Upcoming Events

EXHIBTION: positive images by Christina Coleman

Oct 4, 2018 – Jan 26, 2019

Christina Coleman: positive images
October 4, 2018 – January 26, 2019
Reception
Thursday, October 4
5–7pm
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

Architecture of Republican Rome: New Directions

Nov 14, 2018

The Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI) is pleased to announce Architecture of Republican Rome: New Directions. This workshop brings together an international group of scholars whose publications in the last three years have, in different ways, addressed the close relationship between architecture and the state in Republican Rome, and whose work, taken together, shines a new light on a previously neglected field: Amy Russell, Durham University, UK (The Politics of Public Space in Republican Rome, Cambridge University Press 2016); Seth Bernard, University of Toronto (Building Mid-Republican Rome: Labor, Architecture, and the Urban Economy, Oxford University Press 2018) and Penelope Davies, University of Texas at Austin (Architecture and Politics in Republican Rome, Cambridge University Press 2017).

Where do we go from here? The workshop will serve as a forum in which to explore new approaches to the field. Bernard, Russell and Davies will briefly discuss their goals in their publications, before the floor is opened to general discussion, with special time allotted for undergraduate participation. Participants will then reconvene to CSAI (ART. 3.430) for a light lunch and a chance for continued discussion with the panelists. The workshop is open to all UT students and faculty.

Due to limited seating, registration is required. To register, please email Dr. Michael Thomas at mlthomas@utexas.edu.

Location: ART 3.432

Game Development Lunch Club

Nov 14 ‑ Dec 5, 2018

Join AET Assistant Professor of Practice Michael Baker and other special guest speakers at the weekly Game DevelopmentLunch Club meeting.

Location: DFA 4.112

Tips & Tiffs: Cover Letters

Nov 14, 2018

Our Tiffs & Tips series features workshops for CoFA students on practical topics ranging from job searching to creating a resume to financial management. Come and enjoy freshly baked Tiff’s cookies while enhancing your professional development skills.

Location: DFA 1.1.04

“How to Write a Killer Proposal”

Nov 14, 2018

Join Jan Ryan, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the College of Fine Arts, for a series of lunch roundtables aimed to offer key learnings in a smaller group setting, organized around key topics. Ryan will be teaching some introductory tools all students should master alongside their traditional studies.

Admission: Free
Location: Innovation Zone (iZone) located on the fourth floor of the Fine Arts Library, in DFA 4.104

The Merchant of Venice

Nov 14 ‑ Dec 2, 2018

In Venice, a Jewish businesswoman tries to join a clique of power-brokers, a wealthy merchant tries to buy a young man's love and an heiress attempts to escape her dead father's will. Combining elements of satire, comedy and thriller, The Merchant of Venice asks us how far we're willing to go to achieve happiness. 

Admission: $15.00-$26.00
Location: Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

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"Senatorial Imagery": Lecture by Dr. Amy Russell

Nov 15, 2018

Many major Roman monuments, from the Ara Pacis to the Arch of Constantine, were commissioned and built not by the emperor, but by the senate. How does it affect how we interpret these commissions if we take them seriously as senatorial as well as imperial monuments? This lecture will look closely at imagery associated with the Roman senate, including depictions of senators themselves and the Genius Senatus, and explore how the Senate became a prominent patron of images in the city of Rome. 

Amy Russell is a Roman historian whose research interests include the political history and material culture of the Republic and early Empire. She was educated in Oxford and Berkeley and has lived and worked in Italy, the USA, and the UK. Her recent monograph, winner of the 2017 C.J. Goodwin Award of Merit, investigates the concept of public space and the construction and operation of the public/private divide in the Republican city of Rome. Her current project, funded by a two-year AHRC research grant, tackles the building activity of the imperial Senate and the contributions of multiple groups to the creation of imperial imagery and ideology. She also works on Republican political history, with ongoing interests in the tribunate of the plebs and the role of the populus; and the creation and use of imperial visual imagery at multiple social levels. 

Location: ART 1.120

Learning Tuscany Info Session

Nov 15, 2018

Department of Art and Art History faculty members Ann Johns and Eli Durst will be teaching the 2019 summer program in Siena, in the beautiful region of Tuscany in Central Italy. Join them for this information session, as they discuss the summer's itinerary, courses, program costs, scholarships, and more!
Free pizza will be served!
Learn more about the program at the Art and Art History Learning Tuscany page. 

Location: ART 3.432

Private Peaceful

Nov 15 – 16, 2018

Admission: $10.00 - $40.00
Location: McCullough Theatre (Map)

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Tips & Tiffs: Austin Resources for Creatives

Nov 16, 2018

Our Tiffs & Tips series features workshops for CoFA students on practical topics ranging from job searching to creating a resume to financial management. Come and enjoy freshly baked Tiff’s cookies while enhancing your professional development skills.

Location: DFA 1.1.04