Announcing the launch of Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit!
Edited with text by Lowery Stokes Sims, Symmes Gardner. Foreword by Rebecca Uchill. Text by Leslie King-Hammond, Christopher Kojzar, Serubiri Moses, Oletha DeVane, Tadia Rice.
February 1, 4pm Eastern Time: Webinar book launch, featuring Oletha DeVane, Lowery Stokes Sims, Christopher Kojzar, and Serubiri Moses.
Among the works presented here is a large-scale carved sculpture, N’Kisi Woman—Universal N’Kisi (2021–22); nkisi is a Kongo cultural figure invested with sacred energy. The work reflects DeVane’s fascination with how materials convey meaning and reemerge as myths and memories.
“Oletha DeVane is a wayfinder and a storyteller,” says the retrospective’s curator, Lowery Stokes Sims. “Over the last five decades as she has traveled in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, she has been inspired by the stories and characters she encounters, bringing the unexpected to light, while finding new nuances in the old and familiar, and unexpected correlations among those varied cultures.”
Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit is available for pre-order now through D.A.P.!
Public Programs for the Spectrum of Process: 2024 UMBC Faculty Exhibition: February 9-March 2, 2024
Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture (CADVC) is pleased to present “Spectrum of Process,” an exhibition highlighting a range of UMBC faculty approaches to art and culture through rigorous, experimental processes. The exhibition is interdisciplinary, including works of fine art, design, pedagogy, and the visual culture of research.
February 8, 6pm: Opening reception!
Join the faculty, staff, and students involved in “Spectrum of Process” for a celebratory reception.
February 14, noon: Research and Process, featuring faculty and students involved in the “Can You Catch a Deep Fake?” and “Artifacts” research projects
Join researchers Lee Boot, Christine Mallinson, and their research teams for intimate discussions about two critical research activities at UMBC, focused on the topics of climate science and Deep Fake audio technologies. Both of these interdisciplinary research activities use visualization strategies to interpret and understand important changes in our environment and culture. The format of the conversation will be a gallery tour followed by Q+A.
February 21, noon: Julie Sayo, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, presents Babayin Writing Workshop!
Julie Sayo is a Filipino-American graphic designer and educator. Her studio practice explores identity and the role of graphic design in decoloniality through the study and type design of Baybayin, a Tagalog writing system of the Philippines.
Join Julie Sayo in an interactive workshop to learn Baybayin writing and her research.
States of Becoming — Opening Reception
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A 6 p.m. panel discussion will feature Chukwudumebi Gabriel Amadi-Emina, Elshafei Dafalla, and Helina Metaferia, moderated by Maleke Glee, director of Stable Gallery in Washington, D.C. Exhibition curator Fitsum Shebeshe will provide an introduction.
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On Thursday, October 26 at 5 p.m., the CADVC presents a conversation with the curator, Fitsum Shebeshe, and Jessica Bell Brown, curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The discussion, moderated by Rhea Beckett, founding director at Black Artist Research Space, will focus on curatorial approaches to African diasporic experience and migration.
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Sarah Kanouse: My Electric Genealogy
November 10 at 6pm.
Part storytelling, part lecture, and part live documentary film, Sarah Kanouse’s solo performance My Electric Genealogy explores the shifting cultures and politics of energy in Los Angeles through the lens of her own family. For nearly forty years, her grandfather designed, planned, and supervised the spider-vein network of lines connecting the city to its distant sources of power: rivers that are now drying up and power plants that are finally coming down. This physical infrastructure subtended diffuse “infrastructures of feeling” that included assumptions of perpetual growth and closely held beliefs about nature, gender, race, and progress. The performance weaves together signal moments in the city’s history, episodes of her grandfather’s life, anxious fantasies about a climate-challenged future, and stories of resistance and reinvention in the face of extraction.
The presentation of My Electric Genealogy at CADVC is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.
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Events connected with “Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab”
“Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab” showcased an artist who proudly occupied a space that he described as the “hybrid area between art, technology, social engagement, and interdisciplinary research.” A technologist, researcher, facilitator, designer, and artist, Hemphill’s UMBC faculty fellowship in Visual Arts from 2021-2023 fostered experimentation and learning through visual and material explorations of geographies of Hiphop.
February 23, 2pm: Robot Arm Demonstration
Dr. Foad Hamidi, UMBC Human-Centered Computing, and Tahir Hemphill, UMBC Visual Arts, discussed their shared interests in participatory digital research of media and cultural systems. The session included a demo of choreography for a mechanized robotic arm based on Hiphop data analysis by Hemphill as part of his series “Maximum Distance, Minimum Displacement.”
March 16, 6pm: On Institutions (Dub Remix)
Ongoing pop up events
Exploration into public art projection
During the spring semester of 2023, CADVC explored a possible public art event or video projection series in the amphitheater connected to the Center. With the support of the Maryland State Arts Council’s public art planning grant, CADVC organized public events related to this inquiry.
Saturday, February 25, 1pm: When Public Art is More than Sculpture
While artists across all mediums engage in making public art, the ways of engaging publics often differ. Audiences, strategies, methods can vary wildly. For artists developing works, the questions can compound: Are communities fully engaged? Is nature truly preserved? Is this work achieving its intended goal?
When Public Art is More than Sculpture convenes a vibrant discussion on these questions and more featuring four pillars of Baltimore’s cultural landscape — painter and environmental engineer Se Jong Cho; poet and educator Sylvia Jones; public artist Graham Coreil-Allen; and Teri Henderson, Arts and Culture Editor of Baltimore Beat — facilitated by Rahne Alexander (UMBC IMDA MFA ’21).
March 30, 6-7pm
Special spotlight on CADVC Community Outreach: Saturday, May 28th, 2022
On Saturday, May 28th, 2022, CADVC participated in a Community Outreach event that celebrated the beauty of Baltimore City’s Latino Community through the art of storytelling. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to remember their roots and history while engaging with the rich cultural traditions of the community.
To learn more about this past event, click here.