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Art Matters

First Friday of every month 4:44 PM

"Art Matters" with Baltimore Museum of Art Director Christopher Bedford connects listeners with some of the most interesting and innovative artists working today.  As the 10th director of Maryland's largest art museum, Bedford is recognized as a dynamic leader who recognizes the powerful role that art and artists can play in shaping our society.

Tune in the first Friday of every month to hear how artists from Baltimore and beyond define themselves and their work.

Stephen Towns

Apr 5, 2018
Joseph Hyde

Christopher Bedford talks with Baltimore-based artist Stephen Towns about his first museum exhibition, Rumination and a Reckoning, and his choice to use quilting as a medium to narrate the life of Nat Turner and his 1831 rebellion. Towns is also a Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist whose work will be on view in another exhibition at the BMA June 20 – August 5.

Spencer Finch

Mar 2, 2018
Mitro Hood.

Moon Dust (Apollo 17) transforms the BMA’s majestic Fox Court, evoking in viewers a sense of wonder. For the next seven years, museum visitors can enjoy the sublime light installation by Spencer Finch. For this episode of Art Matters, the New York-based artist spoke with BMA Director Christopher Bedford about Moon Dust and how the installation’s 447 lights and 150 fixtures are a scientifically precise representation of the chemical composition of moon dust gathered during the Apollo 17 mission.

Zöe Charlton

Feb 2, 2018

Chris Bedford and Baltimore-based artist Zöe Charlton discuss the meanings behind her surreal life-size figurative drawings and how people relate to images of bodies.

Senga Nengudi

Jan 5, 2018
Mitro Hood

BMA Director Christopher Bedford delves into the career of performance artist/sculptor Senga Nengudi – from her pioneering work in Los Angeles in the 1970s to recent exhibitions that include more artists of color.

Tomás Saraceno

Dec 1, 2017
Mitro Hood

For this episode of “Art Matters,” BMA Director Christopher Bedford interviews Berlin-based artist Tomás Saraceno, who recently created a stunning new work titled Entangled Orbits for the BMA’s East Lobby. Chris and Tomás talk about the artist’s fascination with spiders—how they influence his work and how they can help us consider new ways of living in this galaxy.

Amy Sherald

Nov 3, 2017
Christopher Myers

For this episode of “Art Matters,” BMA Director Christopher Bedford interviews Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, who recently received a commission to paint former First Lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait. Chris and Amy talk about her work as a conceptual portraitist, how the chaotic energy of Lexington Market influenced her work, and how she sees herself in the context of art history.