr. Gary K. Vikan, Director, Secretary Calvin H. Baker Neal D. Borden C. Sylvia Brown H. Ward Classen Rosalee C. Davison Michael De Havenon Cynthia L. Egan Philip D. English Christine M. Espenshade Jonathan M. Fishman Bruce W. Fleming Guy E. Flynn John Gilmore Ford Michael B. Glick The Honorable C. Yvonne Holt-Stone Kyle Prechtl Legg Mary C. Mangione Stanley Mazaroff Patricia B. Modell Charles J. Nabit Marilyn A. Pedersen William H. Perkins George K. Reynolds, III John R. Rockwell Edward L. Rosenberg Nancy R. Sasser Judy Van Dyke Mary Baily Wieler
The Honorable Sheila H. Dixon The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake The Honorable Martin J. O’malley The Honorable James T. Smith, Jr. The Honorable Ken Ulman Rosemary Eck Margaret Z. Ferguson Constance J. Fitzpatrick Laura L. Freedlander Elaine M. Garven Marco K. Merrick Tom J. Noonan Sharon Paul Diana Ulman
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Dr. Robert S. Feinberg Samuel K. Himmelrich, Sr. Bernard Manekin Cynthia R. Mead William L. Paternotte Adena W. Testa Jay M. Wilson
inter national adv isory board Dr. James Michael Bradburne Wendyce H. Brody Eddie C. Brown Dr. Myrna Bustani Constance R. Caplan Sam Fogg Laura L. Freedlander Joel Goldfrank Bruce Livie Dr. James Marrow Dwight Platt George Roche Paul Ruddock The Honorable Paul Sarbanes Donald J. Shepard George M. Sherman John And Marisol Stokes John Waters, Jr. Dr. Daniel H. Weiss Benjamin B. Zucker
The Walters Art Museum brings art and people together for enjoyment, discovery, and learning. We strive to create a place where people of every background can be touched by art. We are committed to exhibitions and programs that will strengthen and sustain our community.
The WALTERS magazine
2 Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece
What makes someone a hero or heroine? This special exhibition explores this question while examining how heroes were worshiped in ancient Greece.
Development Learn how you can become involved through endowments, annual giving, and special groups.
8 Membership Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Walters’ Membership Program!
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The Walters Magazine, Vol. 62, No. 3 Published by the Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Mindy Riesenberg, Editor Tony Venne, Designer Susan Tobin, Art Photography Please send membership questions to email@example.com Please send editorial comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
corrections: In the May–August 2009 issue, two errors were made. On page 5, we mistakenly identified Meg Craft as Elissa O’Loughlin in the photo. And on page 9, it should read “Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Bair,” not “Blair.”
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Facing Page: Head of Polyphemos, Roman, first or second century ce, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, museum purchase with funds donated in honor of Edward W. Forbes. 63.120. Photograph © 2009 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This page: Medallion with Bust of Alexander the Great, Roman (probably struck in Macedonia), ca. 218–235 ce, The Walters Art Museum, 59.1
HEROES Mortals & Myths in Ancient Greece
sabine albersmeier, associate cur ator of ancient art
What makes somebody a hero or heroine? There is no easy answer to this question—either in ancient Greece or in modern times. This special exhibition examines what was expected of ancient Greek heroes, how they were worshiped, and how they were portrayed in the arts. It showcases more than 100 stunning objects including statues, reliefs, vases, bronzes, coins, jewelry, and gems, from national and international collections such a s t he Nat ion a l A rcha eolog ic a l Museum in Athens, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine A r ts, Boston, a nd t he Sta at l iche Museen in Berlin. Greek heroes a nd heroines are known to us today primarily through the epics, which recount their lives and deeds, and these stories still resonate with modern audiences. To the Greeks, however, they were not fictional protagonists invented by a storyteller; they were mortals who had lived, died, and were worthy of worship. The life cycles of four major figures in myth are presented in the first part of the exhibition: Herakles, the strong hero-god; Helen, the eternal beauty; Achilles, the hot-tempered warrior; and Odysseus, the cunning traveler. The artists illustrated every aspect of a hero’s life, from birth to death. In a large variety of scenes and media, they highlighted their greatest deeds, their failures, comical aspects, and private moments with family and friends. Agony and glory often occur side by side, as heroes overcome obstacles, sometimes relying on support from friends or gods. Many heroes are defined by their adversaries, the monsters or warriors they kill in battle. The deeds of a hero or heroine could be illustrated by artists in great detail or brought into focus as a single iconic image that summarized the whole story. Heroes and heroines were admired and worshiped in ancient Greece, but their heroic status could differ greatly from present-day soldiers, athletes, or ordinary people we call heroes because of their deeds and personal qualities. Greek heroes had to die in order to achieve true heroic
status, and their worship often had nothing to do with a virtuous life or heroic deeds. Unlike the death of an ordinary mortal, a hero’s death marks a transcendance to heroic status—he or she attained superhuman powers that demanded cult worship. Some heroes were invoked for the benefits and aid they bestowed on their worshipers, such as healing or protection, while others had to be appeased as they haunted communities. The second section of the exhibition introduces the multitude of heroes and heroines worshiped all over Greece not known to us from epic or drama but through cult objects and funerary architecture commemorating individuals whose names and deeds are often entirely lost to us. Certain votive reliefs are associated with these hero cults, which depict a hero and ⁄ or heroine and a dedicant or a group of worshipers in various settings. The Greeks held festivals in their honor, performed rituals and sacrifices, gave them offerings, and asked for favors in return. Votive objects like bronze and terracotta statuettes, armor, and vessels were placed at a hero’s tomb or shrine. A large-scale replica of a Herakles shrine will help to transport museum visitors to an ancient cult site. The exhibition’s final section highlights several social cohorts for whom heroes and heroines served as models of behavior and by which they measured their achievements. Like Achilles, a Greek soldier knew he had to risk his life for honor and glory. In the arts, every step of his journey is documented: he receives the armor, he girds for war, he bids farewell to his family, he fights in battle, and he returns in glory or dies heroically. The strength and prowess of Herakles was a paradigm for Greek athletes in training and competition. Many competed in games held all over Greece, which often were founded as funerary games or in honor of a local hero. Helen, though an ambiguous heroine, was revered for her remarkable beauty and divine birth, and she was emulated especially by brides in wedding scenes. With the rise of the Hellenistic age, Alexander the Great and his successors appropriated Greek heroes for their own veneration and propaganda.
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The Walters Art Museum would like to give a special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Angelos, who have made an extremely generous gift that enables us to offer the exhibition Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece free of charge. It is through the support and generosity of patrons like the Angelos’ that we continue to serve our mission of bringing art and people together for enjoyment, discovery, and learning.
many thanks to the members of the exhibition committee for their advocacy and support of the heroes exhibition.
