Sunday, October 23, 2011


imageUrban Green with
Neil B. Chambers ’00

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7–9 PM
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Award-winning green designer Neil B. Chambers ’00 will talk about his unique perspective on design, construction and architecture, and sign his new book Urban Green: Architecture for the Future. In his book, Chambers shows how ecologists and environmentalists around the world are joining forces with architects and city planners to make the natural world an integral part of cities. Chambers is a national fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and has taught at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology. With nearly 20 years of experience within the fields of green building and infrastructure, Chambers is recognized by his peers as a visionary and an innovative force for the future of sustainability. Chambers is also a contributing author to This talk is sponsored by the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art.

imageDesign Double Feature: Book Launch WHEN: Monday, Nov. 7, 6 PM; Reception 7 PM
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
MICA is proud to announce the release of two important new books on graphic design written and designed by MICA faculty, students and alumni. Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming and Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content both affirm MICA’s continued contribution to the discourse of contemporary design education.The launch will include short presentations by participating authors and designers followed by a reception and book signing. Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming was written and designed by students and faculty in MICA’s M.F.A. in Graphic Design program. Published by MICA and Princeton Architectural Press, the book presents tools and techniques for generating ideas, ranging from quick, seat-of-the-pants approaches to more formal research methods.

Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content is co-authored by two MICA alumni: Helen Armstrong ’09 and ZvezdanaStojmirovic ’05, who is also a member of MICA’s graphic design faculty. Published by Princeton Architectural Press, Participate looks at ways designers are engaging users in the creation of their work, using systems thinking to establish open-ended structures through which other people might create. The event is hosted by MICA’s Center for Design Thinking, which assisted in the creation of these publications.

imageDouglas B. Dowd: The Artist-Correspondent as a Cultural Figure
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7–8:30 PM
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Illustrator and writer Douglas B. Dowd teaches communication design and American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. His prints are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and others. In the late 1990s, he began producing a weekly illustrated serial for the St. Louis Post Dispatch called Sam the Dog, which turned into an animated online short in 2000 at Additionally, he has produced animated experimental films, including The Doughboy (2004) and Scenes from Starkdale, Ohio (2006). His work as an editorial illustrator has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Since 2007, Dowd has been working on reportage-based illustration projects and writing essays on graphic culture on his blog, Graphic Tales. This lecture is made possible with funding from the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice program and the Office of Academic Services. (Douglas B. Dowd, Simple Simon, Botero sculpture & Federhofer Bakery signage, St. Louis, 2010.)

imageKelly Dobson
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 PM

WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Artist and engineer Kelly Dobson will present her work in the realms of technology, medicine and culture. Dobson is the department head of the digital/media program at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her areas of investigation include voice, identity, prosthetic social extensions, public performance, and re-appropriation of domestic appliances, new materials innovation and companion machines. Dobson explores the relationship between people and machines, and is developing a method of personal, societal and psychoanalytical engagement termed “Machine Therapy,” a response to the overwhelmingly pervasive effects of machines in everyday life. Dobson’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Sculpture Department and the Fiber Department’s Collaborative Smart Textiles Research Lab. (Photo by Kris Krug)

imageArt@Lunch: Adelina Vlas
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 12:30 PM
WHERE: Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Adelina Vlas, assistant curator for modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will discuss her role in organizing new media exhibitions there. Vlas holds an M.A. in Art History from York University as well as an M.A. in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London. The talk will focus on the exhibitions in the Notations and Live Cinema series that Vlas has organized, as well as the exhibition, Live Cinema/Peripheral Stages: Mohamed Bourouissa and Tobias Zielony, on view at the museum starting Saturday, October 15. This talk is part of the 2011-2012 Art@Lunch series of discussions on world art.

imageMonday Artist at Noon:
Joyce J. Scott ’70

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 28, Noon
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Known as the “Queen of Beadwork,” Joyce J. Scott ’70 creates provocative beaded sculptural forms and neckpieces that address political and social issues such as gender, race and class struggle. A native Baltimorean, Scott is inspired by the three generations of storytellers, quilters, basket makers, and wood, metal and clay workers that came before her as part of her African-American, Native American and Scottish heritage. Her earliest art lessons were received at home as she watched her mother, fiber artist Elizabeth Talford Scott, create quilts using unconventional embroidery and appliqué techniques. Deeply rooted in her ethnic and family heritage, Scott’s work comments on issues affecting contemporary society in an effort to elicit awareness and response. At this talk, Scott will speak about her artwork, life and career. The Monday Artist at Noon lecture series is organized by the Drawing, General Fine Arts, Painting, and Printmaking Senior Thesis programs. (Photo: Courtesy Goya Contemporary and John Dean)

imagePaul Chaat Smith
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 28, 7 PM
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Paul Chaat Smith is a Comanche author and curator whose work focuses on the contemporary landscape of American Indian politics and culture. Smith joined the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2001, where he currently serves as associate curator. He is the co-author of Like a Hurricane: the Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee, a standard text in Native studies and American history courses, and author of Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong. He served as creative consultant for the PBS television series, We Shall Remain: A Native History of America. This talk is sponsored by the Humanities Department. His residency is made possible by the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice and Rinehart School of Sculpture programs with the support of the Center for Race and Culture.