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Jan.-March Exhibition and Event Schedule

MICA Presents a Full Schedule of Talks, Exhibitions

Posted 12.05.13 by MICA Communications

Colette Veasey-Cullors ’96 (photography), Room With A View.

Colette Veasey-Cullors: Life Interpreted
Through Monday, Jan. 20

Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Life interpreted represents Colette Veasey-Cullors' '96 (photography) visual journey in attempting to understand and reach a personal sense of achievement and fulfillment while balancing the many hats she wears in life, including mother, artist, wife and educator.

Image caption: Colette Veasey-Cullors '96 (photography), Room With A View.

The Amazing Johnny Eck
Through Sunday, March 16
Fox Building: Decker Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
MICA presents a never-before-seen exhibition of personal objects, artifacts and artworks by one of Baltimore's most famous citizens, Johnny Eck. Though healthy, Eck was born with no lower half. Despite his lack of legs, Eck lived a full life as a sideshow performer, artist, photographer, magician, puppeteer, swimmer, gymnast, actor, train conductor and traveler.
          Perhaps best known for his role as "the half-man" in Tod Browning's film Freaks (1932), Eck later achieved worldwide fame as Robert Ripley's "most remarkable man alive" and traveled throughout the United States and Canada, performing with his brother, Robert, until the late 50s.
          The Amazing Johnny Eck is the first ever of its size, showing hundreds of Eck's works on paper, sculptures, drawings and paintings-including a selection of his many painted screens, a Baltimore folk art tradition.

Image caption: Johnny Eck in front of his bannerline, circa mid-1930s. Photo courtesy Johnny Eck Museum.

PICTURE WINDOWS...The Painted Screens of Baltimore and Beyond
Through Sunday, March 16
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Maryland Folklorist Elaine Eff, co-founder of the Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, and MICA present for the first time a comprehensive look at the history of screen painting-a functional and ornamental art with roots in 18th-century London, Victorian America and early 20th-century Baltimore.
          PICTURE WINDOWS ... The Painted Screens of Baltimore and Beyond marks the centennial of Baltimore's tradition of painting vivid images on row house screens, while highlighting more than 300 years and two dozen artists' works from Europe and America. The exhibition is the first and only exhibition of its kind to show this beloved practical folk art alongside its decorative antecedents, as well as today's high-tech iterations.
          PICTURE WINDOWS is made possible partially through generous support from the Brenda Brown Rever and Lipitz Siblings Foundation.

Image caption: William Oktavec, Red Bungalow, circa 1920, courtesy Maryland Historical Society.

Collector's Circle: Bring Out Your Screens, Painted Screen Identification: With Elaine Eff and Artist Experts, Dee Herget and Tom Lipka
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m.
Brown Center: Leidy Atrium, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Bring in your painted screens, of any condition, to discuss conservation, artist identification and cleaning during this painted screens version of Antiques Roadshow.

Image caption: J. A. Tidmarsh catalog, circa 1900. J.A. Tidmarsh, a family business in London made curved top screens as signs into the 20th century.

Graduate Spring Exhibitions:
Masters of Art in Teaching
Friday, Jan. 24-Sunday, Feb. 2 and Friday, Feb.7-Saturday, Feb. 15
Fox Building: Fox 3 Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Jan. 24, 5-7 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 7, 5-7 p.m.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidates exhibit a new body of work that encompasses the concept of A/R/T. A/R/T is part of a research process known as a/r/tography. The letters A/R/T represent the process of exploration students in the MAT program undergo in the graduate year of the program, including representing artist identity, expanding the concept of research, and learning how to use and art and research to perform their teaching as an artistic practice.
          Through these relationships students find ways of developing their pedagogy through a deeper understanding of what it means to know, make, and teach art. Each of the works in the show embodied these concepts for students as emerging educators whether it was directly derived from pedagogical or artistic theory and/or practice.

Post-Baccalaureate in Fine Arts
Friday, Jan. 31-Sunday, Feb. 16
Graduate Studio Center: Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, 131 W. North Ave.

M.F.A. in Community Arts First-Year Exhibition
Friday, Feb. 21-Sunday, March 2
Fox Building: Fox 3 Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
This exhibition embodies first-year M.F.A. in community arts students' artistic responses to their ongoing community engagement in East Baltimore with the McElderry Park Community Association and its neighbors. This collection of work includes in-community projects, programs and other initiatives.

M.F.A. in Graphic Design
Friday, March 28-Sunday, April 6
Graduate Studio Center: Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, 131 W. North Ave.

