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MICA Hosts "Vestments" by Amalie Rothschild '34, April 11–29

Exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of Baltimore's most celebrated artists

Posted 03.09.12 by mica communications

Amalie Rothschild '34 in front of two panels of her quadtych painting "Cyclops" in her Baltimore studio, 1973 (Photograph by daughter Amalie R. Rothschild)

BALTIMORE--MICA will present Vestments, an exhibition showcasing the work of former MICA trustee and alumna Amalie Rothschild '34 (1916-2001). Vestments, featuring a body of sculptural work based on the form of the liturgical vestment with each piece created out of a unique mixture of materials, will take place Wednesday, April 11-Sunday, April 29 in Brown Center's Rosenberg Gallery (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.). The exhibition coincides with the publication of Amalie Rothschild, a 500-page book edited by Angelo Pontecorboli and Amalie R. Rothschild, the daughter of the late artist. The publication of the book was made possible in part through the support of the Baltimore Community Foundation with the assistance of MICA. A free author's tour and lecture will take place on Friday, April 20 from 1-5:30 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Amalie Rothschild ’34, "Hippolyte," aluminum, Plexiglas, gold leaf, chain, 1972. A native Baltimorean, Rothschild was an extremely versatile and imaginative artist who lived her entire life in Maryland. She left behind some 1,500 works-more than 350 of which are in private collections and museums, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts and Israel Museum, Jerusalem. While Rothschild began her career as a painter of regional cityscapes and genre scenes in a figurative style, she soon discovered European modernism which expanded her approach to her work. She became best known for her abstract, geometric works in Plexiglas, aluminum, bronze, bark, handmade cast paper and particle board, but she also painted using the more traditional mediums of oil, acrylic and watercolor.

Rothschild was a major force in the Maryland art world, making enormous contributions to the cultural and artistic environment of the city and local area. She was president of the Maryland Artists' Union, founded the Baltimore Outdoor Art Festival (1953-1968), co-founded Gallery One (the first cooperative artists' gallery in Baltimore), co-founded Maryland Art Place, served on the boards of MICA and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and taught at Goucher College as well as the Metropolitan School of Art. More information on Rothschild can be found at

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. They are closed on major holidays.


Image captions (top to bottom): Amalie Rothschild '34 in front of two panels of her quadtych painting Cyclops in her Baltimore studio, 1973 (Photograph by daughter Amalie R. Rothschild); Amalie Rothschild '34, Hippolyte, aluminum, Plexiglas, gold leaf, chain, 1972.

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 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and open studies students from 48 states and the District of Columbia 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 10 by U.S. News & 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.

Amalie Rothschild book

Author's Tour and Lecture
Friday, April 20, 1-5:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Rosenberg Gallery, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
MICA will celebrate the legacy of Amalie Rothschild '34 and the publication of the book, Amalie Rothschild, with a tour led by the book's essayists. Programming will begin with an author's tour of the exhibition from 1-2 p.m., followed by lectures from essayists Percy North (2:15 p.m.), Susan Isaacs (3:15 p.m.) and Amalie R. Rothschild (4:15 p.m.). The event will be followed by the exhibition reception and book signing.

Image caption: The cover of Amalie Rothschild.