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.