John Waters Wants You to Give to The Contemporary

by Corinna Kirsch on December 9, 2014 Baltimore + Fundraiser

YEARS OF STRUGGLE! HELP US CELEBRATE! from The Contemporary on Vimeo.

“Hi, I’m John Waters and I love contemporary art because it causes trouble and makes people insane. Support The Contemporary. 25 years of struggle. Happy Birthday!”

Truer words about Baltimore’s The Contemporary could not be spoken; Waters has championed Baltimore (and its art) so often throughout his lifetime, he may as well be the city’s mayor. Good for him for speaking up for Baltimore’s The Contemporary on its 25th birthday. During those 25 years, the museum has certainly seen its share of ups and downs. What began as a nomadic curatorial project in 1989 then became a brick-and-mortar museum in the 1990s, only to have the board pull the plug on the organization’s operations in 2012. Two years has seen a much sunnier side to the unstoppable Contemporary. They continue trying to reinvent what a contemporary art museum can be in Baltimore. On a macro-level, they bring great speakers to the city. On a micro-level: They lend out lighting and other exhibition tools to artists in need. Would MoMA ever do that? Hellz nah.

The Contemporary is trying to raise $25,000 by the December 25, 2014. Give here.

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