New York City-based fashion designer Gary Graham’s background in costume and textile design is evident season after season. His collections are rich with casual luxury and a sense of history. Signature prints and jacquards are designed to incorporate visual clues that articulate the underlying themes of each collection. Inspirations for past collections have included fresh reinterpretations of Dust Bowl-era portraits or antique engravings of botanical specimens. His approach is reflected in his trademark fitted jackets, fluid dresses and knits—all rendered in a rich palette with varied textures, achieved through the meticulous washing and dyeing processes associated with his name. Graham’s collections are represented in specialty boutiques and department stores worldwide. He was named a finalist in the 2009 Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund. His talk is part of the Fiber Department’s Mixed Media Series. (Image: Design by Gary Graham; photo by Alex Antitch)
National Symposium on Arts/Cultural/ Entertainment Districts
WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 10 AM–8 PM and Thursday, April 5, 8:30 AM–5 PM
WHERE: Day I: Baltimore Hilton, 401 W. Pratt St.; Day II: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The National Symposium on Arts/Cultural/Entertainment Districts (NSACED) seeks to bring together policy makers, practitioners and artists to engage in dialogue on the economic, social and cultural impact of designated and natural arts and entertainment districts. With numerous states and municipalities employing arts districts as a revitalization strategy, the symposium presents an opportunity to reflect on best practices. Scheduled in conjunction with the National Main Streets Conference, this two-day symposium will offer the opportunity to learn about existing policy and incentive programs, and discuss critical issues facing diverse arts and entertainment districts throughout the United States.
Mark J. Stern, Ph.D., will be the NSACED keynote speaker, and MICA President Fred Lazarus will take part as a presenter.
The NSACED is produced by Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. and generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, MICA and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation. For more information, including registration details and a list of additional speakers, visit stationnorth.org/calendar/nsaced.
Fat Pig & reasons to be pretty
WHEN: Thursday, April 5–Sunday, April 8 and Thursday, April 12–Sunday, April 15, 8 PM
WHERE: The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
TICKETS: $10, Students; $15, General Public ($5 discount available for purchasing tickets to both shows). Tickets will be available at the MICA Store (1200 W. Mount Royal Ave. and store.mica.edu); online at Brown Paper Tickets (brownpapertickets.com); and at the door on the day of the event. (Left: Photos from MICA’s performance last year of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.)
Who decides what is beautiful—or rather, who is beautiful? What is beauty, after all? Neil LaBute, one of America’s hottest and most controversial young playwrights, takes on these beguiling questions in two of his most celebrated plays—Fat Pig and reasons to be pretty. MICA’s student theater company, Rivals of the West, will present both of these critically acclaimed and provocative plays over two weekends this spring. Don’t miss the drama that beauty—or its absence—stirs.
WHEN: Thursday, April 5; Saturday, April 7; Friday, April 13; and Sunday, April 15, 8 PM
Fat Pig is the clever but touching story of a stereotypical young professional named Tom who falls in love with a confident, plus-sized librarian named
Helen. The play explores how society treats a romance between the two.
reasons to be pretty
WHEN: Friday, April 6; Sunday, April 8; Thursday, April 12, and Saturday, April 14, 8 PM
In reasons to be pretty, a cast of four young working class friends and lovers become increasingly dissatisfied with their dead-end lives—and each other.
More information will be available at rivalsofthewest.org.
Lisa Sanditz, a native of Missouri, is an American landscape painter eternally searching for ways to find the sublime in the most unexpected areas. While working in respect to the traditions of her predecessors, she has taken a new and inventive path in the realm of landscape painting. Her wildly colorful works function as stylistic and informational quilts, opening doors into strange, polluted and mysterious impressions of collapsing space. These items teeter between the seductive and the grotesque but regardless are accessible through the dynamic tension of their design. She embraces despoiled and rotten landscapes and transforms them into picturesque scenes of great beauty and power. Sanditz has taught at Bard College in N.Y., San Francisco Art Institute, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design and Minneapolis College of Art & Design. This talk is sponsored by the Hoffberger School of Painting. (Above: Lisa Sanditz, Deflated Christmas, 2010.)