100 Creatives: David A. Brown

Check out David Brown, one of the Houston Press 100 Creatives.

Sometimes, Merging Isn’t So Easy

As it has become more and more difficult to sustain arts organizations, many arts leaders and boards are considering merging with other arts organizations in an effort to reduce cost and improve efficiency. In some cases, the merger between two arts organizations can be the only way both missions can be pursued long into the future. But for organizations considering mergers, there are several reasons to proceed with caution.

Read the full blog post by Michael Kaiser, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, here.

Walker Art Center’s 2011-12 performing arts season

View their 2011/2012 season which includes red, black and GREEN: a blues with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Theaster Gates.


Find out who influences choreographer Meg Wolfe, who’s piece trembler.SHIFTER premieres at REDCAT June 2-5.

Down on the Bayou: AAM Attendees Visit Center for Land Use Interpretation’s Houston Field Office

2011 AAM conference attendees visited the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s Houston Field Office, located on the banks of Buffalo Bayou, earlier this week.  Check out the blog post by Rachel Hooper,  Associate Curator and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum.




Open Call for Participation

Shrimp Boat Projects announces an open invitation to join its daily shrimping expeditions into Galveston Bay. Artists of all disciplines – plus others interested – are welcome to participate and become a part of the Shrimp Boat Projects Regional Artist Exchange program.

Participants will spend one or more days working on Galveston Bay aboard a shrimp boat. They will be provided with a bunk for sleeping on the boat, if desired, and prepared meals from the catch. Those who participate in these expeditions will be invited to submit proposals for the next phase of the Regional Artist Exchange – a year of commissioned, site-specific projects around the Galveston Bay region that are generated by the experience of shrimping. These projects will then be considered for a subsequent major public exhibition and publication in 2013.

To participate in Shrimp Boat Projects:
To sign up for a shrimping expedition, please submit an email to eric@shrimpboatprojects.org with your name, address, contact information, a brief bio, and your preferred dates for participation. Attach to that email a brief statement, no more than one page, that outlines your interest in participating in the project. Artists based in the Gulf Coast region or whose work is closely tied to the region are especially encouraged to participate.

Due Dates:
June 1st
– Open Call responses due for Summer participation (June 15 – September 15)
August 15th – Open Call responses due for Fall participation (September 15 – November 15)


An Architect’s Fear That Preservation Distorts

Has preservation become a dangerous epidemic? Is it destroying our cities? Check out the New York Times exhibition review of  “Cronocaos” at the New Museum. Organized by Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, a partner in Mr. Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the show draws on ideas that have been floating around architectural circles for several years now — particularly the view among many academics that preservation movements around the world, working hand in hand with governments and developers, have become a force for gentrification and social displacement, driving out the poor to make room for wealthy homeowners and tourists.

Word Becomes Flesh: the remix

Premiere: Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet between Main & Montrose
Brown Auditorium Theater

May 24-28, 2011

Directed by Laura Harrison and Elizabeth Federici
(USA, 2010, 78 min.)
Tuesday-Thursday, May 24-26, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 p.m.
*Friday, May 27, 7:00 p.m.

The first independent video documentary to delve into the work of the renegade 1970s art/architecture collective Ant Farm, best known for its iconic land-art piece Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas (shown above). Radical architects, video pioneers, and mordantly funny cultural commentators, the Ant Farmers created a body of deeply subversive work that questioned everything by posing a set of creative and comedic alternatives.

*Both filmmakers in attendance!

UH Moores Concert Chorale Performing David White’s Latest Composition at Floriège Vocal de Tours

Read more about the chorale’s upcoming international performance at the exclusive festival and competition Floriège Vocal de Tours in Tours, France here.


Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency


OCTOBER 10 – 30 (application deadline: May 20, 2011)

NICK FLYNN, poetry/memoir
ROSCOE MITCHELL, music composition
ALEXIS ROCKMAN, visual arts


Since 1982, Atlantic Center’s residency program has provided artists from all artistic disciplines with spaces to live, work, and collaborate during three-week residencies. Located just four miles from the east coast beaches of central Florida, the pine and palmetto wooded environment contains award-winning studios that include a resource library, painting studio, sculpture studio, music studio, dance studio, black box theater, writers’ studio, and digital computer lab. Each residency session includes three master artists of different disciplines. The master artists each personally select a group of associates – talented, emerging and midcareer artists – through an application process administered by ACA. During the residency, artists participate in informal sessions with their group, collaborate on projects, and work independently on their own projects. The relaxed atmosphere and unstructured program provide considerable time for artistic regeneration and creation. Atlantic Center for the Arts provides housing (private room/bath with work desk), weekday meals (provided by ACA chef) and 24-hour access to shared studio space. Limited Financial Aid is available to qualified applicants.

