Category Visual Arts

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Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

Visual Arts
August 27 – December 17
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

This exhibition presents photographs made over the span of more than a decade by Sambunaris as she traversed the United States, stopping to photograph phenomena ubiquitous and familiar to particular regions but anomalous to the ordinary eye. Acting as both document and metaphor for the American experience, Sambunaris’s photographs bring into view the vast, open-ended mystery and unease of a country where human intervention and natural beauty inspire wonder in equal measure. (Click heading for full description.)

Tom Scott Untitled, 1950s, oil on canvas, 69" x 69"

Tom Scott, Retrospective

Visual Arts
Thursday, October 9 – Saturday, December 13
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Tom Scott’s career as an artist spanned more than 60 years, from the early 1950s through the first decade of this century. His output is remarkable not only for its temporal span but for its quantity and qualities, amounting to over 3,000 by his death at age 85 in March 2013. It is also remarkable for the particular span of time it covers: a unique time that saw the ascendancy of American art on the world stage for the first time and an extraordinarily fertile period of general artistic invention worldwide that included the creation and maturing of important sub-movements of modernism, and simultaneously the beginning of post modern tendencies in art. Opening reception on Thursday, October 9. (Click heading for full description.)

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Revel Without a Cause? Dance, Performance, and Greek Vase Painting

Humanities Forum
Wednesday, November 5 | 4:00 p.m.
Ancient Studies Week
Tyler Jo Smith, Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Virginia
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Greek vases have much to teach us about ancient dance and performance. But how do the figures decorating ancient drinking cups and mixing bowls relate to the dances documented by the ancient authors? This talk explores the unique connection between these two important art forms, and reveals the ways they have been understood by scholars over the past 100 years. From drinking games to party tricks, we will explore the context of ancient dance and the special place of vases in performance history. (Click heading for full description.)

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CIRCA Catalyst: Neja Tomšič and Jaimes Mayhew

Interdisciplinary
Thursday, November 6 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
CIRCA Catalyst
With presenters Neja Tomšič and Jaimes Mayhew
Dresher Center Conference Room, 216 PAHB

CIRCA Catalyst is an ongoing series promoting conversations around transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that fuses the performing and visual arts with other fields of inquiry and scholarship. A catered lunch, with vegetarian options, will be provided by CIRCA (the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts).

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Film Screening : Kumar Talkies, with Filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar

Visual Arts
Wednesday, November 12 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Kumar Talkies, with Filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The film Kumar Talkies has received numerous awards and distinctions, and has been shown at more than 40 international film festivals. Filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar will discuss the film following a screening. (Click heading for full description.)

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Mapping Memory: Digitizing Sherman’s March to the Sea

Humanities Forum
Tuesday, December 2 | 4:00 p.m.
Digital Humanities Initiative Event
Anne Sarah Rubin, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital History and Education, UMBC, and Kelley Bell, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, UMBC
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

UMBC professors Anne Sarah Rubin and Kelley Bell use the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s March to the Sea to discuss their collaboration on a digital project about this American Civil War event. Sherman’s March and America: Mapping Memory is an experiment in digital history that uses storytelling to introduce viewers to ideas about the intersections of place and memory. By showing the various approaches to one historical event—the 1864 March to the Sea—this project opens up questions about the stories that are told about the past. (Click heading for full description.)

Interior, Fort Morgan, Battle Site, Mobile Bay, Alabama, 2003

A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865, Photographs by William Earle Williams

Visual Arts
January 26 – March 25
A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865, Photographs by William Earle Williams
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

This exhibition of 80 photographs by William Earle Williams depicts places in the New World from the Caribbean and North America that are unheralded and uncelebrated where Americans, black and white, determined the meaning of freedom. Prints, newspapers, and other ephemera related to the struggle for freedom accompany the work. (Click on heading for full description.)

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