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 Department of Education at UMBC, in collaboration with Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS), is proud to offer the 15th Annual Arts Integration Conference as a reflection of our commitment to support all teachers to optimize instructions through arts integration. This year, the conference has transitioned to a free and virtual series with eight events, beginning on March 4 and continuing through May 20. On April 1, the conference continues with a special Community Event, in which Nancy Holter and Alisha Marchewka will explore Baltimore murals.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Pamela Z, who will perform Other Rooms, a program consisting of short solo works for voice, real-time electronic processing, sampled sounds, wireless gesture controllers. The performance, which will combine composed works with a few improvisational pieces, will include stand-alone concert-works as well as excerpts from her larger intermedia performance works.
The Medieval and Early Modern Studies minor of UMBC's Department of History hosts Elizabeth Randell Upton, associate professor of musicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, whose primary research area is medieval music. Her recent work examines late fourteenth and early fifteenth century vocal music to discover evidence for the experiences of performers and listeners in the medieval past, recorded in surviving musical notation.
A College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) Spotlight Event will present "Amidst Great Change: Why a Career in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences is Rewarding and Valuable." This conversation, moderated by Charles "Tot" Woolston, will feature Ana Maria Schwartz Caballero, Vin Grabill, Nancy Miller, Derek Musgrove, and Jason Schiffman.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Alternative Venues in the Visual and Performing Arts: Innovative ways to bring art to audiences. The Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating for the arts in many ways, leading to postponements, cancellations, and the closing of arts venues. But it has also inspired ingenious alternative ways to bring art to audiences. This panel brings together the people behind four compelling examples, encompassing dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.
The Voyager Ensemble returns to UMBC with The Japanese Connection, featuring musicians and music from Japan! The program celebrates old and new works from Japan, with timeless classic A Way a Lone for string quartet by Toru Takemitsu as well as a world-premiere by Yuriko Hase Kojima, a string quartet based on landscape installation Sunken Garden by the legendary Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. A special guest artist, James Nyoraku Schlefer, will join the ensemble on shakuhachi (Japanese wooden flute), bringing his own composition 2 Blue for shakuhachi and viola.
The Frisof/Pesca Duo, featuring flutist Sarah Frisof and pianist Daniel Pesca, present Beauty Crying Forth: Flute Music by Women Across Time, featuring repertoire spanning one and half centuries for flute by female composers, including music by Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger, Tania León, Shulamit Ran, and Amy Williams. Frisof and Pesca will chart two parallel lineages: the evolution of flute repertoire from the Romantic era to the current day, and the overlooked role of female composers in shaping that repertoire.
The Humanities Forum presents DaMaris B. Hill, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, English, and African American Studies, University of Kentucky, who will read from and speak about her poetry collection, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, a narrative-in-verse that bears witness to American women of color burdened by incarceration. For her talk, Hill will be in conversation with Keegan Cook Finberg, assistant professor of English, and affiliate faculty in Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies and Language, Literacy & Culture.
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."
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.
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.