BmoreArt Organizes Beyond the Frame: A Marathon Studio Tour of Baltimore Artist Studios with Christopher Bedford, Mera Rubell and Cara Ober
Selected artists to be visited on February 28th and March 1st.
Hundreds of Baltimore artists are applying to BmoreArt for the coveted opportunity of a studio visit with Christopher Bedford, Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art and commissioner for the United States Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale, and Mera Rubell, an internationally respected art collector and co-founder of the Rubell Family Collection, a museum located in Miami, FL. Cara Ober, Founding Editor-in-Chief at BmoreArt is coordinating “Beyond the Frame,” the studio tour which will include visits to more than thirty Baltimore artists on February 28th and March 1st.
“Beyond the Frame” reflects Bedford’s own interest in artists who explore social and political issues in their work and whose work interacts with culture to challenge cultural norms and reflecting contemporary practices and trends. The idea for the studio tour was suggested by Mera Rubell, after conducting similar studio tours on behalf of the Washington Project for the Arts.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce Chris and Mera to the richness and diversity that Baltimore’s art community presents,” said Ober, who will select the twenty artists with help from BmoreArt’s team and Rubell. “We are also excited to create a professional studio experience for artists with world caliber curators and collectors.”
“I love visiting artist studios,” said Rubell. “Artists have so much to teach us and we need to hear what they have to say. The best art offers something personal and also universal, ideas that our relevant to our lives and show us who we are as people.”
Each studio visit will be informal and selected artists will be given professional development support from Ober, who has taught a PD class at MICA for the past decade, before the visit in order to create productive experiences and conversations.
“Our goal is to build relationships,” said Ober. “Visiting an artist’s studio is an incredibly intimate and special experience.” When asked to coordinate the tour, Ober immediately agreed because it’s a rare experience for Baltimore artists to receive studio visits from representatives of national museums.
On Christopher Bedford: Christopher Bedford became the 10th director of The Baltimore Museum of Art in August 2016, succeeding Doreen Bolger, who served as the director from 1998 until her retirement in 2015. Bedford comes to Baltimore after four years as director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. He was also recently named the commissioner for the United States Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale, which will present a new installation by Mark Bradford. In a telephone interview with the New York Times, Mr. Bedford said he hopes “to amplify its greatness in all areas, but also reconsider and redefine — and perhaps become a model for — civic engagement.” Before becoming director of the Rose in 2012, Mr. Bedford held curatorial positions at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Baltimore Museum of Art, which turned 100 in 2014, recently raised $80.7 million, added nearly 4,000 gifts of art to the collection and completed a $28 million renovation.
On Mera Rubell and the Rubell Family Collection via the RFC website: The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) was established in 1964 in New York City, shortly after its founders Donald and Mera Rubell were married. It is now one of the world’s largest, privately owned contemporary art collections. In Miami, Florida, since 1993, the RFC is exhibited within a 40,000-square-foot repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility and is publicly accessible. The Contemporary Arts Foundation (CAF) was created in 1994 by Don and Mera Rubell with their son, Jason Rubell, to expand the RFC’s public mission inside the paradigm of a contemporary art
On Cara Ober: Cara Ober founded BmoreArt in 2007 and has served as editor and publisher ever since. Ober is a Baltimore-based artist, curator, professor at MICA and JHU, and writer. As an online and print art magazine, BmoreArt serves the artists of Baltimore and beyond in covering their exhibits, acting as a watchdog and discussion board, publishing a beautiful print journal, and acting as a link to participation in art and cultural events across the region with a daily calendar, weekly events listings, call for entries page, and resource page.