As Painting: A Roundtable – Blaffer Art Museum

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As Painting: A Roundtable

January 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Join us on Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. for “As Painting,” a FREE roundtable discussion on painting.

“As Painting” departs from the exhibition “Blake Rayne: Cabin of the Accused” and focuses on contemporary debates around what counts as painting.

The discussion is moderated by exhibition curator, Blaffer curatorial fellow Javier Sánchez Martínez, in conversation with Natilee Harren, Assistant Professor of Art History, UH School of Art; Ruslana Lichtzier, curator, writer, educator and MFAH Core Fellow; and Aaron Parazette, Professor, UH School of Art.


About the speakers

Natilee Harren is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History and Critical Studies at the University of Houston and a scholar of experimental, interdisciplinary practices after 1960. A regular contributor to Artforum, her writing has also appeared in Art Journal, Getty Research Journal, East of Borneo, and Art Journal Open. She is currently at work on three book projects: a study of Fluxus scores and multiples, a monograph on the LA-based artist Karl Haendel, and a critical anthology of experimental scores from the fields of music, poetry, performance art, and dance.

Born in Siberia, Russia, and raised in Israel, Ruslana Lichtzier is a curator, writer and educator. Her background as a migrant propels cultural productions that aim to nest radical imagination of difference and change. Recent productions include the research project in form of a group exhibition Terrorists in The Library, at Harold Washington College (Chicago, Illinois), and the initiation of the Triumph School Manual Project Triumph, Illinois). She is a Core fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX) and a contributor writer for The Seen Magazine (EXPO Chicago), and Newcity (Chicago). Most recently she taught at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Arts Incubator, The University of Chicago.

Aaron Parazette is a Professor at the University of Houston School of Art where he has taught since 1997. He did his undergraduate work at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his graduate work at the Claremont Graduate University in California. After receiving his MFA in 1990, he moved to Houston to be a part of the Core Residency Program at the Museum of Fine Arts. Over the past 20 years Parazette has had an active career, regularly showing his work locally, nationally, and internationally. He has had 22 one-person exhibitions and been included in over 100 group exhibitions. Parazette is a professor at the University of Houston where he continues to mentor the next generation of artists.

Javier Sánchez Martínez is the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum. Recent exhibitions include Blake Rayne: Cabin of the Accused; Hilary Lloyd (2016) at Blaffer Art Museum; The Rhythm That Laughs You (2014) at Flux Factory in Queens, N.Y.; Tom Burr. Screen (2014) at CCS Bard; and The Image and the Animal (2010) at Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada, Spain. He also co-curated the exhibitions Saint-Clair Cemin. Baroque Mirror (2012) and Hans Lemmen (2011) with Omar-Pascual Castillo at Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.


About the exhibition

Over the last 20 years, New York-based artist Blake Rayne’s work has been central to questioning, contributing, and putting to test contemporary beliefs regarding painting. The artist’s first museum survey exhibition, “Cabin of the Accused” highlights a range of more than thirty works created since 2003 in various media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and installation. “Cabin of the Accused” rearticulates specific elements, organizational attitudes, and pictorial procedures to tell the story of the artist’s work and practice.

Blake Rayne: Cabin of the Accused  is made possible through the generous support of  Leslie and Brad Bucher, Jereann Chaney, Krista and Mike Dumas, Cullen K. Geiselman, Cecily Horton, Jim Petersen, Jr., and the John P. McGovern Foundation and support from the Cecil Amelia Blaffer von Furstenberg Endowment for Exhibitions and Program, the Houston Endowment, Inc., the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Jo and Jim Furr Exhibition Endowment at Blaffer Art Museum, and The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation.



January 25, 2017
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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