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 Is the Humanities the Next Big Thing? http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417222?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417222?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Wednesday, Apr 1
(2 p.m.)

Dr. Deborah Fitzgerald, the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT, will deliver a lecture titled “Is the Humanities the Next Big Thing?” on Wednesday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Fitzgerald, an award-winning historian of agriculture and food in modern America, attracted widespread national attention last year for her editorial titled “At MIT, the Humanities Are Just as Important as STEM” (Boston Globe, April 30, 2014).

Deborah Fitzgerald is Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS), and Professor of the History of Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at MIT. She received her B.A. from Iowa State University (History and English, 1978) and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (History and Sociology of Science, 1985). Prior to joining the MIT faculty in 1988, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.

Fitzgerald's research focuses on agriculture in 20th century America. She is interested in the role of federal, private, and corporate institutions supporting agriculture, in the character of rural life vis-a-vis growing modernization efforts; in the emergence of scientific, technological, and economic ways of knowing and changing the agricultural world; in the interface between nature and landscape, on the one hand, and agriculture on the other; in the reciprocal influence of American and non-American agricultural practices and ideas; and in the role of commodity overproduction in the emergence of the modern food industry.

She is the author of The Business of Breeding: Hybrid Corn in Illinois, 1890-1920(Cornell, 1990), and Every Farm a Factory: The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture (Yale University Press, 2003), which won the 2003 Theodore Saloutos Prize for best book of the year from the Agricultural History Society, of which Fitzgerald is a past president.

Fitzgerald is also the co-sponsor, with Professor Harriet Ritvo, of the MITSeminar in Environmental and Agricultural History (formerly the Modern Times/Rural Places Seminar).

 

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The Media's Role in Civil Rights: Cinematheque and an open discussion with Toure http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411941?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411941?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Wednesday, Apr 1
(7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

Touré, American journalist and co-host of The Cycle, will initiate a discussion of the power of media in civil rights movements across many cultures and ethnicities. Touré will discuss the positive and negatives of media coverage of each movement. At the end of the segment there will be a tie-in to the social issues that we are facing today in America

The evening will end with a Q&A from the audience.

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Touré is an American writer, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality. He is the host of Fuse's Hip Hop Shop and On the Record and co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show and serves on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. He teaches a course on the history of hip-hop at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, part of Tisch School of the Arts in New York. 

Please RSVP here: http://bit.ly/15LqtIu

Co-sponsors: The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, SUAAB, Meteor Theater, The School of Arts and Humanities and the Multicultural Center

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Comer Collection: Curator Lecture, Twyla Bloxham http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220414750?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220414750?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Thursday, Apr 2
(2 p.m.) Location: JSOM Davidson Auditorium.

EXHIBITION RECEPTION:

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 3:30 pm, O'Donnell Building Gallery, first floor

 

Twyla Bloxham is an artist working primarily in photographic arts. Born in Iowa, she attended the University of Iowa where she received undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Photography. 

 

She continued her education at Texas Woman’s University, where she received an MFA in photography.   She has been teaching at the Art Institute of Dallas as assistant professor in the Media Arts Department since 2010. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

 

Her art includes film, digital, alternative processes, bookmaking, and sculpture with a focus on nature, humans, and their complex interactions with the natural world. 

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NEXT TOPIC: GOODLY OBJECT, SLEAZY PERFORMANCE http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417318?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417318?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Thursday, Apr 2
(7 p.m.) Location: CentralTrak.

CentralTrak is pleased to host Mary Walling Blackburn for it’s Next Topic lecture series, April 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  Mary Walling Blackburn presents Goodly Object; Sleazy Performance a hybrid of performance/lecture/discussion.  As one source of inspiration, the artist draws on the second-hand experience of a lawyer from the U.S. who traveled to Yugoslavia to interview former military generals being held as war criminals.  In an amusing and disturbing revelation, when the lawyer finally located the generals in prison, they were in a craft class working with clay as part of their rehabilitation.  These men who had participated in and directed such violence and destruction were now discovered in a therapeutic environment using this time to fabricate replicas of their own genitals.   Mary Walling Blackburn uses this incident among others to discuss the role of “craft” in contemporary art and how some forms of violent warfare as well as creative practice have “gendered” associations.

 

Disclaimer: No one 17 and under will be allowed at this event.

