Contemporary Museum Baltimore

Contemporary Museum Baltimore The Contemporary is a nomadic, non-collecting art museum located in Baltimore, Maryland.HistoryIn 1989, Baltimore curator George Ciscle founded The Contemporary in order to foster meaningful exchanges between artists, institutions, and diverse audiences.

This nomadic institution quickly developed a reputation for delivering unexpected, challenging, and inspiring encounters with contemporary art by notable artists such as Willie Cole, Alison Saar, and Fred Wilson. It sponsored exhibitions in a variety of non-traditional spaces around Baltimore, as well as borrowing space in partnering institutions such as the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Rawlings Conservatory, and Walters Art Museum.Mining The MuseumThe Contemporary's most notable exhibition is Fred Wilson's "Mining The Museum" which examined Maryland's complex relationship to slavery through the Maryland Historical Society's collection. In 1993, the American Association of Museums granted the show a Curator’s Committee Award, citing it as the exhibition of the year.Centre Street LocationIn 1999, the Contemporary Museum moved to 100 W. Centre Street, one block from the Walters, in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of downtown Baltimore, where it organized exhibitions and related programming for nearly ten years.Return To NomadismIn 2011, the museum moved out of the W. Centre Street space and facilitated projects in neighboring institutions and buildings, most notably the collaborative project "Uh-Oh: A Whoop Dee Doo Thing" at GALLERY CA, in April of 2012. At a critical juncture, and consistent with the belief that the mission of The Contemporary should be subject to review, the Board of Trustees suspended operations in May of 2012. An intensive reassessment process followed, ultimately leading to the reinstatement of the institution’s original vision of redefining the museum and the creation of a new model under the direction of Deana Haggag.

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