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20HERTZ: A World of Our Own: Mydolls and the Houston Punk Scene

Thursday, July 28 | 6:30-8PM

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is pleased to present a live interview between lauded Texas-based band Mydolls, Dan Workman (SugarHill Studios), and Nancy Agin D. (MA Arts Leadership, U of H Candidate). For their presentation, A World of Our Own: Mydolls and the Houston Punk Scene, Mydolls will discuss their nearly four-decade-long career recording, touring, and producing records; their DIY Ethos and cultural impact; and their role as community leaders working to empower women of all ages. Following their discussion, Mydolls will perform a live concert in the Museum gallery.

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Museum Experience Day

Saturday, July 30 | 11AM-3PM

Cool off at CAMH by experiencing our site-specific installations including  flow     流 by artist Jae Ko and Mark Flood: Gratest Hits. Venture through the museum on a participatory scavenger hunt, make a button to show the world how much you love CAMH, and swing by our #camhiscoolest photo booth. Our friends from Froeschl’s Ice Cream and Boombox Tacos will be joining us – come hungry!

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Open Studio: Activities inspired by Mark Flood: Gratest Hits

Saturday, August 6| 2-4PM

In Mark Flood’s exhibition Gratest Hits, visitors will discover a large collection of ephemera entitled The Edge of Fame featuring actress Lindsay Lohan. In a massive hinged wall created with paintings, several works feature the faces of celebrities that have been distorted and altered. You are invited to remix pop culture and create your own CELEBRITY COLLAGE in our monthly OPEN STUDIO. Cut, alter, mix, and mangle your favorite and not-so-favorite stars casting them in a new light. 

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Lecture: Thinking Inside the Box with Curator Josh Fischer

Thursday, August 11, 2016 | 6:30PM

Curator Josh Fischer will discuss the various ways installation artists approach the white cube gallery space, often using inexpensive, discarded materials. Drawing from historical examples, his work at Rice Gallery, and CAMH's exhibition flow     by Jae Ko, Fischer will talk about the creative ingenuity behind these spatial/material transformations and the unique qualities of these artist-created environments.

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Amy Blakemore,

Opening Reception: Right Here, Right Now: Houston, Volume 2

Friday, August 19 | 6:30-9PM

Celebrate the opening reception of CAMH's three-part exhibition featuring solo presentations by Houston-based artists Amy Blakemore, Thedra Cullar-Ledford, and Susie Rosmarin. Free admission; cash bar.

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Performance: Piñata Smashing (F**K CANCER) with Thedra Cullar-Ledford

Friday, August, 19, 2016 | 8PM

Join artist Thedra Cullar-Ledford at the Opening Reception of her exhibition Lady Part Follies in a participatory performance. Cullar-Ledford will invite a mastectomy survivor, other friends and visitors to take a turn smashing the breast-shaped piñata hanging in her gallery space. The performance is a response to let everyone know how she feels about her breast cancer diagnosis, the choice to have a double mastectomy and live the mantra “flat and fabulous.”

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In Conversation: Artist Thedra Cullar-Ledford with Bill Arning

Saturday, August 20 | 2PM

Houston-based artist Thedra Cullar-Ledford and CAMH Director Bill Arning will discuss the exhibition Lady Part Follies, one part of CAMH's three part exhibition series, Right Here, Right Now: Houston, Volume 2. For their conversation, Arning and Cullar-Ledford will discuss the artist's art-making process, personal history, and how life and art can intertwine and transform into political expression.

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Open Studio: Activities inspired by the art of Thedra Cullar-Ledford

Saturday, September 3 | 2-4 PM

Join us at CAMH's all-ages welcome Saturday program, Open Studio, where this month you'll sketch your heart out in a strange doll still-life drawing session in homage to the work of artist Thedra Cullar-Ledford. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Educator's Open House

Thursday, September 8 | 4-6PM

Get the scoop on the goings-on at CAMH at our 2016 Educator Open House event this September. CAMH invites educators of all stripes to drop-in and meet our dynamic Education Team, get a tour of our current exhibitions, learn more about our upcoming shows featuring world renowned contemporary artists, explore our tour and workshop options, and get details on all of the educational opportunities we can offer your school.

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Photo by Kyson Dana.

Lecture: Kurt Cuffey, Glaciologist

Saturday, September 10 | 2 PM

Movement, beauty, and change are characteristics of glaciers that inspire artists like Jae Ko. They're also themes that repeatedly emerge in the scientific study of glaciers. In this lecture, glaciologist Kurt Cuffey will give a personal accounting of how these themes recur in his studies of glaciers. In this context, he will discuss several major areas of ongoing scientific inquiry concerning the dynamics of glaciers, their effect on landscapes, and their relation to climate.

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Concert: Musiqa presentes: Right Here, Right Now: Houston

Thursday, September 15 | 6:30PM

Musiqa presents a special concert present in collaboration with the exhibition Right Here, Right Now: Houston, Volume 2 in the Brown Foundation Gallery.

This concert is free and open to the public; seating is limited.

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Screening: River of Fundament directed by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler (USA, 2014, 319 min.)

Friday, September 16–Sunday, September 18, 2016 | Times Vary

Special Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium

In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Matthew Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera inspired by Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel Ancient Evenings, a hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry. The film’s central scene is an abstraction of Mailer’s wake, set in a replica of the late author’s apartment in Brooklyn Heights and featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Ellen Burstyn, Joan La Barbara, Deborah Harry, Jonas Mekas, and more. Alluring and intense, this epic, multidimensional experience is a sprawling allegory of death and rebirth within the contemporary American landscape.

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In Conversation: Artist Amy Blakemore with Dean Daderko

Saturday, September 17 | 2 PM

Join artist Amy Blakemore and curator Dean Daderko for a conversation on her solo presentation, People, Cars & Buildings, Sculptures, Flowers, and Junk, featured in the Right Here, Right Now: Houston, Volume 2 round of exhibitions. Admission is free; seating is limited.

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Open Studio: Activities inspired by the work of Susie Rosmarin

Saturday, October 1 | 2-4PM

Join CAMH's FAQ Team this Fall and make your own op-art tote bag by screen printing various lines and grids inspired by the work of artist Susie Rosmarin. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Kay Rosen,

Opening Reception: A Traveling Show

Friday, October 7 | 6:30-9PM

Celebrate the opening of A Traveling Show, an exhibition featuring work by Matt Keegan and Kay Rosen. Open to the public and free to attend; the opening reception will be complete with a cash bar on the Museum terrace. All ages are welcome.

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In Conversation: Artists Matt Keegan and Kay Rosen with Curator Dean Daderko

Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 2PM

Join artists Matt Keegan and Kay Rosen as they sit down with Curator Dean Daderko for a discussion focused on their individual work as well as their ongoing series of mailed correspondence featured in the exhibition A Traveling Show. Peek behind the scenes into their friendship and active dialogue sparked by their dedication to bridging language and visuality. Following their discussion, the audience will be invited to participate in a brief Q&A.

Admission is free; seating is limited.

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Family Day: Right Here, Right Now: Houston

Saturday, October 22 | 1-4PM

CAMH invites you to enjoy an afternoon of free, all-ages activities inspired by our fall exhibition, Right Here, Right Now: Houston Volume 2. 

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Susie Rosmarin,

In Conversation: Artist Susie Rosmarin with Senior Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver

Thursday, October 27 | 6:30PM

Join Susie Rosmarin and exhibition curator Valerie Cassel Oliver for a discussion on Rosmarin's decades-long career making art, her relationship to materials and process, and the development of the work featured in the exhibition Lines and Grids: The Lost Decade and Beyond. Admission is free; seating is limited.

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Open Studio: Activities inspired by the work of Amy Blakemore

Saturday, November 5 | 2-4PM

Explore Photo-inspired fun with our friends at FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography Program inspired by the photographic work of artist Amy Blakemore.

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Angel Otero,

Opening Reception: Angel Otero: Everything and Nothing

Friday, December 9 | 6:30-9PM

Join us for the opening reception of Angel Otero's decade-long survey exhibition, Angel Otero: Everything and Nothing, and celebrate with us over drinks at our cash bar on the Museum terrace. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Angel Otero,

In Conversation: Artist Angel Otero with Senior Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver

Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 2PM

Join artist Angel Otero and Senior Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver on a gallery walk-through of the exhibition Angel Otero: Everything and Nothing, a ten-year survey that chronicles the evolution of the artist’s practice to date. They will discuss Otero’s process-driven work and how he is shifting the perception of “what painting is” and what it can become as he offers a thought-provoking new dimension to the field of abstract painting. Following their discussion, the audience will be invited to participate in a brief Q & A.

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On View

Mark Flood: Gratest Hits

On View: April 30 – August 7, 2016

Now showing in the Brown Foundation Gallery

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flow 流

On View: June 18 – September 18, 2016

Now showing in the Zilkha Gallery

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