Deborah Willis: Migrations and Meaning(s) in Art

Deborah Willis: Migrations and Meaning(s) in Art

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Ana Teresa Fernandez, Erasing the Border (Borrando la Frontera) (video still), 2012. 3 minutes 38 seconds. Courtesy of artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.

January 24, 2020
Deborah Willis
Migrations and Meaning(s) in Art
January 30–March 15, 2020
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
1300 W. Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21217
United States
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Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is pleased to present Migrations and Meaning(s) in Art, an exhibition curated by scholar and artist Deborah Willis, PhD, the inaugural Stuart B. Cooper Endowed Chair in Photography. The exhibition, which runs from January 30 through March 15 in Meyerhoff Gallery in the Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, kicks off with an opening reception from 5–7pm Thursday, January 30 in the gallery.

In addition to the exhibition and reception, Willis will host an exhibition panel from 6–8pm on Monday, March 9 in the Lazarus Center Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave., Baltimore.

Featuring a diverse range of local, national and international visual artists, the exhibition explores debates on the topic of migration from historical references such as slavery and emancipation; the Great Migration; and virtual communities from the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia. 

Willis selected artwork that considers “how identities are realized, rejected, performed and desired,” as well as the urgency of our present moment, following Nina Simone’s famous statement that artists’ duty is to reflect the times. The exhibition will include photographs, prints, video, animation and sculpture.

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About the exhibition
Artists and collectives included in the exhibition are: Leslie King-Hammond, Albert Chong, Renée Cox, Carrie Mae Weems, Danny Wilcox Frasier, Tsedaye Makonnen, Nate Larson, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Hank Willis Thomas.

The full list of participants includes: Sama Alshaibi, Zalika Azim, Taylor Renee Bissey, Terry Boddie, Layo Bright, Albert Chong, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Renee Cox, Jennifer Datchuk, Sonia Louise Davis, Regina DeLuise, Nekisha Durrett, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Ivan Forde, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Daniel Castro Garcia, Lonnie Graham, Leslie King Hammond, Abbigail Hong, Jessica Ingram, Sarah Khan, Nate Larson, Nashormeh Lindo, Tsedaye Makonnen, Qiana Mestrich, Deyane Moses, Susan Harbage Page, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Hank Willis Thomas, HồngÂn Trương, Colette Veasey-Cullors, Carrie Mae Weems, Vicky Zambrano and ForFreedoms.

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