The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents End of the Road, featuring photography by Brea Sounders and poetry by Lia Purpura, opening on April 1 and closing April 30. Souders began making the photographs that comprise End of the Road in March 2020 after relocating from Brooklyn to rural upstate New York. The black-and-white photographs capture candid glimpses of visitors walking to the cul-de-sac at the end of a gravel road viewed through the mesh of Souders’ screen door or through curtains of leaves and branches. Her subjects variously walk, rest, hold hands, kiss, and stop to reflect, completing a series of ordinary actions during an extraordinary year. The images are presented alongside writing by UMBC writer-in-residence Lia Purpura from her book It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Marnie Ellen Hertzler and Corey Hughes. Hertzler is a video artist, animator and filmmaker working in experimental narrative and hybrid documentary; Hughes is director and cinematographer traversing narrative, documentary and experimental realms. The two will discuss their individual work as well as their director-cinematographer collaborations.
The Social Sciences Forum presents Tracey Osborne, associate professor and endowed Presidential Chair in the Management of Complex Systems Department and the Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology (MIST) Program at UC Merced, who will speak on "Playbook for Climate Justice: Our Best Hope for Solving the Climate Crisis."
UMBC and Towson University present the fourth installment of the collaborative SPARK pop-up exhibition — SPARK IV: A New World? — in partnership with Maryland Art Place (MAP) and through the generous sponsorship of PNC Bank. The exhibition will be held in MAP's main gallery space from April 29 through June 26, with opportunities to experience the exhibition and programs virtually. A virtual opening reception will be held on May 6.
The Humanities Forum presents the Annual Daphne Harrison Lecture, featuring Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, the Graduate Center, City University of New York, who will speak on Making Abolition Geographies: Social Justice Organizing for Vulnerable Households, Workers, and Communities.
UMBC's Department of Theatre presents Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Eve Muson with Sierra Young. This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody as they journey through life’s greatest mystery — the meaning of living. As passionate as ever about new ways of making theatre, UMBC Theatre dives into the streaming space with this audacious production that celebrates life, love, and community.
You're Not Alone, an exhibition presented by the Gallery at OCA Mocha, features 23 pieces about mental health, created by 16 artists: Bryan Castillo, Lauren Brock, Bianca Newman, Rachel Droter, Ricardo Hawkins, Pluto Swift, Kelly Snyder, Ruby Bassford, DJ Becraft, Bess Lumsden, Tony LaBate, Hunter Sugg, Marissa Clayton, Pattie Archuleta, Derek Roper, and Martina Maya-Callen.
Please join us for an artist talk by Roberto M. Dyea (Tsi YOO Nah in Native Laguna Pueblo), who has come from a long way home from Barstow, California. In April 2019, he proudly earned his Bachelor's Degree in Studio Arts at the University of Redlands, becoming the first generation in his family to earn a BA degree.
The Department of Visual Arts presents an artist talk by Noelle Mason, who will speak on "Contact with the Screen." In her multi-media work, the artist focuses on the subtle seductiveness of power facilitated by institutionalized systems of visual control, the insufficiency of images to communicate experiential layers of meaning, and the disruptive effects of such control on our responses to increasingly traumatic rifts in the American cultural fabric.
Please join us for a Mini MEMS Lunch and Learn with Paula Maust, who will speak on "Scarcely one without defect: Imagined Beauty in Venice." Her talk will explore the 18th-century Venetian institution Ospedali Grandi, at which women with disabilities became outstanding musicians, although they performed behind latticed screens, hidden from view.
Isolation and Community is an immersive sound and lighting experience that imagines the viewer as a part of the visual and sonic environment. Utilizing large sound and lighting systems and emerging control technologies, this project will take place in the Proscenium Theatre and will explore the themes of isolation and the need for community that our society is struggling with in this era of global pandemic, lockdowns and fear of the other.
The Department of Visual Arts presents the Senior Exhibition, available online through Friday, June 11. The exhibition reflects the interdisciplinary orientation and the technological focus of the Department of Visual Arts. It also provides the opportunity for undergraduate seniors to exhibit within a professional setting prior to exiting the University.
The SPARK IV: A New World? exhibition presents a 90-minute video program featuring works by UMBC and Towson University faculty and stuff, including Alex Garove, Angela Endres, Danielle Damico, Fahmida Hossain. Irene Chan, Kat Navarro, Lucy Adelizzi, Lydia Hillman, Marcel Moone, Mind on Fire (with Timothy Nohe, Jason Bernagozzi, Corrie Frances Parks, and Evan Tedlock), Noah Niles, Samantha Frost, Sarah G. Sharp, Sylvia Eken, Timothy Nohe, UMBC Intro to Animation students, and uni.Sol (Stephen Bradley with international collaborators).
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents a Thing Theatre Workshop, featuring puppetry artist Colette Searls (UMBC theatre) and designer Kelley Bell (UMBC visual arts), who will guide participants in an in-person workshop to make “disposable puppets,” bring them to life, and build them a tiny modular home! This event, which will be hosted by Maryland Art Place (MAP), is open to artists and non-artists alike.