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September 2014 - Houston

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FAIR DAYS + NIGHTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 6 – 7:30 pm: Black Card-holders receive a coveted sneak peek. 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Opening Night Preview benefits Asia Society Texas Center. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 11:30 am – noon: Expert-led tour of the show. Tour guide TBA. "ArtSpeak: Museums in Their Communities," at the Theater. Curators weigh in on the changing role of the American museum. Panelists: Miranda Lash, New Orleans Museum of Art; Toby Kamps, The Menil Collection; and Kevin Rubén Jacobs, The Goss-Michael Foundation. Moderated by Chad Alligood, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. 2 – 3 pm: "ArtSpeak: Museum vs. Individual Collecting Strategies," at the Theater. Curators divulge secrets from the museum world that may be applicable to your collection. Panelists: Chad Alligood, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Shirley Reece-Hughes, Amon Carter Museum of American Art; and Gavin Delahunty, Dallas Museum of Art. Moderated by Elise Arnoult Miller, independent curator/advisor. 3:30 – 4:30 pm: "ArtSpeak: On Women Collectors." Moderated by CultureMap's Shelby Hodge. 5 – 6 pm: Bonhams Tour and Reception in the VIP Lounge. Invitation Only 5 – 7 pm: Luxe Interior + Design Tour and Reception, in the VIP Lounge. Invitation Only 5:30 to 6:30 pm: "Curators Getaway: Collecting Latin American Art," in the Theater. Panelists: Claudia Zapata, Mexi-Arte Museum; and Marion Oettinger, San Antonio Museum of Art. Moderated by Mariana Valdes Debes. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 11:30 am – noon: Expert-led tour of the Fair. Guide TBA. Noon – 12:30 pm: "Art in the Bayou: A Review of the Houston Artist's Hall of Fame" (in front of the exhibition). Presented by exhibition curator Patricia Covo Johnson. 1 – 2 pm: "ArtSpeak: Trends in Moving Image Art" in the Theater (or in front of videos). A fascinating look at where we are today in the world of video art. Panelists Miranda Lash, New Orleans Museum of Art; Mary Magsamen, Aurora Picture Show; and Rachel Cook, DiverseWorks. Moderated by artist Khaled Hafez. 2:30 – 3:30 pm: Inaugural Illumination Award for Achievement in Arts Education to David E. Bauer, interviewed by PaperCity's Catherine D. Anspon, in the Theater. 2:30 – 4 pm: FotoFest Tour and Reception, ending in the VIP Lounge. Invitation Only 4 – 5 pm: Lifetime Achievement Award to internationally celebrated MFAH curator Anne Tucker, interviewed by FotoFest's Wendy Watriss, in the Theater. 5 – 5:30 pm: Artist Spotlight: Internationally recognized photographer James Nakagawa in conversation with Anne Tucker, in the Theater. Nakagawa signs his Gama volume in the Pictura Gallery booth after his talk. 7:30 – 10 pm: Off-site exhibition opening and After Party at Deborah Colton Gallery: "Mapping Strife: Reality and Perceptions" with artists Khaled Hafez (Egypt), Ferhat Özgür (Turkey) and Mahmoud Obaidi (Iraq). This international group exhibition encompasses various medias including a video projection room for works by Hafez, who will be in attendance. Open to the public. Complimentary light bites, drinks, valet. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 11:30 am – noon: Expert-led tour of the show. Tour guide TBA. 11:30 – 1:30 pm: "ArtSpeak: Art Collide, Art Collecting 101 for Houston's Young Contemporaries." Brunch reception, chaired by Stacy and John Andell in the VIP Lounge. Lecture by Lea Weingarten, Weingarten Art Group; reception sponsored by Line 39. 2 – 3 pm: Middle Eastern Panel. Panelists and moderator TBA. SOME HOUSTON HISTORY Also tapped to contribute a perspective, Pulitzer- nominated former Houston Chronicle art critic Patricia Covo Johnson reflects and resurrects a time in Houston's art history, the era of the MFAH's game-changing "Fresh Paint" The Houston School" and the birth of the art car movement. While it's labeled a "Hall of Fame" exhibit — and controversial for its narrow focus upon a period that now seems like distant history — what critics fail to understand is that this is a show about our past. As Johnson notes in her curatorial statement, "By the mid-1980s, Houston was lauded as art's Third Coast." For HFAF, Johnson puts together an exhibit of monochrome works on paper, which