Artists Up Close is a series of lectures, performances, and live interactions with artists currently featured in exhibitions at the Blaffer Art Museum of the University of Houston. Presented by the University of Houstons Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and School of Art in collaboration with the Blaffer Museum, Artists Up Close will open a window to dialogue about the ideas and influences of leading contemporary artists.

Ingrid Mwangi
September 7, 2006
Kenyan-born German based Media Artist, Ingrid Mwangi will discuss her work and offer a one-time-only performance in conjunction with the Blaffer Museum exhibition, A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad.

Siemon Allen
October 5, 2006
South African artist Siemon Allen collects, organizes and archives common objects, such as stamps, to comment on the construction of individual and national identity. Allen will discuss his work in conjunction with the Blaffer Museum exhibition, A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad.

Conversation: Roundtable on Contemporary Asian American Art
January 20, 2007

Conversation, One Way or the Another: Asian American Art Now
March 28, 2007
Featuring guests Gus Kopriva, Director, Redbud Gallery; Serena Lin Bush, Artist; Prince Thomas, Artist; and Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, Co- Artistic Directors of Big Dance Theater.

Film screening, The Birdpeople with filmmaker Michael Gitlin
September 13, 2007
A loosely-knit community of birdwatchers in New York’s Central Park; ornithologists with their specimen collections at a dozen different natural history museums; bird banders gingerly extracting birds from mist nets and collecting data in upstate New York; six people searching for an extinct bird in a Louisiana bayou: these are the strands that are woven together by The Birdpeople as it documents a passionate fixation. Part cultural history, part self-reflexive anthropology, by turns humorous and elegiac, The Birdpeople examines the pleasures and problems of looking and naming, and investigates the social construction of nature, centered on ornithology and its amateur counterpart, birdwatching. The screening is in conjunction with the Blaffer Museum exhibition, Jean Luc Mylayne (September 8 – November 10), Mylane’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States.