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 112 sculptures. 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.)
Saturday, September 9, 8 p.m.
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.)
Visiting Artist Barbara Hammer
Thursday, September 14
Time and location TBA
The Department of Visual Arts presents a visiting artist lecture by Barbara Hammer, a visual artist working primarily in film and video. Considered a pioneer of queer cinema, she has made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. (Click heading for full description.)
Daniel Beaty: Emergency
Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, 8 p.m.
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.)
Alejandro Cremaschi: Ginastera, Piazzolla and Friends
Thursday, September 21, 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.
Last year, 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.)