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This is an integrated dining experience and installation hosted by Rice University. Featuring artworks and concepts by Marina Zurkow as well as culinary curation and execution by Lucullan Foods, this performance will take place at the Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University on March 20, 2014. The dinner, titled Outside the Work is comprised of a conceptual tasting menu that follows the lifecycle of a petrochemical. At play are elements of video, sculpture, printed material, lecture, and integrated food service/performance. For documentation of an earlier presentation of this experience, please visit: http://www.o-matic.com/play/necrocracy/OtW.html.
WHO WE ARE SEEKING
We are seeking seven artists to play food servers. Food service experience is a plus but not mandatory, as aspects of service will be covered in the workshop. Please be comfortable with being documented as an integral part of this event. There will be both a videographer and photographer recording aspects of this event.
We are offering a stipend of $250 to cover travel expenses and time. There will be 1-2 days of workshopping and one day of performance, and all artists must be in attendance for all three days.
THE ROLE OF THE SERVER
We anticipate 50 guests for this experience, so each artist will be responsible for the service of 7 to 8 guests. Artists will first act as ushers of guests into the dining space. Select artists will then be asked to create vignettes at the top of the meal, while others will actively engage the guests in a ritual-type service of the first course. Once the guests are seated, there will be six courses of food and drink that the artists will facilitate.
Please respond to this posting with a brief bio and explanation of your interest. Also, please provide your availability from March 17th to March 20th. Lastly, please confirm that you can provide your own wardrobe of a black dress shirt, black pant, and black shoes. A simple photograph of you would be helpful but is not required!
ENCUENTRO: ANTENA @ BLAFFER
Friday and Saturday, February 14 & 15
A weekend-long gathering (encuentro) to explore the powerful ideas of language justice and language experimentation at the heart of the Antena installation. Eleven artists—both local, national and international—were invited to contribute work to Antena @ Blaffer; these artists will present workshops, readings, performances and more over the course of the weekend. The Encuentro is designed to facilitate bilingual conversation and collaboration between Houston literary and visual arts communities and artists from elsewhere working nationally and internationally. The entire encuentro will be in English and in Spanish with live interpretation between both languages. Participating artists are Benvenuto Chavajay (Sololá, Guatemala), Jamal Cyrus (Houston), María-Elisa Heg (Houston), Autumn Knight (Houston), Sueyeun Juliette Lee (Philadelphia), Ayanna Jolivet McCloud (Houston), Nuria Montiel (Mexico City), Kaia Sand (Portland), Efraín Velasco (Oaxaca), Cecilia Vicuña (New York/Santiago), and Stalina Villarreal (Houston).
See the full schedule here.
Visiting Artist and Scholar Series: Boris Groys + Anton Ginzburg
Thursday, February 27, 6:30pm
Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston (adjacent to Blaffer Art Museum)
Boris Groys is Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. His lecture, “New Archeology of the Soviet Empire,” will be followed by a conversation between Groys and Blaffer exhibiting artist Anton Ginzburg.
Boris Groys is a philosopher, essayist, art critic, media theorist, and an internationally acclaimed expert on late-Soviet postmodern art and literature, as well as on the Russian avant-garde. His philosophical writing includes A Philosopher’s Diary, On the New: A Study of Cultural Economics, and The Invention of Russia, while his contributions to art theory and criticism can be found in Vanishing Point Moscow and The Art of Installation. His most recent books are Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of the Media and Ilya Kabakov. The Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment (Afterall/MIT Press, 2006).
The 2013 – 14 Visiting Artist and Scholar Series is supported through a Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Program Innovations grant, funded in part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.
Artists’ talk: Raqs Media Collective
Saturday, February 22, 4:00pm
Freed Auditorium at the Glassell School, Museum of Fine Arts Houston. 5101 Montrose Blvd
Blaffer Art Museum welcomes Raqs Media Collective to Houston for a two-week residency in advance of the group exhibition Time / Image, opening September 2015. Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula & Shuddhabrata Sengupta) have been variously described as artists, curators, editors and catalysts of cultural processes. Their work, which has been exhibited widely in major international spaces and events, locates them along the intersections of contemporary art, historical enquiry, philosophical speculation, research and theory – often taking the form of installations, online and offline media objects, performances and encounters. They live and work in Delhi, based at Sarai, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, an initiative they cofounded in 2000. They are members of the editorial collective of the Sarai Reader series. Founded in 1992, Raqs Media Collective have had solo exhibitions at the Chronos Art Center in Shanghai, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Audain Gallery at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Photographers’ Gallery and Frith Street Gallery in London, Nature Morte in Berlin, and many other venues in Delhi, Toronto, Paris, Mumbai, New York, Warsaw, Brussels and London. Their work has been featured in dozens of international group exhibitions, including the 2012 Benin Biennale, Manifesta 9, Lines of Control, The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989, the 2010 Sao Paulo Biennale, Experimental Geography, The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, Utopia Station, How Latitudes Become Forms, and Documenta 11.
