Tino Ward: Phosphenes – Opening Reception, March 3, 5 – 7 pm in Hawn Gallery

Tino Ward: Phosphenes

Friday, March 3
5 – 7 p.m. Opening Reception

Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library, Owen Arts Center, SMU Campus

6100 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75205

Tino Ward: Phosphenes flyerTino Ward, SMU MFA graduate (2020), will exhibit a suite of paper pulp paintings depicting symbols from anthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger’s catalog of proto-linguistic signs found in ancient cave paintings, known as “phosphenes.” This term also refers to the impressions of light one sees in darkness, when the eyes are closed, or are generated by different means of stimulation, such as rubbing the eyes, migraine headaches, or hallucinogens. In this exhibition, the artist explores the emergence of phosphenes from the physiological realm to the artistic. Ward states, “there’s a fascinating and powerful correlation between these naturally-occurring dots and squiggles we see in the dark, under stress, or when rubbing our eyes, and the ancient dots and squiggles and signs found painted in caves around the world for tens of thousands of years.”

More about this exhibition.

To RSVP, email hawngallery@smu.edu by Tuesday, February 28.

Using a ride-sharing service is encouraged. Paid visitor parking is available in the Binkley or Hillcrest Parking Centers on SMU campus. For more parking information, please see the campus and interactive maps.


Screening of restored film Club de Femmes (1936)

In collaboration with SMU’s World Languages and Literature program’s International Film Festival, Club de Femmes (1936) will be screened in the Jeff Gordon Film and Collections room on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 pm. The room is on the 3rd floor, 3210, Hamon Arts Library.

Professor Rachel Ney, Senior Lecturer in French, provides a description of this avant-garde film. Starring Danielle Darrieux, an icon from the 1940’s, Club of Women by Jacques Deval holds a unique place in French cinema. A charming, and, at times, quaint comedy, Club of Women is set in a women only Parisian boarding house, a utopian space of sorts where women are sheltered from society. This 1936 movie captures the social optimism, cultural energy that came along the Popular Front era. Almost a decade before women obtained the right to vote, Club of Women was an early and important attempt at giving a complex representation of women’s struggles and desires. More than 80 years after, Deval’s movie might come across as trite for the modern audience and yet, Club of Women tackled themes very rarely put on the big screen: prostitution, lesbianism, cross-dressing, among others. Do not miss this gem!

The rare print screened for this film has been extensively restored by Jeremy Spracklen, Moving Image Curator, Jones Film & Video Collection. Spracklen provides two examples, seen in the images below, of restoration techniques he used for this film. In the first example, the still of the woman in the bed shows  “hash mark” scratches that have been greatly diminished in the cleanup process, seen in the still’s second image. A full restoration will remove these scratches completely.

In the second example, the still of women at a party shows a black spot in the upper right. The second image shows the restoration without this spot by removing changeover cues. The technique uses cloning an image area from neighboring frames to recreate the data missing behind the cues.

Final week – Aquatic Channels: Waterways, Water Resources, Fluvial Imagination

Aquatic Channels exhibition opening October 19, 1 - 5 pmThe joint Hawn and Pollock Gallery exhibition, Aquatic Channels: Waterways, Water Resources, Fluvial Imagination continues into its final week. The exhibition closes on February 19.

Hours for the Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library

Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 10 pm, Friday, 8 am – 6 pm, Saturday, 12 – 5 pm, and Sunday 2 – 10 pm.

Hours for the Pollock Gallery

Wednesday, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Thursday, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, and Saturday, 12 – 6:30 pm; closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

For more information, please email hawngallery@smu.edu or call 214-768-3813.


Screening of The Teachings of the Hands on February 9 at 5 pm at the Hamon Arts Library

Teachings of the Hands film screening_Feb 9 at 5 pmRecently concluding a screening at the Museum of Modern Art, this short fictional documentary combines reenactments of colonial occupation, landscape views, archival footage, environmental wounds and indigenous marks on the stones, and uncovers recent infrastructural development with its deep roots in colonialization.

Follow the QR code to register.

Reparation Architecture – online lecture by Paulo Tavares on January 30 at 5 pm

In conjunction with the exhibition, Aquatic Channels, continuing in the Hawn and Pollock Galleries until February 19, 2023, researcher and architect Paulo Tavares will give an online discussion of the concept of “reparation architecture.”

Tavares gives an overview of his upcoming talk on Monday, January 30 at 5 pm.  To register and access the zoom link for this talk, please follow the QR code in the event flyer.

Aquatic Channels_Paulo Tavares Talk“In this talk I want to explore recent architectural and curatorial projects to speculate on the potential concept of “reparation architecture.” Architecture that seeks to redress structural injustices is generally labelled “social architecture.” Arguably the invention of this concept of the social, within which architectural knowledge has been instrumental, is the product of modern-colonial frameworks defined along class-based and racialized categories that objectify subalternized communities as sites of study and intervention – the “underdeveloped,” the “backward,” the “uncivilized,” the “primitive.” Dwelling on the concept of reparation may open new visions for spatial practices outside the managerial, disciplinary, positivist frame that still hunts architecture, a field of knowledge historically grounded on the ideology that its practice is inherently “good,” working for beautification, betterment, improvement, civilization, progress, development. Towards a concept of “reparation architecture” can enable spatial practices to be conceived as redressing and redrawing social, historic and political bounds beyond charity, help, state patronage, philanthropy and humanitarianism.”

Based in South Africa, Paulo Tavares’ work has been featured in exhibitions and publications worldwide, including Harvard Design Magazine. He has authoredForest Law(2014),Memória da Terra(2018), andDes-Habitat(2019). In 2017, he created the agency autonoma, a platform dedicated to urban research and intervention. Tavares is a long-term collaborator of Forensic Architecture and was a fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (2018-2019). He co-curated the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019.


Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form at the DMA – featured in Glasstire

Octavio Medellín portrait
Image credit: Octavio Medellin with Hammer and Chisel. Medellin Studio, Bandera, Texas Bywaters Special Collections, Southern Methodist University

In the first of a two-part essay in Glasstire, Ruben C. Cordova writes about the artist, Octavio Medellín, featured in his retrospective show at the Dallas Museum of Art. Curated by the DMA’s Mark Castro, Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form extensively features the artist’s archives from SMU Libraries Bywaters Special Collections at the Hamon Arts Library.

Bywaters Special Collections holds the Octavio Medellín Artwork and Papers. A detailed finding aid and extensive digital collection are available.



The DMA exhibition, Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form, continues to May 14, 2023.

Upcoming Programing Events for Aquatic Channels – Nov. 28 and Dec. 1

In conjunction with the exhibition, Aquatic Channels: Waterways, Water Resources, Fluvial Imagination, the Hamon Arts Library hosts two programing events this week. On November 28, 5 – 6 pm, there will be a screening of artists Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas’ fictional documentary, The Teachings of the Hands, in 5.1 surround sound on the 3rd floor, Jeff Gordon Film and Collections Room.

On December 1, 5 – 6 pm, artists Gabriel Bicho and Ubiratan Gamalodtaba Suruí will discuss their work and that of other Brazilian artists currently engaged with the socioenvironmental issues of justice in the Amazon. Gabriela Paiva de Toledo, curator of Aquatic Channels, will moderate this discussion.

For more details, please see below. The zoom link for the December 1 panel discussion may also be found in the QR code.

The Teachings of the Hands film screening on Nov. 28 Art in Amazonia Today_panel discussion on Dec. 1

Living with the Trinity River: a talk with artist Laray Polk and canoeist Charles Allen – Nov. 17, 5 – 6 pm

Please join us for the panel, Living with the Trinity River: a talk with artist Laray Polk and canoeist Charles Allen. Gabriela Paiva de Toledo, curator of the fall 2022 exhibition, Aquatic Channels in the Hawn and Pollock Galleries, will moderate this discussion. It will take place at Hamon in the Reading Room, 1st floor. Guests may park in the Hillcrest Parking lot during this time or in SMU visitor parking spaces. For information, call 214-768-2796 or email hawngallery@smu.edu.

Living with the Trinity River panel discussion on Nov. 17, 5 - 6 pm


Aquatic Channels: Waterways, Water Resources, Fluvial Imagination opening October 29, 1 – 5 pm

Aquatic Channels exhibition opening October 19, 1 - 5 pmAquatic channels: waterways, water resources, fluvial imagination reflects on rivers as complex systems shaping human and non-human existence in their multiple roles as fundamental resources for sustenance of life, spaces of political dispute, sites of memory and construction of discourses about possible futures. Presenting the works of Laray Polk (Dallas, Texas), Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas (Los Angeles, California), Gabriel Bicho (Porto Velho, Brazil), and Ubiratan Gamalodtaba Suruí (Cacoal, Brazil), this exhibition engages in an ecocritical approach to present-day water issues through dialogues among artists from various regions in the Americas. Panel discussions with these artists are also planned for fall 2022 and spring 2023. This exhibition will be held in both the Hamon Arts Library/Hawn Gallery and Pollock Gallery simultaneously.

Opening reception: Saturday, October 29, 1 -5 pm in Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library and Pollock Gallery, Expressway Tower. 

For more information, call 214-768-3813 or visit https://www.smu.edu/libraries/hamon or https://www.smu.edu/Meadows/AreasofStudy/Art/PollockGallery.


On-n-On: Ciara Elle Bryant in Conversation with Octavia E. Butler – opening reception Sept. 1, 5 – 7 pm

Feature work by Ciara Elle BryantOn-n-On: Ciara Elle Bryant in Conversation with Octavia E. Butler will place Bryant’s new media installation work in dialogue with Butler’s literary influence on contemporary art practices. The exhibition will showcase Hamon Arts Library holdings related to Octavia Butler’s writing alongside a mixed media installation by Dallas artist Ciara Elle Bryant pertaining to identity, bibliography, and virtuality. The exhibition will embrace the influence of Black speculative fiction on technology and futurity in contemporary art while also recognizing the ways in which artists may reinterpret or reinvent this legacy. The exhibition will take place in the Hawn Gallery in the Hamon Arts Library, leveraging the space’s connections to literature, art exhibition, and art education as well as its proximity to practicing artists.

September 1 – October 16
Opening reception September 1, 5 – 7 pm 


Ciara Elle Bryant is a multidisciplinary creative working and residing in Dallas, TX. Bryant is a Southern Methodist University graduate with a Masters of Fine Art. Bryant uses photography, video and mixed media installations to discuss identity and culture and how it exists in the new millennium.

Sophia Salinas is the curator of On-n-On and a second-year PhD student in the RASC/a art history program. Her research interests include modern and contemporary art with attention to themes of gender, race, and embodiment, as well as new media art.

Featured image: Ciara Elle Bryant, Brood, digital archival print (2022)

More information: https://hamonarts.omeka.net/exhibits, or email hawngallery@smu.edu.
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