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SMU’s Meadows Museum acquires late medieval altarpiece, now one of three works in collection dating before 1450

'Saints Benedict and Onuphrius' by Pere Vall

In Pere Vall’s Saints Benedict and Onuphrius (c. 1410), the two saints stand before what appears to be a high stone settle decorated with arabesque vines and foliate ornament. On the left, Saint Benedict wears the black habit of his order and holds the book of his teachings and a crozier.

The Meadows Museum has acquired a late medieval altarpiece panel attributed to Spanish painter Pere Vall, active in Cataluña c. 1400–c. 1422. The work is now one of only three in the collection dating before 1450.

The tempera on wood panel painting, dated c. 1410, features the Saints Benedict and Onuphrius. It is the first work by this artist to enter the Museum’s collection, as well as the first work acquired under the new phase of the Meadows Acquisition Challenge Fund, with matching funds provided by Richard and Luba Barrett. Richard is a member of the Meadows Museum Advisory Council.

Pere Vall, also referred to as the Master of the Cardona Pentecost, is among the most distinctive and prolific of documented artists active in the environs of Barcelona during the first quarter of the 15th century. A well-documented retable painter, he likely trained in the studio of Pere Serra in Barcelona but was primarily active in the town of Cardona (Cataluña) during the first decades of the 15th century. He is represented in the collections of a handful of prominent museums, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Museu Episcopal de Vic, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. Others of his altarpieces, or parts thereof, remain in situ in Cardona.

Only a few objects in the Museum’s collection, such as the Catalan Cabinet (1375–1400), represent the roughly six centuries of the Middle Ages. The new panel is a significant acquisition representing the Hispanic artistic tradition of the later medieval period, which was characterized and dominated by large, painted retables serving as instructional backdrops for the theater of the mass. With Saints Benedict and Onuphrius in the Meadows collection, the Museum is better poised to offer students and visitors a more complete view of the religious practice that so shaped the lives of medieval Spaniards.

“By activating the challenge fund recently put in place, we hope to encourage other donors to follow suit in the future,“ said the Barretts. “We are delighted to be able to support the Meadows Museum and to recognize the excellent work being done by Director Dr. Mark Roglán and his outstanding team.”

Dr. Roglán added, “We are thankful to the Barretts for their continued support of acquisitions, loans and other aspects of museum operations; this acquisition strengthens our holdings of medieval Spanish art and improves our ability to illustrate its development to students, scholars and the public.”

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February 24, 2017|News|

Meadows Wind Ensemble presents ode to Dallas in Cityscapes, Friday, March 3, 2017 at SMU

The dramatic transformations of Dallas’ skyline and development of the city’s Arts District are the inspirations for an upcoming concert by SMU’s Meadows Wind Ensemble.

Cityscapes is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The program features Dallas Symphony Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik’s composition Cityscapes for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble and continues the “city” theme with Olivier Messiaen’s Couleurs de la cité celeste and Aaron Copland’s Quiet City.

The program will conclude with a performance of Stephen Paulus’ Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble, featuring Meadows graduate student Nick German on piano. The piece was written on commission for the MWE, and the performance will be a tribute to Paulus, a longtime friend of the Ensemble who passed away last year.

Tickets are $8 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

February 24, 2017|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU’s 2017 Stanton Sharp Symposium takes on ‘The Russian Revolution of 1917: A Centennial View’ Feb. 22-23

2017 Stanton Sharp Symposium, 'The Russian Revolution of 1917, A Centennial View'

The global and historical impact of the Russian Revolution of February and October 1917 is the topic for the 2017 Stanton Sharp Symposium on Feb. 22-23, sponsored by SMU’s Clements Department of History.

The two-day event will examine the classic model for the so-called “color revolutions” of the 21st century and the fresh prominence of Russia and Russian history on the world stage. Leading scholars will explore new questions and share their original research on 1917. The schedule:

  • Reception, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
  • “A Century After 1917: Arguing Over the Russian Revolution” with Laura Engelstein, Yale University, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
  • “The Duma Committee, the Provisional Government, and the Birth of ‘Triple Power’ in the February Revolution” with Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, University of California-Santa Barbara, 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
  • “The Kerensky Cult” with Boris Kolonitsky, European University at St. Petersburg and Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
  • Panel discussion, 4:45-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
  • Reception, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
  • “Celebrating the Revolution in 2017: A Forecast” with Boris Kolonitsky, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
  • Concluding panel discussion, 7:45-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23

All lectures and presentations take place in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center, Cox School of Business, and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Clements Department of History, 214-768-2984, or visit smu.edu/history.

 

February 22, 2017|Calendar Highlights, News|

Perot Museum, SMU host ‘Past, Present and Future’ fossil lecture downtown on Thursday Feb. 23, 2017

SMU Scott-Hawkins Lecture and Perot Founders Circle Lecture invitationThe Perot Museum of Nature and Science and SMU invite the entire University community to a special event on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Scott Wing, curator of fossil plants at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, will speak on “Past, Present & Future – The Truth Is In the Fossils.” A catered reception will precede the lecture at 6 p.m., with remarks at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary valet service is available.

Dr. Wing’s lecture is co-hosted by Dedman College’s Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series and the Perot Museum’s Founders Circle Lectures, and presented by Charles Schwab.

The event is free and requires an RSVP (two guests per response maximum). To RSVP or request additional guests, contact the Perot Museum, 214-756-5729.

February 17, 2017|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU to adopt new management plan for facilities services operations

SMU will roll out a new operational plan that will return campus facilities and groundskeeping services to the University’s Office of Facilities Planning and Management effective Thursday, June 1, 2017.

The move was announced to the campus community in an e-mail from Vice President for Business and Finance Chris Regis dated Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017:

We are pleased to announce that effective June 1, 2017, SMU will adopt a new facilities services operational plan that will return the management of campus facilities and grounds services to the Office of Facilities Planning and Management. The new plan will apply to all SMU campuses, including Plano and Taos.

The plan comes as part of a long-range strategy to enhance facilities services. It’s important to note that the savings realized through Operational Excellence will remain available for reallocation to SMU’s academic needs and that no additional cost will be added to the University budget to fund this transition.

Aramark, which has led the University’s facilities services operations since May 2011, will continue in its role until the end of fiscal year 2017. Moving forward, dining services will continue to be led by Aramark.

Over the next 90 days, SMU and Aramark will work closely and collaboratively to begin the transition process of services, staff and resources.

Our goal throughout the transition is to ensure services continue with limited interruptions. As always, those needing facilities services should continue to contact the Service Response Center (SRC) at 8-7000 or their District Lead.

For questions, please e-mail FacilitiesInfo@smu.edu.

> Visit the SMU Facilities homepage: smu.edu/facilities

February 16, 2017|News|
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