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May a Major Month for Off-Campus Events & Exhibitions

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are stars of local, national and international exhibitions and events

Posted 04.01.12 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Jason Bryant '04 (Mount Royal School of Art), "Fabulously Flawed," oil on canvas, 2012

Members of the MICA community have work showcased in exhibitions throughout the United States and the world in May 2012. Here are some of the main events (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):


A Conversation with Martha Rosler
May 2
, 7:30 p.m., The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Open Walls Baltimore is curated by Gaia '11
Political artist Martha Rosler joins art journalist Tyler Green for a discussion of Rosler's influential work tackling social activism in art. The event is organized by Open Walls Baltimore, a street art project in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District led by Gaia '11. Free and open to the public.

Maryland Film Festival
May 3 through May 6, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTIONS: Tempest in the Bedroom by Animation Chair Laurence Arcadias and walk through the forest, enter water, build fort by Clarissa Gregory '09 (Mount Royal School of Art) will screen among other shorts on May 5 at 4:30 p.m. (Charles Theater) and May 6 at noon (Windup Space). A documentary titled See You Soon Again about Baltimore Holocaust Survivors has many MICA ties: it was filmed by video & film arts faculty member Allen Moore, edited by Video  & Film Arts Chair Patrick Wright, titles were designed by M.F.A. in Graphic Design Graduate Director Ellen Lupton, Matt Davies '09 (video) recorded sound, and graphic design faculty member Ryan Clifford '09 (M.F.A. Graphic Design) and Aleks Safarova '12 (graphic design) designed the websiteSee You Soon Again will screen at MICA's Brown Center on May 6 at 11:30 a.m.

Artwork by Mina Cheon.Polipop & Paintings
On display May 3 through June 30, Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place #100, Baltimore
Artist Talk and Opening Reception: May 3, 6-9 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Foundation and humanistic studies faculty member Mina Cheon
The exhibition includes 30 digital paintings (8x5 feet each) from Cheon's mid-career solo exhibit Polipop (Political Pop Art) at the Sungkok Art Museum in Seoul, Korea.

Mother MadeMother's Day Trunk Show and Sale
May 5 from noon-4 p.m., Ten Thousand Villages, 1621 Thames St., Baltimore
MICA CONNECTIONS: Hannah Brancato '07 '10 '11 and Julia Di Bussolo '06 '07
Mother Made is a local program that helps low-earning women use their crafting skills to generate income. They have teamed up with Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade retailer located in Fells Point that promotes buying relationships with skilled artisans who are under- or unemployed. Mother Made will showcase signature produce bags, shopping bags, and hand-dyed napkins and scarves. Products are available for a range of prices from $5-50.

 Water Sonettos flierWater Sonettos
May 5 through May 24, In/Flux Gallery, 307 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore
Opening Reception: May 5, 5-8 p.m.
Open House/Performance: May 19, 3-6 p.m.
Lutheran World Relief Family & Friends Event: May 18, 4-7 p.m.
Movie Night, Community Art Collaborative Workshops: TBA
MICA CONNECTIONS: Coordinated by interdisciplinary sculpture faculty member Jann Rosen-Queralt and Ryan Patterson '06. Artists include Laure Drogoul '81 (Rinehart School of Sculpture), Marian April Glebes '05 (general fine arts), foundation and environmental design departments faculty member Katie O'Mera, Fiber Department faculty member Valeska Populoh, Jacob Whayne Dillow '12 (fiber) and Eileen Wold '11 (M.F.A. in Studio Art).
Water Sonettos is a collaborative exhibit emphasizing the importance of water through public art and programming. This exhibit brings together local artists, activists and community members to explore our relationship to water systems and water ecology. The exhibition is sponsored by MICA's Office of Community Engagement,  Alumni Association and Office of Research.