For more information on how to apply, please visit www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org, or email  program@atlanticcenterforthearts.org or telephone ACA at (386) 427-6975 or (800) 393-6975 (domestic US only).

All applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date.

Photo: Artists from Residency #140 on the deck of ACA’s Pugh Sculpture Studio. Photo by Rachel Sonnenshine.


Upcoming 2012 Residency Opportunities (online soon):

Residency #144


(Application deadline: October 21, 2011)

ELIZABETH HAND, sci-fi/fantasy

LIZ LERMAN, choreography

TJ WILCOX, visual arts

Tex Hex Sneak Peeks

Can’t make it to Saturday’s Tex Hex screening? Grab your radios tuned to 87.7FM for exclusive sneak peeks of Tex Hex tonight Tuesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 19.

MAY 17, 8:30PM
Prescient looks at a decaying techno-future from an ideological past with works by Cyprien Gaillard, Bradley Eros, Marianna Milhorat and Pavel Medvedev.
LOCATION: Guadalupe Park, 301 S. Jensen Dr at Buffalo Bayou, free parking at Talento Bilingue de Houston


MAY 19, 8:30PM
A quartet of filmic meditations on the petro-chemical landscapes of the west, with works by Emily Richardson, Deborah Stratman, Alain Resnais and Peter Mettler.
LOCATION: Buffalo Bayou by the corner of Nance & West, 2300 Nance

Don’t miss local coverage from swamplot, CultureMap, PR enthusiast Cosmopolitician and more.

Havel Ruck Projects Update

Check out the latest on the collaborative duo of Havel Ruck Projects as reported by Douglas Britt.

If you went on google today, you might have seen the results of this animation process.
Dance vocabulary by Martha Graham, directed by Janet Eilber and danced by me, Blakeley White-McGuire!
Animation by Ryan Woodward.


Texas-based musicians explore their visual side at ArtCar Museum show

The Art Car Museum’s current show Musicians Who Make Art presents works by musicians who also explore and reveal their “visual intelligence” in the forms of painting, sculpture, and installation art.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph has words with Atlanta

Read abut his spoken word collaboration with the Atlanta Ballet creating a dialogue between the city’s past and present here and watch a rehearsal excerpt of HOME OF THE BRAVE, a section from Amy Seiwert’s HOME IN 7. Part of IGNITION: New Choreographic Voices.

Extremely Shorts 14 Film Festival Call for Entries

Extremely Shorts Film Festival Screenings and the Closing Party Picnic are scheduled for June 17 – 18, 2011. The early deadline for submissions is April 29th, with the late deadline being May 10th.  Audience Choice cash awards are given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Check out Aurora Picture Show for more information.

Applicants are asked to review all the submission guidelines and fill out a submission form.



    Breadth on View, Depth in Mind

    Art advocate Paul Klein, and the moving and challenging words of Chicago artist Titus O’Brien about ArtChicago.

    This is the heart of the matter — art, truly, is not a commercial proposition. This is not “idealism.” This is the truth. Art is life and death, nothing less. When it is less than that, it isn’t art. Money is only one form of value, often acting merely as representative for more profound ones. True art patrons know this — therefore, they look to patronize art that clues us in on our fundamental humanity and core values. Artists are not entertainers. We’re not fantasists. Richard Tuttle said only art can show the truth of our existence. I don’t disagree. Ad Reinhardt called art commerce and art as entertainment a “suicide burlesque.” That phrase crossed my mind more than once last Friday, strolling the fair. A carnival of the frivolous. I don’t have the time. None of us really do.

    100 Creatives: Mary Magsamen

    Check out IART faculty and Aurora Picture Show curator Mary Magsamen as one of the Houston Press 100 Creatives.

    And don’t miss MEASURED at Lawndale Art Center on view April 22 – June 4 featuring Artist Studio Program residents Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Daniel McFarlane and Anthony Thompson Shumate.

    Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s videos, photographs and installations reinterpret the people, activities and objects of their everyday life and engage the edge between the heroic and tragic. They navigate perceptions of identity, emotion and family within a uniquely American subjectivity. Their experimental short video, Elevated Landscape, shot on location at Lawndale, looks at suburban lawns as identity for families as well as the social and environmental impact. House/hold is a photographic series of portraits of the artist’s family set in surreal settings and interactions.