Contemporary Museum Baltimore

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The Contemporary
Established 1989

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, The Contemporary, formerly the Contemporary Museum Baltimore, is a museum specializing in contemporary art, founded in 1989 by George Ciscle. During its first decade, the Contemporary had no fixed home, but instead was "dedicated to redefining the concept of the museum". It sponsored exhibitions in a variety of non-traditional spaces around Baltimore,[1] as well as borrowing space in partnering institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Historical Society, Peabody Conservatory and Walters Art Museum.[2]

In 1999, the Contemporary Museum moved to 100 W. Centre Street, one block from the Walters, in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of downtown Baltimore, where it organized exhibitions and related programming for nearly ten years. In 2011, the museum moved out of the W. Centre Street space and facilitated projects in neighboring institutions and buildings.

The museum suspended operations in 2012,[3] but as of September 2013, announced that it is returning to operation as The Contemporary, after having "spent the past year reimagining the organization's mission, vision and operating structure".[4]


  1. ^ Stein, Judith E. "Sins of Omission." Art in America. October 1993. p. 112.
  2. ^ "About Us". Contemporary Museum. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Contemporary Museum Baltimore, accessed 06/28/2013
  4. ^ The Contemporary, accessed 09/07/2013

Coordinates: 39°17′47″N 76°37′04″W / 39.2964°N 76.6179°W / 39.2964; -76.6179