Calendar Highlights: Fall 2013 exhibits at SMU

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Calendar Highlights: Fall 2013 exhibits at SMU

As the school year kicks off, be sure to make time for the five exhibitions at SMU this semester.

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The Stewart Album: Art, Letters, and Souvenirs to an American Patron in Paris 

The Meadows Museum presents their recent acquisition of an “album for cartes de visite” compiled by William H. Stewart. The vast collection of artwork, photographs and letters gives insight into not only Stewart but other important Spanish artists of the modern era. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 and is free for SMU faculty, staff and students.

Photographs from Taos, New Mexico by Debora Hunter 

SMU Associate Professor of Art Debora Hunter has photographed the cultural landscape of Taos for the past 10 years, focusing her work on the question of man versus nature. Her Photographs from Taos, New Mexico are on display through Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The exhibit is free. Hunter will also host gallery talks at noon Wednesday, Sept. 18 and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Both special events will detail the photographs in relation to consumer culture and the diminishing natural resources.

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Post Chiaroscuro: Prints in Color After the Renaissance 

This exhibit features artwork that “explores how color prints were made after the 16th century, when the technique known as chiaroscuro woodcut had been developed.” Specifically, there are three main printing techniques detailed in the exhibit: intaglio, relief and planographic. The Post Chiaroscuro exhibit is curated by Samantha Robinson, a second-year M.A. student in art history, and runs from Monday, Sept. 16-Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. The exhibit can be found in the Hawn Gallery of the Hamon Arts Library, Owen Arts Center, and is free and open to the public.

Manuscripts in the Islamic Tradition 

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Bridwell Library presents a collection of sacred texts in a new entry hall exhibition, Manuscripts in the Islamic Tradition. The show features manuscripts of the Quran and Dala’il al-Khayrat. All the manuscripts showcase detailed craftsmanship including calligraphy, painting and outstanding colors. The exhibit runs through Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 with free entry to the public.

Fifty Women 

Bridwell Library will showcase Fifty Women in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries through Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. More than 50 books will be featured, dating from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century. All books were written, produced, owned or inspired by women, and the roles that women held – saints, queens, authors, artists, mothers.

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*Selection of Pages from The Stewart Album, 2nd Half of the 19th Century, Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum Purchase Thanks to a Gift from The Eugene McDermott Foundation and Ms. Jo Ann Geurin Thetford

September 10, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

Linda Darnell exhibition celebrates two gifts to SMU arts library

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Actress and Oak Cliff native Linda Darnell was named one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood by Look magazine. SMU’s Hamon Arts Library hosts a retrospective of her life and career through May 17, 2013.

Two recent gifts will expand the special collections housed in SMU’s Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library. A gift of personal materials from the estate of Dallas philanthropist and arts patron Nancy Hamon includes $1 million to endow, preserve and exhibit the collection. In addition, a planned estate gift of movie archives valued at $1.5 million has been made by film historian and collector Jeff Gordon.

Members of the public and the SMU community will receive a preview of the Gordon collection through “Linda Darnell from Dallas to Hollywood: Selections from the Jeff Gordon Collection.” The exhibition will be on view through May 17, 2013 in the Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library. A preview reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, will be followed by a lecture by Jeff Gordon at 7 p.m. in the Hamon Arts Library. RSVP online at smu.edu/friends or by calling 214-768-3225.

Although the entire collection will not be transferred to SMU until a future date, Gordon is curating the Linda Darnell exhibition as a sneak preview of his collection. The show will include posters, photographs and materials from recently acquired scrapbooks of Darnell, a Dallas native who grew up in Oak Cliff and became a major movie star in the 1940s. She starred in cinema classics such as My Darling Clementine, The Mark of Zorro and A Letter to Three Wives with leading men including Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum. Her career peaked with Forever Amber in 1947. She later appeared on television and stage before her tragic death in a house fire in 1965.

Nancy Hamon, who died in 2011, provided $5 million in 1988 to establish the Hamon Arts Library at SMU, which opened in 1990. A branch of SMU’s Central University Libraries, it houses materials relevant to the visual, performing and communication arts in support of Meadows School of the Arts. Its archives include the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection, which will house the Gordon Collection, and the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, where the Hamon materials are located.

