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December Off-Campus Events & Exhibitions

MICA Students, Alumni and Faculty Featured in Events & Exhibitions

Posted 12.01.13 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Morris Louis, Untitled 5-76, 1956, The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Marcella Brenner Revocable Trust, BMA 2011.184

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



Post Typography Print & Merch Sale
Studio opening Saturday, December 7, noon-5 p.m., Post Typography, 3 W 23rd Street, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: faculty members Nolen Strals '01 (general fine arts) and Bruce Willen '02 (graphic design)
Post Typography is opening their studio for a one-day-only print & merch sale. The sale will feature limited edition prints, posters and artwork from our past eleven years, including: screenprinted posters for Dan Deacon, Lightning Bolt, Built to Spill, and more; Groundhog Day, Artscape, John Hopkins and Maryland film festival posters; and limited edition screenprints and letterpress prints (and a baseball bat) from our War of 1812-themed art show, OSAYCANYOUSEE. Best of all, this sale benefits a worthy cause. Most of the purchase price of each piece of artwork will be donated to Wide Angle Youth Media, a non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged with their communities. Come early! Many prints only are available in limited quantities-first come, first served (print cannot be reserved until paid for).

Unravel the Code
On view December 11 through December 13, Johns Hopkins University (Gallery Q), 3400 N Charles St., Baltimore
Opening reception and presentations December 11, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Brody Learning Commons Rooms 5015/5017
This international exhibition deciphers digital technology and social media through textiles, interactive experiences and graphic design. Navigating through new landscapes of tweets, posts and pings, the work examines the realities and fictions of our identities, online and beyond. Unravel the Code is a collaboration between students from MICA and the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with special assistance by Kendal Ackerman, JHU Whiting School of Engineering. Learn more at unravelthecode.net

Blood Brother
Film will be shown Tuesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m., Landmark Harbor East, 645 S President St, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Kailie Parrish ‘11 (graphic design)
Please reserve your spot by December 5. The screening will only be possible if enough spots are reserved by this date! Blood Brother is an intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, an American graphic designer who stumbled upon an HIV orphanage in India and left all that he had to create a family with the kids. Though Rocky never set out to be a humanitarian, his dedication proves genuine in this heart wrenching film from Rocky's best friend, director Steve Hoover. Not only is Blood Brother a Sundance award winner in multiple categories, but all proceeds go to the kids in the film and other AIDS and HIV initiatives.

Warm Space
On view December 13 through January 8, 2014, Tank/Bodega Gallery, Copycat Building, Apt A100, 1511 Guilford Ave., Baltimore
Opening reception: Friday, December 13, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Kathe Kaczmarzyk '14 (painting) and Colin Alexander '14 (painting)
Warm Space is an exhibition of new work by Kathe Kaczmarzyk and Colin Alexander, which includes a selection of paintings and sculptures that deal with the process of finding comfort in different aspects of the world and observing those human tendencies that seek it out. The bodies of work explore human interaction with architecture, imagery, consumption and personal relationships. This exhibition is held in conjunction with Yes and No But opening at Penthouse Gallery (B501).

Piñatas Navideñas: Mis Raices
On view through January 18, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
Piñata decorating workshop for kids: December 14, Noon, 1:00 or 2:00 p.m.
Advanced piñata making (suggested 12 years and older): December 8 and 15, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Screening of "Piñatas Navideñas y Posadas in Southeast Baltimore" w/ discussion, dinner, and piñata breaking: December 20, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Maria Aldana '03, '06 (general fine arts, M.A. in Community Arts)
Piñatas Navideñas y Posada celebrates and continues the joyous Christmas traditions of the Latino community in Southeast Baltimore. Working with local Mexican, Bolivian, Honduran, Nicaraguan and Colombian tradition bearers, Mis Raíces, Friend of Pattesron Park Consejo Hispano, Breath of God Lutheran Church and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Creative Alliance offers piñata-making workshops, an exhibition, videos, and a traditional "posada" procession culminating into a fiesta with song, mariachi, potluck and piñata breaking. Our Marquee Lounge exhibits a vast selection of traditional Christmas piñatas, creche scenes, and handmade embroidered tablecloths that honor the Latin American tradition bearers in our community: Aurelia Vargas, Alexandra Gonzalez, Fabiola López, Rosa Vazquez Castro, Maria Guadalupe López and more.

Morris Louis Unveiled
On view through February 9, 2014, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Morris Louis '32 (general fine arts)
The Baltimore Museum of Art's newly reopened Contemporary Wing is the setting for an exhibition of more than 25 works that illuminate seldom seen aspects of Baltimore-born painter Morris Louis's artistic practice. Morris Louis Unveiled was inspired by a gift of two bold, gestural paintings and a number of surprising drawings that came to the BMA last year from the estate of the artist's widow. These works reveal the artist's little-known exploration of Abstract Expressionism. In conjunction with the exhibition, the BMA will present important examples of works by Louis's influences, peers, and followers, including Helen Frankenthaler's majestic Madridscape (1959).

