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 

Bios

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.
The exhibition is open during Hamon’s hours. Information about hours and visitor parking at SMU.

Last two weeks: Narrative as Reality: A World Reimagined/ Selections from the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection closes May 22

Ten works by contemporary Black artists from the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family collection are on view at Hamon’s Hawn Gallery until May 22. The exhibition, Narrative as Reality: A World Reimagined, presents the work of artists, Dominic Chambers, Ryan Cosbert, Robert Hodge, Nelson Makamo, Delita Martin, Sungi Mlengeya, Mario Moore, Robert Pruitt, Athi-Patra Ruga, and Ferrari Sheppard. As described by the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Valerie Gillespie, on the installation, “Each composition within the collection offers a unique story. These non-linear narratives on the Black experience, with their own distinct actualities exhibit a reality not often portrayed, yet a collective, lived experience that strives to represent a livelihood untouched.”

Dominic Chambers_The Night is Our Friend
Dominic Chambers, The Night is Our Friend, Oil on Canvas, 2020

This selection of works represents a fraction of the collection owned by the Beachums, who began acquiring works by Black artists in 2013. Of the works in their collection, they express a personal approach to their acquisitions, “We want to look back on each piece and know it represents something we love, something we remember, something historically significant, or something we never want to forget. The intergenerational component is what is most special.”

Kelvin Beachum graduated from SMU in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and earned a Master of Liberal Studies in Organizational Dynamics in 2012. A four-year starter as offensive tackle for SMU Mustang football, he serves as a member of the Executive Boards for the Simmons School of Education and Human Development and Lyle School of Engineering. Named an SMU Emerging Leader in 2018, Kelvin honored the late Dennis Simon, his political science professor and mentor, by endowing SMU’s annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Simon’s name.

Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, Kelvin has played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New York Jets and now the Arizona Cardinals during his 10-year NFL career.

Jessica Beachum graduated from Baylor in 2011 with a degree in Sociology. She earned her B.S. in Nursing in 2017 from Duquesne University and her M.S. in Healthcare Delivery in 2021 from Arizona State University.

An exhibition catalogue of Narrative as Reality is available in print and pdf through the website.

OTHER SPRING 2022 EXHIBITIONS AT SMU LIBRARIES

Two other exhibitions at SMU Libraries offer excellent opportunities for visitors this spring and summer.

Continuing to May 23, In Search of Belonging at the Hamon Arts Library, first floor reading room presents an exhibition  organized by Pride@SMU, founded by SMU senior and Queer Senator Bri Tollie. Drawing upon oral history interviews and University archives, this student-led exhibition looks at the history of LGBTQ+ organizing on campus for equality and representation.

At the Hillcrest Exhibit Hall, Send Me a Postcard: Women on the Road Across 19th – 20th Century America explores the travel experience for women from the DeGolyer Library’s holdings of rare books, pamphlets, ephemera and manuscripts, including the Archives of Women of the Southwest. This exhibition continues to August 31.

More information: https://www.smu.edu/Libraries, or email hawngallery@smu.edu.

In Search of Belonging – Opening reception on April 23, 1 – 3 pm at the Hamon Arts Library

In 2011, the Princeton Review ranked Southern Methodist University as the eleventh worst university for gay students. Then, in a dramatic shift a decade later, Campus Pride listed it among ten religious schools living up to LGBTQ-inclusive values in August 2021. However, the struggle for LGBT campus acceptance has lasted far longer than just one decade.  For LGBT students at SMU, there is a wide legacy that has yet to be honored in a multidisciplinary, public-facing project synthesizing the documented history of LGBT students. 

Kennedi, student, '22
Kennedi, student, ’22

Building on the research of the PRIDE@SMU capstone project, In Search of Belonging explores stories of LGBTQ+ student organizing — struggles for equality and recognition — through oral history and archival documents. From the eight-year fight to charter the first Gay and Lesbian Student Organization (GLSO), to the founding of SMU’s first ever gay fraternity, to the present-day work and testimonies of queer Mustangs, these past and present queer narratives elevate both the roots of the SMU LGBTQ+ community and the truth of what “Mustang Pride” looks and feels like today. Most of the LGBT student experience does not fit neatly into newspaper headlines; however, by outlining some of the key events, setbacks, and successes of the LGBT rights movement at SMU, this work initiates a conversation about LGBTQ+ acceptance on the Hilltop today, ultimately showing that there’s more work to be done.

