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The University of Texas at Dallas

Volume 2 issue 1, January, February 2017

Report of the Director

The specialist history of Chinese Art in America is now more than a century old, and we have important collections of Chinese Art and concomitant art historians who specialize in Chinese art in virtually every American city. Yet, with Maoist China, both commerce in Chinese art and active scholarly interchange was in hiatus. Now, with the openness of China and with the competitive edge in the world economy swinging in its direction, any serious art history institute must reckon with China.

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Greetings from the Assistant Director

To launch the new year, on Saturday, January 13 the O’Donnell Institute partnered for the first time with the Crow Collection of Asian Art to present a symposium on the global histories of ceramics. Called Talavera and Ceramic Connections: East Asia, West Asia, and the Americas, the symposium brought together an all-star team of distinguished scholars to study and respond to the Crow’s stunning new exhibition Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de los Angeles.

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Become a Friend

More than three years ago, the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History was founded with a $17 million gift from Mrs. O’Donnell, one of the largest single donations in the history of UT Dallas. With her largesse and under the leadership and vision of Dr. Richard Brettell, an exciting future is ahead for the Institute.

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Art of Examination Spring 2017 Course at UT Southwestern Medical School

Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, continues to make advances in the field of Art and Medicine. This Spring 2017 semester she will continue to teach The Art of Examination course through UT Southwestern Medical School with faculty partners Heather Wickless, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, UTSW; Amanda Blake, Interim Director of Education, Dallas Museum of Art; and Courtney Crothers, UTSW Art Curator.

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Report from the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History Research Center

Thank you to everyone who joined us last fall at our workshops and events. Our speakers presented thought-provoking research and the resulting discourses were lively and insightful. We are excited to offer a full slate of programs for the coming spring semester, and welcome guest speakers from other cultural institutions. Our two-day February symposium, Artists’ Writings on Materials and Techniques, brings together art historians, curators, and conservators to explore artists’ writings about materials and techniques.

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Mark Rosen, Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies

In November 2016, Mark Rosen presented new research on Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s (now lost) fourteenth-century mappamundi at the Andrew Ladis Trecento Conference held at Tulane University in New Orleans. His most recent publication is “Jachia ben Mehmet and the Medici Court,” in an volume entitled The Grand Ducal Medici and Their Archive (1537–1743) edited by Alessio Assonitis and Brian Sandberg (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016). In the spring 2017 semester, Dr. Rosen is teaching a graduate course on the social history of art and will be presenting at the Renaissance Society of America Conference in Chicago.

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Allan Antliff, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History Visiting Research Fellow

“Glamourized,” a critical appraisal of post-modernist trends in contemporary art by Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History Visiting Scholar Allan Antliff, has just appeared in New Perspectives for Contemporary Music in the 21st Century, Daniel Biro and Kai Johannes Polzhofer, eds. (Hofheim, Germany: Wolke Verlag, 2016).

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Joseph R. Hartman, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History Research Fellow

Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History Research Fellow Joseph R. Hartman received his PhD in Art History from Southern Methodist University December 17, 2016. After graduation, Hartman traveled to Cuba to meet with professionals and to document monuments in Havana, Santa Clara, and Trinidad for his current book manuscript The Dictator’s Dreamscape: Building Machado’s Cuba.

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Paul Galvez, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History Research Fellow Curates Exhibition at galerie frank elbaz

For decades after MoMA’s 1936 exhibition Cubism and Abstract Art Alfred Barr’s iconic diagram was the image of modern art’s history: a series of –isms hung on a genealogical tree, from post-Impressionism to Surrealism. In 2013, the same institution envisaged a 21st century update, more interlacing network than hereditary branches. Meandering, Abstractly re-visits postwar European abstraction via less well-known routes: Zagreb and Peru, instead of New York and Düsseldorf.

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Reports from the Dallas Museum of Art

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
After four and a half groundbreaking years at the DMA, Mark Leonard, the Museum’s first Chief Conservator, will be retiring - for the second time - to the sun-drenched California desert.

México 1900–1950
This month the DMA issued its press release publicly announcing the exciting addition of México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde to the Museum’s exhibition schedule.

Dr. Chu Comes to Dallas
On November 29, NEA Chairman Jane Chu visited Dallas as the featured speaker for the Dallas Arts District Community Breakfast.

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On View at The Dallas Museum of Art

Nicolas Party: Pathway
Through February 5, 2017

México 1900 – 1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde
March 12 - July 16, 2017

Art and Nature in the Middle Ages
Through March 19, 2017
Chilton II
U.S. Exclusive Venue

SMU Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita Alessandra Comini

Alessandra Comini has been invited to lecture in Vienna, April 18, and in Lugano, Switzerland on April 26. Meanwhile her fifth Krimi, The Kollwitz Calamities, has just been published and she is hard at work on her sixth, The Kandinsky Conundrum.

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SMU Comini Lecture Series

Love, Trust, Risk: Painting the “Papered Century”

Nina Dubin, Associate Professor,
University of Illinois at Chicago

O’Donnell Lecture Hall,
Meadows School of the Arts, SMU
Monday, January 30, 5 p.m.

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard, “The Love Letter,” c. 1770

The Meadows Museum Exhibitions, Events, Lectures

Reflecting on Ribera: Art and Culture in Spain and Spanish Naples, 1600-1700
February 3 – March 3, 10:30 am

The four lectures in this series examine the world and work of the Spanish-born artist Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652), who is the subject of the upcoming Meadows Museum exhibition Between Heaven and Hell: The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera.

