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CADVC January Hours

Starting January 7th through January 25th, 2014, the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture will be open the following days:

Tuesdays through Thursdays: Open by appointment (visitors can call on a phone outside the gallery and be let in)

Fridays and Saturdays: Open to the public

Project Director, Dr. Maurice Berger and Revolution of the Eye Receive Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, a forthcoming project from the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC and its Project Director, Dr. Maurice Berger are the recipient of a 2013 Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $40,000 grant, awarded under the Endowment's America's Historical & Cultural Organizations Grant program, will assist in the planning of an exhibition, book, and website. Revolution of the Eye represents the first collaborative institutional effort between the CADVC and the Jewish Museum in New York, where Dr. Berger holds the title of Consulting Curator. He is Research Professor and Chief Curator at CADVC. The grant will be administered through the Jewish Museum.

This is the third NEH grant awarded to Dr. Berger since 2008 in his capacity as project director at CADVC. An earlier project, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights received planning ($40,000) and Implementation ($400,000) grants from the NEH in 2008 and 2009. Additionally, For All the World to See was selected by the Endowment as the eleventh exhibition of the NEH on the Road initiative. NEH on the Road is designed to create wider national access to the ideas, themes, and stories explored in major grant-funded NEH exhibitions. Under Dr. Berger's direction, the initiative adapted the exhibition in a smaller, lower security version and will travel it to 25 additional venues, mostly smaller and mid-size institutions across the country over a five year period from 2012 to 2017.

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CADVC Welcomes Guest Curator Joanna Raczynska

CADVC welcomes guest curator Joanna Raczynska for her 2013 / 2014 film series, Jump Over Time: Using Documentation Video.

Jump Over Time: Using Documentation Video presents a series of films and videos that utilize the subjective as well as mediated experiences of performance, exploring some of the many uses of video, film and audio documentation by artists, organizations, and collectives since the late 60s. The film and video presentations will contextualize questions regarding the concept of live performances and subjective experience; actions by Activist-Artists; histories of artist-run experimental media spaces and happenings; “professional” and “amateur” documentation and their purposes; copyright, archives, access and video format migration; and the experiences of projectionists, media arts curators and artists performing multiple roles in the making of meaning and history, among other concepts. The series will also work towards provoking a more active participation in the documentation of current artistic practices, organizations, and events.

Jump Over Time looks at some creative uses of video documentation as an idiom and form used by media artists. When does the video documentation of an event shift from witness to evidence? If a performance is designed for the camera is the urgency, the live-ness, of the performance obliterated? When the video maker’s intent is to re-present a specific historic period, action, or happening, can reenactments be considered documentation? Selected works as well as visiting artists and archivists will speak to the many ways archives—brimming with mediated experiences—are critical to cultural determination, memory, and practice.

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Sandra Abbott, CADVC, Appointed to Baltimore City Public Art Commission

abbott_rawlings-blake.jpgBaltimore community arts activist and UMBC’s curator of collections and outreach for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, Sandra Abbott, was sworn in to the board of the Baltimore City Public Art Commission on Monday, June 10, 2013 by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

As a member of the board of the Public Art Commission, Abbott juries public art projects along with eight other members under the City’s 1% for Art Program. The program enhances the cityscape, quality of life, and artistic and creative climate in Baltimore. The 1%-for-Art Ordinance requires at least one percent of the City's capital construction project's eligible funds be used for the selection, acquisition, commissioning, fabrication, placement, installation, display, and maintenance of public fine artwork. The program is administered through the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA).

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Berger Featured in New York Time's Lens Blog

Maurice Berger, Chief Curator of the CADVC, has written his third essay for “Race Stories,” an ongoing series for the New York Times Lens Blog. The essay focuses on Ken Gonzales-Day’s important "Lynchings in the West Project."

Read the full article here:
"Lynchings in the West, Erased From History and Photos"

The previous two entries in the “Race Stories” series are also available on the Lens Blog:
"A Radically Prosaic Approach to Civil Rights Images"
"Malcolm X as a Visual Strategist"

Command Z Featured as Top Ten Art Show of 2012 by City Paper

Command Z: Artists Working with Phenomena and Technology curated by Lisa Moren, presented by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture last spring was featured today as one of the top ten art exhibitions of 2012 by City Paper.

