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EXHIBTION: positive images by Christina Coleman

Oct 4, 2018 – Jan 26, 2019

Christina Coleman: positive images
October 4, 2018 – January 26, 2019
Thursday, October 4
Courtyard Gallery

The word “positive” holds multiple meanings—it describes the beneficial and affirming, but also refers to scientifically verifiable data. In the space between these meanings, how might we ascertain the value judgements hiding within the rhetoric of objective knowledge? Christina Coleman’s recent body of work draws on the aesthetics of statistical graphing to question the visual rhetoric of social science. Coleman mobilizes the tools and products of African-American haircare as materials for drawing in space, constructing conceptual installations that vacillate between abstraction and representation. The elegant appearance of this data both evokes and our efforts to understand the human phenomena to which it refers.

Christina Coleman is a visual artist working in sculpture, drawing, and installation. Utilizing various materials ranging from commercial hair products to traditional fine art tools, Coleman works through subjects including the body, space, identity, and abstraction. She holds a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. In the summer of 2011, she was an artist-in-residence at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy, NY. From 2016 to 2017, she served as co-curator at de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART, a gallery in central Austin. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Central Texas, most recently including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, The First Horizons of Juno at MASS Gallery, and A Spatial Continuum in Black at Texas A&M International University.

Organized by Jessi DiTillio, 2017–18 Visual Arts Center Curatorial Fellow

Location: Courtyard Gallery


Jan 23 – 27, 2019

Admission: $30.00 - $145.00
Location: Bass Concert Hall (Map)

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Miró Quartet

Jan 25, 2019

The Miró Quartet will begin their final program on campus with Beethoven's String Quartet in E flat Major. Faculty pianist Andrew Brownell will join the Butler School's resident string quartet for Franck's Piano Quartet in F Minor.

Admission: $10–35
Location: Bates Recital Hall

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Artist Talk with St. Elmo Artist-in-residence Katy McCarthy

Jan 28, 2019

Join us for a talk by our first St. Elmo Fellow, Katy McCarthy. McCarthy works primarily in video and sculpture and earned her MFA from Hunter College in NYC. Her work laminates pre-existing texts, historical figures, and dated therapeutic modalities with contemporary experience. 

The St. Elmo Arts Residency is a joint project of the Department of Art and Art History and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin that offers one fellowship each academic year to a newly minted MFA artist in painting, drawing, print, photo, sculpture or multimedia. The residency includes a house and studio in a small artist compound in the St. Elmo district of South Austin, located midway between the university campus and the Wildflower Center.

Katy McCarthy has exhibited at Cluster Gallery; Sleep Center Gallery, New York; Flux Factory, LIC; Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Museum; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Tiger Strike Asteroid, Los Angeles; Maxon Mills; and the Military Museum in Belgrade. Her videos have screened at NURTUREart’s 2018 Single Channel: Video Art Festival, CUNY Video Festival, and Queens Boulevard Film Festival. She has been an artist-in-residence at SOHO20 Residency Lab; Grin City, Iowa; The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY and currently, the St. Elmo Arts Residency at UT Austin, Texas. 

Location: ART 1.120

Dorrance Dance

Jan 30, 2019

Admission: $10.00 - $40.00
Location: Bass Concert Hall (Map)

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Constructing the American School: A Lecture with Art History Professor Susan Rather

Jan 31, 2019

What did it mean to be an artist in the 18th- and early-19th-century Anglophone world, and how did artists come to be regarded as professionals distinct from artisan makers? Susan Rather previews her upcoming talk as winner of the 2018 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art. Recognized for The American School: Painters and Status in the Late Colonial and Early National Era, Rather addresses how she came to this project and how it developed, as well as the benefits of mining even the most familiar or the slightest textual evidence. Following brief consideration of well-known painters (Copley, West, and Stuart) who successfully engineered their own legacy, the lecture focuses on the necessity, challenges, and rewards of restoring non-elite painters to the narrative of American art at its beginnings. 

Susan Rather is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin. Her 2016 book The American School received the Eldredge Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New England Society Book Award for Art, and was short listed for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History The project developed with grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Winterthur Museum, the American Council of Learned Societies, Yale Center for British Art, Massachusetts Historical Society, and The University of Texas. Rather holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and, at the outset of her scholarly career, engaged issues of modernism in early-twentieth-century American and European sculpture, culminating in Archaism, Modernism, and the Art of Paul Manship (1993). 

Location: ART 1.120

C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert

Jan 31 ‑ Feb 3, 2019

Admission: $52.00 - $62.00
Location: McCullough Theatre (Map)

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Bion Tsang, cello and Anton Nel, piano

Feb 1, 2019

Butler School faculty artists Bion Tsang and Anton Nel play Manuel de Falla's Seven Popular Spanish Songs, Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor and Mendelssohn's Cello Sonata No. 2.

Admission: $10–20
Location: Bates Recital Hall

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert

Feb 2, 2019

Admission: $41.50 - $91.50
Location: Bass Concert Hall (Map)

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