Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pan Recommends for the week of October 11 to October 17

Robert Boyd

All kinds of interesting events are on tap for this week. Here are just a few of them.


Rem Koolhaas, "Architecture as a Global Practice," Thursday, October 11, 10 to 11:15 am, Autry Court, Tudor Fieldhouse at Rice University. Hurry--this is happening this morning! If you don't have a day job, this might be an interesting opportunity to hear the famed starchitect who is so freaking cool that he has "kool" in his name.


Eye Candy featuring Felipe Contreras, Haden Garrett, Joyce Joe, Michael King, Lee Littlefield, Liza Littlefield, Elena Lopez-Poirot, and Randall Reid at Poissant Gallery, 4411 Montrose Special Events Gallery, October 12, 2012, 6 to 9 pm. Personally, I always welcome a chance to see some Lee Littlefield work. But what intrigues me is the location-not the old converted church that we used to see. Does this signal a permanent move? (An email to Poissant Gallery requesting information had not been responded to at press time.)


Raid the Archive, Saturday, October 13, 2012 7 to 9 pm, Film Auditorium at the Rice Media Center. As someone who lived through the tale-end of this era (and saw the Ed and Nancy Kienholz show pictured above at the Rice Museum), I really miss it. I'm not sure what to expect from these films, but I like the idea that I'll be sitting in the same comfy theater where Kienholz showed me and my classmates movies 29 years ago.

The Power of Paint at Avis Frank, October 13, 2012, 6 pm to 8 pm. Lots of painting shows in Houston lately. What's up with that? Anyway, this show features work by 13 painters, including Ray Phillips, James Beaman, Kimber Berry and the gallerist himself, David Hardaker.

Well-Behave Animals with work by Daniel Anguilu, Eyesore, and Faviola Valencia at Cardoza Fine Art, October 13, 7 to 10 pm. I guess they're "well-behaved" when they show work legally in a gallery. Cardoza follows up his Give Up show with a show of three other prominent Houston street artists.



Calvin Tomkins at the Menil, October 17, 2012, 7 to 8 pm. Tompkins was one of the first art writers I loved (along with the late Robert Hughes). I especially liked that his work was, at heart, narrative. He is more of a biographer than a critic. I recommend Bride & the Bachelors, Living Well Is the Best Revenge and Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg.


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