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March-April 2014 Exhibition and Event Schedule

MICA Presents a Full Schedule of Talks, Exhibitions

Posted 03.01.14 by MICA Communications

William Oktavec, Red Bungalow, circa 1920, courtesy Maryland Historical Society.

PICTURE WINDOWS...The Painted Screens of Baltimore and Beyond
Through Sunday, March 16
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Maryland Folklorist Elaine Eff, co-founder of the Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, and MICA present for the first time a comprehensive look at the history of screen painting--a functional and ornamental art with roots in 18th-century London, Victorian America and early 20th-century Baltimore.

PICTURE WINDOWS ... The Painted Screens of Baltimore and Beyond marks the centennial of Baltimore's tradition of painting vivid images on row house screens, while highlighting more than 300 years and two dozen artists' works from Europe and America. The exhibition is the first and only exhibition of its kind to show this beloved practical folk art alongside its decorative antecedents, as well as today's high-tech iterations.

PICTURE WINDOWS is made possible partially through generous support from the Brenda Brown Rever and Lipitz Siblings Foundation.

Image Caption: William Oktavec, Red Bungalow, circa 1920, courtesy Maryland Historical Society.

 The Amazing Johnny Eck
Through Sunday, March 16
Fox Building: Decker Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
MICA presents a never-before-seen exhibition of personal objects, artifacts and artworks by one of Baltimore's most famous citizens, Johnny Eck. Though healthy, Eck was born with no lower half. Despite his lack of legs, Eck lived a full life as a sideshow performer, artist, photographer, magician, puppeteer, swimmer, gymnast, actor, train conductor and traveler.

Perhaps best known for his role as "the half-man" in Tod Browning's film Freaks (1932), Eck later achieved worldwide fame as Robert Ripley's "most remarkable man alive" and traveled throughout the United States and Canada, performing with his brother, Robert, until the late 50s.

The Amazing Johnny Eck is the first ever of its size, showing hundreds of Eck's works on paper, sculptures, drawings and paintings--including a selection of his many painted screens, a Baltimore folk art tradition.

 Image Caption: Johnny Eck in front of his bannerline, circa mid-1930s. Photo courtesy Johnny EckMuseum.

 Look Now: Photographs by MICA Photography Faculty
Through Sunday, March 16
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave
In conjunction with the SPE National Conference, a celebration of the photographic practice on March 6-9 in Baltimore, MICA's Photography Department faculty will exhibit a selection of their work together for the first time. Look Now: Photographs by MICA Photography Faculty will showcase the broad spectrum of their vision as artists.

The exhibition will feature work by Thomas Baird; Regina DeLuise, Photography Department chair; Jay Gould; Alexander Heilner, associate dean for design and media; Nate Larson, chair of the 2014 SPE National Conference; John McNeil, photography manager; Lynn Silverman; Laurie Snyder; Colette Veasey-Cullors '96 (photography); and Jack Wilgus, faculty emeritus.

Image Caption: Jack Wilgus, Longaberger Basket Company.

M.F.A. in Community Arts First-Year Exhibition
Friday, Feb. 21-Sunday, March 2
Fox Building: Fox 3 Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
This exhibition embodies first-year M.F.A. in community arts students' artistic responses to their ongoing community engagement in East Baltimore with the McElderry Park Community Association and its neighbors. This collection of work includes in-community projects, programs and other initiatives.

 Mark Dery, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
Tuesday March 4, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Mark Dery is an author, lecturer and cultural critic who writes about media, visual landscapes, fringe trends and unpopular culture. He was a 2009 visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome and a 2000 Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow at the University of California, Irvine.

Image Caption: Mark Dery.

 Art@Lunch: Catherine Lord, The Paper Trail
Wednesday, March 5, noon
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Catherine Lord is an artist, writer and curator whose work addresses issues of feminism, cultural politics and colonialism. She is emerita professor of studio art and affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women's Studies and the Department of Visual Culture at the University of California, Irvine.

Image Caption: Catherine Lord.

 Margo Mensing
Wednesday, March 5, 6 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Margo Mensing is an artist and writer. With her Dead At series, each year for the past decade, she has chosen an individual who contributed significantly to cultural history that has died at her current age. Mensing is a retired associate professor of Skidmore College.

Image Caption: Margo Mensing, like torn-open, unanswered letters (detail), paper ink

 John McQueen
Thursday, March 6, 6 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
John McQueen began his artmaking as a basketmaker. He has always envisioned the body as container, a metaphor he drew from the function of baskets and has extended to other subjects, such as language. The parallel with a basket inhabits all his work whether it is three-dimensional, relief or drawing.

Image Caption: John McQueen, Rectitude (detail).

