Spectrum: 2010 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition
October 14 – December 13, 2010

Featuring works by Dan Bailey, Steve Bradley, Cathy Cook, Vin Grabill, Calla Thompson, and Fred Worden

The inaugural exhibition in a new exhibition series, Spectrum features an in-depth look at recent research projects in film, video, photography, sound, installation, drawing, and sculpture by selected members of UMBC's Visual Arts Department.

A 24 page full color catalogue will accompany the exhibition and includes a critical essay by Washington, DC based art critic and artist J.W. Mahoney.

Public Programming events include open lectures by each artist as well as scheduled public screenings of films and videos. With the exception of Fred Worden's lecture, all will be held in the CADVC's theater space. Lectures took or will take place at 12 o'clock noon on the following dates:

This lecture now on

4 p.m. Wednesday, September 29
Fred Worden: "After Hours in the Cerebral Kitchen: Experimental Filmmaking in the 21st Century"

Image: Fred Worden, still from 1959, 2008

Adopting the model of the broadcast TV cooking show, Fred Worden shares the secret recipes, ingredients and techniques he has evolved in an endless quest to cook up new cinematic cuisine. He will trace lines of continuity from early cinema's first photochemical explorations to the current digital reinvention of the form. As in the first decade of the last century, a technology-driven growth spurt is opening doors to new, uncharted cinematic territories, and artists are heading out to scout the lay of the land.

Fred Worden has been making experimental film since the mid 1970s. His films have been shown in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Pacific Film Archive, the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival and numerous other experimental film venues. Worden's films develop out of his interest in intermittent projection as the source of cinema's primordial powers—how a stream of still pictures passing through a projector at a speed meant to overwhelm the eyes might be harnessed to purposes other than representation or naturalism. Worden is an assistant professor in the Department of Visual Arts at UMBC.

Sponsored by the James T. and Virginia M. Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Department of Visual Arts. 4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. Admission is free. For additional information please call 410-455-6798.

Worden's films will be screened in the gallery at CADVC on these dates: Nov. 3, 6, 11, 16, 19, 24, & 30 and Dec. 2, 8 & 11.

12 p.m. Wednesday, October 20
Lecture by Dan Bailey

Image: Dan Bailey, Mardi Gras World Rabbit, New Orleans, 2009.

In conjunction with the exhibition Spectrum: 2010 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents a lecture by Dan Bailey, professor of Visual Arts and director of the Imaging Research Center.

Dan Bailey's films and animations have received numerous national and international awards and have been included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France. His work has been screened at the Kennedy Center, Whitney Museum, and Museum of Modern Art, and has been broadcast on HBO and PBS. He directed 18 minutes of animation for the Minnesota Orchestra's award-winning pilot video On the Day You Were Born and collaborated with MIT researcher Kent Larson on a virtual documentary of Louis Kahn's as-yet-unbuilt Hurva Synagogue.

His recent work in real-time interactive visualizations includes a Digital 3D puppet of George W. Bush, a visualization of Henri Matisse's sculpture process, and a virtual tour of the Cone sisters' collection of early 20th century art. He is currently working on a major research project of visualizing Washington, D.C. just before the British destroyed much of the city during the War of 1812. A pilot of this research was exhibited at the Walters Art Museum in spring 2008, and an upcoming PBS documentary on Benjamin Henry Latrobe will include major aspects of the work.

Admission is free. For additional information please call 410-455-3188.

12 p.m. Wednesday, October 27
Lecture by Steve Bradley

Image: Steve Bradley, TAP, 2010

In conjunction with the exhibition Spectrum: 2010 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, the CADVC presents a lecture by Steve Bradley, associate professor of Visual Arts.

Steve Bradley engages with time-based media, sound performance/installation, and material culture in his art practice. He explores the boundaries of urban and suburban culture by collecting debris, sound, and images from the consumed and littered landscape. He has received solo commissions and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; Sonic Circuits VII: Walker Art Center; Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA); Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Blauschimmel Atelier, Oldenberg, Germany; Wave Hill, Bronx; and Hull Time-Based Arts, UK.

Recently, Bradley published an article, "ShadowCast: Out of the Dark," in the anthology, Radio Territories, Errant Bodies Press, LA/Copenhagen. His digital images and commentary were published in Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) Journal, MIT Press. His sound work has been produced in numerous CD compilations, including Die Wohltemperierte Kuche, Alien Productions/edition Kunstradio, DISContact, Canadian Electroacoustic Community, and Forces in 2 Dimensions: Untitled, Public Guilt Records. Bradley curated an audio CD, Hysteria, that was published in Link: A Critical Journal on the Arts, 2000.

