Apr. 14
May. 31

Curatorial Practice MFA Thesis Exhibition: A Passing Scene

April 14, 2019 – May 31, 2019
Area 405
405 E. Oliver St Baltimore, MD 21202

A Passing Scene, curated by Minzi Lifeatures works by artists who examine the experiences of parting, and the ritualistic act of memorializing what is no longer present. These photographs, installations, films, and archival documents act as a monument to the inevitability of ephemerality, to the lingering presence of all that has disappeared. Each artist in the show draws inspiration from family stories and offers a slice of their own cultural heritage; together, their artworks recreate diverse scenes of immigration, dislocation, atomic warfare, and the Holocaust. The works especially highlight how different geopolitical contexts have shaped these artists’ lives-and how history has left its trail on each of them. 

A Passing Scene does not merely offer opportunities for visual spectatorship but, under the power and intimacy of both the artists’ and viewers’ experiences, it invites one to talk about these precarious experiences in a public space. The theater-like design of AREA 405 enhances the artist-led tours and other programs offered during the exhibition, allowing participants to immerse themshelves in reconstructions and deconstructions of events, sites that have ceased to exist. 

Featuring: Gabo Arora, Marcela Huerta, Kei Ito, Shengxu Jin, Nate Larson, Ruth E. Toulson, Micro Yuan'er, Jialin Yang, and Ted Whitaker

Reception &"Behind the Scene" Tours: Sunday, April 14th, 5:00PM – 8:00PM 
VR Film Experience The Last Goodbye at JHU-MICA Film Center: Wednesday, April 17th, 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Film Screening with Ruth E. Toulson: Saturday, April 27th, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
"Leave a Mark" workshop at Station North Tool Library: Saturday, May 11th, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Exhibition De-installation Experience: Monday, May 25th - Tuesday, May 26th, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Closing Reception & "Trails Left Behind" Event: Friday, May 31st, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

On View: APRIL 14TH – MAY 31ST