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.
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UMBC's Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) presents Spectrum: 2019 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, featuring artworks by Dan Bailey, Steve Bradley, Cathy Cook, Jules Rosskam,Evan Tedlock, and Vin Grabill. Spectrumprovides an in-depth exploration of recent research projects in film, video, photography, sound, installation, and sculpture by selected members of UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts.
Celebrated performance artist Karen Finley presents Venus in Retrograde, a performance in two parts — Grabbing Pussy and Parts Known — that expands on Finley’s career-long pursuit of performatively articulating the injustices committed by the U.S. government and society at large. The performance examines loss of love, dignity, and humanity, and issues a call to beat back with an exquisite heart. Standing against a backdrop of film projections, Finley narrates a poetic call to action in resistance to today’s times.
In “How to Read the Constitution and Why,” Kimberly Wehle, Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Baltimore, spells out in common sense terms what is in the Constitution and what it means. She describes how the Constitution’s protections are eroding and why every American needs to heed this “red flag” moment in our democracy.
Admission is free. A reception and book signing will follow the talk.
The Wine Dark Sea: The New Bartók String Quartet dives into the rich, ambiguous colors of Mozart’s uncharacteristically brooding D minor quartet, and Bartók’s final testament in that medium. The New Bartók Quartet (Wanchi and Airi Yoshioka, violins; James Stern, viola; and Eric Kutz, cello) is comprised of outstanding string faculty from the region, namely UMBC, the University of Maryland, College Park, and James Madison University.