Composed of 12 young arts enthusiasts, Teen Council serves as the Museum’s vehicle for attracting the city’s teen population to CAMH and exposing them to the vibrant field of contemporary art. For council members, the group serves as a highly collaborative creative incubator that opens up opportunities for leadership, visual literacy, and life skill development. During weekly meetings, the council is introduced to the inner workings of museums and to the dynamic Houston arts community. Teen Council activities are decided upon by it members and can change from year to year, but past events developed by the Teen Council include art markets, exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings, listening parties, music festivals, and poetry readings.
Teen Council is supported by Ms. Louisa StudeSarofim, Texas Women for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.
Root Shift: Photographs of Stasis and Change Selected by CAMH Teen Council On view at the Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St., Houston, TX
Since the advent of photography, the camera has served to capture momentous environmental, social, and political upheavals while simultaneously recording the deep-seated rhythms of everyday life. In exploration of these perennial themes of continuity and disruption, the Menil Collection and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s Teen Council present Root Shift: Photographs of Stasis and Change Selected by CAMH Teen Council.
Comprised of photographs from the Menil’s holdings, Root Shift brings together images of people and the landscape to explore ideas of adaptation and resilience. Through the photographs of artists such as Tom Arndt, Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, Edward Sheriff Curtis, Elliot Erwitt, Walker Evans, John Gossage, and Danny Lyon, the exhibition investigates humanity’s paradoxical relationship with change and the role photography plays in this interaction.
Now it its second installment, this collaboration between the Menil and CAMH provides teens with the opportunity to learn about the curatorial process by working closely with museum staff to organize an exhibition. After reviewing over 3,000 images in the Menil’s holdings, the Teen Council organized this small survey in relation to the theme of the FotoFest Biennial, CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet. The members of the 2015-16 CAMH Teen Council are: Hank Bond, Adrian Jimenez, Charlie Magun, El Mashiyah Miller, Connor Mizell, June Ngo, Alex Rodriguez, Kizer Shelton, Matthew Watowich, Thor Westergaard, Eli Winter, and Felicity Yiu.