February 7, 2017

Mickalene Thomas exhibition begins month of events

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Mickalene Thomas. (1) Negress with Green Nails, 2005. (2) Racquel Leaned Back, 2013. (3) La leçon d’amour, 2008. All images © Mickalene Thomas. Courtesy the artist; Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York​.

Now through March 12
MICA hosts Mickalene Thomas: Muse and tête-à-tête
Muse and tête-à-tête, a survey of highly stylized portrait photography by Mickalene Thomas, with an accompanying exhibition of photography curated by Thomas. The exhibition also includes an installation that represents a reconstructed portion of Thomas’ studio where many of the portraits were taken. This exhibition is organized by the Aperture Foundation, New York, with support, in part, by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.

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Monday, February 6
Baltimore premiere of Walking While Black: The Answer is L.O.V.E.
Presented by the MICA Alumni Association, Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer is a piece from award-winning filmmakers A.J. Ali and Errol Webber ’08. This powerful film about reconciliation and putting love into action is the launch of a movement to improve relations between peace officers and the communities they serve.

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Thursday, February 9 at noon

Lunchtime Lecture with MFA Illustration Practice Alum Sara Barnes
Sara Barnes is a Baltimore-based writer, curator and illustrator specializing in art, illustration and crafts. She’s a staff writer and editor for My Modern Met, a website focusing on art and culture. Her work has also appeared in Computer Arts Magazine, Uppercase Magazine, eBay and Embroidery Magazine—among others. In 2016, she curated an illustration show at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Los Angeles, titled Inside / Outside. Sara has her MFA in Illustration Practice (2013) and is obsessed with finding the latest and greatest in the field, which she shares through her blog, Brown Paper Bag.

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Friday, February 17 at 7pm 
Documentary on power of art to unite Black families in Baltimore premieres at MICA
You’re invited to help us kick-off the national tour of the film, Lom Nava Love, the unflinching story of Black families in inner city Baltimore harnessing their strengths to challenge the systems and institutions that would dictate their realities. Centered on the work of community organizer Shirley Foulks, Lom Nava Love documents Foulks’ engagement with families in public housing and how she uses art to communicate the abilities, strengths and power to effect change that Black families innately possess. This event is sponsored by the President’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Globalization.

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Monday, February 27 at 7pm 
Generating Conversations: Against a Backdrop of Contemporary Concerns
A panel discussion featuring Judy Norrell, collector of Southern literature, art and history; Dr. DaMaris Hill, artist, writer, educator, social justice advocate; and Tanya Garcia, artist, community activist. Moderated by Deborah Willis, artist, photography historian and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. The program is produced in partnership with Morgan State University.

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About MICA
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 10 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.

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