Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/rss.php en-us This week's events for Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas Lin/Castro-Balbi Duo http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411001?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411001?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Saturday, Jan 31
(8 p.m.) Location: Jonsson Performance Hall.

Pianist Gloria Lin and cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi have received critical acclaim for their performances around the world. Both are faculty members at Texas Christian University. They are founders of the music project Caminos del Inka, dedicated to promoting music of the Americas. 

 

GLORIA LIN BIOGRAPHY

Piano, Chamber Music, Musicology

Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Lin was educated at The Juilliard School, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the Manhattan School of Music, and earned her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her teachers include Rostislav Dubinsky, Joseph Kalischtein, Nina Lelchuk, Solomon Mikowsky, Aldo Parisot, and Gyorgy Sebok.

Dr. Lin is the winner of the Dora Zaslavsky Koch Piano Competition, the Chopin Council of Greater New York Competition, and was awarded the Grand Prize at the Young Keyboard Artist Association International Competition as well as the First Prize at the Taiwan National Youth Piano Competition. She received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the University of Michigan, and the United States Presidential Award at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Dr. Lin has performed around the world from New York's Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Kosciuszko Foundation, and the United Nations, to the Ford Center in Toronto, the Carlos Chavez Hall in Mexico City, and to France, Japan, Spain, and Venezuela. She is a regular guest artist at the International Music Festival in Morelia, Mexico; the Sociedad Filarmonica series in Lima, the University of Texas at Dallas, the Cliburn at the Modern, the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, the TCU Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series and the TCU Cellofest in Fort Worth. She has been featured on prominent national and international media, such as NPR's Performance Today, WNYC's Soundcheck, and Japan's public television NHK.

An active chamber musician, Dr. Lin is a founding member of the Lin / Castro-Balbi duo with cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi, and a member of the music project Caminos del Inka. She has collaborated with such noted artists as cellists Christopher Adkins, Andres Diaz, Marion Feldman, Patrick Jee, Brinton Smith, and violinists David Davidovici, Celeste Golden, Michael Shih, and Roland and Almita Vamos.

Dr. Lin serves on the piano faculty at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and maintains an active private studio. During the summer, she teaches at Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado.

 

JESÚS CASTRO-BALBI BIOGRAPHY

Hailed as "an exceptional cellist" (Dallas Morning News), "an artist of the first rank, who commanded a huge range of volume, timbre and emotions" (Fort Worth Star Telegram), and praised for his "rich and warm tone, with lots of variety of inflection and nuance" (New York Concert Review), cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi brings a dynamic presence to the international stage, as a much sought-after soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, mentor, adjudicator, and organizer. Recent highlight include features at the Lincoln Center Festival, Symphony Space and 11 appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, five visits to China, concerts at Leipzig's famed Gewandhaus, and at prestigious venues in Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, and Peru. He performed as a soloist with the Aarhus, Aguascalientes, Cannes, Dallas, Fort Worth, Leipzig MDR, and Xalapa Symphony Orchestras, the Mexico City and the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestras, and the National Symphony in Lima. His favorite concert repertoire spans from the Bach Solo Suites, concertos by Haydn and Boccherini, the great romantics Dvorak and Elgar, to modern masters Dutilleux and Lutoslawski, while reserving a special place to chamber music and new music. To date he appears in 12 compact discs and has presented 46 premiere performances and premiere recordings including 12 works written for him by Esteban Benzecry, Martin Blessinger, Blaise Ferrandino, Robert Garwell, Luis-Jorge Gonzalez, Till Meyn, Andrés Posada, Robert Rodríguez, Edgar Valcárcel, and Samuel Zyman. In 2013-14, he champions a new concerto for cello and orchestra by Jimmy Lopez, The Lord of the Air.


Jesús Castro-Balbi is the cellist of the Lin / Castro-Balbi Duo, of the Clavier Trio, and of the music project Caminos del Inka. Among other distinctions, Mr. Castro-Balbi is the winner of the Aldo Parisot Prize, the Salon de Virtuosi Award in New York, and of the First Prize at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. Jesús Castro-Balbi is the first full-time cello professor at the Texas Christian University School of Music in Fort Worth, Texas, where he has developed a first rate studio of talented cellists from around the world. At TCU, he is also the founding artistic director of the TCU Cello Ensemble, the biennial TCU Cellofest, and of the Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series. He received the 2008 Dean's Research and Creativity Award and the 2012 College of Fine Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar. In addition to his work at TCU, he leads the Carlos Prieto Mexican Cello Institute in Morelia, Mexico, conducts master-classes and lectures at Beijing's Central Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Paris Conservatoire, Leipzig's Hochschule, at the Yale School of Music, and teaches at Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado, where he is also Associate Dean. He has adjudicated for the Sphinx Competition, the Carlos Prieto and the Lutoslawski International Cello Competitions.

