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August Off-Campus Events & Exhibitions

MICA Students, Alumni and Faculty Featured in Events & Exhibitions

Posted 08.01.14 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Ariel Klein Sketching Piccoloist on iPad, 2014 (photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Brian Rust).

Throughout August, members of the MICA community have work showcased in events and exhibitions throughout the country and world. Here are some of the highlights (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):


Ripple: An Exhibition of Cloth, Community, Connectivity
On view June 13 through August 17, VisArts, Kaplan Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville
Opening reception: Friday, June 20, 7-9 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty members Annet Couwenberg, Naomi Davidoff '13 (fiber), Rebecca Nagle '08 (fiber), Hannah Brancato '07 '11 (fiber, Community Arts), Jen Liu '12 (fiber), Valeska Populoh '06 '07 (fiber, Art Education), Emily Schubert '13 (fiber), Melissa Webb '96 (fiber)
Ripple presents works of contemporary artists inspired by the communal production of textiles and the creative potential of social interaction. The exhibition, curated by Susie Brandt, is a vivid mix of performance, documentary video, interactive electronics, collaboration and community activism.


U Street Chromatic (for Duke)
On view June 28 through August 2, Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC
Artist talk: Tuesday, July 8, 7 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Billy Friebele '08 (Studio Art)
Billy Friebele translates the bustle of the U Street corridor into abstract images and sound in U Street Chromatic (for Duke) and pays homage to Duke Ellington's Soda Fountain Rag, an improvisational piano composition inspired by the mechanical motions of a soda fountain machine. First played at the Poodle Dog Cafe on the 2000 block of Georgia Avenue, Soda Fountain Rag carried traces of what would become defining characteristics of Ellington's musical style: spontaneity, improvisation and the ability to translate impressions into sound.
Image caption: Billy Friebele, U Street Chromatic Machine, 2.5'x4'x3.5'

Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler
On view: July 17 through January 11, 2015, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 700 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
Opening reception: Thursday, July 17, 7-10:30 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Former faculty member Salvatore Scarpitta and Larry "Poncho" Brown '84 (graphic design, illustration) 
From 1965 to 2001, Salvatore Scarpitta taught at MICA, where his students included Jeff Koons '76 (general fine arts) and Nancy Rubins '74 (general fine arts). His exhibition at Hirshhorn will feature Sal Cragar, 1969, and Trevis Race Car (Sal Gambler Special), 1985, the only two of Scarpitta's race car sculptures to reside in the United States. Much of the painting on Trevis Race Car was done by MICA alumnus Larry "Poncho" Brown.

Nonuments through the Fung Collaborative
Saturday, August 23, 12-10 p.m., 990 4th St. SW, Washington, D.C.
MICA Connection: Michael Koliner ‘13 (art history, interdisciplinary sculpture)
Nonumental Seating Objects are put together using cob, which is a mixture of clay-dirt, straw and water. To mix the cob, all the ingredients are laid out on top of a tarp and smashed together by the stomping of feet. This project will turn an activity of labor into one of dance, making the seating objects the solidification of a shared public experience. For more information, please visit here

"The President’s Own Saxophonist", oil on linen 46 x 70 in.

A Painter's Journey with "The President's Own"
On view August 2-24, Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 7, 7-9 p.m.
MICA Connection: Ariel Klein '12 (painting)
Named a distinguished scholar in the arts by Gov. Martin O'Malley, painter Ariel Klein has spent six months behind-the-scenes with the "President's Own" United States Marine Band. Klein's idea to shadow the band is the focus of his exhibition at Strathmore, where Klein is a fine artist-in-residence.

Image Caption: Ariel Klein, The President's Own Saxophonist (detail), oil on linen 46 x 70 in.


Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
On view through June 27 through Oct. 19, Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave. at 75th St., New York, NY
MICA CONNECTION: Jeff Koons '76 (general fine arts)
The Whitney Museum of American Art is proud to present its final uptown exhibition- Jeff Koons: A Retrospective. This unique exhibition will be Jeff Koons' first comprehensive museum show, not only spanning his entire career from 1978 through today, but also filling every floor of the historic Breuer building before the Whitney's move to the Meatpacking District in 2015. 

Albee Studio EndThe Fireplace Project at the Surf Lodge
On View through August 20, The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street Montauk, NY
MICA Connection: Jim Condron '04 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
Jim Condron has completed the artist residency program at the Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk; Condron's exhibition will feature sculptural works created in Montauk, and paintings created previous to the residency.

Make Things (Happen)
On view through October 2, Nathan Cummings Foundation, 475 Tenth Ave., New York
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Lauren F. Adams
As a part of the Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration, Make Things (Happen) is an artist project organized by Christine Wong Yap features 29 artist-created activity sheets for participants to construct a variety of their own personal objects. Faculty member Lauren F. Adams activity invites guests to create commemorative items where she connects her inspiration for historical textures and designs for her activity.


Pink Rabbit Installation
On view through December 2015, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty members David Friedheim '86 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) and Trisha Kyner
David Friedheim and Trisha Kyner's Pink Rabbit sculpture will be on view in front of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as part of Sculpture for New Orleans, a post-Katrina art project that places dozens of outdoor artworks along the city's streets. Friedheim and Kyner also have another Pink Rabbit piece on view in a one-year public sculpture exhibition in Carbondale, Colorado.

Image caption: David Friedheim and Trisha Kyner, Pink Rabbit sculpture outside of Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


Happy North Korean Children Solo Exhibition
On view through July 29, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
MICA CONNECTION: faculty member Mina Cheon '99 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
The Trunk Gallery proudly presents Mina Cheon's Polipop (Political Pop Art) exhibition Happy North Korean Children. This exhibition shows an abstract and imaginary field of happy North Korean children, posed by Cheon's own children Gerson and Sasha as "Kim Siun" and "Kim Sia," characters who multiply in the digital world, assuming the identities of many happy North Korean children similarly portrayed in North Korean propaganda imagery. They are happy because of the ways in which the North Korean government presents their "Juche" ideology, blissfulness that comes from favoring social collectiveness over individuality.

Image caption: Happy North Korean Little Boy, Acrylic on Canvas, 91 x 122 x 4 cm, 2013 (Courtesy of Ethan Cohen New York Gallery).

Top image caption: Ariel Klein Sketching Piccoloist on iPad, 2014 (photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Brian Rust).