“Revolution of the Eye” opens at UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Hailed as “groundbreaking” by The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik, this exhibition is the first to explore how avant-garde art influenced the look and content of network television in its formative years. It is on display at UMBC through December 10. Continue reading “Revolution of the Eye” opens at UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Kuhn Library Gallery presents “They Fight with Cameras”

In conjunction with the exhibition They Fight With Cameras: Walter Rosenblum in WWII from D-Day to Dachau, the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents public programs on Wednesday, November 11. A 12 pm film screening of Walter Rosenblum: In Search of Pitt Street will be followed at 6 pm by a talk given by Nina Rosenblum, film producer for Deadalus Productions, Inc. Admission is free. Complete information is available on the Arts and Culture Calendar here. Continue reading Kuhn Library Gallery presents “They Fight with Cameras”

Maurice Berger, CADVC, latest “Race Story” column in The New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, published September 17, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, examines the work of photographer Marion Palfi and her relatively unknown photo book, There Is No More Time: An American Tragedy. “Juxtaposing portraits,” says Berger, “Ms. Palfi’s written observations and interview excerpts, There Is No More Time chronicles the many faces and viewpoints of white supremacy in Irwinton: the obedience to God and family; the religious and pseudoscientific justifications for believing that black people were inherently inferior; the resentment of outside intervention … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, latest “Race Story” column in The New York Times

Susan McCully, Theatre, Discusses her new play, Kerrmoor, with Baltimore Sun

Susan McCully, Theatre, was highlighted in a September 19 article, “Women’s Voices Theater Festival aims to level the playing field,” by Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun. Her play Kerrmoor will be premiered at the multi-city festival, running from October 29 through November 15, and will be directed by Eve Muson (Theatre) and acted by Katie Hileman (’12, Theatre). “I just decided to be brave and write about Appalachia, where I come from,” McCully explained to Smith. “It’s a place full of amazing, noble people who are all about sacrifice, and at the same time are insular and xenophobic. It’s a dangerous mix. [Kerrmoor] … Continue reading Susan McCully, Theatre, Discusses her new play, Kerrmoor, with Baltimore Sun

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Eric Dyer, associate professor of Visual Arts, will be among six artists featured in an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art that celebrates the winners of the 2014 and 2015 Baker Artist Awards. The exhibition opens Wednesday, September 16 and closes Sunday, November 15, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 17. Professor Dyer was the recipient of the 2015 Mary Sawyer Baker Prize, which included a $25,000 cash award. Read more about the exhibition here and the Baker Awards here. Dyer’s creations explore a variety of cyclic ideas and themes through zoetrope-like sculptures, several of which can be viewed on … Continue reading Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, at the Baltimore Museum of Art

First Annual David W. Smith Gala

The campus community is invited to the inaugural gala fundraising event for the David W. Smith Scholarship for Vocal Arts. This fund seeks to honor the memory of David W. Smith, an extraordinary singer and a brilliant and dedicated UMBC professor, through its support of young singers pursuing degrees at UMBC. The event will be a concert featuring the amazing bass-baritone, Simon Estes, as well as David’s beloved Camerata and UMBC alumni. A small reception will follow the concert. The first half of the program will feature a collaboration of alumni, faculty and staff who worked with David Smith and will include art … Continue reading First Annual David W. Smith Gala

CADVC’s “Where Do We Migrate To?” exhibition travels to Sweden

The exhibition Where Do We Migrate To?, organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and curated by Niels Van Tomme, is traveling to Sweden, where it will open on Saturday, September 19, at the Värmlands Museum in Karlstad, remaing on display through February 22, 2016. The exhibition explores contemporary issues of migration as well as experiences of displacement and exile. Situating the contemporary individual in a world of advanced globalization, the artworks address how a multiplicity of migratory encounters demand an increasingly complex understanding of the human condition. As such, the exhibition allows multiple perspectives about its subject … Continue reading CADVC’s “Where Do We Migrate To?” exhibition travels to Sweden

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, examines the research of photographers Martin Parr and Ruben Lundgren, whose exploration of Chinese photobooks has resulted in The Chinese Photobook, published by Aperture. Largely unknown in the West, the photobooks, dating from the early 20th century to current times, document a nation undergoing profound cultural change. “The sheer quantity of important Chinese photobooks that remain unexamined by scholars within and outside of the country suggests that considerable work remains to done,” says Berger. “In … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

