Temporary Exhibitions

COMING SOON – Reinvention: The Work of Chris Bathgate

An exhibition by Baltimore-based artist Chris Bathgate of machined-metal objects.

Reinvention: The Work of Chris Bathgate will explore how modern and traditional machine work can be harnessed to create unique artistic expressions. Featuring 28 works of art, Reinvention will open on Friday, March 24, 2017.

Bathgate is a self-trained machinist. He utilizes handmade tools and automated CNC (computer numerical control) milling machines and metal lathes to create precisely-crafted elements that assemble into complex sculptures. He has spent more than fifteen years adapting metalworking machinery from salvaged and repurposed equipment. Bathgate’s aesthetic considerations stem from the very machines that he uses to create his sculptures. Each piece that he makes is informed by the one it is preceded by, and he modifies his machinery accordingly—not for improved practical function but for the aesthetic developments that can be produced.​ Reinvention will also include schematic drawings of his work done both digitally and through Diazo printing, an antiquated process used to create copies of architectural and technical drawings, commonly known as blueprints. Please click here to learn more about Chris and his work.

Reinvention: The Work of Chris Bathgate will be open though March 11, 2018 and was made possible with generous support from PNC, Direct Dimensions, Comcast, and Creative Print Group.

CLOSING SOON – Then & Now: Baltimore in the Public Eye

Our newest exhibition highlights scenes of some of Baltimore’s most iconic streets, buildings, and businesses.

Then & Now features historic photographs from the museum’s BGE archival collection paired with ‘now’ photos taken by the general public—professional and amateur photographers alike—that show what those historic locations look like today. Starting with historic images selected from the BMI’s own Baltimore Gas & Electric Company Photograph Collection, this exhibition uses nearly 300 contemporary crowd-sourced photos to reveal a complex city whose past and present have been defined by shifts in the way things are made, how they are moved, and where people live, work, and play. This exhibition not only shines light on the momentous changes that Baltimore went through in the past, but also serves as a guide to the changes it is likely to undergo in the future. Due to popular demand, this exhibition has been extended through March 5, 2017.

The Baltimore Gas and Electric archival collection consists of approximately 80,000 photographs and negatives. These images were taken as part of BGE’s daily operations, and capture Baltimore’s workplaces, cityscapes, and life in Baltimore from the late 1920s through 2001.

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Helen Delich Bentley Tribute

A display of select dresses and hats bequeathed to the BMI by Congresswoman Bentley.

Known as much for being stylish as she was for her groundbreaking career as a maritime reporter and elected official, Bentley wore garments that reflected her civic pride in supporting American designers. Four garments and twelve hats will be displayed, including an ivory brocade cocktail dress with matching coat (circa 1960), Jeanette Beck label; a moss green and lavender mottled dress (circa 1960), Pauline Trigére label; and a deep brimmed hat covered with multi-colored feathers (1970s), Adolfo Saks Fifth Avenue label. The display will also feature photos of Bentley wearing the items featured. The tribute is curated by museum volunteer Debbie Farthing and will be on display through April 30, 2017.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry is pleased to announce the Helen Delich Bentley Port Education Fund. Launched with a generous gift from her estate, this charitable fund will heighten awareness of the Port of Baltimore through the enrichment of the BMIs educational and exhibition programs and the care and preservation of its historical collections. The fund will ensure the BMI continues to share the legacy of Baltimore’s unique maritime and industrial heritage for years to come. To contribute to the fund, please click here.


Video Game Wizards–Transforming Science and Art into Games

This interactive exhibition allows visitors to immerse themselves in the exciting process of creating their very own video game.

Video Game Wizards provides an interactive environment where visitors can explore how their talents, skills and passions could lead to a career in the interactive entertainment industry. The exhibit’s six stations provide an opportunity for visitors to meet game makers and learn about their roles, while making and customizing a game using the skills demonstrated at each station.

Visitors will experience the collaborative process of video game development at every point in the exhibition. At the end, visitors are able to play their own game and share it on the exhibition’s website with family and friends, and will be able to play any of the games developed at the exhibition. Please visit www.videogamewizards.org to play your game and learn more about this fascinating industry. This exhibition will be open through 2019.

Video Game Wizards—Transforming Science and Art into Games was developed by the Baltimore Video Game Wizards, Luci Creative, Ravenswood Studio, Silver Oaks Communications, Cerebral Lounge/Clean Cuts Music, and the BMI. A start-up grant was provided by the Maryland Film Office/Maryland Department of Economic Development. Photos provided by Luci Creative.

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