Baltimore Liste
On view May 9 through 27 (Wed-Sun, 12-7 p.m.), Various Locations, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTIONS: Ben Kelley '10 (Rinehart), Skye Gilkerson (MICA staff member), Jimmie Joe Roche '08 (Mount Royal), Steven Riddle '04, James Rieck '87 '03 (Rinehart), Chris LaVoie '08 (Rinehart), and MICA trustee Michel Model '10 (Hoffberger)
To produce Baltimore Liste, The Contemporary museum has joined forces with seven local galleries (Area 405, Open Space, Current Gallery, Gallery Four, Nudashank, Subbasement Gallery and Jordan Faye Contemporary Art) each gallery nominated three artists. After visiting 21 studios, Sue Spaid has selected twelve artists to have solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Museum during the month of May. For more information, see events.mica.edu.

A Conversation with Jane Golden
May 2, 7:30 p.m., The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave.
MICA CONNECTION: Open Walls Baltimore is curated by Gaia '11
A conversation with Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and Monica Campana, Executive Director and Founder of Living Walls Atlanta.  The event is organized by Open Walls Baltimore, a street art project in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District led by Gaia '11. Free and open to the public.

Author's Talk with Jennifer Wallace
May 16, 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble Johns Hopkins, 3101 St. Paul St., Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Jennifer Wallace
Jennifer Wallace will speak about It Can Be Solved by Walking, a book-length poem and collection of photographs.

Final Fridays in Station North: Open Walls Baltimore Grand Finale
May 25, 5-9 p.m., E. Oliver St. and Barclay St.
MICA CONNECTION: Open Walls Baltimore is curated by Gaia '11
Free and open to the public.


Artwork by Jason BryantPULSE Contemporary Art Fair
May 3 through May 6, The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St Chelsea, NYC
MICA CONNECTIONS: Jason Bryant '04 (Mount Royal School of Art) in IMPULSE booth I-7 and Mike Loveland '95 (general fine arts) in Diana Lowenstein Gallery booth C-6.

Meet the Designers: Graphic Design-Now in Production
May 10 at 8 p.m., Apple Retail Store, 767 Fifth Ave., New York City
MICA CONNECTION: M.F.A. in Graphic Design Graduate Director Ellen Lupton
Catch a lively preview of the exhibition Graphic Design-Now in Production with curators Ellen Lupton and Andrew Blauvelt. The exhibition will open at Copper-Hewitt, National Design Museum on May 26 (see below for more information).

Inside Edward Hopper's Truro Studio: Paintings by Philip Koch
On view  through June 1Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Philip Koch
As a young artist, Philip Koch was inspired by seeing the art of Edward Hopper to change from painting abstractions to working in a realist direction. Since 1983 Koch has had thirteen residencies in Hopper's Cape Cod painting studio in S. Truro, Massachusetts. On display is a selection of paintings of the interior of the Cape Cod Hopper studio Koch painted on location.

A Rolling Stone
On view through May 26, Porter / Contemporary, 548 W. 28th St., 3rd Floor, NYC
MICA CONNECTION: Jason Bryant '04 (Mount Royal School of Art)
"The exhibit is a celebration of 50 years of the Rolling Stones," says Jessica L. Porter, Founder and Director of Porter Contemporary, "in addition to also being inspired by the proverb 'A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss.'" The proverb has many meanings but one in particular is that those who keep moving are never lacking for fresh ideas or creativity. Porter Contemporary has selected nine artists who fit the meaning of the proverb and are celebrating these artists' inspirations and dedication through, ‘A Rolling Stone'. The Rolling Stones themselves are examples of the proverb as they reinvented themselves numerous times over the past five decades to become music legends.

More Than a Passing Glance
On view through August 22, New York Public Library, The Art Collection, 3rd Floor, 40th Street at 5th Avenue, NYC
MICA CONNECTION: Jan Staller '75
From the New York Public Library: "Mid-Manhattan Library present More than a Passing Glance an exhibition of large scale color photographs by well-known photographer Jan Staller. At once recognizable and yet abstract the striking images made during 2010 - 2011 depict construction sites, scrap metal yards, parking lots, boat yards and other places ordinarily visited for their intended function and assumed not to offer much visual delight, except when they appear in Staller's photographs."

Graphic Design-Now in Production
On view May 26 through September 3, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Governors Island, New York City
MICA CONNECTION: M.F.A. in Graphic Design Graduate Director Ellen Lupton
Co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Walker Art Center, Graphic Design—Now in Production explores some of most vibrant sectors and genres of graphic design today.


