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Marfa Dialogues/Houston


Marfa Dialogues/Houston

March 24 - 26, 2016

FotoFest is partnering with contemporary arts organization Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation to present Marfa Dialogues/Houston as part of the FotoFest 2016 Biennial.

Founded in 2010, Marfa Dialogues was conceived as a symposium to broaden public exposure to the intersections of art, politics, and culture. In 2012, Marfa Dialogues expanded to consider the science and culture of climate change. 

Marfa Dialogues/Houston takes place at the the Menil Collection, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006

7pm  - INTRODUCTIONS
Menil Collection Interim Director Thomas Rhoads and Ballroom Marfa Executive Director Susan Sutton

7:15pm - KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus

7:45pm - PERFORMANCE
Lucky Dragons, Experimental Music Group from Los Angeles


Friday, March 25, 2016

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

6:30pm  - "IMAGINING FUTURES"
Panel discussion with scientists Dr. Trevor Williams, Dr. William Stefanov and artists Jamey Stillings and MPA. Moderated by FotoFest Executive Director Steven Evans.

“Imaging Futures” will coincide with MPA’s solo exhibition, THE INTERVIEW: Red, Red Future, on view at CAMH.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

1pm - "INUNDATION AND DESICCATION: On the Edge in America"
Matthew Coolidge and Aurora Tang of the Center for Land Use Interpretation in conversation with Steven Badgett of SIMPARCH.

Short video: The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Houston Petrochemical Corridor Landscan, Texas, 2008. HD Video, 14 minutes 12 seconds. Courtesy the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Commissioned by the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston.

2:15pm - "METABOLIC LANDSCAPES"
Conversation between Dr. Geof Rayner, environmental justice advocate Juan Parras, and artists Gina Glover and Dornith Doherty.

Short video: Sarah Rara, excerpt from The Pollinators, 2014. Video with sound, excerpt 10 minutes; TRT 65 minutes. Sound by Luke Fischbeck. Courtesy of the artist.

4:15pm - "FROM HYPERLOCAL TO HYPEROBJECT: Art, Ecology, and OOO”
Professor Timothy Morton in conversation with artist Mandy Barker. Moderated by author Erik Davis.

Short video: Rachel Rose, Sitting Feeding Sleeping, 2013. HD Video, 9 minutes and 49 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery.





Previous versions of the conference have taken place in Marfa, TX (2010, 2012), New York (2013) and St. Louis (2014).

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