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The Eleventh Hour

DiverseWorks was born out of urgency, founded in 1982 by a group of artists who sought a gathering space for presenting experimental contemporary work that had no other outlet in Houston. Consistently on the forefront of multidisciplinary practice, DiverseWorks soon became the primary place in Houston to see and experience challenging and provocative art in all its forms, much of it engaged with pressing political, social, and cultural issues. It was against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic and Culture Wars that DiverseWorks took root, and events like the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the Los Angeles Riots, the Gulf War, and the 1992 Republican National Convention loom large in its history. The 80s and 90s were urgent times that incited global action, and DiverseWorks spearheaded local efforts by organizing and presenting issues-based exhibitions, performances, and events.

The Eleventh Hour highlights a history of urgency and activism at DiverseWorks, while also revisiting issues that remain critical today. The exhibition shares its title with a painting (now destroyed) by Rachel Hecker created in 1992 in response to censorship and abortion issues, issues that are clearly still relevant as evidenced by Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ recent infamous 11-hour filibuster. The times and context may have changed, but these issues have yet to be resolved and urgent action is required. Whether defending freedom of expression and reproductive rights, confronting violence and poverty, exposing inequities within political and corporate power structures, or championing racial, gender, and sexual equality, DiverseWorks has been, and remains, an instigator of dialogue and action. Here, activism is put into motion in the past, present, and future.

On View:

September 7 – October 12, 2013

Opening Reception:

Friday, September 6
7 pm – 9 pm




DiverseWorks on Wednesdays (DWOW)

Sept 11, 2013: Words for Peace, a collaboration with Voices Breaking Boundaries

Sept 18, 2013: Karen Finley, a dramatic reading and discussion

Sept 25, 2013: Homelessness in Houston, a panel discussion

Oct 9, 2013: QuAC (Queer Artists Collective), a screening and discussion with Sixto Wagan and Chuck Jackson

Oct 9, 2013: Houston Poetry Fest Satellite Readings