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CentralTrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency says
CentralTrak is pleased to host, Houston-based artist Nathaniel Donnett who will speak as part of its Next Topic lecture series with a question and answer session moderated by Vicki Meek. Positioning his multidisciplinary work, which includes elements of drawing, sculpture, painting and performance, as an exercise in cultural practice as opposed to solely functioning as an expression of a professional or artistic practice, Donnett will explore the roots of his work within the framework of the concept of “Dark Imaginarence.” Dark Imaginarence blurs the meaning of manifesto, artist statement, and personal philosophy. It marries psycho-sociopolitical concerns with the imagination and experiences of the black people in the United States, particularly in the South, and as an extension the African diaspora. Recognizing the limits of language in relaying contexts and/or concepts Donnett employs music and visual imagery to extend and expand the dialogue around his practice. His work explores the human behavioral relationships between the collective and the individual consciousness and the psychosocial and sociopolitical relationships that shape them. In his talk, Donnett will explore the relationship of his work to contemporary art, social engagement, participatory practice, and African American culture, which it is rooted through the lecture and performance format.


Nathaniel Donnett is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Houston, TX and studied at Texas Southern University. Donnett is currently experiencing the concept of “Dark Imaginarence.” He is a recipient of the 2014 Harpo Foundation Grant and 2015 Idea Fund /Andy Warhol Foundation Grant. He is an award recipient of the 2011 Houston Arts Alliance Established Individual art grant recipient, 2011 Idea Art Fund supported by the Andy Warhol Foundations of the Visual Arts, and 2010 Artadia Award. He has exhibited at The Kemper Museum in Kansas City, MO, The Mattatuck Museum in Westbury, CO, The New Museum in New York, NY, The Modern Museum of Peru, and The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Texas Southern University Museum (both in Houston, TX) among others.

Vicki Meek has over 39 years of arts administrative experience on the state & local level having worked as Artist-in-Schools Coordinator and Senior Program Administrator for Connecticut Commission on the Arts and Supervisor of Community Arts Development for The City of Dallas Department of Cultural Affairs (now Office of Cultural Affairs. Ms. Meek is currently the Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas and is on the Board of the National Performance Network.

Photo Credit - Rick Wells
Title: Origin of the World by Funkadelic
Artist: Nathaniel Donnett
Medium: paper bag, graphite, black sand
Year: 2014
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By: CentralTrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency

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