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2010-11 Season

  • Amy Patton - Oil

    Amy Patton – Oil

    August 28 - November 13, 2010

    Amy Patton's recent experiments in performance and theater employ complex strategies of sound, text, and voiceover to explore the various ways images and meaning are constructed.

  • UH Arts Open House 2010

    UH Arts Open House 2010

    September 30, 2010

    The Red Block Bash, a UH Arts open house presented by the Blaffer Student Association and the Mitchell Center, features live music from the Moores School of Music, readings from the Creative Writing Program, demonstrations by the School of Art and performances by the School of Theatre & Dance. All events offer a sneak peek at the UH arts fall season.

  • Deborah Hay

    Deborah Hay

    October 2, 2010

    In collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), the Mitchell Center will bring legendary choreographer and artist Deborah Hay to Houston for a lecture and performance, Saturday, October 2. Hay will present Lecture on the Performance of Beauty, a performance/lecture framed around the question: "Can a formal and stimulating adherence to a prescribed set of hypothetical conditions be seen as choreography even if there is no learned movement?"

  • Contemporary Salon: Gabriel Kuri

    Contemporary Salon: Gabriel Kuri

    October 20, 2010

    Join the Mitchell Center and the Blaffer Art Museum for a salon-style discussion of Gabriel Kuri's exhibition, Nobody needs to know the price of your Saab, on view August 28 - November 13, 2010. Moderated by Blaffer Director and Chief Curator Claudia Schmuckli, the talk will feature guest panelists Fredericka Hunter, Director of Texas Gallery; Rex Koontz, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Houston; Mary Leclre, Associate Director of the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Katrina Moorhead, artist.

  • Contemporary Salon: Amy Patton

    Contemporary Salon: Amy Patton

    October 27, 2010

    Join the Mitchell Center and Blaffer Art Museum for a discussion about Amy Patton's current exhibition on view August 28 November 13, 2010. Moderated by Blaffer Associate Curator and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fellow Rachel Hooper, the discussion will include Justin Doran, actor and adjunct lecturer at the University of Houston; Delilah Montoya, Associate Professor of Photography/Digital Media at the University of Houston; Michael Kahlil Taylor, artist and teacher of the Blaffer Young Artist Apprenticeship Program; and Sandra Zalman, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Houston. A short wine and cheese reception will follow the event.

  • red, black & GREEN: a blues preview

    red, black & GREEN: a blues preview

    November 4, 2010

    Artist in Residence Marc Bamuthi Joseph will present a preview of his work-in-progress, red, black & GREEN: a blues, a multimedia piece that lands at the intersection of green economics and black psychology using performance, music, movement and poetry. The complete performance of red, black & GREEN: a blues will be presented by the Mitchell Center in fall 2011. This preview is co-sponsored by the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

  • Life Is Living: Houston

    Life Is Living: Houston

    November 6, 2010

    The Mitchell Center, in partnership with Artist in Residence Marc Bamuthi Joseph, the Living Word Project and Youth Speaks, Inc., will host Life Is Living: Houston, a hip-hop-based environmental justice festival. Focused primarily on Houston's Third Ward neighborhood, the festival further connects University of Houston with its surrounding community and celebrates the extraordinary people who sustain the cultural life in and around the Third Ward.

  • Life Is Living: Houston Day of Service

    Life Is Living: Houston Day of Service

    November 7, 2010

    Join the Mitchell Center and the Last Organic Outpost, an inner city urban farm project using regenerative agriculture to restore the fertility of unused land, for a day of service following the Life Is Living festival. Last Organic Outpost is non-profit organization committed to developing urban agriculture in the fifth ward as well as the greater Houston area.

  • PLAND Potluck and Re-Use Tour

    PLAND Potluck and Re-Use Tour

    November 13 & 15, 2010

    PLAND, Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation, is an off-the-grid residency program that supports the development of experimental and research-based projects in the context of the Taos mesa in New Mexico.

  • Brent Green

    Brent Green

    November 9, 2010

    Brent Green, a DiverseWorks artist in residence, will present a lecture about his interdisciplinary practice at the University of Houston School of Art on Tuesday, November 9.

  • Between the Lines

    Between the Lines

    April 15, 2010

    The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston presents an evening of world premiere choreography and contemporary chamber music with the UH Dance Ensemble, UH Saxophone Studio and AURA Contemporary Ensemble, directed by Rob Smith and presented in collaboration with the Moores School of Music. Exclusively for this performance, Karen Stokes will premiere a highly structured dance score titled Shimmering, performed by UH faculty that draws inspiration from the composition Blurred by Bill Ryan.

