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Texas Talks Art: An interview with Christie Blizard

Texas Talks Art: An interview with Christie Blizard

Tuesday, March 16th at 12pm CST


As part of the Texas Talks Art series we chat with Christie Blizard about her new film and exhibition "Let My Body Eat The Sun" and the experience of writing and producing an opera inspired by Enrico Caruso's visit to Fort Worth in 1920.

BACKSTORY: Built in 1908 the Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards is the world’s first indoor rodeo and an historic home for livestock exhibitions. It is also a place of unexpected cultural significance as for over one hundred years Cowtown Coliseum has also hosted a wide range of live performances, from Elvis Presley to Diaghileff’s Ballet Russes. On October 16, 1920, Enrico Caruso, the celebrated Italian operatic tenor, performed at the Cowtown Coliseum to a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 8,000 people. It was reported that at first, Caruso balked at performing in a ‘cattle barn’ but on testing the acoustics of the space, he was won over and relented. To mark the anniversary of this extraordinary event, the Art Galleries at TCU invited artist Christie Blizard to create new artwork in response to this unique moment in the city’s history. 

Texas Talks Art is a multi-institutional initiative intended to both introduce the work of artists across the state of Texas to a wider audience and to foster collaboration between local non-profit arts organizations. Taking the form of virtual 30-minute lunchtime talks every Tuesday, the series features 50 Texas artists in conversation with 50 Texas curators beginning in January 2021 and continuing throughout the year. Texas Talks Art is built on a belief in the need to work collectively to support the remarkable and diverse community of artists living and working in Texas. The series features an intergenerational roster of artists working across mediums and at differing points in their careers. The program encourages dialogue between art workers and emphasizes the broad range of concerns and questions that animate Texas-based artists. 

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