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SP/N Gallery at UT Dallas

Representation and Presentation in Photography: Selections from the Comer Collection

Jan 19 – Feb 16, 2019

In representing reality, photography reproduces, at a visual level, the cultural and ideological aspects of its society. At the same time, photography can be used to de-codify and question society’s principles by presenting reality itself in a way that promotes critical thinking about its criteria and norms. By discussing photography according to the concepts of representation and presentation the curator describes its development from the beginning of the 20th century to now.  Curated by Francesca Brunetti, Ph.D. student, UT Dallas.

The University of Texas at Dallas

SP/N Gallery

3020 Stewart Dr.

Richardson, TX 75080

Gallery Hours

Tues, Wed, Sat 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thurs & Friday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 an interior Dutch scene by Barent Fabritius, Young Girl Plucking a Duck, but the painting has remained off view since 2004 due to its poor condition. The 17th-century painting recently underwent treatment in the DMA Paintings Conservation Studio this past year and is now on view in the Museum’s second-level European gallery. Chief Conservator Mark Leonard cleaned the surface of the painting, removing discolored varnish and extensive overpaints and subsequently filling and retouching old losses. During conservation, it was discovered that the original canvas had been removed at some point during the painting’s history and was transferred to a new canvas support. The painting returns to public view in time to complement the upcoming exhibition Vermeer Suite: Music in 17th-Century Dutch Painting (on view January 17 through August 21, 2016), featuring eight 17th-century Dutch works, including a work by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, from the prestigious Leiden Collection. 

TRACY HICKS: COLLECT PRESERVE CHANGE at UTD SP/N Gallery

TRACY HICKS

COLLECT   PRESERVE   CHANGE

September 4 – November 10, 2018

The fall, the University of Texas at Dallas’s SP/N Gallery hosts a retrospective of noted Dallas artist Tracy Hicks (1946- 2014). The show looks at a lifetime of art intersecting with science through making, collecting, documentating, creative partnerships, and innovative visual adaptations.

A maverick in his creative research pursuits, Hicks was chosen to participate in one of the early rounds of artists at the renown Project Row House in Houston  along with Fred Wilson and Shahazia Sikander. This was followed by a collaboration with Rick Lowe in his Mobile Media Lab on a photo archive of Houston’s Third Ward.

Tracy Hicks showed opposite Damien Hirst at the DMA in 1994. In 2010 Hicks was one of the first artists selected for a coveted Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF), established to bring together Smithsonian scientific experts and “outstanding visual artists.”

Hicks saw art as “a structural framework that parallels science, sometimes incorporating objective knowledge but grounded in subjective interpretations that leave room for irrational possibilities and whims.” 

He described himself as “an archivist guided by visceral impulses in exploring our ever-changing human landscape, both physically and conceptually. I create archives and then dig into them (as well as archives created by others) to constantly interpret and reinterpret the substance of reality.”

There is much to see in this 20-year retrospective. The exhibition includes Hicks’s major works: Freedman’s Field, Darwin, and Third Ward Archive. It is an opportunity to experience the art and world of this significant artist.

The exhibition runs through Nov. 10 in the UTD SP/N Gallery.

The University of Texas at Dallas

SP/N Gallery

3020 Stewart Dr.

Richardson, TX 75080

Gallery Hours

Tues, Wed, Sat 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thurs & Friday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm