SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts is hosting many of its concerts, lectures and other events virtually this semester as the pandemic continues.

Exhibitions at the Pollock Gallery are being held in person with limited hours or registration required, according to a press release from the Meadows School.

All events at the Meadows School are free, and many at the Meadows Museum have a fee.

The first event, part of a virtual lecture series titled Art History After Hours, is scheduled for today at 9 p.m. In “The Art of Health and Healing in Ancient Greece,” two SMU professors will explore two Greek healing sanctuaries. The lecture will last about 45 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A. Registration is required to attend and can be done here. To learn more about the lecture, email meadowsalumni@smu.edu.

Two more events are scheduled for this week.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Meadows Museum is hosting a live Zoom meeting with Akemi Herráez Vossbrink, the Center for Spain in America (CSA) Curatorial Fellow at the museum. The talk will focus on the documentary Zurbarán and His Twelve Sons. Participants should register here to receive a link to view the film at their leisure before the Feb. 4 Zoom conversation.

On Friday, the Meadows Museum will host a Learning@Lunch virtual lecture called “Reframing Divinity: Flower Wreath Paintings and the Fluidity of Painting Genres,” moderated by Laura Varela Mejia, a master’s candidate at SMU. The talk, held on Zoom, begins at 12:15 p.m. There is a $5 fee, and the 30-minute talk is limited to 25 households. Museum members and SMU faculty, staff, and students receive free admission. Registration is required and can be done here. For more information about this event, call 214-768-8587 or email meadowsmuseuminfo@smu.edu.

Photo courtesy of the Meadows Museum

In addition, two exhibitions at the Pollock Gallery are ongoing.

Driving Lessons: Thirteen Stories, an exhibition by Dallas artist and Meadows alum Tim Coursey, is open by appointment only until March 13. This collection includes a sculpture, short fiction, drawings and 70 copies of Coursey’s book, Driving Lessons: Thirteen Stories. Visitors should email Pollock Assistant Curator Everton Melo at emelo@smu.edu to schedule an appointment. To get more information, call 214-768-4439.

The Riso Bar is “a collaborative, long-term exhibition that engages with the vast riso network, exploring the risograph’s potential as a tool for learning and experimentation.” On display until May 15, it includes a risograph machine visitors can use to create their own works. Riso Bar is the result of a collaboration between Strange Powers Press, artists May Makki and Finn Juban, Recipe Oak Cliff and the Hamon Arts Library. To learn more about the event or to register, email abastidas@smu.edu or call 214-768-4439.

The Pollock Gallery is located at Suite 101 in the Expressway Tower, 6116 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206.

Here’s a list of events scheduled throughout February:

  • Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m.: Meadows Symphony Orchestra, showcasing works by Claude Debussy, Mozart, Robert Schumann and Heitor Villa-Lobos; free event; register here
  • Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m.: Meadows Museum Program: Virtual Connections, an informal program designed for individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners and loved ones; free event; register by emailing museumaccess@smu.edu
  • Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.: Meadows Museum “Live With Locals” Virtual Tour in Spain: San Sebastián; tour the city of San Sebastián with local Basque guide Iker Bardaji; fee of $15 for non-members, fee of $5 for museum members, fee of $10 for SMU students, faculty and staff; register here
  • Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m.: William O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism: “The 19th: Informing Women, Transforming News,” featuring co-founders Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora; free event; register here
  • Feb. 18 at 12 p.m.: Thinking Through Velázquez: Las Meninas and Its Afterlives, hosted by Rebecca Quinn Teresi, a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University, and graphic novel author Santiago García; fee of $10, free for museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff; register here
  • Feb. 21 and 28 at 1:30 p.m.: Meadows Museum Virtual Program: Digital Drawing From the Masters with Ian M. O’Brien, a local artist and arts educator; designed for adults and students ages 13 and older, open to all abilities and experience levels; limited to 10 households; $5 fee, free for museum members and SMU students; register here
  • Feb. 23 at 12:15 p.m.: Meadows Museum Virtual Lecture: Learning@Lunch: “Villabrille’s Saint Paul the Hermit and Monastic Tradition,” led by Kailey Fairchild; limited to 25 households; $5 fee, free for museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff; register here
  • Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.: Viano Quartet: Chamber Music Masterworks, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Strauss and Mustonen; free; register here
  • Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m.: Meadows Wind Ensemble; free; register here
  • Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Organ Recital: Stefan Engles, the Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance and professor of organ; free; register here


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