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Genius at the BMA

A tour of art treasures at the BMA

The historic front doors of the Baltimore Museum of Art, magically re-opened after a major renovation, were a marvelous sight ("At 100, the Baltimore Museum of Art reinvents itself for a younger generation," Nov. 20).

Lots of young people lounged on the limestone front steps or played with hula hoops. But, most impressive was what waited inside.

The museum's American Wing has taken on a fresh look and a tantalizing vibe. The placement of lovely 18th- and 19th-century arm chairs, federal furniture with period vases, lamps and sconces in front of treasured oil paintings was pure genius.

The 20th-century room showed off its gorgeous Georgia O'Keefes around the corner from a chair on wheels and spectacular in-laid tables. A walk across the hall to the Maryland collections was rewarded by an "art tour wall" of favorite pieces from the BMA's collection.

The Maryland rooms took me back to the Steiff silver pieces and period Baltimore furniture I have missed. Such masterful work by BMA staff brings new perspectives to our Baltimore treasures. Kudos to BMA Director Doreen Bolger, curator David Park Curry and all the BMA staff for their work on this project.

I challenge all Baltimoreans, indeed all of our fellow Marylanders and other Baltimore visitors, to witness what artistry and a combination of public and private financing can achieve. The BMA at 100 makes us all proud.

Ellen Marshall, Baltimore

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