Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest Race Story in New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column for the New York Times, Maurice Berger, CADVC, discusses “the power behind a remarkable interactive website called ‘Mirror of Race,’ which uses 19th century photographs depicting people of various races in situations that are often ambiguous in their content and intent.” Mirror of Race displays these photographs typical to the way in which they may be shown in a gallery setting, but in the absence of explanation and description. Read “Holding a Mirror to Race” at the New York Times Lens Blog. Berger’s Race Stories column has featured several essays centered … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest Race Story in New York Times

New CADVC Outreach Project in the ‘Baltimore Guide’

An outreach project of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, featuring “pop-up arts events” was discussed recently in the Baltimore Guide. According to Sandra Abbott, CADVC Curator of Collections and Outreach, the “pop-ups” are so named because “they will suddenly appear in unoccupied spaces and then close down shortly thereafter.” The project, a result of a collaboration between the CADVC, the Southeast Community Development Corporation, the Highlandtown Arts District (ha!), and Glitter Thighs (a monthly queer dance party in Baltimore), will promote the potential of empty retail spaces on Eastern Ave. Read the complete article, “Pop-ups promote the potential”. Continue reading New CADVC Outreach Project in the ‘Baltimore Guide’

‘Visibility Machines’ at CADVC in City Paper

“Are we creating a world where atrocities can be committed at the push of a button, and then immediately forgotten?,” asks City Paper’s H. Dean Freeman in response to the exhibition currently on display in the CADVC, Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen. Using the exhibition as a vehicle with which to discuss “what happens when technology sets its sights on mimicking human perception,” Freeman describes works in the exhibition, as “arresting” and “invigorating.” Read the article, “Droning On: UMBC show takes on technology, capitalism, and warfare” Visibility Machines, organized by visiting curator Niels Van Tomme, is on display through Feburary … Continue reading ‘Visibility Machines’ at CADVC in City Paper

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest Essay in New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column for the New York Times, Maurice Berger, CADVC, discusses Civil Rights Photographer Jon Lewis’ pictures of farm workers outside of the Jim Crow South. Berger writes about Lewis’ “precise and moving” documentation of the Delano Grape Strike that, “offers great insights about the strike and the canny understanding of photography of its leader, Cesar Chavez.” Read “A Civil Rights Photographer, and a Struggle, Are Remembered” at the New York Times Lens Blog. Berger’s Race Stories column has featured several essays centered upon race and photography including, Malcolm X as image maker, Ken Gonzales-Day, images of emancipation, the photographs of Deborah … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest Essay in New York Times

Maurice Berger, CADVC, and ‘Revolution of the Eye’ Receive NEH Planning Grant

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, a forthcoming project from the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC and its Project Director, Dr. Maurice Berger are the recipient of a 2013 Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $40,000 grant, awarded under the Endowment’s America’s Historical & Cultural Organizations Grant program, will assist in the planning of an exhibition, book, and website. Revolution of the Eye represents the first collaborative institutional effort between the CADVC and the Jewish Museum in New York, where Dr. Berger holds the title of Consulting Curator. He … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, and ‘Revolution of the Eye’ Receive NEH Planning Grant

‘For All the World to See’ is An Artforum ‘Critics’ Pick’

The traveling exhibition For All the World to See: Visual Culture the Struggle for Civil Rights curated by Maurice Berger, CADVC, and organized by the CADVC has been selected as a critic’s pick for Artforum Magazine by Chelsea Haines. Haines describes the exhibition as one that, “provides a historical mirror for our current moment of global unrest, in which demands and claims over cultural ownership have spurred almost as much social momentum as the toppling of states.” Read the review of the exhibition at Artforum’s website.   Continue reading ‘For All the World to See’ is An Artforum ‘Critics’ Pick’