Image caption: Morris Louis, Untitled 5-76, 1956, The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Marcella Brenner Revocable Trust, BMA 2011.184.

Space Garden
On view through January 2014, Port Discovery Children's Museum, 35 Market Place, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Jenna Boyles '12 (painting)
The Space Garden installation at Port Discovery is an accessible and interactive artwork created by Jenna Boyles. Visitors are encouraged to touch a colorful mural that features unexpected textural elements, including LED circuits that light up. Selected from a competitive call for entries, Space Garden is the first installation to be made possible through Port Discovery's Artway project.

Image caption: Space Fruit installation by Jenna Boyles '12 (painting).


Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
On view through January 5, 2014, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
MICA CONNECTION: faculty member Ledelle Moe
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa will open at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art on Earth Day, April 22, and continue through to Jan. 5, 2014. Earth Matters is the first major exhibition exploring the ways in which African artists and communities mediate their relationship with the land upon which they live, work and frame their days.


Crossing Disciplines
On view through December 20, Hoyt Center for the Arts, 124 E. Leasure, Ave., New Castle, PA 16101
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Christine Neill '71 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting)
Works by Christine Neill offer a different kind of experience. With the mind of a botanist and the hand of a 19th century illustrator, Neill multi-layers digital imagery with watercolors to create fluid works that speak to the spirit of nature rather than an analytical study. She describes these works as, "...exploring the intricacies of the natural world that parallel those of human life. It is a reminder that all individuals have a deep-rooted connection to the earth and that similar biological processes bind the natural and human worlds." Neill is a Professor of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and her works have been exhibited widely throughout the United States, as well as France and Japan.

Image caption: Christine Neill, Achmea Caracas, watercolor and archival digital print on paper.


Hassinger & Clark: Boxes, Combs, and Constellations
On view through December 8, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, 30 North College Ave., Newark, DE 19716
MICA CONNECTION: Rinehart School of Sculpture Program Director Maren Hassinger
Alchemy is an ancient art concerned with the transformation of physical substances, most notably the transmutation of baser materials into silver or gold. Boxes, Combs and Constellations highlights the visual alchemy of artists Maren Hassinger and Sonya Clark, whose creative agencies turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Hassinger's primary material is the box, the ordinary commercial box, used as form and metaphor, structure and containment. Created from hundreds of elemental parts, suspended or faceted, Hassinger's Hanging Boxes and Changing Boxes (2012-2013) are playful and provocative, purposeful and precarious.

Image caption: Maren Hassinger, Hanging and Changing Boxes (installation detail), 2013.


Toile News Project: Margaret Murphy
On view through December 14, Gallery Aferro, Project Room, 73 Market St., Newark, NJ 07102
Opening reception: November 16, 7:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Margaret Murphy

Image caption: Work by Margaret Murphy, 2013, acrylic and ink on fabric mounted on wood, 14" x 14."


Miss Florence's Artist Tree
On view December 6 through January 5, 2014, Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Philip Koch
MICA Drawing and Foundation faculty Philip Koch is showing one of his paintings in Florence Griswold Museum's Miss Florence's Artist Tree exhibition. The Florence Griswold Museum is unique among American museums for how it celebrates the intimate connection Miss Florence forged with the contemporary artists of her day. The artist helped continue this tradition and painted on his palette his vivid memory of the snow-covered pines that grew outside my childhood home.

Image caption: Northstar: Griswold, oil painting.


On view through January 12, 2014, Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
MICA CONNECTION: Jim Condron '04 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting)
TREE includes selections from around the world that illustrate the increasing significance of trees in today's world. This exhibit includes paintings, works on paper, and wood from the Museum's permanent collection that shows artists' depictions of trees to convey moods, set a scene for a narrative, or symbolize ideas such as strength, stability, and shelter.

Here Today Gone Tomorrow
On view through December 15, Sylvia White Gallery, 1783 Main Street, Ventura, California
MICA CONNECTION: Water Kerner '84 (sculpture)
This solo exhibit by Water Kerner displays a sculptural environment of sophisticated contrasts amidst a handmade manufactured wilderness. The large "Memory Pod" lamps hanging from the ceiling are constructed with wire and old 35mm slides of nature. They cast colorful square slices of light, yet are decidedly biomorphic with curvaceous silhouettes as you walk by.

Image caption: Memory Pod Chandelier.


Raw Meat & Daily Bread, A Feast of images

On view December 10 through December 21, Franco-American Institute, 7 Quai Chateaubriand 35104 Rennes, France

MICA CONNECTION: Lisa Salamandra '89 (general fine arts) 

The totality of the works of the Lisa Salamandra's series, Daily Bread: Raw Meat, will be on view and accompanied by a selection of drawings from the mother-series, Daily Bread and from another series of drawings entitled the Poilâne works. The specific works of Raw Meat articulate around the female figure, erotic in nature. These figures are composed exclusively out of raw meat supermarket advertisement photos cut out of flyers and re-appropriates stereotypical images of women.


Top image caption: Morris Louis, Untitled 5-76, 1956, The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Marcella Brenner Revocable Trust, BMA 2011.184.