Wafaa Bilal, The Ashes Series, 2009, archival inkjet prints mounted on diebond, 38” x 46.5” each

Visual Arts
April 2 – May 16
Out of Rubble
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

The exhibition Out of Rubble reacts to the wake of war — its realities and its representations. The rubble that each war leaves behind shapes today and tomorrow — physically, psychologically and spiritually. Responding to a wide range of violent encounters taking place over four continents, Out of Rubble presents works by seventeen artists and architects from over ten countries who consider its causes and consequences, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Click heading for full description.)

Le Havre

MLLI Film Festival
Thursday, April 2 | 7 p.m.
Le Havre (2011)
Physics Building Room 101

A wonderful celebration of France’s national motto—liberty, equality, fraternity—Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre is also something of a paean to World War II Resistance dramas. Told in Kaurismäki’s signature deadpan style, Le Havre centers around Marcel Marx, a once-famous Parisian writer now making his living shining shoes in the northern port town of the title. (Click heading for full description.)

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Music
Thursday, April 2 | 8:00 p.m.
String Octets!
Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

UMBC string faculty and guest join forces with students to perform the titanic Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn, and more rarely heard Octet, Op. posth. by Max Bruch. Featured performers will include UMBC string faculty Christian Tremblay and Airi Yoshioka, violin; Amadi Azikiwe and Nana Gaskins Vaughn, viola; Gita Ladd, cello; Laura Ruas, double-bass; and student performers Ariel Byrd and Erika Koscho, violin; and Michael Bradshaw, cello. (Click on heading for full description.)

Kid with a Bike

MLLI Film Festival
Monday, April 6 | 7 p.m.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Sherman Hall Room 003

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s sublime tale of love and redemption begins with an 11-year-old boy in frantic, desperate motion. Refusing to acknowledge that he’s been abandoned by his father, Cyril escapes the children’s home where he’s been living, hoping to be reunited with his dad—and to find his lost bicycle. (Click heading for full description.)

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Visual Art and Design
April 8 – June 30
Abbott Miller: Design & Content
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The work of Abbott Miller merges graphic design and typography with spatial design, interactive media, and curatorial projects. Through design and art direction as well as writing and curating, Miller’s work embraces exhibitions, digital media, environmental graphics, textiles, identities and publication design. Trained as an artist and designer, Miller’s projects reflect his interests in art, performance, photography, fashion, architecture, and history. (Click heading for full description.)

Elizabeth Fenn

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, April 8 | 4:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Fenn, Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Elizabeth Fenn’s lecture tells the story of North Dakota’s Mandan Indians, widely known for hosting Lewis and Clark during the winter of 1804-1805. The challenges the Mandans faced included epidemics of smallpox and whooping cough and invasions of Norway rats, which diminished Mandan numbers from more than 12,000 in 1500 to fewer than 300 in 1838. (Click heading for full description.)

Polisse

MLLI Film Festival
Wednesday, April 8 | 7 p.m.
Polisse (2011)
Administration Building Room 101

Based on real cases from the Paris Child Protection Unit, Polisse examines the brutal tasks of ten CPU officers, bringing together an ensemble cast composed of some of the finest actors working in France today, including Marina Foïs, Karin Viard, and Jérémie Elkaïm. Much like superlative TV procedurals such as The Wire, Polisse—the title is a child’s misspelling of police—has the immediacy of news ripped from the headlines. (Click heading for full description.)

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