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Interview with Hawn Gallery Exhibition Artist, Basil Kincaid

In late October, artist Basil Kincaid spent a week in Dallas installing the Hawn Gallery exhibition, R3clamation: Routes & Roots. During this time, he took a few moments for an interview with curatorial fellow, Georgia Erger, to discuss his personal history and vision as it informs the work in his exhibition.

 


Thank you to Basil Kincaid, Georgia Erger, and Central University Libraries’ Outreach Coordinator, Tyeson Seale, for this post.
Video by Tyeson Seale.

 

Hawn Gallery Exhibiting Artist, Basil Kincaid, Visits Meadows Art Class

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Basil Kincaid stands amid his installation for R3clamation: Routes & Roots at the Hawn Gallery

Hawn Gallery exhibiting artist, Basil Kincaid was on campus for a week prior to the opening of his exhibition, R3clamation: Routes & Roots. While this was a busy week of installation and exhibition preparation, Basil took time to explore SMU and engage with Meadows School of the Arts students. On Wednesday, October 26th, Basil visited Lauren Woods’ Art Observation Foundations class and discussed the exhibition, his work, and his art practice with the students.

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Collection Spotlight: Vivian L. Aunspaugh Art Club records

The Vivian L. Aunspaugh Art Club was organized in 1945 by former and current students of Miss Vivian Louise Aunspaugh and others interested in studying art in Dallas. Miss Aunspaugh, a native of Virginia, studied art in New York and France prior to moving to Dallas in 1891. She soon taught art classes in local colleges and in 1898, with sculptress Clyde Chandler, established joint studio classes in Dallas. In 1902 the Aunspaugh Art School was founded in the Dreyfuss Building in downtown Dallas, the first art school in the southwest to offer classes in fine and commercial art. The following year Clyde Chandler moved to Chicago but Vivian Aunspaugh remained in Dallas and eventually moved the school to 3509 Bryan Street. Miss Aunspaugh taught art in Dallas for over 50 years until shortly before her death in 1960. The Vivian L. Aunspaugh Art Club met continuously until 1986, when the organization ceased operation. Continue reading “Collection Spotlight: Vivian L. Aunspaugh Art Club records”

How the News Got Made: Highlights from Dallas VideoFest 2016

On Saturday, October 22nd, SMU’s Central University Libraries co-sponsored an event with Dallas VideoFest, October 18-23, to highlight the WFAA collection, which is a CUL collection in the process of digitization by the G. William Jones Film and Video archive.

Here is the clip reel shown at that event. Highlights include rare clips of celebrities such as Jimi Hendrix, Omar Sharif and Elvis Presley, which do not exist outside of the archive. Continue reading “How the News Got Made: Highlights from Dallas VideoFest 2016”

On view: R3clamation: Routes & Roots, An Installation by Basil Kincaid

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R3clamation: Routes & Roots, An Installation by Basil Kincaid
                             [If the map to freedom was etched on the inside of your forehead,
                             would you carve back the skin and follow the route to your roots?]

On view until December 11, 2016 in the Hawn Gallery

Basil Kincaid’s R3clamation: Routes and Roots is the third iteration of the artist’s Reclamation Project and is, among other things, an intimate examination of his hometown of St. Louis. (Each iteration of the Reclamation Project is site specific in that it draws its materials from its immediate geographical location.) R3clamation: Routes & Roots responds to the vexed problem of race relations in America, which have recently crystalized in St. Louis: issues of black oppression, black rebellion, and contemporary liberation movements, such as Black Lives Matter. Kincaid’s act of collecting and reclaiming common materials is a process of self-liberation and self-healing. By drawing upon personal and cultural memory, he explores how black experience is both enduring trauma and a means of overcoming trauma. This individual journey, etched on the inside of the artist’s forehead, ultimately moves outward in an ambitious attempt to intervene in the political landscape of America.

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Pictorial: R3clamation: Routes & Roots – exhibition opening Oct. 28th


Images by Mariza Morin

Information Literacy Certificate prepares Temerlin students for professional research

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Digital Media Strategy students at work in the ad studio

This semester in Temerlin Advertising Institute (TAI) in the Meadows School of the Arts, Professor Eunjin (Anna) Kim’s Digital Media Strategy 1 course, first-year advertising students on the digital track are working towards getting their Information Literacy Certificate. This certificate program is specially designed to help students nurture sophisticated secondary research skills in the field of advertising.

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Hawn Gallery presents R3clamation: Routes & Roots, An Installation by Basil Kincaid

The Hawn Gallery presents:

R3clamation: Routes & Roots, An Installation by Basil Kincaid

[If the map to freedom was etched on the inside of your forehead, would you carve back the skin and follow the route to your roots?]

On view October 28th – December 11th, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, October 28th from 6-8 p.m. at the Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library Continue reading “Hawn Gallery presents R3clamation: Routes & Roots, An Installation by Basil Kincaid”

Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

The news seemed so odd – what relevance does Bob Dylan have now? Is his work literature?  Which work, or works, merit this prize? If the prize is in recognition of a body of work, where is the corpus? The collection?

What does Dylan mean to those interested in what was, at least in the past, known as the fine arts? How is his work different from the horde of largely forgotten singers and songwriters, back to the Brill Building and Tin Pan Alley? Continue reading “Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature”

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