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the walt ers art museum
The WA LTERS magazine
THE SAINT JOHN’S BIBLE
A MODERN VISION THROUGH MEDIEVAL METHODS
from the director
The story of the Walters has been the story of quiet philanthropy. On the morning of February 3, 1909—sunny and pleasantly warm by Baltimore standards—the newly built “Walters Art Gallery” opened to the public for the first time—not as a public museum, but as a private gallery whose owner, Henry Walters, would customarily open his gallery’s doors at that time of year to any and all who would pay a modest entry fee that was then given over to the local association for the poor. More than 1,000 visitors were admitted that February day, and among them was the wife of the President, Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, who arrived incognito. Members of the press all agreed in praising both the amount and extraordinary quality of the art displayed, and the gallery’s welcoming atmosphere. The New York Sun art critic experienced, in his own words, “a shock of admiration.” As for the reviewer from the Baltimore Sun, his praise was at once lavish and extravagant. Indeed, our local newspaper concluded that Baltimore was soon to become a “Mecca” for art lovers and connoisseurs the world over. Henry Walters must have been pleased. He had, after all, labored meticulously over every detail of the installation, working from blueprints in his New York office. His early training as an engineer was reflected in the detailed drawings he made for pedestals and bases for the heavier objects and in the specific instructions he gave for unpacking and assembling the vitrines he had ordered from Paris. Why else would he have spent vast amounts of his railroad fortune on assembling the collection in the first place? And why else would he have built this magnificent Renaissance “palazzo” on Mount Vernon Place to display it? Henry Walters probably was pleased. But we’ll never know for sure. He was, after all, almost pathologically shy. So on that sunny February morning in 1909, with the President’s wife and New York art critics among the hundreds in attendance—on that February morning when Henry Walters’ dream of building an “art gallery” to honor his father and to serve his native city had finally been realized—the man himself was nowhere to be found. Henry Walters was his own “no-show.” Shy as ever, he remained secluded at home that day, in New York City.
The Opening of Henry Walters’ Art Gallery, February 3rd, 1909
In these unprecedented financial times, when the resources of our families are stretched to the limit, your quiet philanthropy is critical to our ability to maintain free access to the magnificent collections left to the City by Henry Walters “for the benefit of the public.” Indeed, it is your quiet philanthropy, like Henry’s a century ago, that can guarantee that this wonderful museum will remain available to all, free of charge, for a century to come. Gary Vikan, Director
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the walters art museum board of trustees 2008–2009
William L. Paternotte, Chair Andrea B. Laporte, President Peter L. Bain, President-Elect 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
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Calvin H. Baker Neal D. Borden Wendyce H. Brody C. Sylvia Brown Roger L. Calvert H. Ward Classen Rosalee C. Davison Cynthia L. Egan Philip D. English Jonathan M. Fishman John Gilmore Ford Michael B. Glick The Honorable C. Yvonne Holt-Stone Peter Horowitz Kyle Prechtl Legg Mary C. Mangione Stanley Mazaroff Patricia B. Modell Charles J. Nabit E. Rogers Novak, Jr. William H. Perkins George K. Reynolds, III Rick Rockwell Edward L. Rosenberg Nancy R. Sasser Mayo A. Shattuck III Judy Van Dyke Mary Baily Wieler
The first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible to have been commissioned since the invention of the printing press, The Saint John’s Bible graces the Walters’ galleries this spring.
6 Dawoud Bey Learn what it was like to create the exhibition Portraits Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project through the eyes of one of the teen participants.
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 Laura L. Freedlander Elaine M. Garven Marco K. Merrick Tom R. Noonan Sharon Paul Marilyn A. Pedersen Kathy Phillips Diana Ulman
Romance of the Rose Explore the bestseller of the Middle Ages, featuring love, romance and quests.
Cover: Messianic Prediction (detail), Isaiah 9:2–7, 11:1–6; Artist: Thomas Ingmire
Dr. Robert S. Feinberg Samuel K. Himmelrich, Sr. Bernard Manekin Cynthia R. Mead Adena W. Testa Jay M. Wilson
international advisory board Dr. James Michael Bradburne Eddie C. Brown Dr. Myrna Bustani Constance R. Caplan Michael de Havenon Dr. David C. Driskell Sam Fogg Laura L. Freedlander Bruce Livie Dr. James Marrow Dwight Platt George Roche Paul Ruddock Christine Sarbanes The Honorable Paul Sarbanes Donald J. Shepard George M. Sherman John And Marisol Stokes John Waters, Jr. Dr. Daniel H. Weiss Benjamin B. Zucker
programs & events
museum news & information
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.
