Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pan Recommends for the week of October 10 to October 16

Robert Boyd

This is one of those weeks where there is one big thing and a few smaller things. I guess most folks don't want to compete with the Texas Contemporary Art Fair--on the contrary, the fair includes 13 Houston galleries ranging from Anya Tish Gallery to Zoya Tommy Contemporary.


Here's the VIP area from last year's art fair.

The Texas Contemporary Art Fair, George R. Brown Convention Center, 7:30–9:30 pm Thursday, 11 am to 7 pm Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 pm Sunday. Houston's second art fair this year. Generally TCAF gets more respect than HFAF (not totally deserved in my opinion). TCAF has more exhibitors, including some that I don't remember from previous years that I'm quite interested in (P.P.O.W., Freight+Volume, Catherine Clark Gallery). And if the weather holds, you could combine your trip to TCAF with a picnic on Discovery Green.


William Basinski, "A Red Score in Tile," 2011. Vinyl LP, Ed. of 600, 47:06 minutes. Cover by James Elaine

William Basinski and James Elaine at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 7–9 pm. Composer Basinski performs amidst projected video light show by artist Elaine.


Turnstile Comics, one of the exhibitors at Zine Fest Houston, as they were set up at the Small Press Expo in September. (From the blog of Nation of Amanda, another exhibitor.)

Zine Fest Houston 2013 at Museum of Printing History, 3–8 pm. I have an ambiguous relationship to zines. I started making my own zines in 1976 when I was in junior high, and I continued up through 2004, but it feels like the internet has obviated the necessity of zines. After all, writing a blog is easier than xeroxing, hand-collating and stapling a zine, and reaches a lot more readers. But then I look at a picture like the Turnstile Comics table above and I get zine fever all over again. Come to the Museum of Printing History and see grungy mini-comics, poetry chapbooks and zines of all types.

Piece by Maria Cristina Jadick

Intervals with work by Maria Cristina Jadick, Nicola Parente, Tudor Mitroi and Masaru Takiguchi at Lone Star College - Kingwood Art Gallery, 4:30–6:30 pm. I know it's a hike out to Kingwood, but they have a nice little gallery and an apparently excellent bunch of instructors if this faculty show is any indication.

A Robert Motherwell collage from a recent show at Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Robert Motherwell: Four Decades of Collage at McClain Gallery, 7–9 pm. The great Abstract Expressionist was also one of the cut-and-paste boys. Should be a lovely show.

Domokos Benczédi,VANISH 3 <> v i d e o + 10. 12. 2013 at GalleryHOMELAND, 6 to 10 pm.  Musician/artist Domokos Benczédi creates a mutable installation that will evolve over the period it is up. Some performances are in the works as well.


The Art Guys: THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW at Council Chamber, Second Floor, City Hall, 1:30 pm. The Art Guys go before City Council and suggest as many new laws as they can in the 3 minutes allotted to speakers from the public. Part of their year-long 12 Events.


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