In conjunction with the exhibition Prison Nation, the Library Gallery presents Portrait Garden, a display of works by Lynn Cazabon, professor of visual arts and director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity (CIRCA), in the Library Rotunda. Portrait Garden is a metaphorical garden of ‘portraits’ of eleven women incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, a multilevel security prison.
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.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit, on display from September 22 through December 17. Featuring nearly 100 artworks, the exhibition is the first retrospective of celebrated Maryland artist Oletha DeVane, and traces the artist's extensive career, from her early paintings and works on paper to video artworks and interactive sculpture, including works on view for the first time.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Irene Chan, associate professor of visual arts and affiliate associate professor of Asian studies at UMBC, who will discuss recent work including The Thomas Project (2022), a six part, multimedia work exploring the life of Thomas Sylvanus (aka Ching Lee, Ye Way Lee, Ah Yee Way), a 19th-century Chinese man who lived in the U.S. East Coast, was enslaved in Baltimore, and ran away to join the Union Army.
The Inscape Chamber Orchestra returns to UMBC to perform four works, including UMBC professor Linda Dusman's Mother of Exiles, written for Inscape in 2019 and heard now in a new revision by the composer. Also on the program are works by Zach Gulaboff Davis and Patrick Andrew Thompson, and a new transcription of Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka by David Plylar.
The five research centers in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UMBC present a panel discussion to kick off the 2022-23 CAHSS Colloquium series, designed to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations among faculty, staff, and students to build intellectual community within and beyond individual research interests and curricula offerings. The theme for 2022-23 is resilience: the ability of an entity, a person, an institution, a technology, a community, a natural environment, to anticipate, respond to, and recover from adverse conditions.
The Department of Music presents Francesco Giusta and Elena Buttiero, whose program for hurdy gurdy and harpsichord is entitled The Baroque Hurdy Gurdy at the French Royal Court, featuring works by Charles Baton, Antonio Vivaldi, Philibert de la Vigne, Nicolas Chédeville, and Charles Buterne. Now an infrequently heard instrument, the hurdy gurdy enjoyed a golden age from 1720 to 1770.
The Department of Music presents Livewire 12: Flow, the 12th annual festival of new and experimental music featuring UMBC artists and guest performers, including the Ruckus ensemble, the counter(induction ensemble, trombonist Patrick Crossland and bassist Alexander Frangenheim, and a student concert, with music by Katherine Balch, Kyle Bartlett, Douglas Boyce, George Crumb, Linda Dusman, Jennifer Higdon, Daniel Pesca, Trevor Weston, Ming-Hsiu Yen, and others.
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.
UMBC's 12 annual Livewire festival — Livewire: Flow — kicks off with a concert by the Ruckus ensemble, featuring UMBC faculty Lisa Cella, Natalie Groom, Gita Ladd, Philip Mann, Daniel Pesca, Jeff Stern, and Airi Yoshioka, in a program of works by Katherine Balch, George Crumb, Linda Dusman, Jennifer Higdon, and Daniel Pesca.
The brilliant new music ensemble counter)induction brings its prismatic aesthetics to UMBC's Livewire 12 festival. Their program features works by Trevor Weston, Ming-Hsiu Yen, Kyle Bartlett, and Douglas Boyce, each work situating itself in place and time, bringing together the virtuosic, the historical, and the strange.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents costume designer Moyenda Kulemeka, who will speak about her creative work, including a behind-the-scenes view of her process designing costumes for Trouble in Mind, by Alice Childress and directed by Danielle Drakes, playing in UMBC’s Proscenium Theatre from November 3 through 13.