Department of Art and Art History News

New works by Valdez and Bonin at Common House gallery

Thu. May 15, 2014

Debris scattered over white surface
Image courtesy of the artists and Common House

Tamara Becerra Valdez (B.F.A. Studio Art, 2008) and Andrea Bonin (B.F.A. Studio Art, 2009) present new works at Common House gallery. The exhibition opens May 24 and will be displayed through June 7.

Michael Smith interview in Frieze Magazine

Thu. May 15, 2014

Artist wearing suit and biting lip as part of performance
Mike, 1980, black and white photograph. Courtesy: the artist and Greene Naftali, New York; photograph: General Idea

Professor Michael Smith, in an interview with Dan Fox at Frieze Magazine, describes his journey and practice and discusses minimalism, comedy, and failure.

Beili Liu exhibition at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Wed. May 14, 2014

Steel suspended from studio ceiling
"Chine", laser cut steel, stainless steel cable, fan. Photo courtesy of the artist

Professor Beili Liu's most recent installation "Chine" will be displayed at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas May 24 through August 31. The opening reception will be held May 30 and include a talk with the artist.

Liu's time and process based installations explore subjects of cultural specificity and overlaps, transient or persistent energy, and conflicting and confluent forces. Thread, paper, incense, wood, salt, water, these simple materials and compounds are the vehicles by which Beili Liu hand crafts microcosms of fragility and poignancy. By working on these everyday materials, Liu manipulates their intrinsic and bare qualities to extrapolate much more complex cultural narratives.

John Yancey lecture at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center

Tue. May 13, 2014

Artist standing in front of his paintings in gallery
Photo by Sandy Carson

Professor John Yancey will lecture at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center on May 22. Yancey will use his most recent body of work, Dueling Dualisms, where "references to African American quilt traditions and the complex image of the entertainer speak to the dueling realities of external image, inner-identity, and the survival of soul and dignity under the gaze and perils of an often hostile dominant culture."

Leslie Mutchler creates workLAB Satellites for Blanton Museum of Art

Tue. May 13, 2014

Artist Leslie Mutchler stands in front of her worklab stations in museum
Photo by Deborah Cannon

Professor Leslie Mutchler was commissioned by the Blanton Museum of Art to create WorkLAB Satellites. Utilizing the department's new Digital Fabrication Lab and specifically the CNC Router, Mutcher created modular stations for art making. Jeanne Claire van Ryzin spotlighted Professor Mutchler in Austin360.