Working 20 years after the official end of Guatemala’s civil war, the artists in Acts of Aggression “navigate the reconciliation of historic brutality with ongoing violence, challenge political amnesia, care for themselves and others, and build strategies for working through and around disastrous systemic failures,” according to a press release for the exhibition. Participating artists include Hellen Ascoli, Esvin Alarcón Lam, Edgar Calel, Manuel Chavajay Moralez, Margarita Figueroa, Jorge de León, Reyes Josué Morales, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Gabriel Rodríguez Pellecer, Mario Santizo and Inés Verdugo.
Curator Laura A. L. Wellen will offer a walk-through during an opening reception from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. The exhibit’s closing day, Saturday, Oct. 14, will feature a talk from 3-5 p.m. with Wellen, Meadows Division of Art Chair James Sullivan, and artists Hellen Ascoli and Reyes Josué Morales.
The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual (English/Spanish) catalog.
Wellen holds a Ph.D. degree in art history and is a 2017 recipient of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her website. She is also a 2017-18 Core Program Critic-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Since 2014, she has been working between Houston and Guatemala City, where she runs the apartment gallery and artist residency Yvonne. Her writing has been published in ArtForum, Art Lies, Artishock, Art Review, Arts + Culture Texas and Pastelegram, among other international publications.
The Pollock Gallery is operated by the Division of Art in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and is located on the first floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.
The Fall 2016 term is winding down, but you still have time to visit two exceptional (and free) exhibitions, which will run through Friday, Dec 16. Take a moment to enjoy them (again):
The State Fair of Texas, 1886-2016 – documenting 130 years of the “Great State Fair,” including vintage State Fair items such as badges, buttons and a felt cowboy hat signed in 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s children Anna and James, as well as 60 historic photographs by Lynn Lennon. Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library
Inscribed Illuminations and Inspirations – illuminations and illustrations representing the Christian, Judaic and Islamic traditions, including items dating from the 12th to the 19th centuries from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries, Bridwell Library
A new book edited by SMU Art Chair Noah Simblist will have its official launch at the 2015 New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, Sept. 18-20.
Places of a Present Past brings together three exhibitions, all showcasing the work of international video artists, that were presented at the Meadows School of the Arts’ Pollock Gallery in 2014. All of them were curated by Simblist and the Pollock Gallery’s 2014 curatorial fellow, Sally Frater. Each shared a common theme: addressing the traces of trauma on particular sites and paying close attention to the lasting impacts of war.
The exhibitions explored in the book include Jin-me Yoon’s Extended Temporalities, which invoked the colonial relationship between Japan and Korea in the first half of the 20th century; the group show Where Are You From?, which included artworks by Aissa Deebi, Kamal Aljafari and Dor Guez recounting the story of the Israeli occupation of Palestine; and the Sarah Morris film 1972, alluding to the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, during which 11 Israeli athletes were kidnapped and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group, pointing to the legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and beyond.
“The artworks in the book are bound together by a historiographical impulse,” said Simblist, chair and associate professor of art in the Meadows School. “In some sense, these artists act as historians. However, they are less interested in the truth than the way we feel through the legacies of past traumas. They reveal the oblique ways that we repress historical trauma, burying it in the very sites of their origin. Places of a Present Past is filled with an archaeological ethic, metaphorically digging down, both spatially and psychologically, into the depths of transnational grief.”
Meadows Jazz Orchestra Brown Bag: Bring your lunch for a brown-bag concert by the Meadows Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dylan Smith, at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. The concert will offer a sneak preview of the MJO’s 2015-16 season, and the ensemble features students from a number of degree programs and majors across Meadows School of the Arts and SMU. Admission is free.
The faces of Fra Angelico: Italian Renaissance expert Laurence Kanter, chief durator and Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art with the Yale University Art Gallery, examines the dual – and sometimes conflicting – images of Fra Angelico (ca. 1395-1455) as both a humble and spiritually inspired artist, and as a skillful businessman and a familiar of the powerful and politically connected. “Fra Angelico and the Early Renaissance in Florence” begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. The lecture is free, and the Museum offers priority seating for members until 5:40 p.m. (Left, Fra Angelico’s The Virgin of the Pomegranate is on display as part of the Meadow Museum’s Treasures from the House of Alba through Jan. 3, 2016. Photo by Nancy George, SMU News.)
The master and Margarita: Meadows/Kress/Prado Fellow Rebecca Teresi discusses the story behind Diego Velázquez’ series of masterpieces depicting the Infanta Margarita Teresa of Spain in “Velázquez and the Infanta Margarita” at 12:15 p.m. Friday, September 18. The lecture is free, and you’ll also have a chance to view one of these masterworks, Infanta Margarita in a Blue Dress (1659, oil on canvas), on loan from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, through Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.
60-second songfest: SMU’s Opera Free For All series returns for 2015-16 with its popular season opener, which showcases every member of the Meadows Opera Theatre ensemble in 60-second arias and songs. “Bite-size Arias/Big-size Talents” begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free.
SMU’s Meadows Museum presents the first major exhibition in the United States of treasures 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 is on view at the Meadows from Friday. Sept. 11, 2015 through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, and serves as a cornerstone of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, which continues throughout 2015.
Curated by Dr. Fernando Checa Cremades, former director of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Treasures from the House of Alba features more than 100 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 seen outside of Spain. The treasures on display include illuminated manuscripts, books, historic documents, miniatures, antiquities, prints, sculpture, drawings, and other objects.
“These extraordinary works of art, many of which have never crossed the Atlantic before, are a treasure trove and a fount of new art historical knowledge,” said Mark Roglán, The Linda P. and William 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 opportunity to explore the panoply of cultural achievement and European history.”
Treasures from the House of Alba is organized chronologically according to seven periods of Alba family history, collecting, and patronage from the 15th to the 20th century:
The exhibition begins with the dynasty’s origins in the mid-15th century and rising influence under the 3rd Duke of Alba, Don Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, a prominent courtier in the service of the Spanish monarchy in the 16th century.
This is followed by an exploration of the family’s close ties to the Marquis of Carpio, Europe’s greatest art collector of the 17th century, from whom the Duchy of Alba received important holdings of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, and to the Duques of Veragua, from whom came the Christopher Columbus documents featured in the exhibit.
The exhibition also presents a section devoted to Goya and his relationship with the Duchess Doña Teresa Cayetana, and concludes with the extensive collecting activity of the late Duchess and her father since the beginning of the 20th century, which includes the acquisition of works by such artists as Peter Paul Rubens, Joshua Reynolds, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Pablo Picasso, among others.
In addition to works currently housed in the Alba collection, the exhibition includes loans from distinguished museum collections that were once part of the Alba holdings. These loans serve to complement the contributions from the Alba family and showcase the full scope of the family’s collecting history.
The exhibition’s highlights include:
The Duchess of Alba in White by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1795, above right), a portrait that serves as testament to the close relationship between Teresa Cayetana de Silva Alvarez de Toledo, the 13th Duchess of Alba, and the famed Spanish painter.
Charles V and the Empress Isabella by Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1628), a double portrait painted after a lost work by Titian.
Girl with Hat with Cherries by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1880, at right), a portrait painted toward the end of the artist’s Impressionist period.
The Bible of the House of Alba, an early 15th-century illuminated manuscript and one of the earliest known translations of the Old Testament from Hebrew into a Romance language. It contains commentary written by both Christian and Jewish theologians, and was an attempt to encourage stronger ties between Christians and Jews.
One of Christopher Columbus’s logbooks, a set of manuscripts documenting the explorer’s journey of discovery of the New World in 1492. The House of Alba’s archive of 21 Christopher Columbus documents includes nine personal letters (one of which is addressed to Columbus’s son Diego) and four of the only remaining documents written during the time of his four voyages.
The Virgin of the Pomegranate by Fra Angelico (c. 1426), a centerpiece of the Alba family’s collection since 1817 when it was acquired in Florence by then-Duke of Alba Carlos Miguel Fitz- James Stuart. Rarely publicly displayed, the painting depicts the Madonna and Child engulfed in a golden cloth and flanked by two angels, and showcases Fra Angelico’s mastery of naturalistic compositions through the figures’ delicate features and surrounding drapery.
Mercury Enamored of Herse by Willem de Pannemaker (1570), one of eight mythological tapestries that comprise the only complete surviving example of a series depicting Ovid’s tale of the loves of Mercury and Herse.
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, now one of the greatest private collections in the world. Until her passing in November 2014, the head of the Alba family was Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the 18th Duchess of Alba, who bore more recognized titles than any other noble today. She is succeeded by her son, Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo.
“Our will is to share the works and pieces that make up the collection of the House of Alba Foundation with a public that is increasingly knowledgeable and more interested in culture and history,” said Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo, Duke of Alba. “This selection of objects allows us to present different works and documents that have survived the vicissitudes of history and represents the greatest treasure of the legacy of our family. It is also an extraordinary opportunity for making the public aware of the steady and silent work of preservation and upkeep that the House of Alba has been doing for centuries.”
Engaged Learning Meet-Up:Engaged Learning invites SMU community members to their Engaged Learning Meet-Up event on Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Commons. Held each April, the event is designed to introduce new Engaged Learning projects. To learn more about the event and new projects, visit the Engaged Learning webpage.
Dedman College Research Colloquium: SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences invites SMU community members to the second “Dedman Faculty Research Colloquium” on Thursday, April 30, in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. The event will begin with a brief welcoming reception from 4:45-5 p.m., followed by a presentation from three senior faculty sharing aspects of their research. The three professors include: Rajani Sudan, Associate Professor of English, Pamela Corley, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Pia Vogel, Professor of Biological Sciences.
Meadows Museum Panel Discussion: Celebrating the Meadows Museum 50-year history, a Meadows Museum Panel Discussion will take place Saturday, May 2, from 2-4 p.m., in the Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium. Lee Cullum, host of KERA’s CEO, will moderate a conversation about the history of the Meadows Museum with important figures instrumental to the formation and growth of the institution. This event is free and open to the public. While no registration is required, space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 214-768-4677.
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, SMU’s Meadows Museum will present an exhibition spanning 500 years of Spanish art – and the first in the United States of paintings from the treasure trove of one of the world’s top collectors.
The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters will be on view April 18-Aug. 2, 2015. The show features approximately 70 paintings spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries – including works by such Spanish masters as El Greco, Jusepe de Ribera, Francisco Goya, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso, as well as by other European artists including Georges Braque, Canaletto, Edgar Degas, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani, among others.
The exhibition will feature Francis Bacon’s Triptych 1983, one of the artist’s final works in this iconic format. Also included will be an ensemble of 15 drawings by Pablo Picasso, representing all periods in his long career.
The Abelló Collectionjoins the Meadows’ ongoing series of international partnerships that are bringing Spanish masterworks to the United States. In addition, it is a cornerstone to the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, which will continue throughout 2015.
Based in Madrid, Juan Abelló is one of Spain’s most prominent art collectors — and has been internationally recognized as one of the top 200 collectors in the world since he began collecting art over three decades ago. Along with his wife Anna Gamazo, Abelló has amassed more than 500 outstanding works of art spanning 500 years of European history.
The Abelló Collection is grounded in the couple’s dedication to bringing great national works of art back to Spain that have been dispersed over time in the turmoil resulting from centuries of political and economic strife — from the Napoleonic invasion, to numerous historical financial crises.
Abelló’s collecting bears a parallel to that of Meadows Museum founder and SMU benefactor Algur H. Meadows, who similarly devoted his fortune to the collection, study, and presentation of Spanish masterworks, and to strengthening international awareness of Spain’s robust cultural tradition.
“The Meadows Museum is incredibly grateful for the generosity of Juan Abelló and Anna Gamazo, who have so graciously agreed to lend these extraordinary masterpieces from their collection for an international debut in Dallas,” said Mark Roglán, The 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 have the opportunity to present for the first time in the United States paintings from this outstanding collection, which showcases Spain’s powerful artistic legacy, and perfectly coincides with our institution’s founding mission and role as a leader in the research and presentation of Spanish art.”
SMU Fashion Week 2015 kicks off Wednesday, April 22 and will run through Friday, April 24. Focusing on the “Business of Fashion,” the three-day event will take an inside look at what it means to be a designer and entrepreneur, as well as how one of Dallas’ most prestigious shopping destinations, Stanley Korshak, stays competitive in the luxury fashion market.
SMU Fashion Week 2015 opens with London designer Levi Palmer of palmer//harding. During a live interview, Palmer will talk about his entrepreneurial journey as the designer of what the press has described as “the world’s most perfect shirts.”
1 p.m. in Room 241, Umphrey Lee Center.
Thursday, April 23: Fashion Week keynote address by Crawford Brock
Crawford Brock of Stanley Korshak will present the SMU Fashion Week 2015 keynote address. During company owner Brock’s keynote address, guests will get an inside look at the man behind one of Dallas’ most prestigious shopping destinations, as well as what it takes to stay competitive in the luxury fashion business. Brock will meet students and talk with them one on one during a reception following the keynote address.
Keynote begins at 5 p.m. in Room 241, Umphrey Lee Center. Reception with Crawford Brock to follow from 6-6:30 p.m. in the Division of Journalism complex near Room 280, Umphrey Lee Center.
Friday, April 24: Spring Fashion Show
SMU Fashion Week 2015 wraps up with the annual Spring Fashion Show presented by The Retail Club at Cox School. This year’s show will feature looks from Stanley Korshak and the Haute Wheels mobile boutique. The Haute Wheels mobile boutique will be on-site for shopping, and Stanley Korshak will provide exclusive goodie bags for the first 30 fashion show attendees.
2 p.m. outdoors on the north end of Bishop Boulevard at the Main Quad flagpole.
“International Law & Israel:” Sponsored by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights, award-winning author Edwin Black will visit SMU to discuss “International Law & Israel” on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m., in the Ballroom of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Black will be discussing the current situation in Israel in light of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to the U.S. and the U.S. negotiations with Iran. This event is free and open to the public.
Gilbert Lecture Series: Sponsored by SMU’s Gilbert Lecture Series, award-winning author and game designer Ian Bogost will visit SMU to discuss “The Mistrust of Things” on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., in Room 131 of the Dedman Life Science Building. Bogost will answer society’s obsession with “things” in a world overburdened with stuff. This event is free and open to the public.
Barefoot on the Boulevard: SMU’s annual student-sponsored celebration of green living, Barefoot on the Boulevard will take place Saturday, April 18, from 12-5 p.m., on SMU’s Bishop Boulevard. As an early Earth Day celebration, the event will feature food, music and fun with performances by individual singers and guitarists. This event is free and open to the public.
SMU Fashion Week 2015: The fourth annual SMU Fashion Week 2015 kicks off on Wednesday, April 22 and will run through Friday, April 24. Focusing on the “Business of Fashion,” the three-day event features leading professionals in the fashion industry, as well as a fashion show. For more information, visit the SMU Fashion Week 2015 event webpage.
The 2015 Relay For Life of SMU will take place Friday-Saturday, April 10-11, from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 a.m. All events and activities will take place on Bishop Boulevard. SMU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate to make progress toward a world without cancer.
As part of the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life movement symbolizes hope and a shared goal to end a life-threatening disease. As a way to take action and help finish the fight against cancer during an overnight community fundraising walk, the event serves as an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those lost and raise funds and awareness to help end cancer forever.
2015 Relay for Life Schedule:
Opening Ceremony: Bringing everyone together for a lively event kickoff, Relay for Life starts at 6 p.m. with an Opening Ceremony.
Survivors Lap: Next, at 6:15 p.m., all cancer survivors are invited to celebrate their victory over cancer by taking the first lap on the Boulevard.
Caregivers Lap: Following the Survivors Lap, anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer is invited to walk a lap at 6:30 p.m.
Luminaria Ceremony: As a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, the Luminaria Ceremony will begin at 10 p.m.
Closing Ceremony: The event will come to an end at 11:30 a.m. during the Closing Ceremony.