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ARTS Work of Art In 2018, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) decided to auction seven works from its collection, with plans to use the proceeds to acquire new pieces created by women and artists of color in an effort to close gaps in the museum’s collection. In December, the BMA announced the results of the initiative: It has acquired a total of 11 major works by female or diverse artists using the funds, in addition to other new works. “This is just one aspect of the museum’s strategy to broaden the historical narrative of art and build a more diverse and inclusive art experience for Baltimore,” said Christopher Bedford, the BMA’s Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, in a press release at the time. The newest pieces include an abstract sculpture by Senga Nengudi and photography by Carrie Mae Weems. New donations and CARRIE MAE WEEMS. MAY FLOWERS. 2002. THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART: PURCHASE WITH EXCHANGE FUNDS FROM THE PEARLSTONE FAMILY FUND AND PARTIAL GIFT OF THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, INC. © CARRIE MAE WEEMS Pioneering Woman: MARIN ALSOP I n 2007, Marin Alsop became the first woman to ever lead a major American orchestra when she joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as its 12th music director. Since that time, Alsop has brought innovative initiatives to the city, such as OrchKids, a program for the city’s underserved youth, and the BSO Academy and Rusty Musicians for adult amateur musicians. 28 Throughout the 2019-20 season, the BSO is celebrating women artists, composers and conductors with performances such as Lotta Wennakoski’s Hava with conductor Ruth Reinhardt, Xian Zhang leading Chen Yi’s Antiphony and the world premiere of a new BSO commission by Russian-born composer Lera Auerbach, led by Alsop. Q Why was it important to you to focus on women composers in the upcoming season? Considering it is 2019 and the country will be remembering and reflecting upon this significant moment in our history, I felt it was important to put together a season that represents the world as we all believe it should be. Rather than tokenism, I wanted to present the “new normal,” so all of the women we are presenting this season were selected for their talent and abilities first. They deserve to be on stage as much as their male colleagues. This is hopefully only the start to a new and more inclusive approach to programming. Q How do you think being in Baltimore influences you as an artist? I love Baltimore. It’s an incredibly rich and fertile city as an artist. There are many reasons for that—the community here, the listeners, the audience, the population is very open. They like thinking outside the box. We’ve been able to do some wild programming—some new music—and people are interested and open to it. Having these great cultural institutions right here—the BMA, the Walters, the Peabody, the Maryland Historical Society—has allowed us some great opportunities for collaboration. B A LT I M O R E . O R G