DJ Spooky to Remix the 1915 Film Birth of a Nation, Presented by SMU Meadows’ Ignite Arts

Flickr User Richard Pyrker
Flickr User Richard Pyrker

“Trip-hop” musician DJ Spooky used his 21st-century DJ techniques to remix the classic 1915 film Birth of a Nation, upending every aspect of the controversial and racist film. The result is a new cinematic statement that propels the audience into a modern sociopolitical landscape that has evolved beyond all expectations. SMU Meadows’ SYZYGY new music ensemble performs the live original score, playing a blend of blues, jazz and gospel.

Wednesday, October 19, 7 p.m.

Dallas VideoFest

Texas Theatre

231 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75208

Presented by Video Association of Dallas, Ignite Arts Dallas SMU Meadows School of the Arts and Make Art with Purpose (MAP).


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10 Behind the Scenes Photos from SMU Theatre’s Twelfth Night


One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night is a whirligig of disguise, mistaken identity, posing, posturing, cunning, confusion, music, madness, mayhem, sensuality, swordplay, revelry and romance.

SMU Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s play opens tonight — Wednesday, September 28 — in the Greer Garson Theatre and runs through Sunday, October 2. Assistant stage manager Diego Martinez snapped these shots of the dynamic set. SMU Theatre Design student Kaylyn Buckley is the stage manager. More shows:

Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 8:00pm
Friday, September 30, 2016 – 8:00pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 2:00pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 8:00pm
Sunday, October 2, 2016 – 2:00pm

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Photos from SMU Art’s New York Colloquium


Every year, SMU Meadows encourages students to explore the arts outside of the traditional classroom environment.

During the New York Colloquium, students visit a range of museums, galleries, artists’ studios and other venues appropriate to the development of their critical and professional studies in art. Approximately 25 students participate each year, with at least half from the Division of Art, both graduate and undergraduate. The Colloquium forms the basis for contemporary art studies for our students, and provides exposure to the international art world as represented in New York.

In honor of the 2017 event, Photography Major Chris Coyne, a participant in the 2016 Colloquium, sends us a photo dispatch.

The New York Colloquium: Everything You Need to Know

  • Class historically meets during the first two weeks (14 days) in January in New York City
  • This class is centered on intensive analysis, discussion, and writing concerning works of art in museum collections, gallery exhibitions, and alternative exhibition spaces. The class topics studied will deal with the philosophical as well as the practical in order to define and better understand the nature of the art that our society produces and values

Contact Us to Sign Up | Read the Synopsis | Download the Syllabus


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