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November / December in the Ewing Gallery: Smout Allen


In collaboration with the College of Architecture and Design, the Ewing Gallery is pleased to present the work of Smout Allen. Mark Smout and Laura Allen are Architectural Designers and Academics based in Dalton London.

Mark Smout — Professor of Architecture and Landscape Furtures, and Laura Allen — Professor of Architecture and Augmented Landscapes are based at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

“Our work takes two routes, architectural competitions, where the particular rigour of the competition brief, site and program provide the basis for new investigations and, conceptual design projects which test out the agenda and methodology of the design research practice. We focus on the dynamic relationship between the natural and the man made and how this can be revealed to enhance the experience of the architectural landscape.”

Artist Lecture: Michelle Grabner

Join us Thursday, September 28 in room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building at 7:30 PM for a lecture by artist Michelle Grabner.

Wisconsin-born, Michelle Grabner works in variety of mediums including drawing, painting, video and sculpture. Incorporating writing, curating and teaching with a studio practice grounded in process and productivity she has created a multi-faceted and dynamic career. As David Norr writes in the introduction to her exhibition at MoCA, Cleveland, “All of Grabner’s activities are driven by distinctive values and ideas: working outside of dominant systems, working tirelessly, working across platforms and towards community.” Grabner holds an MA in Art History and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. She joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996, and became Chair of its prestigious Painting and Drawing department in the fall of 2009. She is also a senior critic at Yale University in the Department of Painting and Printmaking. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Art Press, and Art-Agenda, among others. Grabner also runs The Suburban and The Poor Farm with her husband, artist Brad Killam. She co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art along with Anthony Elms and Stuart Comer.

Grabner’s lecture is part of the programming for the “Dual Current” exhibition at the Ewing Gallery and UT Downtown Gallery.

September in the Ewing Gallery

August 31 – October 11

Josef Albers, Matthew Deleget, Peter Dudek, Cris Gianakos, Michelle Grabner, Lynne Harlow, Changha Hwang, Russell Maltz, Rossana Martinez, Kristine Marx, Manfred Mohr

Dual Current: Inseparable Elements in Painting and Architecture, curated by Gabriele Evertz, examines the relationship between painting and architecture in a contemporary context through color, shape, and theory.

The artists whose works are featured in this exhibition are: Josef Albers (American, born Germany, 1888–1976), Matthew Deleget (American, born 1972), Peter Dudek (American, born 1952), Cris Gianakos (Greek-American, born 1934), Michelle Grabner (American, born 1962), Lynne Harlow (American, born 1968), Changha Hwang (Korean, born 1969), Russell Maltz (American, born 1952), Rossana Martinez (Puerto Rican, born 1969), Kristine Marx (American, born 1969), and Manfred Mohr (German, born 1938). Their works link three-dimensional space and the picture plane to create radical new forms. Dual Current explores the relationship between painting and architecture, closely intertwined since the Renaissance.

Artist Lecture: Kristine Marx

Join us on Thursday, August 31 in room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building at 7:30PM for a lecture by artist Kristine Marx.

Kristine Marx is a video and installation artist based in New York City and Philadelphia. She has had solo exhibitions at Plane Space (New York City), Fringe (Los Angeles), the Berliner Liste with Herrmann & Wagner (Berlin), and Big & Small/Casual (New York City). As a video artist, she has collaborated with composers and musicians to create multimedia works that have been performed nationally in theaters and concert halls.

In addition to working as an artist, Marx writes essays and reviews on film for PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art and the Language Exchange, a website hosted by Sarah Lawrence College.

She currently is an Associate Professor at the University of the Arts.

This lecture is in conjunction with Dual Current, on exhibition at the Ewing Gallery and the UT Downtown Gallery through October 8.

Ellen Fullman: The Long Stringed Instrument

Ellen Fullman’s LONG STRING INSTRUMENT will be installed at the Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture––a featured event at the Sixth International Conference on Music & Minimalism, hosted by the nief-norf Summer Festival. [photo by Kjeldo]

In collaboration with cellist Theresa Wong, Fullman will perform “Harbors.”

“The piece, entitled ‘Harbors,’ evokes ghosts of renegade string sections and Ennio Morricone’s harmonica motifs. The increasingly colorful mélange of wavering notes and their errant reflections sound like the thrum of vibrant light.”
– Sam Lefebvre, Impose Magazine

“Fullman’s Long String Instrument creates a sense of majestic vastness, its lines stretching off towards an implied infinity. Listening to it, you feel like you are inside some cyclopean subterranean grotto… its bejewelled walls glistening with an alien lustre.”
– Biba Kopf, The Wire

Tickets $15

VIP Minimalism Pass $75 [admittance to all 5 minimalism evening concerts]

VIP Festival Pass $135 [admittance to all 10 festival concerts]

Tickets at

Honors Exhibition 2017

The Ewing Gallery would like to congratulate the 7 students selected by School of Art faculty to exhibit work in this year’s honors exhibition.

The following student are:

Drew Justice
Ryan McCown
Catherine Meadows
Byeol Shim
Paris Woodhull
Pippin Long
Grant Barbour

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