Sunday, May 19: 9–11 p.m.
AAM Opening Party at American Visionary Art Museum
All three of AVAM’s buildings will be open for guests to explore multiple galleries and gardens. Complementing the story-themed annual meeting is our mega exhibition, “Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor, and Truth.” Two of the exhibition artists will be present. A fabulous live band will perform and a disc jockey will entertain visitors in our Dame Anita Roddick Tall Sculpture Barn.
Monday, May 20: 7:30–10:30 p.m.
The Best of Baltimore at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Enjoy an evening celebrating Baltimore’s bests: the BMA’s spectacular collection of 19th-century, modern and contemporary art; eclectic live music and performance art; and signature hors d’oeuvres. Explore grand galleries of European art and marvel at Matisse and Picasso masterpieces collected by Baltimore’s Cone sisters. Experience an exciting new look at the art of our time in the BMA’s newly renovated Contemporary Wing, including site-specific artist installations. Then catch performances by artists and musicians from the city’s hot arts scene. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, one free drink ticket and cash bar.
All Aboard to the B&O Museum
This is your opportunity to meet, greet and mingle with the great fire-breathing “Iron Horses” inside the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse. Relax and enjoy a traditional picnic fare with a nice cold beer or a glass of wine. Civil War living historians will add to the evening’s entertainment with our nationally acclaimed exhibit on the railroad in the Civil War.
Wonders of the Undersea World
We invite you to spend an evening enjoying the wonders of the undersea world. Travel to an Australian river gorge, descend through an Atlantic coral reef, explore a tropical rain forest, discover dolphins and sharks, and listen to stories from our animal experts along the way. Immerse yourself in exciting exhibits such as “Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes,” “Dolphin Discovery” and “Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance.” Refreshments will be provided throughout the aquarium.
Tuesday, May 21: 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Bull Roast by the Harbor
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Enjoy an evening on the waterfront at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The museum will be open throughout the evening, with staff and volunteers on hand to operate equipment in our reconstructed machine shop, blacksmith forge and print shop. Two special features will be BMI’s operating linotype machine and a demonstration run of a 1975 Maryland-made electric car. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in several of the museum’s interactive school programs. Outside in the waterfront pavilion guests will enjoy a traditional Maryland bull roast, with a variety of Maryland beers from Baltimore’s Heavy Seas Brewing and a selection of local wines. Each guest will receive two drink tickets with their reservation.
Heroes, Real and Imagined: An Evening at the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African
Look, over the harbor! It’s a synagogue, it’s a museum, it’s the JMM and the Lewis! This dynamic duo of Jonestown museums has teamed up for an epic event that celebrates heroes and the people who draw them. At the JMM, experience “ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938–1950,” and transform into your alter ego, complete with DIY disguises, super snacks and signature drinks to make you more powerful than a locomotive. In a flash, shuttle over to the Lewis Museum and see children’s book illustrations come to life and share tales of courage from the exhibition “Defining Moments: Works by Bryan Collier.” Listen to cool jazz and mix and mingle with heroes like Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Langston Hughes. Cash bar (including one drink ticket) and refreshments will be available at both sites.
Stories Through the Centuries: An Evening at the Walters
Enjoy dinner on your own in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, then come to the Walters for drinks, dessert and music in the Sculpture Court. Hear stories throughout the museum from curators, conservators, educators and others in the galleries. Get creative with your own narrative work of art in our beautiful studios and experience our ArtCarts and interactives, which engage our audience in the collection on-site and throughout the world. View “New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville” and “The Ben-Ezra Synagogue and the Walters/Yeshiva University Ark Door.”