On Wednesday, the Baltimore Museum of Art announced new acquisitions of works by female artists as part of its "2020 Vision" initiative, which spotlights the achievements of female-identifying artists through educational programming, solo and group exhibitions, and a commitment to exclusively purchasing works by female artists. Approximately $2.5 million has been budgeted by BMA for acquisitions throughout 2020 and 2021.
Among the acquisitions entering the collection this week are mixed-media sculptures by Barbara Chase-Riboud; videos by Nathalie Djurberg, Laura Ortman, and Martine Syms; fabric work by Barbara Brown; and photographs by Delphine Diallo and Mariette Pathy Allen.
“The development of the 2020 Vision initiative has served as an important catalyst to consider widely and deeply the narratives that the BMA is telling and those that we yet need to tell more fully and boldly,” Christopher Bedford, the BMA's director, said in a statement. “The acquisitions announced today capture the spirit and effort undertaken by our curatorial team to continue to rectify critical omissions in our collection and also within the broader history of art, which in its recording has systematically diminished and underrepresented the incredible achievements of artists who are also women, Black, Indigenous, and persons of color.”
In 2018, BMA deaccessioned seven blue-chip works by artists including Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg to fund future acquisitions intended to diversify the museum’s predominantly white holdings. So far, BMA has acquired more than 60 works by women and artists of color, including pieces by Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald, Wangechi Mutu, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Firelei Báez. Click through the slideshow for a look at highlights from the latest round of acquisitions. The full list of 2020 acquisitions will be made available on BMA's site on June 29.