Mr. and Mrs. Apostolos P. Agathoklis Dr. and Mrs. Aristides C. Alevizatos Dr. and Mrs. Paul M. Apostolo Mr. and Mrs. Andrew A. J. Chriss Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Courpas Ms. Phoebe Stein Davis Mr. and Mrs. Spero Demetrides Ms. Mitsie Doccolo Ms. Gayle V. Economos Professor Georgia Economou we gratefully acknowledge the Mr. and Mrs. Edward Feltham, Jr. many generous gifts that have Mrs. Laura K. Freedlander made this exhibition possible: Mr. Constantine Grimaldis Ms. Helen Johns Alexander S. Onassis Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Kambouris Public Benefit Foundation (usa) Dr. and Mrs. Avraam C. Karas Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Angelos Ms. Evelyn A. Karas The Samuel H. Kress Foundation Mrs. Christine K. Lambrou Women’s Committee Mr. and Mrs. George D. Lintzeris of the Walters Art Museum Mr. Harry Maistros Mr. and Mrs. Hervey S. Stockman, Jr. Mr. Harry B. Marcoplos Bank of America Mr. Aris Melissaratos Charitable Foundation Archimandrite Constantine Moralis Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Dr. and Mr. Robert P. Padousis Mrs. Stephanie White Trivas Mr. and Mrs. Harry P. Pappas Mrs. Laura K. Freedlander Mr. Stephen Plakotoris Mr. and Mrs. James H. Moshovitis Dr. and Mrs. William P. Prevas Mr. and Mrs. Harry P. Pappas The Honorable Paul S. Sarbanes Mr. and Mrs. Marinos Svolos Mrs. Marilyn Scher The Paige Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Spyros Stavrakas Dr. and Mrs. Paul M. Apostolo Mr. and Mrs. Marinos Svolos Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Courpas Ms. Betsey Todd Ms. Gayle V. Economos Ms. Stephanie White Trivas Mr. and Mrs. Edward Feltham, Jr. Mr. Constantine M. Triantafilou Mrs. Christine K. Lambrou Dr. and Mrs. Savas Tsakiris Mrs. Marilyn Scher Ms. Georgia Vavas
Dueling Warriors, ca. 530 bce, The Walters Art Museum, 48.223
The exhibition will be accompanied by a 328-page catalogue with 106 color entries, including nearly 60 objects from the Walters’ collection. Featuring ten essays by leading authorities in the field, it draws on recent archaeological, literary, and art historical research to explore such issues as gender, cult, and iconography, as well as overlooked aspects of familiar and unfamiliar heroes. The catalogue is published by the Walters Art Museum and distributed by Yale University Press. Heroes is dedicated to the memory of Christine Dunbar Sarbanes (1935–2009), a true and abiding hero of our time. Heroic in her commitment to the Walters Art Museum, she was a compassionate advocate for the audiences we strive to serve. Heroes is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The planning and implementation of this exhibition have been generously supported by grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The exhibition cata logue received a leadership grant from the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (usa). The presentation in Baltimore has been made possible by the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, and generous individual donors.
Art on Purpose: Top left: Photograph by VoxEfx Bottom left: Herakles as a Youth, Roman copy after a Hellenistic original, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung, Sk 188; Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulterbesitz / Art Resources, NY (Johannes Laurentius) Top right: Drawing by a new immigrant about experiences related to Odysseus.
Heroes in Our Midst Collaboration
Annual Gala A Night in the Museum October 17, 2009 6 p.m.–midnight
Cocktails with Heroes and Heroines Dinner in the Galleries Dancing on the Sculpture Court $375 per person ⁄ $100 9–midnight After Party For more information call 410-547-9000, ext. 212
Aegean Evening III Friday, October 30 7:30–11:30 p.m. $125 per person Presented by the Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City Committee in support of the Friends of the Ancient Collection, Aegean Evening III celebrates the Heroes exhibition with a true Greek party! Featuring Greek music and Greek delicacies, the party’s Honorary Chairs are Dr. Gary Vikan and Aris Melissaratos. For tickets, contact Ms. Georgia Vavas at 410-583-0068 or email@example.com or Ms. Vasi Karas at 410-252-5283 or vlkaras@ aol.com.
nspired by the Walters’ Heroes exhibition, Art on Purpose will present Heroes in Our Midst, a project about modern-day Baltimore individuals who share attributes with ancient Greek heroes. Art on Purpose, an organization dedicated to using art to bring people together around issues and ideas, will present a series of exhibitions and events in partnership with the Walters to explore, uncover, and celebrate the lives of contemporary Baltimore heroes. The first exhibition, A Thousand Ships, will be on view September 16 to November 8, 2009, and is based on the heroism of Helen of Troy. It will celebrate 12 individuals in Baltimore public schools whose inherent charisma has had a lifealtering impact on those who come to know them. The second exhibition, Twenty Years of Wandering, will be on view November 11, 2009 to January 3, 2010, and is about the Odysseus-like heroism it takes for refugees, immigrants, and the homeless to survive and thrive in Baltimore. It will feature artwork created by clients of several Baltimore social service organizations that serve the homeless and refugee populations. Both exhibitions are on view in the Level 4 Temporary Exhibitions gallery.
heroes in our midst community events Contact Art on Purpose at 410-243-4750 for more information.
a thousand ships Sunday, October 25, 2–5 p.m. Free Centre Street, 4th Floor, 2–3 p.m. Auditorium, 3–4 p.m. Renaissance Court, 4–5 p.m. Join Art on Purpose in celebration of twelve “heroes” of Baltimore City Public Schools. Presentations by Andres Alonso, ceo of Baltimore City Public Schools, and Helene Coccagna, Walters Research Fellow. Supported by the Paige Family Foundation.
twenty years of wandering Sunday, December 6 and 13, 2–5 p.m. Free Centre Street, 4th Floor, 2–3 p.m. Auditorium, 3–4 p.m. Renaissance Court, 4–5 p.m. Celebrate the Odysseus-like journeys of immigrants and the homeless. Hear presentations by Gustavo Torres, founding director of CASA de Maryland, Jeff Singer, director of Healthcare for the Homeless, and Helene Coccagna, Walters Research Fellow.