In 1998, Steve Bradley founded art@radio, a net.radio broadcast project through which he has conducted streamed projects with several artists in remote locations performing simultaneously. He is the founder and active member of URBANtells, a collective that focuses on the interface between cityscape/architecture and urban culture. Recently, he was selected to participate in the Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Exchange.

12 noon, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture. Admission is free. For additional information please call 410-455-3188.

12 p.m. Wednesday, November 3
Lecture by Vin Grabill

Image: Vin Grabill, still from Frontier, 2010

Vin Grabill’s lecture will survey connections between some of his painting, sculpture, and video work over the past 35 years.  Specifically, he’ll discuss his process in regard to two video works, which are currently on exhibit in the gallery.  Grabill will describe his editing strategy for each piece—contrasting his “video-as-painting” approach used in Frontier with that of his “video-as-music” approach employed in Barcelona Mosaics.

Vin Grabill is a video artist, whose single-channel video and installation work utilizing video have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to individual projects, Grabill collaborates regularly with performing artists, choreographers, and poets in an attempt to find new solutions for the presentation of live arts utilizing live and recorded aspects of the video medium. Grabill won a Golden Eagle CINE Award in 1998 for Poetry Moves made in collaboration with Washington, D.C. performance artist Mary-Averett Seelye. In addition, his ongoing association with the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. has resulted in several exhibitions of collaborative media projects in New York, NY; Paris, France; Karlsruhe, Germany; and Linz, Austria.

Professor Grabill received an M.S. degree in visual studies from the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies and a degree in studio art from Oberlin College (B.A.).  After teaching Video Art at the Massachusetts College of Art from 1984-1988, Grabill joined the faculty of the UMBC Department of Visual Arts. He has been Associate Chair of the department on two occasions, served as Interim Chair
from 1998–2000, and the Imaging & Digital Art MFA Graduate Program Director from 2001-2007. Grabill currently serves as Chair of the department.

Grabill’s new video Frontier, shown in Spectrum: 2010 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition along with four additional works, will be included in Catalyst, the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) 35th Anniversary Exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, Washington, D.C. November 9 – December 19, 2010.

Vin Grabill's films will be screened in the gallery at CADVC on: Nov. 2, 5, 10, 13, 18, 23, & 27 and Dec. 1, 4 & 10.

12 p.m. Monday, November 8
Lecture by James Smalls

The project on which this talk is based constitutes an archaeological excavation of sorts in that it digs up and reassembles the significant pieces of an historical personage who, although considered relatively obscure, exerted a considerable impact on (afro)modernism and on modernist circles during the 1930s and 1940s. Féral (François) Benga was a Senegalese dancer who immigrated to Paris in the 1920s and gained a popular reputation as a male counterpart to Josephine Baker. He became the “darling” of several European and American modern artists who included representations of him in their works. This talk will showcase, via these works, the ways in which Benga’s body highlighted the interactions, conflicts, and collaborations that occurred across the French and Anglo-Atlantic worlds of the 1930s and beyond.

Dr. James Smalls is an art historian, with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, and queer issues in visual art. He is the author of Homosexuality in Art (Parkstone Press, 2003) and The Homoerotic Photography of Carl Van Vechten: Public Face, Private Thoughts (Temple University Press, 2006). He has published essays in a number of journals, including American Art, French Historical Studies, Third Text, Art Journal, and Art Criticism. His articles include: “Slavery Is A Woman: Race, Gender, and Visuality in Marie Benoist’s Portrait d’une Négresse (1800);” “Race As Spectacle in Late Nineteenth-Century French Art and Popular Culture;” and “African American Self-Portraiture: Repair, Reclamation, Redemption.” Smalls has two book manuscripts in progress— Black Queer Visual Culture, and Géricault’s Black Men.

Recently, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Smalls curated a two-part exhibition on the art, career, and international influence of the African American artist, Henry Ossawa Tanner.

Dr. Smalls holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in Ethnic Arts (B.A.), and Art History (M.A., and Ph.D.). He has taught at RutgersUniversity, Columbia University, and at the Université de Paris.

12 p.m. Wednesday, November 17
Lecture by Cathy Cook

Image: Bunny No. 1 - An installed 3-D collage (mixed media) of found objects and artifacts that investigates my relationship to nature, animals and spirituality.

In conjunction with the exhibition Spectrum: 2010 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, the CADVC presents a lecture by Cathy Cook, Associate Professor of Visual Arts.

