The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents sculptural objects, environments, and site-specific installations along with photography and video documenting performances, as well as a series of live performance events. Featured artists include the collaborative group B Team, Conrad Bakker, Nick Cave, Cat Chow, Sonya Clark, Gabriel Craig, Theaster Gates, Cynthia Giachetti, and many others.
Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft is a dynamic group exhibition that explores the innovative means by which artists continue to expand the traditional boundaries of art and craft. Through the integration of performance, the artists featured in this exhibition have broadened the context of craft in contemporary art.
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will present sculptural objects, environments, and site-specific installations along with photography and video documenting performances, as well as a series of live performance events. Featured artists include the collaborative group B Team, Conrad Bakker, Nick Cave, Cat Chow, Sonya Clark, Gabriel Craig, Theaster Gates, Cynthia Giachetti, Ryan Gothrup, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Lauren Kalman, Christy Matson, James Melchert, Yuka Otani, Sheila Pepe, Michael Rea, Anne Wilson, Saya Woolfalk, and Bohyun Yoon.
Several new works will be featured in Hand+Made, including a Book of the Month Club series by Conrad Bakker; Soundsuits by Nick Cave; two site-specific installations; and performances by Theaster Gates, Cynthia Giachetti, and Anne Wilson. Performance event highlights include public interventions by Pro Bono Jeweler Gabriel Craig, in various locations throughout the city; knitting nights for audiences to unravel the installation created by Sheila Pepe; a restaging of a 1972 happening by pioneering ceramic artist James Melchert; an endurance performance by Anne Wilson in collaboration with Hope Stone Dance Company; and a musical performance by Theaster Gates with a local Houston choir. The exhibition will close with a performance by Cynthia Giachetti. The Museum will use web-streaming to share these events with broader audiences.
Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft is made possible by generous support from the Union Pacific Foundation, Sara and Bill Morgan, and donors to the Museum's Major Exhibition Fund. The Museum's Perspectives Exhibition Series is presented in part by donations to its Perspectives Fund.
The Museum's operations and programs are made possible through the generosity of the Museum's trustees, patrons, members and donors. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston receives partial operating support from the Houston Endowment, Inc., the City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
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With more than sixty years of progressive programming, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston exemplifies the dynamic relationship between contemporary society and contemporary art. A non-collecting institution, CAMH presents award-winning exhibitions in its iconic steel parallelogram building designed by prominent architect Gunnar Birkerts. A vigorous schedule of innovative, diverse programs invites audiences of all ages to learn more about art and the exhibitions on view and all are offered free of charge.
Image: Nick Cave, photo James Prinz
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Opening reception May 14, 2010, 7-10pm
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