Art After Hours The sold out BMA event was, in a word, sensational!

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Photos by Maximilian Franz.
Getting down. Photos by Maximilian Franz.

Last Friday night, the Baltimore Museum of Art welcomed a different sort of crowd: Picture the space filled with millennials sipping beer, taking selfies (with sculptures) and enjoying the space long past closing time. The crowd descended upon the museum for the sold out event Art After Hours. (Two more are scheduled.) Aimed at attracting a younger visitor, the party aimed to stimulate all of the senses.

Upstairs, The Crawdaddies band kept the party vibe up with bouncy bluegrass-rock. Libations were provided by the Waverly Brewing Company, and Blacksauce Kitchen supplied yummy barbecue biscuits. In another room, Haute Mess Kitchen Sublime Savories led a spice rub mixing station. The museum’s foyer housed an interactive pillow fort exhibition, which partygoers could help build. The museum’s first floor exhibitions were open the entire night for viewing. The attendees, a mix of ages, styles of dress and demographics, came in the door with one thing in common: an interest in art.

“[I’m here to] drink beer and look at art,” read a hand-scribbled postcard at the museum’s postcard making station.

Whether patrons were camped out in front of the band or idling in clusters around the various pieces on the first floor, the sentiment was the same. Everyone seemed genuinely interested in looking at the art—and participating in the tasty fun. Cheers to more!

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Party goers playing in the pillow fort. Photo by Maximilian Franz.

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Waverly Brewing Company offered two different beers and hot cider. Photo by Maximilian Franz.

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Blacksauce Kitchen serving several delicious options. Photo by Maximilian Franz.

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All smiles at Art After Hours! Photo by Maximilian Franz.

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You could mix and match to create a variety of spice blends. Photo by Maximilian Franz.

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The Crawdaddies drew a crowd upstairs. Photo by Maximilian Franz.

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