What makes contemporary art truly contemporary? Artistic currency is more than a matter of how popular or “hot” an artist may be. Artistic currency has much to do with both how and why contemporary artists make the work they do, the contexts in which they create, and what audiences are inspired to think and say in response to their art.
This fall, The MAC and The Writer’s Garret will continue congruent educational outreach initiatives to present Spin Off, a series of multidisciplinary panel discussions giving audiences a rare opportunity to get involved in those larger conversations that continue to define contemporary art, its practice, its theory, its history, and its meaning. Discussion topics are inspired by current MAC exhibitions and are tied loosely to themes and ideas presented in these exhibitions. By bringing together panels consisting of a diverse collection of scholars, critics and artists working across various fields of study, Spin Off will thoughtfully explore the most exciting and influential ideas and trends in today’s art.
Spin Off is free and open to the public.
Scheduled dates and discussion topics:
June 27; 6:00-7:00p
August 15; 6:00-7:00p
What the #$%& do you do with an art degree?
October 11; 6:00-7:00p
The Anxiety of Influence
November 8; 6:00-7:00p
The adage for writing fiction goes, “Show, don’t tell,” so how does well written, visually based, narrative differ from “Graphic Texts”? Graphic novels are all the rage – but why? What makes them different from comic books? Or is it just an old art form given a facelift, thanks to Hollywood? As our technology grows ever more prevalent in our day-to-day living, where texting makes up much of our day, and the “Dark Knight” becomes the excuse for horrific crimes, what roles do “graphic texts” play in our lives? Join us in a discussion of an artistic trend that has progressively become a wider social trend, no longer just the province of nerds, but now running the gamut from the Internet to Broadway. Moderated by Noah Fleisher.
Dr. Marshall Armintor
Dr. Armintor received his PhD from Rice University in 2002, and has taught at UNT since 2003. His research interests are primarily in 20th century British literature, critical theory, new media and graphic narrative. His book on psychoanalysis and the modern novel, Lacan and the Ghosts of Modernity: Masculinity, Tradition, and the Anxiety of Influence (Peter Lang), was published in 2004. He has lectured on graphic novels and Jewish culture at a number of venues in the North Texas/Oklahoma area, and is teaching a course on the Jewish Graphic Novel at UNT this fall.
Gary Farrelly graduated from Ireland’s National College of Art and Design in 2006. During his time at NCAD he was a founder member of the Dublin-based art movement Defastenism. Since graduation he has dedicated himself full-time to his art practice both at home and abroad. He spent 2006 through 2009 in Paris where he was ‘permanent artist in residence’ at Espace W and he was represented by Galerie W.In 2007 he was an invited artist in residence at The Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt in Berlin. 2010 was spent in Dallas where he was a resident at Centraltrak and had a solo exhibition at Guerilla Arts. The artist is currently in residence at the Pickering Forest country estate in Ireland. Farrelly has had six solo exhibitions in Dublin, Paris and Dallas and has shown in dozens of group shows in cities including Tehran, New York, Belgrade, Istanbul and Berlin. He is in Dallas for an exhibition of his new work entitled Terminal Compositions which opens on the 9th November at RO2 Downtown and runs until December 8th.
Noah Fleisher received his BFA from New York University in 1992 and brings more than a decade of newspaper, magazine, book and antiques, art and auction writing and editing experience to his position as Heritage’s Public Relations Director. Noah is the former editor of Antique Trader, New England Antiques Journal and Northeast Antiques Journal. He is a regular contributor to Warman’s Antiques Price Guide, is the author of Warman’s Price Guide to Modern Furniture. Noah uses his experience from behind the editor’s desk in his approach to PR, targeting specific stories to specific market segments. The result has been widespread auction coverage from industry papers , and countless media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Reuters, UPI, Agence- France Presse, the front page of Yahoo and Google News as well as numerous national TV and radio affiliates.
Noah counts a lifelong passion for comic books, comic book art and the mythos of comic book character among his primary professional influences. As PR Director at Heritage for the last four years he has had the opportunity to see, up close and personal, copies of the greatest comic books and comic art, across all eras of the form, as well as having the chance to work with the top experts in the comic book business. While watching the meteoric rise of prices on comics and original art, it has not been lost on him how the characters, themes and stories of the top comics and graphic novels have influenced American culture and, by association, the world.
Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (2010), selected by Geoffrey G. O’Brien for the New American Poets series of the Poetry Society of America. The book was awarded honorable mention in the Arab American Book Award and was a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award, also from the Poetry Society of America. Recent poems appear in Critical Quarterly (UK), Third Coast, Black Warrior Review, and The Iowa Review. His new chapbook, My Daughter La Chola is forthcoming in April 2013 from Ahsahta Press.
Charles Dee Mitchell
Charles Dee Mitchell is a freelance writer and curator based in Dallas. He has written criticism for The Dallas Morning News, Art in America, and Artforum as well as other publications. His essays have accompanied exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Columbus(Ohio) Museum of Art, the Armand Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), as well as many other non-profit and commercial galleries.
About The Writer’s Garret
The Writer’s Garret is the only year-round independent literary center in North Texas whose mission is to foster the education and development of readers, writers, and audiences by putting them in touch with quality literature, each other, and the communities in which they live and write. writersgarret.org
About The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist role in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.
The MAC is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.