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Some assembly required: Interview with artist Ryan Goolsby

Hamon’s newest update to its lobby is a pair of customized computer kiosks that were designed and built by Meadows staff member, Ryan Goolsby. We interviewed Ryan about his position at SMU, his work as an artist, and the process for creating these kiosks.

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Pierre Boulez (1925-2016): A personal remembrance

Composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, one of the most influential musical figures of the second half of the twentieth century, passed away on Tuesday, January 5. Since then, multiple news organizations have published lengthy assessments of Boulez and the manner in which he shaped and challenged notions of established concert repertoire as a stalwart advocate of new music and new compositional techniques. This post cannot improve upon the far more eloquent and precise appraisals of Boulez written in The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times. I would like, instead, to offer the less celebrated work of Boulez—his work with young, aspiring musicians.

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Therapy dogs in the Taubman Atrium, December 9th

Take a break from finals to stop by the Taubman Atrium 11am-3pm on December 9th to visit with our four-legged friends. We are proud to partner with A New Leash on Life for this event. Research has shown that spending 5-24 minutes with a calm dog reduces blood pressure and the levels of stress hormones in the body. Continue reading “Therapy dogs in the Taubman Atrium, December 9th”

The travels of The Blood of Jesus

One of the most significant of the Tyler Race Films is The Blood of Jesus, written by and starring Spencer Williams.  As with many of Williams’ films, this is a study of the continuing conflict between good and evil, holiness and godlessness, church and juke joint.  Williams filmed it with a largely amateur cast and with a minimal budget in 1941 for distribution to the 1200 or so movie houses that catered to all-black audiences at that time.   Despite the limitations imposed by its restrictively small budget, “The Blood of Jesus” was a financial success. Continue reading “The travels of The Blood of Jesus”

Great Scott and great voices at SMU

DiDonato, Heggie, and von Stade
Joyce DiDonato, Jake Heggie, and Frederica von Stade on campus at SMU. Image by Pam Pagels.

For the second time in less than five years, the Dallas Opera is producing the world premiere of an opera by composer Jake Heggie with the libretto by Terrence McNally. Great Scott opened Friday, October 30th and will continue its run at the Margo and Bill Winspear Opera House through November 15th. Continue reading “Great Scott and great voices at SMU”

Division of Dance concert programs now online

Best of Meadows Dance 2006
Program for “The Best of Meadows Dance” concert, April 28-30, 2006 from the Division of Dance Concert Programs and Materials in the SMU Digital Collections.

Hamon Arts Library is excited to make the Division of Dance Concert Programs and Materials available online in the SMU Digital Collections. The library worked closely with the Division of Dance in the Meadows School of the Arts and the Digital Collections to bring this collection to a global audience. The programs illuminate the Division’s history dating back to the late 1960s. I interviewed Patty Harrington Delaney, Chair of the Division of Dance, about the importance of making the collection available online. Continue reading “Division of Dance concert programs now online”

Pictorial: Hamon’s new look

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Pictorial: Music give-away

Now online: Potter Iron Studios Digital Collection

Bronze Lantern Pendant LightDrawings from the Potter Art Iron Studios [also known as the Potter Art Metal Studios] are now available to view online! If you have ever walked around the Highland Park Shopping Center or driven down Swiss Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard in Dallas, most likely you have admired the beautiful wrought iron fixtures that adorn these buildings and homes. Henry Cornwell Potter [1892 – 1971], began his career in the early 1920s by making small lanterns. Continue reading “Now online: Potter Iron Studios Digital Collection”

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