BALTIMORE, (WJZ) — The Baltimore Museum of Art will present a new exhibition that shares works selected by the institution’s security guards.
The new exhibition, titled “Guarding the Art“, was entirely organized by the 17 members of the museum’s security team. It will be open to the public on Sunday March 27 with around 25 works of art from the museum’s collection.
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The museum said the exhibit will feature the perspective of workers who spend hours guarding treasured works of art and interacting with guests, highlighting their personal stories and interests.
It is the first time in the history of the BMA that the guards have organized an exhibition, the museum said.
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“‘Guarding the Art’ is more personal than typical museum exhibits because it offers visitors a unique opportunity to see, hear and learn the personal stories and motivations of visiting curators,” said Amy Elias, Trustee of the BMA. “In this way, the exposureion opens a door to how a visitor might feel about art, rather than just providing a framework for how to think about art.
Artists Jeremy Alden, Louise Bourgeois, Sam Gilliam, Grace Hartigan, Winslow Homer, Alma W. Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, and various unidentified artists from Colombia, Costa Rica, and the Solomon Islands are featured on the show.
The exhibition is visible until July 10.
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Seventeen members of the BMA have signed on as guest curators and have worked over the past year with museum management and staff to complete this project.