2016-2017 Exhibition Season

August 2016

Watercolor Collage Workshop
Saturday, August 20, 2016
1 - 3 PM
Free - Registration is required as space is limited.

During this two-hour workshop led by Lawndale's Summer Interns, participants will learn the basic techniques of watercolor and create a collage art piece with their watercolors. We will cover eight watercolor techniques; wash, gradient wash, gradient color wash, wet on wet, drips with a brush, drips with a spray bottle, texturing with plastic wrap and texturing with salt. Each technique will be taught on a 3”x6” piece of watercolor paper which once dry will be cut up and assembled into a collage artwork of the participants' design. This workshop is accessible to an audience between ages 10 - 20 who want to experiment with watercolor. Admission to the workshop is free and supplies will be provided though if you have your own watercolors feel free to bring them!

Registration is required as space is limited. Sign up here!

September 2016

Opening Reception for September 9 - October 22, 2016 Exhibitions

Opening Reception
Friday, September 9, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM

ArtFiction • Curated by Rino Pizzi

Traded • Curated by James Scheuren

Mystic Dumb-Dumb • Joe Wooten

Idiot Machines/Infinity Loops • Trey Duvall

Artist Talk led by Rino Pizzi
with artists from the exhibition ArtFiction: Ten Fictional Modernists from Texas

Saturday, September 10, 2016
2 PM

ArtFiction is a collaborative project developed by Rino Pizzi and involves exchanges between writers, visual artists and actors/performers. This project addresses a broad range of cultural perspectives on the relations between art production and critical narratives and the effect of artists’ biographies on the public perception of their work. Ten writers were invited to write about ten fictional Texas artists supposed to be living and working any time between the 1940’s and the early 1980’s. Ten actual artists responded by creating work that could be attributed to the imagined artists, and ten actors sat for photographic portraits of the fictional personas. Ten actors studied the biographies and impersonated the artists for photo sessions in photographic styles current with their time and consistent with their personas. There are two distinct contexts for ArtFiction. One relates to the historical experience of art—its institutions, its established professional and intellectual cultures, its modes of production and circulation, and the conflicting claims in terms of value, authorship and historical relevance. The second is specific to the cultural landscape and the communities where the project will be presented. In the broad landscape of Texas modern art history, the narratives of the various fictional artists will create a symbolic counterpart to for the actual historical experience, which to date is still far from being fully researched and assessed.

Nick Cave
Here Hear, 2015
Courtesy of Cranbrook Art Museum
Production still from ART21's series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8, 2016

ART21 Season 8 Screening
Chicago: Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kasten, Chris Ware
Thursday, September 22, 2016
6:30 PM

Lawndale hosts a free screening of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century. Season 8 features sixteen artists from four cities—Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver—revealing how they engage the culture around them and how art allows viewers to see the world in new ways.

Next screenings::

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Mexico City: Natalia Almada, Minerva Cuevas, Damián Ortega, Pedro Reyes

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Los Angeles: Edgar Arceneaux, Liz Larner, Tala Madani, Diana Thater

Thursday, December, 15, 2016
Vancouver: Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor, Jeff Wall

Houston MA+DS Home Tour
Saturday, September 24, 2016
11 AM - 5 PM
Tickets: $35 ($30 online with promo code ‘LAWNDALE’)

Modern Home Tours returns to Houston for a sixth self-guided tour of modern homes in the area this fall as the new Modern Architecture + Design Society (MA+DS), a new multi-media property that aims to create a vibrant, global community of modern architecture and design enthusiasts through multiple platforms that inspire engagement with the people, places, and things that define the “modern” movement.

The 2016 Houston MA+DS Home Tour will take place Saturday, September 24, 2016. The day-long event is a self-guided driving tour of Houston’s coolest modern architecture, designed by some of Bayou City’s greatest architects. From 11 AM - 5 PM, tour-goers can explore the inside and outside of 8 private residences in the area that are sure to wow even the most casual observer. Lawndale Art Center is the official non-profit partner of the 2016 Modern Home Tour - so spend a day checking out some of Houston’s finest modern residential architecture, and help support Lawndale Art Center!

Lawndale friends, family, and associates can use the coupon code ‘LAWNDALE’ to get $5 off each advanced ticket purchased online. Proceeds from tickets purchased with this code benefit Lawndale Art Center!