 Psychopompe
Friday, March 7, 8 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
In partnership with the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), the Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Media Studies and with the support of Friends of Contemporary Art, MICA presents Psychopompe, a one-night-only film and music performance by French sculptor and filmmaker Camille Henrot. The title of the film means "guide of the souls." First exhibiting in Paris in 2011, this film will have its Baltimore premiere at MICA.

In conjunction with the film screening and reception, the BMA hosts the exhibition Black Box: Camille Henrot, Wednesday, March 5-Sunday, June 15, which features Grosse Fatigue, a 13-minute video by the artist that explores the origins of life and creation myths. For more exhibition information, visit artbma.org.

Image Caption: Camille Henrot, Psychopompe (detail).

 Film Screening: Freaks
Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
After watching Tod Browning's 1932 film Freaks (64 minutes), starring Johnny Eck, guests are welcome to participate in a Q&A session with panelists Elaine Eff, folklorist and curator of the concurrent PICTURE WINDOWS exhibition; John "Jack" Gaylin, retired carney and longtime friend to Eck; and James Taylor, sideshow historian from Shocked and Amazed!

The Freaks screening and discussion are part of programs accompanying The Amazing Johnny Eck.

Image Caption: Clarence Sinclair Bull, untitled portrait of Johnny Eck (detail), on the set of Freaks, 1930. All photos courtesy Johnny Eck Museum.

The Empathy Project
Guided Meditation
Monday, March 10, noon-1 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center, Sheila and Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries 131 W North Ave.
Andrea Rackowski will lead a guided meditation in The Empathy Project meditation room. Rackowski is a psychotherapist with MICA Student Counseling.

Tea and Empathy, co-hosted by MICA's Office of International Affairs
Tuesday, March 11, noon-1 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center, Sheila and Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, 131 W North Ave.
Tea and Empathy is a time to discuss empathy and develop empathy as a skill. Tea and Empathy hopes to provide space for some members of the MICA community who might not always speak up or speak out. Tea and light snacks provided.

Performance Open Mic
Wednesday, March 12, 5-7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center, Sheila and Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, 131 W North Ave.
Paul Rucker will perform at the Open Mic and welcomes people to the stage to perform as well.
The Empathy Project is created by Paul Rucker, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Artist-in-Residence and Research Fellow in MICA's Center for Race and Culture, and curated by faculty member Marcus Civin of MICA's Curatorial Practice program. The project is supported by the Center for Race and Culture, M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice, M.F.A. in Community Arts, and the offices of Diversity, Graduate Studies and International Affairs.

 Kimsooja, Dimension of Needle
Tuesday, March 11, 1:30 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Kimsooja is an internationally acclaimed Korean-born multimedia artist whose work combines performance, video and installation, addressing issues of the displaced self. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1 and the Venice Biennale.

Image Caption: Kimsooja, A Needle Woman (detail), video still. Photo courtesy Kimsooja Studio.

 Rick Lowe, Community Revitalization and Cultural Preservation
Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Rick Lowe is an acclaimed artist, community activist, member of the National Council on the Arts and founder of Project Row Houses. Lowe has been an artist-in-residence at numerous universities throughout the United States and lectures internationally, and has exhibited at museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles.

Image Caption: Rick Lowe. 

 PICTURE WINDOWS Gallery Talk
Saturday, March 15, 3 p.m.
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Elaine Eff, folklorist and curator of the exhibition, PICTURE WINDOWS... The Painted Screens of Baltimore and Beyond, provides personal stories and revealing tidbits gleaned from four decades of fieldwork.

Image Caption: Detail of a typical summer day in 1960 on Highlandtown's (now Canton) S. Decker Street (Photograph by Jack Engleman Studio for Baltimore Sunpapers).

 Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Paintings 2003-2012
Saturday, March 22-Sunday, April 20
Brown Center: Rosenberg Gallery, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, March 28, 5-7 p.m.
Renowned British artist Basil Alkazzi's large-scale gouaches on handmade paper are mystical abstract renderings of nature, reflecting the artist's deep engagement in the spiritual and metaphysical aspects of paintings. In An Odyssey of Dreams, the viewer is transported on a magical mystery tour of a sensual world of soaring skyscapes, enchanting landscapes, and verdant flora and vegetation that is revelatory and uplifting.

Image Caption: Basil Alkazzi's And Still You Whisper, Still I Wait, Yet Again (detail).

 Janine Antoni, At Home in the Body
Tuesday, March 25, 1:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Janine Antoni employs an amalgam of mediums, including performance, sculpture, photography, installation and video. Her work has been in the Venice Biennale and Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. She has received the MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship and a Creative Capital Grant.

Image Caption: Janine Antoni, Inhabit (detail), digital. Photo courtesy of Luhring Augustine.

