Left - Circus by Emma, 2009
Right - Circus by Max Pechstein, 1918
Submitted by Dave
By the time March rolls around Old Man Winter is an overnight guest still sleeping on my sofa at 10 in the morning. It's cold, it's rainy, and the kids are itching to get out of the house.
The Baltimore Museum of Art is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. Admission to the central part of the museum has been free for a while now but "A Circus Family: Picasso to Léger" is the rare ticketed exhibition that's a great show for all ages.
A four gallery show of posters, prints, and paintings by Picasso, Chéret, Lautrec, Léger, and other significant 20th century artists is the perfect size and subject matter for small kids. The exhibit is broken up by a small theatre featuring a vintage circus film and ends with a room for dress up and drawing.
The game my group likes to play? Art scavenger hunt. Dad or Mom names an object in a painting and the kids have to find it. Your family will run out of stamina before the BMA runs out of art. Lunch is available in the museum itself (at Gertudes) or in the nearby Charles Village corridor.
A Circus Family: Picasso to Léger. February 22–May 17, 2009. Baltimore Museum of Art. (kids 6 and under and BMA members free).
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218