Sunday, September 5, 2010

NATIONALLY KNOWN ARTISTS, AUTHORS AND CURATORS SPEAK AT MICA THIS FALL

MICA has a terrific program of lectures that will expand your mind. If you've ever wondered about the creative process, attend one or more of these thought-provoking talks:

This fall Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) brings regional, national and international artists, authors and curators to lecture at the College, discussing their work, life and career experiences. Free and open to the public, these lectures offer a rare opportunity to learn about the creative process from prominent contemporary figures in the art world.

SABBATICAL EXHIBITION LECTURE: ANNET COUWENBERG, CLOTHING AS INTERFACE
WHEN: Thursday, September 9, 5 PM
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Fiber faculty member Annet Couwenberg spent spring as an artist-in-residence at Willem de Kooning Academie in The Netherlands, where she worked on Clothing as Interface: CrossCultural Muslim Identity. As her submission to the 2010 Sabbatical Exhibition, on view through Sunday, Sept. 12, in the Fox Building’s Decker Gallery (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.), Couwenberg will present a video and lecture about the sewing and handicraft sessions and interviews she conducted with the Muslim women.

THE MONDAY ARTIST AT NOON LECTURE SERIES: DONALD BAECHLER ’77
WHEN: Monday, September 13, Noon
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Abstract artist Donald Baechler ’77 (painting) creates his paintings in 3-D with additions of mixed materials, often including his own photographs. Playing off the themes of childhood whimsy and pop art, he draws also from the realms of folk art, outsider art and the New York School. Baechler found his place in the 1980s New York art scene among icons he considered his friends: Tony Shafrazi, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. At MICA, he will talk about current projects, his processes and his sources of inspiration.


AFRICANA STORYTELLER WORKSHOP: LUIS CHALUISAN
WHEN: Thursday, September 16, 4-6:15 PM
WHERE: Main Building: Room 222, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Bilingual poet, Nyorican Cafe Performance Poetry Star and author of SPIC Chic, Luis Chaluisan will conduct a workshop session as part of the Africana Storyteller Workshop class in the Humanistic Studies Department. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail faculty member Chezia Thompson at spectrum@mica.edu.

CONSTITUTION DAY: MARRIAGE AS A CIVIL RIGHT
WHEN: Sunday, September 19, 3-5 PM
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Delving into the hot topic of marriage equality for same-sex couples, this free symposium features a panel of experts, advocates and artists who will look at what the future holds for marriage equality—namely internationally syndicated sex and relationship columnist Dan Savage. Art has long been a method of expression, and artists throughout history have been instigators of change, engaging society in conversation of pressing issues. The panel, moderated by WYPR’s The Signal producer Aaron Henkin, includes Savage; Baltimore-based and nationally acclaimed performance artist Sharon Hayes; and Dr. Kendall Thomas, a law professor at Columbia University who writes and lectures on constitutional law, civil rights, race and sexuality.