Department of Art and Art History Houston

Jade Abner, Iva Kinnaird and Evelyn Pustka present work in group exhibition at Fresh Arts

Fri. February 5, 2016

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Jade Abner (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2013), Iva Kinnaird (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2014), and Evelyn Pustka (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2014) present work in Dimpled, Twisted, and Buried at Fresh Arts. The exhibition will be on view January 29 – March 4, 2016.

Georgia Carter (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2015) presents work at Lawndale Art Center

Wed. January 27, 2016

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Photo by Sandy Carson. Courtesy of the Visual Arts Center

Georgia Carter (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2015) presents new work in "Grisaille" at Lawndale Art Center. The exhibition will be on view January 22 – February 27, 2016.

Kristin Lucas presents work in group exhibition at Diverse Works

Wed. January 13, 2016

fishbowl image of woman walking down street
Kristin Lucas, Air on the Go, 2015, video installation. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kristin Lucas present work in a group exhibition entitled, What Shall We Do Next?, at Diverse Works. The exhibition will be on view January 15 – March 19, 2016.

Students gain opportunities through Mellon Foundation funded partnership with the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Tue. December 22, 2015

hair, video, and copper installation in gallery
Tunga, Lezart, 1989, iron, copper, magnets and embroidered silk, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund. © 1989, Tunga. Image Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.

Two books weighed down students who arrived to the November opening of the exhibition Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), curated by Mari Carmen Ramírez. Ten undergraduate and graduate students were given the tomes in addition to travel stipends to attend the opening and symposium around Contingent Beauty.

The exhibition catalog’s large size provides room for luscious, full-color images of work by the artists included in the exhibition. The second book, Resisting Categories: Latin American and/or Lantino? appears small but contains 1200 pages of texts pulled from the digital archives of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), the research institute of the Latin American Art Department at the MFAH.

“I had only visited [the MFAH] once before, so it was a good opportunity to see more of the museum and what kinds of programming they are interested in,” says Julia Detchon, M.A. candidate in Art History. “I also connected with some curators and researchers at the ICAA and have since been offered a fellowship to help them with research on the Adolpho Leirner archive next semester.”

The trip continues an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded partnership between The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) and the ICAA, which encourages academic collaboration and digital access to the MFAH’s permanent collection.

“CLAVIS is oriented toward the training of emerging scholars and serving as a research hub for the field,” remarks Assistant Professor of Art History George Flaherty. “Working with the ICAA at the MFAH serves both those missions.”

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Los Carpinteros, Podgaric Toy, 2013, wood and LEGO® bricks, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caribbean Art Fund. © Los Carpinteros. Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

Students also attended portions of a symposium, “The Contingencies of Beauty: Artists in Dialogue.” The scheduled included panels and conversations with artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela.

“During the last panel José Alejandro Restrepo said something about his video work, which had already drawn my attention at the exhibition, relating to the relationship between video art and television, this helped me to look at the film I'm working on for my thesis in a new way,” describes Art History graduate Jana Labrasca. “I am now thinking much more about the seemingly separate histories of cinema and video and television and am very interested in exploring these questions further in my project.”

Through partnerships and collaborations like CLAVIS’ work with the ICAA, the center continues to connect scholars and centers across Latin America and the U.S.

“I came to the university to be part of CLAVIS. It wants to engage with Latin America studies directly—not only create a discussion in the U.S., but touch scholars and institutions in Latin America,” says Patricia Ortega, first-year graduate student in Art History. “This trip was a very enlightening experience to understand what we do as art historians and how important it is to network in order to generate and exchange ideas.”

Jason Urban presents exhibition at Lawndale Art Center

Mon. November 2, 2015

shadow of plant on white wall
Image courtesy of the artist.

Jason Urban will present his project A Library for Soft Rains at Lawndale Art Center. The exhibition will be on view November 20, 2015 – January 9, 2016.

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