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 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 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 Department of Theatre presents This Remains, an ensemble-devised performance directed by Susan Stroupe. In these times of turmoil, we invite you on a trip to the boundary land, the liminal space between the living and dead. The Oracles will read you, the Guides will lead you, and the Roamers…well, just watch out for them, lest you become one yourself.
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.