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Our People, Our Land, Our Images
January 29 – March 18
UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Opportunities to view indigenous peoples through the eyes of indigenous photographers are rare and recent. This photographic exhibition features the work of indigenous artists from North America, Peru, Iraq, and New Zealand. Distinctive in its historical reach, the exhibition includes newly discovered 19th-century trailblazers, members of the next generation of emerging photographers, and well established contemporary practitioners.
Learn the basic skills of Improvisational Theater from Michael Harris, the Artistic Director of Baltimore Improv Group, including universal skills of listening, agreement, immediacy…and fun! The focus of this class is to develop the confidence to step on stage without advance planning and to learn how to trust your scene partner and yourself. We will apply basic improvisation techniques to a style called Short Form.
LIFE ON THE LINE CAN TURN ON YOU
The third iteration of the Commons Collaboration kicks off with an exciting project from Baltimore-based artist Phaan Howng in collaboration with Blue Water Baltimore. For this project, Howng creates an immersive environment with intense, unnatural colors inspired by toxic waste. Through her partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, Howng will highlight local environmental issues and create a space and suite of programs to raise awareness about Baltimore's waterways.
About the Artist
Internationally acclaimed artist and trained architect Tomás Saraceno uses iridescent panels, spider webs, and inflatable orbs in three fascinating sculptures on view. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Entangled Orbits, transforms the East Lobby with clusters of iridescent-paneled modules held in place by strings reminiscent of a spider web. Appearing somewhat like bubbles, these spherical modules evoke the artist’s visionary plans for “cloud cities,” which look to naturally occurring forms for inspiration and might provide environments for future human habitation.
For 40 years, Al Loving experimented with materials and process to expand the definition of modern painting, drawing on everything from free jazz to his family’s quilting tradition. In the 1980s, Loving broke free of the flat image, using heavy rag paper to make three dimensional collages in brilliant colors. Spiral Play features 12 of these collages, some of them monumental in scale. The work is radical, beautiful, and deeply human. In the artist’s words, “I chose the spiral as a symbol of life’s continuity. It became an overall wish for everyone.”
Los Angeles-based artist and 2017 MacArthur Genius Fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby will debut a suite of new paintings that draw upon her experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States, maintaining ties to her family in Nigeria, and building relationships in America. Layers of paint, fabric, and photographic transfers not only energize the interiors and figures depicted in the artist’s works, but serve as a metaphor for the complex merging of relationships and cultural backgrounds that contribute to Akunyili Crosby’s sense of self.
Humanities Teaching Lab: Frederick Douglass Day
Wednesday, February 14, 12 – 2 p.m.
UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery
The Dresher Center for the Humanities invites the community to celebrate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass at a digital “Transcribe-a-thon,” with public readings and birthday cake.
For a limited time, take a special tour of the historic Peale Center, including vintage gas lights and our own “Magic Ring of Fire,” as demonstrated by Rembrandt Peale in 1816!
Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are available 19 January – 7 March 2018:
Wednesdays and Fridays at noon and 5pm;
Sundays at 11am, noon, and 1pm.
The tours are free for GBCA members or with your donation to the Peale in any amount. Reservations are required using the form below. Don’t see a date you are available? Contact us to arrange another time.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team. With “THIS THING CALLED LOVE”, married musical partners, Comstock and Fasano, revel in the many sides of romance – the joys and complications, the agony and the ecstasy. “Exhilarating … a hotbed of pleasure!” raves The New York Times. The New York Observer adds, "The hip husband-and-wife team are holding court while their audiences hold hands.
Join us for a Valentine's Day evening with novelist Tayari Jones who will read and discuss her new book, An American Marriage, followed by a book signing and heart-themed refreshments. Wednesday, February 14, Central LIbrary, African American Department, 6:30 p.m.
The United States Army Field Band
Vocal Recital featuring Staff Sergeant Ian Bowling
Thursday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
The United States Army Field Band — the musical ambassadors of the U.S. Army — present a vocal recital featuring Staff Sergeant Ian Bowling, with works by Handel, Schubert, Schumann, Loewe, and Pentatonix. The concert will also featuring Staff Sergeant Selena Maytum, horn; Hui-Chuan Chen, piano; and vocalists from the Soldiers’ Chorus.
In honor of Presidents Day, we invited Steve Ross, an American treasure to perform his most patriotic Cabaret, "C'MON AND HEAR!": An Irving Berlin Celebration."
"The best songs are stories, and the best singers storytellers. Great singers can make you care about what they're feeling. You have a sense of knowing them." - Steve Ross