Diverse Works logo with white background linked to the home page.


DiverseWorks presents Tiny Art Salon, a series of talks and live performances by Houston-area artists in the DW booth at the 2016 Texas Contemporary art fair. Tiny Art Salon proposes an alternative to the standard art fair booth by providing a platform for artists to present short talks, host conversations, and perform unique works over the course of the four-day fair.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept 30, 3 – 4 pm
John Pluecker
Reading from his new book of poetry and images, Ford Over, Pluecker will reveal the interconnected layers of history, narrative, images, and archives. Ford Over is cut up and aggregate and mashup: made of language drawn from the multilingual chronicles of colonial agents who traveled through the land now known as the state of Texas. At the heart of the book is the mystery of the physical act of crossing a river; perhaps the person crossing is Juan Luis (Jean Louis) Berlandier, a Franco-Mexican botanist who traveled through Northern Mexico drawing maps, writing and collecting plants as part of the 1826 Comisión de los Limites. Or perhaps it is someone else. Perhaps it is you. Or me. Or them. Or us still trapped in the crossing of that same river.

Pluecker is a writer, interpreter, translator, and co-founder of Antena, the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative.

Saturday, October 1, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Emily Peacock: Mini Talk Show
Using the format of a late-night talk show, Peacock will conduct interviews with fellow lens-based artists, including Teresa Munisteri, Prince Thomas, Jean-Sebastien Boncy, Britt Thomas, and Drew Bacon.

Saturday, October 1, 1 – 2 pm
ROUX (Rabéa Ballin, Delita Pinchback-Martin, Ann Sole Sister Johnson, and Lovie Olivia): #AskRoux

Taking questions submitted from various social media platforms, ROUX (a collective of  Rabéa Ballin, Delita Pinchback-Martin, Ann Sole Sister Johnson, and Lovie Olivia) will have a conversation about the medium of printmaking, live and online through storytelling. In the interest of honoring their ancestors, this collective presents ideas that bend, stir, mix, and alter aspects of the African American legacy.

Saturday, October 1, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
JooYoung Choi: Photo Time with Queen Kiok and the Snow People
Choi has created a collaborative, interactive project with a unique set of Snow People puppets that will be available to interact with at the Texas Contemporary. Come get your photo with a Snow Person!

Saturday, October 1, 5 – 6:30 pm
Lina Dib, Tony Day, Adrienne Simoes Correa, and Maureen Haver:
Meet the Future – Fossilized in Houston Drawing Party
Join Fossilized in Houston and bear witness to the anthropocene. Make your own mark at a drawing party while listening to a sound environment of technological and biological extinction. Pick up free Fossilized in Houston stickers and posters, created by 17 Houston-area artists, and help spread the word!
Sunday, October 2, 1 – 2:30 pm

Abinadi Meza: Pentagramophone, 5 Lines Drawn in Air (or Prismatic Music)
Meza will conduct a live radio broadcast for five listeners wearing noise-blocking FM headset receivers. The performance is inspired by Antonin Artaud’s “50 Drawings to Murder Magic” and engages Artaud’s understanding of magic as a form of “constant communication,” and as a link to rejoin things and words, the poetic and the plastic. Using a live microphone and electronic processing, common and uncommon objects are “opened” as prismatic sonic material. The pathways between transmitter and 5 listeners draw and redraw invisible lines forming a charged electromagnetic shape in architectural and social space.

Click here for more information about the Texas Contemporary Art Fair 2016.

Tiny Art Salon is made possible by an Arts Respond Project grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

On View:

Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2


Free One Day Passes to the TCAF

**DiverseWorks has complimentary VIP passes for the duration of the fair, including the Opening Night Preview, 8 – 10 pm, available for our members. Please email Jenn Gardner to receive your pass or for information about DW membership. (*please note, this does not grant admission to the Patron Preview from 6-8 pm)



Texas Contemporary Art Fair
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX  77010