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 Elledanceworks Faculty @ Five performance http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220431701?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220431701?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Thursday, Feb 23
(5:30 p.m.)

As part of the Faculty @ 5 Series, Elledanceworks will be presenting an informal performance and discussion featuring current works-in-progress as well as audience favorites. Of note is Hanlon's Death Fugue - a work being developed in cooperation with the Ackerman Holocaust Center and in collaboration with composer Kevin Hanlon. Paul Celan's poem Death Fugue is the source of inspiration for this work in progress.

Elledanceworks Dance Company is directed by UT Dallas Arts and Performance faculty member Michele Hanlon and Ronelle Eddings.

http://www.elledanceworks.org/

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Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: Nnedi Okorafor http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220431375?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220431375?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Feb 24
(7 p.m.)

Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: The Power of Science Fiction

At Home

About the Lecture:

Nnedi Okorafor talks about intersteller citizenship, the concept of home, the Nigerian American experience and how it’s all science fiction.

About the Speaker:

Nnedi Okorafor is a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to Nigerian immigrant parents, Okorafor is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters.

Okorafor’s novels include Who Fears Death (winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and Le Prix Imaginales for Best Translated Novel), Akata Witch (an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and The Shadow Speaker (winner of the CBS Parallax Award). Her latest releases include her short story collection Kabu Kabu and science fiction novel Lagoon (finalist for Best Novel in the British Science Fiction Association award for Best Novel and a Red Tentacle Award for Best Novel).

Her adult novel The Book of Phoenix (a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award) was released in 2015 and her young adult novel Akata Witch 2: Akata Warrior will be released in Fall 2017. In September 2015, Lantana Publishing released her children's book Chicken in the Kitchen (winner of Children’s Africana Book Award for Best Book for Young Readers) and Tor.com released her space opera novella Binti (winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novella) to critical acclaim.

Okorafor is currently working with Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu (Pumzi) on developing their feature film Camel Racer with Triggerfish Animation Studios (South Africa). Okorafor has had several short stories published in anthologies, magazines, and journals. She is also an Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

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Through the Lens: Found Object/Readymade http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427274?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427274?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Saturday, Jan 21 - Saturday, Feb 25
(12 p.m. - 5 p.m.) Location: CentralTrak, 800 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226.

Reception: Saturday, January 21, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

This exhibition will explore the use of photography and video in contemporary art to re-contextualize the object through approaches adopted by Surrealist and Dada artists: the designation of the found object and the readymade.

The designation of the readymade upsets the mass-produced object’s functionality: engaging in play while disrupting work; incorporating humor; challenging the definition of art by presenting works that are ready-to-go—chosen and then recontextualized. Meanwhile, the identification of the found object connects to the unconscious, often tapping the historical context of an earlier era, the supposed recollections of a previous owner, which inform the current viewer’s awareness.   These actions address the concept of authorship, while questioning the definition of art, and the place of the object in commodity culture. The use of photography and video in contemporary art to re-present the object frames it a second time, echoing the relationship between selection and presentation of the object and image.

The exhibition features artists including Susi Brister, Francesca Brunetti, Rachel Cox, Shannon Duncan, Paho Mann, and Kristy Peet.

Gallery hours are Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and by special appointment.

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"Artists Writings on Materials and Techniques": EODIAH Symposium http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220431189?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220431189?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Feb 24 - Saturday, Feb 25 Location: UT Dallas, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Join us for an Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History symposium that brings together art historians, curators, and conservators to explore artists’ writings about materials and techniques. The aim of the symposium is twofold: first, to define and explore the range of artists’ texts that treat working practices, and by extension to understand the relationships between artists’ textual and visual practices; and second, to ask how these writings inform our work as scholars, curators, and conservators. Convened by the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History with the participation of the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, the symposium will take place over the course of two days in February 2017. Please RSVP here; additional program details can be found here. Visit EODIAH for more events.

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"Pedagogical Subversion: The 'Un-American' Graphics of Kevin C. Pyle": EODIAH Workshop Talk http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220431190?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220431190?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Tuesday, Feb 28
(4 p.m.) Location: O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Join us for an Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History workshop talk with Dr. Allan Antliff, UTD Visiting Research Fellow. Complimentary reception to follow. Please RSVP to Lauren LaRocca lauren.larocca@utdallas.edu. Visit EODIAH for more events.

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Comer Collection: Binary Consciousness: Keliy Anderson-Staley Reception http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427429?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427429?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Tuesday, Feb 28
(6 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.) Location: University Theatre.

Reception: 6:00 p.m., University Theatre

Lecture: Keliy Anderson-Staley, 7:00 p.m., Davidson Auditorium

Gallery hours are 2:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.  

Honored Photographer Bio: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Keliy Anderson-Staley is a Houston-based artist. She was born in Maine, and she holds a BA from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and an MFA in photography from Hunter College in New York City. She is an assistant professor of Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston. Anderson-Staley's images are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art (Maine), and Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. She was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Puffin Grant, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation, the Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin Award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Her work was published in a solo issue of Light Work’s Contact Sheet and has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, Akron Art Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography and the California Museum of Photography, as well as at a number of galleries around the country. Anderson-Staley has been making wet-plate collodion tintypes and ambrotypes for twelve years. On a Wet Bough, a monograph of her tintype portraits was published in 2014 by Waltz Books. She is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery.

