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MAP’s Seventh Annual Curators’ Incubator

September 15 – October 24, 2009
Thursday, September 24: Gallery Talk 6 pm; Reception 7 pm

MAP is pleased to announce that three curators have been selected to participate in the 7th Annual Curators’ Incubator, an important program designed to assist curators with limited curatorial experience through the process of presenting an exhibition at MAP. From providing guidance on how to further develop their exhibition proposals, to helping to strengthen their curatorial writing in preparation for publication in a program catalogue, curators are mentored by MAP’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC) throughout the process.

Featured Curators:

Shelly Blake-Plock: Art of the Set-Up: Sound Objects as Artifacts
Artists: Peter Blasser. Alessandro Bosetti. Andy Hayleck. Bonnie Jones. Melissa Moore. Mike Muniak.

Bonnie Jones

Rachel Sitkin: In Our Nature: Artists Reflect on the Manmade Landscape
Artists: Kim Beck. Laura Cooperman. Michelle Hagewood. Alex Lukas. Igor Pasternak.

Michelle Hagewood
Margaret Winslow: Soft Space: Architecture in Contemporary Art
Artists: Ronald Longsdorf. Janell Olah. Stephen Ruszkowki.
Janell Olah

Featured Events:
Thurs Sept 24: Opening Event
5pm Rush Hour: Art Beats Traffic
6pm Gallery Talk and Sound Art Performance: Shelly Blake-Plock, John Berndt and Art of the Set-Up artists

Thurs Oct 8
5pm Rush Hour: Art Beats Traffic
6pm Gallery Talk: Margaret Winslow, Soft Space artists, and George Holback of Cho, Benn, Holback + Associates

Thurs Oct 22
5pm Rush Hour: Art Beats Traffic
6pm Gallery Talk: Rachel Sitkin and In Our Nature artists

Sat October 24
2pm to 5pm: Curating 101 presented by Cathy Byrd, MAP Executive Director

This Fall, MAP offers a communal platform for three inventive projects, including our first-ever sound art exhibition—The Art of the Set Up: Sound Objects as Artifacts, curated by Shelly Blake-Plock. Rachel Sitkin conceived In Our Nature: Artists Reflect on the Altered Landscape to feature artists who mine the outfall of urban development. Margaret Winslow’s ideas materialize in Soft Space: Architecture in Contemporary Art, a set of drawings and installations that explore physical and psychological nuances in the built environment.

Each year, MAP’s Curators’ Incubator Program renews the opportunity for Maryland Art Place to become a working laboratory for aesthetic experiments. Curators’ Incubator provides a creative space for the region’s aspiring curators to develop and present their concepts. MAP guides the curatorial process, beginning with an open call that encourages proposals and ending in the presentation of selected projects. MAP’s Program Advisory Committee took on the review and selection of our 2009 curators and MAP staff facilitated the production of the exhibition and companion catalogue.

OF NOTE: Programs for our Seventh Annual Curators’ Incubator will be presented on scheduled Thursdays at 5:00 pm this fall for RUSH HOUR: Art Beats Traffic. RUSH HOUR is an invitation to those who work and live in the downtown neighborhood to visit MAP at the end of the workday.

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