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Antoni Muntadas – Activating Artifacts: About Academia


Opening Reception: Feb 2nd, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Through February 2 – March 17
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the gallery will open for its regular viewing hours on Friday, February 3.

Organized by Niels Van Tomme, director of de Appel Art Center in Amsterdam, Antoni Muntadas — Activating Artifacts: About Academia presents a site-specific exhibition project produced in close collaboration with world-renowned multimedia artist Antoni Muntadas (Spain, 1942). Through his work, Muntadas addresses social, political and communication issues, often investigating channels of information and the ways in which they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas.

This particular exhibition project addresses a gradual but steady shift in academia, from the initial American ideal of mass public education, which developed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, towards an increasingly privatized and corporatized form of knowledge production as we know it today. 

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Altered State: Painting Myanmar In A Time Of Transition

Through January 30 – March 26
Albin O. Kuhn Library

The exhibition presents paintings by 36 contemporary artists from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma.

Created following the transition period of 2011, when a military-backed civilian government replaced oppressive rule by military junta and the country once famous for its seclusion re-entered the world stage, the paintings illustrate current artistic practice in Myanmar and present a series of creative viewpoints on a rapidly changing society.

Paintings included in Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition are from the collection of contemporary Myanmar paintings of Ian Holliday, the Vice President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Hong Kong. Presentation of the exhibition 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.

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