In Search of Belonging challenges SMU to reckon with its long and recent history of LGBTQ+ marginalization, to acknowledge the pain and pride of its students, faculty, and alumni, and to live up to its stated values of equity and inclusivity — both on paper and in practice, so that every student feels like they belong.

 

 

What is the PRIDE@SMU Project? 

Founded by SMU senior and Queer Senator Bri Tollie, PRIDE@SMU is a student-led, interdisciplinary research team investigating LGBTQ+ history and experiences at SMU. The project launched in August 2021 with the help of SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning and over 10 campus partners and mentors. Since its launch, the PRIDE team has interviewed 14 queer SMU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as hosted the first-ever Queer State of the University Address at SMU on February 11th, 2022. Along with this event, this research is contributing to the In Search of Belonging exhibit, as well as informing students and administrators for ongoing community event planning and campus policy reform. Managed by a diverse group of LGBTQ+ students and allies, PRIDE@SMU combines archival, oral, and institutional history to better understand the queer community’s roots at SMU.

 

Opening reception on April 23, 1 – 3 pm:

RSVP for the Opening Reception here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-search-of-belonging-opening-reception-tickets-304755591177. This exhibition runs from April 23 – May 23, 2022. 


Photo: Ashe Thye, SMU Pride, Student, ’23.

You do you! SMU Libraries gives you options for picking up materials

Short on time, but need to get some materials from SMU Libraries? You do you! The choice is yours.

You do you_SMU Libraries pick_up options

The Hamon Arts Library, SMU Libraries gives you options! And if you have questions, Ask Us!

The Community of Cinema – March 1 Film Events at SMU

Film screening room 3rd floor Hamon
New film screening room on Hamon Arts Library’s third floor waiting for attendees to arrive on March 1

Cinema is a natural community-forming medium, and next week, when the lights dim in Hamon Library’s new third-floor film screening room on March 1st, attendees will be treated to a unique and authentic cinematic experience, complete with the whirring sound of a 16mm film projector. The new room and projector are an extension of the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection, providing a space for screenings and film programing.

Hamon Arts Library, in partnership with the World Languages & Literature Department’s 7th Annual International Film Festival invite you to the following premier events on March 1, 2022.

3-4 pm: Film Vault Tour

Curators in the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection will conduct tours of the film vault, highlighting the 16mm and 35mm films in the collection, as well as the Gene Autry Films, WFAA, KRLD, and KERA collections of newsfilm.  Register here.

LOCATION: Meet in Hamon Arts Library lobby, first floor, for start of tour. 

4 – 4:45 pm:  International Film Festival Roundtable

Attend the International Film Festival Roundtable with the following panelists:

SMU Student panelists (directing/producing team of the upcoming SMU Summer Feature): Piper Hadley, Grace Maddox, Anna Butcher, and Kaytlyn Bunting.

Bart Weiss. Associate Professor of Film, University of Texas at Arlington. Award-winning filmmaker and director/founder of the Dallas VideoFest. VIRTUAL.

Alessandro Carrera, Ph.D., Director of Italian Studies and Graduate Director of World Cultures & Literatures at the University of Houston University of Houston. Author of Fellini’s Eternal Rome: Paganism and Christianity in the Films of Federico Fellini (Bloomsbury, 2019). VIRTUAL.

LOCATION: Hawn Conference Room, accessible from the Hamon Library lobby.  Refreshments provided.

5 pm: Screening of Fellini’s La Strada on 16mm

Celebrate the Grand Launch of the Hamon Library’s new 16mm screening room with a viewing of Fellini’s 1954 epic film, La Strada.

LOCATION: 3rd floor of the Hamon Arts Library.


The new screening room puts into practice Objective 4, Goal 4 of SMU Libraries’ Strategic Plan: “Design an intellectually stimulating campus environment through programming that builds community and expands discourse.”

Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form

Octavio Medellín portrait

 

The exhibition Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form is now open at the Dallas Museum of Art. This exceptional retrospective exhibition features many fabulous works of art on loan from Bywaters Special Collections.

