The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents the exhibition Sonya Clark: Hair/Craft, on display from October 31 through March 12. Clark's multidisciplinary work explores issues of identity, race, cultural heritage, and collective memory. This exhibition presents five works in which Clark applies fiber-art techniques to the medium of hair, a material laden with cultural and metaphorical significance.
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents the exhibition Aaron Siskind: Formations, on display from October 31 through March 12. Aaron Siskind (1903–1991) was one of the most influential figures in the development of photography as an art form during the twentieth century. This exhibition, drawn from UMBC’s Photography Collections, traces the formation of this artist’s unique photographic vision from early documentary works made in Harlem as a member of the New York Film and Photo League in the 1930s to his breakthrough explorations of abstraction in the 1940s and 1950s, which led to a sustained investigation of the camera’s capacity to frame new visual forms.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) presents Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab, opening on January 31 and continuing through March 18. The exhibition, which fosters experimentation and learning through visual and material explorations of geographies of hip hop, showcases an artist who occupies a hybrid space that intersects art, technology, social engagement, and interdisciplinary research.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Donna L. Jacobs and Liz Pelton of Baltimore-based Full Circle Dance Company, who will provide a behind the scenes view of some of Full Circle’s performances and will discuss what it takes to build and sustain a dance company in Baltimore.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents a celebratory closing event for the exhibition Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab, featuring a discussion of the exhibition with the artist and CADVC director and exhibition curator Rebecca Uchill. The 6 p.m. discussion will be followed by an open gallery visit accompanied by a live DJ set at 7 p.m. by CX Kidtronik.
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Ola Belle Reed: I've Endured, an exhibition that explores the life and work of nationally recognized bluegrass musician Ola Belle Reed, contextualizing her achievements within a history of migration from rural Appalachia north in the twentieth century. With a voice born in the mountains and shaped by the hard times she lived and saw, Reed (1916–2002) established herself as a significant and influential banjo picker, singer, and songwriter of old-time mountain music.
The Department of Philosophy presents the annual Evelyn Barker Memorial Lecture, featuring Miranda Fricker, who will speak on What's the Point of Blaming and Forgiving? This event is part of the spring 2023 Humanities Forum. Blaming someone for a wrong done further disrupts your relationship with them; forgiving them restores that relationship, at least in some measure. In this talk, Miranda Fricker will explore these apparently opposed moral-relational energies, examining their various moral-social values.
The UMBC Department of Music teams up with the Baltimore School for the Arts, OrchKids, and Booker T. Washington Middle School for the inaugural UMBC Create Music Festival, an event that reimagines music education festivals for equity and 21st century (music) learning with Emmy-nominated composer and genre-bending violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, and singer-songwriter Diana Lawrence.
The Gibbs Street Duo, featuring cellist Hilary Glen and pianist Sun Min Kim, was formed in June 2020 with the intent to seek out, explore, and introduce music of historically marginalized composers to the musical canon. Their program will feature works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Alice Hong, Ching Chu Hu, Rob Smith, and Dora Pejačević.
The Social Sciences Forum presents the Eckert Lecture on Health & Inequality, featuring Eric Wright, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Public Health Chair, Department of Sociology at Georgia State University, who will speak on Adverse Childhood Events, Trafficking, and the Health of Runaway and Homeless Youth.