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SMU’s Meadows Museum kicks off 50th anniversary with major survey of Goya prints

Francisco de Goya, 'The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,'  Los Caprichos, SMU Meadows Museum. Photo by Michael Bodycomb

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828). Los Caprichos. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. Plate No. 43, 1797-98. Etching and burnished aquatint on paper. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Algur H. Meadows Collection, MM.67.06.43. Photo by Michael Bodycomb.

SMU’s Meadows Museum launches its 50th anniversary year with a major exhibition of all its holdings of printed works by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828): all 222 etchings, four lithographs, and three trial proofs.

On view through Sunday, March 1, 2015, Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view complete first-edition sets of Goya’s four great print series – Los Caprichos (The Caprices, 1799), Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War, 1810-19), La Tauromaquia (Bullfighting, 1816), and Los Disparates (The Follies, 1815-23) – as well as the Museum’s holdings of Goya’s paintings, which will be displayed alongside the prints.

Curated by Meadows/Kress/Prado Fellow Alexandra Letvin, the exhibition, which opened Sept. 21, also features the Museum’s recent gift of a trial proof from Los Disparates, Disparate Puntual (Punctual Folly), and closely follows the Meadows’ acquisition of Portrait of Mariano Goya (1827), one of the artist’s final paintings, in 2013.

The Meadows houses one of the largest public collections of Goya’s works in the United States, and the exhibition will enable visitors to experience for the first time the Museum’s extensive Goya holdings at once.

“Goya’s mastery in prints marked a turning point in the evolution of graphic art and had a profound influence on the work of later artists, such as Manet and Picasso,” says Mark Roglán, the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts. “As the Meadows Museum’s collection is one of the largest depositories of Goya’s works – including the recent acquisition of a late portrait of his grandson, which was a gift in honor of our anniversary – it seems appropriate to kick off the celebration with an exhibition of his genius.”

Goya, widely regarded as one of the most important artists in Western history, represents both the culmination of the Old Master tradition and the beginning of modernity. A witness to decades of political upheaval and social unrest, he began experimenting with printmaking in the late 1770s. The most ambitious endeavor of his early career was a group of 11 etchings (1599-1660) after paintings by Diego Velázquez housed in the Spanish Royal Collection, three of which will be featured in the exhibition alongside other examples of Goya’s early prints, including a rare trial proof for an unpublished etching.

Shortly thereafter, following an illness that left him permanently deaf, Goya produced 28 drawings titled Sueños (Dreams), which formed the initial core and inspiration for the artist’s first large-scale print series, Los Caprichos. These 80 aquatint etchings engage a variety of themes – including the complex relationship between men and women, ignorance, superstitious beliefs, and witchcraft – and offer a view of human weakness and irrationality that is both deeply personal and imbued with critical social commentary.

“Over the course of his career, Goya produced almost 300 etchings and lithographs that reveal his personal vision, tireless invention, and enthusiasm for technical experimentation,” said Roglán. “This exhibition presents his printed oeuvre as an integral – indeed, defining – component of his life and career, and invites visitors to experience the Museum’s paintings by Goya in the context of his lifelong engagement with printmaking.”

> Read the full story from SMU News

Meadows Theatre season opens with Black Snow Oct. 1-5, 2014

Black Snow 2For its first main stage production of 2014-15, Meadows Theatre presents Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov, adapted by Keith Reddin.

Often called the ultimate backstage novel, Black Snow displays the autobiographical and satirical components of Bulgakov’s experience with the Moscow Art Theatre. Based on Bulgakov’s relationship with famed director and inventor of Method acting Constantin Stainslavsky, Black Snow brings the writer’s struggle against censorship and autocrats to life through black comedy.

The Meadows production is directed by Blake Hackler, professor of theatre in Meadows School of the Arts.  As an actor, Blake has appeared in productions on and Off-Broadway, as well as in regional theaters throughout the country. As a teacher, Hackler currently holds faculty positions at Yale University and SMU.

Black Snow will run in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, from Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students. A full cast and crew list can be found below.

