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Artists, Designers and Performers Visit MICA in April

Visitors explore art, design and culture through presentations

Posted 03.07.12 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Bruce Willen '02 and Nolen Strals '01 of Post Typography.

In April, MICA brings regional, national and international artists and designers to the College to discuss their work, life and career experiences. Open to the public and free (unless otherwise noted), these lectures offer a rare opportunity to learn about the creative process from prominent contemporary figures in the art world.

Mark J. Stern

Panel Discussion: Art as a Tool for Change. Mapping the Arts. Impacting Communities.
Monday, April 2, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The panel discussion, Art as a Tool for Change, will highlight the national impact of art on community development with a focus on MICA's current arts research and advocacy initiatives. Featured on the panel will be Mark J. Stern, Ph.D., of Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP)-a research program of University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. Several MICA faculty and staff members, who work with issue-oriented projects that transform communities, will join Stern, including Rebecca Yenawine, community arts faculty member; Jeffry Cudlin, M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice faculty member; Mike Weikert, Center for Design Practice and M.A. in Social Design director; and Kalima Young, Baltimore Art + Justice Project coordinator.
     Stern is Kenneth L. M. Pray Chair Professor of Social Policy and co-director of the Urban Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania. Stern is principal investigator for SIAP, which develops methods for measuring ways the arts and cultural engagement influence urban communities and applying them to metropolitan Philadelphia. He has authored or co-authored five books, including One Nation Divisible: What America Was and What It Is Becoming (with Michael B. Katz, Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). The discussion is organized by MICA's Mixed Media Lecture Series and Office of Community Engagement.

Wangechi MutuWangechi Mutu
Monday, April 2, 2 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan artist currently residing in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work acts as commentary of a social and personal nature where the female body functions as a site of engagement and provocation. Her hybrid figures are embedded in unknown landscapes, possessing an abject allure. Reflecting on her background, where she acquired a deep sensitivity for material salvaging, recycling and reclaiming, Mutu's samples come from printed image sources, the likes of medical diagrams, glossy magazines, anthropology and botany pictures, pornographic materials and traditional African arts. The artist's signature aesthetic combines tactile surfaces and fleshy images saturated with physical and conceptual wit, regenerating the narrative and placement of the contemporary African female body. Mutu's work is included in major collections, such as the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art in N.Y., Whitney Museum of American Art in N.Y., Studio Museum in Harlem, New York and the Hague in the Netherlands. This talk is sponsored by the Hoffberger School of Painting.

Screening: "For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism"
Monday, April 2, 7 p.m
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
"For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism" is the first documentary to dramatize the rich saga of American movie reviewing. Directed by The Boston Phoenix critic, Gerald Peary, "For the Love of Movies" offers an insider's view of the critics' profession, with commentary from America's best-regarded reviewers, Roger Ebert (The Chicago Sun-Times), A.O. Scott (The New York Times), Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly) and Kenneth Turan (The Los Angeles Times), as well as young, articulate, Internet voices, including Harry Knowles (aintitcool.com) and Karina Longworth (spout.com). The screening of the film at MICA includes an introduction by the film's director followed by a Q&A about film criticism with: Jed Dietz, director of the Maryland Film Festival; Mike Sragow, former film critic for the Baltimore Sun; and David Sterritt, film critic at Tikkun Magazine. The screening is sponsored by MICA's Department of Humanistic Studies.

Design by Gary Graham (photo by Alex Antitch).Gary Graham
Tuesday, April 3, 11:30 a.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
New York City-based fashion designer Gary Graham's background in costume and textile design is evident season after season. His collections are rich with casual luxury and a sense of history. Signature prints and jacquards are designed to incorporate visual clues that articulate the underlying themes of each collection. Inspirations for past collections have included fresh reinterpretations of Dust Bowl-era portraits or antique engravings of botanical specimens. His approach is reflected in his trademark fitted jackets, fluid dresses and knits-all rendered in a rich palette with varied textures, achieved through the meticulous washing and dyeing processes associated with his name. Graham's collections are represented in specialty boutiques and department stores worldwide. He was named a finalist in the 2009 Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund. His talk is part of the Fiber Department's Mixed Media Series.

