MARCH 23, 2017 by jenn

With a global art market valued at $63.8 billion and artists receiving the lowest amount of their earned income from the market…it’s time to reinvent the art auction!

House of Wahala–meaning trouble in Nigerian pidgin–flips the script. Artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji steps in as auctioneer and audio guru Emeka Ogboh provides the evening’s soundtrack. All works come from the primary market–that is directly from artists–to you. Featuring work from over twenty-five international and Texas-based artists, House of Wahala infuses the art auction with the perfect amount of spectacle, humor, and political debate. The art auction is finally fun again!

Participating artists include Rabéa Ballin, Gabrielle Civil, Annette Lawrence, Rahima Gambo, Regina Agu, Adee Roberson, and ruby onyinyechi amanze, among others. Opening bids on many works begin at $100. Participating artworks/artists are subject to change. More information at houseofwahala.com


Thursday, April 27, 6 – 8 PM, Free (no tickets required)

Friday, April 28, Doors at 7 PM, Auction begins promptly at 8 pm
Free, but seating is limited and tickets are required.


Wura-Natasha Ogunji is a visual and performance artist based in Austin, Texas and Lagos, Nigeria. Her works include drawings, videos, and public performances. Her most recent creative investigations focus on the presence of women in public space in Lagos, Nigeria.

Her commissioned performance, An ancestor takes a photograph, which recasts the traditional Egungun masquerade with women, is featured in the exhibition DISGUISE: Masks and Global African Art (Seattle Art Museum; Fowler; Brooklyn Art Museum). Ogunji has performed at the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts, Cape Town; Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos; the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis; and the Menil Collection, Houston. Ogunji is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2012) and has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Idea Fund. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from San Jose State University.


Emeka Ogboh is a sound artist whose work contemplates broad notions of listening and hearing. Ogboh’s work focuses on uses of sound in understanding and describing cities and their histories. He has performed his live soundscapes and created sound installations across the globe in cities such as Lagos, Addis Ababa and Dakar and has exhibited at such places as the 2015 Venice Biennale; Menil Collection, Houston; MASS MoCA; and Museum of Contemporary Arts Kiasma, Helsinki.


House of Wahala is presented in partnership with Women & Their Work and Fusebox (Austin).

House of Wahala is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Women & Their Work, DiverseWorks and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).For more information: npnweb.org

House of Wahala’s presentation at DiverseWorks is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Additional support is provided by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

DiverseWorks Season Sponsors: The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, The Houston Endowment, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Wortham Foundation



FEBRUARY 9, 2017 by jenn


Listen Around Your Way is a collaborative sound performance that will use the architecture of the MATCH building as a site and stage for a series of solo and collective sounds.  Performers will be stationed in multiple locations around the outdoor breezeway that connects the north and south wings of the building, with some of them traveling along a looped pathway marked by brightly colored tape. The performers will play and sing in overlapping segments, thus creating different combinations of sound that can be heard from various points in time and space around the breezeway.

Performers: Andrew Durham, Megan Easely, Sandy Ewen, Kathy Fay, Danny Kamins, Austin Lewellen, Kate Ann Nichols, Rebecca Novak, Gee Okonkwo, Emmy Tisdel, Hayden Wright

Listen Around Your Way is presented in conjunction with the DiverseWorks exhibition, Kate Gilmore & Heather Rowe: Only in Your Way, on view in the gallery through March 18, 2017.


Born in Toronto, Canada, Sandy Ewen received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Since then she has resided in Houston where she is an artist, musician, and architect. Ewen has released several albums, including a duo with guitarist Tom Carter, a trio with bassist Damon Smith & drummer Weasel Walter, and a rock album with Austin’s Weird Weeds. Ewen’s visual work is closely tied to her work in sound; she uses both mediums to explore texture, composition, and materials.

Rebecca Novak works within the practices of visual art, performance, writing, and improvised music. She received a Masters degree in music from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and later studied visual art, social practice, and dance in Houston. Recent projects include PerFormative Poesis: A Timed Play in Three Acts (DiverseWorks, 2015), Other Ends Pine, a collaborative text and performance with the Hygge Writers Group (Alabama Song, 2014), and Radio DWOW, a simultaneously transmitted and received radio-based performance and text (DiverseWorks, 2014). As an improviser, Novak uses a variety of instruments including cornet, Autoharp, glass vases, radio, and piano.  She performs as part of the group Garden medium with Sandy Ewen and Carol Sandin Cooley, and in a duo with electronic and cassette tape musician Steve Jansen.


DECEMBER 20, 2016 by jenn

Only in Your Way is the first collaborative two-person exhibition between New York-based artists Kate Gilmore and Heather Rowe. The exhibition includes newly commissioned, site-specific sculptural works, installation, and a live durational performance.

