Jack Whitten made his sculpture privately in Greece—even after he became one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time ever, these revelatory works will be on view in Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017, organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
At center of this exhibition, the monumental installation Birth of a Nation (2014) represents a black woman nursing a white infant against the backdrop of the first official flag of the United States. Suspended above a mound of earth, the quilt is surrounded by Towns’s Story Quilts (2016–2018), a cycle of seven works in luminous fabrics and glass beads that narrate the life of Nat Turner and the 1831 rebellion he led against slavery.
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For the past 30 years, the BMA has hosted an annual countywide student exhibition, Art is for Everyone, presenting the artwork of Baltimore County public school students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.