 

Of Peruvian heritage, raised in France and now a US citizen, Jesús Castro-Balbi is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur at Lyon, Indiana University at Bloomington, Yale, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School. He studied with Iseut Chuat, Marc Coppey, Jean Deplace, Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, and members of the Amadeus, Borodine, Juilliard, Ravel and Tokyo String Quartets.

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Cinematheque: Dark Girls http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411921?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411921?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Wednesday, Feb 4
(7:30 p.m.) Location: Jonsson Performance Hall.

Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. 

Cosponsored by Meteor Theater, each evening features a different independent film followed by a short question and answer session with members of the film industry. 

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NEXT TOPIC: Carlos Martiel, Performance Artist http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220416275?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220416275?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Thursday, Feb 5
(8 p.m.) Location: CentralTrak.

CentralTrak is pleased to host Cuban artist Carlos Martiel on Thursday February 5, at 7:00 pm. Martiel’s work and world views will be discussed during the Next Topic.  He has a finger on the pulse of conflict, openly commenting on and expressing his political views through performance. His primary medium is his own body, placing himself in painful and challenging situations. Martiel has performed acts as extreme as having bodily tissues surgically removed and encapsulated as an award in order to dignify the lives of people being marginalized in contemporary Cuba due to skin color. The impressive degree to which Martiel is willing to act for his beliefs will be the center of discussion in this Next Topic moderated by SMU’s Beatriz Balanta.

 

Bio

Havana-born performance artist, Carlos Martiel, is known for his visceral political performances that offer critique on contemporary issues associated with his country of origin and abroad. His work addresses topics of injustice, repression, discrimination, censorship and immigration. Martiel uses his body as a site for discourse, reflecting on the relations of power and social context.

 

Martiel graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Havana in 2009. A pupil of artist Tania Bruguera, his work has been included in numerous international exhibitions including the International Performance Art Biennale, Houston (2014), Biennial "La Otra" in Bogotá (2013), Havana Biennial, Cuba (2012) Pontevedra Biennial, Galicia (2010), Liverpool Biennial (2010). He has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles (2014), Nitsch Museum, Naples (2013), Galería Lux, Guatemala City (2013), Contemporary Art Center "Wifredo Lam," Havana (2012). He has received several awards, including "CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award" in Miami, 2014; "Arte Laguna" in Venice, Italy, 2013; "Close Up Award" in Vallarta, Mexico, 2012. His work has been exhibited in Estonian Museum of Art and Design in Tallinn, Estonia; Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires in Argentina; Bellevue Museum of Arts, Washington; The 8th floor in New York, among others.

 

Moderator: Beatriz Balanta was born in Colombia, South America, and as a teenager she immigrated to the United States. She received a BA in Sociology from Boston College and a PhD in Romance Studies from Duke University. Balanta’s scholarly work analyzes the photographic and literary dimensions of racial formation in Latin America. Her interests encompass 19th century debates regarding freedom, citizenship, and nation building in Brazil, Colombia, and the United States as well as contemporary theorizations of art practices from the Global South.  She is an assistant professor at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

 

Curator of PerformanceSW Alison Starr is an interdisciplinary artist and professor residing in Dallas, Texas. Starr received an MFA in Intermedia Studios from the University of Texas at Arlington. Human nature/behavior, interactions, and private thoughts inspire her work; some of which is autobiographical. Her current body of work includes writing and performing both live and in video presentations as well as other time based work involving sound installation. She is an art instructor at The University of Texas at Arlington and El Centro College and works in the education department at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Starr is the co-founder of PerformanceSW, a project in support of the proliferation of performance art outside of the American mainstream discourse as well as a contributing member of (wo)manorial, a collective of artists, writers, and thinkers who contemplate the ever-changing concept of the feminine.


 

 

ABOUT CENTRALTRAK

CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts.  As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts.  While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion gallery encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.

 

CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION

CentralTrak

Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226

Hours: Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 during exhibitions, tours available by appointment call (469) 232-7298.

Admission: Free

Visit our Website at www.CentralTrak.com for more information

 

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An Old Friend And A Moving Target http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220416100?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220416100?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Jan 23 - Saturday, Feb 7 Location: Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Closed Sunday

An Old Friend
new works by Luke Harnden

"Working within a language developed through a rigid painting and sculptural practice Luke Harnden offers a new series of works entitled "An Old Friend". Conceptually these works are explorations of new media concepts that engage with digital and binary methods of constructing an image but processed in the physical realm of paint and material exploration. The paintings achieve their appearance by adopting an algorithmic process, which produces a series of marks that are expressive and individualistic yet work within a mathematical system of predetermination that renders form. Adopting the idea of programming, Harnden codes physical material that allows for the emergence of pattern within a complex and methodical arrangement of marks. The hand of the artist becomes at once visible and hidden as the variable initial decisions output an analog algorithm that embraces chance, loss of authorship and systematized beauty. 

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A Moving Target
MFA Thesis exhibition by Val Curry

 

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Cancelled: Value Added Art Exhibition http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220415590?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220415590?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Jan 23 - Friday, Feb 20 Location: Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 1st floor Gallery .

The Art Exhibition Value Added: Let Them Eat Cake has been cancelled.

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Gallup Motel Butchering http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220415923?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220415923?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Saturday, Jan 17 - Saturday, Feb 21 Location: CentralTrak.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 8 - 10 pm 

 

Description

On exhibition at CentralTrak is the four-channel video installation, Gallup Motel Butchering by artists' collective Postcommodity. In the artists' words, this work "explores the culturally sensible Indigenous perceptions and engagements juxtaposed with the theoretical ideas presented by Western thought.”

The video installation features a Navajo woman using a motel in Gallup, New Mexico as a temporary space to butcher a sheep that she will prepare for a family feast. The exhibition examines the contested space of tribal homeland, tradition, globalism, commerce, cultural continuity and cross-cultural opinion. 

Postcommodity is presenting a particular kind of collision when a cultural process may seem irrational or disturbing to an outsider. However in pragmatic indigenous terms, this tradition of sourcing food/meat acknowledges the interconnectedness of land, culture and community.

This motel scenario throws a kink into our romantic notions of visiting and observing Native American peoples. The setting provides a disruption, muddling past and present. The motel in question was constructed on the traditional homelands of the Navajo people. Said hotel gives tourists familiar comforts - acting as a touchstone perhaps, while they are observe cultural traditions that are unfamiliar. 

As an audience to this video installation, we are once again in the role of the tourist/colonizer viewing cultural tradition seemingly out-of-context against the assumptions of the Western imagination.

 

Other Programming for Exhibition 

(more information to follow)

Jan 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM. PANEL DISCUSSION

CentralTrak in collaboration with Make Art with Purpose (MAP) presents Dialogues on Race, a conversation with artists, cultural producers and community leaders about concerns connected to race that were explored in MAP’s Dialogues on Race billboard and mural campaign.

Feb 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm Next Topic: Carlos Martiel speaker, 

Carlos Martiel (born in Havana, 1989) is a controversial Cuban artist specializing in performance. His works focus on specific political events and on social injustices that occur inside and outside his country of origin. Martiel's performances reflect on the relations of power between the individual and the different contexts in which he or she operates.

Feb 7, 2015 at 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Performance by Carlos Martiel

Feb 20: CentralSounds: CentralTrak’s Music Series

Feb 21, 2015at 3:00 pm Artist Talk with exhibition artists Postcommodity

 

 

Bio

Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist and Nathan Young. Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence. Postcommodity works to forge new metaphors capable of rationalizing our shared experiences within this increasingly challenging contemporary environment; promote a constructive discourse that challenges the social, political and economic processes that are destabilizing communities and geographies; and connect Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination with the broader public sphere. Postcommodity are the recipients of grants from the Telluride Institute (2007), American Composers Forum (2008), Arizona Commission on the Arts (2009), Elly Kay Fund (2010), Joan Mitchell Foundation (2010), Creative Capital (2012), Art Matters (2013), and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (2014). In 2011 the collective’s work was featured in “Close Encounters,” an international Indigenous exhibition exhibited in multiple venues throughout the city of Winnipeg, CA; Contour the 5th Biennial of the Moving Image in Mechelen, Belgium; Nuit Blanche, Toronto, CA; “Half Life: Patterns of Change,” Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM; “The Night is Filled With the Harmonics of Suburban Dreams,” Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS; “Here,” Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum; 18th Biennale of Sydney in Sydney, Australia; Adelaide International in Adelaide, Australia; and Time Lapse, Site Santa Fe, in Santa Fe, NM. 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT CENTRALTRAK

 

CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts. As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts. While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion gallery encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.

 

CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION

CentralTrak

Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226

Hours: Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 during exhibitions, tours available by appointment call (469) 232-7298.

Admission: Free

 

Visit our Website at www.CentralTrak.com for more information

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