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2018 Welcome + January Public Programs
Lawndale Art Center

January, 2018

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.
In the meantime, 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.
January Public Programs
Office Supply Assemblage 
Saturday, January 6, 2018
1 - 3 PM
O'Quinn Gallery
$5 Lawndale Members; $10 Non-Members

Butch Jack, Playing in the Sandbox, Too (Installation View), 2017    Image by Peter Molick

Come on out to Lawndale on Saturday, January 6th from 1 - 3 PM for Office Supply Assemblage, a workshop inspired by the sculpture in Meredith "Butch" Jack's Playing in the Sandbox, Too. In this workshop, participants will create assemblage sculptures of their very own inspired by the materials, codes, and concepts in the exhibition. 
This workshop is $5 for Lawndale members and $10 for non-members. All ages welcome! Space is limited (15). Purchase tickets here.  
Conversation with Butch Jack and Pete Gershon
Sunday, January 7, 2018
O'Quinn Gallery
2 PM Coffee and Cocktails 
2:30 PM Conversation 

Butch Jack, Playing in the Sandbox,Too (Installation view), 2017 
Image by Peter Molick

Join Meredith "Butch" Jack and Pete Gershon in conversation about sculpture, Houston's art scene, and communication in all its forms. 
This event is free and open to the public. Beverages will be provided by Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
Butch Jack was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and grew up in the small, rural community of Tonganoxie, Kansas. He entered the University of Kansas in the fall of 1961 enrolled as a history major. After two years in the general education system, he entered into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Drawing and Painting Department. He graduated in 1967 with an emphasis in Printmaking. Next, he enrolled as graduate student at Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received the Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture in the spring of 1972. In 1976, he relocated to Texas, settling in Houston after determining that neither Austin nor Dallas had the combination of art activity and intellectual climate that he was seeking. In 1977, he re-entered the teaching profession at Lamar University, where he is Emeritus Professor. He maintains his residence and studio in Houston.
Pete Gershon is the program coordinator for the Core Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art and was the founding publisher of Signal to Noise: The Journal of Improvised and Experimental Musicfrom 1997 to 2013. He is also the author of Painting the Town Orange: The Stories Behind Houston's Visionary Art Environments (History Press, 2013) and Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985 (Texas A&M University Press, fall 2018). Gershon currently serves as Chair of Lawndale's Programming Committee.
Subconscious Sketching Workshop
Sunday, January 14, 2018
1 - 3 PM
Horton Gallery
$5 Lawndale Members; $10 Non-Members 
Lynn Randolph, A Beloved's Touch, 2015

Join Lawndale on Sunday, January 14th from 1 - 3 PM for a Subconscious Sketching Workshop inspired by Lynn Randolph's Between Worlds. In this workshop, participants will create graphite compositions that navigate consciousness through techniques of automatic writing and drawing. 
This workshop is $5 for Lawndale members and $10 for non-members. All ages welcome! Space is limited (15). You can purchase tickets here.   
Workshop with Augusto Mora: Creating Comics and Developing the Imagination
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
5 - 6:30 PM
*This workshop will be conducted in Spanish with live translation by Antena.
*This workshop is free and open to the public.

Join exhibiting artist Augusto Mora to make your own graphic novel! 
Exhibitions Opening: January 18, 2018
Opening Reception
Thursday, January 18, 2018
6 - 8 PM
Between Love & Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s
Organized by Christopher Sperandio in collaboration with students from Practical Curation, 
Rice University
O'Quinn Gallery 
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.
Augusto Mora: ¿A Dónde Nos Llevan? (Where Are They Taking Us To?)
Cavnar Gallery
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 worldwide that demanded justice for the victims and their families.
Exhibitions Currently On View 
Butch Jack: 
Playing in the Sandbox, Too
November 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018
O'Quinn Gallery
Essay by Pete Gershon

In his site-specific installations, Meredith "Butch" Jack constructs structural and sculptural vignettes from common materials. Playing in the Sandbox, Too highlights the alternate use of those daily materials towards the same concerns of his more commercial works: small mysteries; personal loss; physical tension, imbalance, or peril; and mortality.
Layla Luna: 
I Saw Nobody Coming, So I Went Instead
November 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Cavnar Gallery

With the mixed media works of I Saw Nobody Coming, So I Went Instead, Layla Luna explores personal histories through personal collections. Building her own collections to document time and create stories in a pro-active manner, Luna questions our reasoning for holding on to objects and creating our own collections and displays of those items; is it the object itself or the haunt of the memory tied to the object?
Lynn Randolph: Between Worlds
Curated by Susie Kalil
October 6, 2017 - January 21, 2018
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.
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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