The Pratt Library Goes OFF THE WALL

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By Roswell Encina

Baltimore has a rich and amazing collection of art. That's why when the Pratt Library was approached to be part of the Walters Art Museum's Off the Wall Open Air Exhibition we rolled out the red carpet to help show off their treasures.

Off the Wall is an an open-air exhibition that brings reproduced classic paintings to Baltimore’s main streets and outdoor spaces. Works are on view November 2012 through April 2013 at the businesses, parks and community spaces listed on this map.

Othello by William Mulready, on display outside the Reisterstown Road Branch
The beautiful piece of "Othello" by William Mulready is on display outside the Reisterstown Road Branch. Mulready spent most of his career in London painting genre subjects. Many of his major works are now on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here, he has portrayed the African-American actor Ira Aldridge (1805 -1867), who won renown in Europe for his Shakespearean roles, including Othello, Lear, and Macbeth. This half-length portrait shows Aldrige in battle armor, with a flag at his right, in front of a stone archway.

Other pieces are on display at 22 other locations across Baltimore including City Hall, Patterson Park, Clarence Mitchell Courthouse, Maryland Zoo and even outside restaurants like Bertha's Mussels, Rusty Scupper and The Horse You Came In On Saloon. Complete map of all locations.

Off the Wall art unveiling at City Hall, from The Walters on Flickr

The art moves to new locations every six months, so after visiting the Reisterstown Road Branch, check for the latest locations and keep your eyes peeled for new entries!

This is such a great idea, I saw one recently in Hampden on a brick wall near a busy corner. Seems kind of like the Bookmobile: get the goods out of the buildings and deliver them to people on the street!
Posted by: Teresa at 9/26/2012 1:55 p.m.

I agree, these works of art brings cultural enrichment and refinement to public spaces. It takes one's mind and spirit to another place.
Posted by: Eunice at 9/26/2012 3:28 p.m.

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