BMA Announces More Than 100 Acquisitions, Including First Performance Art Work, Pieces by Native Artists

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced Thursday that it has acquired more than 100 works of art, including the first work of performance art in the museum’s collection as well as several pieces by Native artists.

Interdisciplinary artist Jefferson Pinder’s performance art piece “Ben-Hur” involves six Black men engaging in “actions that recall representations of labor in art,” according to a news release announcing the acquisitions.

The “Ben-Hur” piece is accompanied by a detailed guide and video documentation of the performance, allowing the BMA to stage it in the future.