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MICA Mixed Media Speaker series to bring Martha Rosler, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco and more

 BALTIMORE — Beginning this month, The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is bringing ground-breaking artists, designers, scholars, curators and educators to campus as a part of its spring 2019 Mixed Media Speaker Series.

This series is part of MICA’s long-standing tradition of inviting significant working artists and designers from around the world to speak with students and the local community. These events, which take place from January through April, range from lectures to film screenings and panel discussions. All events are free and open to the public. For more information or to make group reservations, please contact


Martha Rosler
Martha Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation and performance. Her work focuses on the public sphere, exploring issues from everyday life and the media to architecture and the built environment, especially as they affect women. Rosler currently has a major survey exhibition, Irrespective, currently on view at the Jewish Museum in New York. 

Public lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m., Falvey Hall in the Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

Diana Al-Hadid:
Diana Al-Hadid is a Syrian born American artist who lives in New York. She works with a variety of materials, and creates sculptures, drawings and panels, and her work references history. Al-Hadid's most notable recent exhibitions include the Bronx Museum of Art (2018) and the Madison Square Park Conservancy (2018)

Public lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m., Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave.

Miguel Luciano:
Miguel Luciano is a multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, popular culture, social justice and migration, through sculpture, painting and socially engaged public art projects.

Public lecture on Monday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m., Fred Lazarus IV Center, 131 W. North Ave.

Making Good: Big Questions in Art and Design with Coco Fusco and Kirsten Leenaars
Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer and the Andrew Banks Endowed Professor of Art at the University of Florida. Kirsten Leenaars is an experimental documentary maker and engages with individuals and communities to create participatory video and performance work.

Public panel discussion on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m., Falvey Hall in the Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

Monday-Freedoms: Featuring Devin Allen, Hank Willis Thomas and Bilphena Yahwon
Devin Allen is a documentary photographer, born and raised in West Baltimore, who takes his city as his subject. He rose to national attention when one of his photographs of the Baltimore Uprising was published on the cover of Time in May 2015.  Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist, who often works with photography to explore themes related to identity, history and popular culture. Bilphena Yahwon is a Baltimore-based writer, researcher, organizer, and womanist. Her work uses a womanist approach and centers women’s health and well-being, transformative/restorative justice, and intersectionality.

Public panel discussion moderated by Curatorial Practice MFA student Tiffany Ward '20 on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m., Fred Lazarus IV Center, 131 W. North Ave.

The Yes Men Program Series
Andy Bichlbaum, of the Yes Men, began his current adulthood by inserting a swarm of kissing men to a shoot-'em-up video game just before it shipped to store shelves. Finding himself fired and momentarily famous, he opted to go into weird activism.

Public lecture on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m., Fred Lazarus IV Center, 131 W. North Ave.

The Yes Men film screening on Monday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m., Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave.

The Yes Men are Revolting film screening on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m., Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave.

Elizabeth King
Elizabeth King combines figurative sculpture with stop-frame animation in works that blur the boundary between actual and virtual object.

Public lecture on Monday, April 8 at 12 p.m., Falvey Hall in the Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

Double Take: The Art Of Elizabeth King, film by Olympia Stone, screening on Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m., Falvey Hall in the Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave.