Explore the creative vision of 24 artists at SPARK: New Light, presented by Towson University, UMBC, and PNC Bank, August 13 through September 25 at The Peale. SPARK: New Light will ignite your imagination. UMBC artists featured in this fifth annual family-friendly SPARK exhibition include Lynn Cazabon, Irene Chan, Adam Droneberg, Fahmida Hossain, Ahlam Khamis, Kathy Marmor (with Penny Rheingans), Lisa Moren (with Tsvetan Bachvaroff, Dan Deacon, and Woody Lissauer), Timothy Nohe, Corrie Francis Parks, Chris Peregoy, Foster Reynolds-Santiago. Special events will feature Kelley Bell, the UMBC Percussion Ensemble, and the Umbilicus ensemble.
Most prisons and jails across the United States do not allow prisoners to have access to cameras. At a moment when an estimated 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the U.S., 3.8 million people are on probation, and 870,000 former prisoners are on parole, how can images tell the story of mass incarceration when the imprisoned don’t have control over their own representation? This exhibition addresses the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of this national crisis, despite the increasing difficulty of gaining access inside prisons.
Harpist Jacqueline Pollauf performs a program of French music, all related to the Paris Conservatoire, which was the center of the harp world for many years. Her concert will feature music by Gabriel Pierné, André Jolivet, Marcel Samuel-Rosseau, André Caplet, Marcel Tournier, and Pollauf's own transcription of a work by Lili Boulanger.
The Humanities Forum presents Silvia Montiglio, who will present the 2022 Ancient Studies Week Lecture, “An Immoral Pleasure? Schadenfreude in Illiad and Odyssey.” In this talk, Montiglio will discuss the importance of schadenfreude, or “pleasure in other people’s misfortunes," in the Iliad and the Odyssey and relate its manifestations to the moral and theological outlooks of the two Homeric epics.
Whistling Hens was founded by soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick and clarinetist Natalie Groom to perform and commission music by women composers and create a financially and artistically equitable future for women in music. Their performance at UMBC will feature works by Cherise Leiter, Iris Szeghy, Jennifer Stevenson, Ashi Day, Melika Fitzhugh, and Victoria Bond.
The Humanities Forum and the Latinx and Hispanic Faculty Association present artist/theorist micha cárdenas, who will speak on Poetic Operations, Trans Ecologies, and Queer Oceans. She will discuss her recent book, Poetic Operations: Trans of Color Art in Digital Media, which considers contemporary digital media, artwork, and poetry to articulate trans of color strategies for safety and survival.
The Humanities Forum and the Department of History presents the annual Robert K. Webb Lecture, featuring Dan Hicks, who will speak on The Decade of Returns: Museum Curation after the "Universal Museum." As museums around the world begin to transfer ownership and make returns of looted African cultural heritage, what does this mean for museums in Europe and North America?
Written in 1956, Alice Childress's pioneering play, Trouble in Mind, shined a light on the lack of recognition, representation, and opportunities for Black theatre artists. During a turbulent rehearsal week for a new Broadway play, leading lady Willetta Mayer resists the rampant racism of the entertainment industry. No less relevant today, the play is a brisk, entertaining drama told with humor and pathos.