Throughout the month of February I’ll be hosting Room/Mates, a series of salon-style two-person shows in my apartment at City Arts, artist housing in Station North. Room/Mates presents new queer binaries outside the box of “couple” in the context of the bedroom. In the shadow of Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, Baltimore artists spanning different gender identities, sexual orientations, races, backgrounds, and creative practices will present alongside each other or collaborate. It’s all about encouraging an alternative dialogue in an informal, welcoming space.
I am currently one of the, well, shall we say one of the most mature graduate students at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). My bio states that I am an award-winning activist and artist. Why would I, at 53 years of age, seek out a master of fine arts (MFA) in Community Arts? I thought it was obvious, but apparently not, since I am asked so often.
In 1972, Italo Calvino published his genre-bending masterpiece Invisible Cities, a hypothetical dialogue between Kublai Khan and Marco Polo describing fictional hamlets in a newly-globalizing Orient.The book has somewhat of a cult following across diverse disciplines; architects and urbanists can spend hours letting their minds wander the streets of Calvino’s mythical metropolises. Others celebrate the text for its novel approach to thinking about human interaction and the languages, tools, and places we create to communicate with one another.
After a politically-charged 2011, 2012 culture-producers seemed to be more interested in the minutiae of contemporary life and our relationship with our cultural heritage. 2012 itself seemed to be the focus of many exhibitions; after all, “2012” had come to symbolize “the future” of our immediate past. This year, more than ever, really felt like we had arrived in the future: we talked about the apocalypse via iPhone video calls, flipping channels on flat screen TVs between a tropical storm battering New England in autumn, fluorescent-haired digitally-retouched pop stars, holographic Tupac, advertisements for electric cars and live video streaming from Mars.
I landed in Miami last Monday with a bag full of press passes and the intention to write some thoughtful art criticism. The art fair has become a massive event; spin-off shows pepper Dade County, private jets land from all over the world, and the global art industry descends upon South Beach.
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