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January 19 - February 22, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 19 (6-8pm)


The Maryland Institute College of Art and its MFA in Curatorial Practice program present LAND/TRUST, an exhibition exploring contemporary relationships to the land and the ways in which artists are navigating and negotiating their positions as caretakers, advocates, investigators, and researchers of the earth during this time of ecological crisis and changing landscape. In forging intimate relationships with the land, the participating artists illuminate systematically neglected spaces, question imposed political and social boundaries, and facilitate conversations on issues of ownership and usage of the ground we travel every day. 

Curated by Jingyao (Joan) Cen, Jared Christensen, Rhonda Dallas, Maria Emilia Duno, Joshua Gamma, Tracey Jen, Minzi Li, Allie Linn, Joseph Orzal, and Jiayi Zhong. 

Margaret Boozer (b. 1966 Anniston, AL) explores the intersection of art and science through ongoing research into native clays and soils. Recent exhibitions include Harbor Studies at Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver and Dirt Drawings at the Katzen Arts Center at American University. Boozer lives and works in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Demian DinéYazhi´ (b. 1983 Gallup, NM) is a Diné artist working to address decolonization, queerness, and feminism through poetry, posters, publications, and new media. Recent projects include Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine and Death Dance at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. DinéYazhi ́ lives and works in Portland, Oregon. 

Maren Hassinger (b. 1947 Los Angeles, CA) explores changes in nature in relationship to people through installation, video, and sculpture. Recent exhibitions include Magnetic Fields at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85, which has traveled to multiple institutions. Hassinger lives and works in New York.

Mary Mattingly (b. 1978 Rockville, CT) creates living systems from existing industrial and military infrastructure to investigate humans’ relationships with each other, with wild and urban space, and with corporate and political entities. Recent projects include Swale, a public, floating food forest on a barge in New York City, and WetLand in Sag Harbor, NY. Mattingly lives and works in New York.

Nadia Myre (b. 1974 Montreal, QC) employs collaborative processes as a strategy for engaging in conversations about identity, resilience, and the politics of belonging. Recent exhibitions include Code Switching at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal and Decolonial Gesture or Doing it Wrong? Refaire le Chemin at the McCord Museum. Myre lives and works in Montreal where she is represented by Art Mûr.

Glenn Ross (b. 1949 Baltimore, MD) is an activist, urban environmentalist, and community organizer from East Baltimore who has been conducting Toxic Tours for over a decade in order to teach residents about the environmental hazards of Baltimore’s landscape. Recent exhibitions include Headquarters: Investigating the Creation of the Ghetto and the Prison Industrial Complex and Crowd of the Person, two multi-sited projects presented by The Contemporary from 2005 to 2006 in Baltimore. Ross lives and works in Baltimore.


Demian DinéYazhi´ Poetry Reading

January 25, 2018 | 6:00–7:00 PM | Meyerhoff Gallery/Fox Building
1305 W. Mount Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
Selected readings from his new poetry book.

Fieldwork: Relationships and Responsibilities to the Land
January 26, 2018 | 6:00–8:00 PM | Kramer House
121 Mosher St, Baltimore, MD 21217
A dinner and roundtable discussion with local and national artists, designers, and social practitioners Margaret Boozer, Courtney Goode, Phaan Howng, Raina Martens, Dominic Nell, Hugh Pocock, Glenn Ross, and James Tyree. Screening to follow: Plastic China (2016)

Soil Lab with Margaret Boozer/Raina Martens + UnInc.
February 02, 2018 | 10:30 AM–12:00 PM | Meyerhoff Gallery
1305 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
Participating artist Margaret Boozer will lead a workshop and talk on her Soil Lab project.
Screening and discussion to follow: Ana Mendieta: Fuego de Tierra (1987)

East Baltimore Toxic Tour
February 6, 2018 | 11:00 AM–12:30 PM | Bus leaves from Fox Building
1305 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
Participating artist Glenn Ross will lead a Toxic Tour of East Baltimore by bus, exposing the strategic neglect and construction of neighborhoods that he states were “designed to decay.” Public and press are invited to reserve a seat; please inquire by email to

Manufactured Landscapes (2006) Screening
February 14, 2018 | 7:00 PM | The Parkway Theatre
5 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
A film screening event in collaboration with MICA’s Filmmaking MFA program.

Closing Reception
February 22, 2018 | 6:00–8:00 PM | Meyerhoff Gallery
1305 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217

LAND/TRUST has been organized by the Curatorial Practice MFA Class of 2019 under the direction of José Ruiz, Director of the MFA in Curatorial Practice program, and Gerald Ross, Director of Exhibitions. 

Gallery Address: MICA, Meyerhoff Gallery, Fox Building, 1305 W. Mount Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
Gallery Hours: 10am-5pm (Mon-Sat), 12pm-5pm (Sun)