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APRIL 2021 EVENTS AND EXHIBITS AT SMU’S MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS AND MEADOWS MUSEUM

This spring, due to COVID-19, SMU Meadows School of the Arts is presenting most of its concerts, lectures and other events virtually. While in-person attendance will not be available for the majority of events, members of the public are invited to register to watch live online. Links to register for each event are included below. The Pollock Gallery exhibitions are available for in-person viewing, with limited hours and/or by appointment. All Meadows School events are FREE; most Meadows Museum events have a nominal charge.

Since changes may happen at any time, please refer to the Meadows events website smu.edu/Events for the most up-to-date information.


Movies with the Meadows Museum: Beatus: The Spanish Apocalypse (2014)

  • Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • 12 p.m.
  • Livestreaming event; advance registration required.
  • FREE

Movies with the Meadows pairs screen and scholar; register to receive links to view the film at your leisure March 30-April 1 prior to attending a live Zoom talk at 12 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 1. This talk by Dr. Therese Martin, tenured researcher with the Spanish National Research Council and editor of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, examines Beatus: The Spanish Apocalypse, a 2014 film directed by Murray Grigor. The film explores the art, history and cultural ramifications of one of Spain’s greatest national treasures, the so-called Beatus manuscripts. This collection of illuminated medieval manuscripts contains commentary on the Book of Revelation originally composed by the 8th-century Spanish monk Beatus. Filmed on location in Spain, Beatus: The Spanish Apocalypse documents the career of the late hispanist, John W. Williams, as it journeys through the towns, villages, routes, churches and monasteries that participated in the making of the 27 currently surviving manuscripts. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134036596067. For more information, call 214.768.8587 or email meadowsmuseuminfo@smu.edu.

Visiting Artist Virtual Lecture: Katie Bell

  • Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Livestreaming event; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The Meadows Division of Art presents a virtual lecture with artist Katie Bell (b. 1985). Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Bell received her B.A. from Knox College and her M.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has shown her work at a variety of venues, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Smack Mellon, Locust Projects, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. She was an artist-in-residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program and was awarded a fellowship in painting by the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is currently preparing for a solo exhibition this spring at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York City, where she lives and works. To register, visit https://forms.gle/ywFDFEmLEVPQrWy69. For more information, visit http://c3smu.org/smu-visiting-artist-series-katie-bell.

Meadows Museum Virtual Lecture: Learning@Lunch – “Out of Many, One: Santiago Calatrava at the Meadows Museum”
Nick Hartigan, Fine Art Specialist, U.S. General Services Administration, and Meadows Museum Handbook Contributor

  • Friday, April 2, 2021
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • Livestreaming on Zoom; advance registration required.
  • $5; free for Museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff

On the first Friday and fourth Tuesday of each month, meet up with an intellectually curious group for live learning and discussion. These live, 30-minute webinar talks are limited to 25 households and include a live Q & A. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/129900278229. For more information, call 214.768.8587 or email meadowsmuseuminfo@smu.edu.

Healing Pieces Symposium Series: Work Life and Life’s Work – Exploring Justice, Creative Breadth and Impact

Brittany K. Barnett, Attorney, and Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director, Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation

  • Tuesday, April 6, 2021
  • 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Livestreaming on Streamyard; advance registration required.

The Healing Pieces Symposium series, launched last fall by SMU Meadows’ Ignite/Arts Dallas initiative and the Imagining Freedom Institute, presents a virtual conversation with Brittany K. Barnett, attorney and social entrepreneur, and Jerry Hawkins, executive director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation. Barnett,a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, was named one of America’s most Outstanding Young Lawyers by the American Bar Association. She is also the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother, and knows firsthand that the impact of mass incarceration is far reaching, devastating families and entire communities. Weaving together her clemency work, social entrepreneurism and life experiences, Barnett will share the stories of those she has helped to win freedom, including clients granted executive clemency by presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. The symposium series, which will continue through 2021, is part of Healing Pieces: Offerings of Art, Expression and Nature, a collaborative multi-year arts and engagement initiative led by Ignite/Arts Dallas with myriad partner organizations and individuals. Healing Pieces examines how architecture, green space, urban planning and community development can lead to transformation of the city. It seeks to illustrate how Dallas and its communities can enter conversations that encourage understanding and stimulate meaningful change across race, culture, geography, criminal and environmental justice reform and urbanism. For more information and to register, visit healingpieces.art/symposium.

