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Events at the Meadows School of the Arts and Meadows Museum in October

The Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum, both on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, have a number of exhibits, lectures and performances in October. Events include Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Fall Film Festival, Drawing from the Master, Brown Bag Dance Concert, a lecture by Jim Lehrer,  art exhibit Spanish Muse: A Contemporary Response, and many more for consideration.

Play: Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Bob Hope Theatre in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Sept. 29-Oct. 3; 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun.
$13 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students/SMU faculty & staff

Written in 1938, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town remains one of the world’s most produced plays. Its depiction of characters in a small New England town in the early 20th century emphasizes universal themes of family ties, community interconnectedness, and the need to appreciate life while one can. Directed by Rhonda Blair, professor in the Division of Theatre.

Call 214-768-2787.

Fall Film Festival
O’Donnell Hall, Room 2130, Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
FREE

A screening of the latest documentary, narrative and experimental short films and  videos written, directed and shot by SMU students, sponsored by the Student Filmmakers Association.

Call 214-768-2129.

Meadows Museum Art Activity: “Drawing from the Masters”
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 3, 17 & 31, 1-2:30 p.m. (Also Nov. 14)
Free with regular museum admission, which is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; and FREE for children under 12, museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff. No advance registration required.

Artist Ian O’Brien leads afternoons of informal drawing instruction based on works in the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills.   Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all levels of experience. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call 214-768-4677.

The Taste Series: New York Avant-Garde Film, 1950-80
Greer Garson Theatre, Third Floor, Room 3527 – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
FREE

A screening series presented exclusively on 16mm prints from The Film-Makers’ Cooperative in New York City, a glimpse into the world of experimental film during a pivotal era in American art.  The fourth program exhibits the work of various artists, including Stan Brakhage, George Landow, Barbara Rubin and Christopher Maclaine.

Call 214-768-2129.

Brown Bag Dance Concert
Bob Hope Lobby of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 4-8; 12:00 p.m. Mon., Wed. and Fri.; 12:30 p.m. Tues. and Thurs.
FREE

The Brown Bag Dance Series features free lunchtime performances of 10-15 short ballet, modern and jazz works. Now in its 28th season, the Brown Bag Series offers student choreographers a chance to showcase their own original and inventive works, some of which have evolved into national award-winning productions.

Call 214-768-2718.

Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics: Jim Lehrer
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.
FREE but reservations are required in advance.

NOTE: This event is sold out; a wait list has been formed.

Jim Lehrer is the executive editor and anchor for The NewsHour on PBS.  Lehrer began his journalistic career at The Dallas Morning News and The Dallas Times Herald before moving to KERA-TV and joining PBS.   He has moderated numerous presidential debates, most recently in 2008 between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Call 214-768-2787.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: José Manuel Ballester
Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.
FREE

Madrid native José Manuel Ballester works in a variety of media, but he is best known for his photographs of deserted architectural spaces such as Times Square or the subway system in Madrid. In 2008, he turned his attention to Old Master paintings, moving what was the background to the foreground by digitally removing the human presence. His representative  work El Jardín Deshabitado (The Garden Uninhabited), based on Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, is featured in the current Meadows Museum exhibition Spanish Muse: A Contemporary Response, on view through Dec. 12.

Call 214-768-4677.

Museum Friday Gallery Talk: “Spain Wins! In Today’s Art”
Jake and Nancy Hamon Galleries, Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 8 at 12:15 p.m.
Free with regular museum admission, which is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; and FREE for children under 12, museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff.

Joan Davidow, Director Emeritus, Dallas Contemporary

Call 214-768-4677.

Free Museum of Dallas exhibit: “Prints of the City: London, Dallas, Sheffield”
Office of Michael Corris, Room 1640 in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 8-22; hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit opening will be held Oct. 8 from 6-9 p.m.
FREE

“Prints of the City” is an exhibit of recent printmaking produced by artists and students in the U.S. and the U.K. On exhibit will be a portfolio produced by graduate students, artists and professors associated with the Department of Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London; a portfolio published by the U.K. art magazine Art Monthly containing works by international artists associated with the publication; and assorted works from artists living and working in Sheffield, U.K. and Dallas, Texas. The Free Museum of Dallas is a project and exhibition space of Michael Corris, chair of the Division of Art.

Visit www.freemuseumofdallas.com.

Museum Thursday Evening Lecture: “Spanish Muse: Contemporary Dialogues with the Meadows Collection”
Bob Smith Auditorium in the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.
FREE; no registration required.

Nicole Atzbach, Assistant Curator, Meadows Museum

This lecture will address the continuing influence of Spanish painting on artists from around the world by comparing contemporary art with pieces from the Meadows collection.

Call 214-768-4677.

Museum Friday Gallery Talk: “Thomas Struth at the Prado: The Ricochet of Vision”
Jake and Nancy Hamon Galleries, Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 15 at 12:15 p.m.
Free with regular museum admission, which is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; and FREE for children under 12, museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff.

Charles Wylie, Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art

Call 214-768-4677.

Dance Performance at the Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Oct. 15 at 7:45 and 9 p.m.
Free with museum admission

In celebration of the nationally-acclaimed touring exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy, students of the Division of Dance will perform The Mourner’s Dirge, a work inspired by the exhibit’s 40 extraordinary alabaster figures. The devotional figures, considered masterpieces of medieval sculpture, adorned the tomb of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, and depict personal responses to the duke’s death. Mourner’s Dirge was created specifically for SMU performers by noted choreographer Catherine Turocy, artistic director of The New York Baroque Dance Company.

For more information, visit dallasmuseumofart.org or call the SMU Division of Dance at 214-768-2718.

The Taste Series: New York Avant-Garde Film, 1950-80
Greer Garson Theatre, Third Floor, Room 3527 – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
FREE

A screening series presented exclusively on 16mm prints from The Film-Makers’ Cooperative in New York City, a glimpse into the world of experimental film during a pivotal era in American art.  The fifth program celebrates the works of Ken Jacobs, including Soft Rain (1968), Perfect Film (1965) and The Whirled (1961), as well as some of his more recent work.

Call 214-768-2129.

Three Theatre Repertory Shows: Melancholy Play; In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings; and The Secretaries
Margo Jones Theatre in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 19-31
show: $13 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students/SMU faculty & staff

The Division of Theatre presents three plays in rotation over a ten-day period.

  • Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl; directed by senior theatre student Joel Heinrich
    Oct. 19, 22 & 28 at 8 p.m.;  Oct. 30 at 2 and 8 p.m.

Tilly’s melancholy is bold, outward, sassy, sexy and unashamed.  Every stranger she meets falls in love with her.  When she inexplicably becomes happy, it sends her paramours into a tizzy.  One turns into an almond!  A quizzical comedy from the award-winning author of Eurydice.

  • In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings by Stephen Adly Guirgis; directed by senior theatre student Chris McCreary
    Oct. 20, 23 & 27 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 31 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Described by The New York Times as “an old-fashioned slice-of-life play that takes place around Times Square before Walt Disney replaced Damon Runyon as resident folklorist,” this drama captures the absurdity, tears and laughter in the gulf between the dreams and reality of lost souls.

  • The Secretaries by the Five Lesbian Brothers; directed by Jim Crawford, Associate Professor of Theatre
    Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 26 & 29 at 8 p.m.

A satiric exploration of the truths and myths of female bonding within a murderous cult of Slim-Fast drinking, high-heel wearing, big-haired secretaries working in the front office of a lumber mill in Big Bone, Oregon.

Call 214-768-2787.

Residency by Grammy-Winning Ensemble eighth blackbird – Four Events
All events are FREE and no tickets are required.

In March 2010, the Meadows School of the Arts announced the first two recipients of the inaugural 2009-2010 Meadows Prize, a new international arts residency: the Grammy-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird and the New York-based public arts organization Creative Time. eighth blackbird comes to Dallas for its first weeklong residency October 17-23, 2010.

The group will participate in 20 different events during the week, including four events that are free and open to the public: an open rehearsal, a reading workshop of student compositions, an open panel discussion, and a public concert. The sextet will return to the SMU campus in November 2010 and February 2011.

  • Student Composers Reading Session: In this unscripted session, eighth blackbird will read, perform, and discuss new works by music composition students in the Meadows School of the Arts

Wed., Oct. 20, 12-2 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, Room 2130, Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. at SMU

  • Open Rehearsal With eighth blackbird: Members of eighth blackbird will lead auditors through a public rehearsal of the ensemble’s current repertoire. Questions from the audience will be addressed during the rehearsal.

Wed., Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. at SMU

  • eighth blackbird Speaks Out: Members of eighth blackbird will discuss various topics, including the business aspects of running a chamber music ensemble, the history of the group, how the ensemble finds and rehearses repertoire, and more. Questions and participation from the audience welcomed.

Fri., Oct. 22, 12-2 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, Room 2130, Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. at SMU

  • eighth blackbird In Concert: An extraordinary and engaging program will include Still Life with Avalanche by Missy Mazzoli, Catch by Thomas Ades, Stephen Hartke’s Meanwhile, and Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning

Double Sextet, written on a commission from eighth blackbird. Outstanding students from the Division of Music will join eighth blackbird in both the Mazzoli and Reich.

Sat., Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. at SMU

eighth blackbird is one of the most musically accomplished and innovative ensembles in the world.  They are equally at home playing viola and flute, or kazoos and reverberating gongs, or opening a piano and playing on the strings and frame with toothpicks, credit cards and dish brushes. The group performs from memory and often incorporates theatrical elements into its shows.

Eighth blackbird formed in 1996 when its members were students at Oberlin Conservatory of Music; since then, they have appeared in concert halls and festivals worldwide; released four acclaimed CDs, including the Grammy-winning strange imaginary animals in 2008 (Best Chamber Music Performance); received numerous grants and awards; and commissioned and premiered new works by eminent composers, including Steven Reich’s Double Sextet, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize.

Cost: Call 214-768-1951. For more info on eighth blackbird, visit www.eighthblackbird.com

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: David Cotterrell
Greer Garson Theatre, Third Floor, Room 3527 – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 20 and 27 at 6:30 p.m.
FREE

British artist David Cotterrell (www.cotterrell.com) , professor of art at Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England, will deliver four lectures at SMU in October and November about his work. The October lectures will address, among other topics, war and medicine in art and public art practices. In 2007, Cotterrell was awarded a War Artist Commission by The Wellcome Foundation and spent one month in residence with a British Army Joint Forces Medical Group in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Call 214-768-2489.

Comini Lecture Series: “Blutspenden / Pilgerspenden: Image, Metaphor and Pilgrimage Economy at the Host-Miracle Shrines”
Bob Smith Auditorium in the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
FREE but reservations are required.

Presented by Mitchell B. Merback, Associate Professor of History of Art, The Johns Hopkins University

This lecture examines the special symbolic charge given to the Christian devotional image known as the Man of Sorrows at the Holy Blood (Heilig Blut) pilgrimage shrines of late medieval Germany and Austria. Inside these churches, altars and cult imagery marked the legendary “findspot” of the body of Christ – eucharistic hosts that had become miraculously transformed when abused or attacked. At a number of these shrines holy wells were located at the findspot. These symbolic tombs of the martyred host were also “fountains of life,” sources of a vitalizing flow that was understood as both water and blood. Visual metaphors of cascade and confluence encouraged these transpositions and thematized for pilgrims that sense of reciprocal offering – Spenden – that was central to the spiritual economy of late medieval pilgrimage.

For more information call 214-768-2698; for reservations call 214-768-2787.

Faculty Recital: Christopher Anderson, Organ
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.
FREE

Dr. Christopher Anderson, Associate Professor of Sacred Music, presents a program featuring organ music of the 20th century. Works will include Josef Rheinberger’s magnificent final Organ Sonata No. 20 in F Major, op. 196 (1901), György Ligeti’s groundbreaking Volumina (1962/66), and William Albright’s devilishly witty The King of Instruments for narrator and organ (1978).

Call 214-768-1951.

Meadows Chorale: “Delightful House”
Perkins Chapel, 6001 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of admission, the Chorale requests that a donation be made to the North Texas Food Bank through ntfb.org; food items may also be donated in person at the concert.

The Meadows Chorale presents a program that celebrates the spiritual “home.”  Featured will be Lukas Foss’s dramatic work, Behold, I Build An House, based on text from the Book of Chronicles. The work was commissioned in 1950 for the opening of Boston University’s Marsh Chapel. Also presented will be Beatus vir, a lyrical setting of the Latin text of Psalm 112 by Claudio Monteverdi, considered perhaps the greatest Italian composer of the late Renaissance and early Baroque.

