The Big Show is an ambitious exhibition of new work by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale. The show is appropriately and affectionately named – hundreds of artists submit up to three works for review by an esteemed curator who is invited by Lawndale to serve as juror.
This year, we were thrilled to welcome not one but two established curators to jury The Big Show: Apsara DiQuinzio and Tina Kukielski (bios below). And with change in the Lawndale air, we made the bold decision to waive the standard submission fee in order to encourage every eligible artist to throw his and her hat in the ring. In response to this gesture, 517 artists submitted their work online for consideration -- the largest group to seek participation in the history of the exhibition.
We look forward to seeing you at The Big Show, and encourage you to bring your family and friends!
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Video by Ronald L. Jones
Designed by Daniel Cardoza and Brian Murcia
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator Apsara DiQuinzio joined BAMPFA in the fall of 2012, and since then has organized over a dozen exhibitions, including Color Shift; Ballet of Heads: The Figure in the Collection, and MATRIX exhibitions with Nicole Eisenman, Paz Errázuriz, Anna Maria Maiolino, Geta Brătescu, John Zurier, Eric Baudelaire, Tarek Atoui, and many others. Before coming to BAMPFA, she was assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA, where she organized solo exhibitions with Trisha Donnelly, Vincent Fecteau, R.H. Quaytman, and Paul Sietsema, as well as the major group exhibitions Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art and The Air We Breathe: Artists and Poets Reflect on Marriage Equality. Prior to SFMOMA, DiQuinzio worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she co-organized the 2004 Whitney Biennial, among numerous other exhibitions. She has contributed to journals such as Artforum, Mousse, Cura, and The Exhibitionist, in addition to writing for many exhibition catalogs.
Tina Kukielski is executive director of Art21, a nonprofit art organization specializing in digital media about contemporary art, and a curator and writer based in New York City. She has previously held curatorial positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art, and has independently curated art projects around the world. She was a co-curator of the acclaimed 2013 Carnegie International and was recently included in a list of “25 Women Curators Shaking Things Up” by artnet.com. She is curating the first museum exhibition of artist Susan Te Kahurangi King for the ICA Miami.
With a record number of submissions to this year’s The Big Show, we were able to see a wide swathe of contributions by Houston-based artists. Having once co-curated an exhibition together when we worked in New York over twelve years ago, it was a pleasure to collaborate again on this exhibition. After reviewing submissions online, we invited eighty-seven notable artists (a recent record of participants) to contribute a grand total of 105 works in all media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and video. Over the course of becoming acquainted with the work, a few themes emerged that guided our installation design. The first gallery beckons visitors with a range of works that address portraiture and the human figure in a panoply of styles and forms, ranging from meticulous, verisimilar renderings, to loose, expressive compositions. The spacious O’Quinn Gallery opens with a salon hang of enlivened painting in a number of distinct registers. A significant number of black-and-white works are grouped together along one long wall finding singularity among a strong graphic impulse. Along the opposite and adjacent walls colorful abstractions predominate, in scales both small and large, expressing a wide range of bold, creative palettes. In certain sections, one notices the inflections of cubism and surrealism, which are freshly interpreted to unique ends. The Horton Gallery highlights a group of evocative photographs, videos, and sculptures that situate visitors within a hybrid terrain that is both real and imagined.
The jurors thank Stephanie Mitchell, Executive Director, and Lawndale’s Programming Committee for inviting us to jury The Big Show this year. It has become evident to us that Lawndale provides an essential platform for many artists within the extended community. We are honored to have taken part in this historical exhibition, and grateful to have had the opportunity to become familiar with so many talented artists living and working in the greater Houston area.
For the 2016 edition of The Big Show, guest jurors Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator of the BAMPFA, and Tina Kukielski, Executive Director of ART21, reviewed 1,389 works by 517 artists from which they selected 105 works by 87 artists for the exhibition. Artists selected for the exhibition include:
Fariba Abedin, Isela Aguirre, Ann Albritton, Ariana Andrei, Daniela Antelo in collaboration with Clay Zapalac, Alphonse Argieard, Chris Bakay, Steven Baptiste, Amaechina Blot, Maria Bordelon-Nelson, Tania Botelho, Celan Bouillet, Allen Bourne, Susan Budge, Carolina Buitrago, Erick Calderon, Carlos Canul, Jorge Canul, Tracy Carlson, Mary H. Case, Lindy Chambers, Michelle Chen-Dubose, Peter Chok, Lim Chung, Dominic Clay, Angela Corson, Shannon Crider, Jessica Crowl, Marky Dewhirst, William Dixon, Adrienne Duncan, Roslyn M. Dupre', Noah Edmundson, Kwanzaa Edwards, Karen Eisele, Tatiana Escallon, Diane Fraser, Gao Hang, Yvonne Gerych, Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola, David P. Gray, Wanda Harding, Nina Hays, Marcos Hdez, Jimmy Hines, Rhonda Holleman, Hedwige Jacobs, Christy Karll, James Kerley, Hogan Kimbrell, Iva Kinnaird, Koerie, Joan Laughlin, Maureen Lax, Beth LeBlanc, Patti Lennon, Marie Leterme, Denise Liebl, Lulu Lin, Wyatt Little, D.W. Longtin, Max Manning, Colleen Maynard, Kelly O’Brien, Aranxa Ortega, John Oualline, Quentin Pace, Annette Palmer, Page Piland, Chasity Porter, Alejandro Rosas, Penelope Ross, Robert Ruello, Ann Randolph Sandberg, Rajab Sayed, A. M. Schaer, Mireille Schellhorn, Wade Schmitz, Cassie Skelly, Megan Spacek, Stacy Anne Tracy, Rosa Valdovinos, Justin Varner, Katya Vassilyeva, Elise Weber, William Witte and Adrienne Wong
Wednesday, August 10 & 17, 2016
Join Lawndale and Houston's talented Big Show artists for short, informal presentations about their work. Presentations start at 6 PM each night at Lawndale Art Center. Come early as seating is limited.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Daniela Antelo and Clay Zapalac
A. M. Schaer
Names as of August 3, 2016
Kerry F. Inman and Denby Auble
Art Museum of South Texas
Art Supply on Main
Cedric N. Akue
James M Bell, Jr.
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation
Far Fetched LLC DBA Brown
Karen Lantz and Andrew Farkas
Bill and Ann Fitzgibbons
Tim Kollatschny and Stephen Goldberg
Brad and Linda Harmes
G.G. Hsieh and Mark Hausknecht
George and Mary Howe Hawkins
Cindee and Curtis Klement
Victoria and Marshal Lightman
Lester and Penelope Marks
Jeryn and Walter Mayer
Kathrine McGovern/John P. McGovern Foundation
Brian and Jayne Piana
H. Russell Pitman
Texas Commission on the Arts
Roy V. Thomas
Christine and Ramon West
The Wortham Foundation, Inc.
Your generosity provides funding for Lawndale's many free programs and directly supports artists all year. Your financial support also helps to cover Big Show expenses such as the production and printing of the catalogue, the juror's honorarium and cash awards for the artists.
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Volunteers are needed for every aspect of The Big Show, including helping with artist drop-off, preparing the galleries, installing artwork in the exhibition and serving refreshments at the opening reception. To receive information on volunteer opportunities at Lawndale, sign up here!