Screening of The Way Things Go - A Film by Peter Fischli & David Weiss followed by a conversation with Trey Duvall
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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.
Here Hear, 2015
Courtesy of Cranbrook Art Museum
Production still from ART21's series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8, 2016
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.
29th Annual Día de los Muertos
October 27 – November 5, 2016
As George Eliot wrote, “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” Perhaps in no cultural tradition does this adage ring more true than with the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos.
This year, Lawndale looks forward to assembling a new and diverse range of programs that engage the Día de los Muertos tradition and are reflective of a variety of artistic practices, including but not limited to film, literature, music, and dance.
Día de los Muertos Benefit Auction
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Admission: $50 per person
Silent bids will be accepted on approximately 150 retablos throughout the evening. Auction proceeds are shared with participating artists and support Lawndale’s Día de los Muertos programming as well as our 2016-2017 exhibition season.
Opening Reception for November 11 - December 30, 2016 Exhibitions
Friday, November 11, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM
Information coming soon...
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