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Screening of The Way Things Go - A Film by Peter Fischli & David Weiss followed by a conversation with Trey Duvall
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
7 PM

Peter Fischli & David Weiss
The Way Things Go, 1987
Courtesy of Icarus Films

The Way Things Go - Inside a warehouse, Swiss artists Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946–2012) built an enormous, precarious structure 100 feet long made out of common household items: tea kettles, tires, old shoes, balloons, wooden ramps, etc. Then, with fire, water, gravity and chemistry, they created a spectacular chain reaction, a self-destructing performance of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock.

Fischli and Weiss have collaborated on kinetic installations since 1979. All of their work to date, whether in photography, film, drawing, or sculpture, has demonstrated a deep interest in the mechanisms that animate the universe of objects. They remove these things that surround us from their contexts in our daily lives, and then restructure their relationships to one another. The artists aim neither to glorify nor to alienate these common objects, but merely to create new references in which they might be considered.

Called "the merry pranksters of contemporary art" (The New York Times), Fischli and Weiss collaborated for 33 years, drawing worldwide notoriety and praise for taking on big questions with humble materials and a tongue-in-cheek manner.

Trey Duvall is an artist and educator. Duvall works in various forms including large-scale installations, video, performance, and traditional sculptural mediums concerning duration, stamina, humor, exhaustion, and entropy. He is also a Teaching Fellow at the University of Houston and a Masters of Fine Arts candidate. Duvall will be discussing aspects of The Way Things Go, as well as his work from Idiot Machines/Infinity Loops at Lawndale Art Center.

October 2016

Nick Cave
Here Hear, 2015
Courtesy of Cranbrook Art Museum
Production still from ART21's series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8, 2016

ART21 Season 8 Screening
Mexico City: Natalia Almada, Minerva Cuevas, Damián Ortega, Pedro Reyes
Thursday, October 13, 2016
6:30 PM

Lawndale hosts a free screening of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century. Season 8 features sixteen artists from four cities—Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver—revealing how they engage the culture around them and how art allows viewers to see the world in new ways.

Next screenings::

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Los Angeles: Edgar Arceneaux, Liz Larner, Tala Madani, Diana Thater

Thursday, December, 15, 2016
Vancouver: Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor, Jeff Wall

Conversation with Trey Duvall and Joe Wooten
Saturday, October 15, 2016
2 PM

Join artists Trey Duvall and Joe Wooten in conversation with Executive Director Stephanie Mitchell about their respective exhibitions and the unusual ways in which their practices intersect.

Halloween Craft Night & Flashlight tour
Thursday, October 20, 2016
$18 Non-Members
$13 Members

Join us for a haunting at Lawndale! Create and take away creepy crafts with which to decorate your dungeon, imbibe spooky spirits and frightful finger-foods, and explore the building - if you dare - by flashlight alone.

Members - call 713-528-5858 or email us at membership@lawndaleartcenter.org for $5 off!

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2016 Día de los Muertos Program
Friday, October 28 to Saturday, November 5, 2016

Building on the 29-year history of this beloved event, Lawndale is excited to introduce a series of short films organized by the Houston Latino Film Festival, site-specific installations by artist Grace Zuniga, and literary and artistic workshops that will engage audiences of all ages with the rich tradition of Día de los Muertos throughout Mexico and Latin America.

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November 2016

Double Digits: Lawndale's Artist Studio Program, 10 Years and Counting
Grace R. Cavnar, John M. O'Quinny & Cecily E. Horton Galleries

Lawndale Live • Phillip Pyle, II, Maurice Duhon, Jr., Stephen Wilson & Jawwaad
Project Space

Lawndale Art Center is pleased to present two exhibitions opening November 11, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, with artist talks beginning at 6 PM. Spanning the Grace R. Cavnar, John M. O'Quinn, and Cecily E. Horton galleries, Double Digits: Lawndale's Artist Studio Program, 10 Years and Counting celebrates not only the thirty artists who have participated in the Artist Studio Program but also the vital contribution that the Artist Studio Program makes to the Houston art community. A selection of recent works by past Artist Studio Program residents will be included in the exhibition. Lawndale Live is a live show filmed weekly in front of a studio audience at Lawndale Art Center.

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Double Feature: Artist Studio Program & Lawndale Live
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6 to 8 PM

Join us November 15 for a Lawndale Double Feature! The current Artist Studio Program residents will walk through their current projects, followed by a Lawndale Live broadcast featuring special guests Gonzo and Toby Kamps.

