Mark Roglán

Meadows to celebrate International Museum Day May 18

'Charles IV' by Francisco de GoyaSMU’s Meadows Museum will offer free admission, membership and merchandise discounts, and other benefits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 to celebrate the Association of Art Museum Directors’ International Museum Day 2010.

The annual celebration focuses attention on the important roles art museums serve in their communities, further showcase their remarkable collections, and increase opportunities for audiences to engage with the many educational programs art museums offer.

The Meadows will provide free admission to its current exhibition – Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment: Charles IV of Spain, Patron and Collector – as well as to its permanent collection of Spanish art. Public tours of the permanent collection will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tours of Royal Splendor at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All gift shop purchases will be 10 percent off that day, and museum memberships will be available at a 20 percent discount.

“We are happy to join museums throughout North America and the rest of the world to celebrate International Museum Day,” says Mark Roglán, Meadows Museum director. “This is a wonderful opportunity to not only showcase our own museum but to support the global efforts of art museums to reach out to their communities with cultural and educational offerings.”

AAMD member museums – located across the United States, Canada and Mexico – include smaller regional museums as well as large international institutions. International Museum Day is organized around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), which established the day in 1977.

Find more information about International Museum Day at the International Council of Museums homepage.

(Above, Francisco de Goya, Carlos IV, 1789, oil on canvas. Madrid, Royal Academy of History.)

Meadows Museum acquires monumental Plensa sculpture

'Sho' by Jaume PlensaSMU’s Meadows Museum has acquired Sho, a monumental sculpture by contemporary Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.

Completed in 2007, the work represents a female head and is formed by white-painted stainless steel openwork mesh. It stands approximately 13 feet tall and 10 feet wide (157-1/2 x 157-1/2 x 118-1/8 inches) and weighs 660 pounds.

The acquisition from the Richard Gray Gallery was made possible with the support of The Pollock Foundation, the Family of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Pollock, and the Family of Mr. Lawrence S. Pollock, III, in honor of Mrs. Shirley Pollock. The funds will be matched with a 1:1 challenge grant for museum acquisitions from The Meadows Foundation.

Sho marks the most important acquisition of a work by a living artist into the Meadows collection since the commissioning of Calatrava’s Wave in 2001,” says Mark Roglán, museum director. “Plensa is among the most dynamic and talented artistic minds in Spain today, and we are honored to have him represented at the Meadows with such a unique and monumental sculpture. This one-of-a-kind masterpiece will welcome visitors to the museum from its prominent position in the center of our new entrance plaza, due to open this fall. The acquisition, made possible by the Pollocks and The Meadows Foundation, further represents a beautiful way to honor in perpetuity the memory of the late Shirley Pollock, who was such a great friend of this institution.”

Jaume PlensaA native of Barcelona, Plensa (right) is known for his monumental figural sculptures that often incorporate film, light, letters and unusual materials in order to present familiar objects (such as the human body) in unfamiliar ways. One of his most notable works is Crown Fountain (2000-04) in Chicago’s Millennium Park, arguably one of the most successful public art projects of the past decade. His works are also found in the collections of Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center, the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many others.

Sho is a portrait of a young Chinese girl whom the artist met in Barcelona, where his studio is located. It was first exhibited at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM) in Valencia, Spain, in winter 2007. The work then traveled to Chicago, where it was exhibited along the riverfront in the heart of downtown; and to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where it was included in a major exhibition of the artist’s latest work at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park through early January 2009.

The Museum will present a public lecture about Plensa by art historian and critic Barbara Rose on Nov. 12; additional public programming is planned throughout the year.

Sho will go on permanent display on the museum’s newly renovated entry plaza as part of the exhibition “Face and Form: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture in the Meadows Collection,” opening Oct. 7.

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Meadows Museum brings together Diego Rivera’s Cubist works

'Portrait of Ilya Ehrenburg' by Diego RiveraMexican artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) spent several critical years early in his career in Paris, during World War I, where he immersed himself in literary and art circles and enthusiastically embraced the Cubist movement. While his Cubist works experimented with a range of genres, including landscape and still life, Rivera showed a particular affinity for portraiture, and he created empathetic and moving portrayals of some of the era’s most important figures.

Thirty-one of these works are brought together for the first time in an exclusive exhibition at SMU’s Meadows Museum. Diego Rivera: The Cubist Portraits, 1913-1917 will run June 21-Sept. 20, 2009 and is funded by The Wachovia Foundation and The Meadows Foundation.

“We are thrilled to have organized this exhibition, which will introduce to Dallas a fascinating aspect of one of Mexico’s greatest artists,” says Mark Roglán, Meadows Museum director. “Through the quality of the paintings, complexity of the drawings, and his always evolving technique, this exhibition presents a unique opportunity for our visitors to learn about and appreciate both Rivera’s portraits and Cubism at its best.”

'Dos Mujeres' by Diego RiveraThe exhibition was inspired by a key piece in the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection, Rivera’s Portrait of Ilya Ehrenburg (top right). It is one of only 4 Cubist portraits by Rivera in a public American collection. The additional 22 paintings and 8 preparatory sketches and book illustrations are from museums and private collections in the United States and other countries, and include several works that will be exhibited publicly for the first time.

A complementary exhibition in the museum’s first-floor galleries, Mexican Art at the Meadows, will showcase lithographs by Rivera and other Mexican artists in the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection. Included will be Rivera’s portrait of his wife, Frida Kahlo, titled Seated Nude with Raised Arms, and scenes of rural and peasant life in Mexico.

In addition, the Museum will host several public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including drop-in art classes, family events, and public lectures by Roglán, SMU Professor Emeritus of History Luís Martín, and Paloma Alarcó, curator of modern paintings at the Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.

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Top right: Portrait of Ilya Ehrenburg, 1915, oil on canvas. Meadows Museum, Algur H. Meadows Collection. Photography by Michael Bodycomb.

Bottom right: Dos mujeres, 1914, oil on canvas. Arkansas Arts Center Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas. © 2008 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust.

Faculty in the News: Feb. 9, 2009

Etruscan alabaster urnGreg Warden, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, provided expertise for an Associated Press story on the new exhibition of Etruscan treasures at SMU’s Meadows Museum. The story ran in USA Today Feb. 4, 2009.

Mark Roglán, Meadows Museum Director, discussed the museum’s “reinvention” for a feature article in D Magazine, February 2009.

Alan Bromberg, Dedman School of Law, was one of 5 law professors who filed an amicus brief on behalf of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban concerning a recent insider-trading complaint filed by the Securities Exchange Commission. The brief was discussed in The Wall Street Journal Feb. 4, 2009.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about a recent Gallup poll that shows Texas in the nation’s political middle with The Austin American-Statesman Feb. 1, 2009.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, discussed the need for the stimulus package now before Congress with The San Francisco Chronicle Feb. 1, 2009.

Faculty in the News: Sept. 5, 2008

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, discussed the market implications of ConocoPhillips’ recent sale of its remaining gas stations with The Houston Chronicle Aug. 27, 2008.

Ron Moss, Admissions, talked about why the SAT score is still a good indicator of potential success in college in The Dallas Morning News Aug. 27, 2008.

Steve Kardell, Law, talked about how he uses Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory requirements to predict the next wave of corporate scandals with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 27, 2008.

Bonnie Wheeler, English/Medieval Studies, and Mark Roglán, Meadows Museum, were featured in the article “Encountering the Middle Ages: Spain and the Meadows Museum” in The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) June 13, 2008.

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