THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART TO PRESENT MARK BRADFORD’S TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY, FEATURED IN 2017 VENICE BIENNALE

. November 11, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announces it will present Mark Bradford: Tomorrow Is Another Day, the current exhibition in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, from September 2018 through March 2019. Co-curated by Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director and Commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion, and Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Programming and Research Curator and Thaw Endowed Chair of Modern American Art at Stony Brook University, Tomorrow Is Another Day is a multilayered narrative of new and existing work by Bradford in a variety of media—painting, sculpture, installation art, and video. These works reflect the artist’s longtime social and intellectual interests, most notably in marginalized populations, and reveal his belief in art’s ability to expose contradictory histories and inspire action in the present day. The Baltimore exhibition will also include a new site-specific installation, a spectacular painterly “waterfall” that sweeps through the East Lobby to the second floor, adjacent to the galleries featuring Tomorrow Is Another Day.

An integral element of Bradford’s engagement in Baltimore is a partnership with Greenmount West Community Center (GWCC), a vital gathering place for adults, children, and youth living two miles south of the museum. Through a program of structured activities and open dialogue, the community center provides a safe and positive environment for underserved local youth to create, learn, and share. Bradford and his studio will provide the skills-based training and equipment to begin a silk-screening project at the GWCC with assistance from Noisy Tenants, a Baltimore-based organization that connects businesses and communities for innovative projects. Bradford’s involvement with GWCC parallels his community engagement initiative in Venice, where he collaborated on a new store for Rio Terà dei Pensieri, a social cooperative nonprofit that provides opportunities for men and women incarcerated in Venice to create artisanal goods and other products and supports their re-integration into society.

“Mark’s work is always rooted in the specific needs and conditions of the communities he partners with. This conviction is as central to him as his use of paper is to his practice as an abstract painter,” said BMA Director Christopher Bedford. “I know the deeply personal exhibition he created for the U.S. Pavilion in Venice will resonate with many who live in or visit Baltimore, and I’m confident that Mark’s partnership with Greenmount West Community Center will be transformative, for both the center and the BMA. We are honored to share these two vital and inextricable sides of Mark with the city.”

“I am beyond thrilled to work with such a socially committed artist,” said Greenmount West Community Association President Kisha L. Webster. “This partnership with the BMA and Mark Bradford will help us greatly expand our resources to better serve the youth in our community.”

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