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SMU Meadows School of the Arts Announces December Events

SMU Meadows School of the Arts announced their events for December 2013. Events include museum exhibit openings, activities, films, programs, music and more. The highlight for December is Sorolla and America at the Meadows Museum opening December 13, 2013. Not all events are free, but most are. See descriptions below for more information.

Meadows Museum Art Activity: “Drawing from the Masters”

Guest 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. No registration is required. Attendance is limited to 20 and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

December 1, 1:30-3 p.m.
Second Floor Galleries, Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
Free with regular museum admission, which is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $4 for non-SMU students; and FREE for children under 12, museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff.
Call 214-768-4677

Student Filmmakers Association Fall Film Festival

A screening celebrating the best student-made productions of the past year, including productions created by the Student Filmmakers Association.

December 3 at 7 p.m.
O’Donnell Hall, Room 2130 in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus (75205)
FREE
For more information, call 214-768-2129

Re-Connections Museum Access Program

This casual social gathering is designed for people who currently participate in or want to learn more about Connections, a program for individuals with early stage dementia and their family members or care partners. Attendees may drop in to visit with friends over coffee and light refreshments, visit the galleries or enjoy an informal gallery activity. No registration necessary.

December 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Constantin Foundation Seminar Room in the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-4677

Play: The Seven by Will Power

Hip-hop, doo-wop, 1970s funk, gospel, the blues and R&B combine in this reworking by Meadows Artist-in-Residence Will Power of Aeschylus’s Seven Against Thebes.  Set in today’s urban America and directed by guest artist Tre Garrett, artistic director of Ft. Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, The Seven follows the struggles of the sons of Oedipus as they vie for the throne of Thebes.  Of his earlier piece FLOW, The New York Times said, “Will Power is treading in new territory, experimenting with tools that are new to the theatre. … What’s most impressive is that you can see clearly through the door it is opening to a storehouse of new possibilities.”

December 4-8; 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun.
Greer Garson Theatre in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
$13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students and SMU faculty & staff
Call 214-768-2787

Meadows Museum Program:  “Creative Musings”

Join us for an informal program combining in-depth discussion of one or two works in the galleries with an exploration of the materials and processes the artist used to create the work. The program is designed for adults of all experience levels. This month’s focus is Juan de Borgona’s The Investiture of Saint Ildefonsus (c. 1508-14).  Advance registration is required.

December 5 at 6 p.m.
Second Floor Galleries, Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
Free, but pre-registration is required.
For more information and to register, call 214-768-4993

Meadows Symphony Orchestra with Guest Cellist Christopher Adkins

The MSO presents two powerful scores, beginning with Ernest Bloch’s tumultuous Schelomo, a Hebraic rhapsody exploring the lamentations and trials of King Solomon, featuring Meadows faculty member and Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Christopher Adkins. It’s followed by the daringly modern Symphony No. 4 by Dmitri Shostakovich, originally composed in 1936 but not performed publicly until 1961 due to threat of repercussion by Stalin, who denounced Shostakovich as a creator of “chaos instead of music.”

December 6 & 8
8 p.m. Fri. and 3 p.m. Sun.
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
$13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students and SMU faculty & staff
Call 214-768-2787

Chamber Music Honors Concert

The chamber music program presents the fall version of its biannual Honors Concert, featuring some of the most advanced music students at the Meadows School. Come hear passionate, committed groups selected by the faculty to feature the highest performance standards exhibited at SMU.

December 7 at 8 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas  (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-2787

Liudmila Georgievskaya, piano & Silvia Nuñez, mezzo-soprano

Award-winning Russian pianist and Meadows faculty member Liudmila Georgievskaya and Peruvian touring artist and mezzo-soprano Silvia Nuñez perform a program of music by Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Taneev and Rachmaninoff.

December 11 at 8 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-1951

Meadows Museum Exhibit Opening: Sorolla and America

During a single month in 1909, more than 150,000 people flocked to see the portraits, genre scenes, and sun-filled beachscapes of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) in his first U.S. exhibition, held at The Hispanic Society of America in New York. He was the most popular Spanish artist in the world until the arrival of Pablo Picasso. Sorolla and America brings together approximately 160 works of art that will explore for the first time this artist’s unique relationship with early 20th-century America, examining his immense popularity, as well as his associations with contemporaries and collectors. This exhibition has been organized by the Meadows Museum, SMU, The San Diego Museum of Art, and Fundación MAPFRE. The contributions of The Hispanic Society of America have been crucial to the success of this exhibition. A generous gift from The Meadows Foundation has made this project possible. Promotional support provided by the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Dallas Morning News.

December 13, 2013 through April 19, 2014. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.; and 1-5 p.m. Sun.
Press Preview: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
$10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $4 for non-SMU students; and FREE for children under 12, museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff.
Call 214-768-2516 or email meadowsmuseuminfo@smu.edu

Trunk Show by Spanish Designers Marta de Diego and Vicente Gracia

Valencian designers Marta de Diego and Vicente Gracia will present a special collection of fashion accessories and jewelry inspired by works in the Sorolla and America exhibition. Available exclusively at the Meadows Museum Shop throughout the run of the exhibition, unique items by De Diego include lambskin gloves, reversible scarves, skullcap hats with canard feathers, and hair spikes in pearl with Swarovski crystals. Gracia’s jewelry collection includes one-of-kind earrings, necklaces and rings featuring colorful fish, bird and nature motifs.

Saturday, December 14, 1-4 p.m.
Meadows Museum Shop, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-1695

Pollock Gallery Exhibit: “Video Days”

Video Days is an exhibition consisting of six artists: Larry Clark, Florian Drexel, Spike Jonze, Nicolas Provost, Christopher Samuels and Ryan Wolfe. The exhibition uses film and video to address issues such as social stereotypes, dogma, human conditioning, risk, chance and what it means to live the “American Dream.” Freedom, prosperity, opportunity and success are all hallmarks of the American Dream that can be achieved by hard work – at least, that is what people are led to believe by politicians and mass media. According to curator James Cope, each artist addresses a different motif of what it means to live with the reality of what America has become, a place where people struggle for survival within a broken system that benefits only a select few, the one percent. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the 24-minute film Video Days (1991), the directorial debut of American filmmaker Spike Jonze. Made for the skateboarding company Blind Skateboards, it is considered one of the most influential skateboard videos of all time.

Through December 13, 2013. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri., and 1-5 p.m. Sat.
Pollock Gallery in Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-4439 or email hansonl@smu.edu

Hawn Gallery Exhibit: “Post Chiaroscuro: Prints in Color After the Renaissance”

Drawing on the resources of the Hamon Library’s Jerry Bywaters Special Collections and loans from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston, this exhibition explores how color prints were made after the 16th century, when the technique known as chiaroscuro woodcut had been developed. Print matrices, such as metal plates and linoleum blocks, assorted proof impressions, and finished prints by James Gillray (c. 1756-1815), Janet Turner (1914-1988) and Octavio Medellin (1907-1999) demonstrate the steps in producing multicolor prints. The prints on view also provide examples of the three main printing techniques: intaglio, in which the design is incised into the matrix; relief, in which the negative space around the design is cut away from the matrix surface; and planographic, a chemical process in which the matrix remains perfectly flat. Post Chiaroscuro is offered in conjunction with two art history courses taught by Associate Professor Lisa Pon: the History of Western Printmaking, 1400-1750, and Early Modern Print.  Members of the general viewing public are invited to try answering questions from the class assignments, made available on gallery handouts. Responses from students in the class will be added while the exhibition is on view. Samantha Robinson, a second-year M.A. student in art history, is the exhibition’s student curator.

Through December 13, 2013. Open during regular library hours: 8 a.m.- midnight Mon.-Thurs.; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m.- midnight Sun.
Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-2303

Hawn Gallery Exhibit: “Are You Close Enough? SMU Libraries as Learning” This meta-exhibit examines the creation of the “Post Chiaroscuro” exhibit at the Hawn Gallery, in conjunction with SMU’s “Year of the Library” celebration for 2013. The meta-exhibit also uses advances in mobile technology to enhance the visitor experience. Using a tablet or smartphone with a barcode/QR code scanning app, visitors may scan the QR codes to access additional content such as videos, images and SMU’s digital collections. A screen at the exhibit shows a sequence of images and video capturing the installation of “Post Chiaroscuro” and the work of the students in preparing their portion of the content.

Through December 13, 2013. Open during regular library hours: 8 a.m.- midnight Mon.-Thurs.; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m.- midnight Sun.
Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-1352

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