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Saturday: Scale Shift: Big Table Connections

Saturday: Scale Shift: Big Table Connections
(Photography BMA/The Baltimore Museum of Art)

Aug. 6 

Whenever I go to the BMA, I make sure to walk around the Contemporary Wing, in part to see if the curators have swapped out anything recently, but mainly for Felix Gonzalez-Torres' fantastic piece "Untitled (Water)"—an enormous, blue bead curtain that stretches from the high ceiling to the floor, separating galleries. Kids gleefully test the piece, weaving themselves through it, and adults, thanks to Gonzales-Torres' scale shift, might feel small and curious in a similar way again. There's something about interacting with a simple, familiar object (kitschy home decor) in the typically rigid context of a museum and the playful, psychological effect of its size that can both meet us where we're at and bring us all down to a similar level. Come hear Clare Nicholls, an artist and educator at the Maryland Science Center, talk about "Untitled (Water)" and participate in an activity inspired by the piece. 2-3:30 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, artbma.org, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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