M.F.A. in Illustration Practice
Friday, March 28-Sunday, April 6
Fox Building: Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Post-Baccalaureate in Graphic Design
Friday, March 28-Sunday, April 6
Fox Building: Fox 3 Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The graduate spring exhibition season showcases the creative achievements of MICA's graduate programs-a diverse group of artists, designers, scholars and curators. Work is on view from Jan. 24-May 4 and resumes June 26-July 12. The season includes M.F.A., M.A. and post-baccalaureate exhibitions and critiques, student-curated installations and exhibitions throughout the city, interactive gallery talks and presentations, public programs, workshops and symposiums.

Edgar Heap of Birds
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
The artwork of Edgar Heap of Birds includes multidisciplinary forms of public art messages, large-scale drawings, Neuf Series acrylic paintings, prints, works in glass and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture.

Image caption: Monument Valley, Utah near the Navajo reservation, 2013.

Art@Lunch: Whitney Sherman
Thursday, Jan. 30, 12:15 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
M.F.A. in Illustration Practice Director Whitney Sherman is an award-winning illustrator, designer, and author. Her eclectic images are influenced by traditions of European graphic arts, decorative arts, and objects and how they reflect culture.

Image caption: Whitney Sherman.

Thursday, Jan. 30, noon; Saturday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, March 15, 3 p.m.
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Elaine Eff, folklorist and curator of PICTURE WINDOWS... The Painted Screens of Baltimore and Beyond, provides personal stories and revealing tidbits gleaned from four decades of fieldwork.

Look Now: Photographs by MICA Photography Faculty
Friday, Jan. 31-Sunday, March 16
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Thursday, Feb. 6, 5-7 p.m.
In conjunction with the SPE National Conference, a celebration of the photographic practice on March 6-9 in Baltimore, MICA's Photography Department faculty will exhibit a selection of their work together for the first time. Look Now: Photographs by MICA Photography Faculty will showcase the broad spectrum of their vision as artists.
          The exhibition will feature work by Thomas Baird; Regina DeLuise, Photography Department chair; Jay Gould; Alexander Heilner, associate dean for design and media; Nate Larson, chair of the 2014 SPE National Conference; John McNeil, photography manager; Lynn Silverman; Laurie Snyder; Colette Veasey-Cullors '96 (photography); and Jack Wilgus, faculty emeritus.

Image caption: Jack Wilgus, Longaberger Basket Company.

Local Film Screenings: The Screen Painters and Little Castles
Q&A with Artists and Filmmakers
Saturday, Feb. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Guests can get a crash course in local taste and aesthetics, learning about painted screens and formstone, the topics of these films. This evening offers local film viewing and a Q&A discussion with the people who brought Baltimore these two traditions, as well as those who preserved their story for future generations. Panelists include: PICTURE WINDOWS curator Elaine Eff, The Screen Painters cinematographer Richard Chisolm and Baltimore-based independent filmmaker Steve Yeager.

The Vagina Monologues
Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, midnight
The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: $5 MICA students, faculty and staff; $10 general public
The Vagina Monologues is a humorous fusion of real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self-discovery. The MICA performance will be a benefit for V-Day, organized to stop violence against women, and will raise funds for the Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland.

Image caption: Scene from past performance of The Vagina Monologues.

Lee Mingwei
Tuesday, Feb. 18, noon
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium 131 W. North Ave.
Lee Mingwei creates both participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy and self-awareness on their own, and one-on-one events, where visitors explore these issues with the artist himself through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Mingwei's projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction and take on different forms depending on the participants.

Image caption: Installation view, The Moving Garden, 2009, Lyon Biennale Collection of Amy and Leo Shih, Taichung, Taiwan. Photo courtesy Blaise Adilon.

Art@Lunch: Maureen Drdak, Contemporary Art Production in the Land of the Living Gods
Wednesday, Feb. 19, noon
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Maureen Drdak will discuss The Prakriti Project for which she was awarded a 2011-2012 Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award for Nepal. The artist incorporates a traditional Nepalese repoussée technique into her work as a painter.

Image caption: Maureen Drdak at The Prakriti Project opening with her Flying Nagas.

Judith Schaechter, Kill Skill
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Room 115, 131 W. North Ave.
With more than 30 years of experience as an artist and craftsperson, Judith Schaechter has examined the uncomfortable relationship in fine arts today to the notion of skill. She will discuss the awkward place skill finds itself and what is at stake for the arts.

Image caption: Judith Schaechter.

Mark Dery, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
Tuesday March 4, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Mark Dery is an author, lecturer and cultural critic who writes about media, visual landscapes, fringe trends and unpopular culture. He was a 2009 visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome and a 2000 Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow at the University of California, Irvine.

