The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University announces the launch of the Meadows Prize, a new international arts residency to be awarded to up to four artists a year. Prize recipients will be professionals with an emerging international profile, active in a discipline represented by one of the academic units within the Meadows School: advertising, art, art history, arts administration, cinema-television, corporate communications, dance, journalism, music and theatre.
Fort Worth artist Sevan Melikyan will present a gallery talk in the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Artist’s Eye” series on Saturday, September 12, at 11 a.m. The Kimbell’s deputy director, Malcolm Warner, will moderate this free program.
Opening September 6 and on view through November 29, 2009, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will showcase a selection of key paintings by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, one of the most influential Latin American artists and theorists of the first half of the 20th century. Organized by Mari Carmen Ramirez, the Wortham Foundation curator of Latin American art at the MFAH, Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Paintings in Houston Collections features a dozen paintings all culled from major Houston collections. The exhibition complements Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood, an exhibition of over 80 wooden constructions also curated by Ramirez, which will open on September 25 at the Menil Collection and is an MFAH/Menil collaboration. These two exhibitions will be the first to present Torres-García’s work in the United States in over forty years. As such, they provide a unique opportunity to acquaint Houston audiences with the work of this major exponent of the international avant-garde. To celebrate this special moment there will be a series of joint events and programs organized around both exhibitions.
These lectures in the Modern’s auditorium begin at 7 p.m. The Tuesday Evenings series brings artists, scholars, and critics to discuss their work each week at the Modern. The fall series begins September 8 and ends October 27. Admission is free and open to the public. Free admission tickets can be picked up at the Modern’s admission desk beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the lecture. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and is limited to the first 250 ticketholders. A live broadcast of the lecture will be shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. The Museum galleries and Café Modern will remain open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays during the series, (regular gallery admission charge applies).
From the lavish productions of Hollywood’s Golden Age through the high-tech blockbusters of today, the most memorable movies all have one thing in common: they rely on the magical transformations rendered by the costume designer to communicate mood, personality, and setting.
Bring your family and join us in celebrating the special exhibition Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Enjoy an afternoon of fun-filled activities for all ages, including:
Beginning September 26, 2009, Michelangelo’s first known painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony, will be on view among the permanent collection of the Kimbell Art Museum. The Kimbell Art Museum acquired the painting in May 2009. The work is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, through September 7, 2009. It will be featured in a focus exhibition including a facsimile of the Schongauer engraving on which it is based and the recent technical examinations and scholarly analyses that identify it as the painting described by Michelangelo’s biographers.
The following is a recently released schedule of photography exhibits at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. The exhibits include Circle of Friends: Portraits of Artists, Masterworks of American Photography: Moments in Time and Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian. Circle of Friends and Masterworks are currently open. Edward S. Curtis opens in December.
A French town steeped in snow, cavalrymen playing a game of cards in a tavern and a young woman garbed in brilliant blue staring at me as though she knew me — all are images swirling in my head as I leave Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection. The exhibition, which is currently at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, features 47 paintings from the romanticism, impressionism and post-impressionism eras. In addition to Turner and Cézanne, other prominent nineteenth century artists also are represented. The paintings are from the collection of Gwendoline (1882-1951) and Margaret (1884-1963) Davies, the granddaughters of Welsh coal and railway baron David Davies.
The Goss-Michael Foundation currently features a whimsical exhibit titled EAT ME – DRINK ME. The idea is taken from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol. The exhibit “transforms the gallery into a place of reflection, introspection and a cabinet of curiosities”. EAT ME – DRINK ME features ten artists and is on display through Saturday, August 22, 2009.
The Amon Carter Museum’s distance learning program recently received national recognition from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and the Berrien Regional Education Services Agency (RESA).
I recently visited the Alan Day Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The gallery is located a block away from Santa Fe Plaza. The space is rather small and the large works are clustered together, which can be a little distracting. The owner, Alan Day, is friendly and engaging. I enjoyed chatting with Mr. Day about the artists and their works.
The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University announced today that it has acquired Sho, a monumental sculpture by contemporary Spanish artist Jaume Plensa (b. 1955). Completed in 2007, the work represents a female head and is formed by white-painted stainless steel openwork mesh. It stands approximately 13 feet tall and 10 feet wide (157 ½ x 157 ½ x 118 -1/8 inches) and weighs 660 pounds. This sculpture acquisition from the Richard Gray Gallery was made possible with the generous support of The Pollock Foundation, the Family of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Pollock, and the Family of Mr. Lawrence S. Pollock, III, in honor of Mrs. Shirley Pollock, and will be matched with a 1:1 challenge grant for museum acquisitions from The Meadows Foundation.
Dallas-based shopping center developer The MGHerring Group will reveal the five artistic structures recently installed on Stacy Road between The Village at Allen and The Village at Fairview (at the intersection of U.S. 75 and Stacy Road) during a public unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m.
The Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center will throw the last Late Night Summer Block Party from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, August 21, 2009. Admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is $10 or less; free at the Crow Collection and Nasher Sculpture Center.