Inge Morath: The Road to Reno

On the set of The Misfits
Reno, Nevada

10 September – 10 December 2007

This exhibition presents black and white and color photographs made by the Austrian-born Inge Morath, documenting an eighteen-day trip across the United States made with fellow Magnum photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1960. The trip concluded with covering the filming of The Misfits, the motion picture starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, in Reno, Nevada. Excerpts from Morath’s personal travel journal accompany the photographs which offer perspectives of America exotic even to most Americans.

The Road to Reno is a touring exhibition organized by the Inge Morath Foundation. Support for presentation of the exhibition at UMBC comes from 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.

Exhibition Views


Highlights: Recent Acquisitions of the Photography Collections

April 10 – May 27, 2007 

This exhibition showcases nineteenth and twentieth century photographs acquired by UMBC’s Photography Collections over the last decade. Founded in 1974, the Photography Collections now hold more than 2 million images along with cameras and a library of books on photography and related subjects.

Photographs by Bernice Abbott, Jim Amos, Thomas Annan, Ken Ashton, Gary Auerbach, Edward Bafford, Tom Baril, Thomas Barrow, A. Aubrey Bodine, Edouard Boubat, Marilyn Bridges, John G. Bullock, Kristen Capp, Clarence Carvel, Michela Caudill, Larry Clark, Harold Edgerton, Peggy Fox, Roland Freeman, Sally Gall, Ralph Gibson, John Gutman, Ralph Hattersly, Richard Jaquish, Erica Lennard, Jenny Lynn, Stephen Marc, Mary Ellen Mark, Jill Mathis, John Blair Mitchell, Joel Meyerowitz, Gilles Peress, John Pfahl, Elliot Porter, Thomas J. Reaume, Ed Ross, David Seltzer, Ted Serios, David Seymour, Eve Sonneman, Raymond H. Starr, Jr., Jaromir Stephany, Pete Turner, David Yager.

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.


Celebrating Samuel Beckett at 100

Jane Brown. Portrait of Samuel Beckett, c. 1970s
© Jane Brown 2007, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

January 29 – March 24, 2007

Commemorate the centenary of Samuel Beckett, the leading twentieth century writer and dramatist, with Celebrating Samuel Beckett at 100. The Irish-born author, whose stirring texts in French and English were recognized by the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969, is considered by some the best writer of English since Shakespeare and the greatest French playwright since Molière. 

Curated by Angela Moorjani, Emerita Professor of French and Intercultural Pragmatics, in association with the Library Gallery, this show presents Beckett’s words and images as filtered through the imaginative work of a number of visual and stage artists. On view are select photographs, etchings, artist books, and rare editions of Beckett’s works. 

Etching titled The Myth by Charles Klabunde
Charles Klabunde (b. 1935)
The Myth
The Lost Ones, 1984
Etching on paper

Public Program

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
February 8, 2007

This public program will feature UMBC’s resident Beckettians: Xerxes Mehta, Angela Moorjani, and Wendy Salkind, in readings, performances, and discussions related to the works on display. 

Reception to follow 

Celebrating Samuel Beckett at 100 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. At UMBC support has also been generously provided by the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Departments of Modern Languages & Linguistics, Theater, and English, and the Humanities Forum. The reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Gallery and the Libby Kuhn Endowment. 


Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project

The Acropolis viewed from the Pnyx, August 2002
Socratis Mavrommatis

January 29 – March 23, 2007

The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery is pleased to present Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project created by Socratis Mavrommatis, Chief Photographer of the Acropolis Restoration Service, documenting the interventions and transformations of Acropolis monuments since 1975. The exhibition, produced by the Acropolis Restoration Service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, opened in Athens at the renowned Benaki Museum in 2002, and has traveled to Brussels, Paris, Rome, and London. The North American tour is organized by the Thomas J. Walsh Gallery, Fairfield University. The presentation at UMBC is co-organized by Associate Professor Richard Mason, Ancient Studies Department, and the Library Gallery.

Concurrent with Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project is The Glory of Ruins on display in the Library Rotunda and curated by a group of eight students taking part in an Ancient Studies/Honors College internship. This exhibition displays nineteenth and twentieth century photographs depicting classical Athens and Attica, all from the Special Collections of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery.

The presentation of these exhibitions 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 and the Ancient Studies Department.

Public Program

4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Exhibition Talk​: Katherine A. Schwab, Associate Professor of Art History at Fairfield University

Dr. Katherine A. Schwab will speak on The Parthenon East Metopes: Technologies of the 21st Century and New Discoveries.

Sponsored by the Humanities Forum with a reception to follow.


Reflections from the Heart: Photographs by David Seymour

Ingrid Bergman with Doves, 1952 (printed 2006)
Inkjet print from digital scan of original transparency
Courtesy of Ben Shneiderman

September 11 – December 10, 2006

Curated by Tom Beck and organized by the Library Gallery in collaboration with the Corcoran Museum of Art and the George Eastman House, the project provides the first real critical examination of imagery by the pioneering photojournalist David Seymour (Chim). This project will elevate the significance of work by Seymour, the least well-recognized master among the founders of Magnum Photos, and will better familiarize viewers with the symbolism and artistic roots of his imagery. A major publication on Seymour authored by Beck and published by Phaidon Press, Ltd. will accompany the show.

The exhibition is made possible by generous support from Ben Shneiderman. Additional support is provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences, the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Endowment, the Judaic Studies Program at UMBC, and Epson USA Inc.


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.