Black Snow
Oct. 1-5, 2014
Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, SMU

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  • Director – Blake Hackler
  • Scenic Designer – Darren Diggle (MFA ’16)
  • Costume Designer – Amanda Capshaw (MFA ’15)
  • Lighting Designer – Luther Frank (MFA ’15)
  • Sound Designer – Jason Biggs
  • Vocal Coach – Anne Schilling
  • Movement Coach – Sara Romersberger
  • Assistant Director – Jacob Lee Nice
  • Stage Manager – Jana Beeson (BFA ’14)

The Company:

  • Dylan Bare (BFA ’15)
  • Kieran Connolly*
  • Madeline Dockery-Fuhrmann (BFA ’15)
  • Jon Garrad (BFA ’15)
  • Danniel Gerchakov (BFA ’15)
  • Parker Gray (BFA ’16)
  • Dylan Guerra (BFA ’16)
  • Derek George (BFA ’15)
  • Taylor Harris (MFA ’16)
  • Justin Lemieux (MFA ’16)
  • Stephanie Machado (BFA ’15)
  • Brandon J. Murphy (MFA ’16)*
  • Seth Nelson (BFA ’16)
  • Kolby Tuck (BFA ’16)
  • Ally Van Deuren (BFA ’16)
  • Isaac Young (BFA ’16)

* Appears by special permission of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Michael Ramirez to give 2014 Sammons Lecture Thursday, Oct. 2

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.16.04 PMTwo-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez will give the 15th annual Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics. Presented by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts Division of Journalism, the lecture begins at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Bob Hope Theatre. 

Currently a senior editor and editorial cartoonist for Investor’s Business Daily, Ramirez cartoons are eye-catching, provocative and hilarious. Pairing an extensive news knowledge with a captivating drawing style, he consistently creates outstanding cartoons seen worldwide in over 400 newspapers and magazines. Ramirez offers a unique perspective on today’s issues with commentary on everything from the economy and markets to politics and international affairs.

> Ramirez’s cartoons may be seen online at IBD.editorials.com/cartoons 

The Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture Series in Media Ethics is funded by an endowment from the Rosine Foundation Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas. Named after 1920 SMU journalism graduate Rosine Smith Sammons, the endowment provides permanent resources for the Meadows School of the Arts to present annual lectures focusing on media ethics.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 214-768-2787.

Read more from the SMU Meadows News site

‘Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style’ comes to an end Oct. 5, 2014 at the Bush Center

Photo by Terri Glanger for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Photo by Terri Glanger for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

After three months as a special exhibit at The George W. Bush Presidential Center“Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” comes to an end Sunday, Oct. 5.

The exhibition is a major retrospective of the legendary American fashion designer. Offering Dallas the opportunity to experience fashion first-hand, the exhibit explores de la Renta’s remarkable career from its origins to its most recent masterpieces.

Photo by Terri Glanger for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Photo by Terri Glanger for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Featuring more than 60 outfits, the exhibit highlights de la Renta’s designs for three First Ladies: Nancy Reagan, Hilary Clinton and Laura Bush. As the coutourier’s ensembles changed with the times, his designs offer insight into the unique role of the First Lady as our country’s official hostess to world leaders and trendsetter in style, fashion and entertaining.

When thinking about the various personal styles and eras of each First Lady, its hard to imagine how one designer could have dressed each so beautifully. Yet through each differing fashion period, de la Renta created just the right look for the President’s wife.

“Oscar de la Renta is a successful designer because he is always Oscar,” says Chelsea Bell, professor in the Division of Journalism’s Fashion Media Program in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. “His designs for each of the First Ladies were specific to their tastes and personalities, yet they all exuded the aesthetic of [his] design style. Great designers are able to capture the needs and personalities of their clients while still maintaing the design sensibilities that define their work.”

The exhibit also features de la Renta’s Spanish and garden inspirations, as well as his use of motifs and silhouettes from cultures around the globe. Highlighting the craftsmanship that goes into the creation of couture clothing, other sections detail his work for stars of stage, screen and high society.

SMU faculty, staff and students receive free admission to the Bush Center with their SMU IDs. The exhibit is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., as well as Sunday 12-5 p.m.

> For additional details and images visit the Bush Center’s “Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” homepage

SMU’s 2014-15 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series begins Sept. 29

141038TateLectureAGPFormer Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright and Colin L. Powell will visit SMU Monday, Sept. 29 to kick off the 33rd season of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Albright and Powell will offer their insights and opinions on current events as moderated by political analyst and Tate Series veteran David Gergen. Albright, Powell and Gergen will open the season with The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Madeleine K. Albright. 64th Secretary of State.

