Archive

Artists Listings From: 1983-1995

Memories of Youth: From the Notebook of Student Writers

This event was the culmination of the 10-20 weeks of the Houston-Area Teacher’s College Writing Project, where students grades 1-6 read from Southmayd, Scarborough...
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The Parachute Project

The Parachute Project: Rites of Passage for Young Women and Girls was a performance by at-risk girls from Houston’s marginalized communities who, through this...
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Sarah Irwin and Joanne Brigham: Herland

Herland is a “lush, vibrant place whose terrain represents a current state of mind for women. It is inhabited by powerful, agile, inventive, kind,...
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Roots Performance Collective

Roots Collective presented the “Cultural World Beat Style Poetry Sound System” street-style, as it has attracted people by its poetry readings and drum sessions....
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Rhodessa Jones: Big Butt Girls, Hard Headed Women

This performance was part of the All the Rage II series, showcasing women in performance art. The title comes from a phrase that San...
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Rezone

Curated by Don Caroll and Mark Frohman, this exhibit was about the conceptual dimensions of social space––real or virtual. Philosopher Henri Lefebvre once said...
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Project Row Houses: Through the Artist’s Eye

Project Row Houses is a unique public art project featuring art and culture education programs, historic preservation, urban revitalization, and community services. Seven artists...
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Jump Start Performance Co.

A night of performances by several artists in different forms and topics. Sterling Houston presented two excerpts from his written art “The Positive Tip”...
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Memories of Youth: From the Notebooks of Student Writers

Students grades 2 to 6 read their own poetry and memoirs, after having collected “memories, musings, observations, and strong images in their writer’s notebooks.”...
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John Kelly & Co: Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte

Performance artist John Kelly “raises mimicry, camp, and angst to high art in his portrayal of the turn-of-the-century Viennese painter , who died...
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Jo Carol Pierce: Bad Girls Upset by the Truth

This performance is part of the All the Rage II series, celebrating women in performance. Austin songwriter Jo Carol Pierce sings from her country...
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Stretching My Skin Until It Rips Whole

This performance is part of the All The Rage II series, performances by women. Elia Arce introduces the women in her life who have...
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Donald Byrd and The Group

This performance consisted of selections from Donald Byrd’s works, including Bristle and Drastic Cuts. Dancers of The Group are described as “fast, charged, and...
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Blue Monday with Blue Man

An evening of music, mystery, and fun with performances by the Blue Man Group.
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Black is… Black Ain’t (film)

Marlon Riggs mixes poetry and dance with autobiography and commentary by bell hooks, Bill T. Jones, and Angela Davis to explore contradictory definitions of...
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Janie Geiser & Co.: Evidence of Floods

This event was part of the performance series and consists of a walk-through diorama performance of Janie Geiser’s puppet theater work. This performance consists...
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Tierra de Vida

In this retrospective of works and installation, Robert Campbell pays homage to people of Guatemala and Latin America. Campbell, known as a physician, artist,...
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Phantoms, Freaks, and the Fantastic

A mixed media group show, this event features works described as “cartoonish exaggeration and surreal imaginings” and are meant to represent the character. Through...
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School’s OUT: The Naming Project

Six teens from New York teamed up with Houston youth, all led by artist Mary Ellen Strom, a media maker, performer, and teacher who...
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John Harvey and Lorna Dee Cervantes

This event was part of the Literary Reading Series (occurring on the second Wednesday of each month).
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Process – Strategy – Irony

An exhibition featuring various styles of paintings that use one or more of the overlapping elements of process, strategy, and irony. Curated by Aaron...
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Literary Reading of Chocolate Bay

Houstonian Glenn Blake read from Chocolate Bay, a collection of short stories from realist to surreal to magical realist in the setting of the...
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Generation X / Thirteenth Generation

This multimedia exhibit formed as a result of the Generation X Project with artists Tony Day, Leo Esquivel, Daniel Heimbinder, and Peter Lucas. The...
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The Flower Warrior (Xochitl Tlayecouani)

The Flower Warrior is a film (57 minutes) that tells a tale of passionate love, betrayal, and sacrifice in the form of a latter-day...
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Danza Sin Fronteras: Four Mexican Choreographers

The first part of DiverseWorks’s 4+4+4+ Series: Work by 12 New Dance Voices. This event reveals the growing independent dance movement in Mexico. Each...
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Artists Who Write

Organized by Joseph Havel, this event was an evening of fiction, essays, observation, journal artists, and poetry by visual artists. This event was a...
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Animated Theater Workshop

This workshop gave visual artists, performers, and others a chance to explore avant-garde puppetry as a medium of expression. Participants work with Janie Geiser...
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12 Minutes MAX!

