Maine College of Art won three Broderson awards for print publications during a ceremony at the State Theater. Held every other year, the Broderson Awards celebrate the work of commercial artists in Maine. MECA won a silver award in the nonprofit annual report category, as well as a silver award for the MFA Thesis Catalog and bronze award for the ICA "Meticulous Ferment" catalog in the brochure category. Congratulations to the college designers Jennifer Muller and Mira Alden as well as faculty members Margo Halverson and Charles Melcher. The annual report also includes illustrations by students (now alumni) Morgan DiPietro '10 and Jeff Hoffman '10. Other award winning alumni included Ken Murphy '03, Patrick Sperry '00, and Regis Biron '09.
Time-Lag Records Listening Room at ICA at MECA
The ICA at MECA has converted the front gallery into a Time-Lag Records Listening Room from October 12-26. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, October 13th from 6 to 8pm with live music from 8-9:30pm with Prisma, Phantom Buffalo, and Big Blood.
Located in Portland, Time-Lag Records is an independent label that started in 2000, with a focus on vinyl releases that combine the highest possible quality production with an emphasis on the aesthetic of the object itself, and a deep love of interesting, unusual, and undiscovered music, both new and old. Come explore their full archive of vinyl artifacts and cds, as well as a 10+ year collection of poster art from concerts – all from the comfort of couches lining the gallery.
Jugglers at MECA
Brothers Matthew and Jason Tardy have created a show that features everything from high tech juggling and fire eating to physical comedy and full body contortion. They will give a public performance on September 24 at 7pm in Osher Hall. Suggested donation of $5-$15. All proceeds support the Nagaloka Buddhist Center in Portland.
Tala Madani Screening in ICA
The ICA at MECA will host a screening of Tala Madani's short animations on August 1 at 5pm as part of the exhibition "Drawn to Disaster." Stylistically ranging from lush painterly expressionism to loose, almost comical line drawing, Iranian-American Tala Madani, conveys her politically controversial subject matter with a genuine innocence and empathy. Appropriating the preconceptions of racial and gender difference as a departure point into the bizarre and surreal, Madani uses her position of ‘other’ to draft her own elaborate fantasies, detailing a riotous underworld of cliquey sect-like subterfuge.
This year her work has appeared in the 54th Venice Biennale, Danish Pavilion, Venice, Italy and the Singapore Biennale, Open House, Singapore. Last year her work was at The Drawing Center, in Greater New York, MoMA PS1, and the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK.
ICA Director Wins Curatorial Research Grant
ICA at MECA Director Daniel Fuller was awarded an Etant donnes curatorial research grant. Etant donnes is a French-American fund for contemporary art dedicated to nurturing and supporting outstanding programming of contemporary artists from France and the United States.
In his first five months at the ICA new Director Daniel Fuller has executed a video screening with Parisian artist Mircea Cantor and has organized upcoming exhibitions with both Lili Reynaud-Dewar and Pierre Bismuth, also of Paris. The ICA seeks and values cultural diversity in its exhibition program and has identified France, with Paris in particular, as rising towards a significant period of tremendous creativity and experimentation in regards to video and performance art.
It is especially imperative that the ICA accommodates artistic interactions with France in an attempt to best serve our community and surrounding regions. Maine is second only to New Hampshire in the percentage of French American residents in the United States and also has a greater proportion of people speaking French at home than any other state in the nation. This grant would allow us an opportunity to forge a stronger connection with an often-ignored regional constituency.
The culmination of this research will result in a series of rapidly changing video installations focusing on these experimental video artists currently residing in France.