Madeleine Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States, serving under President William J. Clinton. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Albright reinforced alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, promoted American trade and business, as well as labor and environmental standards abroad.

Prior to her service in the Clinton Administration, she served as President of the Center for National Policy; was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff; and served as chief legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie. In 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama.

Colin L. Powell. 65th Secretary of State.

Colin Powell was the 65th Secretary of State for the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. Powell was the first African American appointed Secretary of State, as well as the first African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Secretary of State, Powell led the State Department in major efforts to address regional and civil conflicts abroad. He also worked on the forefront of American efforts to advance economic and social development worldwide.

For more than 50 years, Powell has devoted his life to public service. He has held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations.

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David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN, as well as director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and professor of public service.

In 1971, Gergen joined the Nixon White House as a staff assistant to a speech writing team and went on to presidential advisor for four former presidents. In addition to his political work, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy, worked at U.S. News & World Report and appeared on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Gergen graduated with honors from both Yale University and Harvard Law School.

> Follow Gergen on Twitter @David_Gergen

All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum segment at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m., and seats may be reserved online.

The evening lecture is sold out. However, SMU students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

> Learn more about the 33rd Tate Lecture Series
> For additional information, contact SMU Tate Series

 

SMU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

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From mid-September through mid-October, SMU joins the nation in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions, culture and heritage of Hispanic Americans.

Hispanic Heritage Month was first approved in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a 7-day observation. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the recognition to cover a 30-day period. Coinciding with independence anniversaries of seven Latin American countries, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15 and is celebrated through Oct. 15.

Viva 2014 Viva America: Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off

SMU kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with Viva America on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Van Meter Performance Plaza outside of Mustang Band Hall.  Co-hosted by SMU Multicultural Student Affairs and College Hispanic American Students, Viva America is an outdoor festival celebrating all Hispanic cultures. Beginning with a flag ceremony, the festival also includes a DJ, live cultural performances, Latin food, aguas frescas and dancing.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact SMU Multicultural Student Affairs.

 

Hispanic Heritage MOnth 2014

Additional activities celebrating Hispanic heritage, culture and contributions include:

  • Sept. 23: Voter Registration: The Sleeping Giant (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Sept. 28: Fiesta Latino Americano (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Oct. 4: Service Day (TBA)
  • Oct. 10: LULAC in the Community (TBA)
  • Oct. 22: Cesar Chavez Movie (7:30 p.m.)
  • Oct. 26: La Familia Luncheon (1 p.m.)

SMU’s Center for Presidential History presents ‘Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid’ Sept. 17, 2014

BwjF4ZXCEAAqvAlIn 1986, anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced that Ronald Reagan would be “judged harshly by history” for vetoing economic sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Despite significant pressure from American citizens to act strongly against the racist regime, Reagan’s administration insisted on a policy of “constructive engagement.”

During this American struggle over apartheid, the largest national upsurge of campus civil disobedience occurred since the 1960s. This explosion of activism in support of southern African liberation movements enabled Congress to override Reagan’s veto and impose sanctions with the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act.

As part of the Presidential Forum lecture series, the SMU Center for Presidential History presents “Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid.” Co-sponsored by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s Seminar “Global Africa: Between Intervention and Engagement,” the event will feature a discussion between two distinguished guests:

Rozell W. "Prexy" Nesbitt and Dr. Piero Gleijeses

Rozell W. “Prexy” Nesbitt and Dr. Piero Gleijeses

Rozell W. “Prexy” Nesbitt is an educator and speaker on Africa, foreign policy and racism, and an activist in the anti-apartheid movement in the United States.

Piero Gleijeses is a professor at Johns Hopkins University, and one of the leading scholars of the global Cold War and the struggle over apartheid.

The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the McCord Auditorium.

> Register for “Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid” here

Calendar Highlights: Aug. 29, 2014

Hawaiian Bible featured at Bridwell Libary's Missionary Presses Exhibition.

Hawaiian Bible. Missionary Presses: A Bridwell Library Exhibition.