Image: Still from IMMORTAL CUPBOARD: In Search of Lorine Niedecker, 16mm, 73 minutes, 2009.

Living for years in the solitude of rural Wisconsin, poet and experimental writer Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970), chose what many might see as a lonely path. But out of her very deliberate and austere lifestyle came a poetics of observation so acute that some literary critics have described her as the 20th century’s Emily Dickinson.

Taking cues from Niedecker’s work and the Wisconsin heritage they share, experimental filmmaker Cathy Cook combines original live-action footage, animation, archival images and the poet’s only audio interview to unfurl the poet’s psychological and physical landscape. Through a repetition of images, text and sounds that mirrors Niedecker’s own processes and forms, Cook attempts to give new voice and visibility to the extraordinary works of this very private poet. Niedecker’s ruminations on nature, ecology, gender, domesticity, work, family and social politics find new life in the sensitive cinematic interpretations of fellow artist, Cathy Cook, whose own critical and original aesthetics constitute a broad and refreshing challenge to the conventions of both documentary film and the cine-biography. Niedecker and Cook meet up on a path not taken and Immortal Cupboard is Cook’s report back from way down that path.

IMMORTAL CUPBOARD: In Search of Lorine Niedecker recently won a Jury Award at the 2009 Wisconsin Film Festival and was nominated for the Best of Documentary at the 2010 Beloit International Film Festival. The film recently screened at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC and was part of the 2009 ‘Fall for the Book Festival’ at George Mason University and screened in mid-March (2010) in San Francisco.

Cook has exhibited her award-winning work extensively in both solo and group shows including screenings at MOMA and the Whitney Museum. Recently her poetry film #536 was included in the Rattapallax #17 and her film ‘tar guys’ was in the 2008 Zebra Poetry Film Festival. In 2001, Cook was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Film/Video in Visual Arts at The University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC.)  Prior to moving to Baltimore, Cook worked in New York City for eleven years as an Art Director in the Film/TV industry. While in NYC, she also taught Film/Video production and Animation at various New York area colleges.

Cook's film, IMMORTAL CUPBOARD will be screened in the gallery at CADVC on: Nov. 4, 9, 12, 17, 20, & 26 and Dec. 3 & 9.

12 p.m. Wednesday, December 8
Lecture by Calla Thompson

Calla Thompson's lecture is a critical visual examination of contemporary culture. It is how she investigates material greed and consumption, and, more recently, our impact on the environment. Humor is an essential element of this examination.

Image: Calla Thompson, Untitled (Iceberg 3), 2010

Calla Thompson’s art practice includes work with digital photography using montage techniques, as well as drawing and installation. In her work, she examines the ways that power is enacted in our culture. She has exhibited throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in South America. Solo exhibitions in Toronto include Gallery 44, The Centre for Contemporary Photography, and Open Studio Gallery. She also exhibited solo in New York at Soho 20. Her group exhibitions include those at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, the International Photography Biennial by invitation of the Centro Colombo Americano de Medellin in Columbia, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia, The Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, and the Korean Cultural Center Gallery of Los Angeles.

Thompson was recognized for her artwork twice by the federal granting body, Canada Council for the Arts, and has been awarded residencies, including those at Yaddo Artist Colony in Saratoga Springs, and Cooper Union in New York City.

Professor Thompson holds degrees in photography from Syracuse University (M.F.A.) and from the University of Ottawa (Canada) (B.F.A.).



Exhibition images are now available on our FACEBOOK page. YOUTUBE videos from the exhibition will be posted soon!

Observing the Ordinary


Dec. 9, 2010 - Feb. 12, 2011

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC
K-12 Educational Outreach Program
Fine Arts Hall Gallery, 1st floor

Directions & Campus Map

Each semester, CADVC’s K-12 Educational Outreach Program
Partner Schools visit UMBC gallery exhibitions. Over the following
months CADVC interns teach exhibition-based curriculum at the
participating schools. At the end of the semester, the K-12 students
create artwork in response to what they experienced during their
initial CADVC gallery visit.

This semester CADVC partnered with grades 10-12 in Photography,
AP Studio Art, and Televideo, at Lansdowne High School Academy
of Arts & Communications. Over 40 students learned to use careful
observation to represent places in and near their school, redefining
their chosen locations through large figurative drawings, street
photography, and video portraits of place. Their resulting drawing and
multimedia installations, color photography, and art films are currently
on exhibit in the Fine Arts Hall Gallery, 1st floor Fine Arts, UMBC.


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