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A Foundation and a Future for the Walters Art Museum
ultural institutions as well as individuals felt the pain of the stock market’s freefall during the fall of 2008. As the economic crisis developed, the Board of Trustees and the senior staff of the museum knew two facts: they would have to plan prudently since the income from the Walters endowment would be reduced by 27% for the next few years, and they also were fortunate that the Walters would still be able to count on income from the endowment during the downturn. As more fragile institutions succumbed to financial hardship, the leaders of the Walters knew the Walters’ endowment would provide a stable source of revenue to not only survive the downturn, but to continue to plan for the future. The Walters Art Museum is fortunate that many friends and supporters have contributed to the general endowment or have established named endowments that further the museum’s mission of bringing art and people together for enjoyment, discovery, and learning. From Henry Walters’ bequest of a quarter of his fortune to establish the endowment, to current gifts and bequests, gifts to the endowment provide stability for the future. Endowed gifts are increasingly important. They ensure that the financial support for the museum’s work in conservation, education, and scholarship continue. Increasingly, new gifts to the Walters’ endowment have the ability to help fund exhibition planning, program support, and technology. How do you make a gift to the Walters endowment? An endowment gift can resonate for generations in the life of an institution, since the principal of the gift is invested and managed even
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The William T. Walters Association An enthusiastic and tireless group of volunteers, the William T. Walters Association is dedicated to helping the Walters raise funds for the Annual Giving Campaign. The Association is pivotal to the success of the museum. In fiscal year 2009, the William T. Walters Association helped raise nearly $1.5 million. Not only do Association members assist with the Annual Giving Campaign; they serve as museum ambassadors, carrying the message about our mission and helping to raise funds for
ongoing exhibitions and programs. Many thanks to this dedicated group that works so hard to help the Walters maintain its stature as a world-class institution and cornerstone of the Baltimore community.
The William T. Walters Association of the Walters Art Museum H. Ward Classen, Chair Christine Espenshade, Co-Chair Colleen Pleasant Kline, Co-Chair Stephanie L. Adler Dorothy Alevizatos Jonathan Azrael Carol Batoff Steven Batoff Elizabeth Beers Joanne Belgrad Ellen Bernard Neal D. Borden Wendyce H. Brody Rosalee C. Davision Mark M. Deering Rosemary Eck Eileen Fader J. Jeffrey Fox
Top: wtwa co-chair Colleen Pleasant Kline, Bottom: wtwa Member Anna Pappas
a s i ncome f rom t he endow ment supports ongoing programs. After discussing current museum objectives and funding gaps with the staff of the Development Department, donors can make a decision to establish an endowment with an initial gift and pledge agreement to fund a position over subsequent years, or leave a bequest to fund a program or position. For example, a long-time member may have an interest in supporting the museum’s education programs. He has investments and property that are an important source of support presently, and can be converted into an endowment after the donor’s death. The donor makes a provision in the will to treat the museum as an equal legatee with his heirs; providing for the children as well as ensuring that support for t he mu seu m cont i nues a s a perpetual gift. Another example is a husband and wife who are interested in supporting exhibitions and establishing a fund named after them. They make an annual gift to the named fund and take advantage of the tax deduction every year as they contribute. They also have the satisfaction of knowing that they will assist in bringing exceptional exhibitions to the Walters over the years. Interested in learning more? Contact Joan Ruch, Major and Planned Gifts Officer, at 410-547-9000.
development Elaine K. Freeman Craig Gayhardt Michael B. Glick Christine W. Hanley Peter Horowitz Claire Smith Inayatullah Myra Knowlton Andrea B. Laporte William H. Martin Stanley Mazaroff Faith C. Millspaugh Eric G. Orlinsky Anna Z. Pappas William H. Perkins George K. Reynolds III Jeffrey A. Schoenherr Steven B. Schwartzman James A. Snead Clare H. Stewart Ronald W. Taylor Thérèse E. Ulmer Judy Van Dyke If you are interested in joining the William T. Walters Association, please contact Julia Keller, Manager of Individual and Corporate Giving Circles, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 410-547-9000, ext. 314.
Welcome to the Annual Giving Circles
Left: Paris and Guy Warfield, Right: Jerry and Idy Iglehart
The Walters Art Museum extends its sincerest thanks to those individuals, foundations, and corporations who joined the Annual Giving Circles for the first time in fiscal year 2009 (July 1, 2008–June 30, 2009). Through their generosity and the generosity of all of our donors, we are able to maintain the highest standards and enable everyone from all walks of life to be touched by art. Thank you very much! Anonymous (2) Mr. and Mrs. Peter Courtland Agre Ms. Tawanza N. Anthony Mr. and Mrs. Miles C. Baxter Mr. and Mrs. David Beers Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Blumenfeld Mr. Peter A. Bowe Mr. and Mrs. Kyd Brenner Miss Ann Callan Mr. and Mrs. Cato D. Carpenter Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Catzen Ms. Margaret M. Cheek Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey E. Christ Vincent F. and Curley Connelly
Mr. and Mrs. J. Joseph Credit Mr. Paul J. Daniel and Ms. Linda DePalma Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Davis Ms. Janet Eveland Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Fallon Mrs. Betty Phillips Feinberg Mr. Ralph Gaston Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Gertsen Mrs. Betsy Matthai Gorman Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Grossman Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Guarnieri Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Happel Mr. William S. Harrison and Ms. Stephanie L. Adler The Honorable Alexander Harvey II and Mrs. Harvey Mr. Steven Himmelrich and Ms. Eileen Fader Mr. Stephen S. Howard Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Jacobs Ms. Sarah R. James Mr. George W. Justice Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Keehn Mr. Douglas A. Kelso and Ms. Claudia Sennett Mr. Daniel Khodorkovsky Mr. Lawrence N. Koppelman and Ms. Elizabeth A. Ritter Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kuder, Jr. Mr. Donald E. Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Lippincott III Ms. E. Sue Lohn Mr. and Mrs. Brian A. Lynch Mr. Harry O’Mealia III Dr. Barton C. McCann and Ms. Alma L. Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. McCarty Mr. and Mrs. Jack D. McFadden Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Miller
Drs. Patrick A. Murphy and Genevieve A. Losonsky Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey B. Palmer Mrs. Penelope W. Partlow Mr. and Mrs. John C. Pearl Mr. and Mrs. William D. Pence Ms. Martha Custis Peter Mr. and Mrs. J. William Phipps III Mrs. Laura J. Platter Mr. Thomas G. Pokomy and Dr. Sharyn S. Rhodes Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Powderly Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Ransone Price Mr. Joel J. Rabin and Ms. Nancy Kohn-Rabin Mr. and Mrs. Francis G. Riggs Drs. Charles Rudin and Elizabeth Rodini Mr. and Mrs. James H. Roser Mr. Richard Rubin and Ms. Kathleen Sweeney Ms. Laura Amy Schlitz Mr. and Mrs. Ellwood A. Sinky Mr. and Mrs. Hugh M. South Ms. Jean S. Stallings Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Trojan Dr. and Mrs. Henry Tyrangiel Dr. and Mrs. Charles I. Wasserman Mr. and Mrs. Steven Weton Dr. and Mrs. E. F. Shaw Wilgis Mr. Robert A. Wright The H. Chambers Company Office of Mohammad Inayatullah, M.D. Chason, Rosner, Leary and Marshall LLC French Accents
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MEMBERS ARE OUR HEROES
50th Anniversary of the Walters Art Museum Membership Program
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continue as here-to-fore. The special benefits for members in this, our first year, must be confined to those activities possible under our present crowded conditions. Nonetheless, we believe that your support and participation in membership, and hence in the future of the Gallery, will bring pleasure to you and lasting benefit to the cultural life of Baltimore.” In the first year, more than 850 individuals became members, and by 1961 there were 1,301 members and one dedicated membership secretary. And while members were just as important to the museum’s mission in 1959 as they are today, many more things have changed: ➼ In 1959, membership annual dues for
an Individual were $5, and “husbandand-wife” dues were $7.50. Today we have over 15 levels of membership, starting at $35 for the fulltime college student, all the way up to the President’s Club level at $50,000 and above. ➼
From 1959 until the mid 1980’s, members’ accounts were kept on neatly typed 3" x 5" green notecards— familiar to anyone who used a public library prior to 1990. This system was retired in 1985 to make way for newer technology. ➼
In 1959 there were seven membersonly programs. ➼
In the last year alone we offered more than 40 members-only programs, not to mention all of the wonderful adult and family programs offered by the education department, most either free or deeply discounted for members. ➼
As we look back on the past 50 years and look ahead to the future, we would like to thank all of our members, past and present for supporting the Walters’ mission of bringing art and people together for enjoyment, discovery, and learning, and for helping us become the world-renowned institution that we are today.
