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 A Tribute to The Beatles http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411801?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411801?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Mar 27
(8 p.m.) Location: Jonsson Performance Hall.

The UT Dallas Chamber Singers and Advanced Voice students pay tribute to one of the most influential groups of the rock era, The Beatles, with favorite songs such as Yesterday, Back in the USSR, Michelle, Can’t Buy Me Love, Eleanor Rigby, Blackbird, Hey Jude and more. 

 

Directed by Kathryn Evans, with Michael McVay, accompanist

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Helen Suzman Exhibition http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220416605?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220416605?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Monday, Feb 23 - Friday, Mar 27 Location: Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building.

Helen Suzman Forum on Life Under Apartheid
Panelists: Peter Lewin, Warren Harmel, Peter Anderson, Lorimer Arendse, Pradeep Lalloobhai, Harshad Lalloobhai and Dr. Kimberly Hill (UT Dallas)
Moderator: Jill Kelly, Asst. Professor, South African History at SMU

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, Free
6:00-7:30 p.m. Reception & opportunity to view the exhibition
7:30-9:00 p.m. Panel Discussion & Forum
 

Parking for Forum

For free parking please print a parking permit (print permit) and park on the second, third or fourth levels of Parking Structure 1 (view map). Those wishing to park on the first level may pay for their own parking $2/1st hour, $1/hour thereafter (view map).

The M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation is sponsoring a traveling exhibition highlighting the inspiring work of Helen Suzman, a former South African Parliamentarian who devoted her life to fighting apartheid laws, earning two Nobel Peace Prize nominations and worldwide respect. Opening Monday, February, 23, at the University of Texas at Dallas. the exhibition will also visit Austin College just north of Dallas in Sherman, Paul Quinn College, and SMU Meadows School of the Arts in collaboration with the Embrey Human Rights Program. 

The “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition showcases four decades of photographs, personal letters, speeches and news articles, which enables attendees to discover the tremendous strength Suzman demonstrated despite facing constant animosity, anti-Semitism and intimidation from her South African colleagues and citizens. 

“The Helen Suzman exhibition vividly shows how the vision and steadfast work of one individual can truly make a difference, and how true leadership can have a multiplier effect for good,” said Jill Vexler, the “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition manager. “We look forward to seeing the impact this story will have on conversations about today’s injustices.”

Suzman served in the South African Parliament for 36 years (1953-1989), including a 13-year period (1961-1973) as the governing body’s only member of the Progressive Party, and the sole opposition condemning apartheid. The exhibition also highlights Suzman’s enduring friendship with Nelson Mandela, which began in 1967 when the two met at the infamous Robben Island Prison. 

“There is a lot we can learn from Helen Suzman’s unwavering passion and commitment to social justice,” said Leonard Krasnow, president of the M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation. “Our board is very excited to bring this exhibition to four outstanding collegiate campuses in North Texas.”

The exhibition was conceptualized, researched and written by Millie Pimstone and graphically designed by Linda Bester. The exhibition’s U.S. tour is sponsored by the Dobkin Family Foundation and the Tolan Family Foundation, and was organized by the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town, under director Dr. Milton Shain.

For more information about the “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition in North Texas, visit www.helensuzmanexhibition.com. 

About M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation
The M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation is a private family foundation with a mission to support individuals and families as they build productive and meaningful lives. The Foundation provides grants for education, early childhood development, job training, hunger and homelessness relief, health care, and Jewish culture and continuity in areas where family members live, work, or have interests. 

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A Tribute to The Beatles http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220415613?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220415613?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Saturday, Mar 28
(2 p.m.) Location: Jonsson Performance Hall.

The UT Dallas Chamber Singers and Advanced Voice students pay tribute to one of the most influential groups of the rock era, The Beatles, with favorite songs such as Yesterday, Back in the USSR, Michelle, Can’t Buy Me Love, Eleanor Rigby, Blackbird, Hey Jude and more. 

 

Directed by Kathryn Evans, with Michael McVay, accompanist

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Texas Visual Arts Association High School Art Exhibition and Competition http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417300?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417300?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Saturday, Feb 28 - Sunday, Mar 29 Location: Visual Arts Building.

The annual TVAA High School Art Exhibition and Competition promotes excellence in the visual arts among high school students. Scholarships and prizes are awarded for exceptional artwork in categories such as sculpture, painting, mixed media and more. 

Closing Awards Ceremony will be held March 29, 2015 with a viewing from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and awards announced at 3:30 p.m. 

Visual Art Building hours:
Monday - Friday . . . . . . . 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closed

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Pachucos and Pan Americanism: The OCIAA and Diplomatic Responses to the Zoot Suit Riots http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417359?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417359?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Tuesday, Mar 31
(4 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

Pachucos and Pan Americanism: The OCIAA and Diplomatic Responses to the Zoot Suit Riots 

By: Monica Rankin 

 

U.S.-Latin America Lecture Series 
Co-sponsored by: School of Arts & Humanities, Honors College, Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives at The University of Texas at Dallas 
In collaboration with: 
Archivo Histórico Genaro Estrada de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores 
U.S. National Archive and Record Administration 
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library 

Monica Rankin is the Director of CUSLAI and an Associate Professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas. She specializes in the history of Mexico, Latin America, and U.S.-Latin American relations. She completed her Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Arizona in 2004. She is the author of ¡México, la patria! Propaganda and Production during World War II (University of Nebraska Press, 2009); The History of Costa Rica (Greenwood Press, 2012); and Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture: The Search for National Identity, 1820s-1900 (Facts on File, 2010). She has also written several chapters and articles on various aspects of Mexican foreign policy, gender, and popular culture during World War II. She is currently writing a general textbook on Latin American history for Oxford University Press and a history of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs during the 1940s for the University of Nebraska Press. She is the recipient of research grants through the Fulbright Program, the Roosevelt Institute, the Truman Institute, and the UT-Dallas Center for U.S.-Latin American Initiatives. Other research projects continue to examine popular culture and nationalism in 20th century Mexico and Latin America. 

For driving directions and campus map: http://www.utdallas.edu/directions/ 

For more information about the U.S.-Latin America Lecture Series 2014 – 2015 calendar, please visit the Center’s web page: http://www.utdallas.edu/cuslai/lecture-series/ or contact us at 972-883-6401. 

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Comer Collection: Artist Lecture: A Natural Order, Lucas Foglia, photographer http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220414751?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220414751?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Tuesday, Mar 31
(7:30 p.m.) Location: JSOM Davidson Auditorium.

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.

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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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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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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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