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Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 22, 2009

3:00 -10:00pm: Registration

Location: Atrium, Brown Center

Registration for the Conference begins at 3:00 pm, the registration desk will be open throughout the entire conference.

Please note that a current school ID for students / faculty required for registration at student or faculty rates.

  • Early registration: $150.00
  • Late registration: $200.00 (October 1, 2009)
  • MICA student / faculty: Free
  • Student (with current photo ID): $50.00
  • Faculty (with current photo ID): $75.00
  • MICA faculty / student meal plan: $50.00
  • Community Scholarship: Application deadline September 30, 2009
  • Sunday Salon Shuttle $10.00
  • D.J. Spooky performance $10.00 (student) $20.00 (public) (free tickets for MICA students and faculty)
4:30-6:30pm: Reception, Rims on my Slave Ship - Black Student Union

Location: Main Building Gallery

5:00-7:00pm: Reception, Transformers II -More Than Meets the Eye - MICA Students & Alumni

Location: Rosenberg Gallery, Brown Center

Curator: Derrick Adams, Director of Rush Arts Gallery, New York

5:30-6:00pm: Shuttle from Hotel to MICA
7:00-8:30pm: Welcome

Location: Falvey Hall, Brown Center

  • Introductions/Acknowledgements
  • Keynote presentation DJ SPOOKY (aka Paul D. Miller) - That Subliminal Kid
8:30-10pm: Dinner Reception/Book Signing

Location: Atrium, Brown Center

10:00pm: MICA Shuttle to Fairfield Inn hotel

Friday, October 23, 2009

7:45-9:00am: Shuttle from Hotel to MICA
8:00am-4:00pm: Registration

Location: Atrium, Brown Center

8:00-9:00am: Lite Cafe

Location: Atrium, Brown Center

11:00am-2:00pm: Book Signing/Artist Market

Location: Falvey Hall, Brown Center

8:55am: Call to Order by SHODEKEH - Beat Box
9:00am: Welcome - Fred Lazarus, President, MICA; Leslie King-Hammond, Center for Race & Culture, MICA
9:15-10:45am: "Art and Craft: Closing the Gaps"

Location: Falvey Hall, Brown Center

It is customary in theory and criticism to distinguish between notions of "art" and "craft" with the former being privileged for its conceptual and theoretical aspects and the latter disenfranchised for what is perceived as a focus on form and technique. What can be observed over the last two decades is a closing of the gap between concept and making, highlighting the role of materials and process in art making. This has been a particularly distinct character of art created by black artists globally. This panel will examine through the experience of its artist participants habitual and distinctive approaches to art making that reveal a cultural bias towards a material approach to art.


Lowery Sims, Curator, Museum of Art and Design, NY

  • Maren Hassinger, Sculptor, MICA
  • Saya Woolfalk, Mixed media artist, NYC
  • Sonya Clark, Fiber artist, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Joyce Scott '71, Multimedia artist, Baltimore
11:00-12:30pm: "Technology and the Arts: Accessibility in the Marketplace"

Location: Falvey Hall, Brown Center

We are at the point in the 21st century where the internet has come to be the usual rather than the exception for us as we mediate all aspects of our lives. In the visual arts cyber-based art has reached another plateau as digital technology and high definition as well as virtual reality have become the norm. This panel will highlight the work of pioneers in this medium and examine its implications for cultural and personal expressions and how artists of African descent are making unique statements in this context.


Rassaan Hammond '05, Greeneye Multimedia, Baltimore

  • Stephen Marc, Photographer, Arizona State University
  • Phillip Mallory Jones, Digital artist, Ohio University, Athens
  • Magda Campos Pons, Photographer, Massachusetts College of Art
  • Berrisford Boothe, Painter / Digital artist, Lehigh University
  • Chris Cozier '86, Conceptual artist, Port-Au-Prince, Trinidad, W.I.
12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

Location: Atrium, Brown Center

1:45-3:15pm: "Genius Factor Vs. Star Power: Following the North Star"

Location: Falvey Hall, Brown Center

Over the last decade a number of black artists have been awarded the MacArthur genius grant. This panel will convene a number of those distinguished recipients and consider the impact of such an award on their lives, their work and their career. What does the genius designation-whether implicit or explicit-imply for their perceptions of themselves and the perception of others? Is it a hindrance or an impetus to their creativity? How does it jive with traditional notions of "artistic genius"?


Dr. Ben Vinson, Director, Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

  • Deborah Willis, Photographer, Tisch School of Art, NYC
  • Kara Walker, Artist, Columbia University
  • Aminah Robinson, Fiber artist, Columbus, Ohio
3:30-5:15pm: " Popular Culture: New Genres and Cross Over"

Location: Falvey Hall, Brown Center

The intersection of popular culture and the so-called fine arts has long been a feature of contemporary art. Within the context of black global art over the last two decades an especially rich and nuanced relationship between the visual arts and popular cultural forms such as hip hop and rap music and culture, as well as animation and comic cultures has transformed the character of the art world. This panel will discuss how this interaction continues today and how in addition to fashion and technology continues to produce a particularly relevant and cogent expression in the global art world.


Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

  • Rashida Bumbray, Assistant Curator, The Kitchen, NY
  • Ulysses Jenkins, Performance artist, Los Angeles
  • Lauren Kelley '97, Mixed media, AIR/Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Jacqueline Tarry, Conceptual artist, NY
  • Bradley McCallum, Conceptual Artist, NY
5:15pm: Shuttle to Hotel
6:30-10:00pm: Dinner & Dance Party

Location: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 800 E. Pratt Street

Traditional Maryland specialties, cash bar. MICA students meet MICA alumni.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

8:00-9:00am: Shuttles from Hotel to MICA
9:00am-2:00pm: Registration

Location: Atrium, Brown Center

9:00-10:00am: Lite Cafe

Location: Atrium, Brown Center

11:00am-2:00pm: Book Signing/Artist Market

Location: Lobby, Falvey Hall, Brown Center

10:00am-12:00pm: " The Artist, the Institution and the Community: Redefining a Relationship"

Location: Falvey Hall, Brown Center

In the context of global perspectives, artists still find important roles within their local communities. Often acting intentionally or inadvertently as agents of economic change and development in specific neighborhoods as they colonize space to do their work, they also can be the voices of dissent or discussion for communities in crisis. This can be seen in the active role of artists in Houston's black community, New Orleans in the post-Katrina years, or in neighborhoods like Harlem that are faced with gentrification and displacement. This panel will include artists who have been actively involved in bringing art, programs and economic stimulus to various communities all over the United States.


David Terry, Excecutive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

  • Willie Birch (MICA'73), The Porch, New Orleans, LA
  • Randi Vega, Artscape / School #33, Mixed Media, Baltimore, MD
  • M. Scott Johnson, Sculptor, New York, NY
  • Jonathan Green, Painter / Designer, Daniel Island, SC
  • Danielle Burns, Curator, Houston, TX
  • Dawoud Bey, Photographer, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
12:00-1:30pm: Lunch

Location: Atrium, Brown Center

1:30-3:30: "Brave New Worlds: Globalism, Ethnicity and Nationalism"

Location: Falvey Hall, Brown Center

What is it to be black and or American in this age of Barak Obama? How has the increasingly international presence of black artists-many of multiple cultural and ethnic backgrounds themselves-transformed notions of ethnicity and nationalism? Can we continue to talk about "African," " African American," "Caribbean," or "Afro-Latino" in this age when artists continually cross borders and instigate interchanges not only in global black communities but within the international sphere as well. How does this impact on our sense of an ethnic, national or cultural nuance in art? Have we arrived truly at a post-black art world?


Franklin Sirmans, Menil Collection, Houston, TX

  • David Huffman, Artist, San Francisco
  • Iona Rozeal Brown, Painter, Washington, DC
  • Kaylynn Sullivan Two Trees, Environmental Conceptualist, Los Angeles, CA
  • Brett Cook Dizney, Multimedia installation, Los Angeles, CA
3:30-4:00: Wrap-up / Future Options
5:00pm: "Synergy" performance

Location: BBOX Theater, Gateway

Premier of the American Studio Orchestra

  • Joyce Scott (MICA'71) in performance with Ormond White (MICA'02)
  • Travis Winkey Productions
7:00pm: Reception

Location: Rett's Courtyard, The Gateway

Sunday, October 25, 2009

11:00am-1:00pm: Jazz/Gospel Brunch Reception

Location: James E. Lewis Museum, Morgan State University

Permanent Collection / "Dolls" exhibition

2:00-6:00pm: Sunday Salon Receptions
  • Galerie Myrtis
  • Grimaldis Gallery
  • Goya Contemporary
  • Loring Cornish's Praise Houses