Call 214-768-2787.

Meadows at the Bath House: Jampact Concert
Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive on the east side of White Rock Lake
Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.
$10 per person

“Meadows at the Bath House” features a concert by Meadows School faculty jazz quintet Jampact. The group includes Meadows School Dean José Bowen (piano), Akira Sato (trumpet), Jamal Mohamed (drums), Buddy Mohmed (bass) and Kim Corbet (trombone and synthesizer). An eclectic and innovative electro-acoustic band, the group performs an improvisational mix of original jazz, funk and world music.

Visit www.bathhousecultural.com

Museum Thursday Evening Lecture: “Religious Biography and Mystic Poetry in Renaissance Spain”
Bob Smith Auditorium in the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.
FREE; no registration required.

Dr. Alicia Zuese, Assistant Professor of Spanish, SMU

This presentation examines the two main genres of religious writing in 16th-century Spain: religious biography and mystic poetry. Professor Zuese will discuss different versions of the colorful biography of beata (religious laywoman) Doña Sancha Carrillo (1514-37), mentee of Maestro Saint Juan de Ávila. She will also examine the poetic works of Ávila’s more renowned mentees, San Juan de la Cruz and Santa Teresa, particularly their use of love allegory to express their mystical unions with God. Finally, Professor Zuese will consider why the Inquisition scrutinized the religious experiences and literary texts of beatas and mystics in Counter-Reformation Spain. This lecture will provide a broader context in which to understand the theological and cultural foundation of El Greco’s Spain.

Call 214-768-4677.

ExxonMobil Lecture Series: “Social Responsibility – Everybody’s Doing It…Really?”
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas 75205, on the SMU campus
Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.
FREE but tickets are required.

For the seventh annual ExxonMobil Lecture on ethics in advertising and media, a panel of leaders of the nation’s three most prominent advertising industry organizations will discuss the current trend toward corporate and social responsibility. Whether it’s trumpeting a company’s sustainability model or community engagement activities, communications companies are asked to merge “doing the right thing” into branded messages. How does that impact the work of the advertising industry? Is it a lasting moral imperative? Or is it a trend soon to be replaced by something else? Speakers include Nancy Hill, President, American Association of Advertising Agencies; Peggy Conlon, President, The Ad Council; and Jim Datri, President, American Advertising Federation. Moderator of the panel will be Krys Boyd, host of KERA 90.1’s interview show Think.

The ExxonMobil Lecture Series is presented by the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU.

For tickets or more information, call 214-768-2787.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 3 p.m.
$13 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students/SMU faculty & staff

Modern composers are highlighted in the MSO’s second concert. Symphony No. 5 by Soviet-born Giya Kancheli, written in 1977 and dedicated to the memory of his parents, evokes nostalgic images of childhood. French composer Henri Tomasi’s elegant Concerto for Trombone, written in 1956, features Dallas Symphony principal trombonist and Meadows faculty member John Kitzman as soloist. Also on the program is Dvorák’s cheerful, folk music-inspired Symphony No. 8.

Call 214-768-2787.

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Pollock Gallery Exhibit: “Exquisitely Calibrated: Recent Paintings by Mark Williams”
Pollock Gallery in Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St. on SMU campus, Dallas
Through Oct. 16, 2010. Hours are 11-5 Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri., and 1-5 Sat.
FREE

Mark Williams’ geometric abstractions reveal a sensual interplay of structure and color. His intuitive use of vertical and horizontal elements merges with a keen understanding of muted tones, resulting in carefully balanced paintings of seemingly endless variation intended to be both scrutinized and contemplated. Williams has exhibited widely throughout the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Brazil. His awards include The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Residency; a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation; and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. A fellow of the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Williams lives and works in New York City.

Call 214-768-4439.

