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Baltimore Museum of Art will host an exhibition curated by the museum's guards

the Baltimore Museum of Art
Guarding the Art
Wallis Director
the Pearlstone Family Foundation
Blue Edge
Decorative Arts
Johns Hopkins University
Anne Brown Baltimore Museum of Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art

Lowery Stokes Sims
Christopher Bedford
Dorothy Wagner
Asma Naeem
Eddie C. and
C. Sylvia Brown
Amy Elias
Traci Archable-Frederick
Jess Bither
Ben Bjork
Ricardo Castro
Melissa Clasing
Bret Click
Alex Dicken
Kellen Johnson
Michael Jones
Rob Kempton
Chris Koo
Alex Lei
Dominic Mallari
Dereck Mangus
Sara Ruark
Joan Smith
Elise Tensley
Dr. Sims
Frederick Crey
Thomas Ruckle
Max Beckmann’s
Winslow Homer’s
Emile-Antoine Bourdelle’s
Jeremy Alden’s
Sam Gilliam’s
Sarah Cho
Katie Cooke
Jeffrey Legum
Kwame Webb
Kathryn Bradley
Elizabeth Himelfarb Hurwitz
Michael Sherman
Carrie Tivador
Henri Matisse
John Russell Pope
Sarah Pedroni
Alina Sumajin


Mt. Vernon
the Inner Harbor

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The New York Times
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BALTIMORE, MD (July 12, 2021) In March 2022, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will present Guarding the Art, an exhibition curated entirely by 17 members of the museum’s security team. In addition, the team is working with renowned art historian and curator Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, who is providing additional mentorship and professional development.“Our security officers spend more time in our galleries and living among our collection than any other staff within the institution,” said Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director. The security staff’s relationship to the art they safeguard and their interactions with visitors are essential elements of this project.”Guarding the Art is curated by Traci Archable-Frederick, Jess Bither, Ben Bjork, Ricardo Castro, Melissa Clasing, Bret Click, Alex Dicken, Kellen Johnson, Michael Jones, Rob Kempton, Chris Koo, Alex Lei, Dominic Mallari, Dereck Mangus, Sara Ruark, Joan Smith, and Elise Tensley, with support from Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims; Dr. Asma Naeem, BMA Eddie C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator; Sarah Cho, BMA Curatorial Assistant for Decorative Arts and American Painting and Sculpture; and Katie Cooke, BMA Curatorial Assistant to the Chief Curator.This exhibition is generously sponsored by the Pearlstone Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Legum, Kwame Webb and Kathryn Bradley, David and Elizabeth Himelfarb Hurwitz, and Michael Sherman and Carrie Tivador.Founded in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) inspires people of all ages and backgrounds through exhibitions, programs, and collections that tell an expansive story of art—challenging long-held narratives and embracing new voices.

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