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Art@Lunch Talks Take Place March 11, April 15

Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism Sponsors Noon Conversations With Leading Experts

Posted 03.04.09 by MICA Media Relations

BALTIMORE--MICA's department of art history, theory, and criticism presents Art@Lunch, a series of talks that take place Wednesday, March 11 and Wednesday, April 15 at noon in Bunting 420, located in Bunting Center, 1401 Mount Royal Ave. Isabelle Loring Wallace, associate professor of contemporary art and theory at Lamar Dodd School of Art at University of Georgia, discusses Paul Pfeiffer's video, sculptural, and photography work on March 11. Sarah Cash (pictured), Bechhoefer Curator of American Art at Corcoran Gallery of Art, presents on the value of college art museum collections on April 15.

Game Over: The Art of Paul Pfeiffer

Wednesday, March 11, noon Bunting 420

Paul Pfeiffer is known for groundbreaking work in video, sculpture, and photography. Profiled in PBS's award-winning series, Art:21, Pfeiffer incorporates the use of found footage and digitally manipulated images of athletes and celebrities. Isabelle Loring Wallace, who will speak about Pfeiffer's work, has recently written a paper on his video art that reflects on the following question: In what way will the tradition of American landscape evolve given the emergence of both new worlds and new media?

Selling Out: Are C0llege Art Collections a Learning Resource or a Piggy Bank?

Wednesday, April 15, noon, Bunting 420.

Sarah Cash is the former director (1995-1998) of the Maier Museum of Art (Randolph College), a college museum that made headlines in 2007 after Randolph's trustees voted to auction off four major works from the permanent collection to increase the college's endowment. From that standpoint, Cash will offer perspectives on the topic of the value-in many senses of the word-of college art museum collections. With the late January 2009 events surrounding the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, this topic appears to be especially timely and of particular interest to students interested in working or exhibiting in academic art museums.

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.