Poster describing Arbutus exhibition

Arbutus Archive Exhibition

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.

Eight hands form a semi-circle on a tabletop, palms down

Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart

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.

Yarimar Bonilla in a blue dress against a fuzzy background

Puerto Ricans at the Fault Lines: A Conversation with Yarimar Bonilla

The Humanities Forum presents a conversation between Yarimar Bonilla, one of the foremost scholars on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and UMBC’s Fernando Tormos-Aponte, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy. The speakers will share ideas on the social and political aftermath of Hurricane María, how Puerto Ricans have come to deal with their political history under US colonial rule, and how social movements in Puerto Rico imagine and enact an anti-colonial future.

Collar by Annet Couwenberg

Annet Couwenberg: Sewing Circles

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.

A dancer against a dark background

CIRCA Presents: Pioneer Winter

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Pioneer Winter, who will speak about his work as the artistic director of the Pioneer Winter Collective, an intergenerational and physically integrated dance-theater company, rooted in social practice, community, queer visibility, and beauty beyond the mainstream.

Lace artwork by Annet Couwenberg

Cleft: An Art & Engineering Collaboration

In conjunction with the exhibition Annet Couwenberg: Sewing Circles at the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Cleft: An Art & Engineering Collaboration, featuring artist Annet Couwenberg with L.D. Timmie Topoleski, Alan Grover, and Lori Rubeling.

Romantic painting of Cleopatra testing poison on prisoners

Duane W. Roller: Cleopatra: The Most Famous Woman of Classical Antiquity

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.

Andrew Sauvageau and Hui-Chuan Chen

Die Schöne Müllerin

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.

This Remains poster

This Remains

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.

Twisted spoon

Shannon Taggart: Séance

In conjunction with the exhibition Séance, presented at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, photographer Shannon Taggart will discuss her work and the images on display.

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