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Preservation Houston Good Brick Tour

Bethel Park. Photo: Jim Parsons.

What: Preservation Houston 2014 Good Brick Tour
When: Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: See this tour map for locations

About the tour: “In 1932, Jesse and Edith Moore built their dream home on the banks of Rummel Creek, 17 miles west of downtown Houston: a cabin of pine logs harvested from the surrounding forest. Eighty years later, the Moores’ patch of wooded paradise remained intact in the midst of urban sprawl, but time and weather had taken their toll on the little cabin. A unique restoration plan was needed to keep the structure safe for future generations, and thanks to some hand-cut cypress logs, a few polyester straps and lots of careful planning, the cabin — now at the heart of the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary — is as good as new.

“See the restored cabin during Preservation Houston’s 2014 Good Brick Tour on May 3 and 4 — the first time we’ve offered the chance to get a close look at a selection of current and recent Good Brick Award-winning preservation projects. Trained docents, architects, contractors, and property owners will be on hand to talk about the work that went into restoring sites that include the log cabin, a 1920s bungalow and an Art Deco printing plant.

“A tour ticket ($25 in advance or $30 at the door) includes admission to all locations on both days of the tour. A $50 Patron-level ticket also includes an invitation to an exclusive kickoff party at the NuSmile Building, a 2014 Good Brick Award winner, the evening of Friday, May 2. (The NuSmile Building will only be open for that event.) . . . Buy your tour tickets online ($50 Patron, $25 general admission) through May 1 or at any tour location ($30) except Bethel Park on the tour weekend.”

Karrie Jacobs Lecture at The MFA,H

What: Annual Lawndale Art Center/Design Council Lecture “In Praise of Man-Made Nature”
When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Law Building, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet

About the lecture: “The real lesson of New York City’s celebrated High Line is not that every city needs an elevated linear park, but that the features of our cities that we’ve long disused, ignored, and written off as blight are actually valuable components of our unnatural natural environment. Long regarded as liabilities, abused rivers like Newark’s Passaic, the Los Angeles River, and Houston’s Buffalo Bayou are being transformed into assets. Even the most obstructive, no-man’s-land-generating form of urban infrastructure — the elevated expressway — can, with skill and imagination, be incorporated into metropolitan form of nature. While Frederick Law Olmsted’s 19th-century landscapes afforded an escape from the urban life, the 21st-century approach to man–made nature offers a deeper immersion into our changing cities.”

About the lecturer: “Karrie Jacobs is a professional observer of the man-made landscape. For 10 years she wrote the ‘America’ column for Metropolis magazine about how ideas and strategies in architecture and design play out in the real world. She’s currently a faculty member at DCrit, the School of Visual Arts’ graduate program in design criticism; a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure; and a frequent contributor to Architect. She is author of The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home (Viking, 2006) and was the founding editor in chief of Dwell Magazine. Prior to launching Dwell, Karrie served as the architecture critic of New York Magazine and was also the founding executive editor of Benetton’s Colors Magazine.”

A reception to meet the speaker follows the program.

Click here for more information and to reserve seats.

TSU: Edward J. Blakely

What: TSU Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy present the Edward J. Blakely Lecture
When: Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: McCoy Auditorium, First Floor, School of Public Affairs Building

Ed Blakely is Honorary Professor of Urban Policy in the United States Study Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Considered one of the world’s preeminent scholars and practitioners in planning, with over 40 years of teaching, research, administrative and economic development policy experience, Blakely has been Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, Dean of the Milano Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy at the New School University in NY, Dean of the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, and Director of the Urban & Regional Planning Program at the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow at the American Academy of Public Administration, and has held past fellowships with Fulbright and with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. For two years after Hurricane Katrina, Blakely was Executive Director of the New Orleans, Louisiana, Office of Recovery and Development Administration. In 2012, UN Habitat recognized Blakely for his contributions to social justice and sustainable planning in disaster recovery.

MFAH: Architecture of Museums Book Signing

Lecture & Book Signing for The Architecture of Art Museums: A Decade of Design: 2000–2010
by Ronnie Self
Architect and Associate Professor of Architecture,
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Brown Auditorium Theater
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Introduction by Gary Tinterow, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Reserve your seat in advance!
Admission is free and open to the public, tickets required
Click here:
Use the “Get Tickets” button above and print at home; or call 713.639.7771;
or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

The book: For visitors, art museums are places of pleasure, education and contemplation. As a building type, art museums offer architects unparalleled opportunities for architectural investigation and experimentation. Ronnie Self discusses some of the most important museums built at the beginning of the 21st century in the United States and Europe and the lessons they reveal. Just published by Routledge, The Architecture of Art Museums – A Decade of Design: 2000-2010 is richly designed with full technical illustrations and sections, and includes the work of Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Peter Cook & Colin Fournier, Renzo Piano, Yoshio Taniguchi, Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, Daniel Libeskind, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Steven Holl, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Bernard Tschumi, Sauerbruch Hutton, and Shigeru Ban & Jean de Gastines.

Special Book Launch price: $46.50 (regular price: $54.95)

The author: Ronnie Self is Associate Professor of Architecture at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston. He is a registered architect practicing in Houston and previously worked in the Paris office of Renzo Piano Building Workshop for 12 years where, among other projects, he was the Architect in Charge of the Atelier Brancusi for the Centre Georges Pompidou. He writes regularly on recently completed projects throughout the United States for American and French magazines.

