april, 2019

11apr6:00 pm- 8:00 pmhistorically hystericalOpening Reception


Event Details

April 11-April 28
Presented by MICA
Opening Reception: April 11, 6-9pm

Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) presents historically hysterical, a show featuring artists who reject the coercive hierarchy of gender roles in order to smash the patriarchy. Created by a class of twelve women curators, the exhibition uses installation, performance, photography, and mixed media fiber works—all created by contemporary women artists—to transform three floors of Baltimore’s historic Peale Center.

The show opens with a public reception on Thursday, April 11 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, including a performance by Baltimore feminist hardcore punk band War on Women.

historically hysterical features women artists from diverse backgrounds who reference some of the materials and methods of seminal feminist art from the 1970s but draw their content from the present moment.

This link between past and present mirrors current political realities: As a record-breaking 102 women joined the U.S. House of Representatives in the wake of #MeToo and the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, some journalists dubbed 2018 the “Year of the Woman”—a title previously used to describe 1992, the year Anita Hill testified against Clarence Thomas during his Supreme Court confirmation battle. The struggle for the acknowledgment of women’s experiences, contributions, and imaginative labor in a male-dominated system seems to echo across decades, forever unresolved.


(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Peale Center

225 North Holliday Street, Baltimore MD 21202