Saturday: Only When It's Dark Enough Can You See The Stars

April 16

At two centuries old, the former Peale Museum carries a dense history: it was the first building designed as a museum in the Western hemisphere, the site of the first Baltimore City Hall, and Maryland's first African-American public school. More details and stories from the museum's past are still being mined. Closed due to poor funding in 1997, the building will reopen its doors this week as the site of The Contemporary's latest venture as a nomadic museum. Known for her large-scale assemblage and installation work using discarded materials, Bronx-based artist Abigail DeVille will fill the Peale Museum's long-empty spaces with installations and performance, drawing from and exposing the building's forgotten history. On view through June 11, the former Peale Museum, 225 N. Holliday St., (443) 388-8980,, free. (Maura Callahan)

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