include some unexpected drawings by Lawndale founder James Surls (also watch for his heroic sculpture at the Fair entrance) as well as a few of the seminal figures from that pivotal moment, rendered from the perspective of one who was in the very heart of the action. Johnson was not only one of the most influential critics in the region but married to one of the artists, Lucas Johnson, who defined Houston painting while he also looked South towards the tradition of the Mexican Surrealists. PROVOCATIVE — AND TOP — FARE Also recommended: second-gen an-ex Tony Magar, whose reductive abstraction mixes color field with finely honed gestures, at Laura Rathe Fine Art; Khaled Hafez's paintings at the Fair chairman's booth, Deborah Colton Gallery, which serve up a startling example of hieroglyphics transformed into Pop figures, along with internationals from Russia, Istanbul, Iraq and the U.S.; new media master Sigalit Landau's feminist-informed image-making at Tel Aviv dealer Contempop Expressions Galleries; and internationally exhibited Drew Tal's photography infused with a dose of the East, at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery. From the Latin sector, Juan Raúl Hoyos, represented by Galeria Baobab, Bogotá, comments on architecture, while Havana dealer Habana Gallery brings the arcane symbol-laden canvases of Manuel Mendive. Contributing a text moment, Gallery Kitai, Tokyo, curates Mizuho Koyama's sumi-ink works. Then for a dose of California cool, seminal painter/performance artist John M. White exhibits his latest, the fauvistic "Bird Opera" series, at Sylvia White Gallery from Ventura, CA. For the complete Fair roster, navigate 1976 WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR, INDEED Annually, HFAF acknowledges worthy recipients to honor — last year, for example, Robert Pruitt was recognized for his achievements as an artist and mentor. For 2014, HFAF looked to a curator of extraordinary distinction and a complete game- changer and will bestow the Lifetime Achievement Award upon Anne Tucker, founder of the department of photography at the MFAH, who built it up from a few hundred images to one of the top 10 troves in the world. FotoFest co-founder Wendy Watriss interviews Tucker on Saturday afternoon, making for a historic photo-focused tête–à–tête. Also having joined the MFAH in 1976 and receiving the inaugural Illumination Award for Arts Education, art historian, curator and lecturer David E. Brauer will be in conversation with PaperCity's Catherine D. Anspon, a former student, on topics from Brit Pop art to the Houston scene in the 1970s. For the full lineup of panels and talks, refer to the Fair Days and Nights calendar following. For late-breaking details, tap PHOTOGRAPHY RISES Is this a photo town or what? Besides the Anne Tucker Q&A and FotoFest booth, investigate a special talk by Guggenheim Fellowship recipient James Nakagawa, a University of Houston MFA who's now an Indiana University associate professor. Nakagawa, represented in the permanent collections of museums from the Met to the MFAH, chats with Anne Tucker in the Theater late Saturday afternoon, then signs his book Gama, which explores the Gama caves of Okinawa, at the Pictura Gallery booth. Pictura will exhibit images from this series, which depicts the brooding interiors of these Japanese caves, where civilian islanders sought refuge during World War II. PAPERCITY ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT Mariana Valdes Debes Anne Tucker David E. Brauer Clockwise from top left: Sigalit Landau's Peptic, 2005, at Contempop Expressions Galleries; Khaled Hafez's video still (Camera) from "On Noise, Sound and Silence," 2013, at Deborah Colton Gallery and the public space; Tony Magar's Hydra (detail), 2014, at Laura Rathe Fine Art Lalla Essaydi's Harem #29, 2009, printed 2011, at FotoFest James Surls' Three Worlds Seven Rings, 2014, at the Fair entrance COURTESY SURLS STUDIO, ROBERT MILLMAN PHOTOGRAPHY LEFT: COURTESY THE ARTIST AND CONTEMPOP EXPRESSIONS GALLERIES, TEL AVIV RIGHT: COURTESY THE ARTIST AND DEBORAH COLTON GALLERY, HOUSTON BOTTOM: COURTESY THE ARTIST AND LAURA RATHE FINE ART, HOUSTON TODD FRANCE DEBORAH TREVIÑO PORTER Mizuho Koyama's Music Master, 2014, at Gallery Kitai COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GALLERY KITAI, TOKYO COURTESY THE ARTIST AND EDWYNN HOUK GALLERY, NYC HFAF 2014

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