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.
What does a musician become without their instrument? Living up to their name, Chicago-based collective ensemble Beyond This Point explores this question in a concert that both breaks and expands what it means to be a musician and a performer. The musicians’ “instruments” run the gamut from a loose jack cable, to sheets of bubble wrap, to an IKEA desk lamp, to their own bodies and voices.
The Department of Music presents Pianorama! UMBC piano faculty Audrey Andrist, Hui-Chuan Chen and Daniel Pesca join forces with student performers Nicole Johnson and Dave Warshaw to present an evening of dynamic 20th-century music for two pianos and piano four hands. The program features works by Aaron Copland, George Walker, John Adams, Samuel Barber, and Witold Lutosławski.
In two performances on February 10 and 11, Baltimore Dance Project returns to the stage for its annual appearance at UMBC's Proscenium Theatre. The company's visually stunning program features three premieres by company choreographers Shaness D. Kemp and Sandra Lacy, and two works by guest soloists Sarah J. Ewing and Ryan Bailey.
Sterling Elliott, a recipient of the 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the youngest ever winner of the National Sphinx Competition, makes his Baltimore debut with award winning pianist Elliot Wuu in this presentation by the Shriver Hall Concert Series. Opening with Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6, the recital features Mendelssohn’s Second Cello Sonata, an ebullient work inspired in part by Bach, as well as works by Luigi Dallapiccola and William Grant Still.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents The Amish Project: International Collaboration During the Pandemic, in which Lou Binder, Nikki Hartman, and Adam Mendelson will discuss the unique collaborative process that unfolded while working on a production of Jessica Dickey’s The Amish Project, in Munich, Germany, during the pandemic years 2020–22.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents BioBuggy: Mobilizing Community Art and Science, at which UMBC associate professor of art Stephen Bradley and UMCES associate research professor Eric Schott will speak about their collaborative project BioBuggy, a mobile art and science laboratory on wheels. The project is the result of a unique Artist-in-Residence Fellowship co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET).
The vocal trio Artemisia (Diana Lawrence, Alexandra Olsavsky, Kaitlin Foley) harnesses the power of the female voice to tell stories through the vocal traditions of the world. Not your typical stand-and-sing ensemble, Artemisia draws from a vast repertoire of vocal styes — from Appalachian folk, Tushetian highlander cries, Cuban dance music, and everything in-between — to take audiences on a journey of sound and spirit with every performance.