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Lowriders take Jefferson Boulevard on Sundays. Mónica Salazar, Art History lecturer, helps explain why in a Sept. 23, 2021, article in Al Día news, "Lowriders se toman Jefferson Boulevard los domingos en Oak Cliff." Lowriders are a symbol that represents the mixture of American car culture with Mexican culture's iconography, such as images of the Virgin of Guadalupe and pre-Columbian images, Salazar said. A lowrider, or low rider, is a customized car with a lowered body. These customized vehicles generally are painted with intricate, colorful designs, rolling on wire-spoke wheels with whitewall tires that are usually smaller than the original wheels, ranging down to 13 inches. With the origins of lowriders in California, how did the culture arrive in Texas? Salazar explains that the migration of Californian families to the Southwest expanded the culture of the lowriders to other states. Car clubs also began creating chapters outside of California. Article in English: The ‘Sunday Cruise’ celebrates family and culture of lowriders in Dallas’ Hispanic community.
Aug. 5, 2021: Marco Werman, host of The World, public radio’s longest-running daily global news program, speaks with Nada Shabout, Regents Professor of art history and coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative at the University of North Texas. Listen to the broadcast titled "U.S. to return 17,000 artifacts and treasures to Iraq."
Aug. 3, 2021: The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, named artist Karla García, CVAD alumna, as one of five winners to receive the 2021 Nasher Artist Grant. Garcia will use her grant to build a stand-alone studio for her ceramics practice, she said. The grant will allow her a safer space to make the work that “speaks of Mexican culture, migration, and Mexican-American identity, as related to my experience.” The dedicated studio space will encourage García to expand her practice, making larger works and exhibitions possible, including an outdoor installation of her unfired clay sculptures sited in the desert near the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, which will result in the publication of an artist book documenting the works. García also hopes the grant will provide support to acquire permits to move the installation across the border to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.
CVAD Community: External Events
Aug. 10, 2021: Dana Tanamachi, ('07, B.F.A., Communication Design), stamp designer, graphic designer and lettering artist, was selected to create the poster for this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival. Dana also designed a U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamp last year and recently, she created the art on the latest edition of the Lone Star beer cans!
Sept. 21, 2021: UNT President Neal Smatresk will deliver the annual State of the University address at the Murchison Performing Arts Center celebrating UNT’s recent accomplishments, and debut his video address outlining our strategic focus for the new year. A reception to follow will honor Nada Shabout, art history professor and a 2020 recipient of the Kuwait Prize for Arts and Literature from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.
CVAD Community: External Exhibitions
Through February 2022: Professor Dornith Doherty, Studio Art: Photography, is one of seven contemporary artists featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibition, "Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans." As humans shape the world in ways big and small, intentional and unintentional, visible and invisible, the artists in this exhibition challenge viewers to think about the changes we make to our planet.