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CURATING TO PROVOKE: DANGEROUS IDEAS, DANGEROUS PLACES, a Panel and Discussion about Curatorial Practice in Baltimore with presentations by Anita Durst, Maiza Hixson, Hannah Brancato, Rebecca Nagle, and Adam Void. * Sunday, April 29th

Curating to Provoke-Dangerous Ideas, Dangerous Places FlierThis Sunday April 29th, come participate in a panel discussion at Baltimore's Area 405, "CURATING TO PROVOKE: DANGEROUS IDEAS, DANGEROUS PLACES, a Panel and Discussion about Curatorial Practice in
Baltimore
," with presentations by Anita Durst, Maiza Hixson, Hannah Brancato, Rebecca Nagle, and Adam Void. There will be ample time for tough questions and discussion.

This panel and discussion is sponsored by MICA’s MFA in Curatorial
Practice and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the
Baker Artist Awards www.BakerArtistAwards.org.

CURATING TO PROVOKE: DANGEROUS IDEAS, DANGEROUS PLACES will feature presentations by Anita Durst, Maiza Hixson, Hannah Brancato, Rebecca Nagle, and Adam Void. These presentations will spark a lively discussion. The panel and discussion will take place Sunday, April 29,
1:00PM - 4:00PM
at Area 405 in the Station North Arts and
Entertainment District in Baltimore. CURATING TO PROVOKE: DANGEROUS
IDEAS, DANGEROUS PLACES is the semester-end project for
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Curatorial Practice (IACP), a graduate
level course, taught by Marcus Civin, that focuses on revealing the
history of curatorial practice by analyzing influential curators and
influential exhibitions. Inspirations for CURATING TO PROVOKE include
the Occupy Wall Street Movement, politically charged artwork, and
community art.

Hannah Brancato, Rebecca Nagle, and Adam Void, are all Baltimore
curators and artists:

Hannah Brancato works on a range of community based projects about
gender stereotypes, material culture, and power structures. She has
curated at The Creative Alliance, Whole Gallery, Current Space, and in
various public spaces, dealing with issues from rape and consent to
the accessibility of fresh food in Baltimore. Currently, she and
Rebecca Nagle are organizing a touring exhibition, series of video
screenings, and guerilla interventions as a part of the project FORCE:
Upsetting Rape Culture - a project committed to disrupting the culture
of rape and promoting a culture of consent.

Rebecca Nagle has curated for Artscape, The Transmodern Performance
Festival, The Maryland Historical Society, and The Reginald F Lewis
Museum. Nagle’s projects engage issues of intimacy, the body, and
power. With Hannah Brancato, she is curating FORCE: Upsetting Rape
Culture.

Adam Void works in galleries, art institutions, independent spaces,
and in public to engage the largest possible audience. Recently, Void
participated in “PANTHEON: A History of Art From The Streets of NYC”
at Donnell Library 53rd St. in New York City, across from the Museum
of Modern Art. PANTHEON was a part of a grassroots response to the
exhibition "Art in the Streets" at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los
Angeles.  PANTHEON pointed to New York City's lack of institutional
acknowledgement of graffiti art and street art.

Two curators will visit Baltimore for this panel and discussion:

Maiza Hixson is the Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art at
the Delaware Center for the Arts which presents between 20 and 30
exhibitions annually of regional, national, and international artists,
exploring topical issues in contemporary art and society. Along with
Lauren Ruth, she is the co-founder, director, and curator of The
Shaft, an unauthorized gallery space located in the elevator of the
Vox Populi building in Philadelphia. Her work was recently featured in
the People’s Biennial organized by Independent Curators International
and curated by Jens Hoffman and Harrell Fletcher.

Anita Durst is the Founder and Director of Chashama which supports
creativity in New York City by repurposing vacant properties,
recycling them as work spaces and performance spaces, and granting
them at free or highly-subsidized rates. She has secured over one
million square feet of space in New York City for artists. She
believes programs like chashama are the vital building blocks to
ensuring cultural capital in New York City. Anita sits on the boards
of New York Foundation of Arts, Tai Chi Chuan Center, The Tank, Adarsh
Alphon Projects, Exploring the Metropolis, and Bindlestiff Family
Cirkus.

Hixson and Durst will bring outside perspective to our conversation in
Baltimore. This will be a great opportunity for curators in Baltimore
to meet and discuss issues relevant to curatorial practice. Everyone
is encouraged to join the discussion.

The idea that curatorial practice can provoke, in addition to educate
and inspire, is an idea that is gaining steam across disciplines.
Curators can challenge diverse publics by engaging place and sharing
artwork that reflects significant, contemporary global and local
issues and provides tools for engagement.

Please join us at Area 405, Sunday, April 29, 1:00PM - 4:00PM. Area
405 is one of Station North Arts and Entertainment District’s top
exhibition spaces for contemporary art directed to broad audiences.
Area 405 is housed in a living, working artist-owned building that was
once an abandoned warehouse. Thanks to its many volunteers, Area 405
has been hosting exhibitions, film screenings, performances, lectures,
and artist talks since 2003.

When: Sunday, April 29, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Where: Area 405, 405 East Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, www.area405.com
RSVP encouraged at cpmfa@mica.edu
Here is the Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/348926478488852/

Further Reading:

About Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle’s project, FORCE:
http://bmore.ihollaback.org/2012/02/25/interview-the-artists-behind-force-upsetting-rape-culture/#comments...

About Anita Durst’s organization, Chashama:
http://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/culture/no-vacancy-turning-empty-spaces-into-cultural-pop-ups/...

For context, perhaps it would be helpful to consider this statement on
the Occupy movement, by Rebecca Solnit:
http://www.thenation.com/article/166394/why-media-love-violence-protesters-and-not-banks.

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