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Works by Constance Lowe

On view: April 6 – May 27, 2018 

Opening Reception: Friday, April 6th, 5-7pm

at the Hawn Gallery, located in the Hamon Arts Library at SMU

Artist Connie Lowe will conduct a gallery talk at 5:45 p.m.

Softissue 2, 2008 Hand-sewn wool felt 98.5 x 62 x 6 inches


The Hawn Gallery presents Chromarray, works by Constance Lowe, featuring pieces from Lowe’s Garden City (Air to Ground), FabCom and Chromarray series.

Lowe’s work examines the intersection between nature and humans’ built environments, with a special focus on biology, mathematics, psychology and agriculture. The title of the show comes from a term created by Lowe – Chromarray. It stems from telescopic research being conducted by Lowe’s friend at the time of the series’ creation. Lowe describes how, across the United States, there are an array of telescopes picking up satellite imagery and radio waves from space. Lowe combined the word chrome, relating to color, with array, and arrangement of objects, to create chromarray.


Bywaters Special Collections Artist Profile: Ann Cushing Gantz

Featured in the exhibition Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, on the 2nd floor of Hamon Arts Library.

Born in Dallas on August 27, 1933, Ann Cushing moved with her parents, Maurice and Margaret Cushing, to Memphis, Tennessee in 1940 due to her father’s work with the Missouri Pacific Railroad.  Interested in art as a young girl, Ann studied at the Memphis Academy of Art during the summers beginning in 1947 through 1952.  In 1953 and 1954, she took summer classes at Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College, and continued her art studies at Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University, in New Orleans, where in 1955 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.  While at Newcomb College, Ann Cushing studied oil painting with Patrick [Pat] Trivigno, professor of drawing and painting from 1947 – 1987.  After she graduated from college, Ann moved back to Dallas with her parents, where she immersed herself in the city’s art scene as artist, art juror and judge, gallery owner, and teacher.

In 1955, Ann Cushing was asked to have her first solo exhibition at the popular Black Tulip Gallery, located at Inwood Village in Dallas, by the gallery owner Everett Rassiga.  There she met her future husband, Everett Ellis Gantz, Jr., an aeronautical engineer and also a silent partner in the gallery.  On September 20, 1958, Ann and Everett married in Dallas.  They had two daughters – Elaine [born 1961] and Melissa [born 1963].

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Curatorial Discussion #2: Julie Morel’s Reloaded (2017)

The following is the final curatorial discussion in a series of blog posts on the Hawn Gallery exhibition, Clear, Deep, Dark. This week’s piece explores Julie Morel’s print Reloaded (2017).

In the exhibition, Clear, Deep, Dark, when one enters the gallery your eyes meet illuminated pieces mounted onto each of the four walls. The pinpoints of light appear randomly scattered across the paper’s surface. The lights embedded in the matte black paper of the IP and GPS series appear to be coming from a distance, such as the light we see from stars, reaching us only years later. The pieces on the back wall referencing Darknet acronyms are also lit. They differ in that the LEDs surrounding the letters overwhelm and consume their host with blinding white light, making them difficult to look at directly. Once you approach the works in each series, subtler symbols, numbers, and letters become clear. The IP series contains silk-screened IP addresses using conductive ink, referencing places where Julie Morel has placed files of artwork on private computers, printed in blocky letters reminiscent of computer circuits. The GPS series is also composed of silk screen printed numbers and letters using conductive ink. These figures refer to GPS coordinates where Morel has placed physical objects of her own, locatable through satellite imagery, but inaccessible due to their remote or private locations.[1]

Installation view of Clear, Deep, Dark with Morel’s Reloaded (2017) and IP series

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Jones Collection March Update

In The Media:


On February 6, 2018, WFAA aired a piece on the Jones Collection, highlighting not only our recent work restoring and digitizing their news footage, but also focusing on the overall historical and cultural importance the Collection offers to SMU and the city of Dallas.  (Here)

KERA wrote this piece on the Jones Collection, highlighting recently discovered footage of their first day of operations.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram supplemented their story of the infamous Lake Worth Monster with footage from the Collection.  (Here.)

Ed Bark over at Uncle Barky wrote this piece about Texas Stadium’s groundbreaking ceremony, using footage unearthed by the Collection.

Martin Luther King, Jr. in Dallas

Not seen since it aired on WFAA in 1963, the Jones Collection discovered a rare interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Dallas, Texas. In this short piece of newsfilm, Dr. King gives his views on everything from the integration efforts in Dallas, to the governor of Mississippi, and even his thoughts on President Kennedy.  That footage can be found here.

Off Campus:

Ed Asner At The Sedona International Film Festival

Curator Jeremy Spracklen represented the Jones Collection as a projectionist for the
Sedona International Film Festival this year.  Guests for the festival included Ed Asner, Richard Dreyfuss, Cybill Shepherd, James Brolin and Elliott Gould.

Jeremy also worked with the University de Guadalajara, Permanencia Voluntaria and The Cinema Preservation Alliance on the digitization of a 16mm print of the film Carita De Cielo.  This restoration had its world premiere this week at the Festival Internacional de Cine en Gaudalajara.

Upcoming Public Screenings of Jones Collection Material:

Catskill Honeymoon Excerpt – March 11th at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in New York City.

beyond the fog aka tower of evil ad mat9a.jpgTower of Evil (AKA: Beyond the Fog) on 35mm – March 18th time TBA at the Texas Theatre.

Remixing The News – March 24th at 5:00 PM at the Deep in The Heart Festival in Waco.

Remixing The News – April 12th time TBA  at the Experiments in Cinema Festival in Alberqueque, NM.



Social Media Stats for February:

We had 14,401 views totalling 314 hours of viewing time throughout February.  Our most watched videos were:

  1.  A story on the Lake Worth Monster from July 1969.

    2.  The opening of the Big Bend rollercoaster in June of 1971.

    3.  A report from Verne Lundquist about the opening day of the first Rangers season…that didn’t happen.

WFAA Project Update:

The multi-year WFAA digitization project keeps coming along and we just completed digitizing our 2,500th roll!  We have also started to make more of these available online via our YouTube page and our Reel-To-Web series.  The Reel-To-Web series takes the roll from that day 50 years ago that day and presents it completely unedited for viewing.