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.)

Victoria Sambunaris
Untitled (Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas), 2010
Chromogenic Print
Courtesy of the artist

Victoria Sambunaris Artist Lecture

Visual Arts
Victoria Sambunaris Artist Lecture
Wednesday, October 8 | 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Victoria Sambunaris, whose photographic exhibition, Taxonomy of a Landscape, is currently on display at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, will speak about her work. Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. Her most recent project has been working in South Texas photographing the intersection of geology, industry and culture encompassing the international boundary and energy industry. (Click on 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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Neja Tomšič, Visiting Artist Lecture

Visual Arts
Wednesday, October 15 | 12:00 p.m.
Neja Tomšič, Visiting Artist Lecture
132 Performing Arts & Humanities Building

Neja Tomšič is a visual artist and writer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. She co-founded the Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA) in 2008 and has been involved in strategic planning, international collaborations and development of an artist residency program. Tomšič will be in residence in UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts for five weeks this fall, from October 9 until November 12. (Click heading for full description.)

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CIRCA Catalyst: Cathy Cook and Lynne Parks

Interdisciplinary
Monday, October 20 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
CIRCA Catalyst
With presenters Cathy Cook and Lynne Parks
Walker Avenue Apartment Community Center Multipurpose Room

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).

Tyler Jo Smith

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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