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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.
Spectrum: 2017 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
November 2 – December 16
UMBC's Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Spectrum: 2017 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, featuring artworks by Eric Dyer, Corrie Parks, Peggy Re, and Sarah G. Sharp.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 2, from 5 to 7 pm, and the gallery will open for regular hours on Friday, November 3.
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
Humanities Forum / Visual Arts — Daphne Harrison Lecture
"The Mark Rice Collection and the Homo-Erotics of Photography after Stonewall"
James Smalls, professor of visual arts, affiliate professor of gender and women’s studies, affiliate professor of Africana studies
Thursday, December 7, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Join Hugh Sisson & Al Spoler, co-hosts of Cellar Notes on WYPR, for an evening of local beer, wine, and fare pairings. Presented in partnership with Heavy Seas Beer. Catering by The Rowhouse Grille. Ages 21+. COST $35 members / $45 non-members / Advance registration required / Register online
Generous support for this event is provided by WYPR.
Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen Museum & Library invites you to mix and mingle in the Gilded Age mansion's period rooms at its annual holiday after-hours event. Be inspired by creatively themed seasonal decorations, enjoy live music performances, and bid on original portraits by local artists in a silent auction curated by celebrated Baltimore artisan David Wiesand.
This season Iron Crow Theatre debuts it’s second original, devised work! The Goodies, featuring an all female cast of color, re-tells the story of the Salem Witch Trials, through the lens of modern day America. If, as the old adage states, history were to repeat itself, how would this mark in American history unfold again within the brave new world of the digital age? With fake news, nasty women, and the demonization of all “others”, this horror story of our own history may not be as impossible as we think.
The UMBC Department of Music presents the UMBC Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Tom Goldstein. The UMBC Percussion Ensemble is a dedicated performing group of advanced percussion students. The ensemble is adventurous in its programming, with a repertoire that includes graphic-notation pieces, improvisational works, and theatre, as well as works by important early percussion composers, such as Alan Hovhaness, John Cage, and Carlos Chavez.
Fall Dance Showcase
Thursday, December 7 – Saturday, December 9, 8 p.m.
The UMBC Department of Dance presents the annual Fall Dance Showcase. Students perform works by faculty, students and visiting artists, and the senior dance majors present their capstone choreographic projects. A different program each night features elaborate and exciting movement that explores the past, present, and future of human experience.