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

https://www.smu.edu/libraries/digitalcollections/med

https://txarchives.org/smu/finding_aids/00272.xml

 

 

 

 


Image credit: Octavio Medellin with Hammer and Chisel. Medellin Studio, Bandera, Texas

Bywaters Special Collections, Southern Methodist University

Narrative as Reality: A World Reimagined/ Selections from the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection opens Feb. 18

Several paintings by contemporary Black artists from the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family collection will be on view at Hamon’s Hawn Gallery beginning February 18 and continuing to May 22. The exhibition, Narrative as Reality: A World Reimagined, presents the work of artists, Dominic Chambers, Ryan Cosbert, Robert Hodge, Nelson Makamo, Delita Martin, Sungi Mlengeya, Mario Moore, Robert Pruitt, Athi-Patra Ruga, and Ferrari Sheppard. As described by the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Valerie Gillespie, on the installation, “Each composition within the collection offers a unique story. These non-linear narratives on the Black experience, with their own distinct actualities exhibit a reality not often portrayed, yet a collective, lived experience that strives to represent a livelihood untouched.”

Dominic Chambers_The Night is Our Friend
Dominic Chambers, The Night is Our Friend, Oil on Canvas, 2020

This selection of paintings represents a fraction of the collection owned by the Beachums, who began acquiring works by Black artists in 2013. Of the works in their collection, they express a personal approach to their acquisitions, “We want to look back on each piece and know it represents something we love, something we remember, something historically significant, or something we never want to forget. The intergenerational component is what is most special.”

Kelvin Beachum graduated from SMU in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and earned a Master of Liberal Studies in Organizational Dynamics in 2012. A four-year starter as offensive tackle for SMU Mustang football, he serves as a member of the Executive Boards for the Simmons School of Education and Human Development and Lyle School of Engineering. Named an SMU Emerging Leader in 2018, Kelvin honored the late Dennis Simon, his political science professor and mentor, by endowing SMU’s annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Simon’s name.

Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, Kelvin has played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New York Jets and now the Arizona Cardinals during his 10-year NFL career.

Jessica Beachum graduated from Baylor in 2011 with a degree in Sociology. She earned her B.S. in Nursing in 2017 from Duquesne University and her M.S. in Healthcare Delivery in 2021 from Arizona State University.

An exhibition catalogue of Narrative as Reality is available in print and pdf through the website.

OTHER SPRING 2022 EXHIBITIONS AT SMU LIBRARIES

Two other exhibitions at SMU Libraries offer excellent opportunities for visitors this spring. At DeGolyer Library, the exhibition, Black Lives, Black Letters: Primary Sources in African American History, opens February 10. It features archival holdings of the Library including rare books, pamphlets, broadsides, sheet music, prints, photographs, manuscripts, and ephemera documenting aspects of the Black experience in America, from the colonial period to the present. Among figures represented in the exhibition are documents from Phillis Wheatley to Toni Morrison, from Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama. Other figures, some who are unknown, portray Black lives in many fields.

Bridwell Library’s exhibition, A Symbiosis of Script, Font, and Form: A Selection of Artists’ Books, open through March 31, draws from the Library’s Special Collection. The selections for this exhibition offers artists’ books “in which artists or circles of collaborators have integrated corporeal elements of the book form into the literature in sensitive and sometimes astounding ways.”

More information: https://www.smu.edu/Libraries, or email hawngallery@smu.edu.

In memory of Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)

The enormously prolific and influential composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, passed away on November 26, 2021. Known for his generosity in sharing his knowledge and tutelage in the field of musical composition, Sondheim came to SMU to receive the Meadows Prize in 1994 and spoke to students and the SMU community about his ideas on the creative process and a career in the arts.

Forbes cover with Hal Prince

Bequeathed to the Meadows School of the Arts, from the family of Ann Folz, 1950 SMU alumnae and donor to SMU Libraries, are posters from several musicals during Sondheim’s most prolific period of the 1970s and 1980s. Ann explained that her family was a friend of Hal Prince and they invested in his productions, some of which were quite successful – and others, not. These posters adorn the walls of Hamon’s Hawn Conference room.

If you would like to know more about Sondheim’s works and life, Music Librarian, Pam Pagels, offers a selection of suggestions, which includes three sound recordings from musicals depicted in the Hawn Conference room posters.

Sondheim Links

The Hamon Arts Library has access to an extensive array of items pertaining to Sondheim and his compositions. These include books, interviews, sound and video recordings, and music scores.

