Announcing Partnership with the Baltimore Museum of Art
In August 2019, the Baltimore Museum of Art announced its 2020 Vision – a full year of exhibitions and programs dedicated to the achievements of female-identifying artists. Within the scope of this vision, the museum set out to present 23 group and solo exhibitions.
Due to the local and national lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baltimore Museum of Art had to close its doors for a few months with a phased reopening on September 16, 2020. As a result, 2020 Vision will be extended with exhibitions and programming continuing into the year 2021.
This initiative aligns closely with our vision and mission at Repaint History. Our movement supports female artists and sheds light on the forgotten names of female artists throughout history. Therefore, we are pleased to announce our partnership with the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Within the scope of the partnership, we are committing 10% of revenue from our online sales for the next 12 months to be donated to the museum. Our online shop features statement fashion pieces and celebrates outstanding female artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi and Berthe Morisot.
Additionally, the Baltimore Museum of Art will add several designs of Repaint History t-shirts to both its online and physical stores.
“2020 Vision is part of the BMA’s mission to address race and gender diversity gaps within the museum field, and to represent more fully and deeply the spectrum of individuals that have shaped the trajectory of art,” reads the BMA’s statement. Given the fact that female artists are marginalized and underrepresented in the art world – a mere 11% of all acquisitions over the past decade by 26 prominent American museums have been of work by women with only 3.3% of work by African American female artists – this initiative is an important step towards stronger representation.
The BMA has allocated a budget of approximately $2.5 million to 2020 Vision and, so far, among its purchases are mixed-media sculpture and paintings by Barbara Chase-Riboud, Oletha DeVane, Janiva Ellis, Suzanne Jackson, and Mary Lovelace O’Neal; photographs by Delphine Diallo; design objects and textiles by Barbara Brown and Greta Grossman; and video and animation by Nathalie Djurberg and Martine Syms, among others.
Of course, a single museum making a step towards a more diverse representation cannot resolve the existing gap. However, it is our hope that initiatives like this will lead the way and set an example for other institutions of art across the country and internationally. We at Repaint History will continue to do everything within our power to join and support such movements and put a spotlight on the many female artistic talents around the world.