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”
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”
The Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library is a four-story building located in the Owen Arts Center of the Meadows School of the Arts. A branch of the Central University Libraries, Hamon serves students and faculty in the areas of visual art, art history, cinema, communications, dance, music and theatre. This fall, the library celebrates its 25th anniversary. Continue reading “Watch: Reflections of the Hamon Arts Library”
Fashion Design Sketches by Nancy B. Hamon
Nancy Hamon was born on December 12, 1918 in San Antonio, Texas to McMaster Blackburn and Estelle Blackburn (known as Mamacita). She studied paleontology at the University of Texas at Austin in the late 1930s for a short time before leaving for her first marriage which lasted only four years. She then briefly worked in Hollywood as a dancer with a small dance group led by Russian ballet master David Lichine and appeared in films such as Tropicana (1943) and The Heat’s On (1943). During World War II, she spent a year in Hawaii with an Army special services acting troupe, playing the lead in Petticoat Fever opposite a young Carl Reiner. She married Jake L. Hamon in 1949 and moved to Dallas. Mrs. Hamon was an extraordinary hostess and was known for the extravagant theme parties she hosted with her husband during the 1950s and 1960s. Themes included circus, Moulin Rouge and others, even a Silent Movies theme party which featured Louis Armstrong.
In conjunction with the SMU Homecoming celebration this week, Sept. 23rd – 26th, the Meadows School of the Arts is hosting an open house on Friday, September 25th, 4 – 5 pm, for alumni and friends in the newly renovated lobby of the Hamon Arts Library. Continue reading “Meadows School of the Arts Open House hosting with Hamon”
Fashion Design Sketches by Nancy B. Hamon will open on September 24 in the Mildred Hawn Gallery. Continue reading “Installation is underway: Fashion Design Sketches by Nancy B. Hamon”
As part of a new fellowship program between SMU and École Nationale Supérieure d’Art (ENSA) in Dijon, France, French artist and student Hugo Capron is exhibiting his work at SMU’s Pollock Gallery from August 10-29.
We were able to interview Hugo about his art and his experience in Dallas thus far. Continue reading “Interview with French artist Hugo Capron, Exhibition Running through 8/29 at the Pollock Gallery”