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November Off-Campus Events & Exhibitions

MICA Students, Alumni and Faculty Featured in Events & Exhibitions

Posted 10.31.13 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Work by Margaret Murphy, 2013, acrylic and ink on fabric mounted on wood, 14" x 14"

Throughout November, members of the MICA community have work showcased in exhibitions throughout the country and world. Here are some of the highlights (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):



On view November 17, Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston Street, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Community Art Collaborative
MICA's Community Art Collaborative, The Collective and ClancyWorks Dance Company present an evening of original choreography. Founded in 1999, The Collective is Baltimore's hub for professional dancers and choreographers with fifteen company members currently under the co-direction of Sonia Synkowski and Jessica Fultz. The Washington Post has described Adrienne Clancy, as a "wizard of invention," and her choreography as "a tour de force of unpredictable partnering" through her work as the artistic director of ClancyWorks Dance Company. Also featured as part of the weekend of events are some of the community-based projects created as part of MICA's Community Art Collaborative (CAC) program, including performances by Lansdown High School, CAC Community Artists Jade Treadwell and Sophia Mak, and displays from CAC partner Baltimore Clayworks.

Piñatas Navideñas: Mis Raices
On view November 23 through January 18, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
Opening reception: November 23, 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Piñata decorating workshop for kids: December 14, Noon, 1:00 or 2:00 p.m.
Advanced piñata making (suggested 12 years and older): December 8 and 15, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Screening of "Piñatas Navideñas y Posadas in Southeast Baltimore" w/ discussion, dinner, and piñata breaking: December 20, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Maria Aldana '03, '06 (general fine arts, M.A. in Community Arts)
Piñatas Navideñas y Posada celebrates and continues the joyous Christmas traditions of the Latino community in Southeast Baltimore. Working with local Mexican, Bolivian, Honduran, Nicaraguan and Colombian tradition bearers, Mis Raíces, Friend of Pattesron Park Consejo Hispano, Breath of God Lutheran Church and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Creative Alliance offers piñata-making workshops, an exhibition, videos, and a traditional "posada" procession culminating into a fiesta with song, mariachi, potluck and piñata breaking. Our Marquee Lounge exhibits a vast selection of traditional Christmas piñatas, creche scenes, and handmade embroidered tablecloths that honor the Latin American tradition bearers in our community: Aurelia Vargas, Alexandra Gonzalez, Fabiola López, Rosa Vazquez Castro, Maria Guadalupe López and more.

Morris Louis Unveiled
On view through February 9, 2014, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Morris Louis '32 (general fine arts)
The Baltimore Museum of Art's newly reopened Contemporary Wing is the setting for an exhibition of more than 25 works that illuminate seldom seen aspects of Baltimore-born painter Morris Louis's artistic practice. Morris Louis Unveiled was inspired by a gift of two bold, gestural paintings and a number of surprising drawings that came to the BMA last year from the estate of the artist's widow. These works reveal the artist's little-known exploration of Abstract Expressionism. In conjunction with the exhibition, the BMA will present important examples of works by Louis's influences, peers, and followers, including Helen Frankenthaler's majestic Madridscape (1959).
Image caption: Morris Louis, Untitled 5-76, 1956, The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Marcella Brenner Revocable Trust, BMA 2011.184

Space Garden
On view through January 2014, Port Discovery Children's Museum, 35 Market Place, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Jenna Boyles '12 (painting)
The Space Garden installation at Port Discovery is an accessible and interactive artwork created by Jenna Boyles. Visitors are encouraged to touch a colorful mural that features unexpected textural elements, including LED circuits that light up. Selected from a competitive call for entries, Space Garden is the first installation to be made possible through Port Discovery's Artway project.
Image caption: Space Fruit installation by Jenna Boyles '12 (painting)


FotoWeek DC - 2013 Festival
Through November 10, National Geographic Museum Courtyard, 1145 17th St., Washington, DC
MICA CONNECTION: Duncan Hill '14 (photography)
The FotoWeek DC Festival provides greater exposure for all photographers, new venues for exhibitions and new programs for students and youth. Duncan Hill was recently awarded an honorable mention in FotoWeek DC's International Photo Competition. His photo is also on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC.

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
On view through January 5, 2014, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
MICA CONNECTION: faculty member Ledelle Moe
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa will open at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art on Earth Day, April 22, and continue through to Jan. 5, 2014. Earth Matters is the first major exhibition exploring the ways in which African artists and communities mediate their relationship with the land upon which they live, work and frame their days.


Crossing Disciplines
On view through December 20, Hoyt Center for the Arts, 124 E. Leasure, Ave., New Castle, PA 16101
Opening reception: November 8, 6p.m.-8p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Christine Neill '71 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting)
Works by Christine Neill offer a different kind of experience. With the mind of a botanist and the hand of a 19th century illustrator, Neill multi-layers digital imagery with watercolors to create fluid works that speak to the spirit of nature rather than an analytical study. She describes these works as, "...exploring the intricacies of the natural world that parallel those of human life. It is a reminder that all individuals have a deep-rooted connection to the earth and that similar biological processes bind the natural and human worlds." Neill is a Professor of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and her works have been exhibited widely throughout the United States, as well as France and Japan.

Image caption: Christine Neill, Achmea Caracas, watercolor and archival digital print on paper


Hassinger & Clark: Boxes, Combs, and Constellations
On view through December 8, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, 30 North College Ave., Newark, DE 19716
MICA CONNECTION: Rinehart School of Sculpture Program Director Maren Hassinger
Alchemy is an ancient art concerned with the transformation of physical substances, most notably the transmutation of baser materials into silver or gold. Boxes, Combs and Constellations highlights the visual alchemy of artists Maren Hassinger and Sonya Clark, whose creative agencies turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Hassinger's primary material is the box, the ordinary commercial box, used as form and metaphor, structure and containment. Created from hundreds of elemental parts, suspended or faceted, Hassinger's Hanging Boxes and Changing Boxes (2012-2013) are playful and provocative, purposeful and precarious.

Image caption: Maren Hassinger, Hanging and Changing Boxes (installation detail), 2013


Bliss Point: A Solo Exhibition by Jeff Huntington
On view through November 16, Porter Contemporary, 548 W. 28th St., New York
Opening reception: October 17, 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Jason Bryant '04 (Mount Royal)
Bliss Point is no less issue-focused and finds its roots in the staggering facts that there are 23.9 million American children and 154.7 million American adults who are overweight or obese. Bliss Point is a series of portraits depicting sugar-addicted children through the combination of paint and collaged magazine images of desserts.


Toile News Project: Margaret Murphy
On view November 16 through December 14, Gallery Aferro, Project Room, 73 Market St., Newark, NJ 07102
Opening reception: November 16, 7:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Margaret Murphy

Image caption: Work by Margaret Murphy, 2013, acrylic and ink on fabric mounted on wood, 14" x 14"


Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art
On view through November 17, Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
Opening reception: September 27, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Lori Larusso '05 (Mount Royal)
Home investigates the role that home, habitat, and environment play in our modern lives. From traditional notions of the hearth, to mobile, alternative, and eco-conscious abodes, this exhibition will address the way our interpretation of habitat has shifted over the past century. This show features a national group of artists working in diverse mediums including painting, sculpture, video and photography. 

Image caption: Lori Larusso, Game, 2010, acrylic on shaped panel, 38" x 31"

On view through January 12, 2014, Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
MICA CONNECTION: Jim Condron '04 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting)
TREE includes selections from around the world that illustrate the increasing significance of trees in today's world. This exhibit includes paintings, works on paper, and wood from the Museum's permanent collection that shows artists' depictions of trees to convey moods, set a scene for a narrative, or symbolize ideas such as strength, stability, and shelter.

Here Today Gone Tomorrow
On view November 2 through December 15, Sylvia White Gallery, 1783 Main Street, Ventura, California
MICA CONNECTION: Water Kerner '84 (sculpture)
This solo exhibit by Water Kerner displays a sculptural environment of sophisticated contrasts amidst a handmade manufactured wilderness. The large "Memory Pod" lamps hanging from the ceiling are constructed with wire and old 35mm slides of nature. They cast colorful square slices of light, yet are decidedly biomorphic with curvaceous silhouettes as you walk by.

Image caption: Memory Pod Chandelier.


White Light/White Heat and Personal Structure: Time, Space, ExistenceChul Hyun  Ahn, Mirror Drawing #17, 2013, Unique, plywood, LED lights,    hardware, mirrors, 60 x 42 x 3.625 inches
On view through November 24, 55th International Venice Art Biennale
MICA CONNECTION: Joyce J. Scott '70 and Chul Hyun Ahn '02 (Mount Royal)
Scott's White Light/White Heat exhibition will be exhibited at the Palazzo Cavalli - Franchetti / Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (Venetian Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts), while Chul Hyun Ahn's exhibition Personal Structure: Time, Space, Existence will be exhibited at the Palazzo Bembo.

Image caption: Chul Hyun Ahn, Mirror Drawing #17, 2013, Unique, plywood, LED lights, hardware, mirrors, 60 x 42 x 3.625 inches.


Top image caption: Work by Margaret Murphy, 2013, acrylic and ink on fabric mounted on wood, 14" x 14"