Austin Events

Cult of Color: Call to Color

Austin Ventures Studio Theater
April 3-13, 2008

Ballet Austin presents a world premiere dance work created from a collaboration among Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, new music by composer Graham Reynolds, and original choreography by Ballet Austin Artistic Director/choreographer Stephen Mills. For further information about purchasing tickets, please click here.

Panel Discussion with with Trenton Doyle Hancock, Stephen Mills and Graham Reynolds

Saturday, March 22 from 3:00-5:00 pm

Organinzed in conjunction with Ballet Austin's Cult of Color: Call to Color and the companion exhibition at Arthouse, this panel discussion will feature contemporary artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, choreographer Stephen Mills and composer Graham Reynolds.

Katy Siegel and Wade Saunders: Viewpoint Lectures

Art Building, Room 1.102, University of Texas Department of Art History
April 17 at 4 pm

Viewpoint 2008 marks the seventeenth year of this annual series of concentrated visits by leading curators, critics and scholars involved in the contemporary art world. Katy Siegel and Wade Saunders are this year’s invitees. Siegel is an associate professor of art history at Hunter College, CUNY and a contributing editor to Artforum. Wade Saunders is a sculptor and critic and teaches at Parsons Paris School of Art & Design and at the Institut des Etudes Politiques; he has written for Art in America since 1978. The lectures given by these two scholars on April 17 will be the final in a series of three. Siegel and Saunders will also present a seminar on April 18 from 3:00-5:00 pm in Art Building, Room 3.206, University of Texas Department of Art History.

Africanist Lectures

ART 1.120 Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin
March 25, April 1, April 3, all lectures at 4pm

UT Austin's Department of Art and Art History brings three more Africanists to campus to speak on their current research: on Tuesday, March 25, March Sylvester Ogbechie; on Tuesday, April 1, Krista Thompson; and on Thursday, April 3, Prita Meier.

Artist's Talk by Eric Zimmerman

Art Palace
Wednesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm

Organized in conjunction with Eric Zimmerman’s exhibition Atlas currently on view at Art Palace. For Further information about Atlas, see Michell White’s conversation with Zimmerman in this issue.

Artistic License: Matheus Rocha Pitta

Creative Research Laboratory
March 25, 4pm

The artist-in-residence from Rio de Janeiro screens his recently awarded video, Drive Thru, anddiscusses his current projects with the Creative Research Laboratory at UT. Matteus Rocha-Pitta, a young artist from Rio de Janeiro, came to the Blanton Museum this past fall to be the first Iberê Camargo artist-in-residence. While in Austin, Rocha-Pitta produced a new video work entitled Drive Thru. The video follows Rocha-Pitta’s interests by exploring the theme of displacement, and the circulation of commodities within a capitalist society. Using photography and video, the work was divided into three parts: the purchasing and transformation of a Volvo station wagon, the production of objects using Texas dirt that mimics drugs, and the creation of a video. The car served as the central stage in the video, with all action taking place around and inside the car.

Artist Lecture: Alma Lopez

Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 3.502, University of Texas at Austin
March 27, 12-1pm

Visual artist and activist Alma Lopez will speak about transnational myths and recontextualizing cultural iconographies. Since the 1992 Los Angeles uprisings, Lopez has been engaged in collaborative public art-making to bridge the gap between diverse communities. Lopez co-founded three collaborative groups in Los Angeles: the L.A. Coyotas, Tongues, and Homegirl Productions.

Artist Lecture: Jill Downen

ART 1.110, Department of Fine Art, University of Texas at Austin
March 24, 5pm

Sculptor Jill Downen explores the physical connection between bodies and architecture. To see a short video documentary of the artist speaking about her work, click here.

Artist Lecture: Jeff Williams

ART 1.110, University of Texas at Austin
Wednesday, March 26 at 5pm
Artist Jeff Williams talks about his work.

Graduate-Level Graffiti: Lost in Translation

Asian American Cultural Center
April 13, 5-9pm

Graduate-Level Graffiti: Lost in Translation is the third in a series of multidisciplinary projects developed by conceptual artist and poet, Natasha Marin. Lost in Translation is an interactive event, where all participants will be invited to embody various key roles, including that of artist, subject, and patron. During the event, artists, musicians, performers, and poets from around the world will perform and interact with audience members in an effort to recreate the drama of an essential human truth; our persistent attempt to communicate our experiences through art to each other. As the performance unfolds, photographers and filmmakers will be recording the event for a forthcoming documentary.

The Universal Instrument: An Evening of New Music for Voice

Austin New Music Co-op
April 12, 2008, 8pm

Austin New Music Co-op presents The Universal Instrument, a concert devoted to new compositions featuring the human voice. Fourteen local musicians will perform eight accompanied and unaccompanied vocal works that include speaking, singing, and the variety of possibilities that lie between. The event will take place at the Mexican American Cultural Center. Tickets $12 in advance at End of an Ear and $15 at the door.