Hawn Gallery Exhibit: “Mark Williams: Small Drawings and Studio Notebooks”
Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library, 6100 Hillcrest Ave. on SMU campus, Dallas
Through Dec. 4, 2010. Open during regular library hours: 8 a.m. to midnight Mon. through Thurs.; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.; and 1 p.m. to midnight Sun.
FREE

This exhibit is being held in conjunction with “Exquisitely Calibrated: Recent Paintings by Mark Williams” at SMU’s Pollock Gallery. Williams’ small drawings and studio sketchbooks illuminate his working process of construction and variation of color, shape and line in a simpler, more intimate manner than seen in the paintings exhibited in the Pollock. None of the books exhibited have ever been out of Williams’ New York studio.

Call 214-768-2303.

Meadows Museum Exhibit: “Spanish Muse: A Contemporary Response”
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Through Dec. 12, 2010. Museum hours 10-5 Tues.-Sat.; 10-8 Thurs.; 12-5 Sun.
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors; FREE Thurs. after 5 p.m.; FREE for children under 12, museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff

“Spanish Muse” is an exhibition of works by nine living artists inspired by the art of Spain.  Artists such as Thomas Struth, Eve Sussman, José Manuel Ballester, Claudio Bravo and Manolo Valdés have created significant and highly original works in various media such as photography, video, sculpture and painting, influenced by famous paintings of Velázquez, Goya, Bosch and others.   The exhibition explores and questions traditional approaches to art.  For example, in Ballester’s El Jardín Deshabitado, the artist has taken Bosch’s famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights and “freed” it by removing all human references from the landscape, and by incorporating modern media. In Bravo’s art, the economy of detail and dramatic light evidence the influence of masters like Zurbarán or Ribera.  The works of these contemporary artists will be exhibited alongside Old Masters from the Meadows permanent collection.

Call 214-768-2516.

Meadows Museum Exhibit: “Sultans and Saints: Spain’s Confluence of Cultures”
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Through Jan. 23, 2011. Museum hours 10-5 Tues.-Sat.; 10-8 Thurs.; 12-5 Sun.
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors; FREE Thurs. after 5 p.m.; FREE for children under 12, museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff

Spain, and Toledo in particular, was the center of “Convivencia,” the coexistence of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Spain from the time of the Muslim conquest of the Iberian peninsula in 711 to the expulsion of Jews and Muslims from Spain as decreed by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492.  Convivencia was marked by both peaceful coexistence and intellectual enlightenment, as well as by misunderstanding and violence between cultural and religious groups. This exhibit aims to explore the cultural amalgamation of the period with works of art that reflect cultural and artistic exchanges among the three groups.  A struggle for religious and cultural domination also led to sinister aspects of Convivencia, most notably the Inquisition.  Ultimately, an attempt to bring non-Christians and Protestants back to Catholicism led to the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and the period known as the Counter Reformation, which established a resurgence in Christian devotion that was reflected in the art of the period. A variety of media will be included in the exhibition, including ceramics, paintings, manuscripts, works on paper, and sculpture, from both the Meadows Museum permanent collection and SMU’s Bridwell Library.

Call 214-768-2516.

Meadows Museum Exhibit: “The Prado at the Meadows: El Greco’s Pentecost in a New Light”
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas
Through Feb. 6, 2011. Museum hours 10-5 Tues.-Sat.; 10-8 Thurs.; 12-5 Sun.
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors; FREE Thurs. after 5 p.m.; FREE for children under 12, museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff

The Meadows Museum inaugurates its historic three-year partnership with the Prado Museum in Madrid with the first of three annual loans from the Prado: El Greco’s masterpiece Pentecost (c. 1600). The work, believed to be part of a massive altarpiece the artist created for a seminary in Madrid, depicts the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles 50 days after Christ’s resurrection. The loan program is designed to introduce American audiences to key masterworks of Spanish art; each loan will be accompanied by symposia and other educational public programs as well as a catalogue with essays by international scholars.

Call 214-768-2516.

Dallas Museum of Art installation: “Living Room”
Dallas Museum of Art
Through February 2011
Free with museum admission

“Living Room” is an installation at the Dallas Museum of Art resulting from the museum’s community partnership with SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. It is being held in conjunction with “Encountering Space,” an exhibition in the DMA’s Center for Creative Connections. In response to the themes of Encountering Space, the faculty and alumni of the Division of Art and the Center of Creative Computation of the Meadows School developed this interactive installation that actively combines physical and perceptual experiences.

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