Tuesday, December 6, 2016

MICA EXPLORES BEAUTY, MELANCHOLY, RACIAL HISTORY OF DEEP SOUTH WITH NEW EXHIBITION

LAYING-BY TIME

RECEPTION AND PANEL ON THE LATE WILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY (1936 – 2016)

WHEN: Friday, December 9, 5:00 — 8:00pm
WHERE:
MICA’s Decker Gallery, Fox Building, 1301 W Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore

A broad sample of work by the artist, who sadly passed away on November 28, "Laying-by Time" will serve as a tribute and memorial to Christenberry's artistic career. Not to mention the intense and highly charged subject matter of his Klan Room Tableau, which will be on display in the exhibition. The dense multimedia installation is Christenberry's response to the Ku Klux Klan and human capacity for hatred and violence. The exhibition is an opportunity to consider the artist's practice and influences, as well as his work's relevance against the backdrop of current events and contemporary concerns.

Drawing on his explorations, recollections and interpretations of Hale County, Ala., Christenberry balanced the beauty, hopefulness and resilience of the deep south against its tensions, pathos and flaws. Moving fluidly between painting, photography, sculpture and drawing, the artist wove a story that is simultaneously celebratory and melancholy, inviting and inhospitable.

The exhibition includes examples of the artist's lesser-known work alongside iconic imagery, as well as the charged and rarely exhibited Klan Room Tableau, a dense multimedia installation that is his response to the Ku Klux Klan and human capacity for hatred and violence. The exhibition is an opportunity to consider the artist's practice and influences, as well as his work's relevance against a backdrop of contemporary concerns.

MICA will host a panel discussion, Revisiting William Christenberry: Southern Narratives, with George Hemphill, owner of Hemphill Fine Arts; Renee Stout, artist and friend of Christenberry; and Neely Tucker, author and journalist. The talk will be moderated by Kimberly Graham, MICA Curatorial Practice faculty and exhibition curator.

WHEN: Sunday, December 11, 4:00pm
WHERE: Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W Mount Royal Avenue.

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Christenberry’s art spans painting, photography, sculpture and drawing, and he has received numerous honors and accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at museums and academic institutions such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; and Foundation Mapfre, Madrid; The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; the University of Virginia; and Rice University, Houston. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, and others.

Support for the exhibition has been provided by the Maryland Humanities Council; the Brenda Brown-Lippitz Family Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland; and the John & Maxine Belger Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri.

Image credit: William Christenberry, installation shot of 'Klan Room Tableau,' 1962-2007, mixed media. Collection of the artist.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.