Mujeres En Napantla

La Peña
March 21, 7-9pm

Mujeres En Nepantla, an event celebrating women musicians, artists and poets, includes performances by the legendary musicians “La Calandria” Rita Vidaurri and Eva Ybarra, the undisputed “Queen of the Tex-Mex Conjunto Accordian”, and Azul. An art exhibit at both La Peña and Las Manitas features the work of Alejandra Allmuelle, Santa Barraza, Ines Batllo, Cecilia Colome, Cecilia Sanchez Duarte, Courtney Enriquez, Maria Garza, Marsha Gomez, Ambray Gonzalez, Nivia Gonzalez, Maria Limon, Anna Salinas, Sarita Sanchez, Susanna Santos, Ana Sisnet, Carmen Rodriguez Sonnes, Liliana Wilson, Soledad Mansilla Wilson, Kathy Vargas, Terri Ybanez, and Katrina Zarate. There will be an open mic that includes poetry readings by Norma Cantu, Erika Gonzalez, and Irene Peña from 9-11 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Ballroom.

Houston Events

Design Life Now Lecture: Karim Rashid

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Brown Auditorium
March 27, 7pm

The Design Life Now Lecture Series continues with Karim Rashid, the popular designer whose clients run the gamut from Prada to Dirt Devil. The presentation, “One Big Beautiful World,” is about improving life through design.

Media Archeology Festival: Live and Televised

Aurora Picture Show
April 17-19, 2008

The fifth annual Media Archeology Festival features events at DiverseWorks, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, and Rice University. Curated by Aurora Artistic Director Andrea Grover and New York musician/curator Nick Hallett, this year's festival is titled Media Archeology: Live and Televised and features multimedia artists who incorporate audio/visual technology with live performance. Each of the performers uses pre-recorded video and audio to create a mise-en-scène of projected sets, props, and environments- sometimes creating a stage, a sound-scape, or an entire cast. The festival kicks off with a performance by legendary culture jammers Negativland, returning to Houston for the first time in eight years. Animator and performer Brent Green takes over the second night with live narration and music (by Brent Green, Howe Gelb and Jeremy Gara) to accompany Green's stop- animation films, and video and performance artists Tara Mateik and Shana Moulton round out the closing night of the festival.

Barry Schwabsky: Core Lecture

Freed Auditorium, Glassel School of Art
Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 pm

Art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky presents a lecture as part of the Core Program's 2007-2008 Lecture Series.  See Caitlin Haskell's interviewwith Barry Schwabsky in this issue.

Public Lecture: Benice Rose on "Drawings and The Menil Collection's New Drawing Institute and Study Center

Menil Collection
Monday, March 31 at 7:30 PM

Bernice Rose, the new Menil cheif curator, responsible for the museum's long-planned Drawing Institute, speaks on drawing and its place in the collection. Her talk will be followed by a conversation with Director Josef Helfenstein.

Fort Worth Events

Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Amelia Jones

The Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth
Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm (Seating begins at 6:30)

Amelia Jones, known for her scholarship in the areas of feminism and contemporary art, is Professor and Pilkington Chair in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester as well as an independent curator and writer. Most recently she published the 2006–07 book Self Image: Technology, Representation, and the Contemporary Subject and is co-author/co-editor of WomEnhouse, a Web project reexamining feminism and domesticity in contemporary culture. For Tuesday Evenings, Jones presents the provocative and pertinent Screen Eroticism 1967 vs. 1992: Exploration of Female Desire in the Work of Carolee Schneemann and Pipilotti Rist.

Artist Lecture: John Stoney

The Museum of Modern Art of Fort Worth
April 1, 2008

John Stoney, an artist splitting his time between Austin and New York, captures the enormity of the world we inhabit in his awe-inspiring sculptures and drawings that are obsessively conceived and meticulously made. Pervasive in Stoney’s work and concurrent with his level of craft is a subtle humor and irony that results from slight shifts of perspective through juxtaposition and scale in artworks that seduce the eye and incite the imagination. In a presentation entitled Time and The Artist, Stoney discusses his work and its conceptual base.

Events Elsewhere


Book Signing With Dennis Balk for Colin De Land, American Fine Arts

Artforum Public Lounge, The Armory Show, Pier 94
Friday, March 28 from 5:00-7:00 pm

In honor of The Armory Show's 10th edition and the 5th anniversary of de Land's death, The Armory Show is co-hosting a book signing by author Dennis Balk at the fair's public lounge, courtesy of Artforum and Vivavi. Colin de Land, American Fine Arts is a major new publication that surveys the life and times of the late dealer and The Armory Show co-founder. Composed from his extensive photo archive, the book is primarily a photo document of the galleries run by de Land and the people and events associated with them. Included in the survey are numerous statements by artists and visitors who frequented American Fine Arts, offering a view of de Land's unique personal style as a gallerist and the major impact he had on the art world. This project was conceived and designed by Art Lies contributor Dennis Balk; texts were edited by Art Lies' own Anjali Gupta and John Ewing.

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