Visual Art
A Designed Life: Contemporary American Textile, Wallpapers, Containers and Packaging
September 13 – December 8
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13, 5 – 7 p.m.
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents A Designed Life: Contemporary American Textile, Wallpapers, Containers and Packaging, an exhibition based on three historically significant traveling exhibitions of contemporary mass-produced, American-designed consumer goods that were commissioned by the U.S. Department of State in the early 1950s. It recreates and interprets those early Cold War exhibitions — including American textiles, wallpapers, containers, and packaging — restating and interpreting part of each display as it might have appeared in the early 1950s. (Click heading for full description.)

Black Box Theatre

Theatre
She Like Girls by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Eve Muson
October 18–28
Black Box Theatre

She Like Girls is a coming-of-age, coming-out love story set in Newark in the early 2000s. Kia, an African-American teenager, finds herself falling in love with her classmate, Marisol. While supporting Marisol through a health crisis, the two share a romantic relationship. The girls strain to keep their involvement a secret from their conservative mothers and their gay-bashing classmates. Kia becomes more and more vocal about her sexual identity, but pays a high price for declaring her independence. Though inspired by a real-life hate-crime (the murder of a lesbian teenager in Newark in 2003), the tone of Hutchinson’s play is mostly that a of hip, sharp romantic comedy like Issa Rae’s Insecure or Donald Glover’s Atlanta. (Click heading for complete information.)

Proscenium Theatre

Theatre
Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Nyalls Hartman
November 15 – 18
Proscenium Theatre

Dead Man’s Cell Phone follows a woman, Jean, who, through the death of its owner, Gordon, inherits (or pockets) his incessantly ringing cell phone. So begins her rather surrealistic journey to find reconciliation and understanding. Through a series of encounters, Jean is forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect to another human being in a technologically obsessed world. Wildly imaginative, the play touches on the absurdity of current human interaction and the difficulty of finding and holding onto meaningful relationships. The play is at times funny, sad, absurd and touchingly beautiful. (Click heading for full description.)

Interdisciplinary
SEEING SCIENCE: Photography, Science and Visual Culture
Ongoing on seeingscience.umbc.edu

Through its multiple components, SEEING SCIENCE looks at the forms scientific images take, what they reveal, how they transform the disciplines they serve, and lives they influence. (Click heading for full description.)

Visual Art
Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park
Open year-round
UMBC campus, inside Hilltop Circle between Administration Drive and Commons Drive

Joseph Beuys was an influential German artist known for his performances, sculptures, environments, vitrines, prints, posters, and thousands of drawings. Beuys highlighted the need for greater environmental awareness across the globe through his ongoing social sculpture project entitled, 7000 Oaks. With the help of over 20 organizations, 7000 Oaks inspired the planting of over 350 trees and several stones by over 500 people in Baltimore Parks and at the UMBC sculpture site in 2000. (Click heading for full description.)