Baltimore Museum of Art will host an exhibition curated by the museum's guards
This professional development initiative-the first of its kind for the museum-includes mentorship from Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims.BALTIMORE, MD In March 2022, the Baltimore Museum of Art will present Guarding the Art, an exhibition curated entirely by 17 members of the museum's security team. The exhibition will draw from works of art in the BMA's collection, with each work selected by one of the participating officers. As guest curators, the officers will be collaborating with leadership and staff across the museum to select and reinterpret works from a variety of eras, genres, cultures, and mediums-offering a particularly human-centered lens through which to consider the objects. The team is working with renowned art historian and curator Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, who is providing additional mentorship and professional development. "It is their perspectives, their insights, and their relationships with the art and daily interactions with our visitors that will set the stage for Guarding the Art to be an exceptional experience." "There is so much more to see in the BMA's collection than what's on the gallery walls. It's been exciting to get first-hand experience in organizing an exhibition and discovering all the behind-the-scenes considerations. It gives you a new respect for how museums work and the stories they tell," said Elise Tensley. Dr. Sims added, "I am honored to be working with the security staff as the curators of this innovative and groundbreaking exhibition. It sends a potent message to the art world at large about the BMA's commitment to present diverse voices that expand our experience of familiar works of art in the collection. The security staff's relationship to the art they safeguard and their interactions with visitors are essential elements of this project."