Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s (CAMH) Teen Council is pleased to present Turn On, Tune In, Tap Out, a group exhibition featuring work by over thirty Houston-area teen artists including painting, sculpture, video, and photography. Like the rest of the world, these Teen Council members faced the rapid shift to quarantine in the middle of the school year. During a global pandemic and widespread uncertainty the Teen Council has continued to meet, plan, and connect—all in a virtual space. In seeking artwork to include in this exhibition they posed the questions: How do you define “The Screen”? How does “The Screen” protect you or hold you back? How can you crack “The Screen”? The works chosen respond to these questions with both hope and despair. Artists in the exhibition have found their voice and power behind the screen, while others feel muted and a loss of control. Turn On, Tune In, Tap Out focuses on the relationship between our bodies and “The Screen” with largely three-dimensional works in a time when many are craving physicality, touch, and in-person experiences while directly responding to this cultural, social, and political moment.
About CAMH’s Teen Council
Composed of 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 its members and can change from year to year, but past events developed by the Teen Council include virtual zines, exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings, listening parties, music festivals, and poetry readings.
Teen Council Members for the 2020-21 season are Matildé Acosta, Dawson Benner, Isaac Bremauntz, Jillian Green, Maddie Guyton, Elizabeth Harris-Guillory, Noah Henriquez, Celine Huang, Ava Jiang, Jessica Liu, Katrina Machetta, Izzy Parmenter, and Selena Ramos.