Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Jan. 22, 2016

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Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Jan. 22, 2016

Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception: An exhibition of works by Division of Art faculty members opens Friday, Jan. 22 and runs through Saturday, March 19, 2016. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 in the Pollock GalleryHughes-Trigg Student Center. The Faculty Exhibition includes works in a wide range of media and gives students and the DFW community the opportunity to see and experience the work of teaching artists.

SMU Uprising: A free performance by contemporary Christian music duo Shane & Shane and talk by author and former Navy SEAL Chad Williams will be presented at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. The evening, SMU Uprising, is sponsored by SMU’s Office of the Chaplain. Shane & Shane features solo artists Shane Barnard and Shane Everett. Known for their close harmonies and acoustic soft rock and country-influenced music, they released their tenth album, Psalms II, in 2015. Chad Williams, author of SEAL of God, served as a Navy SEAL from 2004 to 2010 before entering full-time ministry.

Drawing from the Masters: On Sunday, Jan. 24th enjoy an afternoon of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads participants through the Meadows Museum’s galleries.  Beginning at 1:30 p.m., this session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. The session is designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Carmen Smith, 214-768-4677.

Anonymous Takeover: SMU Student Senate Diversity Committee is hosting a conversation on the power of Yik Yak’s anonymous posts and their effects on our community Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The Diversity Committee works to facilitate interaction and cultural awareness between various backgrounds and serves as a liaison between different ethnic, religious, sexual orientations, age groups, and nationalities within the SMU community by ensuring that they continue to have a constant voice within the Student Senate.

Remembering Refugees: The Department of Anthropology and the Embrey Human Rights Program present a lecture by renowned forced migration scholar David Haines on Thursday, Jan. 28 in 144 Simmons Hall. Serving as the keynote lecture for the SMU Anthropology Graduate Student Symposium, the lecture will offer a historical overview of refugee reception in the United States as well as a contemporary analysis of global connections. Refreshments will be served from 5-5:30 p.m and the lecture will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

 

January 22, 2016|Calendar Highlights, For the Record|

New book edited by SMU faculty member Noah Simblist examines artistic response to historical trauma

'Places of a Present Past' edited by SMU Art Chair Noah Simblist, book coverA 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.

SMU Art Chair Noah Simblist

Noah Simblist, chair of SMU’s Division of Art

“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.”

> Read the full story from SMU News

September 16, 2015|Calendar Highlights, Faculty in the News, For the Record|

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|

New exhibits to feature abstract painter Mark Williams

The Mark Williams painting 'Choice,' 2006SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts opens two exhibits Sept. 13 featuring the work of abstract painter Mark Williams, whose works have been shown throughout the United States and countries including Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Brazil.

The main exhibit, “Exquisitely Calibrated: Recent Paintings by Mark Williams” in the Pollock Gallery at Hughes-Trigg Student Center, will feature a selection of Williams’ geometrically abstract paintings. Williams’ acrylic- and enamel-based paintings focus on a clash of vertical and horizontal objects, often portrayed in muted colors and in seemingly random variations.

Pollock Gallery Director Philip Van Keuren writes for the exhibition catalogue “Mark Williams: Pure Clear Word”: “Williams’ paintings are characterized by sensitivity to the actual appearance of things on the panel and, more precisely, to color-form relationship combinations. He calibrates these combinations tirelessly, realizing there can only be solutions, never conclusions.”

A complementary exhibit, ““Mark Williams: Small Drawings and Studio Notebooks,” will be open for public view in the Mildred Hawn Gallery (located inside Meadows’ Hamon Arts Library). This addition features many of Williams’ small drawings and studio sketchbooks from his New York studio, showing examples of his method and process used to “construct” his larger pieces.

Williams, a Pittsburgh native born in 1950, has had previous ties to the Metroplex as he received a B.F.A. in art education and an M.F.A. in painting and sculpture at the University of North Texas. Williams has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants (1980 and 1989) among numerous other awards and grants and recently gave a guest lecture at the 2007 SMU-in-Taos summer term.

The Pollock exhibit will be open from 11-5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday until Oct. 16. The Hawn exhibit will be around a bit longer as it will operate under regular Hamon library hours until Dec. 4.

(Above, Choice by Mark Williams, 2006.)

September 13, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

Calendar Highlights: April 27, 2010

SMU's Meadows Opera TheatreCalling Judge Judy: Reality TV meets Gilbert & Sullivan in Meadows Opera Theatre‘s reimagining of the British duo’s Trial By Jury at 1 p.m. April 30 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Hilarity ensues when a lawsuit for breach of marriage promise is brought before the bench of a fat-cat judge and his televised courtroom, while a comic turn of events shows that the course of true love runs in surprising directions. Admission is free. For more information, call the Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

2010 M.F.A. Dance Thesis Concert: Master’s degree candidates in the Meadows School of the Arts’ Division of Dance present their original choreography and restagings of choreographic masterworks at 8 p.m. April 30-May 1 and 2 p.m. May 2 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

SMU's Meadows Symphony OrchestraStars on stage: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents the winners of the annual Meadows Concerto Competition – one each in keyboard, strings, voice and woodwinds/brass/percussion – in the 2010 Stars of Tomorrow concert at 8 p.m. April 30 and 3 p.m. May 2 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

2010 B.F.A. Qualifying Exhibition: Bachelor’s degree candidates in the Meadows Division of Art present their work in a variety of styles and media in this annual exhibition, running May 3-15 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Admission is free. For more information, call the gallery at 214-768-4439.

April 27, 2010|Calendar Highlights|
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