  • Contemporary Salon: Okay Mountain

    Contemporary Salon: Okay Mountain

    February 23, 2010

    Join the Mitchell Center and Blaffer Art Museum for a discussion on Okay Mountain’s installation First Take on view January 15 - April 2, 2011. Okay Mountain's projects play on the conventions and absurdities of contemporary consumer culture drawing on pop graphics and styling to make works that are scrappy, colorful, and, in their own words, "maximal".

  • Contemporary Salon: Johan Grimonprez

    Contemporary Salon: Johan Grimonprez

    February 23, 2010

    February 23, 6:30PM

    Join the Mitchell Center and Blaffer Art Museum for a discussion of Johan Grimonprez’s exhibition It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards on view January 15 -

  • Media Archeology Festival - Texas Focus

    Media Archeology Festival – Texas Focus

    September 16-18, 2010

    Aurora Picture Show and the University of Houston Mitchell Center for the Arts present a media archeological dig right from the heartland of Texas, curated by Mary Magsamen.

  • Shrimp Boat Projects: The Launch

    Shrimp Boat Projects: The Launch

    February 16, 2010

    Toast the commencement of Shrimp Boat Projects Wednesday, February 16th with Mitchell Center Artists in Residence Eric Leshinsky and Zach Moser. Come for fresh Galveston Bay seafood and stay for a presentation by Gary Graham of the Texas Sea Grant Program.

  • I AM THE ONE I ALWAYS WANTED TO MARRY: A One-Woman Performance by MilDRED Gerestant

    I AM THE ONE I ALWAYS WANTED TO MARRY: A One-Woman Performance by MilDRED Gerestant

    March 31, 2010

    The University of Houston Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program in collaboration with the UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, UH Womens Resource Center and UH LGBT Resource Center present I AM THE ONE I ALWAYS WANTED TO MARRY: A One-Woman Performance by MilDRED Gerestant. This thought-provoking performance questions the naturalized binaries of gender and sexuality, while highlighting the performativity of these categories. Using poetry, music, comedy, and movement, MilDRED expresses the way in which discovering her male persona, DRED, has refashioned the gendered notions of her sexual and spiritual self.

  • Screening: Veins in the Gulf

    Screening: Veins in the Gulf

    Apr 27

    Join Shrimp Boat Projects, poet Martha Serpas and filmmakers Elizabeth Coffman and Ted Hardin for a screening of Veins in the Gulf, a documentary that traces the history of rapidly disappearing bayous, the environmental crises of southern Louisiana, and the international impact of Cajun culture. Through interviews with fisherman, engineers, poets, and scientists, bear witness as Louisiana residents confront the mortality of their culture and a community tries to solve its environmental crises.

  • Tex Hex Pop Up Cinema: Past Forward

    Tex Hex Pop Up Cinema: Past Forward

    May 21, 2010

    The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and Buffalo Bayou Partnership present Tex Hex, an artist-made boat created by the design-build group SIMPARCH. May 21st launches the first of many artists' projects aboard Tex Hex. For this one night only at 8:30pm, Tex Hex provides a pop-up screening along the water's edge at 1011 Wood Street, home of digital magazine CultureMap, in downtown Houston.

  • Artist Talk with Deborah Stratman

    Artist Talk with Deborah Stratman

    April 29, 2010

    Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Her films, rather than telling stories, pose a series of problems - and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked.

  • Showing Houston Growing Green

    Showing Houston Growing Green

    April 6, 2010

    Join the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Ecotone, the University of Houston’s Community Learning Agricultural Sustainability Program (CLASP) and musician Lisa E. Harris for the opening reception of Showing Houston Going Green, a photo awareness campaign meant to inspire global enrichment through local action.

  • TLC² Artists in Residence Reception

    TLC² Artists in Residence Reception

    May 6, 2010

    The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and Texas Learning & Computation Center (TLC2) join together for a reception featuring inaugural TLC2 Artists in Residence Allison Hunter and Chuck Ivy.

  • Graphic Content

    Graphic Content

    May 13, 2010

    Mat Johnson’s Graphic Novel course, offered every other Spring through the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and the Creative Writing Program, is an introduction and exploration of modern graphic storytelling including critical examination and workshops of original creative work within the form.

  • Amy Patton

    Amy Patton

    August 28 - November 13, 2010

    Amy Patton's recent experiments in performance and theater employ complex strategies of sound, text, and voiceover to explore the various ways images and meaning are constructed.