6-7pm: Studio Walk-Through & Conversation
Introducing Lawndale's current ASP Residents, Melinda Laszczynski, Randi Long, and Sarah Welch. Grab a drink and see what's cooking in the studios. Lily Cox-Richard will facilitate a lively discussion of works-in-progress. The walk-through will begin at 6:15. Learn more about the artists and Lawndale's Artist Studio Program here.

7-8pm: Lawndale Live Performance
Following the studio walk-through and conversation, join us as special guests GONZO, Toby Kamps, and ASP residents: Melinda, Sarah and Randi take part in the Lawndale Live show with music by Jawwaad.

Zine Fest Houston
Saturday, November 19, 2016
2 - 8 PM

Zine Fest Houston is excited to announce its partnership with Lawndale Art Center for ZFH 2016: Year of the Ama-Zines! This year the fest will take place on Saturday, November 19th at Lawndale Art Center. Registration for Zine Fest vendors will open on August 19th.

Zine Fest Houston is a local volunteer-based organization and annual one-day festival dedicated to promoting zines, mini-comics, and other forms of small press, alternative, underground DIY media, and art. With 72 vendors and over 1,000 attendees in 2015, the fest continues to grow apace. Since 2013 fest organizers have been diligent in seeking out, collaborating on, and creating fresh year-round programming in the form of workshops with organizations such as Art League Houston, The Houston Center for Photography, Writespace Houston, pop-up tabling events, and unique zine and creator driven events like Comix Gauntlet, and the annual ZFH compilation release.

For more information on Zine Fest Houston: zinefesthouston.org

December 2016

(Edible) Watercolor and Chill Cookie Workshop
Thursday, December 1, 2016
$10 Members | $13 Non-Members

Join Lawndale Artist Studio Program resident Melinda Laszczynski for an evening of holiday cookie decorating and merriment. Using concentrated food dye and brushes, participants will paint their own edible watercolors. Royal iced sugar cookies in various shapes (Animals! Snow globes! Cacti! Ginger bread men!) will be provided and participants will make approximately six cookies each. Beer, music, and good times will be had by all.

Purchase tickets here.

Conversation with Past Artist Studio Program Residents
Saturday, December 3, 2016
2 PM

Meander through the current exhibition Double Digits: Lawndale's Artist Studio Program, 10 Years and Counting in conversation with Executive Director Stephanie Mitchell and past Artist Studio Program residents including Josh Bernstein, JooYoung Choi, Lina Dib, Amber Eagle, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Emily Peacock, Cobra McVey, and others to learn more about their respective residency experiences, artworks, and artistic practices.

Lawndale Comedy Club
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Doors at 8 PM, show at 8:30 PM
18 years of age and above
Tickets: $5

Lawndale Studio Program alumni Nick Meriwether and Emily Peacock present an evening of stand-up comedy. The show will feature a diverse mix of some of the best comics in town as well as national touring acts, visual artists, and some surprise guests. Check out this lineup!

Daniel Webb - Headliner, tours nationally, fist bumped Obama, in general a big deal
Avery Moore - Austin comedy luminary
Jaffer Khan
Justin Blandford
Toby Kamps
Vinod Hopson
Tony Sonnenberg
Stephanie Saint Sanchez
Joe Folladori

Plus a few more surprises! Purchase Purchase your tickets here.

Conversation with Dawn Black
Saturday, December 17, 2016
2 PM

Join past Artist Studio Program resident Dawn Black and Executive Director Stephanie Mitchell in conversation about Black’s ongoing and timely work, Conceal Project, currently showcased in Double Digits: Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program, 10 Years and Counting.

January 2017

featuring Jandek
January 6, 2017
8 PM
Free Admission

Lawndale Art Center is proud to present SPEAKEASY, a new program initiative that re-envisions Lawndale's "Speakeasy" series that took place from 1993-2002. This series will cast a reflexive eye on Lawndale's historical relationship to live music, performance and the exploration of issues in contemporary art.

Our second event will take place on Friday, January 6, 2017, at 8pm featuring a solo performance by Jandek.

Cold beverages generously provided by Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

Jandek is the musical project of Corwood Industries, a record label that operates out of Houston, TX. Since 1978, Jandek/Corwood Industries has independently released over 100 albums/DVDs of unusual, often emotionally dissolute folk, rock, and blues songs without ever granting an interview or providing any biographical information. Jandek often plays a highly idiosyncratic and frequently atonal form of folk, rock, classical, and blues music, at times using an open and unconventional chord structure. The name "Jandek" is most commonly used to refer specifically to the project.