1960— 270 members attended the first members’ party at the then Sheraton Belvedere Hotel. Photographed by Sherley B. Habbs
his October marks the 50th anniversary of the Walters’ membership program. In 1959, in honor of the Walters’ 25th anniversary of opening its doors (November, 1934) as a free public institution, it was decided that the museum would offer a membership for the first time. The following quote from the first membership appeal describes the purposes and goals of the then-new program: “It is hoped that this membership program will meet two requests made by understanding and appreciative members of the public, by providing the opportunity (1) to gain a more intimate enjoyment of the riches of the Wa lters collection, a nd (2) to share more fully in furthering the aims and solving the needs of the Walters Art Gallery. T h e m e m b e r s h ip p r o g r a m i s completely separate from and in addition to the regular services and events for the general public, which will
members events ⁄ programs Members’ Appreciation Shopping Days Special offers, prizes, an extra 5% off, and more! Friday, December 4: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, December 5: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Members shop early! Saturday, December 5th, the Museum Store opens at 8 a.m. for your shopping convenience. Coffee and pastries will be available from 8–10 a.m. Bring a friend and get a free gift! Be on the lookout for your invitation!
Members See It First! Heroes Members’ Opening Night Friday, October 9 6:30–9 p.m.
wtwa member Eileen Fader and friends shopping in the store at a recent event.
Members Art of Reading Members Monthly Book Club Curator and Members free; non-members $5 ConservaTOURs Join us for intimate discussions of new and exciting books. Members receive a 10% discount on books purchased in the museum store! Meet at 3 p.m. in the Walters Parlor, located at 5 W. Mt. Vernon Place. For more information or to register for the Book Club, call Elissa Winer at 410-547-9000, ext. 335.
September 13: The Palace of Illusions: A Novel By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Re-casting the Indian epic Mahabharata from the perspective of Princess Panchaali, The Palace of Illusions offers a vivid and inventive companion to the renowned poem. November 15: Helen of Troy: A Novel By Margaret George Fertility symbol. Goddess. Guiltless victim. Bronze Age princess. For centuries, Helen of Troy has been called many things. Now listen to her story in her own words.
Join a Walters’ expert for an intimate tour on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. Please meet at the Member Services desk. September 9 Exonerations: How Works Once Thought Fake Were Redeemed Gary Vikan, Director of the Walters Art Museum October 14 Tusk! Tusk! An Insider’s Look at the Walters’ Ivory Collection Terry Drayman-Weisser, Director of Conservation and Technical Research November 11 From Dragon’s Blood to Ground Bugs: A History of Red and its Use in Art Karen French, Senior Conservator, Paintings
Members always have a chance to see upcoming exhibitions before they open to the general public. Join us for an exciting night full of fun and surprises. Keep an eye on your mail for your special invitation and additional information.
Heroes Member Preview Day Saturday, October 10 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Unable to join us on the night of the 9th? Here is another opportunity to see this wonderful exhibition before it opens to the general public. Throughout this special preview day, members may bring as many friends and family members as they like.
Members’ only special in Museum Store Throughout October, members get an extra 5% off (for a total 15% discount) on all children’s products featured in the Museum Store.
December 9 Purple: The Royal Color Meg Craft, Senior Conservator, Objects
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Jewelry Fair at the Walters
November 20–22, 2009 Twenty of the country’s finest jewelers will gather on the Sculpture Court in November for Classical Links: Jewelry Fair at the Walters. A weekend of beautiful jewelry will kick off Friday, highlighted by a morning fashion show and opening night party. Informal gallery talks with Walters’ curators and jewelers will also take place throughout the weekend. Join them as they discuss ancient and modern techniques, linking the past with the present. The Jewelry Fair is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum. For more information, visit www.wamwc.org. PARTICIPATING JEWELERS INCLUDE
Alchemic Synthesis (Alderdice ⁄ Mansfield) Vicki Eisenfeld Louise Fischer Cozzi Lilly Fitzgerald Pat Flynn Elizabeth Garvin Barbara Heinrich Tom Herman Jill Hurant Judith Kaufman Shana Kroiz Patricia Madeja Ayesha Mayadas Elaine Robnett Moore Carla Reiter George Sawyer Donna Ververka Emma Villedrouin
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ach year our docents provide curriculum-based tours to over 27,000 K–12 students and 6,000 adults. Last year 81 docents provided 17,000 hours of volunteer service to the Walters! These invaluable members of the Walters’ family learn about the museum’s special exhibitions and its permanent collection, which spans 55 centuries of art, during an intensive nine-month training course. Docents are life-long learners and are committed to sharing the richness of the Walters and expanding their knowledge of art and world cultures. Are you a life-long learner? Would you like to become a Walters’ docent? A new Docent class will begin in January 2010. Please contact John Shields at jshields@ thewalters.org or 410-547-9000, ext 235, for further information.
Top: Alicia Weisberg-Roberts Bottom: Docent Jane Calegari teaching students in the Chamber of Wonders.
he Walters is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Weisberg-Roberts to the position of assistant curator of 18th- and 19th-century art. Working with department head Eik Kahng, Dr. Weisberg-Roberts’ primary responsibilities will be in the area of decorative art. Dr. Weisberg-Roberts completed her Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She has worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum and at Waddesdon Manor in the United Kingdom, and comes to the Walters from the Yale Center for British Art, where she was responsible for co-curating Mrs. Delany and her Circle, an exhibition on the 18th-century amateur and naturalist Mary Delany, which opens at the Center for British Art this Fall before traveling to Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, in the Spring. In addition to co-editing and writing for the catalogue to this exhibition, Dr. WeisbergRoberts’ work appears in the forthcoming catalogue Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill (Yale University Press, 2009) and Knowing Nature: Art & Science in Philadelphia, 1740 to 1840 (Yale University Press, 2010).
in the galleries
The Return of the Ideal City eric gordon, head of paintings conservation
Top: Eric Gordon stands in front of The Ideal City, ca. 1480–84, attributed to Fra Carnavale, oil on panel, The Walters Art Museum 37.677 Bottom: The Prayerbook of Marie de Medici, with Noli me tangere, Paint and ink on Parchment, Paris (?) 1625-50, The Walters Art Museum W.494, fols. 43v-44r
uietly and without fanfare, The Ideal City slipped back onto the gallery’s walls this May. After an almost two year absence, the museum’s most famous painting returned after a complete conservation treatment by Eric Gordon, involving stabilization of the support and paint layers, discolored varnish removal and re-varnishing, and filling and retouching losses. Our signature painting is now brighter, clearer, more powerful, and truer to its original colors. Advantage was taken of the painting being off view to x-ray the entire surface and record an overall infrared image with the most up-to-date technical equipment, on loan from the National Gallery. This kind of technical research is critically important to curators, and conservators, understanding of the complex process of conceiving and executing this perspectival view. A video showing the conservation treatment in progress will soon be available on the museum’s website.
