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April–May 2013 Events Schedule

Visiting expert lectures, theater performances, screenings, fashion shows and more

Posted 02.18.13 by mica communications

This year’s cast rehearses for an upcoming performance of "Dancing at Lughnasa." (Photos by Kristen Lengel)BALTIMORE—MICA brings artists to the College to discuss their work, hosts student-run performances, fashion shows and Commencement-related events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Space & Place Roundtable
Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
This roundtable will engage three artists who make innovative interventions in public space. Born in Argentina and based in Germany, Dolores Zinny, with her partner Juan Maidagan, produces sculptural installations in public spaces and museums through a unique language of abstraction. Anthony Smyrski, a native of Philadelphia, is part of the artistic duo that created Megawords magazine, an experimental media project created in conjunction with installations and events to encourage the public to question the ownership of public space. Faculty member Dan D'Oca, principal and co-founder of Interboro Partners in Brooklyn, New York, uses urban design and planning to host meaningful conversations between people. The roundtable is sponsored by the M.A. in Critical Studies Program in conjunction with a semester-long colloquium on the subject of Space & Place.

Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan, Curtain Call for Graz, Steirischer Herbst 2009 curated by Sabine Breitwieser, City Hall. (Photo courtesy the artists).


Susan Lichtman
Thursday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Instead of creating her interiors and figurative work from observation, Susan Lichtman creates her work from memory, sketches and photographs. Her paintings often depict domestic scenes with a hint of narrative; however, her work is recognizable for her use of dramatic light and color arrangements and use of flattened abstracted forms. Lichtman has been teaching at Brandeis University in Massachusetts since 1989, where she is currently an associate professor in the Department of Fine Arts. This talk is sponsored by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting.

Susan Lichtman, Visitors, oil on linen 2006.


Proceed and be Bold
Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.

Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
As part of the residency of letterpress legend Amos Kennedy, The Globe Collection and Press at MICA and the Printmaking Department will screen Proceed and be Bold, a film directed by Laura Zinger that follows Kennedy's decision at age 40 to trade in his computer for a printing press and his white collar for a paid of overalls.  Kennedy—who addresses art, culture, race, class, freedom and equality with his bold type statements and layered letterpress prints—will make remarks at the screening.

Dancing at Lughnasa
Thursdays through Sundays, April 4-14, 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 store.mica.edu), online at Brown Paper Tickets (brownpapertickets.com) and at the door on the day of the event.
Rivals of the West, MICA's student theater company, will present Dancing at Lughnasa, a Tony Award-winning play by Brian Friel, over two weekends this spring. Set in the summer of 1936 in rural Ireland, the play follows the fortunes of five unmarried sisters. The production is the culmination of the annual The Play's the Thing course, in which students across majors take on roles as stage managers, lighting and sound technicians, set designers, costumers, prop fabricators, actors and more. For more information, visit rivalsofthewest.org.


Lunchtime Lecture: Melinda Beck
Thursday, April 11, 12:15 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Melinda Beck will lecture on her work as an illustrator, animator and graphic designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Beck's clients include Chronicle Books, GQ, Nickelodeon, Martha Stewart Living, MTV, Nike, Neiman Marcus, the New York Times, Target Brands and Time. She has received two Emmy nominations as well as recognition from American Illustration, the Art Directors Club, the Society of Publication Designers, Communication Arts, Print, the Society of  Illustrators, the Broadcast Design Awards and the AIGA. In addition, her work has been exhibited in various shows including a new acquisitions show at the Library of Congress. This lecture is sponsored by the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice.

Image caption: Melinda Beck.


Kerry Shawn Keys
Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m.
Mount Royal Station: Middendorf Gallery, 1400 Cathedral St.
Poet, playwright and translator Kerry Shawn Keys will read original works. Keys' has published dozens of collections of poetry, most recently Night Flight, his fourth collection of poetry from Presa Press. He is a recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. A resident of Vilnius, Lithuania, he has translated several volumes of Lithuanian poetry into English. 

