NEXT TOPIC: What is an Artist Talk?

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: CentralTrak
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

CentralTrak is pleased to host Daniel Atkinson for it’s Next Topic lecture series, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  Artist talks are seen as a necessity in many current exhibitions, but rarely do we ask ourselves what purpose they serve, where they originated, or why they exist at all. Overseeing artist talks at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Atkinson has gained an intimate familiarity with their range. Presenting on the history and meaning of artist talks, he will explore different methods and approaches artists have taken in speaking about their work that push away from the traditional, oversimplified, chronological narratives many expect. Conceived as a tool kit both to understand and generate new modes of presentation, the talk will seek to make the familiar form strangely unfamiliar.


Daniel Atkinson received his B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Arts Education from New York University. While in New York City he was a freelance educator, serving in a range of positions in arts institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, and Dia:Beacon. He also worked in public schools teaching art throughout the five boroughs. After leaving New York City he also freelanced in Chicago, teaching and speaking on education at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development, and again in a public school. He is currently the Education and Public Programs Manager at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.



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.



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