Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 to Saturday, Dec 7, 2013: Feast-Radical Hospitality in Contemporary ArtFeast in Houston features more than thirty artists and artist collectives through two interrelated components: a gallery presentation and participatory, performative projects.
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 to Saturday, Dec 14, 2013: Zineb Sedira: Lighthouse in the Sea of TimeFor her first solo exhibition in the US, the artist presents video installations and photographs documenting her journeys to two lighthouses in Algeria. Her art subtlely shows how monumental historical struggles continue to resonate in the present moment.
Viewers of contemporary art are often invited to involve themselves actively in artworks, by entering installations, touching objects, performing instructions or clicking on interactive websites. Why have artists sought to engage spectators in these new forms of participation? In what ways does active participation affect the viewer's experience and the status of the artwork? Spanning a range of practices including kinetic art, happenings, environments, performance, installations, relational and new media art from the 1950s to the present, this critical anthology sheds light on the history and specificity of artworks that only come to life when you -- the viewer -- are invited to "do it yourself." Rather than a specialist topic in the history of twentieth- and twenty-first century art, the "do-it-yourself" artwork raises broader issues concerning the role of the viewer in art, the status of the artwork, and the socio-political relations between art and its contexts.
Memory and postcolony: African anthropology and the critique of power
This book calls for a new approach to the making of political subjectivities. Through theoretically informed anthropology, it meets the urgent need to rethink our understanding of the moral and political force of memory, its official and unofficial forms, its moves between the personal and the social in postcolonial transformations. Memory and the Postcolony brings these transformations into perspective. It is divided into three sections in which distinguished anthropologists explore death and subjectivity; the memory work of elections and public commissions; and fundamentalism and the future.
About the Reading Nook
The Blaffer Art Musuem now hosts the Reading Nook in collaboration with the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library. It is a companion reading space within the museum to complement exhibits. On a rotating basis, the museum features selected books which viewers are invited to read during visits. Books that complement the current exhibits are selected to provide museum visitors with a way to deepen their perspective of the exhibitions' concepts, philosophy, and aesthetics.The Reading Nook may contain recommendations by exhibition curators, museum and library staff, and exhibiting artists. The complete selections are featured here, and are categorized, so that you can easily find topics that match your interests.