Project History

As part of the renovation of the ART building, Landmarks commissioned David Ellis to create the first video in the university’s public art collection. The result is Animal, a nine-and-a-half-minute video that inaugurates Landmarks Video and underscores the Department of Art & Art History’s commitment to emerging forms of visual expression.

Ellis was selected for the ways in which his work invites and celebrates collaborative processes. He undertook a residency in the Visual Arts Center (VAC) galleries for six weeks in Spring 2010 during which he engaged with faculty, students and the public, featuring a day-long celebration of his work at Co-Lab. Animal premiered at the opening of the VAC in September 2010.

This project was funded by a public art allocation that represents almost one percent of the ART building renovation total project cost. The media station was designed by LakelFlato Architects and is located in the ART building atrium on the corner of East 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard.

Kanitra Fletcher, a Landmarks assistant and graduate student of art history in UT’s Institute of Latin American Studies, contributed an artist essay that describes Ellis’s work and his video. Landmarks would like to thank the artist, Chris Keohane, Roberto Lange, Lewis McNeel, Bill Aylor, Robert Mercado, Sean Gaulager, Dan Fergus, Russell Etchen, Mark Silva, Jade Walker, the Department of Art & Art History and the College of Fine Arts.