Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, shares his views on Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood, a new book by a Toronto-based photographer and physician, Zun Lee. While the book’s images of African-American  fathers may at first seem ordinary — for example, a man feeding his baby as his other children play nearby — Berger notes that the photographs “are in one sense unusual: Their subjects are black and counter mainstream media that typically depict African-American fatherhood as a wasteland of dysfunction and irresponsibility.”

Read “Black Fathers, Present and Accountable” and view the photographs at The New York Times Lens blog.

Berger’s Race Stories column, which appears monthly on The New York Times website, is “a continuing exploration of the relationship of race to photographic portrayals of race.”

Performing Arts and Humanities Building Grand Opening (10/17)

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Photo: Ken Wyner

The campus community and the public are cordially invited to attend the grand opening of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building on Friday, October 17. At 3:00 p.m., an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in the Recital Hall, followed by a reception, building tours, performances and open rehearsals. We will also commemorate the installation of the new public artwork by Thomas Sayre. A detailed schedule will be published soon.

Dan Bailey, Imaging Research Center, on WYPR, Discusses “BEARINGS of Baltimore Circa 1815″

Baltimore1815_0Dan Bailey, professor of Visual Arts and director of the Imaging Research Center, was interviewed by WYPR’s Sheilah Kast on Wednesday, September 3. Bailey, along with Kristin Schenning of the Maryland Historical Society, discussed the UMBC/MHS collaborative project entitled “BEARINGS of Baltimore Circa 1815.” The on air interview is available online here.

Combining historical research with cutting-edge effects technology, the Bird’s Eye Annotated Representational Image/Navigable Gigapixel Scene (BEARINGS) of Baltimore, Circa 1815 provides a detailed rendition of the burgeoning city and conveys Baltimore’s prominence as a seaport and a commercial hub for the young country. By 1815, Baltimore was the third largest city in the United States; the IRC’s work recreates a view of its streets and buildings in significant detail. The IRC’s project is on view in the exhibition Full Glory: Maryland during the War of 1812 at the Maryland Historical Society (201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore). General information about BEARINGS of Baltimore Circa 1815 can be found here.

Additionally, Tamara Peters, faculty research assistant in the IRC, who has been the research lead on the project for two years, will speak at a TEDxUMBC event on Saturday, September 13. More details are here.

BEARINGS of Baltimore Circa 1815 was funded in part by the Maryland Department of Tourism and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

Niels Van Tomme, CADVC, Receives Vilcek Curatorial Fellowship

nielsvt_web1Niels Van Tomme, Visiting Curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, has been named a 2014 Vilcek Curatorial Fellow by the Foundation for a Civil Society.

The Vilcek Curatorial Fellowship was established as part of the Foundation for a Civil Society’s Young Visual Artists Awards (YVAA) program. It is awarded annually to U.S.-based curators with demonstrated experience and excellence in engaging with international contemporary art. The fellowship provides curators with an opportunity to travel to one or more of the YVAA countries in Central and South East Europe to serve as guest jury members for the national awards as well as conduct short-term independent research, develop curatorial projects and expand their professional networks.

The Foundation notes that Van Tomme was chosen for his noted curatorial achievements, commitment to artists and publics alike, and potential to make important future contributions to the field of contemporary art. He will be traveling to Prishtina, Kosovo in mid-October to select the winners of the Artist of Tomorrow Award, as well as visiting Belgrade, Serbia; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Bucharest, Romania. He will also be conducting studio visits with artists, meetings with colleagues and presenting his curatorial practice at public events. As a Vilcek Fellow, Van Tomme will continue to be the agent of artistic exchange, creative collaboration and understanding between the United States and the YVAA countries.

The Young Visual Artists Awards is an international network of 10 national awards in Central and South East Europe and a New York residency program. First established with President Havel and a group of artists in Czechoslovakia in 1990, this highly successful program has grown to 10 countries and has to date awarded and presented in the US over 100 artists.

Performing Arts and Humanities Building in The Baltimore Sun

Photo: Ken Wyner

Photo: Ken Wyner

“The just-completed Performing Arts and Humanities Building atop the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County,” says fine arts critic Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun, “makes quite a statement from almost every angle — the sun-reflecting, stainless-steel-wrapped Concert Hall; the glass-enclosed Dance Cube jutting from the structure; views of the downtown Baltimore skyline from upper floors.”

Smith’s feature, accompanied by photographs by Barbara Haddock Taylor, ran in The Sun on Sunday, August 31, and includes an interview with Scott Casper, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Click here to read the full article and here to see the photo gallery.

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, Exhibits “Copenhagen Cycles” in New York

CphCycles_Polser-zoeEric Dyer, Visual Arts, will be featured in a solo exhibition at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York. His work Copenhagen Cycles: 2006 – 2014 will be on display from September 6 through October 11, with an opening reception on September 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Information is available at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. The exhibition received a preview article on August 15 in Wall Street International.

Thomas Sayre’s “Forum” in the News

Forum by Thomas Sayre, under construction. (Photo: Timothy Nohe)

Forum by Thomas Sayre, under construction. (Photo: Timothy Nohe)

Forum, the public artwork by Thomas Sayre being constructed in front of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, has been covered by local papers in North Carolina, where the “earth cast” columns were fabricated:

August 12, NewsObserver.com – First Look: Raleigh sculptor Thomas Sayre – with video here.

August 13, North Raleigh New – North Raleigh seniors dig unearthed art.