January 13 - February 26 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, January 13, 2017

Pulltight, Texas • Glenn Downing

A Routine in Parts • Eric McMaster

Mon Frère • Irene Reece

Play It as It Lays • Curated by José Guadalupe Garza

March 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, March 17
6 - 8 PM

2017 CORE Exhibition
John M. O'Quinn, and Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Denise Liebl
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

featuring Mydolls
Friday, March 3, 2017
Panel Discussion at 7 PM, followed by Lazer Kittens & Mydolls
Free Admission

Mydolls (1978-present), Houston’s original femme punk band, will release a limited edition collectible red vinyl EP, It’s Too Hot for Revolution, in February 2017. The official album release will be held at Lawndale Art Center on Friday, March 3, at 7 pm, as part of the 2017 SPEAKEASY program co-curated by Pete Gershon, local art historian and Lawndale’s programming committee chair. Hand numbered vinyl will be available at the event, which is free and open to the public. Seating will be limited.

This will be the third installment of SPEAKEASY, a new program featuring music, performance, and discussions of contemporary art that takes its cue from the eponymously titled series that took place at Lawndale from 1993-2002. “With the Speakeasy series, Lawndale is making it a priority to reconnect with its dynamic history as a space for live music and the performing arts,” says Lawndale Executive Director Stephanie Mitchell. “This concert by the legendary Mydolls really brings the institution full circle,” Gershon added.

Mydolls will discuss their history at Lawndale with Gershon and former executive director Mary Ross Taylor as well as perform in the gallery. This event builds on the legacy role and cultural impact Mydolls have had on the local music and contemporary art scenes and follows their recent program at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 20HERTZ presents: “A World of Our Own: Mydolls and the Houston Punk Scene.”

During the 1980s, Houston’s experimental music and art scenes converged in spaces such as Lawndale, where ideas and information were shared among youth movements, filmmakers and artists alike. Part of the first wave punk scene emerging in 1978, Mydolls was fronted by girl punk rockers who have since paved a path for women in the arts and continue to empower a new generation of fans.

“Performing at Lawndale will be like coming home,” says Mydolls founding member Trish Herrera. “We’re excited to debut this labor of love, our revolution, as an exclusive edition EP for our tribe at SPEAKEASY.”

It’s Too Hot for Revolution is a personal triumph for the band whose members survived cancer and experienced the loss of guitarist Kathy Johnston during the making of the album. Revolution blends classic npunk protest anthems such as “Politician” with poetry such as Charles Bukowski’s “Fair Stand the Fields of France.” Also featured on the EP are guest guitarist Dan Workman of SugarHill Recording Studios on “For Her”and bassist Dianna Ray’s dog, Amos, providing backing vocals on “Politician.”

It’s Too Hot for Revolution was engineered by Andy Bradley at SugarHill Recording Studios and Sound Arts Recording Studios, and features cover artwork by contemporary artist Jack Livingston.

Art Swap
Saturday, March 4, 2017
10AM - 2PM

Lawndale Art Center, in partnership with Big Medium and the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, TX, is pleased to present Art Swap! You are invited to bring artwork to trade with other artists, collectors, and appreciators.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at Lawndale Art Center on Saturday, March 4th, from 10AM - 2PM.

1. Nothing may be swapped for cash
2. You may swap for artwork, tools and services. Anything is fair game, as long as both participants are in agreement. Get creative!
3. Promised services must be carried out before goods are provided (i.e. painting is delivered on completion of ceramics class)
4. All trades are final!

Register for Art Swap!

Refreshments provided by Topo Chico, and food trucks will be on site!

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park
March 24 - 26, 2017

As a Non-Profit Partner of the Art Colony Association, Lawndale Art Center hosts a booth in the Creative Zone of the Bayou City Art Festival with an art activity for children attending the festival!

Additionally, we are in need of volunteers to help staff our craft activity during the festival! Click here for more information and to sign up!

March 17 - April 23, 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 CORE Exhibition

Hold • Denise Liebl

Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism's Temporal Bullying • Curated by Taraneh Fazeli

One Stone and the Rain (Una piedra y la lluvia) • Curated by Laura A. L. Wellen

Screening of Jen Liu and Sondra Perry’s videos, followed by conversation with Taraneh Fazeli
Saturday, April 22 from 2 - 4 PM
Third-floor classroom

Sondra Perry, Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation, 2016. Video and bicycle workstation, 9:05 min.

