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Exhibition Development Seminar Connects 19th-Century William Henry Rinehart Sculpture With Contemporary Works, Jan. 30–March 15

"HAND / MADE" Complements Upcoming Walters Art Museum Exhibition on Rinehart

Posted 12.30.14 by MICA Communications

William Henry Rinehart, "Sleeping Children"BALTIMORE -- MICA's Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) students present HAND / MADE, an art show juxtaposing an original 19th-century marble sculpture by artist and former MICA student William Henry Rinehart with 3-D, performance and video works by contemporary sculptors and interdisciplinary artists. Exhibited in MICA's Fox Building: Decker Gallery (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.) from Friday, Jan. 30-Sunday, March 15, HAND / MADE makes vital connections between traditional methods employed by artists working with 19th-century studio artisan teams and collaborative practices in contemporary studios. A reception will take place Friday, Feb. 6, 5-8 p.m.

"HAND / MADE explores how sculptures are seldom the result of a simple transaction between a single artist, an idea and a given medium," said EDS co-curator and class spokesperson Adenike Adelekan '15 (art history, theory, and criticism). "The methods and practices that are sometimes used when creating a sculpture can involve multiple people beyond the artist. This can cause tension regarding the complex issue of authorship. Our exhibition aims to investigate this on-going discussion."

The EDS class will show work from six contemporary artists, all with ties to MICA, of which five have been commissioned for new work. Fiber faculty member Annet Couwenberg, Nancy Daly '11 (Photographic & Electronic Media), Director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture Maren Hassinger, Richard Vosseller '95 (general fine arts) and Megan Van Wagoner '00 (Mount Royal School of Art) are creating works that respond to Rinehart's most reproduced sculpture, Sleeping Children. Each artist has been asked to reflect on the relationship between individual creative expression and artistic collaboration-and what it means when others' labor is required to realize an artwork. MICA's own Sleeping Children will be displayed alongside the commissioned pieces, allowing the audience to draw connections from the past to the present. Also on display will be contemporary marble work by Sebastian Martorana '08 (Rinehart School of Sculpture), with his tools and maquettes (or scale models) to help viewers visualize the traditional carving process.

Couwenberg utilizes 3-D printing technology to create abstract sculptures that refer to Dutch ruffled collars and traditional embroidery to explore how fabric impacts our lives from the past to the present. Daly creates interactive sculptures that give physical existence to digital phenomena and asks viewers to consider how social media and online technologies transform the texture of their lives. Originally trained in dance, Hassinger often bridges the gaps between sculpture and performance in her work. Vosseller creates large-scale wooden sculptures that mimic the forms of collapsed buildings or falling prizefighters to examine movement within static structures. Van Wagoner creates sculptures out of cast glass and aluminum that investigate our relationship to factory farming and the natural world. Martorana uses traditional carving methods to transform unyielding marble into unexpected textures and forms, including cushions, bath towels and stuffed animals.

HAND / MADE at MICA will serve as a counterpart to Rinehart's Studio: Rough Stone to Living Marble, a focus exhibition on Rinehart at The Walters Art Museum (600 N. Charles St.), Sunday, March 29-Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. The Walters' Rinehart exhibition is curated by Jenny Carson, chair of MICA's Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, with assistance from Jo Briggs, the Walters' assistant curator of 18th- and 19th-century art and manager of curatorial fellowships. Carson has worked closely as a mentor to the EDS class during the exhibition planning process.

"Carson's show at the Walters, which focuses on Rinehart's studio practices, has created a solid anchor to base our show around," said MICA EDS student project coordinator Ricki Rothchild '17 (painting). "By using Sleeping Children as the core for HAND / MADE, we've been able to utilize the comparison of the past and present to explore the issues of authorship in a more nuanced way."

Accompanying public programs:
Panel Discussion
Friday, Feb. 13, 5-6 p.m.
MICA's Fred Lazarus IV Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
The topic of authorship in the contemporary art world is one that is often contested and debated. EDS welcomes the public to join in a conversation among the artists of HAND / MADE as they discuss their views on such a controversial topic and how that affects their own art and artmaking practice.

Make Night and Gallery Talk
Thursday, Feb. 26, 6-8:30 p.m.
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
Annet Couwenberg will lead a special Make Night and Gallery Talk at the Walters, discussing the role of fabric in the Golden Age of Dutch painting and in our lives now. The Make Night, assisted by EDS students, will consist of creating plaster casts of fabric. Registration and tickets will be available through the Walters website.

Green Mount Expedition
Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Green Mount Cemetery, 1501 Greenmount Ave.
The Green Mount Expedition provides a way to explore Rinehart sculptures outside of the gallery or museum setting. Visitors can tour the cemetery to see the Rinehart marbles exhibited on these grounds and participate in a scavenger hunt.

The EDS class will design and print a joint MICA and Walters catalog, linking historical material at the Walters to contemporary works at the College. The catalog will be available at the museum during the Rinehart exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, while supplies last.

MICA's relationship to former student Rinehart includes the College's establishing its Rinehart School of Sculpture-the first graduate-level art program of its kind in America-in 1896 through a bequest from Rinehart, administered by trustees of the Peabody Institute at the request of his estate executors, including William T. Walters, a close friend of Rinehart and father of Henry Walters, founder of the Walters Art Museum and former MICA trustee.

EDS is a yearlong MICA course in which students examine the curatorial process by working collaboratively with the assistance of professional mentors to research, plan and produce a major exhibition. EDS was founded in 1997 by MICA curator-in-residence George Ciscle, who also now serves as director of the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice. MICA's concentration in Curatorial Studies is currently administered by faculty member Jeffry Cudlin.

Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. The exhibition-related programs, planned by EDS, will also be free, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public.

The Walters' visitor information is available at thewalters.org.

Although every effort is made to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the EDS-produced HAND / MADE press details, information does sometimes change. For HAND / MADE updates, including additional programming, visit handmade2015.com.

EDS would like to thank the Friends of EDS for their generous support.

MICA's exhibitions are supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development. The mission of MSAC is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of our state. The goals of the Council are to support artists and arts organizations in their pursuit of artistic excellence, to ensure the accessibility of the arts to all citizens and to promote statewide awareness of arts resources and opportunities.

Designations may follow a person's name to highlight special affiliations with the College, including alumnus (name is followed by year of graduation, i.e., John Doe '14), honorary degree recipient (name is followed by an "H" and the year the degree was awarded, i.e., Jane Doe H'14); and parent (name is followed by a "P" and year of child's graduation, i.e., Jessica Doe P'14).

Image caption: Former student William Henry Rinehart, Sleeping Children, marble, photographer: Qin Tan.

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 65 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.