Curatorial Minds Lab: Virtual Lecture with Guest Curator Yina Jiménez Suriel

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Virtual lecture; advance registration required.
  • FREE

Curator and researcher Yina Jiménez Suriel obtained her master’s degree in history of art and visual culture, with a focus on visual studies, from the Universitat de València. She has collaborated with museums, galleries and cultural centers worldwide, including Casa Quien and Centro León in the Dominican Republic, Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger in Basel, Switzerland, and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín in Colombia. She has been invited to seminars, workshops and conferences at numerous institutions, including Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo in Uruguay, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and Institut Kunst at FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Switzerland. She has written in media such as Arquitexto and Terremoto and is a contributor to Contemporary And magazine. She lives in the Dominican Republic. The lecture is presented as part of the Curatorial Minds Lab, a new initiative of the Hamon Arts Library’s Hawn Gallery and the Pollock Gallery at SMU that gives five Fellows – made up of alumni and current students – an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the historical development of curatorial practices and study contemporary art display theory and practice. To register to attend the virtual lecture, visit https://smu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvdO6upjovE9VSfYiTxp-92j_fMzd5Javz. For more information, visit https://pollockgallery.art/Curatorial-Minds-Lab or email Pollock Gallery Assistant Curator Everton Melo at emelo@smu.edu.

Meadows Jazz Orchestra Spring Concert

  • Thursday, April 8, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Livestreaming from Caruth Auditorium in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The Meadows Jazz Orchestra explores the range of ensemble jazz from traditional to contemporary compositions. The ensemble features students from an array of degree programs and majors across the Meadows School of the Arts and the SMU campus. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit  https://blog.smu.edu/meadows/jazzspr21-2/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Meadows Museum Program: Virtual Connections

  • Friday, April 9, 2021
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Livestreaming on Zoom; advance registration required.
  • FREE

Individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners, and family members are invited to attend this relaxed social gathering over Zoom. Attendees reconnect with friends, explore art from the collection, and enjoy informal, collective activities. To register email museumaccess@smu.edu.

SMU Art Faculty Artist Talks: Melanie Clemmons and Courtney Brown

  • Friday, April 9, 2021
  • 12 p.m.
  • Zoom lecture; registration required.
  • FREE

The Meadows Division of Art presents a virtual artist talk and Q&A with two faculty members, artist Melanie Clemmons and composer Courtney Brown. Clemmons is a new media artist interested in reimagining the use of digital technology toward a softer, calmer and more careful future. She makes videos, net art, installations, 3D printed sculpture, and XR experiences and performances. In addition to national/international gallery and museum work, Clemmons toured with Pussy Riot doing visuals during their first North American tour and has collaborated on several of their music videos. She also collaborates with multimedia artist Zak Loyd on video performances and installations, as Clemmons & Loyd. Courtney Brown is a composer/performer, software developer and tango dancer. She creates new musical instruments, installations and performance work investigating how musical interaction can be transformative. For instance, in her work, tango dancers become musical ensembles and people become dinosaurs. She received a Fulbright Fellowship in music composition to Buenos Aires, and her work has been featured and performed in North America, Europe, and Asia through such venues as Ars Electronica (Austria), National Public Radio (NPR), Diapason Gallery (Brooklyn) and more. To see the talk, visit https://smu.zoom.us/j/92699852967. For more information, visit: http://c3smu.org/smu-art-faculty-talks-melanie-clemmons-courtney-brown.

SMU/Clark Atlanta University Play Collaboration – “Get in Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble”

  • Friday, April 9, 2021
  • 7 p.m. CT
  • Livestreaming on Zoom; advance registration required – capacity is limited.
  • FREE

SMU’s Division of Theatre and the Department of Theatre Arts at Clark Atlanta University, a historically Black university in Atlanta, are collaborating on a program of six short, student-written plays based on a prompt inspired by the late American statesman and civil rights leader John Lewis: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”Students from both undergraduate programs will be playwrights, stage managers, and actors, while professional directors and actors will work with the students to realize performances of these new plays. To register to watch the livestreaming performance, visit http://bit.ly/SMU-Clark. For more information, visit smu.edu/Events.