Shrunken Treasures ben tilghman, zanvyl krieger curatorial fellow, department of manuscripts and rare books
hat’s the smallest book you’ve ever held in your hand? Could you even read it? Miniature books have been fascinating people for hundreds of years, the world over. Shrunken Treasures brings together 30 small-scale manuscripts and rare books from the Walters’ collection, including delicately painted Books of Hours, tiny and beautifully written Korans, and printed books so small they can barely be read. Many of the books are so intricately detailed that it seems impossible they could have been crafted by a human, such as a rarely exhibited prayer book made for Marie de Medici, regent of France from 1610 to 1619. Marie was particularly fond of lace, and the borders of each page of this manuscript were hand-cut into delicate lace patterns of astonishing complexity. Commonly thought to be mere curios created primarily to astonish and delight their beholders, miniature books and other forms of tiny art are also profound works of art with complicated meanings. A paper-thin gold scroll with a tiny spell written on it, for example, emboldens its owner by putting supernatural powers literally in the palm of his hand. An Ethiopian sensul, a folding picture-book, and other miniature religious books require such concentration to be read that they can promote a meditative state in the reader, thus amplifying their spiritual power. This exhibition thus promises not only to delight audiences with its examples of tiny art from throughout the world, but also to encourage them to reflect on how such little things can possess such great power. Shrunken Treasures is on view August 15–November 8, 2009 in the manuscripts gallery.
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new trustees Christine M. Espenshade is Director at Moran and Company, opening the D.C. office of this national apartment brokerage firm. She is the Vice Chair of the Pratt Contemporaries of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and a Board Member and Treasurer for AIRS, a Baltimore supportive housing organization. She is a member of the William T. Walters Association at the Walters Art Museum, and is Treasurer of the Princeton Alumni Association of Maryland. A graduate of Princeton University, Christine was named one of Baltimore Magazine’s “Forty Under 40” in 2008. The mother of two children, Bennett and Clara, Christine lives in Homeland with her husband, Peter, who is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The Espenshades have lived in Homeland for six years, since relocating from Dallas, Texas. Constance Fitzpatrick is Chairwoman of the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum. She received a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins in American History. Constance has been an active member of the Women’s Committee since 2000, and chaired Art Blooms in 2006. She is married to Hugh, president of Princeton Capital Management. They have three children, Elizabeth, John, and David. Bruce W. Fleming has built a career in the pulp and paper industry beginning in 1981 with the formation of a trading company for recycled fiber. Now called Canusa Corporation, the company has expanded to include the sale of finished roll stock particularly for the corrugated box industry in North and South America. In 2001 the company made an investment into the retail sector through a company called ANW Crestwood that specializes in
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the stationery and arts and craft sectors. In 2002 Fleming merged Canusa’s fiber operations with its most significant competitor, Hershman Recycling, to form Canusa Hershman Recycling Co., LLC (CHRC). Fleming is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Preservation Maryland, Inc., as well as Chairman of the Rural Legacy Advisory Committee of the State of Maryland. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center.
the earliest Hindu sculpture from Southeast Asia. Until he retired in 2002, he was President of Kulen Capital, a private investment firm. Michael also served for five years as President of Merrill Lynch Capital Corporation and for 20 years as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and its predecessor firms. He earned a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from Columbia University. Michael is currently a member of the Board at the Freer ⁄ Sackler Gallery; a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of the Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Guy E. Flynn practices law at DLA Piper Boston; and a member of the Governing in the area of commercial real estate Board of the Yale University Art Gallery. investment, development, and finance. He has also served as a Trustee of the He has been named a Maryland “Super Brooklyn Museum and was Chairman of Lawyer” by Law & its Collections Committee. He and his wife Politics and Baltimore Georgia reside in New York City; they colmagazines; a “Legal lect South and Southeast Asian sculpture, Eagle” by the BaltiPre-Columbian textiles, and works painted more Business Journal; by members of the Transcendental Paintone of Baltimore’s ing Group, which was active in Taos, New “40 Most Successful Mexico from 1938 to 1941. Young Professionals” by Baltimore Magazine; and one of America’s Marilyn A. Pedersen is returning to the leading business lawyers by the respected Walters’ Board. She has been involved with English research publication Chambers the museum since 1994, when she first joined USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. the Walters Arts Council. In 1996 she was He is a member of the Maryland State elected to the Board Bar Association’s Real Property Section of Trustees. Marilyn Council and is a Fellow of the Maryland has been instrumenBar Foundation. Guy is a member of the tal in the formation Boards of Directors of Family & Children’s of a special members’ Services of Central Maryland, Health Care group within the for the Homeless, Center for Urban Fami- museum known as lies, and St. Elizabeth School; a member The Virginia Friends of the national steering committee of the of the Walters, which raises awareness for Ron Brown Scholar Program; and a mem- the museum among the people of Northern ber of the GBC Public Safety and Legal Virginia. Presently, Marilyn serves on the Affairs Committee. He has served on the Advisory Board and Executive Committee Editorial Board of The Daily Record and as of CharityWorks. Last year, she and her a member of The Aspen Institute’s 25th husband, George, chaired the Development Anniversary Justice and Society Seminar. Committee and Gala that raised funds to Guy received his B.A. and J.D. from the build a Fisher House for the families of University of Virginia. injured soldiers on the grounds of the V.A. Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She Michael de Havenon was also involved in building the Life with is enrolled in the Cancer Children’s Center at INOVA Fairfax Department of Art Hospital. Marilyn graduated magna cum History and Archaelaude from George Washington University ology at Columbia with a degree in Art History. She and her University, where he husband have three daughters and three has completed his grandchildren, and live in McLean, Virginia. masters thesis on
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Waltee’s Quest Wins Prestigious Award emily blumenthal, manager of family programs michelle hagewood, senior coordinator of family programs
Top right: Digitization Specialist Ariel Tabritha. Photo: Diane Bockrath
ooray for Waltee! The Walters Art Museum is proud to announce that Waltee’s Quest: The Case of the Lost Art, an online adventure for kids, is a recipient of a 2009 Gold MUSE Award for Games. Now in its 20th year, the MUSE awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in museum media. The competition is an activity of the Media and Technology Standing Professional Committee of the American Association of Museums (aam). The MUSE Awards competition received nearly 250 applications from a wide variety of museums in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Entries included audio, cell phone, and interactive handheld tours, interactive kiosks and multimedia installations, podcasts, blogs, games, websites, online collection and image databases, videos, and e-mail marketing campaigns. This year, MUSE Award winners were named from 11 distinct categories. Sixty-six judges—museum and media professionals from across the country— were involved in the process of selecting the winners. Winning entries were expected to demonstrate outstanding achievement in content quality, interface design, functionality, production quality, visual appeal, the user’s experience, and the extent to which new directions were charted or old challenges were resolved through technical innovation. Judges for the award noted that Waltee’s Quest “makes the user curious about what lies in each of the magic ‘worlds,’ and exposes audiences to the museum’s eclectic collection.” Many jurors also commented that after playing the game they were interested in visiting the museum. Waltee’s Quest, which launched this past Fall, was created by museum educators at the Walters Art Museum in conjunction with Planit, Inc., and Audience Focus, Inc. Special thanks to Walters Art Museum staff involved in the implementation, testing, and support of this site, and to the Board Technology Committee and all volunteer families who participated in site testing. Visit Waltee’s Quest: The Case of the Lost Art today—your adventure begins at www. walteesquest.com!
Can you imagine being able to leaf through every page of Henry Walters’ legendary collection of illuminated manuscripts? The privilege of curators, scholars, and collectors is now being extended to everyone, in digital form, via the Internet. The Walters was awarded a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access grant to fully document its Islamic manuscripts, which are among the most beautiful, but the least well known, works of art in the museum. From now on, visitors to the Walters’ website will be able to page through an ever-increasing number of calligraphic masterpieces, fully described by experts.
Tweet with us! The Walters is now on Twitter. Follow us at @walters_museum, where we’ll post tidbits about the exciting things happening at the museum! Launched only recently, the Twitter feed already has over 2,000 followers, and that number is growing daily. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, including this “tweet” from one of our followers in New York City: “Whoever is doing the Walters’ twittering is absolutely fantastic. Makes me wish I were in Baltimore, not NYC! Keep it up.”
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programs & events EXHIBITIONS Art on Purpose: Heroes in Our Midst Sept. 16, 2009–Jan. 3, 2010 Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece Oct. 11, 2009–Jan. 3, 2010 Shrunken Treasures: Miniaturization in Books and Art Through Nov. 8, 2009 Mummified Through Nov. 2010
Discovering Art and Science Lecture Series and Book Signing From Marshmallows to Metacognition: The Science of Decisions Wednesday, October 21, 6 p.m. Walters members free; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration recommended; books The Smartish Pace reading series contin- for sale in the Museum Store ues, with poet Spires reading from her Graham Auditorium most recent collections. The event is free Jonah Lehrer, Rhodes Scholar and Columbia Univerand open to the public; a book signing sity graduate; also Contributing Editor to National follows. Videos will be posted in the media Public Radio’s Radio Lab and author of How We section at www.smartishpace.com. Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist Renowned scholar Lehrer leads us through recent discoveries regarding when to use Lunch & Learn—Tiny Treasures different parts of the brain, striving to with Great Power understand why the best decisions are Thursday, October 1, 12:15–1:15 p.m. finely tuned blends of both feeling and Free reason. A book signing follows the lecture. Graham Auditorium Ben C. Tilghmam, Zanvyl Krieger Curatorial CSI: Criminal Forensic Techniques and One Ancient Egyptian Mummy Fellow, Manuscripts & Rare Books Bring your light lunch to the Walters’ Friday, October 23, 3 p.m. Graham Auditorium and hear Tilghman Walters members free; non-members $10; discussing several types of “miniature art” students $5; pre-registration recommended in conjunction with the Walters’ tempo- Graham Auditorium rary exhibition Shrunken Treasures: Minia- W. Benson Harer, Scholar on the Mummy of Tutankhamun; Regine Schulz, Walters Curator turization in Books and Art. of Ancient Art; Barry Daly, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Maryland Medical Opening Day Talk—Heroes: Mortals and Center, Baltimore; Michael Brassell, facial reconMyths in Ancient Greece struction specialist, Baltimore Police Department Sunday, October 11, 2 p.m. In 2008, the University of Maryland and Free the Walters Art Museum performed a ct Graham Auditorium scan on the Walters’ mummy to conduct a Sabine Albersmeier, Associate Curator of “virtual autopsy.” Come see what we learned Ancient Art, The Walters Art Museum about the mummy’s life and untimely death Albersmeier provides an introduction to around the 8th century bc. the themes of the exhibition and examines the role of heroes in ancient Greek society and today. The Christmas Story: Picturing the Birth of Christ in Medieval Manuscripts December 3, 2009—February 28, 2010
lectures The Eighth Annual Renée May Lecture Transforming 9 ⁄ 11: Memorializing the Lost; Educating Future Generations Friday, September 11, 6:30 p.m. Free, pre-registration recommended Graham Auditorium Sonnet Takahisa, Director of Education for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center will honor the nearly 3,000 individuals killed in the terrorist attacks, educate future generations, and create opportunities for dialogue about what it means to live in a post-9/11 world. Takahisa, a seasoned educator in museums, schools, and arts organizations, explores challenges faced in designing exhibitions and programs to meet the needs of visiting families and children. The 8th Annual Renée May Lecture honors the cherished Walters Art Museum docent killed during the attacks on the United States in 2001. Smartish Pace: Poetry Reading & Book Signing Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m. Free, pre-registration recommended; books for sale in the Museum Store Graham Auditorium Elizabeth Spires, Professor of English, Goucher College and author of I Heard God Talking to Me
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That Sweet (Camp) Serenity of the Trojan War, or How Not to Launch a Thousand Ships Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m. Free to members and college community members with a school ID; non-members $5 Graham Auditorium James Deutsch, Program Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Explore “camp” thoughts the 1956 epic film Helen of Troy. Deutsch will wax poetica about Brigitte Bardot, love, seduction, treachery, togas, Trojans, and Greeks bearing gifts.
programs & events Medusa’s Daughter: Today’s Heroine in Graphic Novels Sunday, November 1, 3 p.m. Members free; non-members $10; students $5; Graham Auditorium Author Jonathon Scott Fuqua; Artist ⁄ graphic novel illustrator Steven Parke Don’t miss this lecture and reception featuring Fuqua and Parke discussing Medusa’s Daughter. Designed and published simultaneously as a novel, graphic novel, and book for children with learning challenges, the narrative features a teenage girl—a 1970s version of the Greek villain, Medusa— shackled in servitude in a sideshow.
pre-registration recommended; books for sale in the Museum Store Graham Auditorium Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, author Author of Up, Up and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero (2006), Rabbi Weinstein will discuss the relevance of a hero in film and life as created by co-authors Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster during the rise of fascism in 1930s Europe. A reception follows the book signing.
Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece Wednesday, November 11, 1 p.m. Free Lunch & Learn—Heroes Lost and Found: No ticket or registration is required. The Funding of a Major Exhibition For information, call 410-887-1234. Thursday, November 5, 12:15–1:15 p.m. Molly Edgar, Senior Lecturer, Walters Art Museum Free Come learn about warriors, demigods, athGraham Auditorium letes, and ordinary people transfigured by art Joy Heyrman, Director of Development and literature into cult figures and role modBring your light lunch to the Walters’ Gra- els for contemporary societies. Sponsored by ham Auditorium and hear Heyrman reveal The Friends of the Pikesville Library. the story of how best-laid plans went awry, strategies were altered, and opportunities The 29th Annual Theodore L. Low Lecture: “I’m Having an Art Attack!” presented themselves along the way in the Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m. years-long saga of the Walters’ Fall 2009 Free; pre-registration highly recommended special exhibition Heroes: Mortals and Myths Graham Auditorium in Ancient Greece. Lee Sandstead, art historian and host of the Travel New Discussion Series! Channel’s Art Attack with Lee Sandstead Spotlight: Gary Vikan and Noah Charney During his illustrated presentation, SandSaturday, November 7, 4 p.m. stead will discuss the Heroes exhibition Walters members free; non-members $10; with the same fired-up drama and excitestudents $5; Pre-registration recommended; ment seen in his show Art Attack. books for sale in the Museum Store The Annual Theodore L. Low Lecture honors Graham Auditorium the memory of Theodore Low, director of eduNoah Charney, author, ARCA Director (Assocation and public programs at the Walters for ciation for Research into Crimes against Art); more than 30 years. He was one of the first art Gary Vikan, Walters Art Museum Director educators to acknowledge the importance of Fans of Dr. Vikan’s compelling wypr “Post- audiences and community in the life and mission cards” will enjoy this 2009–10 series of of the museum. lively on-stage chats, with Dr. Vikan hosting distinguished guests. In this session, Lunch & Learn—Heroes “Pecha Kucha” Style he will chat with author Charney, and will Thursday, December 3, 12:15–1:15 p.m. discuss Charney’s novel The Art Thief and Free; speakers to be announced issues of art theft. An “after-talk” recep- Graham Auditorium Hear unique presentations from speaktion and book signing follow. ers of all walks of life, each exploring the Up, Up and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, precise ingredients that exemplify what it Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic means to be a hero. Pecha Kucha provides Book Superhero speakers with a public platform to share Sunday, November 8, 2 p.m. their thoughts by projecting 20 images, Members free; non-members and students $10;
shown for 20 seconds each. Vote for your favorite speakers online, who will then be invited to speak at the Walters. Heroic Measures: The Role of an Exhibition Team Sunday, December 6, 12 p.m. Free; pre-registration recommended Graham Auditorium Meg Craft, Walters Senior Objects Conservator; Laura Yoder, Walters Associate Exhibitions Designer; Helene Coccagna, Walters Research Fellow What does it take to research, select, restore, and showcase ancient objects? Panelists will explain their roles in making the Heroes exhibition possible. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: Origins, History, Community Saturday, December 12, 2 p.m. Free; pre-registration recommended; books for sale in the Museum Store Graham Auditorium William P. Edwards, author, historian, and founder of The Museum Company Every Christmas Eve, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast live from an English chapel and is heard simultaneously by millions worldwide. Edwards discusses the nearly century-old tradition, sharing how to bring this annual celebration into your home. A book signing follows the lecture.
workshops Traditional Artists’ Methods Workshop: Make Your Own Watercolor Paints Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 1–4 p.m. Members $60; non-members $110; pre-registration required Elissa O’Loughlin, Senior Paper Conservator Learn to make watercolor paints by grinding dry pigments, then adding gum arabic and other binders. By the end of the second Programs are subject to change. For complete listings and details please refer to our Fall 2009 Adult Programs brochure, or www.thewalters.org. To register for adult programs, visit www. thewalters.org, call 410-547-9000, ext. 238, or email adultprograms@thewalters. org (unless otherwise noted).
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Ignite Baltimore @ The Walters Art Museum Thursday, October 22, 7–11 p.m. doors open at 6 p.m. Free; Pre-Registration recommended at www.ignitebaltimore.com Only 16 people can speak for five minutes on any topic using 20 slides. Come join the fun! To be selected, visit www.ignitebaltimore.com.
Motifs, Design, and Scratchboard Technique Wednesday, October 21, 6–9 p.m. Members $30; non-members $60; pre-registration required Elissa O’Loughlin, Senior Paper Conservator Scratchboard is an ancient drawing technique featuring contrasting layers scratched to reveal a line or texture beneath. Inspired by Greek vases in the Heroes exhibition, you’ll learn to prepare your own scratchboard and explore motifs used in the creation of the Greek masterpieces. Silverpoint Drawing Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, 1–4 p.m. Members $60; non-members $110; plus $15 supply fee; pre-registration required Elissa O’Loughlin, Senior Paper Conservator Learn to prepare a traditional chalk and rabbit skin glue silverpoint board as artists have done for centuries. Then you’ll make lead, silver, and gold drawing tools, and learn basic drawing techniques. You’ll be ready to practice this challenging Old World method on your own after only two sessions.
entertainment Ancient Rome, Contemporary America: New Music Sunday, October 4, 2 p.m. Free, pre-registration recommended Graham Auditorium The Red Cedar Trio, award-winning Iowa-based chamber ensemble Flutist Jan Boland, guitarist John Dowdall, and violist David Miller of the Red Cedar Trio will perform a program of new music by numerous American composers, including Washington, D.C. composer Andrew Earle Simpson’s Tesserae: Six Mosaics of Ancient Rome (2003–04), inspired by Roman artworks.
A Walters Town Square Winter Celebration Saturday, December 12, 1–4 p.m Free Enjoy a special Walters-style “town square” seasonal celebration occurring throughout the museum, featuring melodies from Medieval, Victorian, and modern Christian, Jewish, and other worldwide traditions. Back by popular demand, the caroling ensemble Joyous Voices sings an impressive repertoire, while the instrumental group Consort Anon blends ancient and contemporary compositions.
