Department of Art and Art History News

Black British Arts Movement of 1980s explored in new group exhibition featuring work of Eddie Chambers

Mon. February 13, 2017

a Union Jack, rearranged as a swastika and gradually reduced to fragments
Eddie Chambers, Destruction of the National Front (1979-80). Courtesy of Tate London.

The Place Is Here, a new exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary will be on view from Feb. 4 - April 30, 2017. Featuring the work of Professor of Art History Eddie Chambers, The Place Is Here explores the dialogue between black artists, writers and thinkers during the 80s in Britain. 

Initial reviews can be found at the Financial Times and a conversation with some of the artists in the exhibition, including Chambers, can be found at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking podcast recording

A Routine in Parts, an exhibition of new works at Lawndale Art Center from Eric McMaster

Sun. February 12, 2017

woman doing performance with arms extended in black outfit. She has blonde hair
Sculpture and extended media faculty member Eric McMaster is exhibiting video works and associated objects in the exhibition A Routine in Parts at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX. 

The Moon from alumnus Jarrod Beck opens at Smack Mellon

Sun. February 12, 2017

handmade paper moon hovering over the gallery floor
Jarrod Beck, The Moon, 2017

Jarrod Beck (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2007) combined text, collaborative performances, and a site-specific installation in his latest exhibition at Smack Mellon in New York titled The Moon. For the duration of the exhibition, a 60-foot-diameter, handmade paper moon will hover over the gallery floor and reach upward into the coal trough ceiling infrastructure.

The Moon began as an epic poem, begun in the summer of 2014. Themes include environmental devastation, the AIDS epidemic, and queer collectivist anarchism. 

Initial reviews for The Moon can be read at The Brooklyn Paper

Exhibition on view: Jan 14 - Feb 26, 2017
Opening reception: Jan 14, 2017, 5-8PM 

Nicole Awai's Work Featured in New Publication, Creole in the Archive: Imagery, Presence and the Caribbean Figure

Fri. February 3, 2017

book cover for Creole in the Archive with a seemingly archival image of an African American woman overlapped by first a large red triangle stacked on top of a yellow triangle
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. 

C.C. Marsh appointed research assistant to the Deputy Director of The Getty Research Institute

Mon. January 30, 2017

UT Austin seal above the word Texas above the words Art and Art History in white

Doctoral candidate C.C. Marsh has recently been appointed as the research assistant to the Deputy Director of the The Getty Research Institute, Andrew Perchuck. She will be working on a book of essays focused on Jackson Pollock's 1943 Mural and researching the collection of postwar Argentinian geometric paintings gifted to the Museum of Modern Art in New York by Patty Cisneros. This latter book project on the Cisneros collection will complement the Getty's initiative, "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA," a series of 46 exhibitions opening in September 2017 that explore the artistic connections between Latin America and Southern California.