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McDaniel / Westminster Wandering Awaits!

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Due to rain, the tour has been rescheduled for this Monday, 11/23, 11:30am, Rice Gallery. – Graham, 11/18/15 11pm.

From Rockville to Westminster, I’ve been keeping busy this fall orchestrating back-to-back tours of Maryland’s sub/urban ambiguity. For those of you living in the reaches north of Baltimore, this next tour is for you! Explore the invisible sites, commanding vistas, and meaningful connections between McDaniel College and Union Street in Westminster, Maryland through New Public Sites – McDaniel / Westminster. Developed in collaboration with students and residents for the exhibition Alternative Cartographies, this walking tour and multimedia gallery installation investigates the overlooked yet meaningful public spaces between an idyllic hilltop and historic neighboring streets. Featuring sites such as the Epic Embankment, VistaBowl, Sidewalk Signatures, and Boys & Girls Club, New Public Sites – McDaniel / Westminster discovers how pedestrians activate intriguing moments between learning and leisure.

New Public Sites – McDaniel / Westminster is presented in conjunction with Alternative Cartographies: Artists Claiming Public Space, curated by Izabel Galliera and soon to be on display in the Rice Gallery at McDaniel College. Galliera states: “This exhibition brings together six contemporary international artists, Matei Bejenaru, Graham Coreil-Allen, Jason Hoylman, Daniela Kostova, Olivia Robinson, and Miryana Todorova, who are concerned with the subversive potential of cartography.”

New Public Sites – McDaniel / Westminster

Presented with Alternative Cartographies: Artists Claiming Public Space
Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
Curated by Izabel Galliera

Thursday, November 5 – Friday, December 18
Opening reception Thursday, November 5, 5:30-7:30pm

NPS – McDaniel / Westminster Wandering Shards Tour

November 19, 2015, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Meets at Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, McDaniel College
Northeast of W Main Street and Hersh Avenue
Westminster, Maryland

Pickup a free map in the gallery or download your own copy here:
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Discover the Ragged Edge of Rockville!

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September 2 – October 18
Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 7 – 9 p.m.
VisArts155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

Explore the invisible sites, contradictory features and historical spirits embedded in downtown Rockville. Radical walking tours and a gallery installation of banners, videos and maps stitch together an array of new and old buildings, urban and suburban places, and psychically – charged, poetic sites. New Public Sites – The Ragged Edge of Rockville is part of Come Back to Rockville!, a two-person, participatory art project with Naoko Wowsugi, curated by Laura Roulet and sponsored by VisArts. Click here for the full press release.

As the historic seat of Montgomery County turned booming DC suburb, Rockville stands as an example par excellence of Sub/Urban Ambiguity: “Cities and suburbs posing as enigmas of one another.” The title of the project is inspired by a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, in which the narrator reflects on how his former home in the “Middle West seems like the ragged edge of the universe now”. Tour activities include making paper rubbings and collecting Shards of Site while engaging memorials of literary tribute and contested Civil War histories. Along the way, you will explore newly created public spaces aspiring to urban authenticity while beholding suburban voids overturning in speculative wait.

Click here for more info and a self-guided
tour using the interactive map web app

Free printed maps will be available at
VisArts and the Rockville Public Library

Join a free a walking tour with
public artist Graham Coreil-Allen

September 5, 2-4pm
September 27, 3-5pm*
October 17, 4-6pm

All tours meet at VisArts:
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

*Before the 3pm tour, be sure to check out VisArt’s F.E.A.S.T. brunch artist project fundraiser happening from 11:30am-2:30pm. Click here for more info and tickets.