Current Exhibitions


Slavs and Tatars is a collective operating between the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China.” Their exhibition takes its title from a medieval genre of advice literature for rulers that offered instructions, aphorisms, and reflections on how to rule a nation, from economics to etiquette, astrology to agriculture. The mirrors-for-princes genre operated as a poetic form of political critique in both Christian and Muslim lands during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance while carving out a space for statecraft at a time when most scholarship was devoted to religious affairs. Using the genre as a conceptual framework, the works on view translate literary tropes and vernacular objects, such as religious furniture or cosmetic tools, into artworks that further Slavs and Tatars’ investigation of speech and sovereignty. Read more

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Did You Know We Taught Them How to Dance? is the first solo museum presentation of works by British-Nigerian video artist and filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa. Featuring video installations, photographs, and a sound installation produced in the Niger Delta region of southeastern Nigeria from 2013 to 2015, the exhibition uses folklore, masquerade traditions, religious practices, food and Nigerian popular aesthetics to test art’s capacity to transform and to envision new concepts of environment and environmentalism. Read more


Drip Machine by the Texas-based artist duo Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher as the next installment of our Window into Houston series at Blaffer’s satellite downtown Houston location, 110 Milam Street. Drip Machine (2016) is an automated electro-hydraulic system that produces sound. It is composed of four repurposed aquariums, water pumps, electric valves, water sensors, plastic tubing, custom electronics and speakers. Drip Machine is a live, 20-channel, automatic instrument. Each drip hits a corresponding sensor which in turn assigns a sound to be played through a single speaker. Twenty speakers will be mounted outside, under the portico resulting in a continually evolving multi-channel soundscape. Read more


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