“These two new collections will greatly enrich and broaden the holdings of the Hamon Arts Library,” said Gillian McCombs, dean and director of SMU’s Central University Libraries. “The Gordon gift will significantly increase our ability to support teaching and research in American film. And the Hamon Collection will draw researchers interested in Dallas history and the cultural history of the Southwest.”

The Gordon collection bequeathed to SMU includes hundreds of original movie posters, over 1,000 other film-related advertising materials, more than 15,000 35-millimeter slides of movie memorabilia (some of which have already been delivered to SMU), several thousand original movie photos, a 16-millimeter film collection with more than 200 features, more than 20 Warner Bros. cartoons, 100 television programs and a large group of Elvis Presley materials. The Gordon archives focus primarily on movies made from the 1930s to the 1970s.

The Hamon materials include photograph albums, diaries, records of Nancy Hamon’s elaborate theme parties in the 1950s and ’60s, memorabilia, personal correspondence with seven U.S. presidents and other prominent leaders, and materials related to her husband’s long career in the oil business. Among highlights of the collection are photos of the Hamons’ trip to China with George H.W. and Barbara Bush in the 1970s.

In 2013, as part of its Second Century Celebration, SMU will commemorate The Year of the Library — the 100th anniversary of the University’s library collections, which began to be acquired in 1913. In addition to marking historic milestones, the commemoration will recognize new commitments to update and expand the campus libraries. New gifts such as the Gordon and Hamon collections count toward Second Century Campaign goals, which include new investments for library facilities, endowments for acquisitions and library staff positions, and expansion of special collections.

> Read the full story from SMU News

February 5, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 15, 2011

Kit Carson tombstone in Kit Carson Park Memorial Cemetery, Taos, New MexicoInto the west: Clements Center Fellow Susan Lee Johnson uses her study of amateur Kit Carson historians Quantrille McClung and Bernice Blackwelder and their published works to map relationships between women historians and male historical subjects, and between professional and nonprofessional U.S. western historians, at a key moment in the 20th century. She will present a Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture, “Bury My Hero at Wounded Knee: Gender, Race, and Historical Practice in the Long 1970s,” at noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Johnson, a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is completing her new book, A Traffic in Men: The Old Maid, the Housewife, and Their Great Westerner. Presented by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. (Right, tombstone in Kit Carson Park Memorial Cemetery, Taos, New Mexico.)

Cover of 'The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History'A secret history: Renowned historian and author Zvi Ben-Dor Benite will present the 11th Nate and Ann Levine Endowed Lecture in Jewish Studies at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Benite, professor of history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and acting director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University, will discuss “The Truly Other Jewish World History: The Ten Lost Tribes Between Jews and Christians.” His subject is a little-known but intriguing episode of early 16th-century Jewish and Christian history, in which Pope Clement VII and the Ten Tribes (almost) defeated Islam and won the Holy Land. Benite’s 2009 book, The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History, traces the legends surrounding the ancient Israelite tribes that were exiled by the Assyrians in the 8th century BCE and vanished from the pages of history, but not from popular imagination. For more information, contact Serge Frolov, 214-768-4478.

Art for sale: Update that holiday gift list – SMU’s Hamon Arts Library holds its 2011 Book Sale at 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday Nov. 17-18 in the Hamon Arts Library, Owen Arts Center. Items for sale include music scores; CDs; DVDs and laserdiscs; and, of course, books on art, music, theater, dance and film, as well as fiction titles. Most items are priced between $1 and $10, and all have no sales tax – plus, the Library will take an additional 50% off all items after 3 p.m. Friday. All sales are final, cash or check only. No holds, bulk discounts or previews. For more information, contact the Hamon circulation desk at 214-768-3813.

November 15, 2011|Calendar Highlights|

For the Record: May 19, 2011

Ron WetheringtonRon Wetherington (top right), Anthropology, Dedman College, has been appointed to the State Textbook Review Panel for Supplemental Science. Wetherington, who also serves as director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, will serve on the review panel for Supplemental Science Biology, which will meet in Austin during the week of June 13-17, 2011.

