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.
The Mitchell Center’s frequent collaborator, Project Row Houses, is featured in this piece by the Dallas Observer highlighting founder Rick Lowe and his role in the transformation of the Third Ward.
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…
Read the full article on En Masse in April’s A+C Houston magazine here.
A town-hall meeting on racial and economic issues at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis.
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.
The Daily Cougar sat down with artist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain to discuss En Masse, working with the Spirit of Houston marching band, and what it means to be in residence at the Mitchell Center. Read the full interview 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
Watch a preview of the show!
A Literary Event Presented in Conjunction with the FotoFest Exhibition Crónicas
Magnitud/e is one of the major programs for FotoFest’s new original multi-media exhibition “Crónicas,” showcasing seven contemporary Mexican visual artists who are interpreting, rather than documenting, the violence of the Mexican drug war.
This bilingual poetry event features three acclaimed poets from Northern Mexico and two from the Houston area. The work of each of these poets creates a dialogue around the on-going violence in Mexico using a variety of techniques from appropriation to translation, from slam poetry to post-conceptual writing.
Marco Antonio Huerta (Cd. Victoria, Mexico) – Translated by John Pluecker
Lupe Méndez (Houston)
John Pluecker (Houston)
Minerva Reynosa (Monterrey, Mexico) – Translated by Stalina Villarreal
Sara Uribe (Cd. Victoria, Mexico) – Translated by John Pluecker
Magnitud/e is co-sponsored with Make.Play.Speak and John Pluecker
For more information click here.
Special support from Nuestra Palabra. This event is supported by a grant from Poets & Writers, Inc.
IART professor Nick Flynn will be discussing his new book, THE REENACTMENTS—a memoir about glass flowers, memory, and the making of a movie—with David Eagleman at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Sunday, January 13 at 2pm.
FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION
A reception and book signing in the museum galleries follow this program.
Nick Flynn and David Eagleman, two noted authors with Houston connections, come together on the occasion of Flynn’s latest book, The Reenactments: A Memoir, the story of Flynn adapting his 2004 memoir into the film Being Flynn. In the new memoir, Flynn reflects on his experience of being on the set during filming of two central events in his life: his mother’s suicide and his father’s long run of homelessness. In a lively conversation punctuated by film clips and visual references, neuroscientist Eagleman engages his friend in reflections about the intersections of life and art.
Congratulations to UH faculty member Toni Leago Valle, the new general manager of Karen Stokes Dance (KSD). Valle brings 12 years of professional experience on and off the stage to KSD. As project director of Dance Source Houston for 11 years, Valle oversaw A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Dance Card, the Dance Source website and the Dance Table.
For its latest production, arts group Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) is hoping to shed light on Freedmen’s Town — one of the most historically dynamic (and most historically overlooked) neighborhoods in Houston.
Read the entire article on CultureMap here.
The chancellor and president of the University of Houston has had a very good year.
Read the interview in Texas Monthly this month by Jake Silverstein.