EODIAH Research Fellow Joseph R. Hartman was funded by the Santander Bank and the Meadows School of Arts to present at “Arte, Arquitectura, y Política en América Latina,” a conference held at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú in Lima, Perú (September 28-30). Presented in Spanish, his talk considered the visual history of the Isle of Pines, a small island off Cuba’s southern coast once occupied by pirates, U.S. entrepreneurs, and then a maximum security penitentiary run by the Cuban State. The program was part of an academic exchange between doctoral colleagues in Perú and Texas. Spearheaded by SMU Chair and Professor of Art History, Adam Herring, activities outside the conference included a visit to Cuzco, the Nazca Lines, and Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
October 13-16, Hartman co-organized the panel “Looking and Working in the Spanish Caribbean City,” with his colleagues Paul Niell and Asiel Sepúlveda, for the Eighth Biennial Urban History Association Conference held at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Hartman presented his work “Testimonies in Stone and Light: Photography, Urbanization, and Labor in Modern Cuba.” His talk considered Depression-era narratives of industrial positivism in photographs of “men at work” in Havana produced by U.S. photographer Walker Evans and the Cuban State.
These talks came out of Hartman’s dissertation, entitled Modern Dreams: Building Machado’s Cuba, 1925-1933. Hartman’s doctoral work focuses on the U.S.-funded public works campaign of the Cuban Dictator Gerardo Machado. Hartman will submit his dissertation for the fulfillment of his PhD in Art History at SMU this December. He will then return to Cuba with his family on a brief research trip for his book project on state-sponsored Cuban art and architecture.
Modern Spanish Art from the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo
October 9, 2016-January 29, 2017
Modern Spanish Art from the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo is the first exhibition in America to present a comprehensive survey of modern art in Spain during the first half of the twentieth century. The rich and diverse art created by Spanish artists during this period is largely unknown in the US due in part to the turmoil that took place in Spain at this time. Displaying highlights from the extensive modern art collection of the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo (ACAC) with works from the Meadows Museum, this exhibition brings together more than 90 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper to demonstrate the most important aspects of modern Spanish art and shed light on the global connection between Spanish art and other international modern art movements.
The Festival Book for San Fernando: Celebrating Sainthood in Baroque Seville
October 9, 2016-January 29, 2017
Rarely-seen etchings by Juan de Valdés Leal (1622-1690) and other Spanish Baroque masters from the lavishly illustrated festival book Fiestas de la Santa Iglesia Metropolitana y Patriarcal de Sevilla al nuevo culto del Señor Rey San Fernando el tercero de Castilla y de León (Seville: Viuda de Nicolás Rodríguez, 1671) provide a fascinating look at the extravagant 5-day festival in 1671 Seville that was held for the cult of King Ferdinand III of Castile, or San Fernando (r. 1217-1252).
INsights and OUTlooks
Nov. 12, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Sainthood and Festival in Baroque Seville
Nov. 4, 12:15 pm
Rebecca Quinn Teresi
Lecture: From Galas to Gutters: Maruja Mallo in Madrid
Nov. 17, 6:00 pm
Lecture: Modeling Maternity
Dec. 1, 6:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Spanish Surrealism from Dalí to Domínguez
Dec. 9, 12:15 pm
Friday, November 4, 4pm
Compelling Käthe Kollwitz: A Little Bit of Comini and a Lot of Kollwitz
A lecture by Dr. Alessandra Comini,
University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita
Southern Methodist University
The Meadows Museum at SMU announces a touring exhibition of life-size paintings by the Spanish Golden Age master Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), on loan from Auckland Castle in England. Proposed by the Meadows—in collaboration with The Frick Collection, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Auckland Castle Trust—the project includes an analysis of the paintings at the Kimbell’s noted conservation lab, as well as a scholarly publication about the unique history of this series, the most significant public collection of the artist’s work outside of Spain. The exhibition marks the first time these works will travel to the United States, and will premiere at the Meadows in September 2017, followed by a presentation at The Frick Collection beginning in January 2018.
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