James Baldwin

Baltimore Museum of Art prepares for 'Olympics of the art world,' the Venice Biennale

Baltimore Museum of Art prepares for 'Olympics of the art world,' the Venice Biennale

With just six days to go before the opening of the 2017 Venice Biennale, the staff for the Baltimore Museum of Art was being bombarded with interview requests from more than 140 media outlets, including the national public television of Slovenia and the fashion magazine Marie Claire Ukraine.

They've been trying to track down jars of Vlasic pickles and the brand of red plastic party cups they're contractually required to provide for the headlining entertainer at the fancy black-tie gala they're throwing in Italy on Wednesday night.

They were attempting to extricate an unglamorous but essential...

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