Baltimore Streetcar Museum Presents Suzy Kopf Leftovers

By Editorial Team on May 7, 2018
Falls Road Waiting Shelter, 2017, Suzy Kopf, Watercolor on Archival Paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Event: Saturday, May 12 from 1pm to 4pm

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum is pleased to present Leftovers, a solo show of paintings by local artist Suzy Kopf, which will be free and open to the public on Saturday May 12th, 2018, from 1-4PM as part of a day of programming at the museum. The series of thirty-nine watercolor collages chronicle the remaining locations in Baltimore and beyond related to the once expansive streetcar system.

Streetcars were taken out of service in Baltimore in the fall of 1963 and the system has been slowly dismantled in the decades since. Kopf spent the last year researching this history in the Museum’s archives, assisted by the late archivist Jerry Kelly, and believes that these thirty-nine sites are the last of their kind.

Kopf’s intimate watercolor collages focus on the leftovers— the old car houses, sub stations and waiting shelters that remain, hidden in plain sight unless you know to look for them. She considers this project a scavenger hunt and will make images of her paintings, along with short histories of each of the sites and their corresponding historical images available on her website as well as on the Museum’s site. Kopf says that her work is an effort “to engage the younger generations with this piece of history before it disappears completely.”

In addition to the art exhibition, the Museum will be offering free admission to the collection as well as streetcar rides from noon-5PM on Saturday, May 12th. Area vendors BLANK and BLANK will be offering refreshments.

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum is an entirely volunteer-run, 501c3 organization. Founded in 1966, the museum is dedicated to preserving Baltimore’s public transit past, especially that of the city’s street railways. The BSM is open Sundays year-round, except for the months of January and February, and is also open on Saturdays from June through October.

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum is located at 1901 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD. For more information visit the Facebook event here, the museum’s website here, or Suzy Kopf’s personal website here.