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SPARK V: New Light

The Peale 225 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD

Explore the creative vision of 24 artists at SPARK: New Light, presented by Towson University, UMBC, and PNC Bank, August 13 through September 25 at The Peale. SPARK: New Light will ignite your imagination. UMBC artists featured in this fifth annual family-friendly SPARK exhibition include Lynn Cazabon, Irene Chan, Adam Droneberg, Fahmida Hossain, Ahlam Khamis, Kathy Marmor (with Penny Rheingans), Lisa Moren (with Tsvetan Bachvaroff, Dan Deacon, and Woody Lissauer), Timothy Nohe, Corrie Francis Parks, Chris Peregoy, Foster Reynolds-Santiago. Special events will feature Kelley Bell, the UMBC Percussion Ensemble, and the Umbilicus ensemble.

Portrait Garden

Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery Rotunda

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.

Prison Nation

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

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.

Jacqueline Pollauf, harpist: Music from the Paris Conservatoire

Harpist Jacqueline Pollauf performs a program of French music, all related to the Paris Conservatoire, which was the center of the harp world for many years. Her concert will feature music by Gabriel Pierné, André Jolivet, Marcel Samuel-Rosseau, André Caplet, Marcel Tournier, and Pollauf's own transcription of a work by Lili Boulanger.

Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC)

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.

Silvia Montiglio: An Immoral Pleasure? Schadenfreude in the Iliad and Odyssey

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Humanities Forum presents Silvia Montiglio, who will present the 2022 Ancient Studies Week Lecture, “An Immoral Pleasure? Schadenfreude in the Iliad and Odyssey.” In this talk, Montiglio will discuss the importance of schadenfreude, or “pleasure in other people’s misfortunes," in the Iliad and Odyssey and relate its manifestations to the moral and theological outlooks of the two Homeric epics.

Whistling Hens: Reacting to the Landscape: Music by Women Composers

Whistling Hens was founded by soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick and clarinetist Natalie Groom to perform and commission music by women composers and create a financially and artistically equitable future for women in music. Their performance at UMBC will feature works by Cherise Leiter, Iris Szeghy, Jennifer Stevenson, Ashi Day, Melika Fitzhugh, and Victoria Bond.

The Baroque Hurdy Gurdy at the French Royal Court

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD

The Department of Music presents Francesco Giusta and Elena Butter, 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.

Poetic Operations with micha cárdenas

Online

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.

Robert K. Webb Lecture with Dan Hicks

767 Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery

The Humanities Forum and the Department of History presents the annual Robert K. Webb Lecture, featuring Dan Hicks, who will speak on The Decade of Returns: Museum Curation after the "Universal Museum." As museums around the world begin to transfer ownership and make returns of looted African cultural heritage, what does this mean for museums in Europe and North America?

Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress

Proscenium Theatre

Written in 1956, Alice Childress's pioneering play, Trouble in Mind, shined a light on the lack of recognition, representation, and opportunities for Black theatre artists. During a turbulent rehearsal week for a new Broadway play, leading lady Willetta Mayer resists the rampant racism of the entertainment industry. No less relevant today, the play is a brisk, entertaining drama told with humor and pathos.

Daphne Harrison Lecture with Sonya Clark

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Humanities Forum presents the annual Daphne Harrison Lecture, featuring Sonya Clark, professor of art at Amherst College, who will speak in conjunction with Harmonies of Liberty, an exhibition on display at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. Her talk will discuss artwork inspired by the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing" — work that she has produced in harmony with musicians that centers collaboration, innovation, craft, and design as a means to uplift suppressed voices.

44th Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture with Christel N. Temple and Donald G. Murray, Jr.

University Center Ballroom

The Department of Africana Studies, the Humanities Forum, and the Social Sciences Forum present the 44th Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, featuring two keynote speakers: Christel N. Temple (pictured), who will speak on Cultural Memory and Mythology: Africana Agency in the Face of Exile, and Donald G. Murray, Jr., who will speak on Africana Studies: Creating a Program Space and Place at UMBC and the Greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Communities. This event also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Africana Studies at UMBC.

Salon Trio: Influential Voices: Exploring Chamber Works by Black Composers

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD

The Department of Music presents the Salon Trio, featuring clarinetist Robert DiLutis, saxophonist Noah Getz, and pianist Mary-Victoria Voutsas. Their program, entitled Influential Voices, explores the often-neglected chamber music of Black composers who helped to forge a path for future generations, including works by William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Yusef Lateef.

UMBC Symphony Orchestra

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Symphony Orchestra, which performs orchestral literature from the 18th to the 21st centuries, including standard repertoire and contemporary works from a broad range of musical styles, under the direction of its new conductor, Philip Mann.

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