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest Essay in New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column for the New York Times, Maurice Berger, CADVC, discusses the Russian-American Photographer Vincent Soboleff’s pictures of Native Alaska. Berger writes about Soboleff and the storytelling power of his imagery, especially when compared to other photos of the time. Before digesting the race-related implications of the images, he discusses the importance of the unique pictures: As 19th-century Native Americans were forced to adapt to a world dynamically altered by war, racial brutality, disease and displacement, photographic depictions of them habitually trafficked in stereotypes built on an implicit comparison between the new, “civilized” Indian and the tradition-bound … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest Essay in New York Times

Kelley Bell, Visual Arts, Receives Recognition for Design of ‘Command Z’ Catalog

Kelley Bell, associate professor of Visual Arts, received an honorable mention for her design of the catalog Command Z: Artists Working with Phenomena and Technology in the 2013 Museum Publication Design Competition — for the category of “exhibition catalogs” — presented by the American Alliance of Museums. The catalog, designed by Bell and published by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, was written by Lisa Moren, associate professor of visual arts, and curator for Command Z. Bell’s honorable mention was one of only nine acknowledgements in the category, in this nationwide, juried competition open to all “noncommercial cultural institution[s] offering … Continue reading Kelley Bell, Visual Arts, Receives Recognition for Design of ‘Command Z’ Catalog

Sandra Abbott, CADVC, Appointed to Baltimore City Public Art Commission

Curator of collections and outreach for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, Sandra Abbott, was sworn in to the board of the Baltimore City Public Art Commission on Monday, June 10, 2013 by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. As a member of the board of the Public Art Commission, Abbott juries public art projects along with eight other members under the City’s 1% for Art Program. The 1%-for-Art Ordinance requires at least one percent of the City’s capital construction project’s eligible funds be used for the selection, acquisition, commissioning, fabrication, placement, installation, display and maintenance of public fine artwork. The … Continue reading Sandra Abbott, CADVC, Appointed to Baltimore City Public Art Commission

For All the World to Hear to Present at AAM Meeting

For All The World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights, an oral history, outreach project of the CADVC, will present the session “Storytelling from Page to Stage: An Oral History Community Project” at the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) annual Meeting and Museum Expo. The session, scheduled for Monday, May 20 from 1:45-3:00 p.m. in the Baltimore Convention Center, will tell the tale of the creation and production of For All the World to Hear. Harriet Lynn, director of the project, Sandra Abbott, CADVC, producer of For All the World to Hear, and Carrie Rennolds, graduate student, will present alongside participants … Continue reading For All the World to Hear to Present at AAM Meeting

For All the World to See Highlight of Addison Gallery Exhibition Series

The traveling exhibition For All the World to See: Visual Culture the Struggle for Civil Rights curated by Maurice Berger, CADVC, and organized by the CADVC opens Saturday, April 13 in the Addison Gallery of American Art of Andover, Massachusetts, and continues through July 31. An opening reception for the exhibit, as well as two other spring exhibitions in the Addison Gallery, will take place Friday, April 26, 6 pm to 8 pm in the Addison. Additional programming inspired by the exhibition includes a panel discussion titled “Voices of a Generation: The View from Andover Hill,” featuring Phililips Academy faculty … Continue reading For All the World to See Highlight of Addison Gallery Exhibition Series

Department of Education and CADVC Partner on Exhibit Highlighting Outreach to Area Schools

UMBC’s Department of Education joins the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) to celebrate their year long K-12 Educational Outreach Collaboration with an art exhibition by students from their partnership schools. After experiencing the CADVC gallery and/or virtual exhibition, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, the students were invited to create visual artwork, poetry, or prose for display at UMBC as well. Their work is a creative interpretation of the interaction between visual culture and social justice. The exhibition is featured at the UMBC Commons Mezzanine Gallery beginning with an artist’s … Continue reading Department of Education and CADVC Partner on Exhibit Highlighting Outreach to Area Schools

