The faces and names of seventeen African-American soldiers who served under Captain William A. Prickitt are recorded in a rare surviving miniature photo album that was treasured by the Union Army officer, passed down through generations of his family, and is now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. A mix of free and enslaved blacks ranging in age from fifteen to fifty, the soldiers have been enlarged to life size in colored pencil drawings by Michigan artist Shayne Davidson, who meticulously researched the lives of the men.
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Black, White & Abstract considers the work of three of the most important and influential American photographers of the 20th century: Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White.
The BMA is fortunate to have strong holdings of works by Callahan and Siskind, and now White as well thanks to the recent acquisition of the nine-part series Sound of One Hand Clapping, Sequence 14, never before on view at the Museum.
UMBC's Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Gun Show, an exhibition of more than 100 life-size replicas of assault rifles created by artist David Hess from “rescued” objects. The exhibition is curated by Kathy O’Dell, associate professor of visual arts and special assistant to the dean for education and arts partnerships.
Adam Pendleton (American, b. 1984) is a New York-based artist whose work examines and questions the freedom of abstraction in relationship to language, politics, and identity. The animating force of his work is found in Black Dada—the artist's term for a broad conceptualization of blackness. Working in various modes and mediums including painting, collage, video, and performance, the artist disrupts and reconsiders preconceived notions of history and culture.
UMBC's Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents playwright Susan McCully, who will speak on her new work All She Must Possess, a play inspired by the life of Etta Cone.
Along with her sister Claribel, Etta Cone was a Baltimore bon vivant who moved in avant garde circles in Europe during the first decades of the 20th Century. The sisters were friends of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and their social circle included Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The Cone’s extensive modern art collection is on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Visiting Artist Barbara Hammer
Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 p.m.
Room 132, Performing Arts and Humanities Building (PAHB)
The Department of Visual Arts presents a visiting artist lecture by Barbara Hammer, a visual artist working primarily in film and video. Considered a pioneer of queer cinema, she has made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years.
Steve Ziger, architect and board member at the Baltimore Design School, will talk about how buildings can support contemporary educational needs and discourses while making visible their historic uses. This talk is part of a series of programs aimed at understanding and contextualizing the Peale’s own past as Colored School No. 1 (1878-1889) and its role in the history of Baltimore schools and the city’s educational system.
Now in its 5th year, this festival presents the best student films from JHU, Morgan State, MICA, Goucher, Stevenson, UMBC, Towson and University of Baltimore. Join us as we reel in the freshest new talent!