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PLEASE NOTE: Many different organizations use our public spaces for their programs; this calendar lists only museum programming. If the event you seek is not listed here, please visit the web site of the sponsoring organization for more information.

PUBLIC TOURS – SUNDAYS, 2 P.M. Tour of the permanent collection. Free

PUBLIC TOURS WITH GALLERY HOSTS – THURSDAYS, 6:30 P.M.
Public tour of the special exhibition. During Thursday evenings when admission is free, Gallery hosts are available to address your questions about the permanent collection and exhibitions. Delta Gamma students are also in the galleries to serve as sighted guides for vistors who are blind or have low vision and to invite all visitors to explore works of art through multisensory activities. Free

OCTOBER 2017

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Saturday, October 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Acknowledging that every museum visitor possesses a unique set of interests and abilities, this program offers participants multiple ways to engage with and discover works of art. Through a variety of multisensory, interdisciplinary activities, we will enjoy an in-depth exploration of the Cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. The program is designed for adults and students, ages 15 and older. It will be presented by Carmen Smith, professor in the Doctorate of Liberal Studies Program at SMU.
Free; advance registration is required. To register, please call 214.768.8587.
Virginia Meadows Galleries

 

Thursday, October 19, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
GALLERY TALK
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Dive in to a work of art with SMU Delta Gamma students as your sighted guides. They’ve put their own spin on these gallery talks, so expect the unexpected! Continue your exploration in the studio where you can create an optional art project inspired by the presentations. Designed for adults and students, ages 15 and up, with and without vision impairments.
Free: Register for the gallery talk (museumaccess@smu.edu). Meadows Museum galleries & studio

 

Friday, October 20, 12:15 p.m.
GALLERY TALK
Dressing the Part: Reflected Prophecies in Zurbarán’s Sons of Jacob
Nancy Cohen Israel, art historian and owner of Art à la Carte
Free with regular Museum admission.
Virginia Meadows Galleries

 

Sunday, October 22, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils.
Free with admission; no advance registration required. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, please contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.3980.

 

Thursday, October 26, 6:00 p.m.
LECTURE
Zurbarán’s Series for the New World
Odile Delenda, research fellow at the Wildenstein Institute and author of the Zurbarán catalogue raisonné
By 1640, the great commissions of the art market in Seville were drying up while the colonial American market was beginning to thrive. By mid-century, the Andalusian capital suffered a deep economic depression, impacted by the outbreak of the plague in 1649, greatly reducing the city’s population. At this time, the workshop of Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664) began to produce numerous canvases for the colonial market. This lecture will examine Jacob and His Twelve Sons in the context of other series produced by Zurbarán and his workshop. These included sacred themes such as the Founders of Orders, the Twelve Apostles, the Virgin Saints, and the Sons of Jacob, along with secular themes such as the Seven Infants of Lara or the Roman Caesars that were made to adorn the religious and civic buildings of the New World.
Free; reservations required, 214.768.8587.
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

NOVEMBER 2017

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Wednesday, November 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(Part of three Wednesday program – November 1, 8 & 15)
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This informal three-day program is designed for individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners and family members. Participants will explore the galleries through interactive activities, experiment with different materials to create individual and group projects, and discover works of art through music, dance, literature, storytelling and role play. Light refreshments will be served.
Free; advance registration is required at either museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.3980.
The Gates

 

Sunday, November 5, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils.
Free with admission; no advance registration required. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, please contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.3980.

 

Tuesday, November 14, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
SYMPOSIUM
Jacob and His Twelve Sons: The Intersection of Art and World Religions
Join SMU local scholars and faculty experts for a daylong symposium examining a monumental series of religious paintings by the seventeenth-century Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán. The morning program will engage in a conversation exploring the religious context and significance of Zurbarán’s works from the vantage points of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, while the afternoon sessions will focus on broad historical, art historical, and musical contexts.  The program will culminate in the evening with a keynote lecture and conversation on the timeless theme of faith in the arts led by the celebrated theologian and author N.T. Wright.
Free; advance registration is required. To register, please call 214.768.8587.
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

 

Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE LECTURE
Jacob and the Bishop: Where Faith and Art Meet
N.T. Wright,  Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Bishop Richard Trevor of Durham bought Jacob and His Twelve Sons by the Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán in 1756, and extended the Long Dining Room at Auckland Castle to provide a worthy showcase for the group. The purchase of the series was intended to communicate to the leaders of northern England the fact, which was very controversial at the time and from time to time since then, that the Jewish people and their traditions have a valued and honored place in national life. Apart from brief absences for exhibitions, the paintings have been there ever since, still conveying the same message for consideration by today’s pluralistic society. The paintings invite contemplation of the way in which art reflects on ancient traditions and out into the wider world. They also communicate the way in which faith and art, so often polarized today, can and perhaps should inform and reinforce one another.
Free
Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

 

Thursday, November 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
GALLERY TALK
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Dive in to a work of art with SMU Delta Gamma students as your sighted guides. They’ve put their own spin on these gallery talks, so expect the unexpected! Continue your exploration in the studio where you can create an optional art project inspired by the presentations. Designed for adults and students, ages 15 and up, with and without vision impairments.
Free: Register for the gallery talk (museumaccess@smu.edu). Meadows Museum galleries & studio

 

Sunday, November 19, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils.
Free with admission; no advance registration required. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, please contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.3980.

DECEMBER 2017

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Friday, December 1, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
SYMPOSIUM
Looking Below the Surface: Working Methods of Zurbarán, Velázquez, and Murillo
The use of X-ray, infrared reflectography, and pigment and ground analysis in conservation allows an examination beneath the skin of paint and often reveals the working processes of the artist. Claire Barry, director of conservation at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, will present her analysis of Francisco de Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons and discuss the artist’s studio practice and the changes that have occurred to the paintings over time. In addition to her presentation, Barry has invited esteemed colleagues in the conservation field to participate in discussing the working methods of the Sevillian masters including Velázquez and Murillo.
This symposium is co-sponsored by the Meadows Museum and the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas. Free; advance registration is required. To register, please call 214.768.8587.
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

 

Friday, December 8, 12:15 p.m.
GALLERY TALK
Artistic Appropriations: Zurbarán’s Use of Prints and Studio Practice
Amanda W. Dotseth, Meadows/Mellon/Prado curatorial fellow, Meadows Museum
Free with regular Museum admission.
Virginia Meadows Galleries

 

Friday, December 15, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
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Individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners and family members are invited to attend this relaxed social gathering. Attendees visit with friends over coffee and light refreshments, explore the galleries, and enjoy an informal gallery activity.
Registration is encouraged but not required at museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.3980.
The Gates

JANUARY 2018

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Sunday, January 7, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils.
Free with admission; no advance registration required. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, please contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.3980.

 

Friday, January 12, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
ACCESS PROGRAM
visually impaired symbolRe-Connections
Individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners and family members are invited to attend this relaxed social gathering. Attendees visit with friends over coffee and light refreshments, explore the galleries, and enjoy an informal gallery activity.
Registration is encouraged but not required at museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.3980.
The Gates

 

Sunday, January 21, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils.
Free with admission; no advance registration required. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, please contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.3980.

FEBRUARY 2018

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February 7, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(Part of three Wednesday program – February 7, 14 & 21)
ACCESS PROGRAM
visually impaired symbol Connections
This informal three-day program is designed for individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners and family members. Participants will explore the galleries through interactive activities, experiment with different materials to create individual and group projects, and discover works of art through music, dance, literature, storytelling and role play. Light refreshments will be served.
Free; advance registration is required at either museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.3980.
The Gates