Visiting Artist: Anthony Campuzano
Anthony Campuzano, one of the participating artists in the exhibition "Drawn to Disaster" in the ICA at MECA, will give a free public lecture on July 27 at 6pm in the gallery. Known for his use of found language, Philadelphia-based artist Campuzano activates text from a variety of sources - newspaper headlines, Wikipedia entries, the covers of paperback novels, trivial cultural events, common cliches, pop song lyrics - in drawings that couple intense color with the tangible presence of the artist's hand. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
Book Launch: Books Gone Bad
In 2009, Diane Wren was a MECA photography student working in the college’s Joanne Waxman Library when the staff discovered some books with possible mold damage. In looking for resources on how to identify and treat mold, staffers were disappointed at the available options. Knowing that Maine is filled with small libraries and historical societies facing the same issue, Wren applied for and received a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to create an easy to use guide for preventing, identifying and treating mold on a limited budget. Wren did the research, photography, design and illustrations for “Books Gone Bad: Mold in Library Collections.” The guide was sent free of charge to all libraries and historical societies in the state. A book launch is scheduled for July 8 at the Joanne Waxman Library from 6-8pm.
For the second year in a row, the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art won the Portland Phoenix Best Art Gallery award, as determined by readers. From the Phoenix: "The ICA had a big year. They brought in a new director (Daniel Fuller), staged impressive off-site video screenings on big screens at Portland Pirates games, and stuffed their gigantic gallery rooms with six heaping platters of conceptual art, from trippy motion-sensor mirrors, towering handblown glass statues, and one very provocative labyrinth. No gallery in Portland covers more ground, takes more chances, or appeals to a broader crowd. Best of all: it's right in the center of town."
FOREST at ICA at MECA
FOREST will transform the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA into a hive of activity from April 19 to 22. Visual and performing artists, students and friends will develop hands-on programs and activities to engage students and the public in unconventional and imaginative ways.
TUESDAY, APRIL 19
WORKSHOP: Fairy House Building 9am-Noon Drop-in. All Ages. Learn how to build small natural habitats from natural materials to attract fairies and their animal friends. Families will be provided with natural materials on site.
FILM SCREENINGS: 9am-8pm
Tree Falling in the Forest Thomson’s Silent Film of a Tree Falling in the Forest, 2005–2006. For this work, the artist made six one-minute studies of spruce trees falling in a forest in Alberta, Canada, which he separated with lengths of blank leader film that complicate any implicit figure/ground structure. The falling-tree footage is lulling, but the tranquil space the piece creates is nevertheless unstable. It calms, then creates bristling anxieties, calms again, and then makes you anxious again.
I came here on my own I came here on my own, their current video and performance work-in-progress. The project, which contains two discrete but related pieces, features a series of live duet performances and an accompanying multi-channel video work. Robbinschilds was formed by choreographers, Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. The company creates performance and video works for diverse venues including the stage, gallery or "site". Focused on presenting highly visual time-based works, robbinschilds explores the juncture between architecture or place, and human interaction.
Dead River Rough Cut 3:30pm-5:30pm Bob Wagg and Walter Lane live in a tarpaper shack, hunting, fishing, trapping and logging with oxen. They prefer the sounds of the birds to the roar of highway traffic, and scorn the money-chasing of city life. Covering a period of four seasons in the remote backwoods of Maine, Dead River Rough Cut presents a revealing look at an individual way of life. Wagg and Lane earn a living and accept their isolation for the independence it allows them. But not everyone would want to draw water from a hole in the ice. They share their reflections about women, politics, taxes, the lone life and death. www.deadriverroughcut.com
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20
FILM SCREENING: Tree Falling in the Forest + I came here on my own 9am-8pm (All Day Screenings)
SCREEN PRINTING: Raising Forests Noon-3pm Drop-in. All Ages. Raising Forests is an educational interactive piece in which the public is encouraged to screen print their own ‘tree’ that will be installed in the ICA at MECA, collaboratively creating a three-dimensional forest.
VISITING ARTIST LECTURE: Cole Caswell 4pm-5pm An artist lecture by MECA MFA Alum Cole Caswell. Cole uses forms of interpretation to understand the forest as an ecological patch, habitat, and place of exploration. www.colecaswell.com
WORKSHOP: Permaculture Class 6pm-8pm Join us for a free permaculture class presented by Portland’s favorite fermentation center/garden laboratory and micro apiary - Urban Farm Fermentory.
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
FILM SCREENING:Tree Falling in the Forest + I came here on my own 9am-8pm
WORKSHOP: Woodland Crown Workshop 9am-10:30am Drop-in. All Ages. "Many hundreds of years ago two children discovered the secret of what the Fairies wore at their parties to celebrate the passing of the Seasons...." Come create a beautiful crown from woodland materials and wildflowers.
WORKSHOP: A Circle’s Journey 3:30PM - 5:30PM Musicians, artists and scientists, Emilia Dahlin and Aaron Frederick have traveled the world as part of a global journey they took with the organization “Beyond Boundaries” dedicated tto experiential education, cross-cultural community exchange, leadership development and a deep personal and collective inquiry into the pressing issues and needs of our times. Through holding a circle (think: round table discussion) Emelia and Aaron will provide a space to talk about the issues of FOREST in Maine.
LAUNCH + LECTURE: Public Engagement’s Launching and Lineage with guest Khenmo Drolma 6:00PM - 7:30PM From 6-6:15pm we will be celebrating/announcing the launch of MECA’s new Public Engagement Minor. From 6:15-7pm, Khenmo Drolma, the first Buddhist Abbess in North America started a nunnery in Vermont. She started the Public Engagement work at MECA 22 years ago and we are honored to welcome her back to speak about art, public engagement, art in the world, education and how it all began for her.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
FILM SCREENING:Tree Falling in the Forest + I came here on my own 9am-8pm
WORKSHOP: Earthday Grow-Your-Own 11am-2pm Drop-in. All Ages. Head to the FOREST in the ICA at MECA for a gardening workshop that will get you ready for the springtime growing season. Get your hands dirty while starting seedlings and learn about how to grow your own indoor garden.
SCREEN PRINTING: Raising Forests 4pm-11pm Drop-in. All Ages. Raising Forests is an educational interactive piece in which the public is encouraged to screen print their own ‘tree’ that will be installed in the ICA at MECA, collaboratively creating a three-dimensional forest.
FOREST DANCE PARTY 8pm-11pm The ICA at MECA opens its doors for one of the largest dance parties of the year - FOREST. Pull out your flannel, fairy wings, lumberjack gear. It doesn't matter. Just be there. Dance in trees dj’ed by Ian Paige with prizes for best costume provided by Rogues Gallery. Featuring a photo booth, costume contest, forest inspired food and drink, art making, and lots of nuts and berries.
ICA Screens Film on Women Pop Artists
As part on their ongoing film screening series for the year, the ICA at MECA will show the documentary "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968."
Made as a companion to the traveling exhibition of the same name, the film reflects the depth of women's contribution to the Pop Art movement. Featured artists include Pauline Boty, Faith Ringgold, Marisol Escobar, Idelle Weber and Niki deSaint Phalle.
The film, along with another video by Amsterdam-based artist Maria Pask, will be shown on March 24 at 6pm. Originally scheduled to screen in the ICA at MECA, it will now be shown in Osher Hall.
ICA to Screen Videos at Portland Pirates Games
The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art is collaborating with the Portland Pirates to present a series of video screenings at the Cumberland County Civic Center before the start of hockey games. ICA Director Daniel Fuller curated the series, which features artists from Canada, Sweden, and the United States. The brief artist-made videos, which are all hockey related, will be screened on the JumboTron.
March 1 Portland Pirates vs. Worcester Screening: Graeme Patterson's "Ten Point Game, with Darryl Sittler Narrating, 2008"
March 5 Portland Pirates vs. Bridgeport Screening Jen DeNike's "Air-Hockey, 2003"
March 6 Portland Pirates vs. Springfield Annika Larsson's "HOCKEY, 2004"