 

Bio

Bio: Artist, activist, teacher, writer, feminist, Walling Blackburn was born in California. She works and lives between Dallas and New York City. An Art Matters grant has provided her support to examine extraterrestrials as both expatriate and vehicle for rethinking the terms of the Other; her research has taken her to Turkey, France, Mexico, Arizona, and California. With Dr. Beatriz Balanta she currently co-teaches a course that mobilizes the role of the stranger in both south and north American art production at Southern Methodist University. Moreover, Walling Blackburn is the founder of Anhoek School, a pedagogical experiment, which offers workshops range from radical citizenship tutorials (Tate Modern’s Project Room) to a perverted form of the Graduate Requirement Examination (ARE: Beautiful Economy at Harvard University’s LAB). Most recently, Anhoek School broadcast WMYN, a pirate feminist radio station from EFA in Manhattan and in part, at Beta Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

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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Whos Afraid of Chuck and George? http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220416770?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220416770?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Feb 13 - Saturday, Apr 4 Location: CentralTrak.

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 13, 8 - 10 pm  

A visual arts roast of the artists duo Brian Jones and Brian Scott

“The Brians” as they are collectively known by the Dallas arts community have been living, loving and working together for the past 25 years.  Though they each make art works of their own, when they work collaboratively, they use the moniker “Chuck & George”.  As Chuck & George, Brian Jones and Brian Scott are alternately the protagonists and antagonists in a campy universe of their own creation.  The artists present themselves as sexy and grotesque caricatures sharing real and fabricated misadventures.  Chuck & George are a quirky and unflattering version of the Romantic Comedy.

Individually and separately, Brian Jones and Brian Scott are incredible artists.  They live, breathe and sleep art/music/film and exude a joy de vivre.  And they have legendary Halloween parties.  Their home is a funky nest that they’ve assembled from all things wonderful and wacky, mixing naughty tchotchkes with fine art within the hand-painted walls and furniture.

Recognizing the universally adored “Brians” as enormous and unique talents, curator and Director of CentralTrak Heyd Fontenot had the idea of assembling their friends for an homage exhibition.  Nearly a hundred artists were given the task of immortalizing Chuck & George.  And most have answered the call.  So, this Spring CentralTrak will host the group exhibition “Who’s Afraid of Chuck & George?” (Title borrowed from the Edward Albee play, about another alternative marriage)

 

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

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SUDARIUM by Reinhold Engberding http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220416857?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220416857?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Saturday, Mar 7 - Saturday, Apr 4 Location: CentralTrak.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 8 - 10 pm  

CentralTrak is pleased to present “SUDARIUM” by Reinhold Engberding.  A past CentralTrak resident, Engberding's installation is the continuation of a series of image "interviews" with the same title, which he started in 2006. Sudarium is the Latin expression for a special textile relic, one that has been used to wipe sweat, or in an intimate fashion.

These 144 drawings are painted with ink on used bed sheets.  Each unique ink drawing was sourced from the Internet; including porn websites, news sources with reports about the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as, semi-official U.S. law enforcement websites. The images utilized from these sources are mug shots of men, all viewed with the same question from the sonless Engberding: Is that my son?  

A project of self-discovery, the artist's feelings transform these static web images into self-portrait transformations as Engberding contemplates the father-son-relationship.  As the artist reflects, “bed sheet(s) take (on) tears, sweat and other body fluids and in this respect it’s predestined for this series of portraits."  These images float on the walls looking down on the observer.  Suddenly the observer becomes the observed.

Bio

Reinhold Engberding is a German artist. He studied landscape architecture and fine arts in Kassel, Kiel and The Hague, and has lived and worked in Hamburg since 1982.  Awarded multiple national and international grants to fund his practice, he has been working abroad in Thailand, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands and consistently in the U.S., partially connected with a lectureship. He has had several solo and duo shows and has taken part in group shows in Germany and abroad.

Engberding is primarily a sculptor, an object maker, and is concerned with installation works.  Although drawing and painting have not been his chosen medium for quite some time now he is concerned with images of young men, whom he questions whether they could possibly be his sons. Is that my son? is the overarching title of all these series so far. His work involves the topics of identity and intimacy, privacy, longing and desire.

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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AP Senior Honors Thesis Exhibition, Phiona Pham http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417124?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417124?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Apr 3 - Friday, Apr 17 Location: Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery.

Phiona Pham - True Self: Contextual Identities

Artist Reception:  Friday, April 10, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

True Self: Contextual Identities aims to construct a complete image of the subject by examining multiple aspects of her life, from a social perspective, to her ideal identity illustrated in her series of selfies, to the perspective of the artist achieved through photographs, paintings, and sculptures. Each medium contributes a unique view of the sitter, through the possibilities afforded by the distinct language inherent in each material.

The artist states that, “True Self: Contextual Identities is a project in which I rethink the concept of the self through a process of investigating the idea of identity from both a macro and micro level. Due to the rapid development of technology, which profoundly affects the perception of a whole new generation, the concept of the self has consequently changed. By examining how people present themselves under different social contexts versus how others interpret these behaviors, I present the audience with a chance to observe where these two views may clash. Any possible juxtaposition between the two views allows one to creatively reconstruct a more comprehensive image of a person.”