Image caption: Design by Gary Graham.

National Symposium on Arts/Cultural/Entertainment Districts
Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Thursday, April 5, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Day I: Baltimore Hilton, 401 W. Pratt St.
Day II: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The National Symposium on Arts/Cultural/Entertainment Districts (NSACED) seeks to bring together policy makers, practitioners and artists to engage in dialogue on the economic, social and cultural impact of designated and natural arts and entertainment districts. With numerous states and municipalities employing arts districts as a revitalization strategy, the symposium presents an opportunity to reflect on best practices. Scheduled in conjunction with the National Main Streets Conference, this two-day symposium will offer the opportunity to learn about existing policy and incentive programs, and discuss critical issues facing diverse arts and entertainment districts throughout the United States.
     Mark J. Stern, Ph.D., will be the NSACED keynote speaker, and MICA President Fred Lazarus will take part as a presenter. For Stern's background, please refer to the listing for the Monday, April 2 panel discussion, Art as a Tool for Change. Mapping the Arts. Impacting Communities.
     The NSACED is produced by Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. and generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, MICA and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation. For more information, including registration details and a list of additional speakers, visit stationnorth.org/calendar/nsaced.

Lisa Sanditz, Deflated Christmas, 2010Lisa Sanditz
Monday, April 9, 10:30 a.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Lisa Sanditz, a native of Missouri, is an American landscape painter eternally searching for ways to find the sublime in the most unexpected areas. While working in respect to the traditions of her predecessors, she has taken a new and inventive path in the realm of landscape painting. Her wildly colorful works function as stylistic and informational quilts, opening doors into strange, polluted and mysterious impressions of collapsing space. These items teeter between the seductive and the grotesque but regardless are accessible through the dynamic tension of their design. She embraces despoiled and rotten landscapes and transforms them into picturesque scenes of great beauty and power. Sanditz has taught at Bard College in N.Y., San Francisco Art Institute, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design and Minneapolis College of Art & Design. This talk is sponsored by the Hoffberger School of Painting.

Image caption: Lisa Sanditz, Deflated Christmas, 2010.


David Plunkert
Monday, April 9, 1 p.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
David Plunkert is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer based in Baltimore. Best known for his editorial illustrations and theater posters, his highly conceptual work is done in two styles: Dada-influenced collage and blocky graphics. His work has appeared on the pages of Esquire, Forbes, GQ, The New Yorker, Time, Reader's Digest, Playboy and Rolling Stone magazines, as well as in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has also worked extensively with publishers and recording artists, MTV, Nike and Capitol Records. In 2009, Plunkert received the Best Poster Award at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) for the poster he designed for Antidote Films' documentary "The Dungeon Masters." In 2011 Plunkert was inducted into the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He has received medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York. In 1995, Plunkert and Joyce Hesselberth co-founded Spur Design, a graphic design and illustration studio.

Heather Rowe
Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 a.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Heather Rowe's work inhabits the areas around sculpture, architecture and installation, without strictly adhering to any one method of working. Permutations of wood and Sheetrock suggests transitional and cinematic spaces such as corridors, doorways and windows with insertions of decorative details. Her installations involve a series of frames in space containing fragments of a story that are revealed as the viewer passes through and around the work. Upon approach, these seemingly spare objects reveal surprising narrative elements-glass sharpened like knives and angled mirrors reflect and threaten the body. Rowe's work explores how we experience architectural environments and how domestic spaces become extensions of ourselves, as well as their ability to manifest neuroses

Bruce Willen ’02 and Nolen Strals ’01 of Post Typography.Post Typography: Greatest Misses
Monday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Faculty members Nolen Strals '01 and Bruce Willen '02 of the Baltimore design studio Post Typography give a behind-the scenes peek at the design process, illustrated with never-before-seen projects that fell short, missed the mark or were blown off target by the fickle winds of client taste. Originally conceived as an avant-garde anti-design movement, Post Typography specializes in graphic design, conceptual typography and custom lettering/illustration with additional forays into art, apparel, music, curatorial work, design theory and vandalism. In 2007, Strals and Willen incorporated Post Typography as a full-time design studio, where they continue to work for a variety of clients including the New York Times, U.S. Green Building Council, John Legend & The Roots and Random House. The studio recently wrote and designed Lettering & Type, a book on lettering and typeface design published by Princeton Architectural Press. This lecture is sponsored by the Graphic Design Department.

Image caption: Bruce Willen '02 and Nolen Strals '01 of Post Typography.


Alicia VolkArt@Lunch: Alicia Volk, Global Art History, a View from Japanese Modernism
Wednesday, April 18, 12:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
As associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Maryland, Alicia Volk's research spans a range of mediums and critical issues in modern and contemporary Japanese art. This lecture will introduce key monuments of Japanese modern art and place them in both domestic and international context. The focus will be on oil painter Yorozu Tetsugorô, who devoted his career to resolving the sometimes uneasy relationship between perceived dichotomies, such as native and foreign and past and present-some of the defining challenges of Japanese modern art. While reflecting upon the recent trends toward global histories of art, this lecture will demonstrate how such developments in Japanese modern art both participated in the various discourses of European modernism and expanded the scope of modernism's possibilities and achievements. The Art@Lunch lecture series is organized by the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism with support from the Office of Academic Services.


Lee MinweiLee Mingwei
Wednesday, April 18, 2:15 p.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Born in Taiwan and currently living in New York City, Lee Mingwei creates both participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy and self-awareness on their own and through one-on-one events, where visitors explore these issues with the artist himself through eating, sleeping, walking and conversing. Mingwei's projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction that take on different forms depending on the participants. Time is central to this process as Mingwei's installations often change during the course of an exhibition. Mingwei's exhibitions have been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y., Whitney Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., Brooklyn Museum in New York, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Australia. He has also been featured at biennials in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool, Taipei and Washington, D.C., as well as the Asia Pacific Triennial. His talk and residency is funded by the Mixed Media Lecture Series with support from the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice.


Mandakini TrivediAnimation and the Language of Classical Indian Dance
Thursday, April 19, Noon
Main Building: Room 100, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Mandakini Trivedi was a professor of dance for almost 10 years at Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, a premier institution for the performing arts in Mumbai. She was initially trained in Mohini Attam by Dr. Smt. Kanak Rele, who is credited for the revival and popularization of the Kerala style of dance, and received an M.F.A. from Bombay University. Trivedi earned the Central Government Junior Fellowship for research in Mahini Attam, under which she studied dance from several masters in the field. She is an accomplished performer, teacher and choreographer who is involved in various aspects of dance education and expression. As the creative head of the Nateshvari Dance Gurkul, she is working toward reviving the yogic traditions in Indian dance and creating awareness about the approach to Indian dance as a means of self-evolution. She has authored two books: The Yoga of Indian Dance and Sutras On Dance. During her performance, Trivedi will demonstrate some principles of the traditional Indian dance and how each movement has a specific meaning carrying its own language. She will explore the idea of movement and the importance of facial expression to be applied on character animation. This event is sponsored by the Animation Department.