The review panel will help determine instructional materials to be used by school districts and open-enrollment charter schools for the next several years. Panel members’ responsibilities include reviewing and evaluating instructional materials submitted for the adoption by the State Board of Education; determining the extent to which instructional materials cover the required Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS); and identifying factual errors in the materials.

Anthony Cortese, Sociology, Dedman College, participated in the Pacific Sociological Association meetings in Seattle, Washington. He critiqued Behind the Backlash: Muslims After 9/11 by Lori Peek in an “Author Meets the Critics” session and organized and moderated two sessions on immigration: “Immigrants and Immigration Policy” and “Latino Immigrants: Human Rights and Economic Issues.” He also presented a paper, “The Blurring of Goffman’s Concepts of Private and Public Pictures on Social Networks,” at the Southern Sociological Society meetings in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jodi Cooley, Physics, Dedman College, has received a 2011 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, sponsored by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). The award provides $10,000 to support her research. Cooley is one of 30 awardees selected nationally this year.

Chef Elias Acosta, SMU Dining Services, by Michael Danser, The Daily CampusElias Acosta (middle right), SMU Dining Services, earned a Gold Medal in the Southwest Regional ARAMARK Culinary Excellence (ACE) Challenge 2011. He won the award for his menu of Pan-Seared Pistachio Crusted Sea Bass with glazed baby carrots and risotto, and a dessert of Handmade Crêpes with Grand Marnier Goat Cheese garnished with figs and fresh mandarin segments. Acosta will be one of three chefs to represent the Southwest Region in the ACE National Competition in July. (Photo by Michael Danser, The Daily Campus.)

Amy Buono, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, has received post-doctoral fellowships from both the Getty Research Institute and the American Association of University Women. She will be in residence during 2011-12 at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, completing work on her book manuscript Feather Techné: Tupinambá Interculture in Early Modern Brazil and Europe.

Buono also is completing work on an edited translation of the 1766 illustrated Jesuit medicinal Collecção de varias receitas de segredos particulares des principaes boticas da nossa companhia de Portugal, da India, de Macao e do Brasil, with E. J. Brill Publishers. In Summer 2010 Buono received a residential New World Comparative Studies Summer Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.

Emily George Grubbs, Central University Libraries, will present a gallery talk, “Adventures in the Archives: Discovering the Gigaku Masks,” at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) May 25, 2011. Grubbs, curatorial assistant for the Hamon Arts Library’s Bywaters Special Collections, will discuss her discovery of two rare Japanese masks dating from the 8th to 10th centuries among the artifacts in the Library’s McCord/Renshaw Collection. Her co-presenter is Anne Bromberg, the DMA’s Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art.

Ramsey Kweik and Maria Richards, SMU Geothermal LaboratoryRoberto Tejada, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, will serve as a juror for the National Book Award in 2011-12.

Ramsey Kweik, a geological sciences major and 2011 graduating senior in Dedman College, was named SMU’s 2011 Student Employee of the Year in April. Kweik worked as an assistant in the SMU Geothermal Laboratory for nearly four years. His responsibilities include assisting with research projects from federal and state agencies and private companies, giving presentations as part of the geothermal outreach program, and assisting with coordination of the international Geothermal Energy Utilization Associated with Oil and Gas Development conference hosted by SMU.

In her nomination letter, Geothermal Laboratory Program Coordinator Maria Richards wrote, “I have seen Ramsey demonstrate reliability, quality of work, initiative, a positive attitude and professionalism in all that he contributes to the SMU Geothermal Laboratory. Although he is a student employee, he has become a friend and colleague over the past four years.” (Bottom right, Ramsey Kweik and Maria Richards.)

May 19, 2011|For the Record|

Calendar Highlights: May 17, 2011

1930 cover of 'The Dallasite' from SMU's McCord/Renshaw Collection, Hamon Arts LibrarySave the date: Make plans to attend the 2011 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, on the south lawn of Clements Hall. Stay up-to-date on picnic plans at the Staff Association website.

More time for “Treasures”: By popular demand, the Hamon Arts Library exhibit “Hidden Treasures From the McCord/Renshaw Collection” has been held over through July 1, 2011 in the Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library. (Right, cover of The Dallasite, 1930, from the McCord/Renshaw Collection.)

May 17, 2011|Calendar Highlights|
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