Visual Arts
Gun Show
September 4 – October 14
Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, September 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

David Hess started assembling life-size sculptures of assault rifles from what he calls “rescued” objects — ranging from an old black sneaker and vintage turquoise sewing machine, to a raggedy crutch and pink Barbie bike frame — decades ago, increasing his pace of production following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012. While he has shown some of the works since 2015, Gun Show at UMBC is the first presentation of all 111 sculptures. Of these, the CADVC will display 99, and the artist will make 12 available as a “study set” during special hands-on, discussion-based programs. Hess aims for this project to foster dialogue about one of the most volatile issues of our time – guns, who should or should not own them, whether or not to legislate them, ramifications of their use or misuse, and how issues of race, class, gender identity, and age impact every aspect of these questions. (Click heading for full description.)

Death’s Cabaret
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre

The Department of Music presents a concerto for the 21st-century – a cabaret concerto. A unique and thrilling marriage of the 19th-century concerto form with the grime and sensuality of cabaret – both an innovation and a re-invention of an ancient tradition. Dangerous, intimate, raw and virtuosic, it promises to be an unforgettable night. (Click heading for full description.)

CIRCA Presents: Susan McCully
Wednesday, September 13, 12–1 p.m.
216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents playwright Susan McCully, who will speak on her new work All She Must Possess, a play inspired by the life of Etta Cone. (Click heading for full description.)

Daniel Beaty: Emergency
Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, 8 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre

Award-winning actor, singer, writer, and community activist Daniel Beaty presents his critically acclaimed one-person play Emergency. Present day. A Slave Ship emerges out of the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty sending NYC into a frenzy. Emergency is an intricately woven, urgent, witty and moving exploration of our shared humanity and what it means to be free. An explosive play where rhythm, rhyme and remembrance rise. (Click heading for full description.)

Ginastera, Piazzolla and Friends
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Argentine pianist and UMBC alumnus Alejandro Cremaschi performs classical piano music inspired by the folk music of Latin America. The program repertoire includes works by legendary composers Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Guastavino, Astor Piazzolla and others. (Click heading for full description.)

Celebration of the Life of William T. Brown
Saturday, September 23, 1–3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre

On September 19, 2016, the UMBC theatre community lost a family member, Professor Emeritus William “Bill” T. Brown. In 1970, he became a founding member of the Department of Theatre at UMBC and served as its chair for 18 years. Friends, former students, and faculty are invited to attend this special event in his honor. (Click heading for full description.)

The Third Annual David W. Smith Memorial Gala
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 5 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
UMBC is delighted to announce distinguished operatic soprano and pedagogue Carol Vaness as the guest artist for the Third Annual David W. Smith Memorial Gala to benefit vocal arts at UMBC. Please join us for an unforgettable evening of song and celebration. (Click heading for full description.)