Baltimore Dance Project (2/5 – 2/7)


On February 5, 6 and 7, Baltimore Dance Project returns to UMBC for its 31st year, featuring choreography by Dance faculty Carol Hess and Doug Hamby, and performances by Sandra Lacy and the company, with guest artists Adrienne Clancy, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and Matthew Cumbie. All performances will be held at 8 pm in the Proscenium Theatre in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

Carol Hess presents a new evocative work for five women, and Lightfield, a multimedia event that fuses choreography with a mix of both live and recorded video manipulated by dancers interacting with an onstage Kinect camera.

Doug Hamby presents Red Wings of Desire, in which the dancers’ actions bend Ferdinand Maisel’s sound score using wearable sensors, and a new work for four men.

Time and destiny are contemplated in a humorous and quirky new duet by Adrienne Clancy and Sandra Lacy. Lacy will also perform the silky and mysterious solo Slip, a collaboration with former Trisha Brown dancer Mariah Maloney performed to an original score by Timothy Nohe (Visual Arts).

Guest artists Jessie Laurita-Spanglet and Matthew Cumbie investigate the role and power of ritual in Ritual Cycle #1. How do we deal with change now, and how have those before explored the same question?

$20 general admission, $10 students and seniors, $7 UMBC students. To order tickets in advance by credit card, purchase online through MissionTix. Patrons who prefer to pay cash or check at will call may make a reservation by calling x56240.

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Amadi Azikiwe, violin, and Mikael Darmanie, piano (2/5)

amadi_bigOn Thursday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall, the Department of Music presents violinist Amadi Azikiwe in concert with pianist Mikael Darmanie. Their program will feature:

• The Stream Flows by Bright Sheng
• Romance in F minor, Op. 11 by Antonín Dvořak
• Deliver My Soul by David Baker
• Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
• Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has appeared in recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, the “Discovery” recital series in La Jolla, the International Viola Congress, and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since then, he has performed throughout Israel, Canada, South America, Central America, Switzerland, India, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout the Caribbean. Mr. Azikiwe’s performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” “St. Paul Sunday,” on WNYC in New York, WGBH in Boston, WFMT in Chicago, and the BBC, along with television appearances in South America. He is an adjunct instruction in UMBC’s Department of Music.

Pianist Mikael Darmanie has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean playing the role of soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral conductor. Festival appearances include Pianofest in the Hamptons, Art of Piano Festival, and L’Acadèmie de Musique de Sion (Switzerland). As a chamber musician, he won First Prize in the North Carolina MTNA Chamber Music Competition (with the Transverse Trio), has performed at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music as part of the Apple Hill Fellowship Trio, and, in 2010, he performed in programs of Brazilian and French music for violin and piano at Lincoln Center Institute’s Kenan Fellowship performance series. In 2012, he performed on the Taft Museum of Art Chamber Music Series (Cincinnati) with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Since his debut as a conductor with the Carolina Chamber Symphony in 2008, he has gone on to perform throughout the United States, conducting various piano concerti from the keyboard and symphonic works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Haydn and Liszt.

$15 general admission
$10 seniors
$5 students
Advance tickets via credit card are available online at MissionTix and will also be available at the door (cash or check only).
Admission is free with a UMBC ID (tickets available at the door).

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A Stirring Song Sung Heroic — Exhibition at the Library Gallery (1/26)

Interior, Fort Morgan, Battle Site Mobile Bay, Alabama 2003 Silver gelatin print

Interior, Fort Morgan, Battle Site
Mobile Bay, Alabama
Silver gelatin print

January 26 – March 25
A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865, Photographs by William Earle Williams
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The history of American slavery is considered in A Stirring Song Sung Heroic, an exhibition of 80 black and white silver gelatin prints by photographer William Earle Williams. These images document mostly anonymous, unheralded, and uncelebrated places in the New World—from the Caribbean to North America—where Americans black and white determined the meaning of freedom. Archives of prints, newspapers, and other ephemera related to the struggle accompany the work.

