“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.


Films by Vin Grabill, Visual Arts, at the Guggenheim Museum

Piene-Image-1-205Three films by Vin Grabill, associate professor and chair of Visual Arts, will be featured this month at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Produced in 1982, 1986, and 2010, the films — Otto Piene’s Sky Art, Otto Piene’s Sky Art Neon Rainbow, and Sky Kiss at Desert Sun/Desert Moon — will be screened as part of the “Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s Film Program” and will play daily at 3 pm, December 5 – 30. “These programs featuring artist documentaries provide an expanded look at the ZERO network and the processes that the artists employed,” states the Guggenheim.

The subject of the films, Otto Piene, was one of the founding members of Group Zero, “an international network of artists that shared the group’s aspiration to redefine and transform art in the aftermath of World War II,” and was the recipient in 1995 of an honorary doctorate from UMBC.

Complete information about the screenings can be found here.

UMBC Camerata and Opera Workshop (12/7)

camerata01-sOn Sunday, December 7, at 8 pm, the Department of Music presents the UMBC Camerata, directed by Stephen Caracciolo, and the Opera Workshop, directed by Joseph Regan. The program, which will presented in the Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building, will feature music by Mendelssohn, Rutter and others, and is free to the public. Full details are available here.

Jubilee Singers (12/6)

Jubilee SingersOn Saturday, December 6 at 7 pm, the Department of Music presents the Jubilee Singers in performance under the direction of Janice Jackson. The concert will be held in the Concert Hall of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. The performance will be followed immediately by the UMBC Gospel Choir.

Admission to this concert is free.