Performing Womanhood (ends 5/31)

IdaChagallThe Albin O. Kuhn Special Collections and Gallery present Performing Womanhood, an exhibition on display in special collections now through Saturday, May 31. Featuring portraits of women by women photographers, this exhibition displays images made from the 1920s through the 1990s. Photographs chosen for the exhibition ask viewers to consider women-only spaces and the lack of the male gaze.

Included in the show are works by Kristin Capp, Cary Beth Cryor, Judy Dater, Sandi Fellman, Peggy Fox, Mildred Grossman, Irina Ionesco, Lotte Jacobi, Mary Ellen Mark and Gerda Peterich. These artists captured famous women, anonymous women, and women with whom they share a relationship

Performing Womanhood was curated by Jazmin Smith ’14, art history and museum studies, with help from the staff at the Albin O. Kuhn Special Collections and Library Gallery. Special Collections is located in the Albin O. Kuhn Library and open Monday through Friday 1 to 4 p.m., Thursdays until 8p.m., and by appointment. For more information call (410)-455-2353 or send an email to speccoll@umbc.edu.

Image: Ida Chagall, 1945, Lotte Jacobi

Garden Gala: Bringing the Green Back to Filbert Street (5/18)

Students in the departments of American studies and Visual Arts are working with Jason Reed, the director of a non-profit community garden and educational space, to host a fundraising event to support the Filbert Street Community Garden of Brooklyn-Curtis Bay on Sunday, May 18 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. It will take place at 2640 Space in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore (2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218).

The organizers invite you to join them for an evening of food, music, history, art, silent auctions, raffles and more. The Filbert Street Community Garden is a conservation project, educational space, and food farm located in the Curtis Bay neighborhood of Baltimore. Curtis Bay residents are in need a garden because the area is a food desert, which means there is limited access to fresh produce locally. In the past two years the garden has held 24 community workshops, logged 10,000 volunteer hours, provided 500 garden classes both during and after school, served more than 600 local students, and produced and distributed more than 3,000 pounds of fresh produce in the community.

Students in Professor Nicole King’s “Preserving Places,” American studies course and Professor Steve Bradley’s “IRC Fellows,” visual arts course worked together on various aspects of programming for the event. The work is funded by a UMBC BreakingGround grant and illustrates how the successes and failures of urban industrial development contribute to our understanding of historic places and the creation of social space. You can find more information on the event by clicking here.

Catalyst with Presenters Colette Searls, Theatre, and Lynn Tomlinson, Visual Arts (5/8)

Crab_Bluefloor_Tan_Water_ArmymanJoin us for CIRCA’s final Catalyst lecture of the semester, Thursday, May 8 from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. with presenters Colette Searls, theatre, and Lynn Tomlinson, visual arts. This discussion will take place in the Dresher Center Conference Room, PAHB 216.

Department of Theater Associate Professor Colette Searls and independent animator Lynn Tomlinson will present their collaborative research uniting Searls’ work in live performance puppetry with Tomlinson’s painterly clay-on-glass animation. The team is working with UMBC’s Imaging Research Center to create a prototype app that animates characters directly through an iPad touch-screen interface. Their prototype digital puppet will be used as a tool to create a short film about a crab that collects sea trash entitled “Hoarder Crab.”

Learn more about this event at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Lynn Cazabon and Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, Receive Ruby Artist Project Grants

Ruby Artist Project Grants, awarded by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, are presented to Baltimore area artists in support of projects “that reflect a diversity of talent and creativity in immersive theatre, interactive media experiences, documentary film and musical composition.” This is the first year the GBCA has awarded Ruby Artist Project Grants.

Lynn Cazabon, visual arts, was awarded a prize for Portrait Garden, a project centered upon work with long-term inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women that will be presented throughout Baltimore-area commercial display spaces.

Eric Dyer, visual arts, was awarded a prize for The Zoetrope Tunnel, a 9-foot tall by 20-foot long working walk-through sculpture whose interior animation will describe the evolution of the bicycle, both in mechanical development as well as in social impact.

These project descriptions, as well as further information about the Ruby Grants, can be found at the GBCA website.

Visual Arts Faculty and IMDA Candidate in Socially Engaged Art Journal

Visual arts faculty Tom Beck, Tim Nohe and Steve Silberg, and IMDA candidate, Charlotte Keniston were featured in the first edition of Socially Engaged Art Journal (SEAJ).

“Engaging Community: Art and Food In Baltimore City” written by Charlotte Keniston discusses the artists’ work and UMBC thesis project centered upon food deserts in Baltimore; “My Station North” focuses on a collaborative exhibition by Keniston and Nohe, in which they work with children at Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School to document the Station North neighborhood of Baltimore through sound and photography; and “The Hughes Remix Project” written by Beck and Silberg details the development of the new Project archive containing “175 remixed, reinvented, reinterpreted, and reimagined images of Baltimore street scenes, promotional and advertising work, businesses, churches, schools, monuments, factories, machinery, and portraits.”

SEAJ is an online publication that showcases the work of artists whose practice, community art or social design is socially engaged. The first issue is titled “Baltimore.”

MFA Thesis Exhibition in City Paper

imageThe MFA Thesis Exhibition, now on display in the CADVC, was mentioned in an article by City Paper‘s Baynard Woods last week. The article highlighted UMBC’s well connected Visual Arts faculty, staff and MFA candidates in relation to the Baltimore arts community. Woods also mentions IMDA candidate Lexie Mountain’s performance piece exhibited at the opening, Fred Worden Cuts A Couch In Half With A Chainsaw.

Read “Art Seen” at City Paper‘s website.

Project Mah Jongg with Work by Tim Nohe, Visual Arts, in Baltimore Jewish Times, Baltimore Sun

Project Mah Jongg, a collaborative, traveling exhibition that includes sound design by Tim Nohe, visual arts, along with original works by other nationally acclaimed artists, was featured in the Baltimore Jewish Times and the Baltimore Sun this week. Centered upon Project Mah Jongg’s display at the Jewish Museum of Maryland this month, the articles discuss the exhibition’s success in highlighting the tradition, memory and history of Mah Jongg in American Jewish communities.

“Mah-jongg exhibit runs at Jewish Museum”, Baltimore Sun
“America’s Other Pastime”, Baltimore Jewish Times

In the exhibition, Nohe completed sound design for three “Muji” players, documenting games in New York City’s Chinatown and Upper East Side. The exhibition, designed by Abbott Miller of Pentagram, features artwork by Christoph Niemann, Isaac Mizrahi, Maira Kalman and Bruce McCall, and was curated by Melissa Martens. The exhibition’s companion publication “Mah Jongg: Crak, Bam, Dot” was edited by Abbott Miller and Patsy Tarr.

The exhibition, which originated at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in New York has garnered notice in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the LA Times, and is on view at the Jewish Museum of Maryland through June 29, 2014. The show has travelled to Portland, Cleveland, LA, Miami Beach, Atlanta and will continue on to San Francisco this summer. Learn more at Project Mah Jongg’s website.