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Exhibitions Opening Friday, March 17, 2017
Lawndale Art Center

March, 2017

Exhibitions On View: March 17 - April 22, 2017
Opening Reception
Friday, March 17, 2017
6 - 8PM Opening Reception

Lawndale Art Center presents three exhibitions opening March 17, 2017, 6-8PM. In the John M. O'Quinn and Cecily E. Horton Galleries, the 2017 Core Exhibition showcases the works of the most recent artists-in-resident from the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Glassell School of Art. Critics-in-residence from the Core Program will contribute essays and public programs based on their independent research in conjunction with the exhibition. Denise Liebl exhibits new work, Hold, in the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery. Liebl's monoprints act as single pages from a larger sketchbook. In the Project Space, Curator and Core critic-in-residence Laura A.L. Wellen considers modern artistic practices that pair the natural environment with the politics of contemporary life in Guatemala in One Stone and the Rain/ Una piedra y la lluvia.
Exhibitions On View: March 17 - April 22, 2017
2017 Core Exhibition
John M. O'Quinn & Cecily E. Horton Galleries
Each year, the acclaimed Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Glassell School of Art awards residencies 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.
Participating writers: Taraneh Fazeli, Ruslana Lichtzier, and Laura A. L. Wellen

Participating artists: Tsuyoshi Anzai, Adam Crosson, Shana Hoehn, Yue Nakayama, Sondra Perry, Felipe Steinberg, Kenneth Tam

Denise Liebl
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

 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. 

One Stone and the Rain - Una piedra y la lluvia
Curated by: Laura A. L. Wellen
Artists: Hellen Ascoli, Manuel Chavajay Moralez, Jorge de León, Reyes Josué Morales, and Julio Serrano Echeverría
Project Space

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), Manuel Chavajay Moralez (San Pedro La Laguna), Jorge de León (Guatemala City), Reyes Josué Morales (Totonicapán), and Julio Serrano Echeverría (Quetzaltenango/Guatemala City)
Upcoming Public Programs
The Growth and Its Perennials
Performance by Fia Backström
Saturday, April 8, 2017

As part of Core critic-in-residence Taraneh Fazeli's ongoing 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.
Speculative Talk led by Ruslana Lichtzier
"five missing objects"
Saturday, April 15, 2017
3rd 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 Jen Liu and Sondra Perry's videos, followed by conversation with Taraneh Fazeli
Saturday, April 22, 2017
3rd 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.

Performance & Conversation with Julio Serrano Echeverría and Laura A. L. Wellen
Saturday April 22, 2017
3rd Floor Classroom
Volunteering with Lawndale Art Center
Programs and exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center are made possible by charitable contributions, memberships, fundraising events and the work of many dedicated volunteers. 

Volunteers are needed for every aspect of the work we do, including serving refreshments at opening receptions and special events, preparing the gallery for exhibitions, installing exhibitions, and general office assistance. 

To find out more about volunteering at Lawndale, contact Emily Link, Community Relations Coordinator.
Gallery Hours
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED; Tours by Appointment Only
Wednesday: 12-6PM
Thursday: 12-8PM
Friday: 12-6PM
Saturday & Sunday: 12-5PM
Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art.
Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002


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