Missionary Presses: A Bridwell Library Exhibition: This exhibition highlights Bibles and other religious texts in indigenous languages published by missionary presses in the 19th century. Printed throughout the world in a variety of languages and letterforms, these translations were disseminated for local use as an integral element of conversion efforts by various denominations. The exhibition opens Friday, Aug. 29 in Bridwell Library.

Faculty Senate in session: The SMU Faculty Senate will hold its first meeting of the 2014-15 academic year 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the West Ballroom, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Any member of the general faculty may attend.

Bush Center celebrates Oscar de la Renta with “Five Decades of Style” through Oct. 5, 2014

Bush Center Oscar de la Renta exhibit, 'Five Decades of Style'

Photo credit: The George W. Bush Presidential Center

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is hosting a major retrospective of American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, from his earliest work to his most recent runway masterpieces.

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” features several of the designer’s styles for Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush (’68) – offering a unique look at the First Lady’s role as the nation’s official hostess and style ambassador. Also featured are outfits worn by members of First Families, including Jenna Bush’s wedding dress.

The exhibit also focuses on de la Renta’s Spanish and garden inspirations, as well as his use of motifs and silhouettes from cultures around the globe. Other sections detail his red-carpet work for stars of stage, screen and high society, and highlight the craftsmanship that goes into the creation of couture clothing.

SMU faculty, staff and students receive free admission to the Bush Center with their University IDs. The De la Renta exhibit runs through Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

> Find more details and images at the Bush Center’s “Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” homepage

Meadows Museum to host exhibition of masterworks from the House of Alba’s private collections

Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640), Charles V and the Empress Isabella, c. 1628. Oil on canvas. Colección Duques de Alba, Palacio de Liria, Madrid.

Charles V and the Empress Isabella, c. 1628. Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640). Oil on canvas. Colección Duques de Alba, Palacio de Liria, Madrid.

SMU’s Meadows Museum will present a major exhibition of works from one of the oldest and most significant private art collections in Europe.

Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting will feature more than 100 European works – from paintings by Goya and Rubens to 16th-century tapestries by Willem de Pannemaker and 19th-century furniture created for Napoleon III – most of which have never been on public display or seen outside of Spain, as well as illuminated manuscripts, books, historic documents, miniatures, antiquities, prints, sculpture, drawings, and other objects.

Curated by Fernando Checa Cremades, former director of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Treasures from the House of Alba will be on view at the Meadows from April 18 through August 16, 2015, and will serve as the cornerstone to the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, which will continue throughout 2015.

The House of Alba – for centuries the most illustrious household in Spain, with close ties to the monarchy – remains one of the foremost noble families in Europe, with roots dating back to the mid-15th century when Fernando Álvarez de Toledo was named Count of the town of Alba de Tormes. The Albas have since forged connections with members of some of the most prominent dynasties in European history, including the House of Stuart; the Count-Dukes of Olivares; the Duchy of Veragua, (descendants of Christopher Columbus); Napoleon III and his wife, Eugenia de Montijo; and the Churchill family.

Over the past five centuries, the Alba family’s patronage, connoisseurship, and ties to Western royalty have shaped the growth and trajectory of the Alba collection, which is now one of the greatest private collections in the world. The current head of the Alba family is Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the 18th Duchess of Alba, who bears more recognized titles than any other noble living today.

“Our will is to share the works and pieces that make up the collection of the Foundation House of Alba with an increasing public, each time more knowledgeable and more interested in culture and history. This sample allows us to present different works and documents that have survived the vicissitudes of history and that make the greatest treasure of the legacy of our family. It is also an extraordinary opportunity for making visible the steady and silent work of preservation and upkeep that the house of Alba has developed for centuries,” said Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo, Duke of Huescar.

“The Meadows Museum is incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Duchess of Alba and the entire Alba family, who have so graciously agreed to lend a range of preeminent works from their collection for this groundbreaking exhibition. These extraordinary works of art, many of which have never left the Alba family’s personal estates, are a treasure trove and a fount of new art historical knowledge,” said Mark Roglán, Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts.

“We are honored to present the first exhibition of this outstanding collection in the United States, sharing these works of art that tell the story of a remarkable family and provide an unprecedented opportunity to explore the panoply of cultural achievement and European history. We are honored that Fernando Checa Cremades will be curating Treasures from the House of Alba and working with the Museum to present the collection in a way no one has experienced before.”

> Learn more about the exhibition’s themes and highlights at SMU News

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