James Smalls, Visual Arts, Writes on Race, Gender, and Sexuality in The Conversation

On July 23, James Smalls, professor of Visual Arts and affiliate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, published an article in The Conversation that discussed the rationale behind his upcoming course, Roaming the Star Trek Universe: Race, Gender, and Alien Sexualities. Sensing that students often seem very “connected” but are simultaneously distanced from the overwhelming complexities of the world around them, Smalls set out to find ways in which to explore the difficult topics of race, gender and sexuality. “I found part of the answer,” he said, “by traveling back to the 1960s, when difficult social change movements around race (civil rights, … Continue reading James Smalls, Visual Arts, Writes on Race, Gender, and Sexuality in The Conversation

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, examines the shifting attitudes toward the Confederate battle flag. “The image was at once mundane and historic. In Alabama last Wednesday, on the order of Gov. Robert Bentley, workers took down the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the state Capitol and were photographed as they did. The camera, whose role it was to record a reality — and thus to make visible its compelling details of the world — now documented a symbol’s imminent … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

Linda Dusman, Music, and Eric Smallwood, Visual Arts, Discuss Their Octava App with The Baltimore Sun

Linda Dusman, Music, and Eric Smallwood, Visual Arts, were interviewed by The Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith about their app Octava, which is designed to enhance the audience experience at symphony orchestra performances. Read the full article on the Sun’s website here. “The app, called Octava, is aimed at enhancing the musical experience for listeners by delivering information via Wifi, synced with the music being played in the concert hall,” says Smith. In development for several years and formerly known as Symphony Interactive, the project received a $150,000 Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) grant in 2014 (read more here). Continue reading Linda Dusman, Music, and Eric Smallwood, Visual Arts, Discuss Their Octava App with The Baltimore Sun

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Discusses “Revolution of the Eye” on WYPR

Maurice Berger, research professor and chief curator at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, was interviewed by WYPR’s Culture Editor for Maryland Morning, Tom Hall, about Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, an exhibition now on display at the Jewish Museum in New York. Berger curated the exhibition, which has been co-organized by the CADVC and the Jewish Museum, and authored the companion book by the same name, published by Yale University Press. Revolution of the Eye is the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped the look and content of … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Discusses “Revolution of the Eye” on WYPR

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, examines the work of Charles “Teenie” Harris, an African American staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier from the 1930s through the 1970s. Now held in the archives of the Carnegie Museum of Art, a selection of 80,000 images by Harris are now on display in “Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars,” second in a series of exhibitions that began with “Teenie Harris Photographs: Civil Rights Perspectives.” The museum “asked writers — including poets, playwrights and historians — to … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

String Octets (4/2)

On Thursday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall, UMBC music faculty and guest join forces with students to perform the titanic Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn, and more rarely heard Octet, Op. posth. by Max Bruch. Featured performers will include UMBC string faculty Christian Tremblay and Airi Yoshioka, violin; Amadi Azikiwe and Nana Gaskins Vaughn, viola; Gita Ladd, cello; Laura Ruas, double-bass; and student performers Ariel Byrd and Erika Koscho, violin; and Michael Bradshaw, cello. Complete information is available by clicking here. Continue reading String Octets (4/2)

Out of Rubble (4/2 – 5/16)

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents the exhibition Out of Rubble, which reacts to the wake of war — its realities and its representations. The rubble that each war leaves behind shapes today and tomorrow — physically, psychologically and spiritually. Responding to a wide range of violent encounters taking place over four continents, Out of Rubble presents works by seventeen artists and architects from over ten countries who consider its causes and consequences, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery. Featured artists and architects include: Taysir Batniji, Lenka Clayton, Andrew Ellis … Continue reading Out of Rubble (4/2 – 5/16)

UMBC Jazz Faculty Ensemble (3/27)

On Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, as part of the Department of Music’s Jazz Festival, the UMBC Jazz Faculty Ensemble will perform an eclectic concert of creative, improvised music. Members include trumpeter Tom Williams, vibist Mike Noonan, guitarist Tom Lagana, pianist Harry Appelman, bassist Tom Baldwin, drummer Scott Tiemann, and saxophonist Matt Belzer. Complete information is available by clicking here. Continue reading UMBC Jazz Faculty Ensemble (3/27)