Collage of For All the World to Hear in Afro-American

Last week, The Afro-American created and published a full-color collage featuring scenes from the CADVC’s outreach project, For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights, in it’s print and digital editions. The photos were taken during its final performance, February 23, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Main Branch. Click the image to view a larger version of the collage, or see the image at Afro.com. Continue reading Collage of For All the World to Hear in Afro-American

‘For All the World to See’ in Arbutus Patch

A recent visit by students of Mount Hebron High to the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture’s current exhibition, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, was featured in an article in the Arbutus Patch. Read “Local High Schools to Visit UMBC Exhibition Thursday” at Patch.com. The high school group, is one of several to visit the exhibition, in a project in which visiting students are encouraged to create their own “social justice-inspired artwork” following the visit. A collection of the student artwork is currently scheduled to be displayed in April 2013. Continue reading ‘For All the World to See’ in Arbutus Patch

For All the World to Hear Featured on WJZ

“What we take for granted now has not always been that way. Someone had to pay for that. It cost dearly. Some people gave their lives and careers,” says Robert Houston, discussing the battle for equality during the American civil rights movement in an interview with WJZ. Robert Houston is one of ten storytellers involved in the CADVC community outreach project, For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights, and one of a number of people, including project coordinator Sandra Abbott of the  CADVC, interviewed in a segment for CBS Baltimore. The feature relates the For … Continue reading For All the World to Hear Featured on WJZ

For All the World to Hear is NEH’s Featured Project

For All the World to Hear sponsor, the National Endowment for the Humanities, has selected the CADVC outreach program as its “Featured Project”. The NEH’s website describes the program, and discusses its connection the exhibition currently on display in the CADVC, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Learn more about For All the World to Hear at foralltheworldtohear.org. Continue reading For All the World to Hear is NEH’s Featured Project

For All the World to Hear Storyteller in Baltimore Magazine

Janice Grant, Civil Rights activist and storyteller in the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture’s touring humanities project, For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights, was interviewed for Baltimore Magazine this month. Grant speaks candidly about her experiences growing up in segregated Maryland, and the interview not only provides insight into her life at the time of the Civil Rights Movement, it provides a snapshot of what one can expect to hear at For All the World to Hear. Read the interview at Baltimore Magazine. For All the World to Hear, is a community outreach … Continue reading For All the World to Hear Storyteller in Baltimore Magazine

For All the World to Hear Featured in Maryland Humanities Council Blog

The Maryland Humanities Council featured the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture’s current humanities project, For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights, organized by Sandra Abbott, CADVC, in collaboration with Harriet Lynn, in their blog this Monday. The article gives an overview of the performance, and comments of the effective quality of the participants’ moving, emotional stories. Read the article at the Maryland Humanities Council’s website: “Marylanders at the Front Lines for Freedom” For All the World to Hear, is a community outreach project that features approximately a dozen area seniors who speak, write, … Continue reading For All the World to Hear Featured in Maryland Humanities Council Blog

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Interviewed for Maryland Morning

An interview with Maurice Berger, Chief Curator and Research Professor of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, by Tom Hall of WYPR is scheduled to air this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Maryland Morning. In the interview, Berger discusses the exhibition currently on display in the CADVC, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights (curated by Berger). To listen, tune in to WYPR on Monday, January 21 at 9:45 a.m. UPDATE: A podcast of the interview will be available online after the program airs through Maryland Morning’s archive. The interview, “Viewing … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Interviewed for Maryland Morning

For All the World to See Mentioned in Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts Blog

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, the exhibition currently on display in the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture was mentioned earlier today in Baltimore Arts, the blog of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts. Visit the blog: baltimorearts.org Continue reading For All the World to See Mentioned in Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts Blog

For All the World to See Receives Positive Review from Sun

The exhibition currently on display in the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights received praise in the Sun article released today, “Using Images to Change History” written by Lionel Foster. Read the article here: “Using Images to Change History: UMBC exhibit shows how African-Americans have portrayed themselves and how they have been portrayed by others” The author reviews For All the World to See by speaking about the exhibition’s impact on him personally, and discussing the ability certain objects have to captivate its audiences. He also … Continue reading For All the World to See Receives Positive Review from Sun

For All the World to Hear Featured in Baltimore Beacon

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture’s oral history project, For All the World to Hear: Stories of the Struggle for Civil Rights, is featured on the front page of this month’s Beacon. The article explores the nature of the project and features interviews with its coordinator and CADVC Curator of Collections and Outreach, Sandra Abbott, and two speakers, Shirley and John Billy, whose harrowing story is detailed within the piece. The related gallery exhibition currently on display in the CADVC, For All The World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, is also mentioned. Read the article, “Civil … Continue reading For All the World to Hear Featured in Baltimore Beacon

Command Z Featured as Top Ten Art Show of 2012 by City Paper

Command Z: Artists Working with Phenomena and Technology curated by Lisa Moren, presented by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture last spring was featured today as one of the top ten art exhibitions of 2012 by City Paper. The show, described as one that “reawakened our sense of wonder and possibility,” was alongside exhibitions presented by the Contemporary Museum, Open Space, Nudashank and others. Command Z also made the top ten list of Baker award-winning artist, Gary Kachadourian. See the list here: “2012 Top Ten Art Shows.” Image: Leçon de Piano, Lisa Moren and Jocelyn Robert. Continue reading Command Z Featured as Top Ten Art Show of 2012 by City Paper

For All the World to See at CADVC Reviewed by City Paper

The exhibition currently running at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, For All The World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, curated by Dr. Maurice Berger, was reviewed this morning by City Paper. The review uses commentary from Berger, chronicles the impact of items featured in the exhibition and the discusses overall power of the story told through For All The World to See, to examine the way in which the exhibition relates to the evolution of black identity in America. Read the review “Visual Politics: UMBC Show Looks at The Visual Culture Surrounding … Continue reading For All the World to See at CADVC Reviewed by City Paper

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Receives Warhol Foundation Fellowship

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Research Professor and Chief Curator, Dr. Maurice Berger, a $50,000 curatorial research fellowship award for his forthcoming project Revolution of The Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television. This exhibition and publication project represents the first collaborative institutional effort between the CADVC and the Jewish Museum in New York, where Berger holds the title of Consulting Curator. The grant will be administered through the Jewish Museum. About Revolution of The Eye: “From the early-1940s through the mid-1960s, a dynamic new visual … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Receives Warhol Foundation Fellowship

CADVC Awarded Andy Warhol Grant for Upcoming Project

The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts has awarded the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture $50,000 for the upcoming project, Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki & Trevor Paglen. The project, headed by Visiting Curator to the CADVC, Niels Van Tomme, is a traveling exhibition and publication project which explores the unique roles Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen play as meticulous observers of the global military industrial complex. Investigating forms of military surveillance, espionage, war-making, and weaponry, Farocki and Paglen each examine the deceptive and clandestine ways in which military projects have deeply transformed, and politicized, our relationship to images … Continue reading CADVC Awarded Andy Warhol Grant for Upcoming Project

Center for Art Design and Visual Culture Receives Publication Awards

The Center for Art Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) has received two 2012 publication design awards from the American Association of Museums. Within the category of institutions with budgets of less than $750,000, the CADVC received first prize for the exhibition catalogue Where Do We Migrate To? (pictured), designed by Kelley Bell, assistant professor Visual Arts (and Visual Arts MFA ’05). Additionally, the CAVDC received second prize in the scholarly journals category for the publication Visual Culture and Evolution: An Online Symposium, designed by Guenet Abraham, associate professor of Visual Arts. Both publications are distributed by Artbook.com. Continue reading Center for Art Design and Visual Culture Receives Publication Awards

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Invited to Participate in the Whitney Biennial

Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, will have a short film, Threshold, featured in the Whitney Biennial in New York. The film was commissioned as part of an artwork entitled BLEED by Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran that will transform the entire fourth floor of the Whitney into a performance/video exhibition space. Threshold focuses on the crossing of thresholds—walking through doors, entering trains, cars, and buses, moving across stages, approaching podiums, and even the imagined passage from Earth to heaven—that have defined the voice, place, and aspirations of a people during the … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Invited to Participate in the Whitney Biennial

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Partners with the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) will partner with the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District (ha!) to present Wish You Were Here, a pop-up gallery installation March 3 through 17. A community opening event will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the exhibition and opening event are free to the public. Wish You Were Here, an exhibition by Lexie “Mountain” Macchi, interdisciplinary artist and CADVC graduate research assistant, recontextualizes the relationship of one leftover object to another, transforming and distorting the feeling of occupation, potential and space. Organized by the CADVC … Continue reading Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Partners with the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District

Symmes Gardner, CADVC, Addresses Maryland House of Delegates

On Friday, February 24, Symmes Gardner, executive director of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC), addressed the Maryland House of Delegates as a special speaker on Black History Month. His presentation featured images of the CADVC’s major touring exhibition, For All the World to See, organized in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and now on display at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Among the delegates attending the presentation were Speaker of the House Michael Busch and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones (’76 psychology). In his remarks, Mr. … Continue reading Symmes Gardner, CADVC, Addresses Maryland House of Delegates

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in The Washington Post (2/17)

In an article about the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Washington Post mentioned For All the World to See, an exhibition organized in partnership between the museum and UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture. The full text of the article is available here. Continue reading Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in The Washington Post (2/17)

Gary Kachadourian, IMDA Graduate Student, Receives Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation

Gary Kachadourian, an MFA student in Imaging and Digital Arts, has received a $25,000 grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to assist individual artists. The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality. Mr. Kachadourian will have work on display at UMBC from January 26 through February 18 at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture’s MFA Imaging and Digital Arts Thesis Exhibition. Continue reading Gary Kachadourian, IMDA Graduate Student, Receives Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Exhibition Highlights Outreach to Area Schools

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture celebrates its Fall 2011 K-12 school and community partnerships with an exhibition in the Hall Gallery on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building through February 9. The multi-media display features original artwork by more than two hundred students from four area schools—Lansdowne High School (Academy of Arts & Communication), Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove, Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School and Hampstead Hill Academy—alongside work by their UMBC student and faculty collaborators. Their artwork responds to the CADVC’s main gallery exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture, which was on … Continue reading Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Exhibition Highlights Outreach to Area Schools

Sandra Abbott (Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture) in Maryland Life Magazine

Sandra Abbott, curator of collections and outreach at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, was featured in Maryland Life Magazine on November 8 in an article, “Unbound,” by Mary Medland. The article investigates the art of “altered books,” which are ordinary books that have been transformed into art objects. Abbott was a judge for the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s altered books exhibition last year. Continue reading Sandra Abbott (Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture) in Maryland Life Magazine

CADVC Exhibition “Where Do We Migrate To?” Tours to New York

The exhibition Where Do We Migrate To?, organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, will tour in spring 2012 to the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design. Opening on February 2, the exhibition will remain on view through April 15. Artists Space in New York will host a launch for a book that accompanies the exhibition, also entitled Where Do We Migrate To?, on December 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Svetlana Boym, an artist whose work is featured in the exhibition and who contributed an essay to the book, will … Continue reading CADVC Exhibition “Where Do We Migrate To?” Tours to New York

Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture (10/6-12/10)

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) presents “Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture,” curated by Sara Krajewski and co-organized by Independent Curators International and the Henry Art Gallery, on display October 6-December 10. “Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture” spotlights evolving attitudes toward the appropriation, recuperation and repurposing of extant photographic imagery. Artists, as both producers and consumers in today’s vast image economy, freely adopt and adapt materials from myriad sources. Images culled from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, television, films, personal and public archives, studio walls and from other works of art are all … Continue reading Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture (10/6-12/10)