March 17 - April 23, 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, March 17, 2017
6 - 8 PM

2017 CORE Exhibition
John M. O'Quinn, and Cecily E. Horton Galleries
March 17 - April 22, 2017

Each year, the acclaimed Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Glassell School of Art awards residents to artists and critical writers, culminating each spring with an exhibition and yearbook. The 2017 Core Exhibition will be held at Lawndale Art Center while the new facility for the Glassell School of Art, designed by Steven Holl Architects, is under construction. The exhibition features work by artists-in-residence Tsuyoshi Anzai, Adam Crosson, Shana Hoehn, Yue Nakayama, Sondra Perry, Felipe Steinberg, and Kenneth Tam. Core critics-in-residence Taraneh Fazeli, Ruslana Lichtzier, and Laura A.L. Wellen contribute essays based on their independent research to the Core 2017 publication, issued in conjunction with the exhibition.

Denise Liebl
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Hold is a new series of monoprints by Denise Liebl. Conceptualized as sketches within a book, each work begins as a graphite monoprint and reworked with graphite, watercolor, and pencil. Untitled, the works are numbered for their respective pages in the “sketchbook” and mounted unframed. Through repetition, Liebl abstracts the architecture of a single cube and allows tonal shifts between the works to speak to times of transition and growth. The exhibition is accompanied by an essay written by Laura A.L. Wellen.

Artist Bio
Liebl participated in the BLOCK Program at the MFAH Glassell School of Art in 2014-2015 and has exhibited her work throughout Houston, including in Lawndale’s 2016 Big Show.

One Stone and the Rain
Una piedra y la lluvia

Works by Hellen Ascoli, Edgar Calel, Manuel Chavajay Moralez, Jorge de León, Reyes Josué Morales, and Julio Serrano Echeverría
Curated by Laura A. L. Wellen
Project Space

Performance/conversation with Julio Serrano Echeverría and Laura Wellen on Saturday, April 22.

One Stone and the Rain takes CORE Critic-in-Residence Laura A. L. Wellen's 2016 essay of the same name as its departure point to consider contemporary artistic practices that pair the natural environment with a politics of contemporary life in Guatemala. Twenty years after the armed conflict ended there, a new generation of Guatemalan artists are looking to physical elements (including water, stone, earth, and wind) as active participants in their work. Placing value and knowledge in these elements, these artists embrace the movement and change they embody. By avoiding a certain fixity, even in how we comprehend, experience, and process violence of the past and present, the exhibition argues for finding knowledge in sites, processes, and materials of the earth. One Stone and the Rain includes bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibition text, and videos, performance documentation, and photographs by artists Hellen Ascoli (Guatemala City),Edgar Calel (Comalapa), Manuel Chavajay Moralez (San Pedro La Laguna), Jorge de León (Guatemala City), Reyes Josué Morales (Totonicapán), and Julio Serrano Echeverría (Quetzaltenango/Guatemala City).

Una piedra y la lluvia toma el ensayo del mismo nombre escrito por Laura A. L. Wellen, durante su residencia en el programa residencial CORE en 2016, como punto de partida para considerar las prácticas artísticas contemporáneas que enlazan el ambiente natural con las políticas de la vida contemporánea en Guatemala. Veinte años después del conflicto armado, una nueva generación de artistas guatemaltecos está viendo los elementos físicos (incluyendo el agua, las piedras, la tierra y el viento) como partícipes activos de sus obras. Colocando los valores y el conocimiento en estos elementos, estos artistas adoptan el movimiento y el cambio que encarnan. Evitando cierta fijeza, incluso en la manera en que entendemos, experimentamos y procesamos la violencia del pasado y del presente, esta exposición afirma que el conocimiento se encuentra en los lugares, en los procesos y en los materiales de la tierra. One Stone and the Rain incluye textos explicativos bilingües (en inglés y en español), videos, performance, documentación y fotografías de los artistas Hellen Ascoli (Ciudad de Guatemala), Edgar Calel (Comalapa), Manuel Chavajay Moralez (San Pedro La Laguna), Jorge de León (Ciudad de Guatemala), Reyes Josué Morales (Totonicapán) y Julio Serrano Echeverría (Quetzaltenango/Ciudad de Guatemala).

Curator Bio
Laura A. L. Wellen is a writer and independent curator based in Guatemala City and Houston. She is working on a book about Kansas artist James Dean Pruner, titled Tell it to the Horses: The Life, Art, and Radical Community of a Kansas Painter. Her essays have appeared in numerous artist monographs, and her art criticism has been published in Art Forum, Artishock, Art Lies, Art Review, Arts + Culture Texas, and Pastelegram among other international publications. She is the co-founder of the apartment gallery and residency Yvonne in Guatemala and of the Houston-based project Francine. In 2016-2017, she is a writing fellow at the Core Critical Studies Program at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is a 2016 recipient of The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Wellen holds a PhD in Art History.

Laura A. L. Wellen es una escritora y curadora independiente basada entre Ciudad de Guatemala y Houston. Su crítica de arte ha sido publicada en Art Forum, Artishock, Art Review, y Pastelegram, entre otros, y sus ensayos han sido publicados en libros, catálogos, y monografías internacionales. Wellen es la co-fundadora del espacio auto-gestionado y residencia Yvonne en Guatemala, y del proyecto Francine en Houston. Tiene su doctorado en la historia del arte desde la Universidad de Texas en Austin, y en 2016-2017 es una becaria del programa CORE en The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. En 2016, Wellen recibió The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant por su trabajo en Guatemala.

The Growth and its Perennials
Performance by Fia Backström
Saturday, April 8 at 6 PM
Third-floor classroom

As part of Core critic-in-residence Taraneh Fazeli's on-going curatorial project, Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip time: Against Capitalism's Temporal Bullying, Lawndale will host two related public programs entitled Warp and Weft of Care. Warp and Weft of Care kicks off with a performance by artist Fia Backström on the evening of Saturday, April 8th.

"five missing objects"
Presented by Ruslana Lichtzier
Saturday, April 15 at 4 PM
Third-floor classroom

The speculative talk presented by Core critic-in-residence Ruslana Lichtzier will reflect on five historical cases spanning from the time of Pompeii's eruption to nowadays invention of "alternative facts." Through reading these events and their "missing objects" the talk will explore ignorance and hunger as generative forces within knowledge production.

Screening of video works by Jen Liu and Sondra Perry,
followed by conversation with Taraneh Fazeli

Saturday, April 22
Third-floor classroom
Time TBD

The second public program in Warp and Weft of Care is a screening of Jen Liu and Core artist-in-residence Sondra Perry's recent video works on the closing day of the three Lawndale shows, Saturday, April 22nd. The program will include short videos that address the threats that labor poses to workers' health.

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