The show, described as one that “reawakened our sense of wonder and possibility,” was alongside exhibitions presented by the Contemporary Museum, Open Space, Nudashank and others. Command Z also made the top ten list of Baker award-winning artist, Gary Kachadourian.

See the list here: “2012 Top Ten Art Shows.”

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Berger Awarded $50K from Warhol Foundation for Exhibit & Publication

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded CADVC Research Professor and Chief Curator Maurice Berger a $50,000 curatorial research fellowship award for his forthcoming curatorial project Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television. This exhibition and publication project represents the first collaborative institutional effort between the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and the Jewish Museum in New York, where Dr. Berger holds the title of Consulting Curator. The grant will be administered through the Jewish Museum.

From the early-1940s through the mid-1960s, a dynamic new visual medium emerged in the United States that, in its risk-taking and aesthetic experimentation, paralleled the cutting-edge nature of modern art: television. The revolutionary and uncharted medium attracted younger television executives, writers, producers, and directors. Scores of socially and culturally progressive and predominantly Jewish network executives, producers, directors, art directors, and writers—figures such as Paddy Chayefsky, William Golden, Leonard Goldenson, Robert Kintner, Ernie Kovacs, Dan Melnick, William S. Paley, David Sarnoff, Frank Stanton, David Susskind, and Rod Serling—mined the aesthetic, stylistic, and conceptual possibilities of a new and powerful technology. These innovators worked in a cultural milieu far less constricted by the competition for box office revenue and the censorious production codes then preoccupying the motion picture industry.

As the geographic focus of the networks shifted from the Hollywood movie studios to a television industry initially centered in New York, the proximity of these innovators to the city's dynamic artistic and cultural community—particularly the avant-garde art and philosophies of the New York School, an artistic milieu also with a significant Jewish presence—would result in a powerful conceptual and stylistic synergy between modern art and early television. American television and avant-garde art capitalized on the “modernist visual revolution,”

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television is currently scheduled to be presented at the Jewish Museum during the spring of 2016 and follows up at the CADVC / UMBC in 2017.

Warhol Foundation Awards CADVC $50K for Exhibit & Publication

The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts has awarded the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture $50,000 for the upcoming project, Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki & Trevor Paglen.

The project, headed by Visiting Curator to the CADVC, Niels Van Tomme, is a traveling exhibition and publication project which explores the unique roles Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen play as meticulous observers of the global military industrial complex. Investigating forms of military surveillance, espionage, war-making, and weaponry, Farocki and Paglen each examine the deceptive and clandestine ways in which military projects have deeply transformed, and politicized, our relationship to images and the realities they seem to represent. The exhibition initiates critical questions about the crucial part images play in revealing essential but largely concealed governmental information, and places the oeuvres of Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen within the broader cultural and historical developments of the media they are creatively working with, namely photography, film, and new media.

Visibility Machines is scheduled to be presented next fall, mid-October through December, 2013.

"For All the World to See" Comes to UMBC

The fall issue of UMBC Magazine features a three part feature on For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. The text, written by CADVC research professor and chief curator Maurice Berger, analyzes a selection of objects in the exhibition. There is also a profile of and an interview with Dr. Berger, but the interview appears only in the online version.

The exhibition has been touring the US since 2010 when it opened in NY. Both the exhibition and the book, by the same title, have won many accolades, including a tour through the NEH on the Road initiative, which travels sponsored exhibitions nation wide. More info is available--as well as a virtual exhibition version of the project--on our website at foralltheworldtosee.org.

As UMBC anticipates the exhibition finally coming "home" to CADVC this November 15, 2012 through Mar. 10, 2013, we have planned a number of related programs throughout the coming months.

UMBC's Humanities Forum will also be presenting several lectures and panel discussions on the civil rights movement, including a discussion between Julian Bond and Freeman Hrabowski, among others. For more details see this link.

CADVC exhibition opens in New Orleans this weekend

CADVC's traveling exhibition, "Migrate," opens this weekend at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. Learn more about the installation and events there on CAC's exhibition page or local station WBOK's site.

listserv_Migrate.jpg Where Do We Migrate To?, curated by CADVC guest curator Niels Van Tomme, explores contemporary issues of migration and experiences of displacement and exile. The exhibition features work in diverse media by 19 internationally recognized artists and collectives including Acconci Studio, Svetlana Boym, Blane De St. Croix, Lara Dhondt, Brendan Fernandes, Claire Fontaine, Nicole Franchy, Andrea Geyer, Isola and Norzi, Kimsooja, Pedro Lasch, Adrian Piper, Raqs Media Collective, Société Réaliste, Julika Rudelius, Xaviera Simmons, Fereshteh Toosi, Philippe Vandenberg, and Eric Van Hove.

The award-winning scholarly catalogue can be purchased through D.A.P.

Image: Xaviera Simmons, (detail) Superunknown, (Alive In The), 2010, C-prints mounted on Sintra, dimensions/size of installation variable, first produced for Greater New York 2010 MoMA/PS1

This project was made possible, in part, with the support of the Flemish Government through Flanders House.

CADVC Welcomes Guest Curators

CADVC welcomes guest curators Heiferman & Van Tomme for their future projects, Sciences, Photography and Visual Culture and Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki & Trevor Paglen, respectively. Dates will soon be announced.

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Prof. Abraham Wins Design Awards for CADVC Publication

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Category: Scholarly journals
Title: Visual Culture and Evolution: An Online Symposium
Designed by: Guenet Abraham

The University and College Designers Association's 42nd Annual UCDA Design Competition has awarded Professor Abraham two awards for her design of the CADVC's Visual Culture and Evolution book. Visual Culture and Evolution will be on display at the UCDA's Annual Design Conference, October 13th through 16th in Montreal, Canada.

She received Awards for Excellence in the following categories:
Research Publication & Book - Complete Unit

Congratulations Professor Abraham!

CADVC Wins Two Publication Design Awards

CADVC was selected as a winner of the 2012 AAM Museum Publications Design Competition. Within the category of institutions with budgets less than $750,000, judges awarded the following:

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Category: Scholarly journals
Title: Visual Culture and Evolution: An Online Symposium
Designed by: Guenet Abraham
Award: Second Prize

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Category: Exhibition catalogues
Title: Where Do We Migrate To?
Designed by: Kelley Bell
Award: First Prize

A complete list of winners will be available soon on the association’s website (www.aam-us.org) and the competition will be featured in a special section in the November/December issue of Museum. We also will display the grand prize winner, along with selected first prize winners, at the convention center during the 2012 AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo™ in Minneapolis Saint Paul, April 29-May 2.

CADVC Gallery Closed to Public

The CADVC suffered extensive damage due to a water main break. The gallery will reopen to the public in November with For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

Please check back for updates or call 410-455-3188.

Command Z article featured in the City Paper!

"A UMBC exhibition uses modern technology to make magic..." Published
April 4th, 2012 in the City paper.


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Read the article here!

For All The World To See featured in the Kansas City Star!

Here is an excellent article on the road version of For All the
World to See--the cover story in yesterday's Sunday Magazine
of the Kansas City Star.

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Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Partners with the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) will partner with the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District (ha!) to present Wish You Were Here, a pop-up gallery installation March 3 through 17.

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Symmes Gardner, CADVC, Addresses Maryland House of Delegates

On Friday, February 24, Symmes Gardner, executive director of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC), addressed the Maryland House of Delegates as a special speaker on Black History Month. His presentation featured images of the CADVC’s major touring exhibition, For All the World to See, organized in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and now on display at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Among the delegates attending the presentation were Speaker of the House Michael Busch and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones (’76 psychology). In his remarks, Mr. Gardner emphasized the importance of the Maryland State Arts Council, which provided significant funding for For All the World to See.

Maurice Berger film "Threshold" in the Whitney Biennial

Kudos Dr. Berger!