Raqs Media Collective’s residency is supported through a Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Program Innovations grant, funded in part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.
The Mitchell Center is thrilled to announce that it is one of only six organizations nationally to be selected for a Building Bridges grant, funded in part by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
This two year grant will fund the Mitchell Center’s project, INTERSECTIONS, an initiative that engages four artists in residence directly with the University of Houston’s immensely diverse student population. Led by a steering committee of artists, arts leaders, UH faculty, and Mitchell Center program staff, INTERSECTONS aims to increase knowledge about Muslim societies through the arts.
December 7, 2013 6:30 pm
Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin Street
A live performance by Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi, an experimental music ensemble of Chicago-based vocalists and musicians founded in 2008. Directed by Gates, the music is influenced by diverse traditions, including Gospel, Blues and Buddhist and Zen chants. Featuring Yaw Agyeman on vocals, Mikel Avery on percussion, Orron Kenyetta with spoken word, and Khari Lemuel on cello. Free and open to all.
Co-presented by Blaffer Art Museum, Project Row Houses, and the Mitchell Center. Supported through the Innovation Grants program, which is funded in part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.
George Mitchell, philanthropist, Texas oilman and real estate developer, passed away today at age 94. Mitchell and his late wife, Cynthia, made considerable contributions to Houston, Galveston, The Woodlands and beyond through their leadership, philanthropic generosity and passion for culture and historic preservation. George Mitchell is remembered as a Texas legend for his innovations in drilling technology and real estate development, just to name a few.
The Mitchells made one of the largest individual grants in University of Houston history– $20 million– to create the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Read how UH is remembering George Mitchell and his incredible legacy here.
Since arriving at the helm of the University of Houston System as chancellor and as UH president in 2008, Renu Khator has been steadily transforming the university and enhancing the school’s national image. In only four years, she has taken the University of Houston from somewhat educational obscurity to national recognition including a Carnegie Tier One ranking. Read the full CultureMap article here.
UH Mitchell Center Commissions Experimental Music
Houston, get ready: A student marching band turned experimental musical cadre is poised to create free-form, funky, soulful, danceable rhythms at downtown’s Discovery Green later this month. This parade-gone-wild is the creation of world-renowned musician and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain who, as University of Houston Mitchell Center for the Arts Artist-in-Residence is deconstructing conventional modes of music-making and taking artistic freedom to the highest level…
In Detroit a contemporary-art museum is completing a monument to an influential artist that will not feature his work but will instead provide food, haircuts, education programs and other social services to the general public.
In New York an art organization that commissions public installations has been dispatching a journalist to politically precarious places around the world where she enlists artists and activists — often one and the same — to write for a Web site that can read more like a policy journal than an art portal. And in St. Louis an art institution known primarily for its monumental Richard Serra sculpture is turning itself into a hub of social activism, recently organizing a town-hall meeting where 350 people crowded in to talk about de facto segregation, one of the city’s most intractable problems.
If none of these projects sound much like art — or the art you are used to seeing in museums — that is precisely the point.
Read the full New York Times article here.
Oprah sits down with New York Times bestselling author and nationally acclaimed speaker, Dr. Brené Brown, to discuss her latest book “Daring Greatly.” For the past twelve years, she’s studied vulnerability, worthiness, shame and courage as a professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. At the 2010 TEDx Talk in Houston, she opened up about her own vulnerabilities and her quest to better understand herself. Her story of personal discovery resonated with people beyond those in attendance, garnering more than seven million views on TED.com.
The Emmy® award-winning series “Super Soul Sunday” premieres an all-new episode ‘Oprah & Brené Brown: Daring Greatly’ on Sunday, March 17 at 11a.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network