LAST CHANCE: Division of Art M.F.A. Qualifying Exhibition

  • Through Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • Open by appointment only
  • Pollock Gallery – Suite 101, Expressway Tower, 6116 N. Central Expressway, Dallas 75206
  • FREE

This 2021 M.F.A. thesis exhibition is the culmination of two years of intensive work by M.F.A. candidates in the Division of Art and feature works in a wide-ranging variety of styles and mediums. To make an appointment to visit, or for further information, email emelo@smu.edu or call 214.768.4439.

Meadows Museum “Live With Locals” Virtual Tour in Spain: Spanish Guitar & Barcelona

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • 11 a.m.
  • Livestreaming on Zoom; advance registration required.
  • $10; free for museum members; $5 for SMU students, faculty and staff

Live With Locals takes you to Spain, virtually. Spend part of your weekend with a local in Spain exploring architecture, monuments, street life and cuisine. In this program, join Barcelona-based musician Sebastian for a live music experience Nothing brings the feeling of Spain to your home like the sound of Spanish guitar! Sebastian will play Spanish guitar and tell you all about Barcelona’s fascinating history. Limit 30 households. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/128129640203. For more information, call 214.768.8587 or email meadowsmuseuminfo@smu.edu.

Meadows World Music Ensemble

  • Sunday, April 11, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Livestreaming from Caruth Auditorium in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The Meadows World Music Ensemble, under the direction of Jamal Mohamed, presents it spring concert. Exploring music from cultures and continents around the globe, the group combines traditional instruments from Africa, Asia and Latin America with standard western orchestral instruments to create unique interpretations of traditional folk melodies as well as original compositions. Hot drumming and imaginative improvisation are hallmarks of the group’s concerts. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit

http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/mwe4-11-21/.  For more information call 214.768.2787.

Chamber Music Recital: Liudmila Georgievskaya and Friends

  • Monday, April 12, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m.
    Livestreaming from Caruth Auditorium in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

Award-winning pianist and Meadows faculty member Liudmila Georgievskaya presents a very special chamber music recital program featuring internationally recognized musicians. Dallas Symphony performers Maria Schleuning, violin, and Kari Kettering, cello, will join Georgievskaya in performances of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 for violin and piano and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G Minor for cello and piano. Georgievskaya will also partner with Thomas Schwan, an acclaimed pianist and composer whose commissioned works have been performed by ensembles in the U.S. and Europe, in Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C Minor transcribed for two pianos. An honors graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Dr. Georgievskaya received an Artist Certificate from the Meadows School in 2010 as a student of Joaquín Achúcarro and is currently on the Meadows faculty. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/chamberfriends-4-12-21/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

African American Classical Music: From Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement with Writer and Violinist Rosalyn Story

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021
  • 9-10 p.m. CT
  • Virtual lecture; advance registration required.
  • FREE

Writer and violinist Rosalyn Story will present material from her Meadows music course “From Cotton Fields to Concert Halls: The African American Impulse in American Classical Music.” This 45-minute lecture will take place live via Zoom and will be followed by a brief question and answer session. Capacity is limited. Story is a member of the Fort Worth Symphony and a Dallas-based author whose works include Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans, which was produced as an opera in 2015 in collaboration with composer Mary Alice Rich and numerous SMU Meadows faculty and students. The lecture is presented by the SMU Meadows Division of Music. Registration for the event is available here. Questions? Email meadowsalumni@smu.edu.