These Shining Lives (3/26 – 3/29)

UMBC’s Department of Theatre presents These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, directed by Nyalls Hartman. Performances will be presented March 26 through 29 in the Black Box Theatre in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. An emotionally-gripping story of survival, These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of the women who worked at the Radium Dial Clock Company in Ottawa, Illinois during the 1920s and 1930s. Based on true events, the play dramatizes Catherine Donahue’s race against time and the bittersweet triumph of the women of Radium Dial as they stand up against oppression and injustice to hold the famous clock maker … Continue reading These Shining Lives (3/26 – 3/29)

Incidental Matters: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists from the Intermedia + Digital Arts (IMDA) MFA Program

UMBC’s 2015 MFA candidates in the Intermedia + Digital Arts (IMDA) program — Tim (Silouan) Bubb, Chanan Delivuk, Kata Frederick, Jason Hughes, Meghan Marx and Victor Torres — are featured in Incidental Matters, an exhibition presented jointly at Jordan Faye Contemporaryand Maryland Art Place (MAP) (both at 218 West Saratoga Street), and Current Gallery (421 North Howard Street). The exhibition is sponsored by UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC), Department of Visual Arts, and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, in partnership with the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District. The exhibition continues on display through April 10. An Opening Reception will be held simultaneously at … Continue reading Incidental Matters: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists from the Intermedia + Digital Arts (IMDA) MFA Program

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, in The Huffington Post

Eric Dyer, associate professor of Visual Arts, has been featured in the February 20 Huffington Post, “Artist Transforms Zoetropes from Retro Visuals to the Stuff of Fine Art.” The article, which called Dyer “the modern master of the zoetrope,” contains several embedded videos of Dyer’s artworks, many of which are now on display in New York exhibitions. Read the complete article here. Continue reading Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, in The Huffington Post

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, examines a new exhibition at the Bronx Museum of Art, “Three Photographers From the Bronx: Jules Aarons, Morton Broffman and Joe Conzo,” which opens Thursday, February 26. “Over the past 40 years,” writes Berger, “our collective view of the Bronx has all too often embraced the media-driven myth of its inexorable decline. For many, the blight, addiction and poverty that plagued parts of the South Bronx in the 1970s have come to symbolize the … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

Manifestations of the Spiritual: Photographs by Richard Jaquish (exhibition through 3/22)

On display through March 22 in the Rotunda of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery is Manifestations of the Spiritual: Photographs by Richard Jaquish, an exhibition drawn from the holdings of the Richard Jaquish Archive in the Special Collections Department. Richard Warren “Jake” Jaquish (1933–1999) was a passionate landscape photographer for whom making photographs was a spiritual quest. Being out in the middle of a wilderness area gave him great satisfaction especially when he made images that touched upon something elemental in the human spirit. The primordial landscape produced in him a heightened awareness of matters only explainable in terms of images. … Continue reading Manifestations of the Spiritual: Photographs by Richard Jaquish (exhibition through 3/22)

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, in Two New York Exhibitions

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, is featured in Wave & Particle, a group exhibition that celebrates Creative Capital’s fifteenth anniversary, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York. The exhibition opened on Saturday, February 14 and will continue on display through March 21. More information is available by clicking here. His work will also be featured in Moving Image New York, a group exhibition on display at the Waterfront Tunnel in Chelsea in New York, from March 5 through 8. Additional information about Moving Image is available by clicking here. Continue reading Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, in Two New York Exhibitions

JoyAnne Amani & Friends in Concert (2/15)

On Sunday, February 15, at 3:00 pm in the Concert Hall, the Department of Music presents collaborative artist, pianist, music director and teacher JoyAnne Amani and Friends in a program entitled Mozart, Margaret, Moses and Me. “February is the month,” shares the artist, “in which we focus on three themes: the contributions of African Americans to our society; love; and Women’s Heart Health. This concert celebrates all three themes and is a musical tribute to my mother, Mrs. Ethel Richardson.” The concert will feature Janice Jackson, soprano and UMBC voice faculty; Bruce Henderson, vocalist/saxophonist; Randy Williams, vocalist; Janice Chandler Eteme, soprano; Shannon … Continue reading JoyAnne Amani & Friends in Concert (2/15)