A variety show with several performances—performers only have 12 minutes on the stage to perform their work.
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Kids Create and Play Traditional African Instruments

This was part of X Marks the Sport: Pride and Prejudice in the Thirteenth Generation. After African percussionist, vocalist, and composer Tiye Giraud completed...
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Five Lesbian Brothers in The Secretaries

The Five Lesbian Brothers star in their hit comedy “The Secretaries.”
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Portraits of Community: African-American Photography in Texas

This exhibit is a survey of Texas African-American photography in which community is a central focus. It begins with early images collected in Black...
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Memories of Youth: From the Notebooks of Student Writers

A reading of poetry, song, and memoirs by students grades one to six. The reading was the culmination of 10 to 20 weeks. 50...
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Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness

Living Proof looks at “HIV+ people who have accepted that the amount of time they have left is finite, and resolved to fill the...
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Literary Reading with Lionel Garcia and Rima de Vallbona

Rima, whose three novels and seven volumes of short stories have garnered many awards, including those awarded for her cultural work in the Hispanic...
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Generic Interference, Genetic Engineering

This performance was part of the Solo Women’s Voices Performance Series. Joyce Scott explores what would become of society, industry, and sex in a...
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Clit Notes

Holly Hughes is considered as “the nation’s foremost lesbian playwright.” This was a one-woman performance show consisting of Hughes’ experiences that deal with female...
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Annie Sprinkle: Post-Post Porn Modernist

This performance is the first in the All the Rage and Solo Women’s Voices Series. Sprinkle’s Houston debut, the one-woman autobiographical show “celebrates sex,...
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Rafael Campo and Robin Reagler: Reading

This was part of the “Beyond Desire: New Gay and Lesbian Performance and Film Series.” Campo was a physician and a poet who won...
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Andrew Edmonson and Michael Wilson: Berlin Stories

This was part of the “Beyond Desire” performance series. Taking its cue from “The Berlin Stories,” Christopher Isherwood’s classic account of life in 1930z...
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Mas Allá del Deseo

This exhibition was presented in conjunction with Beyond Desire: New Gay and Lesbian Performance and Film Series. The selection of works by gay and...
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Drawing / Crossing the Line

This exhibit explored the definition of drawing and blurred the boundaries between drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. Though they all used line as a...
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Rachel Rosenthal: Pangaean Dreams: A Shamanic Journey

This event was part of DiverseWorks’ “All the Rage: Solo Women’s Voices” performances series presented alongside The Menil Collection. Rosenthal was born in Paris...
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Alchemy House: Spring Equinox Performance

The Alchemy House was a project in which a condemned Houston house was altered using various materials associated with alchemy, specifically lead, salt, copper,...
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Jimmy Turner and Kumiko Kimoto: An Evening of Solo Dance

Turner, a deaf Austin dancer/ choreographer used dance as a way to communicate. In his piece, he explores life as he evolved from a...
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Root Wy’mn: Workshop

Wy’mn conducted a performance and movement workshop that dealt with the creative process of turning text into theatre.
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Mark O’Connor and Randall Watson

Mark O’Connor was a fiction writer and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Randall Watson was a poet, held...
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Beverly Bajema and Daniele Massie: Art of Daily Living Salon

The Farm Girls gave a two-day workshop for anyone who has a passion for living each moment well.
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Beverly Bajema and Daniele Massie: The Farm Girls

After an open-air hayride away from Houston’s urban center, the audience members met up with The Farm Girls who shared their background of growing...
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A Woman’s Work / Ruby Nelda Perez

In this chronicle of San Antonio’s Westside, Perez weaves poems and short stories by Chicana writers Denise Chavez, Mary Sue Galindo, Beverly Sanchez-Padilla, and...
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Projects

This exhibit focused on the site-determined works by three artists living in Texas. Lauhakaikul’s work was informed by the political possibility of nuclear war...
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12 Minutes MAX!

In this recurring event, performers are allowed only twelve minutes each to stage new works. A night of mixed media including dance, performance art,...
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Anita Bunkley and Michael Seckman: Reading

This event featured Michael Seckman who taught English at St. John’s and was involved in Writers in the Schools beginning in 1989. His prose...
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Beyond Repro: The Color Copy Show

This exhibition explored the way that the accessibility of the color copier added a new dimension to copy machine art, offering artists a mass...
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Under a Spell

This performance tells the story of Girouard’s first time traveling to Haiti in 1990, during which she met Oleyant, the country’s master voodoo flag...
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Michael Battey: Science Fair

This was part of the 1993/1994 Fall NU-ART Performance Series. Battey was a performer, teacher, and environmental activist working in Paris, Berlin, Japan, and...
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Jim Pirtle: Narcissism: Alter-Ego Looking for an Ego