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom (detail), Proverbs 8:22–9:6; Artist: Donald Jackson
THE SAINT JOHN’S BIBLE
A MODERN VISION THROUGH MEDIEVAL METHODS BEN TILGHMAN, ZANVYL KRIEGER CURATORIAL FELLOW KATHRYN GERRY, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Top: Demands of Social Justice, Amos 4; Artist: Suzanne Moore Bottom: Creation, Covenant, Shekinah, Kingdom (detail), Wisdom of Solomon 10–11; Artist: Donald Jackson
DEPARTMENT OF MANUSCRIPTS AND RARE BOOKS
A monk sits at his desk in a medieval scriptorium. He carefully sharpens his quill, pushing his small, sharp penknife through the tip to create a delicate but sturdy point and he thinks. He is pleased, even, he might be ashamed to say, a little proud of the page he has just finished. Outside his window, he can hear gulls over the waves of Lake Constance in Germany; he lives and works at the island monastery of Reichenau, famed for its manuscripts. The book on which he works will contain the four gospels, and is intended to grace the altar of a church dedicated to St. Peter. He hopes his abbot, Berno, will approve of his work, but there are still many more pages to write. Suddenly, church bells call him to prayer; he will have to continue his work tomorrow. Nearly 1,000 years later, another scribe sits at his desk and sharpens his quill. Outside he hears a raven, and then a truck trundling down a nearby road. He is also working on a book for a monastery, but in this case the church is nearly 4,000 miles and an ocean away. He is not a monk, but he also worries about what the abbot, and many others of that distant community, will think about his work. Just then he hears the fax machine ring; the scriptorium around him is a busy place, and there is always another task to see to. These two scribes may be separated
by centuries of time and technological development, but they are united by a common craft. The books they made, and many more like them from the world over, will be on display at the Walters from February 15 to May 24, 2009 in the exhibition The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods. Featuring nearly 40 volumes from the Walters’ world-renowned collection of manuscripts and rare books, this exhibition will examine the historical traditions of illuminated scripture in the context of a 21st-century manuscript, The Saint John’s Bible. Although it is still yet to be finished, The Saint John’s Bible has already been recognized as a masterpiece of contemporary calligraphy and book arts, and this exhibition marks the first time the manuscript has been examined in its historical context. The idea of making a manuscript Bible may seem strange at the dawn of the 21st century, particularly considering the time and resources that go into making such a large book: when finished, the seven-volume bible will contain 1,150 pages and measure approximately three feet wide by two feet tall when open. But a quick glance at the illuminations throughout the book reveals that this is a project very much of its time. The artists use bold, abstract designs and collage techniques to create stirring compositions that often incorporate visual imagery from the modern world, such as computer voice-prints and images from the Hubble Space Telescope. The community at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, which commissioned the
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manuscript, has a long tradition of scholarly inquiry and social engagement, and many of the illuminations ref lect these concerns through references to the biblical past and current events. The project represents an ambitious effort to envision a modern biblical art that is nevertheless deeply rooted in the long standing tradition of manuscript production. That tradition, both in Christianity and in religions throughout the world, can be traced through the Walters’ superb collection of manuscripts and rare books. Featured in this exhibition w i l l be m a nu sc r ipt s f rom m a ny different religious traditions, including I sl a m , Jud a i sm , Budd h i sm , a nd Hinduism. Particularly striking and beautiful is a Thai manuscript, in an accordion-folding format, that illust r a t e s t he m a ny way s i n wh ic h elephants were believed to bring good luck to the Thai royal court. The exhibition will also look at the history of calligraphy, both in the past and as it is practiced today. Fine examples of medieval, Renaissance, and Islamic scripts will accompany works by highly regarded contemporary calligraphers Sheila Waters, Julian Waters, and Mohamed Zakariya, vividly showing how contemporary lettering artists continue to build on the tradition they have inherited. As a whole, the history of manu-
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exhibition admission adults seniors college students age 17 & under
$8 $6 $4 free
member ticketing student 1 ticket / day individual level 2 tickets / day dual level 4 tickets / day supporter & above 4 tickets / day scripts, particularly as represented in this show, encourages us to reﬂect on how our understanding of what we read depends on the form in which we read it. In an age of disposable media—magazines, newspapers, and, above all, digital texts viewed on computers—it is easy to read things quickly and without much thought. When each book is a unique object, as all manuscripts are, both the maker and the reader are inspired to consider words and pictures much more carefully and deeply.
additional tickets at a discount Members at the Individual level who require additional tickets may upgrade their membership to the Dual level, which provides four tickets to the exhibition. Otherwise, additional guest tickets will cost $4 each. There are no timed tickets.
how to obtain tickets
in person: Tickets can be obtained at the Membership desk online: www.ticketmaster.com The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern phone: 410-547-SEAT (7328) or Ma nu scr ipt t hrough Med ieva l 1-800-551-SEAT (7328) Methods is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum with (A nominal service fee will be applied lead support from Dr. and Mrs. Edgar to all tickets ordered online or over the Sweren. The exhibition is organized by the phone. Please have your membership Walters Art Museum in association with the number ready.) Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John’s Abbey and University.
Suffering Servant, Isaiah 52, 53. Artist: Donald Jackson
Although it is still yet to be finished, The Saint John’s Bible has already been recognized as a masterpiece of contemporary calligraphy and book arts.
MEMBERS SEE IT FIRST!
Members always have a chance to see upcoming ticketed exhibitions before they open to the general public. A members’ opening for The Saint John’s Bible will be on February 13, with additional member preview hours on Saturday, February 14. A special invitation will be sent with complete details.
opening day event Illuminating the Bible Dr. Christopher de Hamel, Donnelley Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England Sunday, February 15, 2 p.m. Free to members; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration highly recommended; call for group pricing. Graham Auditorium World-renowned scholar and specialist in illuminated manuscripts, De Hamel is the former head of the Western Manuscripts department at Sotheby’s, London. De Hamel has authored many bestselling works in the field, including A History of Illuminated Manuscripts (Phaidon, 1994) and The Book: A History of the Bible (Phaidon, 2001).
$10; students $5; pre-registration highly recommended. Series price: non-members $25; students $10. Graham Auditorium Session 1: Sixty Years as a Professional Calligraphic Artist Sheila Waters Sunday, March 29, 11 a.m. Sharing examples of early commissioned work in the 1950’s and 1960’s for publishers, institutions, and private collectors, Waters will illustrate ways in which calligraphy was primarily used in this work. A gifted teacher, Waters inaugurated the calligraphy program at the Smithsonian Institution, later developing her own on-going private classes and workshops. The founding president of the Washington Calligraphers Guild in 1976, her textbook Foundations of Calligraphy was published in 2006 and reprinted in 2008.
Set Me as a Seal upon Your Heart, Song of Solomon 8:6–7. Artist: Donald Jackson
This lecture explores 1,500 years of the adornment of Christian Scripture, touching on its relationships to those of Judaism and Islam, and the making and meaning of The Saint John’s Bible today. Brown was previously the Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library.
special program Calligraphic Language: Mastery, Style and Theory Sunday, March 29 (in three sessions) The Walters is proud to present three highly respected calligraphic artists to discuss their dynamically different styles and approaches to their craft. Price per session: members free; non-members
Session 3: The Living Art of Islamic Calligraphy Mohamed Zakariya Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m. Mohamed Zakariya will present a historical overview of Islamic calligraph from his vantage point as a highly respected Islamic calligrapher, artist, and maker of custom instruments from the history of science. Born in Ventura, CA, in 1942, he began studies of Islamic calligraphy in 1961. After continuing his studies with A.S. Ali Nour in Tangier, Morocco, and independently at the British Museum, Zakariya was invited in 1984 by the Research Center for Islamic History, Art, and Culture in Istanbul to study with two celebrated Turkish calligraphers— Hasan Celebi and Ali Alparslan. In 1988, Zakariya received the prized icazet (diploma) in sulus/nesih script from Mr. Celebi in a ceremony in Istanbul, and in 1997, he received the icazet in ta'lik from Dr. Alparslan.
concert Peabody Violin Choirs: Illuminated Measures Saturday, February 21, 11 a.m. Free; pre-registration recommended Graham Auditorium
lecture Scripture and the Scribe: Adorning the Bible across 1500 Years Michelle P. Brown, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies in the History of the Book program at the University of London Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m. Free to members; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration highly recommended; call for group pricing. Graham Auditorium
VA. His font designs include the awardwinning Adobe Waters Titling, and his publications include Work by Julian Waters—From Sketch to Final Art.
Session 2: Paper or Stone: Lettering as Graphic Design Julian Waters Sunday, March 29, 12:30 p.m. Julian Waters, son of calligrapher Sheila Waters, began his studies in 1979 with legendary type designer Hermann Zapf. He later succeeded Zapf by teaching summer master classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Having lectured and taught workshops extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, Waters has also taught letterform design and typography at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. His clients have included the U.S. Postal Service and National Geographic. Waters was typographic consultant to Maya Lin and the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., for the Women’s Memorial at Arlington, VA, and for the new Visitors Center at Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville,
Over 30 talented pre-college violinists will present a program that includes Charles Gounod’s Ave Maria and Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine. Other contemporary compositions, highlighted by the Baltimore premier of Canto by Peabody composer Judah Adashi, as well as favorites by Bach, Tartini, and Dvorák will round out the program celebrating the violin’s vast potential. The Peabody Violin Choirs feature talented young violinists and members of three of the Peabody Preparatory’s finest ensembles: the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, Rebecca Henry, Director; the Violin Choir, Christian Tremblay, Director; and the Young People’s String Program Kreisler Group, Phyllis Freeman, Director. To register, call 410-547-9000, ext. 215, weekdays until 5 p.m., or email us at email@example.com. For more Saint John’s Bible-related activities and events, see the Calendar section of the Magazine.
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PORTRAITS RE ⁄ EXAMINED:
In August 2008, through a partnership with the Contemporary Museum, the Walters invited 12 high school students from the Baltimore area to be guest curators with artist-in-residence Dawoud Bey. LINDSEY ANDERSON DAWOUD BEY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROJECT COORDINATOR
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he results of the artist/teen collaboration will be seen in the Walters’ exhibition Portraits Re/ Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project. Class Pictures, which features the photographs of Dawoud Bey, will be on view at the Contemporary Museum during the same time. The overarching educational goal of the teen artist-in-residency project was for the students to make personal connections to the museum and see it as a place where their ideas and perspectives were reflected. During the process the teens learned a great deal about themselves: how to work in a group, articulate ideas, and think critically about the images that surround them. Since the residency has ended, two students have gone on to internships at the Walters and the Contemporary, and four have joined the Walters’ Teen Arts Council.
Left: A Woman and a Child in Doorway, Harlem USA, by Dawoud Bey. Right: Italian Peasant Kneeling with Child by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
A DAWOUD BEY PROJECT
Dawoud Bey and Students, photo by Bart Harris
Juliana Biondo is a senior at Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson. Here, she describes what it was like to participate in the Dawoud Bey project. Twelve curators. Four weeks. One question. How do you define a portrait? Is it more than just a simple organization of facial features? As I teamed up with eleven other students from Baltimore County and City and contemporary portrait photographer Dawoud Bey, we explored all dimensions of this seemingly simple question. Over the course of four weeks, we worked to create an exhibition that embodied the artistic thoughts of Dawoud through pairings of his work with those of the Walters’ permanent collection. We started our experience by having conversations with Bey, discussing our thoughts on artistic process a nd f ind ing themes a nd concepts that typified our group’s a rtistic visions. Through heated debates about our favorite pieces of Bey’s work and those that stood out in the Walters’ collection, we made decisions on everything from design and layout to audio tours and marketing materials. We also went behind the scenes to view the inner workings of the museum. We discovered my personal favorite, the conservation lab, where conservators donning gloves and white lab coats worked to revive the original beauty of ancient art. We met with curators and saw first-hand the intellectual problem-solving that goes into hanging a show for the public. We learned the power of design and how we could lead a viewer’s thoughts to uncover something of significance about the exhibit. We were even permitted access to the painting storage area with its rows of gated vertical holding cells for works dating as far back as 2,500 b.c. Here we handpicked pieces for the show. To ﬁnalize our exhibition with a seal of approval, we made a presentation to the heads of all the departments and the museum’s director, Gary Vikan. With a green light received after our carefully planned presentation, we
were ready for the fun part: laying out the exhibit. The overall look of the show was totally in our hands. We could hang, paint, and change the 4th f loor ga l ler y to su it our desig n concepts. We even decided how labels and audio tours would aid in the communication of our ideas. This experience was something I had never expected. My skills grew as I adapted my thinking to embrace the diverse learning st yles of a large museum audience. I collaborated with like-minded peers from artistic backgrounds ranging from literary arts to music and a respected well-known photographer for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Being exposed to a wide variety of museum careers has given me inspiration for future endeavors. Portraits Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project is on view December 13, 2008– February 16, 2009 and is presented by the Contemporary Museum in collaboration with the Walters Art Museum. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support is provided by Carol and Alan Edelman, Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff, and The Paige Family Foundation.
special event Portraits Re/Examined: A Conversation with Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems Dawoud Bey, Photographer, Professor of Photography and Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College in Chicago Carrie Mae Weems, Photographer and Artist Monday, January 19, 3 p.m. Members free; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration recommended. Graham Auditorium Join African American photographers Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems in an exploration of Bey’s current exhibitions Portraits Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project at the Walters, and Class Pictures, at the Contemporary Museum. The artists will talk about Bey’s approach to the human subject in over 30 years of photographs, his work with young people, and his most recent engagement with a number of curatorial projects across the country. A small reception in the 4th floor lobby will follow the discussion.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE DAWOUD BEY PROJECT BY GOING TO: WHATSGOINGON-DAWOUDBEYSBLOG.BLOGSPOT.COM
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ROMANCE OF THE ROSE
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of Love, the Castle of Love, and roses being tossed from siege weapons to ladies within the castle, closely parallels that of illuminations in the manuscripts on display. Romance of the Rose: Visions of Love in Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts is on view January 24–April 19, 2009 in the manuscripts gallery. TIMOTHY L. STINSON, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
By permission of the Morgan Library & Museum
omance will be in the air at the Walters Art Museum this winter when Romance of the Rose: Visions of Love in Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts opens in January. The exhibition features lavishly illuminated copies of the Romance of the Rose, a booklength poem from the 13th century written in Old French. The poem was among the most popular and influential of medieval literary texts, and its topics are especially farreaching, including courtly love, astronomy, alchemy, the nature of love, and quests. These subjects and more are richly illustrated in the books on display, which include the Walters’ own copy and loans from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Morgan Library & Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the University of Chicago, and two private collectors. The exhibition is being mounted in collaboration with the Eisenhower Libraries and the Department of Romance Languages at Johns Hopkins University as a celebration of the launch of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library. This online collection, a joint project of Johns Hopkins, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Walters, and a number of other institutions, will feature full digital copies of 150 Rose manuscripts by the end of 2009. Visitors to the Walters’ exhibition will be able to access this collection through internet kiosks installed in the manuscripts gallery, which will allow them to leaf through digital recreations of the books on display, to zoom in on and magnify illuminations, and to compare them to other manuscript copies around the world. Also featured will be several medieval ivories from the Walters. The production of carved ivory luxury items in the Middle Ages offers many parallels to the production of prestigious illuminated manuscripts; this was the case particularly in 14th-century Paris, where a number of Rose manuscripts in the exhibition were made for noble patrons. The items on display include an ivory comb, two mirror backs, and the Walters’ well-known ivory casket, which depicts famous stories of love such as Tristan and Iseult and is one of only about a dozen such pieces to survive intact from the 14th century. The iconography of these ivories, including the God
WALTEE’S QUEST: THE CASE OF THE LOST ART WWW.WALTEESQUEST.COM
A magical whirlwind has scattered the museum’s treasures throughout space and time. Will you help Waltee find them?
altee’s Quest: The Case of the Lost Art is an online interactive adventure for kids and their families. Launched in the fall of 2008, this unique web game is part of the Walters’ Technology Initiative and aims to engage new audiences and foster recreational, object-based learning. Waltee’s Quest provides a variety of fun, informal educational activities that utilize works of art for children and their families. On this magical journey through immersive and dynamic environments, children help Waltee and his sidekick, Henry, search for missing art—revealing mini-games, stories, and surprises along the way. Children and their families are invited to travel in a magical elevator to other “worlds” in order to discover the missing museum objects (called treasures) and return them to their rightful place in a virtual museum
exhibition. There are seven imaginary worlds that users may travel to within the site: The Mummy’s Tomb, The Royal Castle, The Dragon’s Realm, The Goddess’s Garden, The African Kingdom, The Artist’s Workshop, and The Secret Vault. My Treasure Room is the game’s home base, where treasures have been collected and those that are still missing can be viewed—it is inspired by the museum’s popular Chamber of Wonders! Waltee’s Quest was developed by museum educators at the Walters Art Museum and Planit, Inc. in conjunction with Audience Focus, Inc. The three organizations worked collaboratively on this project, allowing for a unique conf luence of education, design, usability, and evaluative thinking critical to its success. The Walters’ education team created an internal advisory committee to achieve a cross-divisional, multi-disciplinary approach to this technology project, involving museum
curators and conservators, as well as staff from marketing, and development. The advisory committee provided feedback on all content decisions made for the site. Evaluations were conducted with family visitors in order to assess storyline concepts, nomenclature, game options, reward structures, and more. From the objects included in the game to the website title, the responses collected from children (and their families) were fundamental in all decisions made regarding Waltee’s Quest. Visit Waltee’s Quest: The Case of the Lost Art today to virtually bring works of art into your home, engage your imagination, and become Waltee’s Hero by recovering all of the treasures of the Walters. Your adventure begins at www.walteesquest.com!
EMILY BLUMENTHAL MANAGER OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY PROGRAMS
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calendar of events
= Exploring Asia related
= The Saint John’s Bible related
JANUARY 2 FRIDAY 5–8 p.m. First Fridays: Ethiopian New Year 3 SATURDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wow City 4 SUNDAY 2 p.m. Tour: Highlights of the Walters 6 TUESDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wow City 7 WEDNESDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wow City 10 SATURDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wow City 11 SUNDAY 1–4 p.m., $60 Drawing @ the WAM: Session 1 2 p.m. Tour: Compare and Contrast: The Arts of Europe and Asia 14 WEDNESDAY 2 p.m. Members-Only Cura-Tour: Rob Mintz, Tour of the Asian Ceramics of the Walters 17 SATURDAY 11 a.m. Walk, Wonder & Create Tour: Secrets of the City
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18 SUNDAY 1 p.m. Tour: The Chamber of Art and Wonders 1–4 p.m., $60 Drawing @ the WAM: Session 1 2 p.m. Lecture in honor of Martin Luther King Day: Dr. Adrienne L. Childs, The Black Exotic: Representing Blacks in 19th-Century Orientalist Art 19 MONDAY Martin Luther King Day 11 a.m. Tour: The Glory of Ancient Egypt 11:30 a.m. Tour: Highlights of the Walters Noon Tour: The Image of the Black in Art 1 p.m. Tour: The Glory of Ancient Egypt 3 p.m. Lecture: Portraits Re /Examined: A Conversation with Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems 21 WEDNESDAY 10 a.m.–noon, $12 Art History 201: Curator’s Focus 25 SUNDAY 1–4 p.m., $60 Drawing @ the WAM: Session 1 2 p.m. The Lion Dance: Consecrating the Chinese New Year 2 p.m. Tour: Art of the Ancient Americas 3 p.m. Art of Reading Book Club: People of the Book
FEBRUARY 1 SUNDAY 1–4 p.m., $60 Drawing @ the WAM: Session 1 2 p.m. Tour: The Image of the Black in Art
6 FRIDAY 5–8 p.m. First Fridays: Romance of the Rose 7 SATURDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: The Pet Dragon 2 p.m. Cultural Links in honor of Black History Month: The Pulse of Africa 8 SUNDAY 2 p.m. Lecture in honor of Black History Month: Jacqueline Copeland, The Harlem Renaissance 2 p.m. Tour: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
drop-in activities FREE Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. For children and families. A different theme every month! january: february: march: april:
To the Beat of the City Luck of the Dragon Spring has Sprung! By the Book
11 WEDNESDAY 2 p.m. Members-Only Conserva-Tour: Karen French, Raby Castle, the Seat of the Earl of Darlington’s Unique History 13 FRIDAY 6–9 p.m., $25 Members Opening: Love is in the Art—The Saint John’s Bible 14 SATURDAY Members Preview Day: The Saint John’s Bible 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: The Pet Dragon
3 TUESDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: The Pet Dragon 4 WEDNESDAY 10 a.m.–noon, $12 Art History 201: Curator’s Focus 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: The Pet Dragon 5 THURSDAY 12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch and Learn Lecture: Dr. Eik Kahng, Lost and Found: The Rediscovery of an Important Painting by the 19th-Century French Painter William Bouguereau
Dawoud Bey, Boy Eating a Foxy Pop, (Brooklyn, NY)
Thanks to a major grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Walters will present Exploring Asia: Connecting Art and Community, an exciting series of public programs throughout 2009. There will be new gallery materials for families and children in Hackerman House mid-year, an Asian module in the Integrating the Arts materials for students and teachers, and over 1,000 Asian works of art will be added to the Walters website. Many thanks to the IMLS for helping us shine a light on this important collection.
calendar of events exhibitions Portraits Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project December 13, 2008–February 16, 2009 Manuscript Gallery Focus Show The Special Dead: Exploring the Medieval Cult of Saints Through January 18, 2009 Manuscript Gallery Focus Show The Romance of the Rose January 24–April 19, 2009 The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods February 15–May 24, 2009 Drawings Gallery Focus Show Rembrandt Peale’s Portrait of John Meer: A New Addition to the American Art Collection March 4–August 23, 2009 Art Blooms March 5–8, 2009 Mummified Through December 6, 2009 15 SUNDAY 1 p.m. Tour: Dawoud Bey: Portraits Re/ Examined (tour given by the Walters’ Teen Docents) 1–4 p.m., $60 Drawing @ the WAM: Session 2 2 p.m. Opening Day Lecture: Dr. Christopher de Hamel, Illuminating the Bible 16 MONDAY President’s Day 11 a.m. Tour: Highlights of the Walters Noon Tour: The Chamber of Art and Wonders 12:30 p.m. Tour: 19th-Century Art 18 WEDNESDAY 10 a.m.–noon, $12 Art History 201: Curator’s Focus 20 FRIDAY 12–1:15 p.m., $12 Raja Yoga: The Royal Path
21 SATURDAY 11 a.m. Walk, Wonder & Create Tour: Catch a Tail! 11 a.m. Concert: Peabody Violin Choirs: Illuminated Measures 2 p.m. Lecture: Dorie Reents-Budet, Food of Power: The History of Chocolate Among the Ancient Maya 22 SUNDAY 1–4 p.m., $60 Drawing @ the WAM: Session 2 2 p.m. Lecture ⁄ Book Signing in honor of Black History Month: Barbara Dianne Savage, Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion 2 p.m. Tour: Medieval and Ethiopian Christian Art 27 FRIDAY 12–1:15 p.m., $12 Raja Yoga: The Royal Path 28 SATURDAY 10 a.m.–4 p.m. African American Family Festival
MARCH 1 SUNDAY 1–4 p.m., $60 Drawing @ the WAM: Session 2 2 p.m. Tour: The Saint John’s Bible 3 TUESDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wake Up, It’s Spring! 4 WEDNESDAY 10 a.m.–noon, $12 Art History 201: Curator’s Focus 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wake Up, It’s Spring! 5 THURSDAY 12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch and Learn Lecture: Ben Tilghman, The Saint John’s Bible: Contemporary Art in Ancient Form 6–9 p.m. Art Blooms Preview Party 6 FRIDAY 10 a.m., $75 Art Blooms Presentation: Ron Morgan 12–1:15 p.m., $12 Raja Yoga: The Royal Path 1–3:30 p.m. Tour: Art Blooms with Walters’ Docents 5–8 p.m. First Fridays: Manuscripts and Martinis
7 SATURDAY 11 a.m. Tour: The Saint John’s Bible Noon–4 p.m. Tour: Art Blooms with Walters’ Docents 1–3 p.m., $240 MICA/Walters Contemplate… Create! Course: Illuminating the Present: Illustrated Manuscripts Inspired by the Saint John’s Bible 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wake Up, It’s Spring! 8 SUNDAY Noon–2 p.m. Tour: Art Blooms with Walters’ Docents 1–4 p.m., $60 Drawing @ the WAM: Session 2 11 WEDNESDAY 2 p.m. Members-Only Conserva-Tour: Elissa O’Loughlin, Paper in Unusual Places 13 FRIDAY 12–1:15 p.m., $12 Raja Yoga: The Royal Path 14 SATURDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wake Up, It’s Spring 1–3 p.m., $10 Cub Scout Museum Day: Medieval Lads and Ladies 15 SUNDAY 2 p.m. Tour: Magnificent Ivories 20 FRIDAY 12–1:15 p.m., $12 Raja Yoga: The Royal Path 21 SATURDAY 11 a.m. Walk, Wonder & Create Tour: Spring, March, and Bloom! 11 a.m. Tour: The Saint John’s Bible 1–3 p.m., $10 Junior and Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day: Medieval Lads and Ladies 22 SUNDAY 1 p.m. Tour: The Saint John’s Bible 2 p.m. Lecture: Michelle P. Brown, Scripture and the Scribe: Adorning the Bible Across 1500 Years 3 p.m. Art of Reading Book Club: The Name of the Rose 27 FRIDAY 12–1:15 p.m., $12 Raja Yoga: The Royal Path
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calendar of events 15 WEDNESDAY 2 p.m. Members-Only Conserva-Tour: Meg Craft, All Things Shiny: Yellow and Gold 17 FRIDAY 12–1:15 p.m., $10 Raja Yoga: The Royal Path 18 SATURDAY 11 a.m. Walk, Wonder & Create Tour: Page by Page 19 SUNDAY 11 a.m.–noon Basics of Ikebana Floral Arrangement 2 p.m. Word and Image: The Art of Reading Sacred Texts 25 SATURDAY 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Family Festival: Once Upon a Time 26 SUNDAY 2 p.m. Lecture and Book Signing: Dr. Mario Livio, Is God a Mathemetician? 28 TUESDAY 10–11 a.m. Art Tots Program: Let’s Read
28 SATURDAY 1–3 p.m., $10 Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day: Medieval Lads and Ladies
3 FRIDAY 12–1:15 p.m., $10 Raja Yoga: The Royal Path 5–8 p.m. First Fridays: The Big Waltz
29 SUNDAY Calligraphic Language Series: 11 a.m. Session 1: Sheila Waters, Sixty Years as a Professional Calligraphic Artist 12:30 p.m. Session 2: Julian Waters, Paper or Stone: Lettering as Graphic Design 3 p.m. Session 3: Mohamed Zakariya, The Living Art of Islamic Calligraphy 2 p.m. Tour: 19th-Century Art
4 SATURDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wild About Books
APRIL 1 WEDNESDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wild About Books 2 THURSDAY 12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch and Learn Lecture: Abigail Quandt, The Life of a Sopher: The Making and Restoration of the Torah
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5 SUNDAY 3 p.m. The John & Berthe Ford Annual Lectureship in Asian Art: Richard R. Ernst, Aesthetic and Scientific Perspectives of Central Asian Painting 7 TUESDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wild About Books 11 SATURDAY 10:30 a.m.–noon Artkids Preschool Program: Wild About Books 12 SUNDAY 11 a.m.–noon Basics of Ikebana Floral Arrangement
29 WEDNESDAY 10 a.m.–noon, $12 Art History 201: Asian Focus
Additional information about programs and events at the Walters is available on our online calendar. Visit: www.thewalters.org adult programs 410-547-9000, ext. 238 firstname.lastname@example.org children and family programs 410-547-9000, ext. 300 email@example.com membership programs 410-547-9000, ext. 283 firstname.lastname@example.org Listed prices reflect the member price for the event.
programs & events two new drawing classes Drawing @ the WAM Session 1, 1–4 p.m. Sundays: January 11, 18, 25 and February 1 Session 2, 1–4 p.m. Sundays: February 15, 22, and March 1, 8
Attributed to William Mulready (Irish), Othello, 1840–1863, oil on panel, gift of the Honorable Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr., 1987, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Four-session price: Walters members $60; non-members $120, pre-registration required as space is limited Studio A and also rotating throughout the museum (a schedule will be distributed on the first day) Why work in a drawing studio when you have the entire Walters Art Museum at your disposal? Work with Dana Marie Hosler, a very popular drawing instructor at the Walters, and learn more about the Walters’ vast collection while improving your drawing skills. You’ll work in specific galleries (equipped with stools, drawing boards, and tools), sketching sculpture and paintings from different vantage points. Session 1 is designed especially for beginners and continuing adults who want to learn the foundations or refresh their skills, while Session 2 is a continuing course aimed toward intermediate and advanced artists.
Images of exotic black figures, abundant in 19th-century Orientalist art, were critical to artists’ portrayal of an imagined Orient. Generally referring to North Africa and the Middle East, the Orient was a primary destination for artists, writers, scholars, and travelers who sought to escape the confines of European civilization to experience the exotic. In her talk, Dr. Childs will explore how images of blacks by major Orientalist painters and sculptors index a complicated system of ideas and assumptions about race and “exotic” cultures operating in 19th-century Europe. Dr. Childs, a specialist in issues of race in 19th-century European art, is currently researching blacks in European decorative art.
new course! Art History 201: Curator’s Focus Wednesdays, January 21, February 4, February 18, March 4, 10 a.m.–noon Members, seniors (65+), students $12 per session, $48 per mini-session; non-members $24 per session, $96 per mini-session Graham Auditorium Now you’ll have the chance to learn fascinating details about the things that most deeply engage the Walters’ curators! Dr. Martina Bagnoli explores Italian art of the Romanesque and Gothic period; Dr. Regine Schulz delves into the arts of Islam; and Director Dr. Gary Vikan discusses the rich history of relic and pilgrimage.
entertainment The Lion Dance: Consecrating the Chinese New Year Sunday, January 25, 2 p.m. Free; Sculpture Court
lecture The Black Exotic: Representing Blacks in 19th-Century Orientalist Art Dr. Adrienne L. Childs, Curator in Residence at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park Sunday, January 18, 2 p.m. Members free; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration recommended Graham Auditorium
The Chinese New Year—the Year of the Ox— begins on January 26, 2009. The Walters Art Museum launches a year-long celebration of the arts of China, Japan, and India with a traditional Lion Dance that promises blessing and prosperity while guarding against misfortune and dispelling evil spirits. Experience the beat of exhilarating drums, crashing cymbals, and ringing gongs, as the Johns Hopkins University Lion Dance Troupe brings good fortune for this New Year.
the art of reading book club
first fridays at the walters
5–8 p.m., Free First Fridays are stylish gatherings with live entertainment, music, and a cash bar featuring a signature cocktail. The place to see and be seen before you head home from work or head out for a night on the town, First Fridays will delight the senses and entertain the soul. January 2 February 6 March 6 April 3
Ethiopian New Year Romance of the Rose Manuscripts and Martinis The Big Waltz
january 25 People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks Penguin Group (2008) When a young rare book expert is called upon to restore a priceless 15th-century Hebrew codex, history travels backwards in time from World War II Bosnia to 1894 Vienna to Spain of the Convivencia. Spanning five centuries and four cultures, People of the Book invents a history for the Sarajevo Haggadah based on the spare but tantalizing knowledge of its past.
march 22 The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco Harcourt (1983) The year is 1327. Franciscan monks in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his sensitive mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. For more information or to register for the Book Club, call Elissa Winer at 410-5479000 ext. 335. Members receive a 10% discount on books purchased in the Museum Store.
3 p.m., Members free; non-members $5 Walters Parlor, 5 W. Mount Vernon Place
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programs & events
Chocolate drinking rituals were at the heart of Classic Maya social politics. New archaeological data and analyses of Maya ceramics, many of which are painted with cultural links palace scenes depicting chocolate-drinking, The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating Traditional reveal that the tradition has ancient roots West African Folklore before 1200 b.c. The history of chocolate Music, Dance and Ecstatic Rituals among the Maya will be explored from its Saturday, February 7, 2 p.m. earliest beginnings in Honduras and Belize Free; Sculpture Court to its full expression during the Classic PeCelebrate the eclectic and rhythmic sounds riod (250–850 a.d.), through unsurpassed of contemporary life, linked to ancient pictorial ceramics created for chocolate African roots, during this dynamic after- rituals among the Maya nobility. noon at the Walters Art Museum. Come Reents-Budet is a specialist in the visual spend a lively day in our bright Sculpture arts of ancient Maya and author of Painting Court, enjoying an afternoon listening to the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Clasa troupe of musicians playing compelling sic Period (Duke University Press, 1994). In West African instruments (shekere, ashiko, collaboration with Virginia M. Fields she djembe, dunun, kora, and bala). Highlights produced the exhibition and catalog Lords include a rhythmic purification dancer, of Creation: the Origins of Sacred Maya Kingstilt dancing, and folklore traditions from ship for the Los Angeles County Museum of the Old Mali empire and Nigeria. Art (2005).
The Harlem Renaissance Jacqueline Copeland, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Walters Art Museum Sunday, February 8, 2 p.m. Free; Graham Auditorium The Walters celebrates Black History Month with a two hour multi-media presentation on the arts, literature, music, and films of the Harlem Renaissance. Centered primarily in New York City between 1919 and 1935, the movement was instrumental in engaging the African American in the arts and culture of the United States and abroad.
Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion Barbara Dianne Savage, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania Sunday, February 22, 2 p.m. Members free; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration recommended Graham Auditorium
distinguished lecture in art of the ancient americas Food of Power: The History of Chocolate among the Ancient Maya Dorie Reents-Budet, Visiting Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Mint Museum, Charlotte; Senior Research
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sity of Virginia. Prior to entering graduate school, she worked in Washington, D.C., as a Congressional staff member and as a member of the staff of the Children’s Defense Fund.
workshop Contemplate… Create! Making art at the Maryland Institute College of Art based on visits to the Walters Art Museum. Illuminating the Present: Illustrated Manuscripts Inspired by The Saint John’s Bible Walters session: Saturday, March 7, 1–3 p.m. Studio sessions at MICA: Saturdays, March 14 and 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $240 for Walters members, MICA continuing studies students, and currently enrolled full-time undergraduate and graduate students; $270 for non-members; includes all needed materials Registration code: NCMU 140 Join Ben Tilghman, Zanvyl Krieger Curatorial Fellow, Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum, for an in-depth look at 22 pages of The Saint John’s Bible. At MICA, bring a contemporary perspective to this medieval tradition by creating your own illuminated page inspired by a scriptural verse or other text of choice. Surface designer, painter, and gilder Linda Gravina Ridings and illustrator Cornel Rubino will guide participants through the process of designing an illuminated illustration on watercolor paper, using ink, gouache, and gilding. The course will also explore designing with the calligraphic word in mind, especially the use of decorated capitals and marginalia.
Contemplate… Create! is a partnership among MICA, The Walters Art Museum, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. For more information or to register, call MICA, Division of Continuing Studies, 410-225Savage explores African American rela- 2219, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Saturday. tionships with religion, and has published many articles on the subject. Her most reprogram registration cent book, Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (Harvard University Online: www.thewalters.org Press, 2008), presents a historical examinaPhone: 410-547-9000, ext. 238 tion of debates about the public responsibility of black churches and the role of reliVisa, Mastercard, or American Exgion in racial leadership. press required when registering for Savage received her doctorate in history programs with fees. from Yale in 1995, and also holds a law degree from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from the Univer-
Chakaba (Stilt Walker), photo by Olu McKnight
Associate in the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Saturday, February 21, 2 p.m. Members free; non-members $10; students $5; pre-registration recommended Graham Auditorium
programs & events the garden of eden: the 20th anniversary of art blooms Spring will come early to the Walters Art Museum with The Garden of Eden: The 20th Anniversary of Art Blooms. Taking place from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 8, Art Blooms enhances the Walters’ collection with interpretive floral arrangements by over 30 regional garden clubs. Highlights of the weekend include a Preview Party on Thursday evening. On Friday, March 6, Ron Morgan, one of the most creative and well-recognized floral designers in the U.S., will present a floral arranging demonstration and workshop. Members are encouraged to visit the Museum throughout the weekend for docent-led tours, floral arranging demonstrations and additional programs. Art Blooms coincides with the special exhibition The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern Vision Through Medieval Methods. The Women’s Committee is proud to be a lead sponsor of this exhibition. The Women’s Committee has brought Art Blooms to the Walters since 1989. Funds raised through this special event have allowed the Women’s Committee to establish the Education Endowment Fund and to support special programs, projects, and exhibitions. More information about Art Blooms and the Walters Art Museum’s Women’s Committee can be found at www.wamwc.org.
family festivals Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free Inspire, celebrate, and create in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this special day! Travel back in time with family videos about the life and times of Dr. King; choose from a multitude of art activities related to heroes, peace, and dreams; and meet special performers with stories about the civil rights movement! African American Family Festival Saturday, February 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free Discover the Harlem Renaissance at the Walters Art Museum! Connect with the past, present, and future of African American heritage through performers, art activities, and art throughout the museum! Bring the whole family for a day of hands-on activities provided by special guests from the greater Baltimore area. Once Upon a Time Family Festival Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free Join us in celebrating stories and legends, books and their makers, authors and calligraphers and more! All ages will create crazy books by stamping, sewing, and painting! Our youngest visitors will travel through a fairy tale in an exploratory zone created in collaboration with the
Enoch Free Pratt Library. Enjoy demonstrations by members of local calligraphy guilds, meet famous authors throughout the ages, dance along to story-filled music, and weave your own enchanting tales!
scout museum days: medieval lads and ladies March 14: Cub Scout Museum Day March 21: Junior and Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day March 28: Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day 1–3p.m. $10 per scout, online pre-registration required Calling all Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts! The Walters Art Museum invites Scouts of all ages to learn about the wonderful world of art while earning merit badges. Take a trip back in time and learn about the lives of girls and boys in Medieval Europe. Experience the Middle Ages firsthand through gallery tours and group activities, then create an illuminated manuscript masterpiece of your very own! Junior and Brownie Girl Scouts will work toward their distinctive Medieval Maidens Badge, and Cub Scouts towards their Art Merit Badge. This interactive, two-hour program includes: · Guided tour of selected artworks by a trained educator · Hands-on art activity based on specific merit badge guidelines · Specially designed Walters participatory patch
For more information, contact 410-5479000, ext. 325 or email familyprograms@ thewalters.org. Register online at www. thewalters.org.
birthday jam at the wam For children ages 4–10 Members $300; non-members $360 2 hours; weekend availability Birthday JAM at the WAM offers children a unique and fun venue for celebrating birthdays. Amazing art activities and inspiring gallery adventures will make birthdays memorable! For an additional fee, our cuddly lion cub mascot, Waltee, will visit the party and enchant the children by delivering a special Waltee stuffed animal to the birthday girl or boy!
Choose from one of the following fun-filled party themes: · Quest for the Mummy · The King is Coming! · Jungle Jamboree! To reserve a party or for more information, call 410-547-9000, ext. 325 or email email@example.com.
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museum news & information Curators’ Choice Circle level members kicked off the season at the Curators’ Choice reception on September 23, 2008. Guests gathered in the Sculpture Court for hors d’oeuvres and then dispersed throughout the museum for in-depth tours with curators. For more information about this premier event or joining the Annual Giving Circles, please contact Julia Keller, Manager, Annual Giving, by calling 410-547-9000, ext. 314 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. FIRST ROW (L–R): 1. Peter Stockman and his wife Dyson flanking Director Gary Vikan 2. Circle level members (and beloved docents!) Lee Schwark and Sara Lycett SECOND ROW (L–R): Adrienne and Neal Salomon, Trustee Wendy Brody, and Dee Alevizatos
Another Successful Gala Thanks to co-chairs Barbara and Tom Bozzuto, the Gala Committee and all subscribers for a successful Gala and opening of Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. THIRD ROW: Tom Bozzuto, Barbara Bozzuto and Gary Vikan
Goodbye Griff! Friends and Patrons gathered on August 19, 2008 to say goodbye to the Walters’ outgoing Head of Curatorial Affairs Griff Mann, who is now serving as Chief Curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Good luck, Griff! FOURTH ROW: Jeff Fox and Griff Mann, Eleanor Owen The Walters Magazine, Vol. 62, No. 1. Published by the Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Mindy Riesenberg, Editor Johanna Biehler & Tony Venne, Designers Susan Tobin, Art Photography
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museum news & information Plan Ahead and Give
Rembrandt Peale, Portrait of Dr. Meer, ca. 1795, oil on canvas, 29 x 24.5", The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (37.2778)
Plan ahead and put a little something away for tomorrow. Do you have an asset that’s not generating income as you had hoped? How will you reinvest? Are today’s poor interest rates unappealing? Does the volatility in the stock market make you nervous? What if you could help the Walters Art Museum, take a tax deduction for a charitable contribution, and get a guaranteed income stream for life? You can! Help the Walters bring art and future generations together for enjoyment, discovery, and learning. Call Joan Ruch at 410-547-9000, ext. 295 for information about supporting the Walters Art Museum with a Charitable Gift Annuity.
Special Honor for Walters Curator
This spring the Walters will feature a focus show on the early works of Rembrandt Peale (1778–1860) to celebrate a recent gift from a local family. Likely painted several years before Rubens with a Geranium Pot (1801, National Gallery of Art), which will be featured in the show for comparison, our portrait already portends the young artist’s rapid technical development. Rembrandt was the favorite son of American artist Charles Willson Peale, who had achieved a degree of fame that Rembrandt would seek to exceed. Doing credit to his famous namesake, Rembrandt had a long and varied career, including a pioneering effort to establish the first public art museum in Baltimore. The identity of the sitter in our portrait remains something of a mystery. The prominent skull in the foreground offers an important clue, however, and will be further explored through the objects on view in the show.
Eik Kahng, the Walters’ Curator and Head of the Department of 18th and 19th Century Art, has been admitted to the second class of the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York City, an honor for both Eik and the Walters Art Museum. She is one of ten curators across the United States who have been chosen to enter this prestigious program, which aims to “create a new kind of curator, one who is able to take responsibility for the art in his or her care, and who is also capable of handling the internal and external managerial responsibilities of directing an institution.” The program will cover administrative, managerial, and fundraising skills, and includes mentoring by directors and trustees from museums across the country. We extend our heartiest congratulations to Eik, and wish her well during the program!
Art info? Ask me! Walters docents are at the museum every Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to assist you with your questions. Look for them wearing a special Art Info? Ask Me! tee shirt as they walk through the museum. You can even get a mini-tour!
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AT THE MUSEUM STORE Illuminating the Word: The Making of the St. John’s Bible Christopher Calderhead takes us on a behindthe-scenes tour of this extraordinary project and tells the story of the makers of the Bible and the community at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Illuminating the Word reveals the working process behind one of the greatest undertakings of our time and vividly brings to life its challenges and triumphs. Hardcover, 240pp. $39.95 (members, $35.95)
Mizpah Necklace Top Right One of the most beautiful phrases in the Bible is Genesis 31:49—The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another. Carefully rendered in sterling silver by DVB of New York for our Museum Store, this exquisite necklace is made in the U.S. and comes complete with provenance card. Price includes sturdy 18-inch sterling silver cable chain. $59.95 (members, $53.95)
Marguerite Makes a Book When her Papa Jacques’ glasses break, daughter Marguerite realizes that she must be the one to complete Papa’s work. In this sweet story, author Bruce Robertson tells all about 15th-century book illumination. His descriptions of the materials used in creating an illuminated manuscript show readers of all ages the painstaking craftsmanship to create such treasures. Ages 8 and up. Hardcover, 44pp. $19.95 (members, $17.95)
23rd Psalm Bracelet Bottom Right The Lord is my Shepherd… carefully engraved on this sterling silver bangle bracelet. The ingenious mobius design of the bracelet creates a continuous surface on which is inscribed this beloved Bible quotation. $99.95 (members, $89.95)