Ellen Fullman & The Long String Instrument in Battle Hall – 10/20

Event: Composer Ellen Fullman brings her Long String Instrument to Battle Hall to premiere her new composition “Tracings.” The event is free and open to the public.

When: Thursday, October 20, 8:30 p.m.

Where: The University of Texas at Austin, Battle Hall, Architecture & Planning Library.

Background: On October 20th, as part of the Music in Architecture / Architecture in Music Symposium hosted by the Center for American Architecture and Design, the College of Fine Arts and the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, composer Ellen Fullman will premiere her new work “Tracings” in the magnificent Battle Hall on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The performance features Fullman both solo and with the Austin New Music Coop.

Designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1911, the Battle Hall should provide an extraordinary acoustic environment for Fullman’s unique instrument. “Tracings” was composed specifically for the historic building, repurposing ratios found in the design of the building to produce justly tuned musical intervals. A centennial celebration for Battle Hall occurs on Nov. 11.

Joining Fullman for the performance are NMC musicians Brent Fariss (contrabass), Nick Hennies (percussion), Andrew Stoltz (overtone guitar designed by Arnold Dreyblatt) and Travis Weller (playing his custom string instrument “The Owl”).

Library reading room disruptions 10/14 to 10/21

As part of the Music in Architecture/Architecture in Music symposium, the Architecture & Planning Library will be hosting Ellen Fullman‘s performance Tracings -Work for the Long String Instrument on Thursday October 20th at 8:30 pm.

In preparation for this performance, we will be moving furniture in the reading room on the afternoon of Friday October 14 to accommodate the Long String Instrument.  Access to materials in the reading room (current journals and the reference collection) will still be possible at this stage but will be very limited all day Thursday Oct 20 and until the afternoon of Friday Oct 21.

There will be further disruptions in the reading room (higher than usual noise level) during the assemblage of the Long String Instrument this weekend and rehearsals next week.  However, general and reserve collections and circulation services will not be affected except for the night of the performance (Thursday Oct 20th) when the library will be closing at 6 pm.

More details regarding this event will follow.

“More Than Architecture” at Fine Arts Library

Event: The Fine Arts Library hosts the exhibit More Than Architecture from Austin x Design. The event is free and open to the public.

When: Reception, 5-8 p.m., Friday, October 7. Exhibition on display October 2-30.

Where: The University of Texas at Austin, Fine Arts Library, DFA 3.200.

Background: From October 2 – 30, members of the Austin architecture and design community will display their creations alongside the permanent art collection of the Fine Arts Library (FAL) in the exhibit More Than Architecture.

An opening reception will be held Friday, October 7, from 5-8 p.m.

This exhibit is a cooperative venture of the FAL with a group of local small-firm architects as part of the Austin x Design month-long celebration of design in the built and natural worlds.  It provides the architecture and design community an opportunity to show off its artistic side, and for artists to exhibit their site-specific works in photographic form.

Artists participating in the show include:

  • Lisa Orr, with her design for the Deep Eddy mural
  • Sculptor Lars Stanley
  • Artist Tim Kerr
  • Designer Davey McEathron of ¡El Grupo!

Items in the exhibit include sculpture (large and small), house model, photographs, furniture, glass, paintings, and decorative pieces, with 40 works from over 20 designers and artists.