Meadows Percussion Ensemble

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Livestreaming from Caruth Auditorium in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The Meadows Percussion Ensemble (MPE), under the direction of Jon D. Lee, presents a spring concert mixing old and new, with an emphasis on masterworks by several famed composers. The program includes Second Construction by John Cage, probably the most visible, controversial and innovative composer of the American avant-garde. Written in 1940, Second Construction employs the “string piano,” a precursor to Cage’s later “prepared piano.” Another featured work is Mallet Quartet (2009)by Steve Reich. Written for two marimbas and two vibraphones, it was Reich’s first piece to employ the extended lower range of the 5-octave marimba. Also on the program is 10 Year Portrait (2014), an octet by Meadows faculty member Ed Smith. The scale and tonality of the piece is borrowed from the traditional Balinese gamelan sound. It includes two vibraphone players using traditional hand dampening and melodic interlocking techniques, as if they were playing Balinese gamelan instruments. In addition, Meadows faculty member Jamal Mohamed brings the popular Laylit Houb (1969) back to the MPE stage. The original piece was very popular in Egypt in the 1970s. The MPE has performed the work for over 20 years and it is featured on their first CD, Strike. The ensemble is also pleased to feature two students on virtuosic xylophone rags: Meadows graduate student Kirstyn Norris Alarcon will premiere her own arrangement of tunes from the 1920s called Boyfriends Medley, andMeadows senior Kendall Barnes will present the George Hamilton Green classic Dottie Dimples. To end the show, the ensemble is honored to welcome international concert artist and Meadows cello professor Andres Diaz for a performance of Tan Dun’s Elegy: Snow in June. This showstopper is a tour-de-force for both cello and the four percussionists who accompany. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/mpe4-14-21/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Meadows Museum Virtual Lecture: Alonso Cano and the Triumph of Beauty
Dr. Benito Navarrete Prieto, Professor of Art History, Universidad de Alcalá

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • 12 p.m.
    Livestreaming on Zoom; advance registration required.
  • $10; free for museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff

Alonso Cano was a Spanish artist whose skills spanned multiple media, including drawing, painting, sculpture and even architecture. His understanding of art was highly mediated by the knowledge he accumulated in his library. This lecture will discuss Cano as an intellectual artist who defended the liberal character of his art based on classical theories and who aspired to an aesthetic based on the triumph of beauty. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134133166913. For more information, call 214.768.8587 or email meadowsmuseuminfo@smu.edu.

Meadows Theatre: The Shakespeare Quartets

  • April 15-18, 2021
  • 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun.
  • Livestreaming from the Margo Jones Theatre in the Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

M.F.A. students in the Division of Theatre acting and design programs are collaborating to create exciting one-hour versions of two Shakespeare classic comedies: A Comedy of Errors and Twelfth NightComedy of Errors will run Thursday and Saturday, and Twelfth Night will be staged Friday and Sunday. To register for virtual attendance, visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/shakespeareapril21/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Visiting Artist Virtual Lecture: Surabhi Ghosh

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • 6:30 p.m.
    Livestreaming event; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The Meadows Division of Art presents a virtual lecture, “Pattern, Material, and Myth,” with artist Surabhi Ghosh. Patterns don’t tell us what will happen; they tell us what could happen if certain conditions are met. Starting from this alternate frame—pattern as potentiality—and drawing on her work with textile-based installations, Surabhi Ghosh argues that patterning should be conceived of as an agile “way of knowing.” Triangulating between multiple conceptualizations—pattern as language, pattern as tensility, pattern as activity—in this lecture Ghosh discusses pattern as a pliable material whose structures can be studied, learned, interpreted and put to use. By identifying the opposing concepts often invoked to either legitimize or devalue pattern—concrete and abstract, functional and ornamental, rational and ridiculous—Ghosh shares the many ways she uses patterning to critically redefine these binaries as points along a complex spectrum of cultural and political expression. To register, visit https://forms.gle/vi2BVtTh1M7bJHa27. For more information, visit http://c3smu.org/smu-visiting-artist-series-surabhi-ghosh.