Jen Liu, SAFETY FIRST (BAD, DON’T TOUCH, MERCY!), 2013. Video, 15:20 min.

The second public program in Warp and Weft of Care is a screening of Jen Liu and Core artist-in-residence Sondra Perry’s recent video works on the closing day of the three Lawndale shows, Saturday, April 22nd. The program will include short videos that address the threats that labor poses to workers’ health.

For example, Jen Liu’s video SAFETY FIRST (BAD, DON’T TOUCH, MERCY!), 2013 addresses how industry disavows the negative impacts of labor on the human body and expects workers to adapt their movements to most efficiently fit the needs of production. Invoking factory safety posters and videos from the 70s, this piece of speculative fiction imagines a future return of industry back to the “first world,” prompting us to consider the current threats to bodily wellbeing that workers endure.

Sondra Perry’s Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation, 2016, features an avatar of the artist generated by software that was unable to reconcile her body type with pre-existing templates. The avatar asks viewers to consider how forms of discrimination negatively affect black folks’ health and what revolt might look like when social reproduction, be it through fitness or social media, is ultimately only valued for how it adds to one’s labor potential.

The screening will be followed by a conversation between Fazeli and the two artists and the Houston launch of Notes for the Waiting Room by Canaries.

Notes for the Waiting Room, an artwork commissioned as part of the "Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Sick Time" project and is comprised of three interlinked parts: newspaper, installation, and distribution network. Canaries was invited by Fazeli, a member, to contribute texts and images addressing the question: “How do you take care of yourself during a flare-up of your symptoms?” The resulting 24-page newspaper publication, distributed in art contexts as well as in doctor’s waiting rooms, challenges the unilateral and hierarchical transmission of information from doctor to patient and, much like the overall art and advocacy work of Canaries, fosters solidarity and embodied knowledge sharing instead. The publication launched in late March in a custom installation by Canaries co-founders Jesse Cohen and Carolyn Lazard in New York. There will be a distribution site at Lawndale on the closing day of the shows.

Canaries is a network of women (cis and trans) and gender non-conforming people living with autoimmune conditions and other chronic illnesses. The group name references to the phrase “canaries in the coal mine”—shorthand for those whose sensitivities are early indicators of adverse conditions in the environment. Canaries functions as a support group with monthly meetings, a listserv of 100+ members, and an art collective. While not all of its members are artists, many are painters, actors, and writers whose somatic experiences exceed interpretation by biomedical discourse. Canaries members come together to build shared languages and exchange strategies for coping with and learning from their conditions. For more information, go to www.canaries-collective.com

Taraneh Fazeli (Brooklyn, NY and Houston, TX) Taraneh Fazeli is a curator, educator, editor, and researcher from New York. She is currently a critic-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Art’s, Houston Core Residency Program (2015-17). Her practice emerges from legacies of institutional critique and pedagogy, witnessed in her work at the New Museum where she served as co-founder of the postgraduate R&D Seminars; editor of Six Degrees; and, as part of the R&D Season’s curatorial staff, co-organizer the 2015 R&D SPECULATION Season (2012-15). Previously she was a Contributing Editor to Triple Canopy (2011-12) and the Managing Director of e-flux (2008-11), where she oversaw publications such as art-agenda and organized exhibitions with artists including Raqs Media Collective, Martha Rosler, Allan Sekula, and Mladen Stilinović. She studied at the Cooper Union and CUNY Graduate Center.

Her current project, "Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism's Temporal Bullying," proposes a consideration of the temporalities of debility, disability, aging, and rest as a way of rethinking collectivity and potentially resistive to capitalism and other forces of opression. Recent curatorial projects such as the “Temporary Center for Translation” (2014) and “Occupied Territory: A New Museum Trilogy”(2014) focused on the relationship of pedagogy and language to the ontological status of the postcolonial subject. Fazeli is a member of the Canaries, a group of people with auto-immune disorders, and Pedagogy Group, a collective of socially-engaged art educators.

