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On Nov. 14, BMA will open a reappraisal of its contemporary collection, “How Do We Know the World?” 

The new installation, which will feature 56 objects throughout nine galleries, is grounded in social history. 


The installation will be presented in three rotations, with roughly half of the artworks changing each rotation. 

The first presentation will reflect the museum’s effort to acquire more art by BIPOC and female artists over the past several years. It includes 43 artworks by BIPOC artists and 29 artworks by female artists.

The installation centers around concepts that have been pertinent during the last 18 months of the pandemic. The themes include “care, progress, wayfinding, self-possession, witnessing, reckoning, and legacy,” the museum explained in a press release. 

The curators, Jessica Bell Brown and Leila Grothe, employed an artist-centered approach, partnering with artists to understand how they want their work displayed. The curators are also placing objects lower than the typical museum standard to allow for a more direct viewing experience. 

“The new contemporary wing offers visitors a more meaningful way to experience and connect with the art on view by emphasizing how artists observe, understand, and respond to our shared everyday circumstances,” the museum said.

How Do We Know the World? will run through September 2023. 

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