Violin/Viola Concert (4/7)

Violinist Airi Yoshioka and violist Maria Lambros present a concert of Mozart and contemporary works by composers from Central Asia and the Caucuses. The program includes:
Mozart String Duo No. 1 in G major for violin and viola, k 423;
Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky (Uzbekistan) Solo; Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (Azerbaijan) “Dastan”; Akaki Nicoladze (Georgia) Solo

A reception, sponsored by the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund, will follow the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Gallery through its “ArtsNotes” series.

URCAD 2014 (4/23)

Join us in the UC Ballroom for the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day on Wednesday, April 23. Meet guest speaker Corey Flesicher, winner of the Discovery Channel’s “Big Brain Theory” competition and see over 200 presentations by UMBC students.

Visit the URCAD website for more information.

UMBC to Participate in Baltimore CityLit Festival (4/12)

The 11th annual CityLit Festival takes place Saturday, April 12 at Pratt Central Library in Baltimore. Sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library and CityLit Project, the annual event is a spring celebration of the literary arts in Baltimore.

From 12-12:50 p.m., UMBC will have three English department faculty writers participate in a reading. Lia Purpura (Rough Likeness), writer in residence, Michael Fallon (The Great Before and After), senior lecturer, and Holly Sneeringer (“Under Water”), lecturer, will all present readings along with student winners of the English department’s literary contest.

The CityLit Festival runs from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and is headlined by National Book Award winner James McBride and singer-songwriter/novelist Wesley Stace. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here.

Remembering Sparrows Point (4/10)

The Creative Alliance is hosting “Remembering Sparrows Point” on April 10, an event that features film screenings and discussions exploring the importance of the Sparrows Point Steel Mill. Recently closed, the mill played a vital role in the lives of hundreds of thousands steelworkers and personnel for more than 125 years.

To keep the mill’s memory alive, Creative Alliance will screen Mill Stories and Life After Steel, presented by Bill Shewbridge, media and communication studies professor of the practice, and Michelle Stefano, folklorist in residence. Deborah Rudacille, author of Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town and English professor of the practice, will present a reading followed by a discussion with former Sparrows Point workers.

The event takes place Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Creative Alliance and is sponsored by the BreakingGround initiative. For more information and a complete list of speakers and presentations, click here.

MLLI Presents The Honorable Ricardo Zwaig ’77 (4/14)

Ricardo ZwaigThe Honorable Ricardo Zwaig ’77, Spanish, is speaking at UMBC April 14. He will address the close relationship between his education as an undergraduate at UMBC and his extensive experience in the legal profession, first as a lawyer and now as a judge. Zwaig graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law and became the first male Latino judge in the state of Maryland.

Zwaig is recipient of the 2013 UMBC Outstanding Alumnus Award in the Humanities and currently serves as an associate judge in the District Court of Maryland – District 10 Howard County.

The event takes place April 14 at 7:15 p.m. in Administration Building Room 101.

Book of Lies (4/7-5/31)

9 Georganne Deen Mother’s LiesMonday, April 7, Book of Lies, curated by Corazon del Sol and circulated by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California, will open in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. The exhibition will continue through May 31.

Book of Lies examines the lie as human strategy using examples drawn from artists’ responses to the questions, “What is the lie with which I am most complicit?” and “What is the truth that most feeds my life?” Conceived of as a global conversation about truth and lies held through the medium of works of art and poetry, Eugenia P. Butler invited artists to use the lie to explore our relationship with the truth. The exhibition examines the lie as a human strategy using examples drawn from life situations including childhood, love, and war. Seventy-eight artists responded to these questions in unique and provocative ways, resulting in a body of work curated by Butler and Corazon del Sol titled Book of Lies.

More information about this exhibition is available at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Image: Georganne Deen, Mother’s Lies, 1994.


MFA Thesis Exhibition (4/3-4/25)

mfa_card-1The CADVC is pleased to present the annual MFA Thesis exhibition, beginning this Thursday, April 3 and continuing through Friday, April 25.

This year’s Imaging and Digital Arts graduates displaying work in the exhibition include Michael Farley, Charlotte Keniston, Alexandra Macchi, Shana Palmer, Carrie Rennolds and Dominique Zeltzman. The work selected represents the culmination of each student’s unique experience in UMBC’s dynamic and demanding MFA program.

A free, opening reception at the CADVC will take place on Thursday April 3 from 5 pm until 7 pm.

Social Sciences Forum: Karen L. Cox: Dreaming of Dixie: How the South was Created in American Popular Culture (4/2)

On Wednesday, April 2, Karen L. Cox presents “Dreaming of Dixie: How the South was Created in American Popular Culture,” at 4 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery.

Low Lecture

From the late nineteenth century through World War II, popular culture represented the American South by such southern icons as the mammy, the belle, the chivalrous planter, and white-columned mansions. In Dreaming of Dixie (2011), Professor Cox shows that the chief purveyors of nostalgia for the Old South played to consumers’ anxiety about modernity by marketing the South as a region still dedicated to America’s pastoral traditions. Professor Cox will also examine more recent representations of the South on television from The Andy Griffith Show to reality TV.

Karen L. Cox is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the founding director of the graduate public history program.

Admission to the event is free. The annual Low Lecture is co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Department of History. For more information, click here.

Humanities Forum: The Aesthetics of Astronomy: A Subjective Look at Cosmographical Depictions Through Time (4/1)

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Michael Benson, Kinetikon Pictures

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Michael Benson, Kinetikon Pictures

On Tuesday, April 1, writer, photographer and artist Michael Benson presents, “The Aesthetics of Astronomy: A Subjective Look at Cosmographical Depictions Through Time,” at 5:30 p.m. in the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture.

Benson presents a retrospective look at the visual legacy of space exploration, covering fifty years of space travel, from the American Mariner probe fly-by of Venus in December 1962 to the latest images from the Mars Rover. His images are not so much otherworldly as abstract, modernist creations of lush imagination.

Benson works at the intersection of art and science. A photographer, writer, filmmaker, book-maker and exhibitions producer, in the last decade he has staged a series of increasingly large-scale shows of planetary landscape photography internationally. Benson takes raw data from NASA and European Space Agency archives and processes it, creating large-format landscapes. He edits, composites, frequently mosaics and then finally optimizes these images, producing seamless digital C prints of landscapes beyond direct human experience. He is also an award-winning filmmaker, with work that straddles the boundary between fiction and documentary practice.

Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts and the Department of History. For more information, click here.