EMERITA: A retrospective of Debora Hunter and Mary Vernon
Dates: September 8 to October 20, 2018.
Opening reception: Saturday, Sept. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Complimentary valet parking available on the north side of Hughes-Trigg Student Center on McFarlin Blvd west of Airline Road and self-parking available at the U lot.
On September 29 both Debora Hunter and Mary Vernon will give individual talks about their work exhibited in EMERITA.
At 2 p.m. we will have a 15 min break. Refreshments will be served.
The gallery will open at 12 p.m. for visitors who want to come see the exhibition prior to the talks.
Debora Hunter Artist Talk: September 29, 1 to 2 p.m.
Mary Vernon Artist Talk: September 29, 2:15 to 3 p.m.
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EMERITA: A retrospective of Debora Hunter and Mary Vernon, an exhibition featuring works by the two recently retired SMU art professors, from September 8 to October 20, 2018.
Hunter taught photography at SMU from 1976 until her retirement in 2017; Vernon taught at SMU from 1967 until her retirement in 2018. This two-person retrospective honors their collective 90-year contribution to the Meadows School, exhibiting work from the 1970s to the present.
The exhibit will feature both color and black and white photos by Hunter. Included are images of Taos, N.M., exploring the relationship between the manmade and the natural, and photos showing care at the beginning of life, featuring babies, and at the end of life, focusing on hospice patients, among other bodies of work. Vernon has taken a painting from 20 years ago, Normandy, and reflected on it to make a new painting, Normandy Again. Her paintings feature her interpretations of landscapes and still lifes, often marked by soft lines and blended colors in media including oil, acrylic and graphite.
“Both Mary and Debora were profoundly influential professors as well as established artists,” said Sofia Bastidas, curatorial fellow of the Pollock Gallery. “Their work is fueled by a diversity of encounters and perspectives, combining unbridled imagination with disciplinary rigor and incisive critical thought. This exhibit builds upon their legacy of excellence in the fields of art and pedagogy.”
A publication about the artists will accompany the show and will include essays by James Sullivan and Temple Shipley.
Libro MAOF / MAOF Book by Ramiro Chaves
Dates: November 16 - December 4
Opening reception: November 16, 2018
Contributing artists: Michael Linares, Beatriz Muñoz Santiago, Ramon Miranda, Michy Marxuach, Pablo Guardiola, Tony Cruz Pabón, Ernesto Oroza and Ulrik Lopez
MAOF (Crafts & Materials) focuses specifically on collecting fallen trees in an urban setting to explore the historical and everyday uses of wood. The imposition that most goods in the Island are imported from the continental USA, has created an invisibility of local materials for artists and craftsmanship use. MAOF’s practice is rooted in traditional and often forgotten, native uses and knowledge of local materials, construction techniques and methods of working with certain tropical woods.
Artist Ramiro Chavez has begun tracing the channels of collaboration of the artist collective MAOF through photos, texts, drawings, diagrams, and other forms of documentation. The cultivation of MAOF’s influences is taking form as a publication.