Lyric on the Lawn Outdoor Concert Series

  • Three Fridays: April 16, 23 & 30, 2021
  • 4:30  p.m.
  • Brandt Garden outside the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas 75205
  • FREE

Members of the Meadows Lyric Theatre ensemble, under the direction of Hank Hammett, present their first live concerts in a year – outdoors, with appropriate social distancing! The programs will feature solo pieces from opera, operetta and musical theatre. Each concert will last 45 minutes. A limited number of chairs will be available, and patrons are welcome to bring their own cushions or blankets to sit on the grass. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Chamber Music Masterworks

  • Friday, April 16, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Livestreaming from Caruth Auditorium in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The concert features chamber music masterworks led by Meadows faculty in collaboration with students of the Division of Music. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/masterworks4-16-21/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Making in the Museum – Art on the Plaza: Sketching the Sculptures

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021
  • 2 p.m.
  • Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus, Dallas 75205
  • $20 for children of non-members; $10 for children of Meadows Museum members; $15 for children of SMU faculty, staff and students; $1 for accompanying adults

Enjoy an afternoon outdoors with your child as you make art together among the sculptures on the Meadows Museum’s plaza. Family workshops pair an educator-led discussion of a sculpture with an art-making lesson. Making in the Museum is taught by Kid Art Dallas instructors and a Meadows Museum educator. For children ages 6-12 and their adults. The cost includes all supplies for both child and adult. Please note: This is not a drop-off program and each child must have an adult with them at all times. All participants must observe the museum’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. If a program is cancelled due to inclement weather, registered participants will be notified via email and offered a refund. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134473920115. For more information, call 214.768.8587 or email meadowsmuseuminfo@smu.edu.

Meadows Museum Virtual Program: Digital Drawing from the Masters

  • Sundays: April 18 & 25, 2021
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • Livestreaming on Zoom; advance registration required.
  • $5; free for Museum members and SMU students

Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction remotely over Zoom as artist Ian M. O’Brien leads you through a work of art in the Meadows Museum’s collection. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 13 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Attendance is limited to 10 households. To register for the April 18 session, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134472018427. To register for the April 25 session, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134472108697. For more information, call 214.768.8587 or email meadowsmuseuminfo@smu.edu.

Meadows at the Meyerson

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • 8 p.m.
  • Livestreaming from the Meyerson Symphony Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The 28th annual benefit concert for SMU Meadows will feature the critically acclaimed Meadows Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Paul Phillips, in the presentation of five works highlighting Latin American and Spanish music. The program opens with Danzon No. 4 (1996) by Mexico City-based composer Arturo Márquez, the first musician to receive the prestigious Gold Medal of Fine Arts of Mexico. The music references the formal, stately dances of early European colonists before giving way to the more uninhibited, fast-paced rhythms of traditional Caribbean dances. Next on the program is El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician), written in 1914-15 by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, a ballet telling the story of a young gypsy woman haunted by the ghost of her dead husband. The featured soloist will be award-winning mezzo-soprano Angelica Mata. The piece will be followed by Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess; the composer said it was not a funeral lament for a dead child, but an evocation of a pavane that a little princess might, in former times, have danced at the Spanish court. The concert concludes with two short works by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, Tangazo and Milonga del Ángel, both of which are intriguing blends of tango, jazz and classical music. Proceeds from the event support the Meadows Impact Scholarship Fund, which provides vital financial assistance to promising Meadows undergraduate and graduate students. For information on event sponsorship, call 214.768.4189, email meadowsgiving@smu.edu, or visit smu.edu/meyerson. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit https://blog.smu.edu/meadows/meyerson-2021/. For additional information, call 214.768.2787.

Chamber Music Masterworks

  • Friday, April 23, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Livestreaming from Caruth Auditorium in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The concert features chamber music masterworks led by Meadows faculty in collaboration with students of the Division of Music. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/masterworks4-23-21/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Division of Art B.F.A. Qualifying Exhibition

  • April 24 to May 8, 2021
  • Closing reception: Saturday, May 8, 1-5 p.m.
  • Open by appointment only
  • Pollock Gallery – Suite 101, Expressway Tower, 6116 N. Central Expressway, Dallas 75206
  • FREE

The 2021 B.F.A. Qualifying Exhibition is the culmination of four years of intensive work by B.F.A. candidates in the Division of Art and features works in a wide-ranging variety of styles and mediums. To make an appointment to visit, or for further information, email emelo@smu.edu or call 214.768.4439.

Emerging Sounds

  • Saturday, April 24, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Livestreaming from O’Donnell Auditorium in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The Music Composition Department presents its fall concert of exciting new works by SMU student composers. The concert will be performed live, with each piece accompanied by pre-recorded video of the composer discussing their work. Emerging Sounds regularly features stylistically diverse and impressive creative voices and can serve as a launching pad for student composers’ careers. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/emerging4-24-21/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Movie Night at the Meadows Museum: The Princess Bride

  • Saturday, April 24, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Across Bishop Boulevard from the museum, outdoors in Arden Forest; advance registration required.
  • $10; $5 for Meadows Museum members

Bring your family for a night under the stars with the Meadows Museum. We’ll screen the fantasy adventure comedy The Princess Bride (PG, 1987), in which a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate on a quest to be reunited with his true love. Pull up a blanket or lawn chair and bring a picnic to enjoy. Gates will open at 7:30 and our movie starts at 8:00; run time is 1 hr. 38 min. The movie will be screened in English with Spanish subtitles. [La película se proyectará con subtítulos en español.] Attendance is limited and advance purchase is required; no ticket sales will be available at the door. To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/141192465465.

Live/Love/Work – A Cabaret

  • April 24 and 25, 2021
  • 8 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun.
  • Livestreaming from the Margo Jones Theatre in the Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

Live/Love/Work is a celebration of life, love and work with songs and monologues that bring us joy and tell our stories. The performance showcases solo songs, monologues and ensemble numbers to highlight the joys and trials of being human. Works to be performed include “Alexander Hamilton” from Hamilton and “The Telephone Hour” from Bye Bye Birdie. Fully produced with sets, costumes and lighting, the cabaret is a project of the first-ever Music Theater Workshop Class at SMU Meadows. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/livelove4-24-25-2021/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Meadows Museum Virtual Lecture: Learning@Lunch – “The Book as Art & Artifact at Bridwell Library Special Collections”
Arvid Nelsen, Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts and Librarian for Special Collections, Bridwell Library Special Collections

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • Livestreaming on Zoom; advance registration required.
  • $5; free for Museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff

On the first Friday and fourth Tuesday of each month, meet up with an intellectually curious group for live learning and discussion. These live, 30-minute webinar talks are limited to 25 households and include a live Q & A. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/129755023769. For more information, call 214.768.8587 or email meadowsmuseuminfo@smu.edu.

Creative Computation Showcase

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • 6-8:30 p.m.
    Virtual event; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The Creative Computation Showcase presents work by students in the Center of Creative Computation, and features interdisciplinary crossovers of the digital with art, music, dance, game design and more. This year the event will take place in the virtual environment of Gather.town, where participants can intermingle and explore virtual game rooms and beaches. The event includes student presentations of their interactive art installations, performances, video games, computer music and interactive dance. Students will present their work via virtual poster and meet-the-artist sessions, as well as artist talks, virtual performances and exhibitions. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions, give feedback, and interact with the artists, musicians and technologists. To register to participate in the virtual event, visit http://c3smu.org/creative-computation-showcase-spring-2021.

Food for Thought: Arts Activism & Technology, a discussion with four national theatre leaders

Presented by the black album. mixtape.

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • 7-8:15 p.m. CT
  • Presented via YouTube livestreaming; advance registration required.
  • FREE

Join us for a conversation over dinner on arts activism and technology with four prominent national theatre leaders: Robert Barry Fleming, executive artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville; Nataki Garrett, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Jonathan McCrory, artistic director of the National Black Theatre in New York City; and moderator Carl Sylvestre, director of development at Theatre Forward in New York City. The event will open with 15 minutes of clips showing preparation of the dinner by chefs in each city and the creation of the meal’s black dinner china by SMU Meadows ceramics students. It will be followed by the one-hour discussion with arts leaders, introduced by Golden Globe-winning actress and Meadows Distinguished Visiting Artist Regina Taylor. The event, which will be pre-recorded and streamed on YouTube, is presented as part of the black album. mixtape., the second phase of a unique, three-part theatrical project titled the black album conceived by Taylor and presented in partnership with SMU. To register for the Food for Thought event, visit https://blog.smu.edu/theblackalbum/register-for-food-for-thought-arts-activism-technology/. For more information, email theblackalbum@smu.edu.

