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BMA partners with Google to bring work by African-American artists to global audience

Thanks to a new partnership, the only thing needed to see some of the BMA's collection of work by African-American artists is an Internet connection.

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced Monday a set of initiatives to increase awareness of works by African-American artists, in honor of Black History Month. One such initiative is a partnership with the Google Cultural Institute to bring some of the museum's work by African American artists to people around the world.

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"Questioning the Canon" presents 18 of the BMA's pieces by African-American artists such as Nick Cave, David Hammons and Kara Walker. Users make their way through a virtual museum by clicking through the interactive feature.

"The objects assembled in this exhibition challenge the way African-Americans have historically been seen, creating alternate narratives to the traditional Western art accounts from ancient Egypt and classical Greece, to the birth of modern painting, to postwar abstraction and conceptual practice," according to a news release.

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The Google Cultural Institute partnered with more than 40 organizations that feature African-American art and artifacts, the release says.

Other BMA initiatives during Black History Month include a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on Feb. 13, in which participants will create, update and improve the Wikipedia pages of African-American artists, and a self-guided tour on Feb. 7 of African American artists on view at the museum.

View the online exhibition here.

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