2011 Factory Installed

On view through May 2012, The Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh
MICA CONNECTIONS: Natalia Gonzalez '11
Six international artists, including Natalia Gonzalez from Bolivia, were chosen from 600 artist-submitted portfolios to work in residence at the Mattress Factory in September and October to create works for an exhibition on view from October 28 to February 26, 2012.


Body Dialectic
May 11, The Ridges Auditorium at Ohio University, Builting #23 North Ridge Dr., Athens
MICA CONNECTIONS: Kris Grey '03 (ceramics)
Kris Grey/Justin Credible, a Graduate Student at Ohio University, will exhibit a multimedia, live art, performance piece at the Ridges Auditorium in Athens, Ohio. This special one night show explores themes of identity, the body, and transformation. This work challenges the dominant transgender representation of being born into the wrong body, making space for imagining new configurations of gendered embodiment. This performance runs for one night only


Hairy Blob

On view through July 29, Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave, Chicago
MICA CONNECTION: Becky Alprin '08
The Hairy Blob dissects traditional concepts of time and resources through artworks in video, sculpture, drawing, installation, dance and sound. The exhibition shows how artists depict time by analyzing various built and natural environments. Rather than discussing time as memory or nostalgia, the works present time as a means to address notions of power and politics, and their impact on the use of resources.


Pokémon: Battle Royale
On view through May 11, Light Grey Art Lab / Gallery, 118 E 26th St., Suite 101, Minneapolis
Opening Reception: April 20, 7-10 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION:   Alumni Kristen Acampora, Abby Boeh, Jee-Shaun Wang, Tyler Parker,  Alyssa Nassner, Julianna Brion, Julia Kostreva, Andrea Kalfas, Sam Bosma, Michael Clayton, Jimmy Giegerich, Rachel Dougherty, Nick Illuzada, Christopher Muccioli, Kali Ciesemier, Jordan Jeffries, Taylor Fischer, Annie Wu, Niv Bavarsky, Kristin Nohe, Willem Rosenthal, Kyle Fewell, Michael Hoeweler and Barbara Tarr; Illustration Department faculty member Jaime Zollars; and Graduate Director of the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice Whitney Sherman
- In Minneapolis, Nassner has helped launch a new community arts education center and gallery. One of the debut shows is Pokémon: Battle Royale which features 151 artists illustrating the original 151 Pokémon.


Wilderness & Other Fictions
On view through May 3 through May 23, PlatteForum, 1610 Little Raven St. Suite 135, Denver
MICA CONNECTIONS: Libby Barbee '11 (Mount Royal School of Art)
Creative Resident Libby Barbee culminates her two-month residency in the exhibition Wilderness & Other Fictions. Using the American frontier as the point of departure, the work explores landscape through a lens tinted by contemporary anxieties-the tension between the increasing confluence and confrontation of nature and technology. With one eye toward historical representations of the American landscape (especially in the works of frontier photographers and painters of the Hudson River School) and the other toward the future technological landscape, she imagines the eventual outcome of an American frontier myth that is at once romantic and idealizing, yet insatiable ... and ultimately deceiving.


Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography
On view through May 27, Photo Center NW, 900 12th Ave., Seattle
Opening reception: April 12, 6-8 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Rafael Soldi '09 (photography)
- Peruvian artist Rafael Soldi approaches homosexuality from a cultural perspective. These images represent his struggle to surface from darkness, panic and hopelessness. He uses his relationship with a pervious partner as an anchor for coming to terms with and defining his sexuality while transitioning from one country to another. Soldi is now living in Seattle.


If you would like to be included on this or subsequent-month listings, please e-mail the exhibition information to news@mica.edu.


Captions (top to bottom): Artwork by Mina Cheon; Reusable textile products by Mother Made; Water Sonettos flier; Jason Bryant '04 (Mount Royal School of Art), Fabulously Flawed, oil on canvas, 2012; Kathryn Ciesemier '08 (illustration), Drowzee.