SMU DataArts Presents: The Community You Keep – Audience Diversity in Performing Arts Organizations and the Post-COVID Landscape

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • 8 p.m.
  • Zoom webinar
  • FREE

There is a growing sense of anticipation as performing arts organizations plan to emerge from pandemic closures and re-engage with their local communities in person this year. The communal nature of the arts, where audience members interact with one another in the course of collectively experiencing performances and events, holds great potential for bringing communities together and for reaffirming existential meaning after prolonged isolation and polarization. But do they have a history of equitably serving the diversity of their communities, and what influences help or hinder their efforts to do so? New research from SMU DataArts examines if and how donor priorities, an organization’s location, its subscription base, and its marketing actions all affect the extent to which the organization’s audience represents the diversity of its community. Attendees will learn how funder priorities and strategic marketing choices enhance or inhibit opportunities for cultural exchange and understanding among the full spectrum of a community’s diverse populations. To register to watch the webinar, visit https://smu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O4Oaa9hiSYuLaT9yDK0z1g. For more information contact Monica Williamson at 214.768.2978.

Curatorial Minds Lab: Virtual Lecture with Guest Curator May Makki

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Virtual lecture; advance registration required.
  • FREE

May Makki is an independent curator interested in developing new networks of exhibition and distribution. Her current research focuses on practices that build out autonomous and collective approaches to cultural production in the Arab region. Most recently, she co-founded RISO BAR, a publishing initiative and cooperative space that facilitates collaboration and experimentation using risograph printing. A RISO BAR exhibition is currently on display at SMU’s Pollock Gallery. Makki holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Chicago and is an M.A. candidate at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. The lecture is presented as part of the Curatorial Minds Lab, a new initiative of the Hamon Arts Library’s Hawn Gallery and the Pollock Gallery at SMU that gives five Fellows – made up of alumni and current students – an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the historical development of curatorial practices and study contemporary art display theory and practice. To register to attend the virtual lecture, visit https://smu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtcO6hqzkvG91qUMzx_B2T6i9jrCrWcxaX. For more information, visit https://pollockgallery.art/Curatorial-Minds-Lab or email Pollock Gallery Assistant Curator Everton Melo at emelo@smu.edu.

Meadows Guitar Ensemble

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Livestreaming from Caruth Auditorium in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The Meadows Guitar Ensemble will perform guitar duets and quartets featuring the music of Spain and Latin America. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/guitar4-24-21/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Senior Dance Concert

  • April 29-May 2, 2021
  • 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun.
  • Livestreaming from the Bob Hope Theatre in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The annual Senior Dance Concert features works choreographed and produced by seniors in the Division of Dance. Two different programs will be presented. Program 1 is April 29 & May 1; Program 2 is April 30 & May 2. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/srdance2021/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Meadows Wind Ensemble

  • Friday, April 30, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Livestreaming from Caruth Auditorium in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
  • FREE

The Meadows Wind Ensemble has performed throughout the United States and Europe and has won the acclaim of leading contemporary composers for thoughtful and brilliant performances of their works. Led by conductor Jack Delaney and composed of the finest winds, brass and percussion from the Meadows School, the Wind Ensemble performs a broad and diverse range of literature. The Ensemble has recorded five CDs on the Gasparo label, including “The Drums of Summer,” which won First Prize in an international recording competition in Austria. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/mwe4-30-21/. For more information call 214.768.2787.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS:

Pollock Gallery Exhibition: RISO BAR

  • Through May 15, 2021
  • Open by appointment only
  • Pollock Gallery – Suite 101, Expressway Tower, 6116 N. Central Expressway, Dallas 75206
  • FREE

