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 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 Department of Music presents pianist Teodora Adzharova, whose program features the two piano sonatas of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975). Shostakovich’s life and work are often discussed in conjunction with the political powers at play in the Soviet Union. His symphonies and chamber pieces have been carefully dissected in search of hidden messages pointing either towards a dissident persona or a beneficiary of the regime. This program however, aims to shed light on Shostakovich’s piano sonatas which are so often overshadowed by his better-known works.
UMBC Theatre presents You Can See Me in the Dark, directed by Eve Muson, with musical direction by Andrew Mann. A wild ride of monologues, scenes and songs that celebrate the secrets we keep and the secrets we reveal. Performed by the company of actors in audition and business of acting, this year’s company of actors perform cutting edge work written by award-winning playwrights on the contemporary scene.
UMBC's Collegium Musicum presents an engaging, hands-on, early instrument petting zoo. We welcome you to the stage to inspect at close range and handle instruments from UMBC's early instrument collection, including crumhorns, Baroque strings, sackbuts, a shawm, and a harpsichord. In addition, we will present our viol consort on loan from the Viola da Gamba Society of America.