The presentation of this exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which abolished slavery nationwide following the conclusion of the American Civil War.

William Earle Williams is the Audrey and John L Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts, and Curator of Photography at Haverford College. He received his M.F.A. degree from Yale University School of Art, and holds a B.A. in history from Hamilton College. His photographs have been widely exhibited at diverse institutions including the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and UMBC. His work is held in many public collections including the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and UMBC’s Special Collections. Williams has also received numerous fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 2003–2004.

On Tuesday, February 24 at 4 pm, William Earle Williams will lecture on his photography. The lecture, co-sponsored by the Dresher Center the Humanities and the Library Gallery, will be presented as part of the Humanities Forum.

Admission to the gallery and the lecture is free. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5 pm. For more information call 410-455-2270.

Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, Imaging Research Center, on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show (1/7) and WEAA’s Marc Steiner Show (1/8)

Following the shootings at the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, artist-in-residence at the Imaging Research Center, was interviewed on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show (January 7) and WEAA’s Marc Steiner Show (January 8) — listen here and here, respectively. KAL is editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London and The Baltimore Sun, and winner of the 2014 Thomas Nast Award for cartooning on international affairs.

Timothy Nohe, Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, and Visual Arts, Selected as Warnock Foundation “Social Innovator”

Tim Nohe FieldworkTimothy Nohe, director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, and professor of Visual Arts, as been selected by the Warnock Foundation as a “social innovator” for his work to create accessible online and smartphone delivered urban forest stewardship resources. The project has been supported by a collaborative team, including lead scientist Matthew E. Baker, associate professor of Geography & Environmental Systems; Butch Berry of The Friends of Springfield Woods; Baltimore Green Space; and cohort of students from the Friends School of Baltimore under the direction of Josh Carlin. The project has also received support from the Breaking Ground Initiative at UMBC. More information on the project is available here.

“Revolution of the Eye” Receives Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

Revolution of the Eye MicrositeThe National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $40,000 in support of the exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, curated by Maurice Berger, research professor and chief curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC). The exhibition has been co-organized by the CADVC and The Jewish Museum in New York, which will administer the grant funds.

The exhibition, which will open May 1, 2015 at The Jewish Museum before embarking on a national tour, addresses the modernist aesthetic and conceptual principles that have influenced American television from its inception, and examines how early television introduced new trends in art, design, and avant-garde art. The exhibition will include photographs, paintings, sculptures, prints, conceptual art, excerpts of historic TV programs and film, memorabilia, posters, magazines, books, clothing, comic books, and toys by artists such as Herbert Ferber, Lee Friedlander, Allan Kaprow, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Robert Morris, Ben Shahn, and Andy Warhol, as well as works by designers Lou Dorfsman and Saul Bass and architect Eero Saarinen. Also on view will be clips of TV interviews with John Cage, Salvador Dali, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, George Segal, and others.

The campus community is encouraged to participate in a survey at the exhibition’s website. Click here to share your culture interests and familiarity with television design.

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Awarded Grant from Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation

Maurice BergerMaurice Berger, research professor and chief curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, has been awarded a $30,000 Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation.

The grant supports research for Berger’s monthly column, Race Stories, for the Lens Blog of The New York Times. The blog explores the relationship of photography to concepts, themes, and social or regional issues about race not usually covered in the mainstream media.

Berger plans to conduct research on Robert Frank, focusing on contact sheets, notes, and shooting scripts for a two-part essay on Frank’s representations of race in The Americans. He will also conduct research for essays exploring parallel developments in African American, Latino, and Asian American photo-based art and photography from the 1960s to the present, focusing on the ways this work has challenged stereotypes and prevailing ideas about identity. More about the award can be found here.

Designed to support writing about contemporary art, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the Arts Writers Grant Program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.