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How the News Got Made: A Rare Look at SMU’s WFAA Newsfilm and a Conversation With the People Who Created It

Learn how the news was captured and shared, and gain a new appreciation for the hard work and ingenuity that went into making the WFAA nightly news throughout the 1960s and ’70s. A panel of notable WFAA staff, including on-screen personalities and behind the scenes personnel, will present clips from SMU’s Jones Film and Video Collection and share stories of their experiences together while making the news. Click here for ticketing information.

Saturday, October 22, 2016  5:15-6:45 pm       

Angelika Film Center and Cafe – 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas 75026

Strange inheritance

In the spring of 2009, I received a telephone call from Atlee Phillips, Texas art specialist at Dallas’s Heritage Auction Galleries.  Although I’d never met Atlee, she told me that I’d soon think of her as “my new best friend.”  A few days later, she arrived in my office with numerous photographs of a painting of the Battle of San Jacinto by Texas painter Henry Arthur McArdle (1836-1908).  Although I knew that this painting had been executed in 1901, I had assumed it to have been destroyed in a fire and had stated as much in a footnote in my 1992 book, Painting Texas History to 1900.  But Atlee’s photographs, taken by members of McArdle’s family, who owned the house in West Virginia where the painting had been stored in an attic since the 1950s, proved me wrong (fortunately).  In November 2010, Heritage auctioned the painting, which was purchased by a private collector in Texas. Continue reading “Strange inheritance”

Hamon staff appointment to Dallas Historical Society Board

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Sam Ratcliffe, Head of Bywaters Special Collections, who was recently appointed to the board of trustees of the Dallas Historical Society. A long-standing non-profit organization, since 1922, the Society has, according to its mission, sought to collect, preserve, and exhibit collections relevant to the heritage of the city. Dr. Ratcliffe brings his more than twenty years of experience overseeing the Special Collections at Hamon, and knowledge of Texas art and history – subjects in which he has frequently published and presented – to the board. Continue reading “Hamon staff appointment to Dallas Historical Society Board”

Good luck to our graduating students assistants!

The staff at the Hamon Arts Library have had the privilege of working with many SMU student assistants at  Hamon.  This year, many of our best and brightest are graduating and moving on to bigger and better things:

Continue reading “Good luck to our graduating students assistants!”

Pictorial: Meadows singers learn from masters Jake Heggie, Joyce DiDonato, and Frederica von Stade

 

Three judges
The master teachers, Jake Heggie, Joyce DiDonato, and Frederica von Stade (from left to right).

On November 3, Mezzo sopranos Joyce DiDonato and Frederica von Stade and composer Jake Heggie took time between performances of Heggie’s opera Great Scott to give a master class for singers in the Division of Music in the Meadows School of the Arts. Five students performed art songs and opera arias for the artists and a sizable audience of fellow music students and faculty. Each performer was then given feedback and comments from Heggie, von Stade, and DiDonato. Here are some of the highlights of the two-hour class. Continue reading “Pictorial: Meadows singers learn from masters Jake Heggie, Joyce DiDonato, and Frederica von Stade”

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”

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