Michael Smith traces origins of Baby Ikki persona in screening and panel conversation at Museum Brandhorst
Mon. February 27, 2017
The March 31 panel and screenings are among a series hosted by Museum Brandhorst titled “Post-Apocalyptic Realism: It’s After the End of the World. Don’t You Know That?”, which brings together artists who, “[take] the fragile status of mankind in the world as their starting point,” as the museum’s press relates. “Post-apocalyptic stories are also a continuation of one of modernity’s essential narratives: the narrative of the self which has lost its ground and place in a world that has long been out of joint. They are directed at a possible future while at the same time being profoundly anchored in the given reality of the present and past.”
In a description of Smith’s work and contribution to discussion, Museum Brandhorst’s program details,
“For over thirty years, video/performance/installation artist Michael Smith has built an extensive body of work based on two performance personae: Mike, a hopeful innocent who continually falls victim to trends and fashions outside his reach; and Baby Ikki, an ambiguously aged toddler who follows his impulses down unsupervised and often precipitous paths. Both characters are convenient narrative vehicles for Smith to engage the tragicomic aspects of contemporary culture, teasing out facets of loneliness, consumerism, and measures of success and failure. Following the screening of Baby Ikki’s trip to the Burning Man Festival (“A Voyage of Growth and Discovery”, Michael Smith and Mike Kelley, 2010, 87min), Smith will trace the origins of each persona back to the mid-1970s, discussing how feminism, the silent majority, blandness and the media informed their separate and arrested development.”
David Stuart interviewed on KERA Think podcast about Ancient Maya
Tue. February 21, 2017
Professor of Art History and Co-Director of the Mesoamerica Center David Stuart joined Think host Krys Boyd to talk about the people who once dominated parts of Mexico and Central America – the subject of the exhibit “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Nicole Awai's Work Featured in New Publication, Creole in the Archive: Imagery, Presence and the Caribbean Figure
Fri. February 3, 2017
Book jacket for Creole in the Archive
Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing Nicole Awai's photographic work will be featured in Roshini Kempadoo's new book, Creole in the Archive: Imagery, Presence and the Location of the Caribbean Figure, to be published in late February 2017. Creole in the Archive employs photographic analysis to explore the visual arts of the Carribean from 1850 to the present.
Studio Art Professor Michael Smith Selected for 2017 Münster Sculpture Projects
Mon. January 23, 2017
Michael Smith, studio art professor at the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin has been selected for the fifth edition of the world-renowned Skulptur Projekte Münster (Münster Sculpture Projects) that takes place in Germany only once every 10 years.
Founded by Klaus Bussmann and Kasper König in 1977, Skulptur Projekte Münster features site-specific works that explore the relationship between art, public space and the urban environment. This year, Britta Peters and Marianne Wagner are curating the exhibition, expanding its reach into the nearby town of Marl and inviting both sculptural and performative approaches.
Included among more than 30 works, Smith’s contribution promises to remain rooted in his performance work. Smith intends to set up a fully operational tattoo studio for senior citizens.