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Phone: 410.783.5720
Website: http://www.contemporary.o

Contemporary Museum

The Contemporary Museum explores the art and culture of our time by presenting new art, new ideas and new creative processes. Since its founding in 1989, the Contemporary Museum has been committed to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions, innovative programming, and unique collaborations with artists, curators, and members of the Baltimore community.

The Contemporary Museum was founded on the occasion of the first Day Without Art as a grass-roots agency with the express purpose of offering site-specific art with social and political intent in changing venues throughout Baltimore City. In its first decade, the Museum presented exhibitions and events in refurbished and temporary spaces, and in the homes of such partner institutions as the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Historical Society, Peabody Conservatory and Walters Art Museum. Though the Contemporary has maintained its regional focus, it has consistently endeavored to distinguish itself from most community-based arts initiatives by working with artists and other arts professionals who are vital contributors to cultural production and critical dialogues of international import.

In September 1999, the Contemporary Museum secured and refurbished a permanent facility in the historic Mount Vernon district of downtown Baltimore adjacent to the Walters Art Museum. The facility was acquired to enable the Museum to consolidate a core audience for its programming in a neighborhood long recognized as the city‚Äôs cultural hub. It also provides the Museum with a home base as it continues its history of presenting collaborative and community-based exhibitions and providing educa... [ Read all ]


CELL PHONE: Art and the Mobile Phone
January 21 - April 22, 2007

Cell Phone: Art and the Mobile Phone explores some of the groundbreaking works that are being created by artists today using cell phone technologies. These works engage such features and technologies as camera phones, video phones, global positioning systems, Bluetooth technology, ring tone sounds, and messaging. Artistic interest in mobile phone technology lies not only in producing artworks for individual handheld devices, but in the potential of mobile phone technologies to create works that can be performative and participatory. Often created without the traditional systems of art world distribution or exhibition in mind, these works look beyond the walls of a gallery and move art into the dynamic realm of mobility, interaction, and global connectivity.

Previous Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions Archive

The Contemporary Museum promotes the art of our time as an educational tool and a catalyst in processes of progressive social change in Baltimore and the surrounding region. The Museum is the only U.S. institution exclusively dedicated to producing and presenting new art and exhibitions immediately relevant to local audiences by inviting artists, curators, critics and theorists of international stature into its home city, setting them in direct dialogue with Baltimore communities and cultural institutions. Over its fifteen year history, the Contemporary has presented the work of over one hundred artists and collectives√Ę‚ā¨‚ÄĚlearn more about our history here!

Exhibitions (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Joseph Grigely: St. Cecilia
May 5 ‚Äď August 19, 2007
This exhibition by Chicago-based artist Joseph Grigely will feature a newly commissioned video installation created in collaboration with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Named after the patron saint of music, this new work will feature footage of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Chamber Choir singing beloved Christmas Carols that have been re-written by Grigely to reflect the misunderstanding and confusions of language that he experiences everyday as a deaf person.

Getting there

The Contemporary Museum is located at 100 West Centre Street, between Cathedral and Howard Street, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Free, two-hour parking is available on Cathedral Street. There is also a public parking lot adjacent to the museum. Public transportation access is available by light rail and bus.

Visit to look into your public transportation options.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

The Water Ball, the Contemporary Museum’s Annual Benefit Party
Saturday May 19, 2007
At Tide Point, a Waterfront Park in Locust Point

Join us for a Fantasy Aquatic Evening on the Waterfront featuring a four-course dinner, cocktail-serving mermaids, a video art screening, and the sounds of Baltimore’s Jump Street, all set in magical marine environment.

The Program
6:30 pm Cocktails served on a Breathtaking Waterfront Promenade
8:00 pm Dinner is served in The Water Ball Tent
9:00 pm Desserts and Video Art Program
9:30-11:00 pm Dancing under the stars

The Contemporary Museum is grateful to The Water Ball ‚Äės Lead Sponsors:
DLA Piper
Credit Suisse
Goya Contemporary
Harbor View Community Realty, Inc.


Members: $200 per Ticket (limit 4)
Non-Members: $250 per Ticket (limit 4)
(Member Tickets--$100 tax-deductible; Non-Member Tickets--$150 tax deductible)

Patron Package
$2,500 for Four Tickets
Includes : Priority Dinner Seating and acknowledgment in the Event Program
($2,100 tax-deductible)

Patron Table
$5,000 for Table of Ten
Includes: Priority Dinner Seating, Gift Memberships for 10, and acknowledgment in the Event Program
($4,000 tax-deductible)

For additional information and purchase tickets call 410. 783.5720 ex 103.


The Contemporary Museum's exhibitions and public programs are made possible through the generous support of its members and individual contributors. Your membership provides essential support for the Contemporary’s internationally acclaimed exhibitions, artist residencies, innovative community collaborations, and public programs. Your support enables us to offer free admission to all visitors, and makes our exciting mix of programs possible.

As a member of the Contemporary Museum, you will be part of the exciting cultural life in Baltimore and enjoy benefits such as invitations to members’ receptions, events, and previews, discounts on exhibition catalogues and ticketed events, participation in the Contemporary's Travel Program, and more!

To learn more, click here, for our membership form with a complete list of membership levels and benefits.

To become a member by phone call Johaniris M. Rivera Rodriguez at 410. 783.5720 x 103.