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"THE WORD," Solo Show by Joseph Lewis III ’89, Reveals Artist as Change Agent, Dec. 9-Jan. 9

Alumnus' Work Complements "The Narcissism of Minor Differences" Exhibition

Posted 11.11.10 by MICA Communications

Joseph Lewis III ’89, "I Can Still Win"

BALTIMORE--Accompany the exhibition The Narcissism of Minor Differences, MICA will host three solo shows of alumni work running approximately one month each in Fox Building's Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave. Critic, writer, scholar and internationally known visual artist Joseph Lewis III '89 (Mount Royal School of Art), who creates art based on the theory that a practitioner can act as change agent, will broadly review intolerance through representational digital prints in his show, THE WORD, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010-Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011. An opening reception will take place Thursday, Dec. 9, 5-7 p.m.

Lewis's creative decision-making process is led by the theory of practitioner as change agent--establishing a voice and place for diversity. His images, intended to compel internal and personal meditations, are a collection of markings that reconstruct opportunities, interventions and narratives about how people build relationships among themselves, regardless of the implications. In this exhibition, Lewis, the dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, will review intolerance through representational digital prints and from multiple perspectives with the main antagonism being between man and the elements, choice, race and representation, and other social phobia or memories that haunt people's daily lives.

The Narcissism of Minor Differences will showcase 18 acclaimed artists, including Francisco de Goya, Philip Guston and Sam Durant, who explore the dark side of intolerance using art, historical artifact and documentation, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010-Sunday, March 13, 2011 in Fox Building's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave. For more information on Narcissism and its accompanying programming, visit the MICA website here.

Other alumni solo shows include work by New York sculptor Marc Andre Robinson '02 (Rinehart School of Sculpture), who will explore his South African background, Friday, Jan. 14-Sunday, Feb. 13; and by Rwandan-born American Valerie Piraino '04 (general fine arts), who works in media as varied as sculpture and photography and plans to share her current installation explorations consisting of family slides and shorthand text, Friday, Feb. 18-Sunday, March 13.

Additionally, from Friday, Jan. 28-Sunday, March 13 in Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., foundation faculty member Dennis Farber will present images and albums that revive the memory of those who died in the genocides of the past century.


Image caption: Joseph Lewis III '89, I Can Still Win, digital print on Stonehenge 300 gram, 2008.

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 B.F.A., M.F.A., M.A., M.A./M.B.A., M.A.T., M.P.S. and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, 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.