FloodZone, featuring photography by Anastasia Samoylova, explores what it looks like to live in the southern United States at a time when rising sea levels and hurricanes threaten the most prized locations with storm surges and coastal erosion. Samoylova’s lyrical photographs are deceptive, drawing us in with a seemingly documentary promise of a palm-treed paradise. Their alluring color palette — filled with lush greens, azure blues, and pastel pinks — gives way to minute details that reveal decaying infrastructure, encroaching flora, and displaced fauna.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Spectrum of Process: 2024 UMBC Faculty Exhibition, on display from February 9 through March 2. Spectrum of Process presents a range of UMBC faculty approaches to art and culture through rigorous, experimental processes. The exhibition is interdisciplinary, including works of fine art, design, pedagogy, and the visual culture of research.
Celebrating the international exchange program between UMBC’s Department of Music and the Conservatorio “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza, Italy, UMBC welcomes Professor Riccardo Dapelo for lectures, concerts, and masterclasses. This event, “Gravitational Harmony," features RUCKUS, the UMBC faculty new music ensemble, with performances of works by Dapelo and others.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture inaugurates the “demo” of a new public video art projection gallery with work by artist Levester Williams, featuring his work dreaming of a beyond: Baltimore (2021–2024). The event will include a conversation between Williams and curator Lisa Freiman. Showings of the work will continue on select evenings in late February and early March.
In conversation with UMBC’s Jason Loviglio, writer and artist Jenny Odell will discuss her recent book, Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond Productivity Culture, which shows us how our painful relationship to time is inextricably connected not only to persisting social inequities but to the climate crisis, existential dread, and a lethal fatalism. This lecture is part of the Spring 2024 Humanities Forum.
Join us for a special evening with Misty Copeland, the first African American female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre and New York Times best selling author. In conversation with Kimberly R. Moffitt, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UMBC, Copeland will explore a variety of topics related to dance and her career. The evening will open with three works performed by UMBC dance students.
In this talk, Emek Ergun will explore the political role of translation in facilitating transnational feminist transformations and connectivities. She will discuss the transatlantic journey of Hanne Blank’s Virgin: The Untouched History — a popular feminist book demystifying the man-made histories of virginity in western geographies — via her Turkish translation and its reception. This lecture is part of the Spring 2024 Humanities Forum.
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Jazz Faculty Ensemble, featuring trumpeter Brent Madsen, saxophonist Matt Belzer, guitarist Tom Lagana, pianist Harry Appelman, bassist Tom Baldwin, and drummer Mark Merella. The ensemble will perform modern interpretations of classic and recent jazz compositions.
Join us for an enthralling evening with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as conductor Ken-David Masur leads the ensemble with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony — a poignant meditation on fate — along with Toshio Hosokawa's contemplative Meditation to the victims of Tsunami (3.11). Cellist Zlatomir Fung, who has vaulted into the elite ranks of international soloists, will join the BSO for the First Cello Concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns.
The Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents choreographer, performer, and video artist Makini, who will discuss his creative work, based between traditional lands of the Tutelo-Saponi speaking peoples and lands of the Lenape peoples. He will explore a new body of work, tentatively titled terrestrial.
The Baltimore Classical Guitar Society presents classical guitarists Bokyung Byun and Lovro Peretić. Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “confident and quite extraordinary,” Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. Peretić is an award-winning guitarist from Zagreb, Croatia, who has received top prizes in various guitar competitions and has performed widely throughout Europe.