 

 M.F.A. in Graphic Design
M.F.A. in Illustration Practice

Post-Baccalaureate in Graphic Design
Friday, March 28-Sunday, April 6
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Avenue; Fox Building: Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.; and Graduate Studio Center: Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, 131 W. North Ave.
Reception: Friday, March 28, 5-8 p.m.
Graduating students from the M.F.A. in Graphic Design, M.F.A. in Illustration Practice and Post-Baccalaureate in Graphic Design programs exhibit their work.

Image Caption: Kevin Valente '14, Long Hair Don't Care ‘Zine Spread: I Love Drake (detail), pen, ink, and digital.

Edible Book Festival 
Tuesday, April 1, noon
Bunting Building: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The Edible Book Festival is an annual international event that unites bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. This year, the Decker Library will be presenting its first ever Edible Book Festival. Attendees can view, vote on and eventually taste different bookish treats. Works are from members of the MICA community, made with something edible, and integrate text, mirror a book's form or simply reference a book in some way.

 Mark Harris, Intoxication as Transformation
Tuesday, April 1, 1:30 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Mark Harris is an artist, writer and curator. His approaches to making artwork are linked by an interest in the imagery of intoxication as a form of utopian representation considered as alternative agency to militant strategies of the historical avant-gardes. He is the coordinator of critical studies for the M.F.A. program at Goldsmiths University of London.

Image Caption: Mark Harris, Mao-Songs still (detail) with subtitles, Jin Beibei and Hao Yihan.

 Michelle Handelman, Glimmer & Gloom
Tuesday, April 1, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Michelle Handelman is a video installation artist, filmmaker, photographer, performer, writer and professor. She uses video, live performance and photography to make confrontational works that explore the sublime in its various forms of excess and nothingness. She is an associate professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.

Image Caption: Michelle Handelman

 James Klein and David Reid
Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Room 115, 131 W. North Ave.
New York City design studio KleinReid stands at the forefront of porcelain design. The firm's founders James Klein and David Reid began collaborating in 1993. Their influential atelier helped pioneer the designer/maker movement in the United States and is renowned for its elegant forms, dense, translucent porcelain, artisanal glazes and fine, from scratch craftsmanship.

Image Caption: KleinReid, Prime Series, handmade porcelain and hand-turned walnut.

 Little Shop of Horrors
Thursdays through Sundays, April 3-13, 8 p.m.
The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: $10, students; $15 general admission
Tickets will be available at the MICA Store (1200 W. Mount Royal Ave.) and online at Rivals of the West (rivalsofthewest.org).
This spring, MICA's student theater company Rivals of the West produces the smash Broadway and worldwide hit musical, Little Shop of Horrors. This funky and tuneful play features 11 of MICA's best singers be-bopping their way through the acclaimed score and talented student-artists' own innovative and spectacular design of the giant people-eating plant, Audrey Two.

Image Caption: The cast of Little Shop of Horrors rehearses musical numbers with their vocal coach.

 XIX: Experimental Fashion Event
Saturday, April 5, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
2640 (St. John's Church), 2640 Saint Paul St.
Tickets: $7, available at the MICA Store (1200 W. Mount Royal Ave., and store.mica.edu); limited tickets will be sold at the door for $10.
At XIX: Experimental Fashion Event, artists and designers from the Fiber Department's Multi Media Event class work collaboratively to transform 2640 (St. John's Church) into a venue for innovative fashion and costume design. During the event, students present their individually crafted garment-based works, pushing the boundaries of fashion and art. The fashion event represents a variety of concepts and skill sets, with work speaking to the performative nature of fashion and the merging of the runway, the stage and the theater of the streets. The evening will involve more than 200 people, including designers, and their hand-selected models and performers.

Image Caption: Samantha Bloom '14, Intimacy: A Collaboration (detail), for Experimental Fashion Event. Photo by Diosi Smith.

 Alison J. Clarke, Victor Papanek and 1960s Design Activism
Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Victor J. Papanek's Design for the Real World is widely understood as the seminal text of 20th-century design activism. This lecture traces the origins of Papanek's design activism and highlights the urgent need for a broader historical and theoretical analysis of the historiography of social design.

Image Caption: Alison J. Clarke. 

 A GIRL LIKE HER
Wednesday, April 9, 4 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Installation artist, documentary filmmaker and author Ann Fessler presents the film, A GIRL LIKE HER, which tells the story of more than a million young women who became pregnant in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. Due to the social pressure of the time, an unprecedented number of women were banished to maternity homes to give birth and surrendered their children for adoption. Fessler will discuss the film during a Q&A following the screening.

Image Caption: Film still from A GIRL LIKE HER, produced and directed by Ann Fessler, 2011.

 Allyson Mitchell, Queer Theory/Feminist Craft
Wednesday, April 9, 6 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Allyson Mitchell is a maximalist artist working in sculpture, performance, installation and film. Her work has exhibited in numerous venues, including the Textile Museum of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She is based in Toronto, where she is an assistant professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at York University.

