Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas "A Passion without passion? Holy Week in Ethiopian manuscript painting (1270-1527)": EODIAH Workshop Talk Tuesday, Jan 24
(4 p.m.) Location: O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History is pleased to present a conversation with Dr. Jacopo Gnisci, UT Dallas Visiting Research Fellow. Complimentary reception to follow. Please RSVP to Lauren LaRocca Visit EODIAH for more events.

"From Barbarism and Vandalism to Genocide: The Unlikely, Untold, and Unknown Story of Raphael Lemkin" with Dr. Steve Jacobs Wednesday, Jan 25
(7 p.m.)

Dr. Steve Jacobs, Aaron Aronov Chair of Judaic Studies at The University of Alabama, will lead this lecture.

Raphael Lemkin coined the term "genocide."

"This is not simply a case of mass murder. It is a case of genocide, of destruction, not of individuals only, but of a culture and a nation." - Raphael Lemkin

Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: Brian David Johnson Wednesday, Jan 25
(7:30 p.m.)

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

Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction

About the Lecture:

For over a hundred years, the wonders and nightmares of science have inspired writers, and these fantasies have gone on to influence the dreams and experiments of future generations of scientists and engineers.  But, can we use science fiction to directly shape the future?  From design-your-own robots to legal precedents yet to be set, internationally-renowned futurist and inventor of science fiction prototyping Brian David Johnson will explore the history and future of science fiction’s role in building our future.


About the Speaker:

Johnson is a Futurist and Fellow at Frost and Sullivan and the Futurist in Residence at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, where he is also a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. As a futurist, he works with organizations to develop long-term visions that use ethnographic field studies, technology research, cultural history, trend data, global interviews and science fiction to provide a pragmatic roadmap for the organization.

As an applied futurist, Johnson has worked with governments, militaries, trade organizations, start-ups, and multinational corporations. In 2009, he was appointed the inaugural futurist for Intel, where he worked for over a decade helping to design over 2 billion microprocessors.  He holds over 30 patents, and he is the author of both science fiction and non-fiction books including Humanity in the Machine, 21st Century Robot, Vintage Tomorrows and Science Fiction Prototyping

He has also directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.

Kithara Duo Friday, Jan 27
(8 p.m.)

The critically-acclaimed Kithara Duo presents our Sabine Madriguera tribute performance. Guitarists Fernand Vera and Olga Amelkina-Vera formed the duo in 2002 and are based at Collin College and SMU.

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Reunion Volume VI Launch Party Friday, Jan 27
(6 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

Join the editors and contributors as we celebrate the release of Reunion's latest volume in an evening of live entertainment, readings, free food and drinks, and good company.

A University of Texas at Dallas publication from the School of Arts & Humanities, Reunion: The Dallas Review is dedicated to publishing exceptional examples of previously unpublished poetry, short fiction, non- fiction, translation, visual art, drama, and interviews. Published annually each fall, our mission remains cultivating the arts community in Dallas, Texas, and promoting the work of talented writers and artists both locally and across the globe.

Recent Work: Ciara Bryant, Ashley Poenisch, Kelsey Webb Friday, Jan 13 - Saturday, Jan 28
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Reception: Friday, January 20th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Ciara Bryant: Incorporating text, photographs, and objects to engage and inform the reader/viewer, Invisible conveys the struggle of being invisible while black and female by exploring themes of power and femininity as well as the objectiveness of black women in society.

Ashley Poenisch: Paneled Progress is a collection of works that elevates the comic format by exploring narrative potential through traditional and non-traditional media.

Kelsey Webb: Altered Gaze is a series of highly saturated self-portraits that explore the relationship between the subject and viewer by altering or concealing the eyes of the female subject.  The artist aims to raise awareness of viewers’ relationships to mediated imagery and their consumption of it.


Ciara Elle Bryant uses the photograph in different mediums to explore the realms of social injustice and bring awareness to cultural issues. Born in Miami Florida, Bryant is a fine art photographer residing in Dallas, Texas where she recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Performance with a concentration in Visual Arts from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Ashley Poenisch is an illustrator and comic artist from a dot on the map named Jourdanton, TX. She attended UT at Dallas where she received an Arts and Performance degree with a focus on Visual Arts. She works in both digital and traditional painting (usually acrylic and watercolor). Her work focuses on narrative, specifically fairy and folk tales.

Kelsey Webb is a Dallas/Fort Worth photographer from East Texas.  She received her undergrad degree in Arts and Performance with a concentration in Visual Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Kelsey’s work focuses on the representation of the female body through an emphasis on the self-portrait; she relies on color and design to transform her photographs. 

Through the Lens: Found Object/Readymade 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.