Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape (8/27)


Victoria Sambunaris
Untitled (Potash Mine – distant view, Wendover, Utah), 2004
Chromogenic Print
Courtesy of the artist

Opening Wednesday, August 27, at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, is the exhibition Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape.

This exhibition presents photographs made over the span of more than a decade by photographer Victoria Sambunaris as she traversed the United States, stopping to photograph phenomena ubiquitous and familiar to particular regions but anomalous to the ordinary eye: massive distribution facilities, complex transport systems, colossal mining operations, majestic mountain gaps, exploding mud pots. Acting as both document and metaphor for the American experience, Sambunaris’s photographs bring into view the vast, open-ended mystery and unease of a country where human intervention and natural beauty inspire wonder in equal measure. Collected ephemera—the essential, and incidental, elements of Sambunaris’s work as a photographer and researcher—are also included in this exhibition (books on geology and history, maps, and artifacts collected on her journeys, such as mineral specimens, journals, road logs), as well as a video documenting her travel and work processes, and over 1,500 of her small photographic sketches. [Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Photography.]

The exhibition will continue through December 17. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Thursday until 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.  Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.

The artist will deliver a public lecture on her work on Wednesday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m.:

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Anne Rubin, History, and Tom Beck, Library Gallery, to Discuss Civil War Photographs (4/17)

On April 17, Anne Rubin, associate professor of history, and Tom Beck, chief curator of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery and affiliate associate professor, visual arts, will discuss the gallery’s current exhibition, “The Photographer’s Eye: Civil War Photographs Selected from the UMBC Photography Collections.”

Rubin will discuss “Myth, Memory, and the American Civil War,” while Beck will speak about “Civil War Photography as Art and Historical Evidence.”  Their talk will take place at 4 p.m. in the Library Gallery.

The American Civil War coincided with the early years of photography, and the images captured by the early practitioners of this art have helped to shape the memories of this central historical event. Technological limitations, artistic aspirations and societal expectations strongly impacted the images produced by photographers “documenting” the events of the Civil War. This exhibition explores the art and artifice of Civil War photography, while revealing something about why each of the selected 81 images was produced. The exhibit runs through May 31.

The discussion is sponsored by the Library Gallery and the Department of History

Passage on the Underground Railroad (1/29 – 3/22)

Stephen Marc - Running Man, Digital montage/archival pigment inkjet print, 9" x 26" (22.5" x 37.5" framed), Courtesy of the artist

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Passage on the Underground Railroad, artwork by Stephen Marc, organized by the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Buffalo, New York, and curated by Sandra H. Olsen. The exhibition will be on display from January 29 through March 22.

Stephen Marc’s fascinating photographs and digital montages explore the history of freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad. With this body of work, Marc combines contemporary images with historic documents and artifacts to create richly-layered objects that bring the past palpably into the present. For seven years the artist photographed the routes traveled by fugitive slaves in their search for freedom, documenting and interpreting his research along the way. In Passage on the Underground Railroad, Marc shares the results of these explorations through eighty-seven thought- provoking, unconventional, and haunting digital images.

Marc uses two types of photographic composites to reveal the history of the Underground Railroad (UGRR): multiple photographs that describe UGRR sites and metaphorical montages that address the larger horror of slavery. Each UGRR site has a story, so individual sites are portrayed inside and out, using several photographs in combination to create visual tours. The companion montages evocatively interpret the South’s “peculiar institution” from which slaves were fleeing. These multilayered narratives weave together elements from the landscape of slavery—plantation structures, crop fields, waterways, tools of bondage and agriculture, merchant tokens and bank note currency, newspaper articles, and advertisements—along with UGRR site details, antislavery materials, and contemporary cultural references.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information call x52270.

On Wednesday, March 7 at 4 pm, Stephen Marc will present a lecture on his work.

The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Foundation and individual contributions. For this exhibition and publication, Stephen Marc has received ongoing support from Olympus Imaging America, Inc., as well as from the National Park Service as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.

MFA Imaging and Digital Arts Thesis Exhibition (1/26 – 2/18)

Image: Gary Kachadourian, Proposal Image for "Apartment Complex"

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents the MFA Imaging and Digital Arts Thesis Exhibition, which features works by graduates of UMBC’s MFA programs in Imaging and Digital Arts. The 2012 exhibition will include work of graduate students in robotics, photography, performance art and trans materials. The exhibition opens on January 26 and will remain on display through February 18.

Artists featured will include Meghan FlaniganGary Kachadourian, Timothy Noble and Ali Seley.

Meghan Flanigan’s work, I Will Disappear to You, can be experienced as either a live, one-on-one performance or as a video installation. The performances will occur at the following times, and by appointment. The video installation will be shown at all other times.
Friday, January 27, 12 – 1 pm
Saturday, January 28, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, February 1, 12 – 1 pm
Thursday, February 2, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (immediately prior to the opening reception)
Friday, February 3, 12 – 1 pm
Saturday, February 4, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, February 8, 12 – 1 pm
Friday, February 10, 12 – 1 pm
Saturday, February 11, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, February 15, 12 – 1 pm
Friday, February 17, 12 – 1 pm

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 2, from 5 to 7 pm.

Admission to the exhibition is free. The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and is located in the Fine Arts Building. For more information call 410-455-3188.

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Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Exhibition Highlights Outreach to Area Schools

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture celebrates its Fall 2011 K-12 school and community partnerships with an exhibition in the Hall Gallery on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building through February 9. The multi-media display features original artwork by more than two hundred students from four area schools—Lansdowne High School (Academy of Arts & Communication), Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove, Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School and Hampstead Hill Academy—alongside work by their UMBC student and faculty collaborators. Their artwork responds to the CADVC’s main gallery exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture, which was on display in Fall 2011.

Work by students from two of these schools, Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School and Hampstead Hill Academy, are also on display at the Pop-Up Gallery at 401 South Conkling Street in Baltimore City through January 14. This exhibition, Highlandtown Transfer Remix, is the result of a partnership between the CADVC and the Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District, also known as “ha!”.

More information is available at the CADVC’s Image Transfer exhibition page.

CADVC Exhibition “Where Do We Migrate To?” Tours to New York

The exhibition Where Do We Migrate To?, organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, will tour in spring 2012 to the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design. Opening on February 2, the exhibition will remain on view through April 15.

Artists Space in New York will host a launch for a book that accompanies the exhibition, also entitled Where Do We Migrate To?, on December 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Svetlana Boym, an artist whose work is featured in the exhibition and who contributed an essay to the book, will speak.

Curated by Niels Van Tomme, Director of Arts and Media at Provisions Learning Project in Washington, D.C., Where Do We Migrate To? explores contemporary issues of migration as well as experiences of displacement and exile. Situating the contemporary individual in a world of advanced globalization, the artworks address how a multiplicity of migratory encounters demand an increasingly complex understanding of the human condition. As such, the exhibition allows multiple perspectives about its subject matter to unfold simultaneously, opening up a range of political, psychological, poetic, and pragmatic manifestations of the contemporary migrant experience. The exhibition was originally on view at UMBC from March 17 to May 7, 2011.

Image: Xaviera Simmons, (detail) Superunknown (Alive In The), 2010, C-prints mounted on Sintra, dimensions variable/size of installation variable, first produced for Greater New York 2010 MoMA/PS.1.