It was cold in Baltimore. Single-digit cold. Even so I wasn’t spending Sunday afternoon at home.
My husband and I opted for brunch and art at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Always a good idea.
This time, though, I was dazzled the second I walked into the foyer. An iridescent construction of plexiglas and string seemed to float above me. It cast brilliant shadows of blue and pink and yellow on the white walls. How did the artist ever get that there?
Although I wondered, it didn’t matter. I was in love. And best of all, upstairs were three more.
All of them are the work of Tomas Saraceno, a contemporary artist born in Argentina. He combines art and science and, according to his website, in 2015, achieved the world record for the first and longest certified fully-solar manned flight.
One of the works at the BMA was built with clear balloons, mirrors and string. Another was all black, curves and circles. I didn’t take a photo of the fourth. But it, built of the fine silk of spiderwebs and illuminated in a dark room with a single up light, was as beautiful as it was creepy.
I can always count on the Baltimore Museum
of Art to provide a wondrous day away. Add lunch at Gertrude’s (the restaurant at the BMA) and the day was perfect.
No matter the weather.
Ⓒ Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman