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Chair of Painting Barry Nemett Exhibits at the Creative Alliance, Sept. 12-Oct. 24

A Film Screening and Poetry Reading Complement the Exhibition 'Barry Nemett: Paintings, Poems & Passages'

Posted 09.11.09 by MICA Media Relations

Barry Nemett, Passages

BALTIMORE-Chair of painting Barry Nemett exhibits at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., with Barry Nemett: Paintings, Poems & Passages, Saturday, Sept. 12-Saturday, Oct. 24. An opening reception takes place Saturday, Sept. 12, 5-7 p.m. The exhibition is free to the public in its Main Gallery and offers complementary programming with a film screening and poetry reading.

Nemett's paintings reflect a busy mind, constantly feeling around for ideas, images, words and other voices, then piecing them back together like grand puzzles, bursting with information. Nemett is a published writer and poet, and collaborated for years with the late Richard Kalter, who was a philosopher, poet and theologian in residence at MICA. The spirit of that collaboration hovers over this exhibition, which celebrates the release of Nemett's full-length retrospective catalog and draws together work exploring the dynamic interplay between painting and poetry.

Screening: The Instrument (Adam Nemett, 2005), featuring Cornel West and Richard Kalter
Friday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m., $10 general public; $8 Creative Alliance members; $5 students, cast and crew
Arthur Zarek, an enigmatic art school custodian, leaves behind blueprints for a system of ritual worship based on music. Seven students, including a young filmmaker, spend a month in Zarek's  workshop space and embark on a collective rite of passage to gain his inheritance. Featuring famed intellectual Cornel West and Kalter, as Arthur Zarek, the film was a collaboration between MICA and Princeton University with elaborate sets created by 25 artists, including the director's father, Barry Nemett, whose work is in the Main Gallery of the Creative Alliance.

Poetry Reading: Barry Nemett: Poetry, Painting & Richard Kalter
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., $6 general public; $3 Creative Alliance members; free students
For thousands of years, the "sister arts" of painting and poetry have jostled for primacy and danced a duet. Nemett's paintings in the Main Gallery were inspired by poets, in particular his longtime collaborator Kalter. At this event, Nemett welcomes artists, writers and colleagues, including Raoul Middleman and MICA President Fred Lazarus, to discuss the exhibition and read poems by Kalter and others.

Hear Nemett's interview on WYPR (88.1 FM),  The Signal. Or read the City Paper's review of his exhibition here.

For more information about the exhibition and programs at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, visit its Web site.

For more information about Nemett or MICA's painting department, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Barry Nemett, Passages, studio view, with carved frame by Stuart Abarbanel. Photo by Robert Salazar.

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.