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Our colleague Maurice Berger will have a short film featured in the Whitney Biennial, as part of Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran's five-day residency at the Biennial in May (9-13) --a residency entitled BLEED that will turn the whole fourth floor into a performance/video exhibition space. They have commissioned three films, one of which is Maurice's five-minute piece, THRESHOLD, that riffs on the crossing of thresholds--walking through doors, entering trains, cars, and buses, moving across stages, approaching podiums, and even the imagined passage from Earth to heaven--that have defined the voice, place, and aspirations of a people during the historic struggle for civil rights. He is in the process of producing the work now, and will write the museum wall label/text next month, so he'll have a bit more information to share about his participation in the Biennial later in the spring.

Our congratulations to Maurice on this great accomplishment!

More about Dr. Maurice Berger...

MFA show gets rave review in City Paper!

Kudos class of 2012!
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Imaging and Digital Arts 2012 Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Jan. 26 through Feb. 18, 2012

Save the date:
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, 5 - 7 p.m. Opening reception in the gallery

Come see the works of four degree-seeking students of UMBC's MFA program in Imaging and Digital Arts. This exhibition will feature work in robotics, photography, performance art, and trans materials. All are welcome to attend lectures and performances.

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Photo: Ali Seley

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Where Do We Migrate To? Book Launch

CADVC's Where Do We Migrate To? celebrates book launches: 12/15 at Artists Space, NY & 1/9 at WIELS, Brussels. Exhibition opens 2/2/2012, Johnson Design Center, NY

Where Do We Migrate To? Book Launch at Artists Space, NYC

Artists Space in NYC is hosting a book launch for Where Do We Migrate To? on December 15th from 6 to 8 pm. Svetlana Boym ( artist in the exhibition and essayist for the book) will speak.

Artists Space
38 Greene St., 3rd Fl.
212.226.3970

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Where Do We Migrate To? Heads to NYC

Where Do We Migrate To? is traveling to NYC to the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design.

The exhibition will open on Feb. 2nd and remain on view through April 15th, 2012

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Upcoming Spring and Travel Exhibitions

CADVC Anounces 2011-12 Exhibition Season

IMDA's MFA Thesis Exhibition
January 26 to February 18, 2012

Command Z
March 27 to April 28, 2012

Senior Exit Exhibition
May 17 to June 16, 2012

CADVC's Traveling Exhibitions

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
June 10, 2011 to November 27 2011

National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis:
January 2012 to September 2012

Where Do We Migrate To?
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, The New School for Design, NY:
January 2012 to March 2012

The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans:
June 30, 2012 to October 7, 2012

For All the World to See 2011 Awards

The CADVC's project, For All the World to See, has recently received the following awards and honors:

2011 Curatorial Award of Excellence, The Outstanding Exhibition in a University Art Museum 2010: For All the World to See, Association of Art Museum Curators

2011 Nominee, Dr. Maurice Berger, Emmy Award, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York Chapter: Historical/Cultural: Feature/Segment: “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” Sunday Arts, Thirteen/WNET

2011 Finalist, For All the World to See (Yale, 2010), National Book Award, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis

2011 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title 2010, Art and Architecture, For All the World to See (Yale 2010), American Library Association

To view more information and press coverage about the exhibition, please visit UMBC's comprehensive For All the World to See page.

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For All the World to See Featured on Smithsonian Archives Blog

The Smithsonian Archives blog, "The Bigger Picture," is celebrating African American History month with a post featuring For All the World to See. The piece previews the exhibition's arrival at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History this June. It's written by Marvin Heiferman, who is creative consultant for the Smithsonian Archives.

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More Headlines about For All the World to See

EXPLORE For All the World to See on National Public Radio. Margot Adler's NPR profile of the exhibition on Weekend Edition Sunday is an exemplary piece of journalism: concise, incisive, and filled with nuance. The show aired nationally on August 1, 2010.

EXPLORE Maurice Berger's curator tour of For All the World to See at the International Center of Photography on PBS SUNDAY ARTS, which aired on Sunday, August 1, 2010.

New York Times Headlines about For All the World to See

New York Times reviews For All the World to See and selects as "art pick of the week."