This performance was part of the 1993-1994 Fall NU-ARTPerformance Series. Pirtle was a pre-kindergarten teacher from Houston. This performance was the grand finale of...
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George Herms: The Twentieth Century

This performance was part of the 1993-1994 MU-ART Performance Series. This was the first Texas appearance of the California assemblage artist. In his performance,...
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Organizers of Mexico City’s Gay and Lesbian Festival Visit

During their talk at DiverseWorks, Jose and Jorge addressed the cultural and social politics of being gay in Mexico City as well as their...
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Mira, Cycle II – The Fall

This performance was part of the 1993/1994 Fall NU-ART Performance Series, put on through a joint effort by DiverseWorks and the National Performance Network....
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12 Minutes MAX!

Performers are allowed only twelve minutes each to stage new works. A night of mixed media including dance, performance art, music, and drama.
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Trey McIntyre and Y.A. Bagersh: Wake Up and Be Eaten

Close to Halloween, DiverseWorks presented this show, a two-man pastiche of theater, movement, and music by Express Theater’s Y.A. Bagersh and Houston Ballet’s Trey...
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Don’t Gag the Arts: Save the 3-D Departments!

This was a rally in support of the Sculpture, Ceramic, and Metalsmithing departments at the University of Houston, which the university had planned to...
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Drawing / Crossing the Line

This installation included works from multiple artists. Nakabayashi completed a drawing of the humpbacked flute player Kokopelli, a southwestern fertility symbol, using different types...
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Some Zines: American Alternative & Underground Magazines, Newsletters, & APAs

This was an exhibition that surveyed the world of alternative and underground publications and celebrated the passion and individuality of the field. The exhibition...
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Russell Frehling and Ward Shelley: Range

This was a collaborative project integrating hundreds of sculptural elements and scores of discrete sound sources to create a complex environmental installation. This exhibition...
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Six Houston Teachers and Writers: A Reading

Six Houston teachers shared excerpts from their own works of fiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs. This was the last event in the 1993 Spring...
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12 Minutes Max!

During this event, performers were allowed twelve minutes each to stage new works. It was a night of mixed media including dance, performance art,...
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Anne Waldman: A Reading

Walman is a poet and the founder and director of the Naropa Institute. In her performance, she read from Iovis, her book-length poem which...
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Edward L. Cox and Lucie Fultz: A Reading

This event was part of the 1993 Spring Reading Series. Cox is an Associate Professor of History at Rice University and he published numerous...
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Second Cities: Guadalajara to Houston

This was a survey exhibit of artists living and working in Guadalajara, Mexico. The artists ranged from established, internationally recognized artists to the hottest...
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Dance Video Festival of French Contemporary Choreographers

This festival explored the art form of video-dance, different from video documentation, with the goal to “penetrate the dance instead of simply depicting it.”...
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Best of Poetry Slam

A performance as part of the 1993 Spring Reading Series featuring the slammers who were chosen by Houston audiences at The Paradox’s weekly Poetry...
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Belinda Acosta and David Brown: A Reading

Part of the 1993 Spring Reading Series. Acosta is a feminist writer and performer from Austin who celebrates the Chicanas and Mexicans of the...
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Erik R. Cork and Jere Talley: A Reading

The 1993 Spring Reading Series kicked off with these two Houston writers. Cork is a poet, essayist, singer, songwriter, speaker, and performer as well...
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Sophia Torres: La Canción De Eustolia

This dance/theater performance work created by Houstonian Sophia Torres tells the story of her grandmother, a 104-year-old Mexican woman, Eustolia de Luna Hernandez, through...
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Dance Video Spaces

Both videos represented performances choreographed specifically for the camera. The resulting works documented the newest video techniques and technologies, the current directions in choreography,...
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Ken Little: The Elements of Progress: Dreams Escape

This was an installation by San Antonio artist Ken Little who sculpts cars, houses, torsos, animal masks, and figures, often using newspapers, maps, charcoal...
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Ben DeSoto: Urban Poverty

Through his photographic documentary works, this Houston photographer tells the stories of people who are affected daily by poverty, discrimination, addiction, illness, and homelessness....
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Jno Cook: Continued Aesthetic Investigation

  In this exhibit, Chicago artist Jno Cook radically altered ordinary cameras and everyday objects to create “new” cameras, hoping to demystify the technology...
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Bettison Bash!!! (Return of the Space Alien Babies)

This was a carnival extravaganza to benefit Houston artist James Bettison. In May 1991, the artist’s house and studio were destroyed by a fire...
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Joan Hotchkis: Tearsheets: Letters I Didn’t Send Home

