Family workshops to stretch your imagination, the Beautiful Women of Hashiguchi Goyo, crowd inspired Public Property, and the Art of Garden Imagery are just a few of the free exhibits offered this weekend at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
Whimsical Wonderlands Activities
Imagination reigns for kids of all ages as families join museum educators to create artful projects. This weekend, August 11 and 12, 2012, the activity topic is “Armida’s Amazing Mirror.” No registration is required for the drop-in workshop that runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The museum staff encourages guests to drop-in and make a “fantastic piece of art” to take home.
Hashiguchi Goyo’s Beautiful Women
The images of Hashiguchi Goyo, the last of Japan’s great ukiyo-e printmakers, are on display through Sunday, August 12, 2012 in the Fourth Floor Drawing Gallery from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Completed between 1918 and 1920, Goyo’s prints are representative of the ukiyo-e art style which originated in the period when Japan was isolated from the rest of the world. Ukiyo-e prints were often posters used in early advertising of theatre performances, and portraits of popular actors and beautiful woman.
The closing party for the unique Public Property exhibit is Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. This successful, and interesting experiment in exhibiting was the result of interaction by the public to decide what was displayed. The experiment began in the summer when people collectively shaped the exhibit by voting on what they wanted to see in various aspects of the exhibit. The public voted for a creature feature film to be presented for the closing party. A cash-bar in the lobby and favorite movie treats will be available in the café. The actual exhibit will run for another week until August 19, 2012.
Paradise Imagined: The Garden in the Islamic and Christian World
Explore the art of gardens and garden imagery between East and West through illustrated herbals, poetry, epic and sacred texts from manuscripts and rare books from the Walter’s collection. The exhibit, showing through September 23, 2012, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, is located in the Third Floor Manuscript Gallery. This exhibit describes how gardens were places of recreation, reflection and imagination through Christian and Islamic worlds in the late medieval and early modern ages.
Getting there: The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at 600 North Charles Street.