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MICA Faculty Member Virginia K. Adams Co-Hosts 'Critical Perspectives' Series, Teaching Modern Art Appreciation, History

Six-part course takes place Jan. 26-March 9 at the Contemporary Museum

Posted 01.19.10 by mica MEdia relations

Nikki Lee, Hispanic Project No. 27

BALTIMORE--The Contemporary Museum is offering a six-part course entitled Critical Perspectives that will explore the radical changes that have taken place in the visual arts during the past 50 years, starting with major developments in the 1960s and connecting them to the art of today. It will include lectures by MICA art history, theory & criticism faculty member Virginia K. Adams and Contemporary Museum Deputy Director Robert E. Haywood, followed by discussions focused on readings provided to participants. The series will take place 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 26-March 9 (no class on Feb. 16) at the Peabody Court Hotel (612 Cathedral St.).

The course will examine selected topics in recent art in the context of seminal art historical, theoretical and critical debates. Among the topics addressed are serialism and gravity in art, art and the environment, feminist interventions, conceptual art and photography, critiques of the museum in art, art into architecture and constructions of subjectivity in a global society.

Adams teaches modern and contemporary art history at MICA. She has a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has taught art history at that university and at Loyola University in Maryland. Her research has focused on the theoretical connections among painting, photography and film in the postmodern period and, particularly, on the art of Jeff Wall and Gerhard Richter. Haywood has a Ph.D. in modern and contemporary art history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has taught at a number of universities, including College of William and Mary, Hunter College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The course is open to all art enthusiasts with an intellectual curiosity about contemporary art and its history. The fee for the lecture series is $125 for Contemporary Museum members and $160 for non-members (which includes a one-year discounted membership to the museum). For more information, visit the Contemporary's Web site.


Photo caption: Nikki Lee, Hispanic Project No. 27, fujiflex print, 1998.