Los Angeles performance artist Joan Hotchkis presented a solo performance piece that follows an L.A. cattle-ranching heiress who returns to her family’s ranch, which...
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Sonic Works: Extending the Instrument

This was a New Music Festival extravaganza of sound installations, performances, workshops, and lectures. Part of the goal of the festival was to provide...
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Mark Anderson: Manual

This was a solo exhibition featuring Milwaukee artist Mark Anderson. The show continued his examination of human behavior through the creation of his own...
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James Magee: Works from 1982-91

This was a solo exhibition featuring the work of El Paso sculptor and writer James Magee. From the garbage dumps of Juarez, Magee salvaged...
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Train D’enfer (Broken Wings/O Vertigo)

This was the premiere of the Canadian dance company, O Vertigo Danse, in Houston. Their performance was about a group of travelers in transit...
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John Chalmers: New Music Talk

Discussing All Equal Temperaments Are Equal, But Some Are More Temperamental Than Others: New New Microtonal Music From Canada and California. Chalmers, an artist...
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Blue Man Group: Tube

The Blue Man Group came to DiverseWorks to perform their new work, Tube, on their last tour before their two-year off-Broadway run. Performers and...
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LANDscapes: Site-Specific Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

This was a joint project with the Houston International Festival featuring site-specific sculpture along Buffalo Bayou.
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Praise God

This exhibit was a survey of Prince’s work from 1969-1991. Prince began making art after a spiritual awakening which turned him away from a...
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KINDER SIGNS, CRIES, AND INCENTIVES

Houston artist Josefa Vaughan created her graphic works by juxtaposing images and excerpts from art, philosophical texts, and the work of her elementary school...
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Linda Montano Performance

The New York performance artist performed her new work featuring a snake handler, masseuses, a cowgirl, and a doctor. She also performed two days...
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HOUSTON COLLAGE UNDERGROUND

A group exhibit presenting a broad survey of collage activity on the fringe of the Houston art world. Featured many artists who had never...
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BLUEBEARD’S HASSLE: THE WRITHES OF THE WIVES

This was a performance by Pat Oleszko which included her films and inflatables. Oleszko’s work focuses on deconstructing fairy tales and reassessing the images...
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HOUSTON: CITY IN TRANSITION

This was a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition Project Houston, a multi-disciplinary exhibition presenting designs addressing sociological and urban issues facing Houston....
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PROJECT HOUSTON

This exhibition addressed urban and sociological issues facing Houston such as housing, preservation and reuse, transportation, environmental responsibility, and urban revitalization.
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LANDscapes

Juried temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition, a joint project with the Houston International Festival featuring site-specific works by John Atlas, The Art Guys, Sharon Kopriva,...
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PLUS THE KITCHEN SINK, AN EVENING OF THEATRICAL DIVERSITY

ALHAMBRA (Isabelle Ganz, Ann Chadwick, and Kenneth Harper) performed at Treebeards. Ganz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Voice and Music Literature...
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MEL CHIN: MODUS OPERANDI 1974-1985

This was the third in a series of solo exhibitions focusing on Houston artists. It encompassed 10 years of work by the artist Mel...
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Next Wave: 16 Austin Artists

January 7 – 30, 1984 Curated by Doug Laguarta, Next Wave was an exhibition of works by Austin artists Barbara Atwell, Jill Bedgood, Barbara Brooks,...
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The Kitchen

December 16 – 17, 1983 Nu-Art Series Video Exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), that included works by Michael...
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Richard Landry in Performance

December 10, 1983 Richard Landry, internationally known new music composer and performer, in a solo concert organized by Margie Glaser.
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Maps: International Mail Art Show

December 7 – 30, 1983 320 artists worldwide participated in this event, organized by Tom Pack.
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Metal Works: William Steen

December 2 – 28, 1983 Houston artist William Steen inaugurated DiverseWorks’ focus exhibition series with a show of his paintings and works on paper.
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Houston Showdown

November 4 – 30, 1983 Organized by the Alternative Museum in New York, five Houston organizations participated in co-presenting this regional exhibition which included...
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Playing in Local Bands

October 14, 1983 Benefit performance at Stages of a theater piece by Nancy Fales Garrett
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Seen & Unseen

October 3 – 28, 1983 An exhibition curated by Benito Huerta examining works by artists who have shown regularly in Houston and those who...
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A Constructive View in New Spaces

August 18 – September 9, 1983 Architectonic installations by four East Texas artists: Rob Amonette, John Berry, Treesa Germany, and Dennis Stewart
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Artist Advisory Board Exhibit

February 7 – 10, 1983 With renovations at 214 Travis Street in progress, DiverseWorks presented its inaugural exhibition at Texas Commerce Tower’s 60th Floor...
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