historically hysterical | Opening Reception
Thursday, April 11th • 6-8pm
The Peale Center
225 North Holliday Street : 21202
April 11-April 28, presented by MICA
Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) presents historically hysterical, a show featuring artists who reject the coercive hierarchy of gender roles in order to smash the patriarchy. Created by a class of twelve women curators, the exhibition uses installation, performance, photography, and mixed media fiber works—all created by contemporary women artists—to transform three floors of Baltimore’s historic Peale Center.
The show opens with a public reception on Thursday, April 11 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, including a performance by Baltimore feminist hardcore punk band War on Women.
historically hysterical features women artists from diverse backgrounds who reference some of the materials and methods of seminal feminist art from the 1970s but draw their content from the present moment.
This link between past and present mirrors current political realities: As a record-breaking 102 women joined the U.S. House of Representatives in the wake of #MeToo and the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, some journalists dubbed 2018 the “Year of the Woman”—a title previously used to describe 1992, the year Anita Hill testified against Clarence Thomas during his Supreme Court confirmation battle. The struggle for the acknowledgment of women’s experiences, contributions, and imaginative labor in a male-dominated system seems to echo across decades, forever unresolved.
Catalyst: the 26th Annual Benefit Fashion Show
Friday, April 12th + Saturday, April 13th
MICA Brown Center, Falvey Hall
1301 West Mt. Royal Street : 21217
The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents Catalyst, the 26th Annual Benefit Fashion Show, a runway-style showcase of student-designed fashion that will take place at 9 p.m. Friday, April 12 and at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13 in Falvey Hall in MICA’s Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
After a quarter of a century, the MICA Annual Benefit Fashion Show has entered a new era: fashion in the age of innovation. The show highlights designers who are evolving beyond self-serving behavior to active consciousness, who are forward thinking and record this change through their garments and designs. Throughout history, fashion has marked societal, political, economic and technological development — even the Annual Benefit Fashion Show was established to create and celebrate growth in the diversity within MICA.
This year, each of the collections will mark its own history. Through a minimum of eight to twelve full looks, designers have created an innovative collection that speaks to class, activism, sustainability, politics, technology, diversity or other current themes that will be an impetus for change.
Organized by director Lauren Jackson ’20 (BFA Printmaking), “Catalyst” features 15 individual fashion lines created by 18 designers.
Tickets are available in person at the MICA Store or online at https://mica.ly/2W3nIg4. On Friday, tickets are $7 for students, $12 for staff and $20 for general admission. On Sunday, tickets are $15 for students and $20 for general admission.
On Saturday, there will be a pop-up show made up of work of artisans. The items sold will include work that appears in the show, artisan jewelry, handmade fashion bags, fashion photography prints and more.
Participating designers include Amir Khadar, Anthony Chukwu, Chance Mason, Cristy Rodriguez, Daisy Braun, Dasha Burobina, Hannah Ahn, Yuchae Lee, Hannah Moog, Kristen Tapia, Joy Li, Max Cortes, Patricia Chevez, Pei Jung Ho, Reuben Francois, Saloni Shah, Gianna Chun and Sam Zanowski.
Badlands: 2019 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition | Reception
Friday, April 12th • 5-7pm
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
UMBC : 21250
Tuesday, April 9 – Saturday, April 26
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
Saturday, April 13, 12-3pm: Nicole Ringel & Leah Michaels; Lion Brothers Studio
Sunday, April 14, 2-5pm: Leah Michaels; Full Circle Photo
Thursday, April 18, 2pm: RTKL Lecture with Chinen Aimi Bouillon
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents the annual MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring works by the five graduate students will who receive MFAs in Intermedia and Digital Arts in 2019. The work selected represents the culmination of each student’s unique experience in UMBC’s dynamic and demanding MFA program.
Chinen Aimi Bouillon works as a detective investigating matrilineal and patrilineal histories. She is an artist born in Okinawa, Japan, former Ryukyu Kingdom, to a native mother and a United States Marine father. Through framing territories of contradiction she analyzes the duality of everyday gender, power and war. Her art is the process of discovery and findings of matrilineal histories colonized by patriarchal narratives. The gallery displays images of Okinawa taken on a 35mm black and white film with photograms of signs and symbols transliterating the Ryukyu oral language and a table top with geographic outline of Okinawa island. The installation plays with the assumed hierarchy of knowledge.
Dilay Kocogullari’s installation – 300 ovary-shaped crocheted pouches, filled with living grass and hanging from the ceiling – is a memorial to the increasing number of women murdered in her home country, Turkey. On the walls appear videos of 70 Turkish participants who helped crochet the pouches in a collaborative act of resistance to femicide.