Department of Art and Art History News

Beili Liu featured in Austin Way magazine

Mon. June 29, 2015

Woman in black standing behind table with half finished installation
Photo by Ben Sklar.

"Beili Liu on Her Hauntingly Beautiful 'Thirst' Project & What's Next" spotlights Professor Liu in the Austin Way.

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler present work in exhibitions nationally and internationally

Fri. June 26, 2015

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Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Giant, 2014, high definition video with sound, duration: 30 minutes, synchronized 3-channel projection, courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery New York and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin.

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler present work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally this summer. Visit for more information.

Sound Speed Marker
Blaffer Art Museum
Houston, Texas
May 31 – September 5, 2015

Framing Desire: Photography and Video
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas
February 21 – August 29, 2015

Der entfesselte Raum
Winterthur, Switzerland
May 10 – October 4, 2015

Go-Betweens: The World seen through Children
Museum of Art
Kochi, Japan
Traveling from the Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan
April 5 – June 7, 2015

Happy Birthday
Israel Museum
Jerusalem, Israel
May 11, 2015 –- March 1, 2016

The Goetz Collection. 12 Months / 12 Films - Explorations in Space
Museum Folkwang
Essen, Germany
April 17, 2015 – May 1, 2016

Space, Place, Trace: Sturctures of Feeling and Hubbard/Birchler's Giant by Jana La Brasca

Fri. June 26, 2015

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The Ballroom Marfa blog features a paper presented by Jana La Brasca (graduate student in Art History) entitled "Space, Place, Trace: The Structures of Feeling and Hubbard/Birchler's Giant."

Janaye Brown participates as summer resident at Bruce High Quality Foundation University

Fri. June 26, 2015

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Image courtesy of the artist.

Janaye Brown (MFA Studio Art, 2013) is a summer resident at the Bruce High Quality Foundation University through August. Stay updated by liking the BHQFU Facebook page.

See how (and where) faculty spend their summer (Part 1 of 2)

Fri. June 26, 2015


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Eddie Chambers is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Roots and Culture: The Making of Black Britain. Upon the book’s completion, it is scheduled to be published by I.B. Tauris. Roots and Culture sets out to chronicle the evolution of Black Britain as a distinct cultural entity—a nation within a nation.

The book's thesis is that right from the earliest times of Caribbean migration to Britain in the decades of the mid twentieth century, Black people have had cause or need to fashion distinctly different manifestation of cultural expression that existed in marked contrast to the cultural sensibilities demonstrated by the so-called 'host' community. Even though Caribbean migrants essentially arrived as British subjects, they found that their Britishness and the Caribbean brand of British culture that they brought with them counted for little or nothing, amongst their fellow Brits. Instead, Caribbean migrants were obliged to formulate new ways of existing. surviving, and living, in what was in effect a culturally hostile environment.

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Jenny Muslin (right) instructs UT Austin undergraduates Lillie Leone and Michael Kilgore on the intricacies of Roman wine amphorae.

The Oplontis Project returns to the Bay of Naples for its tenth season of field work, under the direction of John Clarke and Michael Thomas (director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy and PhD in Art History, 2001). As in year’s past, the project brings together UT Austin faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and international scholars as part of its multi-disciplined study of two sites, Villas A and B at Oplontis, both located a few miles from Pompeii. This year’s excavation continues in Oplontis B, which is led by field director Ivo van der Graaff (PhD in Art History, 2013), who is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Jenny Muslin (graduate student in Art History) is leading the study of over 1000 Roman wine amphora found at the site.

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Julia Guernsey travels to Guatemala to work with archaeological materials from the site of La Blanca and to begin research on a new book. In July, Guernsey will present a paper titled Captives and Social Discourse in Late Preclassic Mesoamerica at the annual International Congress of Americanists.

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Amy Hauft is working on part of a project for Old Dominion University’s Gordon Gallery. It is a large installation and this summer is devoted to working on the floor portion of it. With the help of Eric McMaster, Hauft is 3D modeling and cutting out the parts on the CNC router over the summer. The site-responsive installation will be on view in 2017.

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Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, Germany. Image courtesy of Linda Henderson.

Linda Dalrymple Henderson is in Berlin for several weeks this summer, doing research at the Staatsbibliothek. Henderson is working through the remarkable journal Die Uebersinnliche Welt (The Unseen World) of which Wassily Kandinsky was a reader (numerous issues are preserved in his archive in Munich). Published monthly from 1893 to the 1920s, it was an international spiritualist journal filled with both the latest occult news but also any scientific developments that supported interest in unseen worlds, such as X-rays, radioactivity, and electrons. It is an ideal vehicle for tracking the international cultures of science and occultism shared by modern artists all over Europe.
Henderson will speak in Madrid on June 26 at an art/science session organized by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in conjunction with the 2015 conference of a network of astrophysicists researching dark matter and dark energy, who call themselves “The Invisibles.”  She is on a panel on the theme of “Dimensionality” with Harvard physicist Lisa Randall, whose ideas about our four-dimensional space-time world being embedded in a 5-dimensional “bulk” were part of the background for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

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Joan Holladay continues to work with the designer on her upcoming publication, Gothic Sculpture in America 3: The Museums of New York and Pennsylvania. The book will be available in spring 2016. Holladay will finish an invited article on royal iconography. She will also complete the book she has been plugging away at for ages on imagery with genealogical content in the high and late middle ages.

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Susan Rather is working her way through copy-editor’s queries and making other adjustments to her 600 page book manuscript. Later, Rather will deal with page proofs, galleys, and indexing. The American School: Artists and Status in the Late-Colonial and Early National Era is forthcoming in fall from Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. These processes will take a lot of her focus this summer. Rather states, “But for any of us, drawing a long-LONG-term project to a close is pretty exciting—even if it doesn’t look like it!”

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Richard Shiff works on exhibition essays scheduled for Bridget Riley, early art of Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns, and Georg Baselitz. Shiff will also be researching the late work of Barnett Newman for an academic journal. Additionally, he will work on an essay on problems of pictorial resolution for a journal of semiotics. Longer term projects include work on a book on Donald Judd and writing on A.R. Penck that will may appear in an exhibition catalog. Shiff continues to work on a book of previously published essays.