Founded in 1896, the town of Arbutus, situated on the southeastern side of UMBC, celebrates its 125 anniversary this year. OCA Mocha commemorates the milestone with a historical exhibition featuring family photos, portraits, landscapes, and other art, artifacts, photography and ephemera that tell the story of Arbutus.
For the past twenty years, American artist Shannon Taggart (born 1975) has documented Spiritualist practices and communities in the United States, England, and Europe. The resulting body of work, Séance, examines the relationship of Spiritualism to human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography. This exhibition presents forty-seven haunting images from the series, revealing the emotional, psychological, and physical dimensions of Spiritualism in the 21st century.
The Humanities Forum presents a conversation between Yarimar Bonilla, one of the foremost scholars on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and UMBC’s Fernando Tormos-Aponte, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy. The speakers will share ideas on the social and political aftermath of Hurricane María, how Puerto Ricans have come to deal with their political history under US colonial rule, and how social movements in Puerto Rico imagine and enact an anti-colonial future.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) presents Annet Couwenberg: Sewing Circles, on display from September 30 through December 11. The exhibition presents an overview of ten years of cultural research, digital experimentation, and finished artifacts by Couwenberg, who uses lace as a primary material. Through her creations, the artist asks how traditional textile construction can be modified or transformed by adapting it to digital fabrication processes.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Pioneer Winter, who will speak about his work as the artistic director of the Pioneer Winter Collective, an intergenerational and physically integrated dance-theater company, rooted in social practice, community, queer visibility, and beauty beyond the mainstream.
In conjunction with the exhibition Annet Couwenberg: Sewing Circles at the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Cleft: An Art & Engineering Collaboration, featuring artist Annet Couwenberg with L.D. Timmie Topoleski, Alan Grover, and Lori Rubeling.
The annual Ancient Studies Week Lecture, presented by the Humanities Forum, features Duane W. Roller, who will speak on Cleopatra: The Most Famous Woman of Classical Antiquity. The last queen of Egypt, Cleopatra (69–30 B.C.) was probably the most famous woman from classical antiquity, if not all history, yet her modern reputation is based largely on her presentation in literature, art, and cinema, rather than the actual historical reality.
The Department of Music presents tenor Andrew Sauvageau and pianist Hui-Chuan Chen in a performance of Franz Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin. Widely considered to be one of Schubert's masterpieces, and one of the most important song cycles in Western music, the 1823 evening-length work consists of twenty songs with text by Schubert's contemporary Wilhelm Müller.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Teri Henderson, a staff writer for BmoreArt, curator, and coordinator of Connect+Collect, a collecting initiative designed to engage new and established collectors and to build relationships with Baltimore-based artists through talks, gallery and studio visits.
The Department of Music presents the eleventh annual Livewire new music festival, featuring faculty artists as well as leading guest composers and performers, this year entitled Livewire 11: Rewired. Over an intensive three days, October 21, 22, and 23, Livewire presents renowned contemporary ensembles Yarn/Wire and Cantata Profana, hosts eminent guest composers Robert Morris and Victoria Cheah, and presents outstanding faculty and student musicians in a series of concerts.
The Livewire 11 new music festival concludes on Saturday night with a performance by the dynamic piano-percussion quartet Yarn/Wire in a mind-bending program of works by Klaus Lang and Misato Mochizuki. In Lang’s gorgeous work, time seems to stand still; while in Mochizuki’s explosive work, the theatricality of chamber music once more bursts to the fore.
The Department of Music presents Pro Voce Washington. Founded in 2019 by a group of classical musicians who teach at universities and colleges in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, Pro Voce Washington promotes exceptional vocal music through public performances, mentoring, and education programs for young vocalists. The ensemble features Seyoung Jeong, soprano (UMBC, The Catholic …
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents an arts alumni spotlight featuring Mary Dell’Erba ‘14, dance and INDS, a senior project manager at the Arts Education Partnership, a center within the Education Commission of the States and a collaborative of the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Department of Education, and Colin Holter ‘01, music, Executive Director of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, northeast Ohio’s oldest extracurricular large-ensemble program. They will each talk about their respective careers and professional trajectories since graduating from UMBC.
The Department of Music presents the Inscape Chamber Orchestra, which will perform three seminal works written between 1946 and 1948 that showcase American creativity in the immediate post-World War II years — Walter Piston's Divertimento for Nine Instruments, Ulysses Kay's The Quiet One: Suite from the film score, and Samuel Barber's Medea.
The Humanities Forum and the Social Sciences Forum present the 43rd Annual Du Bois Lecture, featuring Joseph Richardson, Joel and Kim Feller Professor of African-American Studies and Medical Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park, who will speak on Life After the Gunshot: Structural Violence, Interpersonal Violence and Trauma Among Young Black Men In Washington, D.C.
The Department of Theatre presents Everything Is Performance, a production devised by the Ensemble and directed by Laley Lippard. The ensemble will create new original work where they'll explore performance in their personal, public, and professional lives as they return to a brave new world, and reopen the theatre space.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Tahir Hemphill, UMBC Diversity of the Arts Fellow, who will give a presentation about his multifaceted practice as a creative technologist, multimedia artist, and design researcher. Hemphill’s work investigates the role systems play in the generation of form and the role collaborative knowledge production plays in the resilience of communities.
The Department of Music and the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) present Amadou Kouyate in concert. Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate family of Manding Diali, renowned oral historians and musicians of West Africa. Amadou performs on the 21-string Kora and also on Djembe and Koutiro drums.