Baltimore Dance Project (2/5 – 2/7)

On February 5, 6 and 7, Baltimore Dance Project returns to UMBC for its 31st year, featuring choreography by Dance faculty Carol Hess and Doug Hamby, and performances by Sandra Lacy and the company, with guest artists Adrienne Clancy, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and Matthew Cumbie. All performances will be held at 8 pm in the Proscenium Theatre in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. Carol Hess presents a new evocative work for five women, and Lightfield, a multimedia event that fuses choreography with a mix of both live and recorded video manipulated by dancers interacting with an onstage Kinect camera. Doug Hamby presents Red Wings of Desire, … Continue reading Baltimore Dance Project (2/5 – 2/7)

Amadi Azikiwe, violin, and Mikael Darmanie, piano (2/5)

On Thursday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall, the Department of Music presents violinist Amadi Azikiwe in concert with pianist Mikael Darmanie. Their program will feature: • The Stream Flows by Bright Sheng • Romance in F minor, Op. 11 by Antonín Dvořak • Deliver My Soul by David Baker • Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate • Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 by Ludwig van Beethoven Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including … Continue reading Amadi Azikiwe, violin, and Mikael Darmanie, piano (2/5)

A Stirring Song Sung Heroic — Exhibition at the Library Gallery (1/26)

January 26 – March 25 A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865, Photographs by William Earle Williams Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery The history of American slavery is considered in A Stirring Song Sung Heroic, an exhibition of 80 black and white silver gelatin prints by photographer William Earle Williams. These images document mostly anonymous, unheralded, and uncelebrated places in the New World—from the Caribbean to North America—where Americans black and white determined the meaning of freedom. Archives of prints, newspapers, and other ephemera related to the struggle accompany the work. The presentation of this exhibition … Continue reading A Stirring Song Sung Heroic — Exhibition at the Library Gallery (1/26)

Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, Imaging Research Center, on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show (1/7) and WEAA’s Marc Steiner Show (1/8)

Following the shootings at the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, artist-in-residence at the Imaging Research Center, was interviewed on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show (January 7) and WEAA’s Marc Steiner Show (January 8) — listen here and here, respectively. KAL is editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London and The Baltimore Sun, and winner of the 2014 Thomas Nast Award for cartooning on international affairs. Continue reading Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, Imaging Research Center, on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show (1/7) and WEAA’s Marc Steiner Show (1/8)

Timothy Nohe, Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, and Visual Arts, Selected as Warnock Foundation “Social Innovator”

Timothy Nohe, director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, and professor of Visual Arts, as been selected by the Warnock Foundation as a “social innovator” for his work to create accessible online and smartphone delivered urban forest stewardship resources. The project has been supported by a collaborative team, including lead scientist Matthew E. Baker, associate professor of Geography & Environmental Systems; Butch Berry of The Friends of Springfield Woods; Baltimore Green Space; and cohort of students from the Friends School of Baltimore under the direction of Josh Carlin. The project has also received support from … Continue reading Timothy Nohe, Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, and Visual Arts, Selected as Warnock Foundation “Social Innovator”

“Revolution of the Eye” Receives Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $40,000 in support of the exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, curated by Maurice Berger, research professor and chief curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC). The exhibition has been co-organized by the CADVC and The Jewish Museum in New York, which will administer the grant funds. The exhibition, which will open May 1, 2015 at The Jewish Museum before embarking on a national tour, addresses the modernist aesthetic and conceptual principles that have influenced American television from its inception, and examines … Continue reading “Revolution of the Eye” Receives Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Awarded Grant from Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation

Maurice Berger, research professor and chief curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, has been awarded a $30,000 Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation. The grant supports research for Berger’s monthly column, Race Stories, for the Lens Blog of The New York Times. The blog explores the relationship of photography to concepts, themes, and social or regional issues about race not usually covered in the mainstream media. Berger plans to conduct research on Robert Frank, focusing on contact sheets, notes, and shooting scripts for a two-part essay on Frank’s representations of race in … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Awarded Grant from Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation