The 2023 UT Art Education Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Trina Harlow and Laura and Matthew Grundler.
This talk focuses on Damián Ortega’s Cosmic Thing (2002), a disassembled Volkswagen beetle—a vehicle indelibly associated with the urban fabric of Mexico City—that the artist methodically reconstructed piece by piece as a suspended sculpture.
Each spring, as part of the 20+ year Viewpoint Lecture Series, the department hosts a pair of leading art critics or curators for lectures, critiques, and seminars during three interactions with the UT Austin campus community over the course of the semester. This year, the UT Department of Art and Art History invites Danielle A. Jackson and Jay Sanders.
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Art History Lecture Series and Antiquities Action presents: Antiquities Looting and Equitable Resolutions with Leila Amineddoleh
As the recent discovery of a 1st c. BCE Roman portrait bust in an Austin Goodwill demonstrates, the looting of antiquities is a problem that has faced cultures for millennia. This lecture will discuss antiquities disputes and legal methods for resolving these battles, including an examination of well-known litigation like the Roman Goodwill bust now on display in the San Antonio Museum of Art, as well as non-litigious approaches and ethical considerations.
AGBS and the Department of Art and Art History is proud to host a public screening of Some Bright Morning: The Art of Melvin Edwards, directed by Lydie Diakhaté. Lydie Diakhaté’s film reveals how in Melvin Edwards’s work, the global black initiative operates like a vital lifeline in his artistic expression and how exploring different techniques of welding and engaging his cultural and political values he established his own artistic language across five decades. After the screening, we'll have a panel discussion with artist Melvin Edwards, curator Phillip Townsend, and director Lydie Diakhaté.