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Prominent Artists Discuss Their Work and Careers During MICA's Spring 2008 Lecture Series

Free and open to the public, these lectures offer a rare opportunity to learn about the creative process from preeminent contemporary artists

Posted 02.04.08 by MICA Media Relations

Jessica Stockholder, Parallel Parking

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) brings regional, national, and international artists to the College during its spring 2008 lecture series to discuss their work, life, and career experiences. Free and open to the public, these lectures offer a rare opportunity to learn about the creative process from preeminent contemporary artists. The lectures take place in Falvey Hall, Brown Center at 1301 Mount Royal Avenue.

JESSICA STOCKHOLDER: PARALLEL PARKING

Monday, February 4, Noon

Jessica Stockholder is a pioneer of multimedia genre-bending installations that have become a prominent language in contemporary art. Employing everyday goods such as plastic bags, extension cords, lumber, carpets, and furniture, she draws attention to the aesthetic qualities of overlooked items while avoiding overt symbolism and narrative storytelling. Stockholder was appointed to the Yale faculty in 1999 and is currently professor and director of graduate studies in sculpture.

HUGH POCOCK: THE ESTHETICS OF ENERGY

Monday, February 11, Noon

This talk, developed as an outcome of Hugh Pocock's research into the origins and behavior of energy, attempts to follow the current understanding of the cosmological origins of energy and how this energy behaves on our planet and within our civilization. Pocock is on faculty at MICA and works in performance art, sculpture, installation, and videos.

NOËL CARROLL: ART AND ALIENATION

Friday, March 14, 7 p.m.

Noël Carroll, internationally renowned scholar and current Andrew W. Mellon term professor in humanities at Temple University, presents a lecture in tribute to Dr. Richard Kalter, MICA's beloved philosopher-in-residence who died in 2004. In Art and Alienation, Carroll discusses the way in which the philosophy of art and the art world have separated art from the living concerns of our culture in a way that has led to their marginalization. He is the author and editor of 15 books and hundreds of articles on a variety of humanistic and cultural topics including Beyond Aesthetics, Theories of Art Today, A Philosophy of Mass Art, and Interpreting the Moving Image. Most recently, Carroll completed a book manuscript entitled Embodied Mind: Comic Intelligence and Concrete Operations in Buster Keaton's "The General" and recently finished co-editing an anthology with Jinhee Choi called The Philosophy of Film for Blackwell.

NEW HUMANS

Monday, April 7, Noon

New Humans is a New York-based noise band and moniker for collaborative work by artist Mika Tajima with Howie Chen and other musicians, artists, and designers. Formed in 2003, New Humans have produced collaborative works including music, video, art installations, clothing collaborations, and sound recordings. Repetitive patterning, collapse of boundary and object, and the unraveling of seriality over time are continuing visual and aural motifs. Recent releases continue a working use of piercing drones, sheer static, and low bass frequencies.

WALTER MCCONNELL: A THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Monday, April 7, 7 p.m.

Walter McConnell, faculty member at Alfred University, is a ceramicist whose work focuses on his "relationship to nature within a culture decisively alienated from it." In this lecture, he will discuss his work and influence. McConnell has taught, lectured, and conducted workshops in the United States and abroad for over 15 years. He has received individual artist grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation; residency grants from The European Ceramic Work Center, The Bemis Foundation, and the JM Kohler Arts/Industry Program.

Additional lectures may be added to the schedule. For updated information, visit www.mica.edu or call 410-225-2300.

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.