Image caption: Mark Dery.

Art@Lunch: Catherine Lord, The Paper Trail
Wednesday, March 5, noon
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Catherine Lord is an artist, writer and curator whose work addresses issues of feminism, cultural politics and colonialism. She is emerita professor of studio art and affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women's Studies and the Department of Visual Culture at the University of California, Irvine.

Image caption: Catherine Lord.


Margo Mensing
Wednesday, March 5, 6 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Margo Mensing is an artist and writer of several books, including the Dead At series. Each year for the past decade, she has chosen an individual who contributed significantly to cultural history that has died at her current age. Mensing is a retired associate professor of Skidmore College. This artist talk is held in conjunction with the John McQueen lecture. 

Image caption: Margo Mensing, like torn-open, unanswered letters, paper ink.

John McQueen
Wednesday, March 6, 6 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
John McQueen began his artmaking as a basketmaker. He has always envisioned the body as container, a metaphor he drew from the function of baskets and has extended to other subjects, such as language. The parallel with basket inhabits all his work whether it is three-dimensional, relief or drawing. This artist talk is held in conjunction with the Margo Mensing lecture.

Image caption: John McQueen, Rectitude.

Friday, March 7, 8 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
In partnership with The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), The Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Media Studies and with the support of Friends of Contemporary Art, MICA presents Psychopompe, a one-night-only film and music performance by French sculptor and filmmaker Camille Henrot. The title of the film means "guide of the souls." First exhibiting in Paris in 2011, this film will have its Baltimore premiere at MICA.
          Through the usage of B-movie footage, which is low-budget commercial motion pictures, and amateur images from different cultural and historical contexts, Henrot interprets the complex mythology of Frankenstein's Monster as a story of metamorphoses.
The film is accompanied by a live soundtrack, an eclectic mix of electronic sounds and acoustic instruments over top layers of additional sounds and noise explosions, by ambient noise band The Disco, whose member Joakim composed the music as well.
          In conjunction with the film screening and reception, the BMA hosts the exhibition Black Box: Camille Henrot, Wednesday, March 5-Sunday, June 15, 2014, which features Grosse Fatigue, a 13-minute video by the artist that explores the origins of life and creation myths. For more exhibition information, visit artbma.org.

Image caption: Camille Henrot, Psychopompe.

Film Screening: Freaks
Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
After watching Tod Browning's 1932 film Freaks (64 minutes), starring Johnny Eck, guests are welcome to participate in a Q&A session with panelists Elaine Eff, folklorist and curator of the concurrent PICTURE WINDOWS exhibition; John "Jack" Gaylin, retired carney and longtime friend to Eck; and James Taylor, sideshow historian from Shocked and Amazed! 

Image caption: Clarence Sinclair Bull, untitled portrait of Johnny Eck on the set of Freaks, 1930. Courtesy Johnny Eck Museum.

Kimsooja, Dimension of Needle
Tuesday, March 11, 1:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Kimsooja is an internationally acclaimed Korean-born multimedia artist whose work combines performance, video and installation, addressing issues of the displaced self. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1 and the Venice Biennale.

Kimsooja, A Needle Woman, video still. Photo courtesy Kimsooja Studio.

Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Paintings 2003-2012
Saturday, March 22-Sunday, April 20
Brown Center: Rosenberg Gallery, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, March 28, 5-7 p.m.

Renowned British artist Basil Alkazzi's large-scale gouaches on handmade paper are mystical abstract renderings of nature, reflecting the artist's deep engagement in the spiritual and metaphysical aspects of paintings. In An Odyssey of Dreams, the viewer is transported on a magical mystery tour of a sensual world of soaring skyscapes, enchanting landscapes, and verdant flora and vegetation that is revelatory and uplifting.
          Accompanying this traveling exhibition is a book published by Scala that will be released in February 2014, as well as DVD slide-show films: A Retrospective Journey 1960-2012, featuring nearly 200 of his drawings and paintings, and Collages & Photo-montages 1985-1998. Both videos are produced by Dominic Clemence and will be shown in the exhibition.

Image caption: Basil Alkazzi, Kiss of the Butterfly V.

Janine Antoni, At Home in the Body
Tuesday, March 25, 1:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Janine Antoni employs an amalgam of mediums, including performance, sculpture, photography, installation and video. Her work has been in the Venice Biennale and Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. She has received the MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship and a Creative Capital Grant.

Image caption: Janine Antoni, Inhabit, digital. Photo courtesy of Luhring Augustine.

For more information, visit events.mica.edu.