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UNT Art Historian Kelly Donahue-Wallace Scholar Report

Dr. Kelly Donahue-Wallace, Professor of Art History at The University of North Texas celebrates the publication of her book Jerónimo Antonio Gil and the Idea of the Spanish Enlightenment. Examining the career of a largely unstudied eighteenth-century engraver, this book establishes Jerónimo Antonio Gil, a man immersed within the complicated culture and politics of the Spanish empire, as a major figure in the history of both Spanish and Mexican art.

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The Gallery at UTA Presents Adriana Corral and Leigh Merrill

Adriana Corral and Leigh Merrill
January 17 – February 18, 2017
Reception Friday, January 20, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions showcasing artists Adriana Corral (San Antonio) and Leigh Merrill (Dallas). Together, Corral and Merrill create a thought-provoking exhibition that utilizes artistic language to respond to complex conceptual issues.

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Crow Collection of Asian Art Upcoming Exhibition and Events

Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney
Perspectives 1
Photography and ink on xuan paper
24 3/4 x 58 in
Private Collection
Image is courtesy of the artists

Organized by the Crow Collection in Dallas, this exhibition blurs the lines between photography and the art of Chinese ink painting. The collaborative works of a renowned painter and an acclaimed photographer are the focus of Landscape Relativities: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney. The Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas will premiere the exhibition Feb. 25 – June 25, 2017 in its Gallery One exhibition space in the Dallas Arts District.

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TCU’s Annual Nancy Quarles Stuck Art History Lecture

What Ladies Do When They Paint for Their Own Amusement?” The Highs and Lows of Pastel Painting in Eighteenth-Century France

Professor Melissa Hyde, University of Florida
TCU Moudy North, Room 132
Monday, February 6, 6:00 p.m.

UNT Art Education and Art History Spring 2017 Lectures

Conversations: Art, Politics and North Texas
Sara-Jayne Parsons, TCU Art Galleries
Giovanni Valderas, Kirk Hopper Fine Art
February 2, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Art 101

Jack Davis Endowed Lecture in Art Education
Kevin Tavin, Aalto University, Finland
February 6, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Art 223

Kimbell Art Museum Exhibitions and Lectures

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture
March 26, 2017 to June 25, 2017
Louis Kahn Building

The American architect Louis Kahn (1901–1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the 20th century. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. Among his most important works are the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959–65), the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962–83) and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966–72). The exhibition Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, organized by the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany), is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades.


February 8, 12:30 p.m.
The Kimbell on the Road: Velázquez to Vigée le Brun
Nancy E. Edwards, curator of European art/head of academic services, Kimbell Art Museum

February 10, 6 p.m.
Rembrandt, the Jews and “That Portrait” at the Kimbell
Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

February 11, 11 a.m.
The Artist’s Eye
Erik Skjolsvik, Fort Worth

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Exhibitions

Stanley Whitney
SunRa 2016
Oil on linen
96 x 96 inches
Courtesy of team gallery

FOCUS: Stanley Whitney
January 21 - April 2, 2017

Since the mid-1970s, Stanley Whitney has investigated the intricate possibilities of color and form in the realm of abstract painting. Whitney’s signature style features multicolored, irregular grids on square canvases.

Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings
February 19 - April 23, 2017

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents the first exhibition focusing on Donald Sultan’s seminal Disaster Paintings series, including eleven signature paintings from 1984 to 1990.

2017 University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramic Competition

The University of Dallas is proud to host the 2017 University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramic Competition. The exhibition will gather contemporary ceramic artworks, both functional and sculptural, from 45 artists of the Southwest region. These featured works have been selected by this year’s juror, internationally acclaimed ceramic artist and professor, Virginia Marsh, who is also currently an artist-in-residence at the university. The opening reception is Monday, February 13, at 6:30pm–9:00pm, with a lecture presentation by Virginia Marsh, followed by the presentation of two “Best of Show” awards. The exhibition is free and open to the public from January 18 until March 13, 2017

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Fine Silver: Looking at Silver through the eye of an Auction Specialist

Join Karen Rigdon, M.A., Director, Decorative Arts & Design/Silver & Vertu,
at Heritage Auctions for a daylong seminar examining 19th and 20th century silver. This seminar will cover important aspects of Silver Collecting & Connoisseurship, using the Heritage Archives and pieces from the April Fine Silver & Vertu auction, to guide the discussion.

Monday, February 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Heritage Auction Galleries, 1518 Slocum St., Dallas,

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Exhibition Highlight: Mason Bryant at The Reading Room

pigment extracted from Yves Klein’s “Table Bleu” impregnated as tracing

Mordants, by Mason Bryant
January 14 – February 11

Mordants, an exhibition by Fort Worth artist Mason Bryant will open Saturday, January 14 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at The Reading Room. A mordant is a dye fixative, a chemical substance that combines with a dye or stain to permanently adhere it to a fabric or tissue. Bryant appropriates and recontextualizes gestures, texts and images of artists from the past to conjure new forms. It is a kind of alchemy. The exhibit continues through February 11, 2017.

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Internship Opportunity at galerie frank elbaz

Intern responsibilities may include correspondence, assisting at openings and gallery events, research, press communication, speaking with visitors, gallery upkeep, and other miscellaneous tasks tailored to intern’s particular interests. Candidates should have completed a BA or be in the process of completing a MA in Art History or a related field with a particular interest in contemporary art, possess strong computer and communication skills and be willing to commit to two to three full days per week over the Spring Semester. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and proficiency in other languages are a plus. Intern must notify gallery of planned absences at the start of internship. Intern may choose to be compensated or earn course credit. Candidates may send a letter of interest and current CV to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Spring Internship 2017.’

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