Special Heroes Exhibition Tour: I’m Having a Heroes Art Attack! College Night: Bods, Bop, and Brigitte Saturday, November 14, 5 p.m. Bardot Members $20; non-members $30 Thursday, October 15, 6–10 p.m. Meet at the museum’s Centre Street Free, pre-registration is recommended; open to inner lobby at 4:50 p.m. college students and faculty with valid ID Lee Sandstead, art historian and host Expect a lively night with scads of choices: of the Travel Channel’s Art Attack with Mighty Men and Mighty Women, a bodyLee Sandstead builder demo by local gym trainers; film historian James Deutsch waxes poetic This “limited enrollment” gallery talk about the camp film Helen of Troy; Ramzi will offer participants the rare opportuFawaz, Ph.D. candidate, gives a Superhero nity of a personal tour of Heroes. Register early… this unique tour with celebrity host “hyper-lecture.” Lee Sandstead will only happen once!
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Lee Standstead discusses a Barye sculpture at the Walters during an episode of the Travel Channel’s Art Attack.
session, you’ll be ready to use your own set of six basic colors: ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, titanium white, raw umber, green earth, and lamp black.
Day of the Dead: El Dia de los Muertos Sunday, November 1, 12–3 p.m. Free Sculpture Court Whether you’re an adult or a child, you’ll enjoy this traditional Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead ⁄ El Dia de los Muertos. This jovial celebration commemorates deceased loved ones, and the public is invited to add flowers and mementos to a special altar on the Sculpture Court, plus enjoy food, craft projects, and a live mariachi band.
programs & events Family Fun At The Walters
Teen Zine Launch Party Sunday, September 27, 2–4 p.m. Free If there’s an important teen in your life, be sure they come to this back to school event hosted by the Walters Art Museum’s Teen Arts Council. They’ll celebrate the launch of the wamtac ’zine, meet the members of the Teen Arts Council, discover other teen arts organizations in Baltimore, participate in a zine-making workshop, and vote on what they want to do at the Walters this year.
Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day—“Girl Power: Heroic Women in Art” $10 per scout, online pre-registration required This interactive, two-hour program allows scouts to earn merit badges while taking a trip back in time to learn about Ancient Greece! Scouts will visit the special exhibition Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, engage in group activities in the galleries, and create heroic art work of their very own. Cub Scouts will work toward their Citizenship Academics pin or belt loop; Brownies will work toward their “Listening to the Free Family Festival of Champions Past” badge; and Junior Girl Scouts will work Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. toward their Women’s Stories badge. Free For more information, contact 410-547-9000, Victory call! Heroes and heroines unite ext. 325, or email@example.com. during this epic family festival! We’ll disRegister online at www.thewalters.org. cover our inner superheroes and explore famous characters from ancient Greek to Monument Lighting Festival modern times. Celebrate local Baltimore Thursday, December 3, 5–8:30 p.m. heroes with a special ceremony, rise to the Free challenge of a museum quest, and create Celebrate the holiday season and the annual artwork that honors all kinds of champi- lighting of the Washington Monument at ons! Jump into imaginary journeys with the Walters during this free, family-friendly storytellers, musicians, and theater groups event. Enjoy seasonal performances, music, as we explore the ordinary and extraordi- refreshments, and special kids’ art activities. nary feats of the hero! For more informa- At 7 p.m., the Washington Monument will tion, contact 410-547-9000, ext. 300, or be set aglow, followed by fireworks. For more firstname.lastname@example.org. information, contact 410-547-9000, ext. 300, or email@example.com. Scout Museum Days Saturday, November 7, 1–3p.m. SAVE THE DATE! Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Museum Day— Upcoming Free Family Festivals & Special Events “Girl Power: Heroic Women in Art” Winter Break Activities Sunday, November 8, 1–3p.m. December 26, 2009–January 1, 2010 Cub Scout Museum Day—“Heroes: Gods, Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival Games and Great Deeds!” January 18, 2010 Saturday, November 14, 1–3p.m.
First Fridays: Our Second Season! In October 2008, the Walters premiered First Fridays at the Walters, the newest hot spot on the Baltimore scene! First Fridays became the place to see and be seen, with live entertainment, music, activities, light snacks, a cash bar, and a specialty cocktail themed to each event. Themes last year ranged from the Ancient World to Asian Art, and each event was free to the public. First Fridays was so successful in its first year (we had on average over 400 guests at each event!) that we have decided to continue this fun-filled program! After taking a break this past summer, we are re-launching First Fridays in October 2009. Join us for these free events that delight the senses and entertain the soul! Each event runs from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Free admission Visit www.thewalters.org for more information.
October 2 Master of the Macabre: A Night at the Museum with Edgar Allan Poe November 6 Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece December 4 Enchanted: A Medieval Fantasy at the Walters note: We will not have a First Fridays event in January 2010, but will resume with the February event.
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AT THE MUSEUM STORE Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece Panathenaic Procession silk tie exhibition catalogue The Panathenaea (â€œall-Athenian festivalâ€?) Take home a was Athensâ€™ most important festival and one remembrance of of the grandest in the entire Greek world. the spectacular Beautifully rendered here on this silk tie from Heroes exhibition. Artifacts is the Panathenaic Procession with This gorgeously musicians, charioteers, armed men, athletes, illustrated catapriestesses, crafstwomen and more as they logue investiwind their way to the Acropolis. Price: $42.95; gates the integral Members Price: $38.65 role of heroes in Music of Greece CD ancient Greek Since ancient times, art and culture. the Greeks treated Featuring essays by leading authorities in the music as an integral field, Heroes draws on recent archaeological, part of their daily literary, and art historical research to explore lives and eventusuch issues as gender, cult, and iconography, ally, Greek music as well as overlooked aspects of familiar and theory and its unfamiliar heroes. modes became the Price: Softcover: $39.95; Member Price: $35.95 basis for Western religious music and classiHardcover: $65.00; Member Price: $58.50 cal music. This diverse compilation features Greek Vase Tote early music by The Metropolitan Museum of Ancient Greek vases were designed in different Art performers Cappella Romana, Greek folk shapes for specific uses, such as transporting songs, rebetiko music (known as the Greek wine and amphora, drawing water, and drink- blues), and contemporary Greek compositions ing wine. These vases played an important from the award-winning films Zorba the Greek role in Greek daily life, and were the inspiraand Never on Sunday. 50 min. Price: $19.95; tion for this Greek Vases Tote Bag from the Members Price: $17.95 Met. Price: $39.95; Member Price: $35.95
Pig Rattle replica Infants in ancient Greece traditionally played with rattles made of terracotta (fired clay) and filled with dried seeds or small pellets of clay. When shaken, the rattle produced a sound that not only amused infants but was also believed by the ancient Greeks to ward off evil. Many rattles were made in the shapes of pigs and other animals. The shapes and decorations of ancient Greek rattles inspired this rattle. Not safe for children under three years old. Price: $14.95; Members Price: $13.45
Greek Libation Shell Pin This gracefully contoured pin is adapted from a Greek marble libation shell (5th century B.C.) once used for pouring ceremonial wine. The care with which every detail of a real shell has been rendered is remarkable. Price: $74.95; Member Price: $67.45
The Walters Art Museum Members Magazine September–December 2009. Cover Story: Heroes: Mortals & Myths in Ancient Greece