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April News from Meadows Museum at SMU



carlottacorpronturningpointsTurning Points: Carlotta Corpron and Me
Thursday, April 7, 6:00 P.M.
Beverly Wilgus, Independent photographic historian and collector
Wilgus will examine her life as a photographer, teacher, and collector, and discuss her time at Texas Woman’s University where she studied under photography instructor Carlotta Corpron. Through her firsthand account and personal perspective as Corpron’s former student, Wilgus will explore how this experience opened up unexpected paths in her life and reveal the courage that Corpron inspired through her teaching. Wilgus’s work will also be featured in the exhibitionProcess and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner.FREE! Priority seating for Museum members until 5:40 p.m.
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium


Claudio Castelucho, Portrait of Marie Cronin, c. 1906
Wednesday, April 6, 12:15 P.M.
Nicole Atzbach, Curator, Meadows Museum
Monthly, 15-minute talks about objects in the permanent collection by members of the Museum staff encourage a range of approaches to exploring the visual arts, provide a unique perspective, and invite visitors to look more closely at individual objects. Free with regular Museum admission. Virginia Meadows Galleries


Artist Demonstration: Revealing the Mysterious Layers in Janet Turner’s Prints
Friday, April 22, 12:15 P.M.
Terri Thoman, Printmaker and Co-owner of PaperArts
Meadows Museum gallery talks feature art research and perspectives from staff, local guest speakers, and students. Free with regular Museum admission.


Drawing from the Masters
Drawing from the Masters
Sundays, April 3 & 17, 1:30-3:00 P.M.
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as
artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows
Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an
opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and
improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and
students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities
and experience levels. Drawing materials will be
available, but participants are encouraged to bring
their own sketchpads and pencils. Free with regular Museum admission; no advance registration required.Attendance is limited to 20 and based on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision,
contact Carmen Smith at mcarmens@smu.edu or

Three Wednesdays, April 6, 13 & 20, 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
This informal three-day program is designed for individuals
with early stage dementia, their care partners, and family members. Participants will explore the galleries through interactive activities, create individual and group projects,
and discover works of art through music, dance, literature,
storytelling and role play. Light refreshments will be served. The program takes place on three consecutive
Wednesdays. Free; space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Carmen Smith at mcarmens@smu.edu or call214.768.4677.


April 15-16
Get ready for two days of Mustang pride and family fun as SMU celebrates the first Founders’ Day Weekend of the University’s second century on April 15 and 16. The Meadows Museum offers free admission both days and an Open House on Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
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Visit the Museum Shop for Dalí-related merchandise, perfect for upcoming Mother’s Day, Graduation, and Father’s Day gifts!


Salvador Dalí: An Early Surrealist Masterpiece
Through June 19
The 1930s were one of the most creatively fruitful decades of Salvador Dalí’s career. L’homme poisson (The Fish Man) shows both his tremendous imagination as well as his technical adroitness, and offers a revealing glimpse into the artist’s inner psyche. After an auspicious beginning as part of the first exhibition of surrealist works held in the U.S., in 1931, the painting has remained out of the public domain for much of its existence. This exhibition celebrates the Meadows’ acquisition of L’homme poisson-the first painting by Dalí to enter the collection of a Texas museum-and presents a renewed look at this early masterpiece within the artist’s oeuvre of surrealism. Learn More
This exhibition has been organized by the Meadows Museum, and is funded by a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation.

Between Paris and Texas: Marie Cronin, Portraitist of the Belle Époque
February 14 – June 5
Between Paris and Texas: Marie Cronin, Portraitist of the Belle Époque is the first monographic exhibition of Cronin’s (1867-1951) art and will feature a focused selection of her paintings, including works shown in the salons of Paris, as well as official portraits of Texas statesmen that hang at the Texas State Capitol, such as Alfonso Steele (1817-1911), the last survivor of the Battle of San Jacinto. A Texas-raised artist, Cronin studied with Claudio Castelucho (Spanish, 1870-1927) in Paris during the first decade of the twentieth century. Following her return from Europe, Cronin would continue her artistic career back in Texas while also carrying out the exigencies of a family in the business of expanding railroad operations across the state. Learn More
This exhibition has been organized by the Meadows Museum, and is funded by a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation.

Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner
February 14 – June 5
This exhibition will present the work of two pioneering artists working and teaching in Texas in the 1940s and 1950s, Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988) and Janet Turner (1914-1988). Corpron, working in photography, and Turner, working in painting and printmaking, both taught art education at Texas universities and came into their own maturity of style during the middle of the twentieth century. Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner explores the work of both artists made during this period of consummate experimentation. This exhibition draws entirely from holdings within the Dallas area, including Bywaters Special Collections of SMU, which holds an impressive collection of art by both Turner and Corpron. Learn More
This exhibition has been organized by the Meadows Museum, and is funded by a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation.

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