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Comer Collection: Binary Consciousness: Keliy Anderson-Staley Lecture http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427430?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427430?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Tuesday, Feb 28
(7 p.m.)

Reception: 6:00 p.m., University Theatre

Lecture: Keliy Anderson-Staley, 7:00 p.m., Davidson Auditorium

Gallery hours are 2:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.  

Honored Photographer Bio: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Keliy Anderson-Staley is a Houston-based artist. She was born in Maine, and she holds a BA from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and an MFA in photography from Hunter College in New York City. She is an assistant professor of Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston. Anderson-Staley's images are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art (Maine), and Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. She was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Puffin Grant, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation, the Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin Award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Her work was published in a solo issue of Light Work’s Contact Sheet and has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, Akron Art Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography and the California Museum of Photography, as well as at a number of galleries around the country. Anderson-Staley has been making wet-plate collodion tintypes and ambrotypes for twelve years. On a Wet Bough, a monograph of her tintype portraits was published in 2014 by Waltz Books. She is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery.

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Cinematheque: Blade Runner http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427280?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427280?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Wednesday, Mar 1
(7 p.m.)

Cosponsored by Meteor Theater and the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology, this evening features a film followed by a short question and answer session with members of the industry.

Discussion after the film with Peter J. Ingrao and Sabrina Starnaman

About Blade Runner

Released in 1982, Blade Runner is a science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. A loose film adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the film takes place in a dystopian Los Angeles where genetically-engineered replicants are manufactured for use on other planets.

About the Discussion Leaders

Professor Ingrao and Professor Starnaman will co-lead the discussion.

Peter J. Ingrao teaches Exploration of the Humanities and American Literature, with a particular focus on literature of the American South, at UT Dallas where he was selected as a finalist for the President’s Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Ingrao’s primary research interest is in literature of the American South, especially Appalachian literature, but he has worked with topics as diverse as Bruce Springsteen and Batman. His most recent research focuses upon the role of monstrosity in American and English literature, and he is at work on a project concerning the swamp as challenge to southern white patriarchy in popular zombie comic books and films. 

Sabrina Starnaman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT Dallas who teaches courses on science fiction and fantasy literature, the literature of science and studies in women’s literature. Her studies in literature often examine representation of the body, particularly representations of gender and disability. She is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology and is serving as Acting Director for the current academic year.

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Comer Collection: Binary Consciousness: Art Exhibition http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427427?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427427?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Feb 17 - Friday, Mar 10
(2 p.m. - 5 p.m.) Location: University Theatre.

Art Exhibition: University Theatre

Gallery hours are 2:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.  

This exhibit examines a binary stream of consciousness present in portrait photography. When confronted with the cliché of a smiling subject or a subject’s attempt at a solemn gesture, the politics of portraiture calls into question the veracity of the photographer’s intent as well as the subject's locus of control.

This exhibition is curated by Dr. Giraud Polite and includes images by photographers Dawoud Bey, Keliy Anderson-Staley and Carrie Mae Weems.

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Comer Collection: Binary Consciousness (Event Overview) http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427310?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220427310?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Feb 17 - Friday, Mar 10 Location: Various locations.

February 17 – March 10:

Art Exhibition: University Theatre

Gallery hours are 2:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.  

This exhibit examines a binary stream of consciousness present in portrait photography. When confronted with the cliché of a smiling subject or a subject’s attempt at a solemn gesture, the politics of portraiture calls into question the veracity of the photographer’s intent as well as the subject's locus of control.

This exhibition is curated by Dr. Giraud Polite and includes images by photographers  Dawoud Bey, Keliy Anderson-Staley and Carrie Mae Weems.

February 21:

Gallery Talk: Dr. Giraud Polite, 2:00 p.m., University Theatre

Reception: 2:45 p.m., University Theatre

Bio: Giraud Polite

As an artist and recipient of the Creative PhD, Giraud Polite has over thirteen years of visual communications experience and has spent the past ten years visually documenting and researching a variety of ethnic groups on five different continents. He is currently a member of the Society of Photographic Education and the Urban Creative Network where he attends conferences and participates in panel discussions about current photographic and design shifts and trends. Giraud also serves as member, mentor, and adviser to programs such as Making Connections, Inc. and the Brookhaven College Film Club. As a Louisiana/Texas artist, Giraud has exhibited works extending from digital photography to multimedia arts in a variety of museums, cultural centers, and educational institutions.

February 28:

Reception: 6:00 p.m., University Theatre

Lecture: Keliy Anderson-Staley, 7:00 p.m., Davidson Auditorium

Honored Photographer Bio: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Keliy Anderson-Staley is a Houston-based artist. She was born in Maine, and she holds a BA from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and an MFA in photography from Hunter College in New York City. She is an assistant professor of Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston. Anderson-Staley's images are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art (Maine), and Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. She was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Puffin Grant, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation, the Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin Award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Her work was published in a solo issue of Light Work’s Contact Sheet and has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, Akron Art Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography and the California Museum of Photography, as well as at a number of galleries around the country. Anderson-Staley has been making wet-plate collodion tintypes and ambrotypes for twelve years. On a Wet Bough, a monograph of her tintype portraits was published in 2014 by Waltz Books. She is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery.

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