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High Art

We at City Paper have this beautiful tradition where, for our annual Weed Issue, we visit an art museum beneath a thick purple haze. It's a way to experience familiar art in a different light and create new connections between artworks, time periods, and disciplines. With over 200 pieces—some familiar to regular museum-goers, others new to the collection—the Baltimore Museum of Art's exhibition "New Arrivals: Gifts of Art for a New Century" kind of does that for us, bridging curatorial barriers and pairing pieces we'd never think we'd see together. The show is not only more wide-ranging than pretty much any single museum show we've ever seen, but it's massive. So we needed two people on this. And, you know, we still wanted to smoke up.

Like many large art exhibitions, "New Arrivals" is a serious but rewarding undertaking when stoned. In this state, the adjoined galleries feel labyrinthian,

I decide not to check my coat at the museum. It seems risky and scary in my current state of mind, but, of course, I run into an acquaintance who works as a

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