Image Caption: Allyson Mitchell, Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House (photo courtesy of artist.)

 M.F.A. in Community Arts
Rinehart School of Sculpture
M.F.A. in Photographic & Electronic Media
Friday, April 11-Sunday, April 20
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Avenue; Fox Building: Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.; and Graduate Studio Center: Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, 131 W. North Ave.
Reception: Friday, April 11, 5-8 p.m.
Graduating students from the M.F.A. in Community Arts, Rinehart School of Sculpture and M.F.A. in Photographic & Electronic Media programs exhibit their work.

Image Caption: Jim Leach '14, From a Ceremony, hydrocal, fiberglass, steel, polyester, thread, altered chair, wood and canvas.

 UNMARKED: Annual Benefit Fashion Show
Friday, April 11, 9 p.m. (MICA Community Show)
Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m. (General Public Show)
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: $15, students; $20, general public (MICA Community Show: $7, students; $12, faculty and staff; $20, guests); Available at the MICA Store, (1200 W. Mount Royal Ave. and store.mica.edu); limited tickets will be sold at the door.
UNMARKED aims to capture the energy, excitement, and ambition someone feels when opportunities seem limitless and when they are no longer bound by convention and rules. For the event, participating designers fabricate new, one-of-a-kind, and uncontained identities through art and design. Students will explore non-traditional garments, fabrics, accessories, and colors to construct creations that allow the audience to see who they truly are as designers.

Image Caption: Savannah Johnston '14, Virginia Tiger Math, for Annual Benefit Fashion Show. Photo by Vivian Loh '15.

 Art@Lunch: Joseph Basile
Wednesday, April 16, noon
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Joseph Basile, associate dean of liberal arts and professor of art history, theory and criticism, follows the trajectory of plaster cast collections at MICA, formerly the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanical Arts. The collections of art and design schools constituted not only educational assets for artists-in-training, but important collections of plastic arts in America's cities.

Image Caption: Joseph Basile

 Dana Schutz
Monday, April 21, noon
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
With support from the Herman Maril Foundation, MICA presents artist Dana Schutz for the 2013-2014 Herman Maril '28 Legacy Lecture Series. Schutz was born in the Great Lakes region and studied at the Cleveland Institute Art and Columbia University. Her debut exhibition, Frank From Observation, garnered her significant recognition. Since then, the New York-based artist has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally. Her paintings can be seen in collections and museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum.

The Herman Maril '28 Legacy Lecture Series is in honor of the late Herman Maril '28 (general fine arts), a nationally recognized artist and emeritus professor of painting at the University of Maryland. Maril (1908-1986), a native of Baltimore, received his early training as an artist at MICA and taught at the University of Maryland for more than 30 years. His work continues to receive critical praise and accolades, and has been featured in more than 60 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the country.

The series began in the 2013-2014 academic year and provides an important educational experience for students, both graduate and undergraduate, and emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of art and design education and its impact on contemporary society.

Image Caption: Dana Schutz, All at Once (detail), oil on canvas

 Workin' the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque
Tuesday, April 22-Wednesday, May, 7
Thursday, April 24, Monday, April 28 and Friday, May 2, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 30 and Monday, May 5, 5-7 p.m.
The Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Tuesday, April 22, 5-9p.m. and Wednesday, May 7, 5-7 p.m.
MICA's Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) presents Workin' the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque, an exhibition celebrating burlesque as an art form that combines slapstick humor, dance and body spectacle strip tease. Workin' the Tease will look at burlesque's rich history in Baltimore through live performance and historical and contemporary artifacts.

Visitors can discover burlesque's evolution over the decades-from the early 20th century, when the section of East Baltimore Street known as "The Block" was home to a thriving burlesque club scene, to recent decades in which a vibrant underground culture formed after the fading of burlesque's mass appeal during midcentury. Performers such as Paco Fish, Short Staxx and Tapitha Kix will provide some of the exhibited artifacts, including costumes, pasties and props. Additional calling cards, posters and accessories will be drawn from prominent local collections-including the Globe Poster Printing Corporation, now preserved and maintained by MICA.

Image Caption: Sean Scheidt, Paco Fish, Burlesque, digital photography

 M.A. in Social Design
Mount Royal School of Art
LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting
Friday, April 25-Sunday, May 4
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Avenue; Fox Building: Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.; and Graduate Studio Center: Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, 131 W. North Ave.; and Station North Market: D center Gallery, 16 W. North Ave.
Reception: Friday, May 2, 5-8 p.m.
Graduating students from the M.A. in Social Design, Mount Royal School of Art and LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting programs exhibit their work.

Image Caption: John Ralston '14,  Siblings, drywall and paint.

Events and exhibitions are free, unless a price is otherwise noted. Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m.