12/5: MFA Curatorial Practice b is for Baltimore: Baker Artist Awards 2013 b-grant Winners
Opening Reception: Thursday, 12/5, 5-7 PM
Poetry Reading with Katherine McCord & Jenny O'Grady at 6 PM
16 W. North Ave.
Baltimore MD 21201
12/6: Molly Warnock on Simon Hantai
This first seminar will be held on Friday, December 6, at 4 PM in Main 110. With support from Graduate Studies, we've invited Professor Molly Warnock from Johns Hopkins University to briefly present the work of Simon Hantai. Professor Warnock will then lead the group in an open discussion of Hantai's work, with special attention to the concerns noted above. A small reception with wine and cheese will follow.
Friday, 12/6, 4 PM
Main Building, 1st Floor
12/6: Photographic & Electronic Media Fall Show
Opening Reception: 5-7 PM
Riggs & Leidy Galleries
Graduate Studio Center, 1st Floor
12/8: MICA Graduate Students at Critical Information Graduate Student Conference at SVA
Samantha Fein will present her paper, Reframing Haitian Narratives through Artistic Expression of Afro-Caribbean Spirituality: Haiti is a nation represented by Western media through the single narrative of degradation and victimhood. Yet such a reductive viewpoint does not account for the island’s rich breadth of artistic production —which has persevered despite the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. This research explores the ways in which Haitian artists direct their creative practice to reconstruct alternate narratives of the county’s identity. Specifically, I focus on the use of spiritual iconography from the Afro-Caribbean belief system of Vodou. From Pierrot Barra’s “mojo boards” to the Grand Rue sculpture collective, Haitian artists draw upon Vodou spirit entities (known as lwa) to create pieces that express and interpret the lived experience in Haiti. I conclude by exploring the implications of non-Haitian artists entering the country to complete creative projects, using the example of French street artist JR.
Chris Cheng will present his paper, Commercial Images and the Paradox of Masculinity: In our hyper-capitalistic society, advertisements have an unconscious affect on our perception of identity. They have proliferated in forms un-imagined by previous distribution systems and create a powerful form of presence hard to escape. Masculinity in particular has been defined by the imagery of commercials, web-zines, streaming media, and a deepening link between targeted advertising, profiling, and programming that have become almost indistinguishable. As Judith Butler has suggested, identity is now acted out as performance.
This paper will investigate how forms of ‘social design’ have emerged and proliferated in commercialism directed towards men, and how they have defined (or redefined) Masculinity and perpetuated stereotypes of gender identity and sexual orientation. This conundrum has further been complicated by imagery that becomes an ideal perception of the male identity and behavior that does not truly reflect reality. Despite the complication that this new sphere engenders in regards to masculinity, Gilles Deleuze offers us a counter-position that can help resolve this paradox by challenging these ideals.
All events are free and open to the public!
Conference Panels: 10 AM – 3:30 PM
132 West 21 Street, 6th floor
New York, NY
Lawrence Weschler, Keynote Address: 4-5:30 PM, reception to follow
333 West 23 Street
New York, NY
12/11: Justin Hoekstra at Lily's/Roger Smith Arts
Wednesday, 12/11, 6:30-8:30 PM
501 Lexington Ave
New York NY 10017
12/14: Graduate Holiday PIE PARTY!
For those of you who live under a rock, the Graduate Holiday Pie Party is the premier event of the fall semester. It's a Pie Baking Contest.
Graduate students may submit a homemade pie for one or both of the two categories: SWEET and SAVORY. That's a maximum of two homemade pies per student! Our well groomed panel of alumni judges will put it all on the line to sample and rate each of the creations. Awards will be presented to those who have the best SWEET, the best SAVORY and the BEST PRESENTATION. All pies must be present by 7:30 PM to be considered.
Store bought pies will be destroyed on premises. Beer, wine, and pizza will be served.
The most coveted award will go the program that has the most highest-ranking pies. (This is calculated by number of entries as well as quality of pies in relation to program size) They will receive the Grand Champion Trophy*, it comes with a year's worth of bragging rights and a catered lunch for the winners.