Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context lecture series

Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context lecture series

Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston

38th Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, 2016. Sculptures: Pahl Samson. Paintings: Michael Toskovich. Installation view at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. Photo: Teresa Munisteri.

November 30, 2016
Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context lecture series

Fall 2016–spring 2017

University of Houston
School of Art
4188 Elgin Street
Houston, TX 77204-4019


Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context is a lecture series hosted by the University of Houston School of Art and the Blaffer Art Museum that brings together leading voices in the field of contemporary art. Internationally recognized artists, designers, critics, and scholars investigate the idea of the contemporary as both temporal and aesthetic framework in order to deepen critical understanding of current artistic practice. In addition to a public lecture, our visitors also participate in seminar discussions and studio visits with graduate students in studio art and art history.

Spring 2017 speakers:

March 30
Gloria Sutton, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History and New Media at Northeastern University

April 20 
Harry Gamboa Jr., essayist, photographer, director and performance artist

Fall 2016 speakers:

September 18
Suzanne Hudson, Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California 

November 11
Douglas Crimp, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester

Lectures are free and open to the public. Come early for late viewing hours and a reception at the Blaffer Art Museum. Lectures are held at the Fine Arts Building on the University of Houston campus unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit the Till Now website.

Till Now forms part of the School of Art’s vibrant program of talks, seminars, and studio visits with visiting artists, designers, critics, and art historians. Recent visitors have included: David Aylsworth, Claire Bishop, Andrew Blauvelt, Benjamin Bratton, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Ken Carbone, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Mel Chin, Moyra Davey, Allan DeSouza, Keller Easterling, Hasan Elahi, Darby English, Will Fowler, Angela Fraleigh, Barbara Hammer, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Tanja Hollander, Dennis Hollingsworth, Earlie Hudnall, David Humphrey, Vera Iliatova, Amy Jorgensen, Gabriel Kuri, Edgar Leciejewski, Gail Levin, Mads Ljungdahl, Harold Mendez, Bill Morrison, Demetrius Oliver, Ethan Rafal, Dario Robleto, Steve Rowell, Analia Saban, Sigrid Sandström, Katy Siegel, Eddo Stern and Colin Blakely, Deborah Stratman, Lucille Tenazas, Jackie Tileston, and Wendy Vogel.

About the University of Houston School of Art
The University of Houston School of Art offers graduate degrees in Art History and Studio Art, with MFA concentrations in Painting, Photography/Digital Media, Sculpture, Graphic Design, and Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms (IPEF). Our MA in Art History program provides an advanced foundation in the discipline alongside guided work in curatorial practice and critical writing. Our renowned faculty work together with institutions in the city of Houston including the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Project Row Houses to offer paid internships, as well as opportunities for collaboration with the Blaffer Art Museum and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Students have access to dedicated curatorial spaces for course and thesis-related projects. Graduate program applications are due February 1 each year; priority deadline and deadline for international applicants is January 15. For more information, visit our graduate programs website or contact Dr. Rex Koontz, Director: [email protected].

About the Blaffer Art Museum
Blaffer Art Museum furthers the understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, and public programs of merit and distinction. As the gateway between the University of Houston and the city of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum is a catalyst for creative innovation, experimentation, and scholarship. Its exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public, create community through dialogue and participation, and inspire an appreciation for the visual arts as a vital force in shaping contemporary culture. Recent and future exhibitions feature the work of Analia Saban, Blake Rayne, The Propeller Group, Hilary Lloyd, Matthew Ronay, Slavs and Tatars, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Henning Bohl and Sergei Tcherepnin, Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, Janet Biggs, and Mel Chin.

Funding for Till Now is provided by the Houston Endowment with additional support from the Creative Writing Program and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston.


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