Baltimore Rising @ MICA

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Baltimore Rising is an exhibition bringing together a broad survey of works by 15 artists — with significant ties to Baltimore — who address the social, economic, political and racial issues that propelled the city to the national spotlight in 2015.

Artists: Derrick Adams, Lauren Adams, Devin Allen, Sonya Clark, J.M. Giordano, Logan Hicks, Jeffrey Kent, Nate Larson, Nether, Olivia Robinson, Paul Rucker, Joyce J. Scott, Tony Shore, Shinique Smith and Susan Waters-Eller.

On view Nov. 2-23, 2016

Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies
131 W North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Gallery hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Opening Reception
Friday, November 4, 5 – 8 p.m.
Lazarus Center

Community Forum
After the Baltimore Uprising: Still Waiting for Change
Wednesday, November 9, 7 – 9 p.m.
Lazarus Center Auditorium

Are we any better off today than we were in April 2015? What has changed? What still needs to change? Baltimore Bloc coordinator Ralikh Hayes, #WestWednesday organizer Tawanda Jones, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, author D. Watkins and JHU professor Lester Spence (moderator) will talk about where we are now, selective policing and the DOJ report.

Artists Panel
Can Artists Ignite a Revolution?
Wednesday, November 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
Lazarus Center Auditorium

What is the role of the arts in revolution? Photographer J.M. Giordano, visual artist and musician Paul Rucker, multi-disciplinary artist and educator Joyce J. Scott, MICA painting chair Tony Shore and UMD professor Sheri Parks (moderator) will talk about how the arts can serve as a tool to examine society and to amplify the voices that most need to be heard.

Project Statement by Lauren Frances Adams:

This wallpaper installation depicts protests related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Taking a Knee portrays the many athletes and musicians who have kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem at the beginning of sports events during the past two months. The blue striped wallpaper, which has a silver moiré pattern, is interwoven with silver painted figures of those who have chosen to protest inequality and injustice in America. The variety of figures depicted spans from professional athletes such as Colin Kaepernick, who initiated the protest in August, to college and high school footballers, soccer players, marching band performers, and team coaches. Taking a Knee celebrates the stance taken both on and off the field by this new generation of protesters.

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