March 2, 2016

Spring visiting speakers

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Johnathan Baker (Photography and Electronic Media MFA, class of 2017), If You Can’t Beat Em, Join Em, 2015.

MICA is proud that the interdisciplinary group of visiting speakers on campus this spring represents local and global perspectives. All events are free and open to the public.

Critical Studies colloquium
Lazarus Auditorium, 131 West North Avenue
Wednesday, March 23, 4pm
Gabriela Rangel, director of visual arts and chief curator at the Americas Society, on art and politics in Venezuela, 1968.

Monday, March 7, noon
Margherita Urbani
Sponsored by MICA’s MFA in Illustration Practice
Lazarus Center Auditorium
Italian illustrator Urbani pairs a pop sensibility with a passion for typography; her work has appeared in The New York Times and Apartamento Magazine.

Tuesday, March 8, 4pm
Tania Bruguera
Sponsored by MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art MFA and MFA in Curatorial Practice
Lazarus Center Auditorium
Bruguera’s performances and installations are political and poetic. She works for human rights through Immigrant Movement International and recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute of Artivism in Havana.

Tuesday, March 8, 7pm
John Waters
Sponsored by MICA’s Presidential Task Force on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Globalization
Falvey Hall, 1301 West Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore legend Waters will perform his one-man-show This Filthy World about gay marriage, high art, bad taste and everything in-between.
Graduate Faculty speakers series
Sponsored by MICA’s Office of Graduate Studies
Lazarus Center
Monday, March 21, 7pm: Joan Waltemath’s work is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Director of MICA’s LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, she is an editor for The Brooklyn Rail and
Thursday, March 31, 7pm: Jennie Hirsh is director of MICA’s MA in Critical Studies and an editor of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate Publishing, 2011). Her essays and reviews have appeared in books, journals and catalogs.

Thursday, March 31, noon
Ross MacDonald
Sponsored by MICA’s MFA in Illustration Practice and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design
Lazarus Center Auditorium
MacDonald is an illustrator whose specialties include comics, letterpress, children’s books and props. His props have appeared in National Treasure and The Hateful Eight.

Wednesday, April 6, noon
Naomi Beckwith
Sponsored by MICA’s department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, MFA in Curatorial Practice, MA in Critical Studies, Rinehart School of Sculpture MFA and Mount Royal School of Art MFA, part of the [email protected] Series and the Mixed Media Lecture Series
Brown Center Room 320, 1301 West Mount Royal Avenue
Beckwith is a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She is invested in exhibiting contemporary artists of African descent in order to foster expansive conversation.

Friday, April 15, 7pm
Claudia Rankine
Falvey Hall
Sponsored by MICA’s Presidential Task Force on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Globalization and the Mixed Media Lecture Series, the City Lit Festival and the Enoch Pratt Free Library
Rankine’s recent work, Citizen: An American Lyric is a rumination on race and America; it won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the PEN Center USA Poetry Award.

Wednesday, April 20, 7pm
Carmen Papalia
Lazarus Center Auditorium
Sponsored by MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice and Offices of Graduate Studies, Student Affairs and Community Engagement and the Mixed Media Lecture Series
Papalia designs experiences that invite participants to consider their senses, mobility and trust. His work has been featured at the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.


Founded in 1826, MICA is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art in the nation. MICA fosters a community of creative citizens committed to redefining art and design.

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