Sondheim as author, lyricist, composer:

Sondheim, Stephen. Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 2010.

https://smu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01SMU_INST/1tneolq/alma9933740273403716

Sondheim, Stephen. Look, I Made a Hat : Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. 1st ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

https://smu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01SMU_INST/1tneolq/alma9939651093403716

Interviews with Sondheim

Horowitz, Mark Eden., and Stephen. Sondheim. Sondheim on Music Minor Details and Major Decisions. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press in association with the Library of Congress, 2010.

https://smu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01SMU_INST/1k6aiab/alma9952897076603716

Scholarly books about Sondheim:

Gordon, Robert. The Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

https://smu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01SMU_INST/6ctoa/alma9952873696103716

Swayne, Steve. How Sondheim Found His Sound. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010. https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.99247.

https://smu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01SMU_INST/12013t3/cdi_projectmuse_ebooks_9780472026357

Libretti and music scores:  

For libretti, you can browse in the ML50 .S705 section, with each work alphabetized by title.

For piano-vocal scores, look for M1503. S698, then each work alphabetized by title.

Sound recordings: (note: these selections include performers from original casts of the Hal Prince productions.)

From Pacific Overtures, “Pretty Lady,” original cast recording:

https://smu.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=107585%2FSMUNMLpd13%2FFN6011_010

 

“Ladies Who Lunch” from Company, performed by Elaine Stritch:

https://smu.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=107585%2FSMUNMLpd13%2FOY4463_003

 

“Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music, performed by Glynis Johns:

https://smu.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=107585%2FSMUNMLpd13%2FOY4464_005

 

 

Collection Spotlight: Rosa Bonheur papers 

The Collection of Rosa Bonheur correspondence, 1808-1961 held in Bywaters Special Collections is a significant record of the artist’s correspondence and writings. 

French painter Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), acclaimed for her detailed paintings of animals, is considered one of the most well-known female artists of the 19th century. She was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor in 1865 by French Empress Eugénie. Bonheur had female life companions and was gender non-conforming, often dressing in men’s clothing. This collection consists of primarily of letters by Rosa Bonheur written from 1861 until her death in 1899 to her artist and friend Paul Chardin. Included are letters to Paul Chardin written by Rosa’s brother, Isidore Bonheur and by Jeanne Micas (Nathalie), Rosa’s life companion.

Rosa Bonheur letter

Materials are handwritten in French. 

Please take a look at the detailed finding aid available through Texas Archival Resources Online. 

https://txarchives.org/smu/finding_aids/00094.xml  

Many of the letters have been digitized and are available here: 

https://www.smu.edu/libraries/digitalcollections/rbc  

Fall ’21 and spring ’22 screenings for Ghosts of Lost Futures

Curator and artist, Mike Morris, and his collaborators on the experimental videos, Ghosts of Lost Futures, have been busy with additional screenings of this program of works. Ghosts premiered at the Dallas Museum of Art in the Horchow Auditorium on May 22 with ten works by ten experimental video artists commissioned to re-interpret film footage from the WFAA Newsfilm archive. The footage from the Hamon’s G. William Jones Video and Film Archive was selected from 1970 to recognize the year of the archive’s establishment. Due to COVID, the first screening was postponed over one year later.

Since this screening at the DMA, Ghosts was in the line-up of screenings for the Experimental Response Cinema, sponsored by the Austin Film Society, on November 8. Organized by the artist and program participant, Liz Rhodda, Mike Morris attended virtually to answer questions from a large audience.

Flyers for Archive Fever
Promotional collage assembled by Craig Baldwin for Archive Fever program, San Francisco’s Other Cinema

On November 20, selected works from Ghosts screened with other video works at San Francisco’s Other Cinema’s annual Archive Fever program. Selected films were:

Curt Heiner – The Stars of Texas Shine Tonight

Lisa McCarty – Undelivered Remarks

Zak Loyd – Deep River / Ocean of Storms 

Angelo Madsen Minax – Stay with me, the world is a devastating place

Marwa Benhalim – The Void Remembers

This spring, the video works will be featured at another experimental film festival, Experiments in Cinema, in Albuquerque. The dates for this screening have yet to be slated. Please check the EIC website for screening updates. The selections of videos will include:

Curt Heiner – The Stars of Texas Shine Tonight

Lisa MCarty – Undelivered Remarks 

Tramaine Townsend – FRAMES.-DALLUS 

Zak Loyd – Deep River / Ocean of Storms 

Angelo Madsen Minax – Stay with me, the world is a devastating place

Liz Rodda – Amid Flowers, Crowns, and Tears 

Marwa Benhalim – The Void Remembers 

Blog post: Mike Morris, curator and artist; and Beverly Mitchell, Assistant Director, Hamon Arts Library