Tuesday, September 6, 2011


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. Open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted, these lectures offer a rare opportunity to learn about the creative process from prominent contemporary figures in the art world.

imageMonday Artist at Noon: Mequitta Ahuja
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 12, Noon
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Mequitta Ahuja, 2011-12 Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart chair in painting, refers to her work and method as “automythography,” a constructive process of identity formation in which nature and self-invention merge. She uses crayon, brush and palette knife in her drawing and painting process, building form and surface through the accumulation of lines and strokes. The physicality of Ahuja’s painting techniques is mirrored by her female protagonist’s assertive presence in the painting. She is both subject and maker of her world. Ahuja will be discussing her work and sharing some of the projects she anticipates for her time at MICA. A New Art Dialogues’

Presentation: Andy Bichlbaum
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 PM
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
ADMISSION: $5 with a non-MICA student I.D. and $10 for the general public.
Andy Bichlbaum is an assistant professor at Parsons The New School for Design, but he is most known as a member of the Yes Men, an activist group known for a variety of hoaxes meant to disrupt or subvert mainstream, consumerist institutions. The group’s antics began when they switched the voice boxes of Talking Barbie® and GI Joe® dolls and then returned them to store shelves so that shoppers would purchase the gender-bending toys. With a mission to tell the truth and expose lies, Bichlbaum has transformed into Jude Finisterra (a fictitious Dow Chemical executive who appeared on BBC World and promised massive reparations to Bhophal survivors), Rene Oswin (a fake Housing and Urban Development official) and Hingo Sembra (not really of the Chamber of Commerce) in order to shame large corporations and institutions. Co-sponsored by the Contemporary Museum, this event is free for Contemporary Museum members, MICA students and faculty.

imageArt@Lunch: James Meyer
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 12:30 PM
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art James Meyer traces a narrative of the artist-traveler—an artist who stages his or her mobility as part of an artwork—from the ’60s until the present day. Focusing on such artists as Ed Ruscha, Douglas Huebler and Francis Alys, the talk is part of a larger study of the meaning of the ’60s and ’70s in contemporary art and culture.

Matthew Day Jackson
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 22, 7 PM

WHERE: The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Matthew Day Jackson’s art considers the evolution of human thought, the fatal attraction of the frontier and the faith man places in technological advancement. His work addresses the myth of the American Dream, exploring the forces of creation, growth, transcendence and death through visions of its failed utopia. Recent work expands on these underlying ideas inherent in the American mythology and focuses on the plurality of this mythology pointing to its existence outside American Culture. In relation to the Discovery Channel-like video, other works take on a quality somewhere between the forensic and the paranormal, the serious and the droll. A mix that Jackson often pursues: the primitive and newfangled, the authentic and fabricated, the self-mythologizing and art historical. The fact that one cannot quite tell whether Jackson’s fabrications are parodies or quotations of portentous artists like Joseph Beuys is part of their mystery.

imageMonday Artist at Noon: Colleen Asper ’80
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 26, Noon

WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Artist, writer, curator, event organizer and former faculty member Colleen Asper ’80 will present a wide range of imagery and stylistic approaches being explored by today’s young artists through various modes of working and schools of thought. Asper will also discuss the various websites, galleries and other places pertinent to the younger generation’s art scene. Asper received her B.F.A. from MICA and her M.F.A. from Yale University in 2004 and is a recipient of the Helen Winternitz Award and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She is also the co-founder, along with Jennifer Dudley, of Ad Hoc Vox, a roving series of panel discussions and events on a wide range of topics in the arts.