5:00-6:30 p.m. Reception celebrating the launch of the exhibition catalogue, From the Disaster
6:30-8:00 p.m. Roundtable discussion moderated by artist Gabriel Martinez and Javier Sánchez Martínez, Blaffer Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow.
Discussants: Dorota Biczel, art historian, critic, and curator; Dr. Roberto Tejada, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cran
z Cullen Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and Art History; Ronnie Yates, poet, musician, and interdisciplinary artist.
Dorota Biczel is a Polish-born art historian, critic, and curator. Currently she is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. Her texts appeared in the exhibition catalogues by the Museo de Arte de Lima, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and in journals Caiana, Buildings & Landscapes, Art Journal, ARARA, and
lter/nativas. Her curatorial projects include Moving Mountains: Extractive Landscapes of Peru at Visual Arts Center in Austin (2016) and Teresa Burga’s Chronology: Reports, Diagrams, Intervals at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2011).
Gabriel Martinez (b. 1973 Alamogordo, New Mexico) graduated with an MFA from Columbia University and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. He has been an artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses and a CORE Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. His work has been exhibited recently at David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University in Providence, the Byzantine Chapel at The Menil Collection, the Station Museum, Artpace in San Antonio, Galveston Arts Residency, Rice University Media Center, and the Houston Museum of African American Culture. He is the founding member and director of Alabama Song, an alternative art space in Houston. Additionally, Martinez teaches interdisciplinary art seminars at the University of Houston.
Javier Sánchez Martínez is a writer and curator based in Houston, TX. Since April, 2015 he is the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. In 2014, he graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.Sánchez Martínez has curated many exhibitions and related public programs in Spain and the USA, and his writings have been published in several exhibition catalogues and art publications.
Roberto Tejada is the author of art histories that include National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (Minnesota, 2009); a monograph on pioneering Chicana conceptual artist Celia Alvarez Muñoz (Minnesota, 2009), and such catalog essays as “Los Angeles Snapshots” in Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980 (Hammer Museum, 2011. and “Printed Matters in Pop América” in Pop América: Contesting Freedom, 1965-1975 (Nasher Museum, Duke University, 2018). His poetry collections include Full Foreground (Arizona, 2012), Exposition Park (Wesleyan, 2010), Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006), and Todo en el ahora (Libros Magenta, 2015), selected poems in Spanish language translation. He is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and Art History at the University of Houston.
Ronnie Yates is a poet, musician and interdisciplinary artist. His poems and critical essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Colorado Review, POOL, Arts and Culture (Houston), and on BOMBlog and Verse Daily. He has performed at the Menil, Diverseworks, the Station Museum and with the Nameless Sound Ensemble. He teaches in the University of Houston Art Department and is the poet-in-residence at Alabama Song, an art and culture space in Houston, Texas.