Phiona Pham’s project does not aim to answer any expansive question about identity or self, but represents instead a personal experiment to reexamine her process of getting to know another individual, to rethink the idea of identity, to look beyond one’s shell and to catch a glimpse of one’s soul.

 

Artist Bio:

Dallas resident Phiona Pham was born in Vietnam; her Buddhist beliefs influence her creative process as an artist. She first studied art at Lone Star College in Houston for three years. Later, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Performance with Honors at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, and has received the Juror’s award in conjunction with the annual invitational Spring Show at UT Dallas.  

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Hashtag #TexasIsTexas http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417285?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417285?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Apr 3 - Friday, Apr 17 Location: Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery.

Opening Reception April 10, 6:30 p.m., Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery, Free

The University of Texas at Dallas will host an exhibition of photographs by Senior Honors Thesis student Marco Molina from April 3 – 17, with a reception to be held on April 10. Hashtag #TexasIsTexas will feature over 120 images, including some of the most iconic places in Texas.  The show will be held in the Visual Arts Gallery on the UTD Campus in Richardson.

Raised in Azle, TX, Molina has had a love of Texas and its landscapes and cultures from a young age. Hashtag #TexasIsTexas was born of this same love and is a collaboration between Molina and other photographers through the social networking app Instagram. Using  hashtags to search and find places that other photographers have identified, or tagged, as “Texas," Molina travels to those locations to recreate the original image: on his own Instagram account, as a black and white gelatin silver print from 35 mm film, and as a digital print using a DSLR camera. Molina has driven over 5,000 miles and 80 hours to capture such notable places as Cadillac Ranch, the state capitol in Austin, the Alamo, and the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Molina states: "This project combines my passion of photography with my love of Texas.  I believe that if you love Texas, you will love this show.  I was fortunate to go on the ultimate Texas road trip and see so many of the things that made me fall in love with Texas and see so many of the places that I have always wanted to explore.”

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Comer Collection: Of Nature http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411301?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411301?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Mar 27 - Friday, Apr 24 Location: Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 1st floor Gallery .

EXHIBITION:

Of Nature

(Comer Photography Collection / curated by Twyla Bloxham)

Exhibition Dates:   March 27  - April 24, 2015

Venue:  Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building Gallery  

Of Nature presents an overview of photographers who take inspiration from the natural world. From an emphasis on scientific phenomena and the recording of flora and fauna, to fictional images of natural phenomena, these artists reveal to us the power of observation and our relationship to our environment. Exhibiting artists include Lucas Foglia, Tom Chambers, Camille Solyagua, John Pfahl, Zeke Berman, Steve Goff, Robert Langham III, Laszlo Layton, and Kate Breakey.

The Comer Collection in the School of Arts and Humanities at UT-Dallas was initiated in 2004 through the gracious donation of Marilyn and Jerry Comer.  This wide-ranging archive, comprised of over 300 photographs and hundreds of books and journals serves as a resource for graduate students pursuing research in the area of photographic practice and contemporary art.  Documentation of exhibitions organized from the collection is available at http://www.utdallas.edu/ah/comer. 

Curated by Twyla Bloxham, Ph.D. student in Aesthetic Studies

 

ARTIST LECTURE:  A NATURAL ORDER

LUCAS FOGLIA, photographer

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015, JSOM DAVIDSON AUDITORIUM, 7:30 PM,

LECTURE RECEPTION: O'Donnell Building Gallery, first floor, 6:00 - 7:00 PM,

 

LUCAS FOGLIA BIO:

Lucas Foglia (b. 1983) grew up on a small family farm in New York. He graduated with a MFA in Photography from Yale University and with a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University. His photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and in Europe, and are in the permanent collections of museums including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum. Foglia’s first monograph, A Natural Order (Nazraeli Press, 2012), and his second monograph, Frontcountry (Nazraeli Press, 2014), were published to international critical acclaim. He is represented by Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, and Michael Hoppen Contemporary, London.

 

TWYLA BLOXHAM, CURATOR  LECTURE: JSOM DAVIDSON AUDITORIUM

Artist Lecture:  Thursday, April 2, 2015, 2:00 pm

 

EXHIBITION RECEPTION:

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 3:30 pm, O'Donnell Building Gallery, first floor

 

TWYLA BLOXHAM BIO:

Twyla Bloxham is an artist working primarily in photographic arts. Born in Iowa, she attended the University of Iowa where she received undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Photography. 

She continued her education at Texas Woman’s University, where she received an MFA in photography.   She has been teaching at the Art Institute of Dallas as assistant professor in the Media Arts Department since 2010. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Her art includes film, digital, alternative processes, bookmaking, and sculpture with a focus on nature, humans, and their complex interactions with the natural world. 

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