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Call for Artists: BMA Commission


In dialogue with Fred Wilson’s sculpture Artemis/Bast (1992), on extended loan from a private collection, the BMA seeks to commission two (2) artists or artist teams to create site-responsive installations of their own work that engage with the question:

What images and thoughts emerge when myths and histories collide?

Emerging and mid-career artists residing in Maryland or its contiguous states are invited to engage in an open dialogue around their own practices while examining the complex legacies unfurled in Wilson’s art as it has intersected with Baltimore’s cultural life and specific histories, from his groundbreaking Mining the Museum project organized by The Contemporary in 1992 to his retrospective organized by the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 2001.

Successful proposals, while in dialogue with Fred Wilson’s sculpture, are not intended to be a homage or recapitulation of his prior projects. Instead, these commissioned installations will center around the collision of myths and histories, a provocation posed by Artemis/Bast and explored through the concerns and interests of the commissioned artists’ own practices.

The commissioned works will be presented in the two galleries to either side of the John Waters Rotunda at the BMA, where Artemis/Bast will be installed at center.

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