Candy Chang (photo by Randal Ford).Candy Chang -- POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Internationally recognized artist, designer and urban planner Candy Chang believes the design of our public spaces can better reflect what is important to us as a community and as individuals. Combining street art and graphic design, she transforms simple objects like stickers, stencils and chalkboards into powerful tools that spark conversations in public spaces. Chang was named a "Live Your Best Life" Local Hero by Oprah Magazine and has been recognized as a TED Senior Fellow and an Urban Innovation Fellow. In Chang's talks, she poses new strategies for civic life and inspires listeners to think differently. Through her own life stories, she illustrates how seemingly disparate experiences in countries from Kazakhstan to South Africa to Finland have come together to incite fresh perspectives and form a coherent philosophy. Her provocative and intimate talks explore the power of introspection in public space and what we can learn from our collective wisdom. This lecture is sponsored through the Sadie B. Feldman Residency in Visual Communications, benefiting students from the Center for Art Education and the the Graphic Design Department.

Image caption: Candy Chang (photo by Randal Ford).


Amalie Rothschild ’34, Hippolyte, aluminum, Plexiglas, gold leaf, chain, 1972.Amalie Rothschild : Author's Tour and Lecture
Friday, April 20, 1-5:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Rosenberg Gallery, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
MICA will celebrate the legacy of alumna and former trustee Amalie Rothschild '34 and the publication of the book, Amalie Rothschild, with an author's tour of the artist's exhibition, Vestments, and a lecture series. Programming will begin with the author's tour led by the book's essayists from 1-2 p.m., followed by lectures by essayists Percy North (2:15 p.m.), Susan Isaacs (3:15 p.m.) and Amalie R. Rothschild (4:15 p.m.), the artist's daughter. The event will be followed by the exhibition reception and book signing.
     Rothschild was an extremely versatile and imaginative artist who was a major force in the Maryland art world. She was president of the Maryland Artist's Union, founded the Baltimore Outdoor Art Festival (1953-1968), co-founded Gallery One (the first co-operative artists gallery in Baltimore), co-founded Maryland Art Place, served on the boards of MICA and The Baltimore Museum of Art, and taught at Goucher College as and the Metropolitan School of Art. An exhibition of her works, Vestments, will be on display in the Rosenberg Gallery from Wednesday, April 11-Wednesday, April 25.

Image caption: Amalie Rothschild '34, Hippolyte, aluminum, Plexiglas, gold leaf, chain, 1972.

John ZinsserJohn Zinsser
Monday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
As an abstract painter, John Zinsser has been exhibiting in the United States and Europe for 25 years. In 1987, he co-founded Journal of Contemporary Art, a magazine devoted entirely to interviews with artists and special projects. He has also written extensively for the periodicals Art in America and Flash Art. As a teacher at New School University and New York Academy of Art, Zinsser discusses contemporary art practices within their larger art historical contexts. He invites a wide range of possible readings in his own work, from Freud-based psychology to popular culture sources. In a review of his show, Abstract Memory, that debuted last spring at Larry Becker Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Robin Rice of the Philadelphia City Paper writes: "Zinsser's commitment to lush, well-orchestrated accidents reminds us of nature. His use of engineered pigments, silvers, rust primer and alkyds keeps us in the artifice of civilization." This talk is sponsored by the Hoffberger School of Painting.

Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder (photo by Christoph Kniel).Projector Performance: Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder
Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder will present a lecture about their work with light and sound that includes a performance using film projectors. In an interview with the artists, art critic and curator Ed Halter said: "In their collaborative film performances, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder employ simple mechanical means to hypnotically elaborate ends. Sixteen mm loops, spray bottles, colored gels, unfocused lenses and hand-shadows combine, through rehearsed recipes, into slowly mutating light-sculptures: morphing colorfields, angel-white auras, fusing penumbrae, pulsing vertical lines. Built upon occulted rhythms of film projection, their work retains a personal, human scale, even as the viewer succumbs to its transportive powers. Their performances melt the projector's machine materialism into ethereal experiences." This event is sponsored by the departments of Interaction Design and Art and Video and Film Arts.


Image caption: Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder (photo by Christoph Kniel).
Top image caption: Bruce Willen '02 and Nolen Strals '01 of Post Typography.

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.

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