Hello and Happy New Year from all of us to all of you!
Lawndale has many exciting things planned for 2018, and we look forward to welcoming you regularly to our galleries to experience our exhibitions and public programs. We are thrilled to announce several new initiatives, including the co-presentation of They, Who Sound with Nameless Sound every Monday evening beginning in February, and the creation of a new website and outreach materials designed by ttweak that will roll out this spring. Soon, we will make the annual call for exhibition proposals for the 2018-2019 season, along with details for The Big Show 2018.
We hope to see you at one of the public programs listed below and at the opening of Between Love & Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s and ¿A Dónde Nos Llevan? (Where Are They Taking Us To?) on Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 6-8 PM.
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Between Love & Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s
Organized by Christopher Sperandio in collaboration with
students from Practical Curation, Rice University
January 18–March 25, 2018
Entre el amor y la locura: Arte del cómic mejicano de los 1970
Organizado por Christopher Sperandio en colaboración con
estudiantes de Conservación Práctica de la Universidad de Rice
Del 18 de enero al 25 de marzo del 2018
Wildly popular in Mexico, the art of micro-cuentos, or “mini-tales,” are little known internationally. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the mid-seventies, these idiosyncratic Mexican comic books, measuring three by four and a half inches, present genre stories that carry subtle political critique. Between Love & Madness is comprised of approximately 380 works, including original interior art, original painted cover art, and ephemera.
Extremadamente popular en Méjico, el arte de los micro-cuentos, o “mini-historias”, es poco conocido internacionalmente. Desde sus inicios en los 1960 y continuando hasta mediados de los setenta, estos libros de cómic idiosincráticamente mejicanos de una medida de tres por cuatro y media pulgadas, presentan historias con una crítica política sutil. Entre el amor y la locura está compuesta de aproximadamente 380 obras, incluyendo arte original interior, pinturas originales de portadas y piezas de colección.
Lynn Randolph: Between Worlds
Curated by Susie Kalil
October 6, 2017 – January 21, 2018
October 6, 2017, 6 PM
Conversation with the artist and Jeffrey J. Kripal
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Frequent collaborators, Lawndale is pleased to present Lynn Randolph and Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, in conversation about art, religion, and the spiritual in contemporary society.
Between Worlds responds to Randolph's ongoing work with palliative care patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Comprised of approximately twenty drawings, these painstakingly rendered works deftly combine elements of the weird and scientific with acute psychological and metaphoric realism and builds bridges to the spiritual. In the words of curator Susie Kalil: "Lynn Randolph's drawings come to grips with the realities of who we are, a spiritual tenor both dire and redeeming. Her works have soul as well as nerve- a sustained shriek about power and morality in a new global era. The silent fear of dying informs Randolph's drawings, which ambush us with relentless personal conviction and spellbinding strangeness. Caught up in the medical paradigm of cure, we assent to heroic measures that may deprive us of final dignity. What is death and what does loss mean? What has happened to death as a community event and mourning as a communal practice? Randolph's drawings remind us that we are embodied beings yearning for communion with one another, that we suffer pain and loss; that we struggle to transcend our bodies and our anguish by connecting with outer worlds and inner realms."
Lynn Randolph grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. She earned her BFA from the University of Texas in Austin. Her paintings have appeared in many texts as they inform topics such as feminism, religion, cultural studies, and contemporary art. Randolph's paintings have been exhibited and collected in permanent museum collections and other public and private institutions including: Bunting Institute at Radcliffe/Harvard; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Arizona State University Art Museum; San Antonio Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Menil Collection. In 2008,Randolph became an artist in residence at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Here she considers herself a translator helping patients realize their memories, dreams and reflections on their lives through art.
A Beloved’s Touch, 2015
Graphite on paper
18 x 24 inches
Susie Kalil is a former Core Fellow in Critical Studies at the Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A frequent contributor to publications including ArtNews, Art in America, Artforum, Sculpture and Cite, she also previously served as managing editor of the Texas art journal Artlies, as well as Spot magazine, Houston Center for Photography. For the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she co-curated (with Barbara Rose) the landmark exhibition Fresh Paint: The Houston School and The Texas Landscape: 1900-1986. She previously served as Visual Arts Director, DiverseWorks, Houston.
Kalil is the author of the award-winning book Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary (Texas A&M University Press) and curator of the Hogue retrospective, which traveled to the Art Museum of South Texas, the Grace Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. She also co-curated the Hogue exhibition, which traveled to the Rockwell Museum (Corning, New York), the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa, Oklahoma). Kalil is the author of Dorothy Hood: The Color of Being/El Color del Ser (Texas A&M University Press) and curator of the Hood retrospective for the Art Museum of South Texas. She is currently at work on the monograph Roger Winter: Fire and Ice.
Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. Jeff is the author of numerous books, including Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms (with Ata Anzali, Andrea R. Jain, and Erin Prophet), Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred and Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion. He is presently working on a three-volume study of paranormal currents in American history for the University of Chicago Press.
Augusto Mora: ¿A Dónde Nos Llevan? (Where Are They Taking Us To?)
January 18–March 25, 2018
Augusto Mora: ¿A dónde nos llevan?
18 de enero al 25 de marzo del 2018
Where Are They Taking Us To? is an exhibition based on the eponymously titled graphic novel by Augusto Mora, a comic artist based in Mexico City. Where Are They Taking Us To? attempts to provide the reader with a timeline of and framework for understanding the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 43 students of Ayotzinapa’s Teacher Training College in Iguala, Guerrero, on September 26, 2014, and the subsequent demonstrations world-wide that demanded justice for the victims and their families.
¿A dónde nos llevan? es una exhibición basada en la novela gráfica homónima de Augusto Mora, un artista de cómic de la Ciudad de México. ¿A dónde nos llevan? intenta proporcionar al lector una cronología y un contexto para entender las circunstancias que rodean la desaparición de 43 estudiantes de la Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa.
2017 Lawndale Mural Project
by Francesca Fuchs
North Exterior Wall
2017/2018 Mural by Francesca Fuchs, Image by Peter Molick
Lawndale is excited to announce the 2017 Mural Project, created by Francesca Fuchs.
With a few stripes and shapes in beige, soft whites, and simple grays, Francesca Fuchs transforms Lawndale's blank north wall into the illusion of cathedral pillars, starting a conversation with the building's iconic Art Deco façade and suggesting a deeper consideration of the role that art spaces play in contemporary society.
Francesca Fuchs was born in London and grew up in Münster, Germany. She completed her BFA at London's Wimbledon School of Art and finished her graduate work at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Fuchs came to Houston in 1996 for the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her work has been shown in national and international venues including the ICA, London; The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She had a solo show at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston in 2007 and was part of the 2017 survey show American Genre: Contemporary Painting at ICA, Maine College of Art. Fuchs has been the recipient of two Artadia Awards, Individual Artist Grants from the City of Houston, and a MacDowell Fellowship. She is Head of Painting at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.