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Painter Frank Rivera Visits MICA, Bringing a Visual Taste of Paris

Lecture takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.

Posted 01.29.10 by MICA Media Relations

Kiki's Paris

Painter Frank Rivera loves the non-sequitor and the prospect of resolving the conflict between opposites, topics prevalent as part of the history of Kiki's Paris. Rivera will present an illustrated lecture of the Montparnasse quarter of Paris in the early 1900s, delving into profiles of those who lived in it -- including Alice Prin, aka Kiki de Montparnasse, who was a French entertainer, painter and muse to many artists in the 1920s. Her associates -- including Matisse, Apollinaire, Picasso, the Steins, Cocteau, Soutine, Modigliani, Brancusi, Derain, Pascin, Duchamp, Picabia, Hemingway, Pound and James Joyce -- their habitats and the cafes they populated, will be presented through vintage photographs.

Rivera, a painter and former academic, received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 1973 for the study of French culture, something that greatly influenced the course of his work. As an artist, Rivera creates small, narrative paintings in the manner of the storyboard. His paintings' flat areas of solid color, sometimes patterned, contrast with graduated shading, similar to Miro's early works. He is represented by the Luise Ross Gallery in New York. More information is available on his Web site, www.frivera0828.com.

This talk is in conjunction with an exhibition of 16 small narrative paintings from Rivera.

WHEN: Lecture is Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.; Exhibition runs Wednesday, Feb. 17-Sunday, March 21 with an opening reception on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 5-7 p.m.

MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

WHERE: Lecture in Main Building: Main 110 (1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.); Exhibition in Brown Center: Rosenberg Gallery (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.)

Image caption: Painter Frank Rivera lectures about Kiki's Paris at MICA on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states 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 ten by U.S. News and 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.

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