Exploring 'The Culture' with Dr. Asma Naeem, Director at the Baltimore Museum of Art
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Exploring 'The Culture' with Dr. Asma Naeem, Director at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Meet the remarkable Asma Naeem, the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director at the Baltimore Museum of Art and curator of "The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century" exhibition.

"The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century" is on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art from April 5, 2023, to July 16, 2023. Don't miss the chance to experience this exhibit firsthand, and mark your calendars for June 18, when "The Culture" will be free for all visitors.

In this engaging episode, we delve into:

  • Asma's fascinating journey into the art world, from practicing law to pursuing a Ph.D. in American Art.
  • Her experiences as the first person of color leading the Baltimore Museum of Art.
  • An insightful exploration into "The Culture," an exhibition that brilliantly captures the profound influence of hip-hop on contemporary society.
  • A look into Asma's curatorial process, the challenges faced, and the triumphs celebrated while putting together this groundbreaking exhibition.
  • Asma's vision for the future of museums, emphasizing inclusivity, accessibility, and representation.
  • And a discerning discussion on where Baltimore stands among the top art communities in the region.

This episode offers a profound and inspiring insight into the intersection of hip-hop, art, and cultural expression through Asma Naeem's expert lens.


Photo by Christopher Myers


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Rob Lee
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Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Baltimore Museum of Art
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Baltimore Museum of Art
Home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art.
Dr. Asma Naeem
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Dr. Asma Naeem
Asma Naeem (she/her) is the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She previously served as the Museum’s Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, and has organized exhibitions on the work of such artists as Candice Breitz, Isaac Julien, Salman Toor, and Valerie Maynard. Prior to the BMA, she held curatorial positions at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, where she presented, among other shows, an early career retrospective of the work of Titus Kaphar, and an historical and contemporary exploration of the silhouette through the lens of gender, race, and technology. She has written widely on American art, contemporary art, critical race theory, the South Asian diaspora, and museum studies. Her book, Out of Earshot: Sound, Technology, and Power in American Art, 1847–1897, was published by University of California Press in 2020.