A reception to meet the speaker and a book signing follow the lecture

Houston Center for Photography Call for Entries

What: 32nd Annual Juried Membership Call for Entries
Where: Houston Center for Photography, 1441 West Alabama Street
When: April 11, 2014

All HCP members are eligible to apply for inclusion in this exhibition in HCP’s galleries. Three artists will be awarded a juror’s commendation and receive a Beth Block Juried Membership Honorarium of $500, generously supported by the Beth Block Foundation.

The deadline to submit is April 11, 2014, at midnight.

Click here to learn more and to submit.

This year’s juror will be Malcolm Daniel. According to the HCP, “Daniel recently joined The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography. [He] comes to Houston after 23 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he led the Department of Photographs for nine years and served most recently as Senior Curator. [Though] he is a specialist in nineteenth-century French and British photography, he has a deep interest as well in the work of contemporary photographers.”

Lawndale Art Center: Design Fair 2014

What: Lawndale Art Center presents Design Fair 2014: Learn. Shop. Connect.
When: April 23-27, 2014
Where: Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Houston, Texas – Design Fair 2014: Learn. Shop. Connect. will take place April 23 – 27, 2014. Design Fair 2014 features vintage modern objects of the 20th century, as well as examples of cutting-edge contemporary design. A wide selection of carefully curated items will be available for purchase as part of the Design Fair, including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. Visitors to the Fair will be able to meet the designers and exhibitors for an up-close and personal look at the pace-setting designs of today and the mid-20th century.

The Texas Co-Op, a special section of the Fair, features individual Texas-based designers offering one-of-a-kind products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.

New this year…Talks Series. Houston is experiencing rapid growth and receiving international recognition for its art, culture, food and economy. From urban planning and institutional design to commercial and residential architecture, an educational section of the Fair will highlight different design projects from all over the city through a series of short, informal talks during the Fair Days.

Design Fair 2013 kicks-off with a free lecture, In Praise of Man-Made Nature, on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium. Presented in partnership with the MFAH Design Council. Lawndale and the Design Council are delighted to welcome Karrie Jacobs, founding editor in chief of Dwell Magazine to Houston.

Attendees should also mark their calendars for the most stylish gala of the year, the Design Fair 2014 Preview Party, chaired by Anne Breaux on Friday, April 25, from 6 – 9 PM; then plan to keep shopping all weekend April 26 and 27 from 10AM – 5PM. Ticket sales for both events will benefit Lawndale Art Center.

For the complete schedule more information, please visit this page.

"If You Build It" Documentary at MFA,H

What: A film screening of new documentary If You Build It
When: February 22 at 7 p.m. and February 23 at 5 p.m.
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

About the film: From director Patrick Creadon (Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A.) comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. If You Build It follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with high school students to help transform their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design/build project that does much more than teach basic construction skills: it shows 10 teenagers the power of design to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible.

For more information, please view the trailer or visit MFAH’s webpage.

Bert: Back and Beyond at Deborah Colton Gallery

What: Opening Reception, Fundraiser, and Exhibition of Bert Long’s Work
When: Saturday, February 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; exhibition open through March 8
Where: Deborah Colton Gallery, 2445 North Boulevard

February 1, 2014, marks the anniversary of the passing of Houston artist Bert Long, but he is still with us always, and his presence will come back in full glory for this joyful event of his works and life! This opening will celebrate Long and serve as a fundraiser for his forthcoming book, Riding the Tiger: The Art and Life of Bert L. Long Jr., and the Bert Long Foundation.

Click for general information about the Deborah Colton Gallery.

A Common Language

The Menil Collection presents:

A Common Language
Nicola Springer, Anne Wilkes Tucker, and Rebecca Greene Udden

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

In the occasional series called A Common Language, three individuals from different art fields come together to discuss works from the museum’s collection. They will talk about how their respective fields shaped the way they see that art. Then, looking beyond their own experience, they’ll consider what they, as artists, share in common.

Nicola Springer has a Master of Architecture from Rice. A Vice President at Kirksey Architecture, she received the 2009 Ben Brewer Young Architect Award. She is on the board of the Rice Design Alliance.

Anne Wilkes Tucker is Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she has worked since 1978. Since founding the Photography Department, she has curated over 40 exhibitions and built a collection of 28,000 photographs.

Rebecca Greene Udden is a founding member of Main Street Theater. She became Artistic Director in 1978, championing the work of women playwrights and directing over 100 productions, many Houston premieres.

For more information, please visit this page.

“Social Practice.Social Justice” Symposium

Project Row Houses presents:

“Social Practice.Social Justice” Symposium

Friday, January 24, 2014

6pm In Conversation

The opening-night event will feature three African American artists, each of whom has unique perspectives on the topic of art and social/community engagement. The conversation will highlight the different approaches to art and community engagement that each artist has developed. They will talk about their views on art and community, why they have chosen to explore work in a community context, and what they hope the outcome of their work will bring.

  • Mark Bradford, artist/cofounder, Art and Practice
  • Theaster Gates, artist/founder, Dorchester Projects
  • Rick Lowe, artist/founder, Project Row Houses
  • Moderated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Saturday, January 25, 2014

9am Welcome

  • Linda Shearer, Executive Director, Project Row Houses

9:30–11am Session 1: Architecture and the Third Ward Community

This session brings together several Houston architects and an urban planner for a conversation about architecture in the Third Ward. Topics of consideration will be the nature of change and gentrification in the Third Ward, the importance of urban planning and its relationship to architecture, and the responsibilities of architects and planners when working with communities.

  • Jeffrey Lowe, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University
  • Patrick Peters (LEED AP), Professor and Director, Graduate Design/Build Studios, University of Houston
  • Nicola Springer (AIA, LEED AP), Vice President, Kirksey Architecture
  • Moderated by Nonya Grenader (FAIA), Professor in Practice and Associate Director, