Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker
From Now, 2007
Offset with letterpress covers, saddle stitched
Courtesy of the artist

September 16 – December 20, 2013

Artist, writer, typographic poet, and scholar-critic Johanna Drucker is widely known for her contributions to contemporary art theory and history, as well as her prolific output as a creative artist. Throughout her career she has helped shape the field of artists’ books, visual poetics, and digital aesthetics in dialogue with the arts and critical issues. Druckworks, a retrospective exhibition, is the first comprehensive presentation of Drucker’s books, graphic art and visual projects, and reveals key insights into the artist’s development over the course of four decades.

This exhibition is organized by the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago.

Johanna Drucker
Testament of Women, 2005-6
Letterpress with linoleum cuts
Courtesy of the artist
Johanna Drucker & Brad Freeman
Nova Reperta, 1999
Courtesy of the artist

Public Program

Artist’s Talk: Johanna Drucker

6:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Reception to follow


Vista Sans Wood Type Project

September 16 – December 20, 2013

This exhibition presents 34 letterpress prints produced by a group of international artists as part of the Vista Sans Wood Type Project, an experimental type and print project that blends modern technology with a historic printing process to produce a hybrid form of typographic design.

The Vista Sans Wood Type Project was organized by Tricia Treacy and Ashley John Pigford.

Rose Gridneff & Alex Cooper
Letterpress print, 2012
17.5” x 27”
Hot Cut
Dafi Kuhne
Letterpress print, 2012
17.5” x 28.5”

Public Program

Artist’s Talk: Ashley John Pigford

6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 21

Ashley John Pigford is a practicing visual artist and graphic designer, and a professor of graphic and interaction design at the University of Delaware. Pigford’s work examines the relationships between technology, materials and experience. His cross-disciplinary and highly collaborative design/art work involves a wide range of media experiences including traditional print design, motion graphics, interactive installation, kinetic sculpture, digitally-augmented performance and letterpress printing.

Reception to follow


A New Context: Photographs from the Baltimore Sun Revisited

Miss Europe Congratulated by Runners-Up
Associated Press Wirephoto
Istanbul, Turkey, 1953

Eloisa Cianni, Miss Italy, is kissed by Marlene Dee, Miss England, after Cianni was chosen as Miss Europe. Sylviane Carpentier, Miss France, who shared second place with Miss Dee in the contest, is at left.

April 8 – May 31, 2013

News photographs are an integral part of newspapers. They equally illustrate, document, and interpret the news. Historically, newspaper editors and artists used hand-working on photographs to give emphasis, drama, and legibility to the primary events of the image. The alterations would mostly become invisible once the newspaper was printed. Seeing the original photographs showing the editing marks is a multilayered cultural and aesthetic experience, and reveals a new context in this exhibition featuring 90 news photographs from the 1920s to the 1970s selected from UMBC’s Baltimore Sun archive.

Fatal Accident
Clarence B. Garrett
Baltimore, Maryland, 1972

Two persons were killed and six hurt when this car crashed on Northern Parkway. 
Siamese Cats 
Richard Stacks
Baltimore, MAryland, 1965 

Siamese Cats of Mrs. Rita Bonaventura were among the 300 or so that competed for honors at the Civic Center in the third annual championship show of the Chesapeake Cat Club.
Marylanders In the U.S. Armed Forces in South Vietnam
South Vietnam, 1968

Specialist 4 George Johnson of Ellicott City is shown with his unit in South Vietnam.
John Eager Howard (Statue) 
Frank A. Miller
Baltimore, Maryland, 1949

John Eager Howard directing traffic on N. Charles St. at Mount Vernon Place.

Public Program

6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Symposium on Print Media, Photography & Art

William F. Zorzi The Wire, Writer, Editor, Actor; Baltimore Sun, Reporter, Retired

Jed Kirschbaum Baltimore Sun, Photographer, Retired

Tom Beck AOK Gallery, UMBC, Chief Curator

Christophe Corbett Department of English, UMBC, Professor

Exhibition Views

The presentation of A New Context: Photographs from the Baltimore Sun Revisited at UMBC is supported in part by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Endowment, and individual contributions.


Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran

Shokoufeh Alidousti
Self-Portrait 3, 2003
Silver gelatin

January 28 – March 24, 2013

The exhibition presents more than 60 works of photography and video installations by twenty of Iran’s most celebrated photographers. These images, often luscious with color and imagery, are dense narratives full of history and symbolism, and filtered through private, individual sensibilities, that provide cultural clues about our sameness and our differences. The photographs presented in Persian Visions cannot entirely surmount the physical and cultural distance between Iran and the United States; nevertheless, the exhibition builds a visual bridge that allows for differences, and leads viewers to new awareness of other ways of being and seeing.

Persian Visions was developed by Hamid Severi for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran and Gary Hallman of the Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

Farshid Azarang
Scattered Reminiscences, 2003
“C” Print

Public Programming:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

5:30 PM

Hadi Gharabaghi will discuss the accomplishments of Persian Visions as an exhibition and humanistic endeavor, as well as what it means to set in motion grassroots cultural exchange in the void of over three decades of diplomatic discourse between two states. The idea of the artistic encounter being the only promising vector by which the imperialistically bastardized knowledge of culture in present-day Iran might be salvaged will be presented. However, there is a limit to humanistic discourse as a means of knowledge production, and circumstances in which the humanities have functioned as a façade for gathering intelligence on state-defined “hostile” territories will be presented.

This event is free and open to the public.

Installation Views

The presentation of Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran at UMBC is supported in part by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Endowment and individual contributions.


Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited

Always Curious, 1995
Craig J. Barber (American, b. 1947)
Platinum print
© 2006 Craig J. Barber, courtesy George Eastman House.

September 4 – November 25, 2012

Over a four-year period beginning in 1995, photographer Craig J. Barber, ex-combat Marine, returned to Vietnam to traverse many of his former military routes, making images with an 8×10 inch pinhole camera. Part cathartic exercise, part curiosity about what had become of this once war-torn country, Barber has created a series of diptych and triptych panorama platinum images that capture the serene beauty of the country and, at times for him, the all-too-memorable landscapes.

The images Barber has captured are not documentary images. The minutes-long exposure required to record pinhole images produce blurring in anything that was in motion during the exposure; this sense of movement contributes to both a sense of mystery and a dreamlike, introspective quality. They will appeal to a wide audience and to Vietnam veterans who may find some comfort, as does Craig Barber, in seeing Vietnam in a different light.

This exhibition has been organized by the George Eastman House & Museum. The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund and the American Legion Towson Post #22, as well as individual contributions.

Mekong Central, 1998
Craig J. Barber (American, b. 1947)
Platinum print
© 2006 Craig J. Barber, courtesy George Eastman House.
Sapa Hotel, 1997
Craig J. Barber (American, b. 1947)
Platinum print
© 2006 Craig J. Barber, courtesy George Eastman House.


6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012

Artist Talk​: Craig Barber

Exhibition views


Photographic Memory: Civil War Photographs Selected from UMBC’s Photography Collections

Unknown Photographer
[Collage celebrating the 74th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry]
Ship Island, Mississippi, c. 1864
Albumen prints, ink on paper

April 9 – May 31, 2012

The American Civil War coincided with the early years of photography, and the images captured by the early practitioners of this art have helped to shape the memories of this central historical event. Technological limitations, artistic aspirations and societal expectations strongly impacted the images produced by photographers “documenting” the events of the Civil War. This exhibition will explore the art and artifice of Civil War photography, while revealing something about why each of the selected 81 images was produced.

Timothy O’Sullivan
Fredericksburg Battlefield
Frederickburg, Virginia, 1862
Albumen print
David Knox / Alexander Gardner
Incidents of War: A Fancy Group
Petersburg, Virginia, August, 1864
Albumen print

Public Program

4:00 pm
April 17, 2012

Myth, Memory, & the American Civil War
Anne Sarah Rubin, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, Department of History, UMBC

Civil War Photography & Historical Evidence
Tom Beck, Curator, Albin O. Kuhn Gallery, and Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, UMBC

Reception to follow.
Free & open to the public

Exhibition views

The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Foundation and individual contributions.


Imprints: Photographs by David Plowden

September 16 – December 12, 1998

A retrospective exhibition of this major artist’s photographic career, Imprints features approximately 60 images representing forty years of chronicling the changing face of America. From small towns to cityscapes to railroads and bridges, David Plowden has devoted his career to memorializing the vestiges of Americas industrial and rural past. In his photographs, he explores the beauty, power, blight, and significance of these once commonplace icons and vistas — and captures the visual texture of a bygone America on the verge of vanishing.

A book, published by Bulfinch Press (1997) accompanies the exhibition. On Thursday, October 15 at 5:00 p.m. the artist will present a lecture about his work in conjunction with the show.

David Plowden
Church, Saline County, Missouri, 1974
Gelatin silver print

Public Program

5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 1998
Artist’s Talk: David Plowden

A reception will follow


Collection in Context: Selected Contemporary Photographs of Hands from the Collection of Henry Mendelssohn Buhl

April 10 – June 7, 1998

Drawn from the expansive photography collection of Henry Buhl, the exhibition presents a selection of sixty-eight works dating between 1947 and 1995 by such renowned photographers as Chuck Close, Barbara Kruger, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Annie Liebovitz, Ralph Gibson, Garry Winogrand, and many other notable artists.

Offering a fascinating range of photographic styles and techniques, Collection in Context ultimately takes an intriguing look at the metaphorical potential of hands.

Public Programs

3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 1998
Lecture: Professor Raymond H. Starr, Jr., Dr. Amar Klar, and Professor Sam McCready

A reception will follow.


Word & Image: Swiss Poster Design: 1955 – 1997

 February 9 – April 3, 1998

Swiss Poster poster

Public Programs

4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25, 1998
Exhibition Tour: Thomas Strong and Christopher Pullman, Vice President for Design for WGBH, public broadcasting in Boston
Lecture: Christopher Pullman

Over sixty posters, as well as publications by 30 influential Swiss designers will be presented to explore the impact and influence of the International Typographic Style or Swiss Design on graphic design and visual communication. The Swiss Design style emphasized an overall clarity of composition created by an innovative combination of typography, photography and graphic elements in which the message became an integral part of the design and the designer an “objective conduit” of information to society.

Both the exhibition and accompanying catalogue will explore in-depth how the particular use of typography and photography have largely defined what is now known as Swiss Design. Represented in the show will be key works by such internationally recognized designers as Max Bill, Armin Hofman, Josef Muller-Brockmann, Bruno Monguzzi, Siegfried Odermatt, and Rosmarie Tissi. Drawn mostly from the extensive collection of Thomas Strong, partner in the graphic design firm Strong-Cohen, New Haven Connecticut, the exhibition is curated by Assistant Professor Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, Department of Visual Arts, and Cynthia Wayne, Curator of Exhibitions, and will be accomplanied by an illustrated catalogue.