Great Talk | Street and Conventional Art: The Relevance of Museums Today

Brooke Friedman

Alex Cooper was pleased to be the recent Silver Sponsor for the Great Talk Series Lecture entitled, “Street and Conventional Art: The Relevance of Museums Today.”  Panelists included, Christopher Bedford, Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Janis Goodman, Professor of Fine Arts at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University and Kelly Towles, a leading Washington, DC, street artist.  Tom Hall, Moderator and WYPR Host, led the panel through a thought-provoking conversation about the role of museums, inclusion, diversity and representation, and the role of public art in society as a whole.

It has been widely publicized that the Baltimore Museum of Art has enhanced their mission to reflect the community through deaccessioning, acquisition and community outreach.  The Contemporary Art Department at Alex Cooper applauds the mission of the BMA and continually strives to offer more inclusive art to our collectors. Several artists currently on exhibition at the Museum also currently appear or have recently appeared in our art auctions.  Most notably, Grace Hartigan, currently on view in the exhibit, “By their Creative Force: American Women Modernists,” appeared at lot 1015 (sold in the October 19th Gallery Auction) with a lovely early work depicting Washington Square in New York City.  We were also most excited to offer a collaborative, mixed media diptych by Melvin Edwards in conjunction with his wife, Jayne Cortez.  Edwards is currently featured in a solo show at the Baltimore Museum of Art entitled “Melvin Edwards: Crossroads.” Lot 1026, features poetry by Cortez exploring Chernobyl and nuclear war, juxtaposed with Edwards’ brightly colored imagery (sold in the October 19th Gallery Auction).

Many thanks to Great Talk Series, Inc., for inviting Alex Cooper to participate in your important mission of fostering “conversation with a purpose.”  You can find out more at

Happy collecting!

Kathleen Hamill
Director, Modern & Contemporary Art
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