We are pleased to welcome Allan deSouza, one of the participating artists in the Blaffer Art Museum exhibition Time / Image, as part of the speaker series Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context. Presented by the University of Houston’s School of Art and Blaffer Art Museum, Till Now brings together leading voices in the field of contemporary art who investigate the idea of the contemporary as both a temporal and aesthetic framework to broaden a critical understanding about how we situate current artistic practice. The fall season of Till Now is presented in conjunction with Time / Image, on view Sept. 26-Dec. 12 at Blaffer Art Museum.
About the speaker
Allan deSouza is a California-based multi-media artist. His photography, installation, text and performance works restage historical evidence through counter-strategies of fiction, erasure, and (mis)translation. His work has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and internationally, including at the Walther Collection, Germany; Pompidou Centre, Paris; 2008 Gwangju Biennale, Korea; 3rd Guangzhou Triennale, China; ev+a Festival, Ireland; and in recent solo exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF; the Phillips Collection, DC; SF Camerawork; Fowler Museum, LA; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL; Talwar Gallery, NY, and Talwar Gallery, Delhi. His writings have been published in various journals, anthologies, and catalogues, including Third Text, London; Wolgan Art Monthly, South Korea, X-TRA, Los Angeles. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley.
About Time / Image
Time / Image is an international group exhibition investigating sustained artistic and cinematic engagements with questions of time, asking how, when, and why we can perceive time, and to what ends. Taking Gilles Deleuze’s term “the time-image” as an open provocation and philosophical framework, Time / Image features artworks and films that explore time as a political, historical, and cultural dimension that can be accessed and manipulated so that we might experience it differently. Time / Image features works by Siemon Allen, Matthew Buckingham, Allan deSouza, Andrea Geyer, Leslie Hewitt, Isaac Julien, Lorraine O’Grady, Trevor Paglen, Raqs Media Collective, Ruth Robbins, and Gary Simmons.
The works in Time / Image interrogate the category of “the contemporary,” not as a simple designation for the new or current, but as a condition in which unexpected co-presences and new attachments can be forged. The artists gathered in the exhibition, catalog and related screenings suggest that we consider contemporaneity as a networked model and method for perceiving time rather than a bounded period in history.
About the Till Now speaker series
Though its use has become widespread, the term “contemporary” does not designate a specific style nor period; contemporary art can encompass a range of forms and theories extending from works produced today to those made fifty years ago. Does contemporary art continue modernism’s utopian dream, or does it depart from modern art in fundamental ways? How do we begin to characterize the art of our own time while simultaneously shaping its development?
Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context is a speaker series hosted by the University of Houston School of Art and Blaffer Art Museum that brings together leading voices in the field of contemporary art. Internationally recognized scholars, curators, artists and writers will investigate the idea of the contemporary as both a temporal and aesthetic framework to broaden a critical understanding about how we situate current artistic practice.
This lecture series is held in the Fine Arts Building at the University of Houston campus (the same building as Blaffer Art Museum). All lectures are free and open to the public. Funding for this series is generously provided by an Innovation Grant from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center at the University of Houston.
IMAGE: Ruth Robbins, Detail of A Lexicon of Dusk, 2009–15. Postcards, shelving. 26 cards, each 6 x 3 ½ inches (15.2 x 8.9 cm) Courtesy of the artist