Calendar Highlights: Closing attractions for Commencement 2013

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Calendar Highlights: Closing attractions for Commencement 2013

As the spring semester comes to an end and SMU celebrates its 98th commencement, don’t forget to visit the exhibitions on campus. Two are coming to a close, and you will want to see them before they’re gone:

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The First Four Centuries of Printed Bible Illustration 

This exhibition includes 50 bibles from Bridwell Library’s Special Collections that span from the beginning of the printed page to the 19th century. The exhibit focuses on the historical context, artistic development and cultural impact of the illustrations found in these scriptures. The First Four Centuries of Printed Bible Illustration will be on view in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries until Saturday, May 18.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Qualifying Exhibition 

The annual spring exhibition of graduating Division of Art seniors will be on display in the Pollock Gallery in Hughes-Trigg Student Center until Saturday, May 18, featuring a wide range of styles and media. Call 214-768-4439 for more information.

Linda DarnellLinda Darnell: From Dallas to Hollywood

This retrospective of Oak Cliff native Darnell’s acting career features selections from the Jeff Gordon Collection. It has been held over through Friday, June 7 in the Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library.

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Impressions of Europe: 19th-Century Vistas by Martín Rico 

SMU’s Meadows Museum, in collaboration with the Prado Museum, presents the only American appearance of this exhibition spanning the career of renowned Spanish landscape painter Martín Rico y Ortega. The show has been held over through Sunday, July 7 in the Virginia Meadows Galleries. Admission is free for SMU faculty, staff and students with University ID.

May 14, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

Velázquez exhibition unites portraits from Prado, Meadows

Philip IV, 1623-27. Oil on canvas. By Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez

Philip IV, 1623-27, oil on canvas, by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

As part of its multifaceted partnership with the Prado, SMU’s Meadows Museum is presenting the most important monographic exhibition devoted to Velázquez in the United States in more than two decades.

Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits, which opened Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, and continues through Jan. 13, 2013, explores the development and impact of Velázquez’s work as the court portraitist for King Philip IV, one of history’s most influential arts patrons and connoisseurs.

The exhibition brings together key paintings from this period, including two early portraits of the King from the Meadows and Prado collections, united for the first time in four centuries. The exhibition is curated by one of the world’s leading Velázquez scholars, Javier Portús, head of the Prado’s Department of Spanish Painting until 1700. In the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue, Portús states that the artist’s first portrait of the king “may well be the work at the Meadows.”

In anticipation of this exhibition, Meadows/Kress/Prado Fellow Iraida Rodríguez-Negrón consulted directly with the Prado’s Gabinete Técnico de Documentación, the section of the museum’s conservation department where technical studies such as radiographs, infrared reflectography and UV light analysis are performed and analyzed. The Prado’s Gabinete Técnico then conducted extensive research on both museums’ Philip IV portraits.

X-rays of the Meadows portrait revealed underlying experimentation with the outline of the King’s neck and shoulders as well as variations in color and composition, suggesting this was Velázquez’s first attempt to paint the King. By contrast, it is clear that the King’s form was fully devised when Velázquez began painting the portrait now in the Prado’s collection.

Through this analysis, an outline beneath the surface of the Prado’s portrait was also discovered that replicates the contours seen in the Meadows painting, now understood to be the direct prototype of this later portrait. Technical materials will be included in the exhibition to shed light on these new findings.

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September 19, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Meadows, Prado open historic partnership with new exhibitions

'Pentecost' by El GrecoSMU’s Meadows Museum will open a historic partnership with the Prado Museum of Madrid on Sept. 12 with the first of three annual loans from the Prado – El Greco’s masterpiece Pentecost (right, c. 1600).

The presentation of the painting will coincide with the release of a book that includes new research about El Greco and the socio-cultural atmosphere of his time.

Pentecost will serve as a focal point for the reimagining of the museum’s installation of its permanent collection, acting as a gateway between the old masters and the artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

In conjunction with this presentation, the Meadows has organized two companion exhibitions that explore the history of Spanish art and its contemporary influence. Together, the exhibitions and publications offer a renewed look at one of Spain’s greatest masters.

Painted between 1596 and 1600, Pentecost is believed to have been part of a massive altarpiece created for the Colegio de Doña María de Aragón, an Augustinian seminary in Madrid. Featuring graceful, elongated figures in muted blues and grays, the style is characteristic of El Greco, though the subject matter is unique in his oeuvre, with the exception of one other piece believed to have been painted by his workshop. The loan will join El Greco’s Saint Francis Kneeling in Meditation, as well as masterpieces by other artists of the Golden Age, including Velázquez, Goya and Murillo in the Meadows’ permanent collection.

In conjunction with the installation of Pentecost, the Meadows will present two new exhibitions, Spanish Muse: A Contemporary Response – on view Sept. 12-Dec. 12, 2010and Sultans and Saints: Spain’s Confluence of Cultures, on view Sept. 12, 2010-Jan. 23, 2011.

Spanish Muse will explore the lasting influence of the Spanish masters on contemporary artists, and will also commemorate the Meadows’ 45th anniversary. Sultans and Saints will look at the history of Spanish art through a variety of media, including sculpture, manuscripts and paintings.

The publication of El Greco’s Pentecost in a New Context will shed new light on both the artist and the painting, by looking at El Greco and Pentecost through the lens of the social, political, and religious environment in which El Greco was working. The essays included in the publication explore El Greco’s clientele and the commissioning of Pentecost for the altarpiece, and examine the way the painting was perceived and understood in medieval Spain.

“Algur Meadows, the founder of the Museum, was a great admirer of El Greco, and considered his works to be crucial to a collection of Spanish art,” said Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán. “This is a very important moment for us, as the loan of this painting brings us one step closer to fulfilling Meadows’ vision of a Prado on the Prairie.”

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September 8, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

Meadows Museum, Prado announce historic partnership

'Pentecost' by El GrecoSMU’s Meadows Museum and the Prado Museum announced the launch of a groundbreaking three-year partnership, marking the first such international program for Spain’s national museum, on June 11 in Madrid.

The multifaceted collaboration includes the loan of major paintings from the Prado, interdisciplinary research at SMU, an unprecedented internship exchange between the two museums, and a range of public programs. The Meadows is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain.

The Prado and the Meadows will organize exhibitions focused around pivotal masterpieces on loan from the Prado that will explore the broader cultural, political, religious, and historical contexts for the works. El Greco’s monumental painting Pentecost (right) will be the first of three loans to be presented in Dallas. Pentecost will be on display from Sept. 12, 2010 through Feb. 1, 2011.

Next year, the Prado will lend Jusepe de Ribera’s Mary Magdalene, followed by Diego Velazquez’s full-length portrait of Philip IV in 2012. The Meadows Museum will produce a bilingual publication presenting new research across multiple subject areas timed to the installation of each loan, and will organize a series of symposia and educational programming with national and international scholars.

“After frequent visits to Madrid in the 1950s, museum founder Algur H. Meadows had a vision to establish a ‘Prado on the Prairie,’ and built an incredible collection of Spanish art that forms the foundation of the museum today,” said Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán. “This new partnership is another step in realizing his aspiration.”

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June 16, 2010|News|
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