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Visiting Artist Lecture Series

SMU’s Division of Art hosts an ongoing series of lectures and panels by an exciting group of artists, critics and curators. This series of discursive events is not only a crucial part of the graduate and undergraduate curriculum, it also provides a space for the Dallas community to engage with art and ideas.


A Conversation with Franklin Sirmans and Noah Simblist (April, 2015)

Background: Noah Simblist, Chair and Associate Professor of Art at SMU Meadows, interviewed Franklin Sirmans about Sirmans’ work as the Artistic Director of art biennial Prospect.3 in New Orleans. Prospect.3: Notes for Now included exhibitions, site-specific installations and new works that addressed a series of curatorial themes: The New Orleans Experience, Seeing Oneself in the Other, The South, Crime and Punishment, Movie-going, The Carnivalesque, Abstraction, and Viral Sound. In addition to serving as Artistic Director of Prospect.3, Sirmans is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Lecture Series Presents: Jason Salavon (April, 2015)

Background: Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material to present new perspectives on the familiar. Often, the final compositions are exhibited as art objects – such as photographic prints and video installations – while others exist in a real-time software context. Follow Jason: @salavon

A Lecture with Emily Jacir (March, 2015)

Background: Emily Jacir creates works about transformation, questions of translation, resistance, and the logic of the archive. Her projects uncover silenced historical narratives and explore concerns such as movement and migration through a diverse range of media and strategies including film, photography, social interventions, installation, performance, video, writing and sound.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents Regina Basha (February, 2015)

Background: Since 1993, Regine Basha has been curating innovative exhibitions for public institutions, civic spaces, magazines and private galleries nationally and internationally. With an exploratory approach to exhibition design, production and reception, Basha works closely with artists to create specific contexts in which to encounter the work. Recently she has worked with Nina Katchadourian, Judith Barry, Dario Robleto, Daniel Bozhkov and Stephen Vitiello.


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