Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas West Texas: Feast and Famine Monday, Jan 11 - Friday, Feb 12
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Artist: ATEC MFA student Mitzi Hallmark

Reception: Friday, January 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In the installation West Texas: Feast and Famine, organic sculptural forms, photographs, and haunting sounds together create an immersive experience for viewers. The oil and gas business in West Texas has been booming. While the economy flourished, the natural environment remained under siege. The introduction of hundreds of miles of pipeline, hydraulic fracking, and other assaults on the landscape are destroying habitats and water sources for families and wildlife. The starkness of the sculptures, complemented by a photographic panorama, evokes an unavoidable and palpable urgency. One witnesses an intensity that is symbolic of the current situation in West Texas, a landscape that in its present-day condition represents a disparity of feast and famine.

Bio: Mitzi Hallmark is a Dallas based artist, published author, and West Texas native who has exhibited her photography throughout North Texas. To expose the relationship between the vulnerability of the economy and the fragility of the environment, over the past several years she has been spending time in West Texas, studying and documenting the changing landscape. She is pursuing the Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Drawing Quote Unquote Friday, Jan 15 - Friday, Feb 12
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Through the work of local and emerging artists, Drawing Quote Unquote explores various ways to interpret the notion of drawing. Plans or diagrams distill intent much differently than a doodle, but both draw a line. One may draw a line in space with movement, a piece of wire or thread, or pour light through celluloid, projecting a line. The exhibition also highlights traditional mark-making and drawing processes such as working values on toned paper, staining, stamping, inking and frottage. The contemporary artists in Drawing Quote Unquote continue the dynamic history of “drawing” to humor, communicate, express, and politicize.

Eisemann Center Residency: Sossy Mechanics Thursday, Feb 11 (TBA) -
Saturday, Feb 13 (TBA) Location: Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, TX 75082.

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UT Dallas, in collaboration with the Eisemann Center, presents a residency with Sossy Mechanics. The dance theater pair, Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan, will work with the UTDance Ensemble and invite science students to explore the creative process as they create a work that investigates the connections between science and art, including the unique role that the creative process plays in both. D Magazine calls Sossy Mechanics “a buoyant blend of dance, drama, humor and puppetry.”

"The Translator's Responsibility" by Mark Polizzotti Thursday, Feb 18
(5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

We are privileged to welcome award-winning translator and author Mark Polizzotti to UTDallas. Please join us for Polizzotti's talk on "The Translator's Responsibility."

Mark Polizzotti is the author of eight books, including the collaborative novel S. (1991); Lautréamont Nomad (1994);Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995; revised ed., 2009), which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction and a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”; Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados (British Film Institute, 2006); and Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (Bloomsbury, 2006). His essays and reviews have appeared in ARTnews, BookforumThe Nation, The New Republic, Parnassus, Partisan ReviewThe Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. The translator of over forty books from the French, including works by Gustave Flaubert, Patrick Modiano, Marguerite Duras, André Breton, Raymond Roussel, and Jean Echenoz, he directs the publications program at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

subUrbia by Eric Bogosian Thursday, Feb 18 - Saturday, Feb 20
(8 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: University Theatre .

Directed by Brad Hennigan

Young, bored, restless and on a dark road to nowhere…welcome to subUrbia. Eric Bogosian’s 1994 play is a frank examination of an uncommitted world filled with young people trying to find work, trying to find connections and trying to find themselves in a concrete, glass and asphalt limbo. Are they just losers or products of the life they were handed? 

Students, faculty and staff get in free with their Comet Card for each performance. Everyone is admitted free on Thursdays.

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