The risograph is a printing technology defined by its relative simplicity and possibilities for experimentation. Invented in Japan in the 1940s, the technology was imagined as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to photocopy machines. In subsequent decades, riso has become a definitive creative tool for a global network of users including artists, designers, publishers and universities. RISO BAR is a collaborative, long-term exhibition that engages with the vast riso network, exploring the risograph’s potential as a tool for learning and experimentation. A risograph machine forms the core of the exhibition and visitors are invited to use it to create works of their own. In collaboration with SMU’s Hamon Arts Library, RISO BAR includes a curated collection of riso books and zines from all over the world. RISO BAR is a collaborative initiative of Strange Powers Press, a letterpress and risograph studio in Dallas; artists May Makki and Finn Jubak; Recipe Oak Cliff; and the Hamon Arts Library. The exhibition organizers hope RISO BAR will serve as a launching pad for a new riso press in Dallas after the exhibition concludes. To make an appointment to visit, or for further information, email abastidas@smu.edu or call 214.768.4439.

Meadows Museum Exhibition: Building on the Boulevard: Celebrating 20 Years of the Meadows Museum’s New Home

  • Through June 20, 2021
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. Closed Mon.
  • Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus, Dallas 75205
  • $12 for adults; $10 for seniors 65+; $4 for non-SMU students; FREE for members, children under 12 and SMU faculty, staff and students; FREE Thurs. after 5 p.m.

This spring, the Meadows Museum celebrates the 20th anniversary of the opening of its stately Collegiate Georgian, red-brick building designed by Chicago architectural firm Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge. Over the last 20 years, the Meadows has impressed visitors with the works of revered old masters, modern art icons and intriguing new discoveries, beautifully balancing aesthetics and original scholarship. The anniversary will be marked with a commemorative exhibition: Building on the Boulevard: Celebrating 20 Years of the Meadows Museum’s New Home. The inauguration of the building in 2001 was a defining moment for the Meadows, and the exhibition is a tribute to the achievements made possible by the vital structure. The exhibition will feature architectural drawings and renderings as well as commemorative installations and materials celebrating the impressive international loan exhibitions, innovations in educational programming, and other significant milestones for the museum. The permanent collection of Spanish masterpieces will be newly reinstalled and feature highlights from the 250 exceptional works the Meadows has acquired over the last two decades, including Francisco de Goya’s Portrait of Mariano Goya, the Artist’s Grandson (1827), Mariano Fortuny y Marsal’s Beach at Portici (1874), Salvador Dalí’s The Fish Man (L’homme poisson) (1930) and the earliest painting in the collection, Pere Vall’s Saints Benedict and Onophrius (c. 1410). For more information call 214.768.2516. For details about visiting the museum during COVID-19, visit https://meadowsmuseumdallas.org/visit-us/general-information/.

Meadows Museum Exhibition: Fossils to Film: The Best of SMU’s Collections

  • Through June 20, 2021
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. Closed Mon.
  • Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus, Dallas 75205
  • $12 for adults; $10 for seniors 65+; $4 for non-SMU students; FREE for members, children under 12 and SMU faculty, staff and students; FREE Thurs. after 5 p.m.

Alongside the 20th anniversary exhibition Building on the Boulevard: Celebrating 20 Years of the Meadows Museum’s New Home, the museum will present a

complimentary special exhibition, Fossils to Film: The Best of SMU’s Collections, celebrating the museum’s unique association with the University. For the first time, the museum will host highlights from nine distinct campus collections at once, including the Underwood Law Library, G. William Jones Film and Video Collection, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, the Shuler Museum of Paleontology, DeGolyer Library, the Department of Anthropology, Bridwell Library and the noted University Art Collection. Managed by the Meadows Museum, the University Art Collection is comprised of works donated by alumni and friends of SMU in which prominent Texas artists, including the influential painters Jerry Bywaters and David Bates, feature heavily. These collections are among the most important in North Texas. Over 100 exquisite works of art, intriguing artifacts and rare specimens will be on display, many of which will be exhibited outside their home departments for the first time. From the Pleistocene epoch to the present, these diverse holdings include the earliest surviving crocodile skull, the only known surviving footage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 visit to Dallas, and the earliest illuminated manuscript in the state. These items are comprised of donations, as well as university acquisitions and groundbreaking discoveries uncovered at excavations by SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information call 214.768.2516. For details about visiting the museum during COVID-19, visit https://meadowsmuseumdallas.org/visit-us/general-information/.

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