Department of Art and Art History News

Michael Smith installation during the 2014 Frieze Art Fair

Sat. September 27, 2014

artist standing in installation of bar
Image courtesy of the artist

For the Focus section of the 2014 Frieze Art Fair London, Michael Smith will be restaging his Government Approved Home Fallout Shelter Snackbar installation from 1983. The installation, presented by Dan Gunn Gallery (Berlin), is one of Smith’s most important and earliest installations and this will be its first exhibition outside of the US.

This year’s themed section, Live, organized by curators Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor is dedicated to ambitious performance-based installations and will include works specially conceived for Frieze as well as the re-staging of a number of important historical pieces.

Scott Proctor presents new work at Co-Lab Projects

Fri. September 26, 2014

Detail image of ceramic work with bright orange glaze splattered on black glaze
Image courtesy of the artist and Co-lab Projects

Scott Proctor (MFA Studio Art, 2007) shows new work in Unmentionables at Co-Lab Projects. The exhibition will be on display September 27 – October 4 with reception on September 27. Proctor has shown his work extensively throughout Texas as well as the United States, including Austin's "20 To Watch" exhibition in 2009. Proctor is one of the founding members of MASS Gallery in Austin and continues his position there. Scott is the head of the Ceramics and Sculpture Department at Temple College, Temple, TX. He continues to maintain a studio in east Austin.

Jeff Williams presents work at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Fri. September 26, 2014

concrete pieces pressed in compression table in park
Compression and Tension Table, cast concrete, reinforcement bar, steel, 2012

Jeff Williams presents work in How the Light Gets In, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The exhibition features recent work by seven former Core fellows who have continued to create challenging and compelling work. The exhibition will be on display October 10, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

Michael Smith presents Threshold

Fri. September 26, 2014

portrait of mike smith and baby ikki personality side by side
Mike and Baby Ikki, 1981. Photo by Kevin Noble

Threshold, is a new site-specific performance developed for the 2014 Nuit Blanche Toronto Festival. The performance takes place in Toronto City Hall's Council Chambers and will engage live performance and video projections edited in real time. Combining the feeling and pace of C-SPAN with the occasional up-tempo breaks featured in the five o’clock news, Smith’s video and performance persona’s overlapping narratives depict Mike and Ikki attempting to do their civic duties against the backdrop of Toronto’s legislature. Lost in their own worlds, the fumbling everyman offers a stark contrast to the ageless toddler, unmoored and eager to experience everything within reach.

Threshold is presented in conjunction with Performance Anxiety, curated by Heather Pesanti for Nuit Blanche Toronto. The performance will occur on October 4.

Janet Brooks exhibits at Link & Pin

Wed. September 24, 2014

paitning of blue flower on yellow to green background
Image courtesy of the artist and Link & Pin.

Janet Brooks (MFA Studio Art, 1981) presents new work in a two person show at Link & Pin. The exhibition is on display September 5 through September 27.