Ex Tempore: 20th Annual Benefit Fashion Show
Friday, April 12, 9 p.m. (MICA Community Show) and Saturday, April 13, 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.
Ex Tempore showcases garments that link styles and trends across generations. As vintage fashions and ideas influence new and dynamic styles, clothing is reborn. By placing their creative mark on this moment, these designers are both redefining and influencing the wearable across time. After the show, audience members are invited to mix and mingle with the designers and view an exhibition of fashion pictorials of the students' designs captured by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks '00 (illustration). Now in its 20th year, proceeds from the Annual Benefit Fashion Show continue to help support students involved in diversity programming and scholarly pursuits through the Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development, which sponsors the show.

Noire by Allina Liu '13 (fiber) for Ex Tempore. (Photo by Derek Blanks '00)


Grant Kester '86 — CANCELLED
Monday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Grant Kester '86 (photography) is one of the leading figures in the emerging critical dialogue around "relational" or "dialogical" art practices, which focus on the experience of collaborative exchange and interaction rather than on the creation of physical objects. He is a professor of art history and director of the University Art Gallery at the University of California, San Diego. Kester has been published widely, including his most recent book, The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context. Currently, he is working on an anthology of writings by contemporary Latin American collectives with Bill Kelley, Jr., a Los Angeles-based educator, curator and theorist. Kester's talk on social practice is sponsored by the Mixed Media Lecture Series, and his residency is sponsored by the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice, M.A. in Critical Studies, M.F.A. in Community Arts and the Rinehart School of Sculpture.

Image caption: Grant Kester '86 (photography).


Kristen HilemanKeeping Contemporary: Exhibiting and Acquiring Artists Under 40
Wednesday, April 17, 12:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
As curator of contemporary art and department head at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Kristen Hileman oversaw the full reinstallation of the museum's contemporary collection this past November and has organized more than half a dozen exhibitions. Previously she worked as a curator for the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and she has taught as an adjunct instructor at both the Corcoran College of Art and Design and George Washington University. This talk, organized by the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism with support from the Office of Academic Services, will preview upcoming projects at the museum and look at how the process of developing a contemporary program can contradict the museum's inherent interest in history and longevity. Hileman will discuss some of the factors impacting her decision to feature work by artists under the age of 40 in the collection galleries and temporary exhibition spaces of the Baltimore Museum of Art's recently renovated wing, including works by MICA alumnus Gaia '11.

Image caption: Kristen Hileman. (photo by Howard Korn)


Tala Madani
Thursday, April 18, 10:30 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Tala Madani's work is characterized by loose expressive brushwork rendered in a bold, distinctive palette. Her more abstract large-scale works usually contain a mass, group or collective, while her more intimately scaled paintings and painterly video animations depict scenarios that make men vulnerable, reversing the conventional form of sexual objectification. Madani currently lives and works in Los Angeles, and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. This talk is sponsored by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting.

Image caption: Tala Madani, Grand Entrance, 2012. (© Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias gallery, London).


R.I.P. V.I.P.: Experimental Fashion Event
Saturday, April 20, 6 p.m. and 9 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); tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 2; limited tickets will be sold at the door.
R.I.P. V.I.P
.-or Rest In Peace Very Important Person-showcases designs by students striving to liberate the runway from its elite stigma, making fashion accessible to a broader audience. Participating artists each present their own unique visions, claiming fashion should be recognized as a cultural phenomenon, not just a few voices speaking for an industry. As a student-driven event, R.I.P. V.I.P. demonstrates young artists are a crucial part of the discussion. For the annual Experimental Fashion Event, artists and designers from the Fiber Department's Multi Media Event courses 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 bodies of garment-based work, pushing the boundaries of fashion and art. The work speaks to the performative nature of fashion and the overlapping of the runway, the stage and the theater of the streets.

Image caption: THird Generation by Hayley Martell '13 (fiber) for R.I.P. V.I.P. (Image by Emma Albuquerque and Ted Schantz).


Showcase Live!
Sunday, April 21, 8 p.m.
The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
This culmination of the year's student-run Coffeehouse programming allows students to showcase their talents outside of the realm of visual arts, including music, theater, comedy, poetry, and dance.