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READ MORE on the review of the show at ICP

More For All the World to See Publication & Exhibition Headlines

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CADVC's much anticipated publication FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE: VISUAL CULTURE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS due out April 20th through YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, was reviewed by the BOSTON GLOBE.

For All the World to See Publication & Exhibition Make Headlines

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By this time next month CADVC's much anticipated publication FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE: VISUAL CULTURE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS will be out through YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS. The upcoming publication by Maurice Berger and the premier of the touring exhibition at the INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, New York were mentioned today in ARTNET NEWS.

CADVC and Dr. Maurice Berger Receive $400,000 Implementation Grant from NEH

CADVC’s Project Also Receives “We the People” Designation from NEH

The Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture and its Senior Research Scholar, Dr. Maurice Berger, have received a $400,000 America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a forthcoming exhibition, website, and accompanying book, For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Additionally, For All the World to See has been designated an NEH “We the People” project by the Endowment. The goal of the “We the People” initiative is to “encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the support of projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation’s history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America.” Dr. Berger is the project director, author, and curator of For All The World To See.

Symmes Gardner, director of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, observed: “The Center is tremendously excited to have received this major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. While it represents first and foremost a very substantial commitment to supporting For All The World To See, the grant also recognizes the importance of CADVC’s and Dr. Berger’s dedication to projects that seriously examine the issue of race in contemporary American culture.”

John Jeffries, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, added: “I share the great excitement of Symmes Gardner and others in the CADVC about the NEH grant. Not only is this major award a signal recognition of the extraordinary quality of the work of Maurice Berger and the Center, but it is also testimony to the power of visual culture and a rigorous, creative multidisciplinary endeavor to illuminate important societal issues.”

The project—the first comprehensive exhibition and publication to look at the role played by visual images in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for civil rights in the United States—is being organized in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. The exhibition will open in New York on May 12, 2010 at the International Center of Photography, with a film festival and public programming at the New York Public Library. The show will travel to the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution in June 2011 and on to museums across the United States as part of its national tour. It will conclude its tour at the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture in the fall of 2012. Yale University Press will publish the project’s extensively illustrated companion book, with a full-length text by Dr. Berger and a preface by the renowned writer, librettist, and novelist Thulani Davis.

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Maurice Berger Receives Award for Exhibition of the Year

Congratulations to CADVC's Senior Research Scolar, Dr. Maurice Berger, who won the prestigious Exhibition of the Year award for 2008 from the Association of Art Museum Curators for the exhibition he co-curated at The Jewish Museum in New York, ACTION/ABSTRACTION: POLLOCK, DE KOONING AND AMERICAN ART, 1940-1976. All awards for 2008 will be formally announced at the AAMC Eighth Annual Meeting, to be held May 18-19 at the Museum of Modern Art and Jewish Museum, New York.

CADVC Publication Receives Award

nce again, the American Association of Museums has recognized one of CADVC's publications for outstanding design. The award is an honorable mention in the category of scholarly journals by institutions with budgets of $750,000 or less. The publication, VISUAL CUTLURE AND BIOSCIENCE: AN ONLINE SYMPOSIUM was designed by Visual Arts Professor, Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, and Visual Arts Alumna, Emily Wilson. This is Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo's 24th award for design of a CADVC publication. For a list of all CADVC awards see link below.

AAM award winners were presented at the 2009 AAM Annual Meeting and Museum Expo in Philadelphia, April 29 - May 3, 2008.

AWARDS
CADVC PUBLICATIONS
VISUAL CULTURE AND BIOSCIENCE: AN ONLINE SYMPOSIUM

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CADVC Releases New Publication

There is a consensus among scientists that biology will be the science of the twenty-first century just as physics was the science of the twentieth century. This belief underscores the significant role bioscience has played in recent decades and is predicted to play in both the immediate and far-reaching future. The biosciences have brought us to the brink of an exciting era of possibilities.

VISUAL CUTLURE AND BIOSCIENCE: AN ONLINE SYMPOSIUM is a timely and relevant exploration of the enlocked relationship between the biosciences and the domain of art. Today, artists invested in scientific discourse contribute greatly to a vital, multidisciplinary discussion.

In the spring of 2007, the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences joined with the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in creating a virtual meeting place for experts from a range of disciplines. Derived from the virtual discussion, this text is a marker of the current dialogue surrounding the relationship between the science lab and the art studio. It is also a record of the actual practitioners who are engaged in art/science practices and considers the future relationship between the disciplines.

Major funding for the symposium was provided by Ralph S. O'Connor and the Marian and Speros Martel Foundation.

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David Yager leaving CADVC, UMBC

On 1 July 2009, our founding Executive Director, Professor David Yager, will be leaving the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to assume the exciting new position of Dean of Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz. As those of us in the UMBC community have long known, David is an innovative and formidable thinker and artist. He is also a visionary leader and generous colleague, supporting with great enthusiasm the work of The Center and its staff. Over his twenty years at CADVC, David has helped transform a small university art gallery into a major national venue. We are delighted that he has agreed to serve as an advisor to The Center over the next two years, despite the considerable demands of his new position.

Visit our online exhibition, CENTER OF GRAVITY: A PROJECT IN HONOR OF DAVID YAGER. The project gathers words and images by artists, writers, scholars, and critics who have worked with the institution since its founding in 1989.

Maurice Berger Receives International Association of Art Critics/USA Award for Best Thematic Show in New York Cit

Dr. Maurice Berger, Senior Research Scholar of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, is the recipient of an award from the International Association of Art Critics/USA. Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning and American Art, 1940-1976, an exhibition co-curated by Dr. Berger for The Jewish Museum, was named “The Best Thematic Show In New York in 2008” by the association. The winning projects were nominated and voted on by the 400 active members to honor outstanding exhibitions of the previous season. Winning institutions this year include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Research Center, and the Williams College Museum of Art. The awards ceremony will be held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York on March 2, attended by museum curators, artists and critics from around the country.

NEH Planning Grant and "We the People" Designation

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture has received a major planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for its forthcoming project, For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Additionally, the exhibition was designated a NEH "We the People" project by the Endowment. The goal of the "We the People" initiative is to "encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the support of projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation's history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America." Dr. Maurice Berger, Senior Research Scholar of CADVC, is the Project Director and Curator of For All The World To See.

The exhibition is being organized in partnership with The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC. It will open in New York in May 2010 at the International Center of Photography, with a film festival and public programming at the New York Public Library. The show will travel to the National Museum of American History for the summer of 2011 and then on to the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in late 2012 and to museums across the United States as part of its national tour. Prof. David Yager, Executive Director of CADVC, notes that the grant and "We the People" designation will "help us to create the best exhibition possible and reach a broad and diverse audience, both at UMBC and through the project's extensive national tour. The NEH award and special designation acknowledges not only the excellence and quality of For All The World To See, but also highlights CADVC's ongoing commitment to presenting exhibitions and publications dedicated to race and culture."

Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park in New York Times

On October 15, 2008, the New York Times featured an article on the work of the
TKF FOUNDATION, which funded UMBC's Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park. OPEN SPACES, SACRED PLACES, a book published this month by the TKF foundation, recounts the story behind the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park and other TKF-funded gardens.

In the spring of 2001 CADVC organized The Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership, a public art and community tree-planting project that resulted in the JOSEPH BEUYS SCULPTURE PARK at UMBC and three additional Beuys parks in Baltimore City. The parks are inspired by German visual artist Joseph Beuys' (1921-1986) extensive 7000 Oaks tree planting project--a far reaching visionary program that transformed the sidewalks and landscape of Kassel, Germany with the planting of 7000 oak trees between 1982 and 1987.

To schedule a tour of the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park at UMBC, please contact Sandra Abbott at 410-455-1440 or abbotts@umbc.edu.

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CADVC Graduate Assistant in London

Graduate Assistant, Jaimes Mayhew, collaborates with THE ORPHANED LAND TRUST in London, England beginning Thursday, October 23, 2008.

