Beauty stops us in our tracks. It makes us pause, look, consider. Sometimes it overwhelms us. We are often told art should aspire to this standard and be proportionate, symmetrical, naturalistic, and orderly. But what of work that is designed to revolt and terrify? Across subSaharan Africa, artists working across a range of states, societies, and cultures deliberately created artwork that violated conceptions of beauty, symmetry, and grace—both ours and theirs. Subverting Beauty features approximately two dozen works from sub-Saharan African’s colonial period (c.1880-c.
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This exhibition explores the cross-cultural connections in Melvin Edwards’ sculpture from 1980 to the present. Edwards (American, b. 1937) was profoundly influenced by his experience at a major arts festival in Lagos in 1977. Since then his work has increasingly connected to African art, languages, poetry, liberation politics, and philosophy. He has made reciprocal ties to many African countries, such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Senegal, where he has maintained a home for nearly 20 years.
UMBC's Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Experimentalist: The Art of Robert W. Fichter, the first retrospective of the artist’s career in over thirty years. Drawn from his archive at UMBC, the 55 works in this exhibition created between 1962 and 2006 highlight Fichter’s exploration of the human condition across photography, printmaking, and painting. Fichter employs shifting moods and mediums as well as wit, humor, and satire to deliver trenchant critiques of war, nuclear proliferation, and environmental disaster.
This focus exhibition acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of women artists to the development of American modernism through nearly 20 works from the BMA’s collection by Elizabeth Catlett, Maria Martinez, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Marguerite Zorach, and others. The selection of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts showcases these artists’ innovative engagements with the major art movements of 20th century from Cubism to Abstract Expressionism.
UMBC's Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Distal’s Musk: Rosy Keyser, featuring new works by artist Rosy Keyser, a painter and sculptor known for working in large-scale gestural, tactile abstraction. Further details and related programing announcements forthcoming.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the gallery will open for regular viewing hours on Friday, November 1.
Admission to the exhibition and all related events is free.
Every Day: Selections from the Collection is the BMA’s first reinstallation of its contemporary collection centered on black artistic imagination. Nearly 50 works of painting, sculpture, video, printmaking, and photography from the BMA’s permanent collection, alongside a select group of loans primarily from the celebrated Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection, foreground the critical contributions black artists have made to postwar visual art.
MacArthur award-winning artist and Baltimore icon Joyce J. Scott’s earliest art lessons were at the knee of her mother, the renowned fiber artist Elizabeth Talford Scott. The eldest Scott passed down to her daughter knowledge inherited from generations of craftspeople in their family who had honed their expertise and persisted in their artistry through the extreme deprivations of slavery and its aftermath in sharecropping, migration, and segregation. “They couldn’t buy things,” Joyce J. Scott recounts, “so they made things.
Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art offers a sweeping new perspective on the contributions black artists have made to the evolution of visual art from the 1940s to the present moment. Artists featured include pioneers of postwar abstraction once overlooked by history, such as Norman Lewis, Alma W. Thomas, and Jack Whitten, as well as artists from a younger generation such as Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Martin Puryear, Lorna Simpson, and many others.
The UMBC and Salisbury University Percussion Ensembles join forces for an afternoon of new music.
Admission is free.
Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where the Music Box is located.
Starting off the 2019-2020 "Music on the Square" series is Baltimore's own Amadou Kouyate! Amadou a virtuoso on the 21 string-kora & dejembe will enchant you with sounds and songs from West Africa to Baltimore and in between. More info below
----Have you ever said to yourself----
"How can I see more roots music here in Baltimore?"
"Where can I got to hear music in a beautiful resonant space?"
"How can I connect with the Baltimore roots music scene?"
Charm City Kitty Club
November 8 & 9
The Charm City Kitty Club, Baltimore’s premiere queer cabaret, presents Cliterature, a queerly quixotic homage to the written word. Featuring a variety of standout local performers in a range of disciplines from movement to music and more, Cliterature re-imagines beloved tropes from Sappho to Shakespeare and from noir to sci-fi.
Two nights only — don’t miss out on this instant classic!
UMBC's Department of Dance presents the Senior Dance Concert, featuring new works that explore the past, present, and future of the human experience through elaborate and exciting movement.
Friday, November 8, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15 general admission / seniors; $10 with UMBC ID.
“With a powerful voice and soul in spades, Debora Galan is a true talent.” — San Diego Troubadour
“Debora Galan brings passion, style, charm and equally energetic and delicate tones to this seamless work of art.” — Jazz Quarterly
Following her smash success at Blues Alley last summer, singer/songwriter Debora Galán returns to the East Coast with amazing vocals and songs reflecting her jazz sensibilities and Spanish/Cuban heritage. Featuring poignant lyrics, refreshing melodies and compelling rhythms, her music is heard on broadcast and internet radio around the globe.
Moon Over Buffalo
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Brandon Richards, with Assistant Director Paul Saar
Oct 25, 2019 - Nov 17, 2019
Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 2pm
With a plethora of pratfalls, slamming doors aplenty, and backstage shenanigans, Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo is a fast-paced, hilarious screwball comedy in the old tradition, a throwback farce, a valentine to the stage, and the larger-than-life personalities that inhabit the world of the theatre.
BSF closes their season with the Baltimore premiere of Beaumont’s under-performed gem. A sendup of courtly romance, The Knight of the Burning Pestle is the reason we stage Shakespeare’s contemporaries: Bill never wrote anything this bawdy or satirical.
A normal play about a London grocer is interrupted by the audience and rewritten on the fly to become an increasingly absurd chivalric epic that leaves no target un-pricked.
Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before showtime.
Free lecture about the play given at 7pm each Saturday.