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FALL 2023

To Be-Named

September 1 through October 14, 2023

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To Be—Named is a multi-site, new media art exhibition & edited volume focused on how names are created and used to shape, reshape, and sometimes mis-shape, our worlds and identities. Acts of naming are not merely descriptive or representative—they have creative capacity and actively take part in shaping the interactions and worlds in which they are embedded.

The origins of To Be—Named lie in a partnership between the European Union funded CoLing project—a multi-national multi-institutional program focused on minority languages, the Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network which links university hubs around the world, and the Recovering Voices program at the Smithsonian Institution, which supports community efforts in language revitalization.

There will be To Be-Named exhibits around the world in 2023-2024, including in Berlin, Athens, Palestine, Bishkek, and Mexico. This iteration of the exhibit was curated by Krista Caballero in partnership with Opalka Gallery.

  • Aarati Akkapeddi
  • Birding the Future (Krista Caballero and Frank Ekeberg)
  • Jeremy Dennis
  • Ellen Driscoll
  • Native Land Digital
  • Jenny Irene Miller
  • Luz María Sánchez
  • Bently Spang
  • Keith S. Wilson
  • Elizabeth Withstandley
  • Saya Woolfalk
  • Jean-Marc Superville Sovak
  • Sayo’:klʌ Kindness Williams
  • zhaoyuefan





Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart

October 31 through December 9, 2023

First Friday, Nov. 3: Artist talk, 5:30pm with Shannon Taggart, followed by a reception 6:30 to 8:00pm

Co-sponsored with The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.

Organized by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County,
in collaboration with the Pensacola Museum of Art.

For the past twenty years American artist
Shannon Taggart (born 1975) has documented
Spiritualist practices and communities in
the United States, England and Europe. The
resulting body of work, Séance, examines
Spiritualism’s relationship with human celebrity,
its connections to art, science, and technology,
and its intrinsic bond with the medium of
photography. This exhibition presents
forty-seven haunting images from the series,
revealing the emotional, psychological, and
physical dimensions of Spiritualism in the
21st century.


Opalka Gallery 2023-2024 season sponsors include
Ongoing, sustaining support provided by

Chet & Karen Opalka