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City Paper's Best of Baltimore Issue Recognizes MICA Alumni and Retrospective of Laure Drogoul '81

'Follies, Predicaments, and Other Conundrums: The Works of Laure Drogoul' Receives Best Solo Show

Posted 09.17.09 by MICA Media Relations

Laure Drogoul, Play Pal

BALTIMORE--City Paper's Best of Baltimore issue recognizes MICA alumni and exhibition Follies, Predicaments, and Other Conundrums: The Works of Laure Drogoul. The paper names the retrospective on Laure Drogoul '81 as Best Solo Show and More, by Double Dagger with Bruce Willen '02 and Nolen Strals  '01, as Best Album. In the readers' poll, Larry Poncho Brown '94 was voted Best Visual Artist.

MICA's Exhibition Development Seminar students, under the instruction of MICA faculty Glenn Shrum ‘08 and guidance of MICA's director of exhibitions Gerald Ross and professional mentors, helped curate and design the exhibition Follies, which took place Jan. 30-March 15, 2009 at the College.

The City Paper describes Follies with: This mammoth, information-dense, and above all playful show finally put the career of one of the pillars of Baltimore's art community on a pedestal for all to see. And what did Laure Drogoul, curator Gerald Ross, and the students of the Exhibition Development Seminar that created this retrospective put on that pedestal? Giant kewpie dolls, shag-carpeted walls, a giant ball of twine, road-kill photos, and videos from a boundary-pushing career of performance. Drogoul's work has always existed completely outside of the so-called art market because she had no use for it; instead, she has dreamed up elaborate, visually stunning, and often quite funny and touching tableaux, gestures, costumes, and rituals that can sift forgotten sensory memories from the burrows of your brain like a worm responding to the percussive thud of falling rain.

Image caption: Laure Drogoul, Play Pal, 1993. 36" ht. Mixed media

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.