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New digital collection: Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers

Selected items from this fabulous archival collection held in Bywaters Special Collections are now available online! Items include fashion design sketches created by Nancy Hamon during the 1930s as well as photographs of Jake and Nancy Hamon attending their annual theme parties in Dallas during the 1950s-1970s. The collection offers valuable insights into Dallas social and cultural history. See the following link: https://www.smu.edu/Libraries/digitalcollections/jnh.

More information about the Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers can be found in the detailed finding aid here: https://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/taro/smu/00259/smu-00259.html


Image Courtesy of Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

ARK: Q&A with Filmmaker Mike Morris

 

This week’s blog post features an interview between curator, Emily Rueggeberg, and filmmaker, Mike Morris, the creator of ARK. ARK is on view in the Hawn Gallery now through November 4, 2018.

 

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Emily Rueggeberg: What draws you to the experimental film format as opposed to traditional films?

Mike Morris: Moving images are an amazingly open group of technologies that have been interpreted pretty narrowly if you think about the formal approach of the film industry. Experimental film is a tradition that opens cinema to these expanded possibilities. That’s not to say that there isn’t plenty of meaningful work to be done within more traditional forms, but cinema doesn’t necessarily need to be a strictly illusionistic storytelling medium. When you’re working with film, you’re working with a physical, photo-chemical, and mechanical medium that can be manipulated to create many kinds of images in a highly formalized or improvisational manner.

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Write On! @ Hamon Arts Library: New Mobile White Boards

WriteOnAtHamonThanks to partial funding from Mustangs Give Back donors, Hamon now has three mobile whiteboards for everyone’s use! Roll one to wherever you’re inspired to calculate, illustrate or pontificate.

Dry Erase Markers and erasers available at the 1st floor services desk.


Post courtesy of LaGail Davis, General Operations Manager
Illustration and featured image: Sam Guerrero

Hawn Gallery presents: ARK: Featuring New Experimental 35 MM Film by Mike Morris

The Hawn Gallery presents

 ARK

Featuring a New Experimental Film by Mike Morris

 

On view: August 20 – November 4, 2018
at the Hawn Gallery, located in the Hamon Arts Library at SMU

Public Opening Reception Friday, September 14, 5 -7pm
Mike Morris will give a gallery talk at 5:45 pm

ARK is a cinematic installation featuring a film by Michael A. Morris made from archival 35mm film prints held in the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection. This work is installed on a looping film system devised by the Collection’s Jeremy Spracklen and Scott Martin, and in conjunction with Brad Miller from Film-Tech Cinema Systems. The looping film is a new mosaic of images and sounds created by contact printing and hand processing of short lengths of films selected from the archive. Highlighting the mechanics of projection typically hidden from the viewer, the space of the Hawn Gallery performs as a small cinema. The metaphor of both Noah’s Ark and the Ark of the Covenant serves as a parallel for the archive as it rescues hundreds of films from the deluge of time. These films are reactivated by bringing them back into the light and onto the screen in a new looping film installation. Such assemblage embodies our cinematic heritage.

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Jones Film Archive Update – June 2018

In the Media

 
  • Dallas Morning News’ Robert Wilonsky wrote a great piece on the work that we are doing with our social media push.  That article can be found here.
  • WFAA’s Chris Sadeghi aired a story on Grand Prairie as part of a long term collaboration with the Jones Collection.  That story can be found here. here.
  • The Fort Worth Star Telegram ran a story on MayFest using footage from the Jones Collection, which can be found here.

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Bywaters Special Collections Artist Profile: Cecilia Neuheisel Steinfeldt

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

Cecilia Neuheisel Steinfeldt (1915 – 2013), referred to as the ‘First Lady of Texas Art’ for her work as both an artist and a Texas art historian, was born in Montello, Wisconsin and moved to San Antonio with her family in 1923.   Her aptitude for drawing and painting developed during childhood and she soon began art classes at the Witte Memorial Museum.  In 1932, she graduated from high school and then enrolled in art school in Mexico City where she studied with artist Carlos Mérida.  Upon returning to San Antonio, she joined the Witte museum staff in 1936 where she served as an art instructor.  She continued to work at the Witte Museum until her retirement at the age of 80.  Along with her husband Eric Steinfeld, she traveled throughout Texas and wrote numerous books about its history and artists including The Onderdonks: A Family of Texas Painters (1975), Art for History’s Sake (1993), and S. Seymour Thomas: A Texas Genius Rediscovered (2005).

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Interview with Lauren King, 2018 recipient of Larrie and Bobbi Weil Undergraduate Research Award

Congratulations go to Meadows art history student, Lauren King, who is the 2018 recipient of the Larrie and Bobbi Weil Undergraduate Research Award for her paper, An Alternative View on the Roll-Brimmed Hat. The Weil Award is given annually for excellence in undergraduate research, and the recipient is an SMU student nominated by their faculty for outstanding research and writing of a term paper. This year, Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper, Assistant Professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair of Hellenic Visual Culture, nominated Lauren for her paper.

Lauren, could you please briefly tell blog readers about the topic of your paper?

The goal of my paper is to re-examine how we think about the roll-brimmed hat worn by Gudea in his diorite statues. If you’ve taken any ancient Near East art history class, or even an introductory survey of western Art History, you’ve probably heard of the diorite statues of Gudea. The hat he wears, called a roll-brimmed hat, is usually taught as a symbol of humility. My paper questions this interpretation, and proposes that the hat is actually a symbol of power and masculinity.

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In Honor of Margaret McDermott

When I read the sad news of Mrs. McDermott’s death I was reminded yet again of the profound debt of gratitude both I and SMU owe her.  Mrs. McDermott’s influence in my professional career began in the spring of 1978 when I saw a flyer for the McDermott Internship at the Dallas Museum of [Fine] Arts in the hallway at the Meadows School of the Arts.  I was just completing my Master of Fine Arts Degree and taking Jerry Bywaters’s popular art history class, “The Arts of North America.”  Bywaters wrote a letter of recommendation, and I was honored to receive the first-ever long-term McDermott Internship for the 1978-1979 year.  It was at the Museum, then located at Fair Park, that I learned how a museum worked from the ground up.  This was to prove a critical formative experience.

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Curatorial Discussion #1 Psychology and Color in Constance Lowe’s Work

Manifold Projection 1

Manifold Projection 1, 2012
archival inkjet print on watercolor paper #1 of 3
24 x 19 inches

This following post is first in a series of blog posts about the Hawn Gallery’s exhibition Chromarray, with works by Constance Lowe. Throughout the exhibition, Emily Rueggeberg, the Hawn Gallery Curatorial Fellow, will post about the artwork and themes present in the exhibition. This post focuses on the significance of abstraction and psychology in Lowe’s series, Fabcom/Chromarray and Garden City (Air to Ground).

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