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Public Opening | Mariah Garnett: Dreamed This Gateway

Join us to celebrate Mariah Garnett: Dreamed This Gateway, the first U.S. solo museum presentation of Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Mariah Garnett. The exhibition features new and recent operatic videos, including a multi-channel installation commissioned by CAMH. Working in collaboration with experimental vocalist Holland Andrews, Cairo-based documentary playwright Raphaël Khouri, and professional opera singers Christopher Paul Craig and Breanna Sinclairé, Garnett has created a new body of work inspired by an archive of materials related to the enigmatic and remarkable life and artistic output of her great-great-aunt, Ruth Lynda Deyo (b. 1884, Poughkeepsie, New York; d. 1960, Cairo, Egypt).

Members will get a first look at the exhibition during the Member’s Preview from 6–7PM with remarks from exhibition curator Rebecca Matalon and CAMH’s Executive Director Hesse McGraw. Additionally, Members will receive two complimentary beer and wine tickets. Click here to learn more about CAMH Membership.

Mariah Garnett: Dreamed This Gateway is organized by Rebecca Matalon, Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

About the Artist

Mariah Garnett holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Santa Clarita, California and a BA from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Film & Video, her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at institutions including the Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Massachusetts; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, UK; New Museum, New York, New York; SFMoMA, California; REDCAT, Los Angeles, California; the 2014 Made in LA Hammer Biennial, Los Angeles, California, and the Brooklyn Museum, New York, among many others. Garnett has received numerous awards and honors, including a 2016 Artadia Los Angeles Award. In 2021, her film collaboration with Dynasty Handbag, Weirdo Night, was featured in Sundance Film Festival New Frontiers. She currently teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


Image caption: Mariah Garnett, The Pow’r of Life is Love (video still), 2021. Multi-channel video installation, 4k video with sound, 13:00 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.


Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.