Jen Liu (Staten Island, New York) Jen Liu is a New York-based visual artist working in video, performance, and painting, on topics of national identity, economy, and the re-motivating of archival artifacts. Her most recent video, The Pink Detachment, premiered in the 2016 Berlinale Forum Expanded exhibition, and her recent performance commission for six dancers, The Red Detachment of Women, premiered at the Whitney Museum in mid-2015. She has also presented work at The New Museum and Issue Project Room, New York; LAX Los Angeles; Royal Academy and ICA in London; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunsthalle Wien and das weisse haus, Vienna; the Aspen Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; MUSAC, Leon; as well as the 2014 Shanghai Biennale (China) and the Coreana Museum in Seoul, Korea. She has also received multiple grants and residencies, including Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; Sommerakademie, Bern, Switzerland; de ateliers, Amsterdam, NL; the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York; among others. In 2016 she was a resident artist at Para Site in Hong Kong and LMCC Process Space on Roosevelt Island, this year she is a resident artist at Tulsa Artist Fellowship in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Swatch Art Hotel in Shanghai, China.

Sondra Perry (Houston, Texas and Perth Amboy, NJ) Sondra Perry makes videos and performances that foreground the tools of digital production as a way to critically reflect on new technologies of representation and to remobilize their potential.

Perry holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Alfred University. In 2015, the artist's work appeared in the fourth iteration of the Greater New York exhibition at MoMA/PS1. Other exhibitions include Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 2015; A Curious Blindness, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York (2015); Of Present Bodies, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA (2014); and Young, Gifted, & Black: Transforming Visual Media, The Camera Club of New York (2012). Perry performed Sondra Perry & Associate Make Pancakes and Shame the Devil at the Artist's Institute, New York, in 2015. The artist's work has been screened at venues such as Les Voutes, Paris, France; Light Industry, New York; Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, New York; Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Shenyang China; and LOOP Barcelona Media Arts Festival.

Perry was a panelist at Black Artists on Social Media at the Brooklyn Museum, NY. In 2014 Perry was Guest Lecturer at the School of Visual Arts, New York, for the course History, Theory, and Practice of the Image. Perry has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-bow, and the Experimental Television Center. Perry is currently based in Houston, Texas as part of the artist-in-residence program CORE at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Conversation with Denise Liebl, Laura A. L. Wellen, and Edra Soto
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Cavnar Gallery
12 PM

Join Denise Liebl, Core critic-in-residence and independent curator Laura A. L. Wellen, and Chicago-based artist and curator Edra Soto for coffee and conversation around Liebl's current exhibition Hold.

May 2017

BUILD-A-WORLD ZINE Workshop with Sarah Welch and Zine Fest Houston
Saturday, May 20, 2017
2 - 5 PM
Lawndale Art Center Classroom

Join artist Sarah Welch and Zine Fest Houston for a zine-making workshop focused on worldbuilding. Whether you're a high fantasy novelist, poet, comix-maker, or visual artist with a love of narrative imagery, worldbuilding is a great way to begin conceptualizing a project. In this workshop, participants will learn tips for creating a distinct sense of place and make their own, original one-page zine exploring a slightly tweaked or wholly new reality.

All materials will be provided, but personal collage materials and drawing tools are welcome. This event is FREE and family friendly!

Mini "Sparkling Canyon" Workshop
Sunday, May 21, 2017
1 PM - 3 PM
O'Quinn Gallery
$5 - Registration is required as space is limited (20)

Join us Sunday, May 21st from 1 - 3PM for our Mini "Sparkling Canyon" Workshop. This workshop was inspired by Melinda Laszczynski's "Sparkling Canyon", currently on view in Lawndale's O'Quinn Gallery as part of "Temporary Havens", our 2017 Artist Studio Program Show. In this workshop, attendees will create their own sparkling canyon worlds in small plastic dishes using marbled paint, glitter, feathers, sequins, and rhinestones.

This event is open to all ages. Drop-ins welcome!
There is a $5 fee to attend. Click here to purchase tickets.

Life Drawing with Lawndale
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
7 PM - 9 PM
3rd Floor Classroom
$5 - Registration is required as space is limited

Join us for an evening of Life Drawing at Lawndale! In this workshop, we will begin with short, gestural poses, leading into extended poses. Drawing expirence is not required, just an open and willing nature for mark making.

Lawndale will provide refreshments, paper, pencils and other drawing materials, but feel free to BYOM (bring your own materials)!

This workshop will include a nude model, so participants must be 18 years of age or older. There is a $5 fee to attend. You can purchase your tickets here!

SPEAKEASY featuring Randi Long
Thursday, May 25, 2017
7 PM - 8 PM
O'Quinn Gallery

Randi Long is currently an Artist Studio Participant at Lawndale. Long's works combine elements of performance and sound with sculpture.