Only in Your Way features distinct new works by each artist, conceived to be in conversation with each other utilizing the gallery space and considering ideas about sculptural objects and architecture in relation to the female body. Gilmore, a performance, video, and installation-based artist, explores issues related to identity, gender, power, and endurance in her work. Rowe’s work lies at the intersection of sculpture, architecture and installation, often building upon cinematic experience through the framing of space and rhythmically constructed form.


Kate Gilmore was born in Washington D.C. in 1975 and lives and works in New York, NY. Gilmore received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (2002) and her undergraduate degree from Bates College, Lewiston, ME (1997). She has participated in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art; The Moscow Biennial, Russia (2011); and PS1 Greater New York, MoMA/PS1 (2005 and 2010), in addition to solo exhibitions at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (2016); The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2014); MoCA Cleveland (2013); Public Art Fund, Bryant Park, NY (2010); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008). She has been the recipient of international awards and honors and her work is in the collection of several major museums including the Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Gilmore is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Purchase College, State University of New York.

Gilmore’s current artistic practice includes the orchestration of large-scale installations and live public performances that use the female body as a site for the articulation of identity, labor, and endurance. In recent years, her practice has evolved to include large-scale public performances in which she directs the actions of female protagonists, as well as durational gallery performances in which the action is repeated over the course of multiple weeks. Her juxtaposition of bulky, brightly colored sculptural objects with female bodies evokes ideas of confrontation and stamina. Audience members are left questioning the definition of female labor, in addition to considering the work as an intimate portrait of struggles to overcome, be they emotional, psychological, or physical.

Heather Rowe is a New York-based artist who received her MFA from Columbia University. She has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries including PS1/MoMA, Long Island City; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; UMMA/University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor; Galerie Zink, Berlin; D’Amelio Terras, New York; Michael Benevento Gallery, Los Angeles; Ballroom Marfa, TX; Andrea Rosen, New York; White Columns, New York; and Artists Space, New York. In 2008, her work was featured in the Whitney Biennial. Most recently, she installed a large-scale solo outdoor project at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, and presented solo exhibitions at James Cohan Gallery and Lucien Terras in New York City.

Rowe investigates the intersections of sculpture, installation, and architecture. Using familiar construction materials, glass, and mirrors she creates sculptures that express fragility within a rigid, formal geometry, often with an illusion of possible collapse. Her reference points include both architecture and cinema, particularly psychological thrillers, horror movies, and the paranoia films of the 1970’s. Rowe creates distorted and fragmented space that results in an elegant conceptual problem of looking and seeing, reminding the viewer to be acutely aware of the framing devices that shape our perception of the world.

Only in Your Way is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. DiverseWorks is a Partner of the Visual Artists Network (VAN). This project is made possible in part through support from the Visual Artists Network Exhibition Residency, which is a program of the National Performance Network. Major contributors are the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. For more information: www.npnweb.org.

DiverseWorks Season Sponsors: The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Houston Endowment, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Wortham Foundation.



OCTOBER 15, 2016 by jenn

12 Minutes Max! and the DiverseWorks Artist Advisory Board sock it to you with two evenings of new and experimental performances, none of which last longer than the titular 12 minutes. The results are fast-paced, high-energy events featuring performance art, dance, experimental sound, comedy, spoken word and much, much more!

Each evening features a unique line-up of performances. Free, but advance tickets are required and may be reserved online.

Friday, November 4, 8 pm:

Abijan Johnson
Justin Jones & Stalina Villareal
randi long + Challenger
Phillip Pyle, II & Maurice Duhon, Jr.
Lillian Warren, Annie Arnoult & Lynn Lane
Lori Yuill

Saturday, November 5, 8 pm:

Cucumber Melon (Sandy Ewen, Stephanie Gonzalez, Blythe Nguyen, Dre Forgotten, Evan McCarley)
Allison Hunter, Christina Keefe & Melissa Noble
Alisa Mittin
Atton Paul
jhon stronks + Brian Buck
Walt Zipprian & Anthony Barilla

**please note: some performances contain adult language and themes. Line-ups are subject to change.


OCTOBER 14, 2016 by jenn

In Meg Wolfe’s new work New Faithful Disco, a trio of dancers—taisha paggett, Marbles Jumbo Radio, and Wolfe—perform a queer-love power-performance wrought with awkwardness and contradictions. Propelled by nature sounds and disco rhythms, bodies are the conduit: the site of intersections where dances are generated, transferred, translated, and recycled in an attempt to remix revolution. Disco opens up time, triggers fading histories, and provides a backdrop that frames who we are, now.

“Meg Wolfe is remarkable…unfettered by physical constraints” – LA Weekly

“A postmodernist jokester with a sly sense of humor.”  – San Diego Union Tribune

New Faithful Disco is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by REDCAT, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), DiverseWorks, Z Space, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Supported by the NPN Performance Residency Program. For more information: www.npnweb.org.