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Interior, Fort Morgan, Battle Site, Mobile Bay, Alabama, 2003

January 26 – March 25
A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865, Photographs by William Earle Williams
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The history of American slavery is considered in A Stirring Song Sung Heroic, an exhibition of 80 black and white silver gelatin prints by photographer William Earle Williams. These images document mostly anonymous, unheralded, and uncelebrated places in the New World—from the Caribbean to North America—where Americans black and white determined the meaning of freedom. Archives of prints, newspapers, and other ephemera related to the struggle accompany the work.

The presentation of this exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which abolished slavery nationwide following the conclusion of the American Civil War.



Thursday, February 5 | 8:00 PM
Amadi Azikiwe, violin, and Mikael Darmanie, pianoAmadi Azikiwe
Concert Hall, Performing Arts & Humanities Building

UMBC Department of Music presents violinist Amadi Azikiwe in concert with pianist Mikael Darmanie. Their program will feature:

• The Stream Flows by Bright Sheng
• Romance in F minor, Op. 11 by Antonín Dvořak
• Deliver My Soul by David Baker
• Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
• Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Pianist Mikael Darmanie has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean playing the role of soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral conductor. Festival appearances include Pianofest in the Hamptons, Art of Piano Festival, and L’Acadèmie de Musique de Sion (Switzerland).



Baltimore Dance Project 2015Thursday – Saturday, February 5, 6 & 7 | 8:00 PM
Baltimore Dance Project
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre

Baltimore Dance Project returns to UMBC for its 31st year, featuring choreography by Carol Hess and Doug Hamby, and performances by Sandra Lacy and the company, with guest artists Adrienne Clancy, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and Matthew Cumbie.

Carol Hess presents a new evocative work for five women, and Lightfield, a multimedia event that fuses choreography with a mix of both live and recorded video manipulated by dancers interacting with an onstage Kinect camera. Lightfield is performed to an original score by CIRCA Director Timothy Nohe.

Doug Hamby presents Push, Punch, Run and Fall, in which the dancers’ actions bend Ferdinand Maisel’s sound score using wearable sensors, and a new work that explores the electric spaces between the bodies of four men.

Time and destiny are contemplated in a humorous and quirky new duet by Adrienne Clancy and Sandra Lacy. Lacy will also perform the silky and mysterious solo Slip, a collaboration with former Trisha Brown dancer Mariah Maloney performed to an original score by Timothy Nohe.



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Sunday, February 15 | 3:00 PM
Concert Hall, Performing Arts & Humanities Building

Collaborative artist, pianist, music director and teacher JoyAnne Amani presents, in collaboration with colleagues, a program entitled Mozart, Margaret, Moses and Me. “February is the month,” shares the artist, “in which we focus on three themes: the contributions of African Americans to our society; love; and Women’s Heart Health. This concert celebrates all three themes and is a musical tribute to my mother, Mrs. Ethel Richardson.”

The concert will feature Janice Jackson, soprano and UMBC voice faculty; Bruce Henderson, vocalist/saxophonist; Randy Williams, vocalist; Janice Chandler Eteme, soprano; Shannon Harmon, piano; and other musicians from the Baltimore area.



Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 7:00 PM  | Location PAHB 132

Enemy Kitchen, Michael Rakowitz

Enemy Kitchen, Michael Rakowitz

Michael Rakowitz discusses his work in the context of hope and antagonism, and at the intersection of problem solving and trouble-making. Rakowitz’s interventions in urban spaces extend from paraSITE (1998 – ongoing) in which the artist builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior vents of a building’s HVAC system to Minaret (2001 – ongoing) in which access is gained to rooftops, in Western cities, from which the Islamic call to prayer is sounded. In Spoils (2011) Rakowitz made a culinary intervention at New York City’s Park Avenue restaurant by inviting diners to eat traditional Iraqi dishes on plates looted from Saddam Hussein’s personal collection. In a related culinary-art project, titled Enemy Kitchen (2012), Rakowitz devised a food truck that served Iraqi cuisine to Chicago’s public, manned by veterans of the Iraq War working under Iraqi refugee chefs.

Rakowitz’s work is featured in major private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Van Abbemuseum, Endhoven, Netherlands; British Museum; Kabul National Museum, Afghanistan; and UNESCO, Paris. Rakowitz is the recipient of a six prestigious awards from international foundations, most recently, a 2012 Louis Tiffany Foundation Award.





The CIRCA banner photo illustration based on work by Assistant Professor Corrie Parks