Long has collaborated with Gabriel Martinez and James Racliffe for their project Noise Truck, which received an Idea Fund Award in 2016 and 1st Place, Grand Trophy for Best Music, at the Orange Show's 2016 Art Car Parade. Long has performed in projects with Nameless Sounds at AvantGarten, DiverseWorks, and MECA. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston.

June 2017

Temporary Havens gallery talk with guest curator Dean Daderko
Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:30 PM

The residents in Round 11 of Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program, Melinda Laszczysnki, Randi Long, and Sarah Welch, use paint, video, noise, and comics to invent worlds for us to enter, explore, inhabit, and enjoy. Join us for a walk-through of the exhibition with the three artists and guest curator, Dean Daderko.

Plant Prints at Lawndale
Sunday, June 11, 2017
1:00-3:00 PM
O’Quinn Gallery
$5 - Space limited (20); RSVP highly recommended

Come celebrate the last day of Lawndale’s current exhibitions in our Plant Prints at Lawndale workshop! In this workshop, attendees will create prints using everyday materials, no printing press or printmaking experience required! These prints are inspired by the biome within Sarah Welch’s "Holdouts", on view in our O’Quinn Gallery as part of "Temporary Havens," our 2017 Artist Studio Program exhibition.

Click here to reserve your spot. Space is limited (20) and fills quickly.

July 2017

Big Workshop Series: Rendering Life

Sunday, July 30, 2017
1 - 3 PM
O'Quinn Gallery
$5 - Registration is required as space is limited (20)

Announcing the second part of our Big Workshop Series: Rendering Life!

Join us Sunday, July 30 from 1 - 3 PM for Rendering Life, a figure drawing workshop inspired by the figurative artwork featured in The Big Show. This family-friendly workshop will feature a live model posing in O’Quinn Gallery. Have fun dabbling in various drawing materials and experimenting with technique all while getting inspired by the figurative artwork around you.

Event is open to all ages. Drop-ins Welcome!

Patterned Portraits
Sunday, July 23, 2017
1 - 3 PM
O'Quinn Gallery
$5 - Registration is required as space is limited (20)

The Big Show is underway and so is our Big Workshop Series!

Join us Sunday, July 23 from 1 - 3 PM for Patterned Portraits, inspired by the work of Jasmine Zelaya, Damir Zoric, Anna Mavromatis and other artists in The Big Show that use flat patterns to render 3D forms. Let the "Big" artists inspire you, enjoy an array of patterned papers, and create a patterned art piece of your very own!

This event is open to all ages. Drop-ins welcome but purchasing tickets beforehand is highly recommended to secure your spot.

August 2017

In a celebration of Lawndale's current round of Artist Studio Program residents, the John M. O'Quinn Gallery will showcase new work by Melinda Laszczynski, Randi Long, and Sarah Welch, curated by Dean Daderko (Contemporary Arts Museum Houston).

Melinda Laszczynski received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Houston in 2015 and her BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2010. She recently had solo shows at Cardoza Fine Art and galleryHOMELAND in Houston,TX. She has participated in group shows at multiple venues across Texas, including Galleri Urbane (Dallas), Inman Gallery (Houston), and was included in the 2015 Amarillo Museum of Art sculpture biennial. Her work is included in the collections of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, and UT Tyler in Tyler, Texas. Laszczynski was featured in New American Paintings MFA Annual #111 (2014) and #123 (2016).

Randi Long received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston in 2014. She was an artist in residence at Project Row Houses and Alabama Song in 2015. Long collaborated with Gabriel Martinez and James Racliffe for the project Noise Truck, which received an Idea Fund Award in 2016 and 1St Place, Grand Trophy for Best Music, at the Orange Show's 2016 Art Car Parade. Long has performed in projects with Nameless Sounds at AvantGarten, DiverseWorks and MECA.

Sarah Welch is an artist, illustrator, and comix-maker. After receiving a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and moving to Houston in 2012, she began the ongoing comic book series, Endless Monsoon. Welch is a co-organizer with Zine Fest Houston and regularly publishes prints, zines, and comics in collaboration with local print shop, Mystic Multiples. Welch is a past Idea Fund recipient, past resident at UT Dallas Centraltrak, and was recently awarded a 2017 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant.

Marfacello (JefferJudd)
Nick Barbee
Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Marfacello (JefferJudd) is an examination of space and memory. To start, I made a comparison between Thomas Jefferson and Donald Judd. Specifically, I considered the house museums dedicated to preserving their history, Monticello and Marfa, TX. Each home is decorated with maps, tinkerings, and ideas that create an air of ingenuity around their historic tenant.

Using Jefferson and Judd (and Monticello and Marfa) as a trailhead, this body of work examines space and memory, history and landscape. I've designed my own tools, each for specific, if unintelligible task.

Using maps created by both Jefferson and Judd, I've created maps that absent of any legend, read as abstract paintings. Marfacello (JefferJudd) embraces the myopia of its namesakes. The work plays at inventiveness and ingenuity by proposing solutions to nonexistent problems.

The Memory of a Particular Image
Ricardo Rivera
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Our family photographs are the most intimate records of our lives. They shape how we feel about our past, about our loved ones and ourselves. We remember and misremember our history through these pictures; as our ability to recall fades with age, these images often supplant our memory. Can we trust these images? Do they tell us the truth about ourselves or do we create truths from what we see? Through a series of appropriated family photographs, The Memory of a Particular Image explores the malleability of our memory and how photography alters the way we experience the past.

The Room Nobody Lives In
Miguel Martinez
Project Space

Violent Spring, Miguel Martinez, 2017
acrylic and photo transfer on canvas
45" x 63"

Everything I owned I left behind. Everything I knew I took with me. There I took refuge from the arid heat, pressing my face against the cool tile, inventing stories from the curtain’s shadows dancing on the wall. Since then hungry moths have shredded the sun bleached lace whose shadows foretold what I’ve now lived in the flesh. A gullible spider tirelessly repairs the gaps, making up what it can’t remember. Too kind in its recollection. With closed eyes I rebuild the corners of this room. Brick by brick, in a trance, I’m swallowed by its walls. For just a few seconds I stand surrounded by the place where I am most myself, believing what no one else will. There again, back in The Room Nobody Lives In.

The Room Nobody Lives In ​exploits the elasticity of painting to further tangle the fact and fiction of Miguel’s experience.

Artist Bio
Miguel Martinez​ was born in Celaya, Mexico. He has lived in Houston since 2001 where he received a BFA from the University of Houston. He has been included in group shows at Box13, galleryHOMELAND, the Joanna, and is a recipient of the 2013 Dallas Museum of Art Clare Hart DeGolyer Fund Award.

Big Workshop Series: Shrinky Dink Sculptures

Sunday, August 6, 2017
1 - 3 PM

Join us Sunday, August 6 from 1 - 3 PM for Shrinky Dink Sculptures, a Big Show workshop inspired by Valerie Powell's shrinky dink sculpture Shape Shifter, on view in Cavnar Gallery. Revisit the art of heated plastic and create a shrinky dink sculpture of your very own!

This workshop open to all ages. To RSVP, click here.

Big Workshop Series: Fun with Frottage

Saturday, August 12, 2017
1 - 3 PM
$5 donation fee to attend

Announcing the fourth and final part of our Big Workshop Series: Fun with Frottage!

Celebrate with us on our final day of The Big Show this Saturday, August 12 from 1 - 3 PM for Fun with Frottage, a painting workshop inspired by the frottage work of Dune-Michael Patten and Christian Sarkar featured in The Big Show. Come on out and explore paints and various textures to create frottage work of your very own!

This event is open to all ages. There is a $5 donation fee to attend.

To RSVP, click here.

SPEAKEASY featuring whole wide water

Friday, August 18, 2017
7 PM
Houston's whole wide water will be collecting sounds in anticipation of their performance as part of Lawndale’s SPEAKEASY program on August 18, 2017. Big Show artists and attendees are invited to use the provided objects and instruments, or their own voices, at the recording stations. The sounds will become the foundation for a live musical performance composed and arranged by Anthony Barilla with words by Lindsay Kayser.

whole wide water is an ongoing collaboration between writer Lindsay Kayser and multidisciplinary artist Anthony Barilla. whole wide water encompasses a variety of projects, transmitted over a span of twenty years. The narrative is set in the future, when modern civilization has mostly washed away. Previous and ongoing projects include handmade books of nursery rhymes, the creation of a new cosmology and its attendant mythologies, and the composition of songs for an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Post-show entertainment will be provided by Houston's A.S.S., an accordion and drum quartet that plays new arrangements of classic Lou Reed, Beyoncé and Bon Jovi songs.

Read more about the event here.

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