Born in Charleston, South Carolina, and based in Baltimore, Stephen Towns explores African American cultural issues in murals and mixed-media art. This exhibit includes a series of quilts that tells the story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, also depicted in the 2016 film, The Birth of a Nation.
Inspired by a 1972 project that challenged stereotypes of women in the home, this show features the work of 36 global artists from the 1960s to the present. Sculptures, photographs, installations and videos reflect myriad viewpoints on the subject of home, from architectural studies to expectations and responsibilities.
Posters from the collection of LeRoy E. Hoffberger and Paula Gately Tillman Hoffberger focus on the Vienna Secession, an influential group of late-19th-century artists who challenged the norms of academic art. Works on view, including those of Gustav Klimt, are quintessential examples of Art Nouveau style.
In his first exhibition on the East Coast, Korean-born Do Ho Suh invites viewers into his personal world with “Almost Home.” Known internationally for his architectural installations, Suh explores ideas of migration, displacement and the importance of home by rendering his former living spaces as hand-sewn fabric sculptures.
Coming from the Malaysian word for “to tie,” ikats are made by meticulously tying and coloring threads before they are woven into vibrant textiles. This show delves into the historical uses of ikats and explores their enduring appeal in contemporary design. More than two dozen historical ikat coats and decorative pieces from Central Asia will be on display, along with seven couture creations by the late Oscar de la Renta, whose initial use of ikats in 2005 sparked a surge in their popularity.
Built in 1927, a remodeled Oakland estate in Baltimore County’s Greenspring Valley will open to the public for the 41st Baltimore Symphony Associates’ Designer Show House. Formerly owned by Edgar Allen Poe III, an ancestor of the author, the residence offers more than 20 rooms that will showcase the talents of local design teams.