Jaimes Mayhew will be collaborating with Heather Ring and Richard Reynolds of The Orphaned Land Trust in the THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY (TINAG) festival in London, October 23-26, 2008. From the festival's website:

TINAG creates arenas/stages/platforms for emerging voices that rest outside of established circuits. Working across disciplines, TINAG encourages inter-cultural dialogue and rigorous production for those whose point of reference is the city.

Jaimes, Richard and Heather will be organizing a self-guided tour of Guerrilla Garden Open Houses throughout London for the festival, and will shoot an instructional video about The Orphaned Land Trust and how to adopt orphaned land during the course of the festival.

Maurice Berger featured in New York Times

On May 2, 2008, the New York Times reviewed The Jewish Museum’s Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976.
The exhibition was co-curated by Maurice Berger, Senior Research Scholar for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture. Times art critic Roberta Smith described Berger’s contributions to the exhibition and catalog as “pithy,” “extensive,” and “outstanding,” and noted his affiliation with CADVC and UMBC.

In his 16th year with CADVC, Dr. Berger is currently organizing For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, which CADVC opens at the International Center of Photography in New York in May 2010.

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CADVC Publications Selected by AIGA for Fifty Books/Fifty Covers

Andrea Robbins and Max Becher: Portraits and The 1980s: A Virtual Discussion have been selected by the American Institute of Graphic Design for their annual Fifty Books/Fifty Covers award.

This is the competition's 85th year and is the highest honor the AIGA bestows re: book design and production.

Fifty Books/Fifty Covers is scheduled to travel nationally, beginning at the American Institute of Graphic Design in New York in September.

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CADVC PUBLICATIONS
ANDREA ROBBINS AND MAX BECHER: PORTRAITS

Two CADVC Publications Win Design Awards

Two CADVC publications received awards in the 2008 American Association of Museums Publications Design Competition.

The 1980s: A Virtual Discussion won Second Prize in the category of Scholarly Journals Andrea Robbins and Max Becher: Portraits won Honorable Mention in the category of Exhibition catalogues. Both books were submitted in the category of institutions with budgets less than $750,000. Professor Franc Nunoo Quarcoo is the credited designer for both publications.

AAM award winners were presented at the 2008 AAM Annual Meeting and Museum Expo in Denver, April 27 - May 1, 2008.

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ANDREA ROBBINS AND MAX BECHER: PORTRAITS

Major Renovation of CADVC Gallery Space

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture celebrates the completion of major renovations to its gallery space. The culmination of two years of work, visitors will now experience an upgraded lobby area, enlarged and adaptive exhibit space, state-of-the-art lighting, and new hard wood flooring.

ANDREA ROBBINS AND MAX BECHER: PORTRAITS, which opened on Thursday, January 31, 2008 is the first exhibition to be presented in the CADVC’s new space.

New Publication Partnership with the National Academy of Sciences

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is currently partnering with the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC in publishing the proceedings of A Virtual Symposium: Visual Culture and Bioscience.

With technical support provided by CADVC staff and the Office of Instructional Technology at UMBC, the National Academy of Sciences hosted the online conference during the first two weeks of March, 2007. Over 25 internationally recognized scientists and visual artists explored three topics during the course of their discussion: imaging in art and science, artists in the lab, and social and cultural implications of visualizing the biosciences. The publication will be distributed internationally through Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.) in New York.

CADVC Exhibition to Open at the International Center of Photography

The exhibit, FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE: VISUAL CULTURE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, is scheduled to open at the International Center of Photography in New York City on May 21, 2010. The show will remain on view until September 12, 2010. Additionally the New York Public Library will host the exhibition's associated film festival and educational programs at two of its Manhattan venues—the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem—as well as in its branch libraries across the five boroughs.

The exhibition will travel to the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution and other venues before concluding its national tour at CADVC.

Curated by CADVC Senior Research Scholar Maurice Berger and co-organized with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights represents the first comprehensive exhibition and publication to look at the role played by visual images in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for civil rights in the United States.

For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights is comprised of over 250 objects, including posters, photographs, graphic art, magazines, newspapers, books, pamphlets, political buttons, comic books, toys, postcards, and clips from film, newsreels, and television.

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