Tino 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.”
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.
Recently 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aquatic 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.
On-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)
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.”
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.
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.
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.