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MICA Presents 'The New Normal' Traveling Exhibition

hursday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Dec. 19 in Decker Gallery

Posted 11.03.08 by MICA Media Relations

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents The New Normal, an exhibition of contemporary artworks that reflects the changing state of privacy in the world post 9/11. Co-organized by iCI (Independent Curators International) and Artists Space, the group show was inspired by an unlikely source: Vice President Dick Cheney. Each of the 13 artworks in The New Normal was completed after October 2001, when Cheney described government surveillance measures such as luggage searches and wiretaps as "the new normalcy." The New Normal will be on view from Thursday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Dec. 19 in Decker Gallery of Fox Building, located at 1303 Mount Royal Avenue. MICA will host an opening reception Thursday, Nov. 6, 5-7 p.m.

Curated by Michael Connor, The New Normal's artworks take diverse forms-videos, Web sites, novellas, found objects and photographs. Many of the international artists featured in the exhibition used other people's private information and images, including home videos, financial data and leaked documents, as the basis of their work. Other artists willingly revealed their own bodies, consumer habits and domestic spaces. The New Normal creates a sense that access to private information is evolving into a cultural and social currency. The exchange of this currency is growing and changing in unpredictable ways and often at a breakneck pace through evolving technologies and social media. Everyone has a stake in this exchange: We may find it frightening or fascinating, but we are inescapably complicit.

Participating artists are Sophie Calle, Mohamed Camara, Hasan Elahi, Eyebeam R&D/Jonah Peretti and Michael Frumin, Kota Ezawa, Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, Guthrie Lonergan, Jill Magid, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Trevor Paglen, Corinna Schnitt and Thomson & Craighead.

Connor will give a curator's talk Saturday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m. MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Following MICA's presentation, The New Normal exhibition will travel to Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio, Feb. 11-April 22, 2009, and Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, Calif., Aug. 25-Oct. 19, 2009.

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.