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Reflections on Paper Dolls

Even the most incurious visitor to the Hamon Arts Library cannot have helped but notice the six works posted near the entryway.  These pieces are part of a series entitled “Paper Dolls,” by Colleen Shull (SMU MFA ’11) and Justin Shull (former SMU Division of Art Adjunct Lecturer).  This show, curated by guest curator Shannon Maylath, features pictures from fashion magazines that have been altered, scratched, cut, torn and crumpled…exploded as it were.
The images are recognizable but transformed, altered from their original appearance and context in such a way that the viewer is confronted both with the symbols of fashion and the formal aspects of the images…the colors, the sense of depth, the juxtaposition of the conventions of fashion photography made mysterious by the alterations.   These images are reborn, visible and present in a way the original photographs were not. Continue reading “Reflections on Paper Dolls”

Octavio Medellin: Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938 on display

Please stop by the second-floor gallery outside of Bywaters Special Collections and view how the portfolio XTOL by Octavio Medellin was researched by the artist in 1938 and later published in 1947 by the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, which preceded the Dallas Museum of Art. Work began in 1938 when Octavio Medellin spent six months studying the Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, located on the Yucatán in Mexico, and documented his travels with 181 black and white photographs that he compiled into a scrapbook entitled Maya – Toltec, Temples and Carvings, 1938 [all photographs in the exhibition are reproductions]. Continue reading “Octavio Medellin: Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938 on display”

The fantasy / comparison model of fashion image processing: A prospective model of viewer engagement

Photographs in the Paper Dolls series confront the viewer with fundamental questions of viewer agency and power central to the critical investigation of visual culture. A feminist critique of visual culture, especially the culture of fashion magazine consumption by young women, is suggested by the selection and treatment of the six images comprising the exhibition. Identifying the precise methodology, intent, and commentary of the artists, and ultimately being able to identify whether or not the work falls within the realm of feminist praxis, is complicated by the works’ collective authorship, generally destructive treatment of the original source magazines, the translation of the collages into digital and analog photographs, and their eventual transmission via social media.  Continue reading “The fantasy / comparison model of fashion image processing: A prospective model of viewer engagement”

Pollock’s Black Paintings: A Conversation

On Wednesday, November 11, art historian and critic, Michael Fried, and Dallas Museum of Art Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Gavin Delahunty, discussed Jackson Pollock’s black paintings, the focus of the exhibition opening at the DMA this coming Friday, November 20. Continue reading “Pollock’s Black Paintings: A Conversation”

Pressing Through Time: 150 Years of Printmaking in Taos

 

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House in Taos, 1939, by Jerry Bywaters; Bywaters Special Collections, Gift of Jerry and Mary Bywaters

 

I just returned from Taos, New Mexico where I attended the symposium that was in conjunction with the exhibition Pressing Through Time – 150 Years of Printmaking in Taos co-curated by Dr. David Farmer, former director of DeGolyer Library, SMU. Two lithographs from Bywaters Special Collections are included in the exhibition House in Taos by Jerry Bywaters and Five Crosses by Alexandre Hogueand are on view at the Harwood Museum of Art. Two additional prints from the Meadows Museum/University Art Collection are also included in the exhibition and are on view at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House Sacred Place by Alexandre Hogue and Taos Sketch by Elizabeth Walmsley. Continue reading “Pressing Through Time: 150 Years of Printmaking in Taos”

Write for the Blog of the Hamon Arts Library!

Submissions to the Hamon blog are accepted year round. We welcome submissions from students, faculty, staff, and those from the broader Dallas community. Examples of submissions include: Continue reading “Write for the Blog of the Hamon Arts Library!”

From the House of Alba to the House of Hamon: exhibition resources at the Hamon Arts Library

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746 - 1828), Portrait of José Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alba, c. 1795, Wikimedia Commons
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746 – 1828), Portrait of José Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alba, c. 1795, Wikimedia Commons

I have been waiting for an exhibition like this for a while now. After four years as an Art History student researching old masters such as Diego Velasquez and Fra Angelico, I finally had the chance to see their work up close! The Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting exhibition at the Meadows Museum offers viewers a glimpse into five centuries of art collecting on behalf of the prominent Spanish aristocratic Alba family. This magnificent private collection features rare paintings, tapestries, books and more ranging from the fifteenth to the twenty century. Many of these treasures have never seen a world outside Spain until now. Continue reading “From the House of Alba to the House of Hamon: exhibition resources at the Hamon Arts Library”

Paper Dolls on display in the Hamon Lobby

This new body of work from Colleen Shull and Justin Shull explores a variety of themes including depiction and representation of women, media and advertising, digital consumer culture, and more. The work being by two different artists working sometimes independently, sometimes together or in an overlapping way, is varied but does share certain characteristics. Strong, slashing lines dominate many of the images, and rich depth of form is created through layering or crumpling of glossy fashion magazine pages. Certain formal qualities may reveal which artist created the work, but over the course of this collaboration each artist has wandered into the stylistic territory of the other. Continue reading “Paper Dolls on display in the Hamon Lobby”

Pictorial: Scenes from Homecoming at Hamon

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