MICA is planning for a full return to campus for students, staff and faculty. Galleries and all exhibitions will follow the standards of Operational Mode 4, including any policies and guidelines for campus visitors. And our office is open !
Alongside museum-quality, curated exhibitions, much of the calendar is devoted to student conceived and executed exhibitions. By working directly with the community, the Office of Exhibitions sees its role as educators, working with students and faculty to enable a studio-connected, hands-on exhibition experience.
Over the course of an academic year, MICA students and faculty present over 80 exhibitions in 11 campus galleries, as well as others in partnering spaces.
OFFICE HOURS GALLERY HOURS
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ON VIEW: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2021
LOCATION: MEYERHOFF GALLERY, FOX BUILDING
Curated by Antwaun Sargent
Photographs by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo
The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion presents artists, whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Their work has been widely consumed in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on their individual social-media channels, reinfusing the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body with new vitality and substance. The images open up conversations around the representation of the Black body and Black lives as subject matter; collectively, they celebrate Black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image. Seeking to challenge the idea that Blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism. It’s a perspective often seen from this loose movement of emerging talents, who are creating photography in vastly different contexts—New York and Johannesburg, Lagos and London. The results—often made in collaboration with Black stylists and fashion designers—present new perspectives on the medium of photography and the notions of race and beauty, gender and power.
This exhibition includes selected works from groundbreaking contemporary photographers. The framed works sit alongside vitrines of publications, past and present, that contextualize these images and chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the commercial Black image, while simultaneously proposing a brilliantly reenvisioned future.
Also including a salon-wall of photographs by:
Lawrence Agyei, Daveed Baptiste, Faith Couch’19 (MICA: Photography BFA), Yannis Davy Guibinga, Delphine Diallo, Rhea Dillon, Justin French, Erica Génécé, Denzel Golatt, Travis Gumbs, Texas Isaiah, Seye Isikalu, Adama Jalloh, Manny Jefferson, Joshua Kissi, Myles Loftin, Ronan Mckenzie, Tyra Mitchell, Travys Owen, Lucie Rox, Makeda Sandford, Cécile Smetana Baudier, Isaac West, Joshua Woods
Antwaun Sargent is an independent writer, curator, and critic, whose work has been published in the New Yorker, New York Times, W, Vogue, VICE, Aperture, and various museum catalogues, among other publications.
The New Black Vanguard is made possible, in part, by Airbnb Magazine.
The 2021 Sabbatical Exhibition I, will showcase the work of faculty members who took a semester away from MICA during the 2019-2021 academic years to explore new themes. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Sabbatical Exhibition, we have an unprecedentedly large group of artists who will be returning and will have two shows to highlight the works.
Participants include: Catherine Behrent, Frank Fantuzzi, Lili Maya, Kiel Mutschelknaus, Pereira, Chezia Thompson, and Elizabeth Wagenheim.
SHOW I: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2021
LOCATION: DECKER GALLERY, FOX BUILDING