Special Exhibitions

February 1, 2015 to March 15, 2015

1st Place Winner (Tie): “America” by Kayla Hall, Grade 12, Western School of Technology & Environment Science Baltimore County Schools.

1st Place Winner (Tie): “America” by Kayla Hall, Grade 12, Western School of Technology & Environment Science
Baltimore County Schools.

1st Place: “1st Place Winner (Tie): “America” by Kayla Hall, Grade 12, Western School of Technology & Environment Science Baltimore County Schools.

On View February 1 – Mar 15, 2015

High school students across Maryland are invited each year to submit work to be considered for exhibition at the museum. This year, students were asked to respond to the prompt: “The Flag and the American People: What Does it Mean to Me?” The theme is inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, For Whom It Stands, which investigates the history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people. The top three winners receive cash prizes for their work; first place is $400, second place is $200 and third place is $100. The exhibition is produced and presented in partnership with the Maryland State Education Association and the Maryland State Department of Education.

To learn how your school can be involved in next year’s art show, please contact Terry Taylor, educational programs coordinator, at 443-263-1829 or by email at taylor@maamc.org.

April 15, 2015 to August 30, 2015

 

Dance Theater of Harlem poster

 

April 15 – August 30, 2015

This majestic exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process, the company made history and shattered barriers for future generations of aspiring performers. Dance Theatre of Harlem is a celebration of courage, and of the magic and uplifting power of the performing arts.

An Astonishing Talent
Central to the themes of the exhibition is the story of founder Arthur Mitchell himself. Mitchell, with his astonishing talent, was selected by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet. To be the only African American dancer of a major ballet company was a historic achievement in pre-Civil Rights America. He rose to become a principal dancer within the company, then founded Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969 in a church basement in the aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. It was the artist’s way of giving back to his community in the credo of the civil rights leader. Dance Theatre rose to become one of the most sought-after companies by the leading impresarios, opera houses, and performance venues around the world. 

In addition to the costumes and staged ballets, the exhibition includes historical photographs, original tour programs, letters from choreographers and dignitaries, magazine articles, and design bibles. The exhibition honors the art of dance, and a man who dared to define a vision, rather than having it defined for him.

The exhibition is organized by Dance Theatre of Harlem, California African American Museum, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C.

October 1, 2014 to January 25, 2015
July 1, 2014 to September 14, 2014
May 17, 2014 to February 28, 2015

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