Landscapes of Memory: The Life of Ruth Klüger
Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Landscapes of Memory: The Life of Ruth Klüger is a documentary by Renata Schmidtkunz focusing on the life and work of one of the youngest people to survive the holocaust, Ruth Klüger. Klüger-an American literary scholar and professor emerita of German at University of California, Irvine-deals with the lasting impact of this experience by revisiting four significant places in her life: Austria, the United States, Germany and Israel. German-born Schmidtkunz is a journalist and evangelical theologian who has worked since 1990 as an editor and filmmaker. In her documentaries and radio broadcasts, she confronts historical, cultural, philosophical and theological issues. She recently won an award for "outstanding performance by feminist principles" from the Austrian Women's Ring, as well as the City of Vienna Prize for Journalism award. The screening and discussion are hosted by the M.A. in Critical Studies program and the Office of Academic Services.

Image caption: Ruth Klüger. (Photo copyright: Zsolnay Verlag/Margit Marnul).


An Authentic Life: Joyce J. Scott
Thursday, April 25, 10:30 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Printmaker, weaver, sculptor, performance artist and educator Joyce J. Scott '70 (art education) is one of Baltimore's most highly collected and versatile artists. In this documentary, art world experts and childhood friends offer an intimate portrayal of the internationally acclaimed artist. The film weaves together a portrait of an artist who is not easily defined by including footage of her visual work and performance art, as well as personal stories from Scott herself. Scott uses her artistic talents to draw in her audience with beauty and humor before the viewer may realize that she might be addressing such subjects as genocide, racism and rape. The people who know her best label her as a "rascal," but the same friends also view her as bold and unwavering in her relentless quest to find new ways of bringing attention to uncomfortable subjects. At the screening, filmmaker Jeanie Clark will make remarks. The M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program, Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development and Office of Alumni and Parent Relations make the event possible.

Image caption: Still from An Authentic Life: Joyce J. Scott.


LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting Critic in Residence: Ken Johnson, Art and God: Varieties of Quasi-Religious Experience in Modern Art
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Join art critic Ken Johnson for the final lecture he will conduct during his residency with the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting. Throughout his journalism career, Johnson has written for several art magazines, newspapers and publications. His path began in 1983 when he began writing art reviews for the Albany Times Union newspaper and other local publications in the Albany region. In 1987,Johnson began writing articles on contemporary artists for NY Arts Magazine, and a year later he moved on to Art in America, where he wrote regularly for the next nine years. In 1997, he began writing reviews for the New York Times, taking a year-long stint as chief art critic for the Boston Globe before returning to the Times. In 2011, his first book, Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art, was published by Prestel Publishing.

Image caption: Ken Johnson.

MA in Critical Studies Symposium: The Ideal and the Real
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Walters Art Museum: 600 N. Charles St.
At this symposium, 12 graduate student papers will be presented, including six from the inaugural MA in Critical Studies class. At 5 p.m., art historian and critic Rosalyn Deutsche, who teaches modern and contemporary art at Barnard College and Columbia University in New York, will deliver a keynote address, The Art of Abolishing War.

ArtWalk 2013
Thursday, May 16, 5 p.m.
Campuswide, starting at Cohen Plaza, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: $30 for exhibition and casual supper

Ramble through MICA's campus, mingle with young artists and fellow art enthusiasts and discuss the students' artwork at the preview party for the 2013 Commencement Exhibition. ArtWalk guests can purchase outstanding work by graduating seniors before the exhibition opens to the public at this visually energizing 3K walking tour. During and after the exhibition closes at 8 p.m., guests are invited to relax and enjoy casual dinner fare and wine with the student artists. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit mica.edu/artwalk.

Image caption: Photo from ArtWalk 2012.


Masters Benefit Art Sale
Saturday, May 18, noon-4 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center, 131 W. North Ave.
This annual art sale offers a chance to browse and buy affordable works of art from graduate students in the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, Mount Royal School of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture, Graphic Design, Illustration Practice, Photographic & Electronic Media and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts programs. A percentage of the proceeds from the event will support a graduate-specific scholarship. The sale is also a rare opportunity to visit the studios and facilities of the College's graduate programs.

Image caption: Poster for the Masters Benefit Art Sale.



Top image caption: This year's cast rehearses for an upcoming performance of Dancing at Lughnasa. (Photos by Kristen Lengel)


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 49 states and 52 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 ten by U.S. News and 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.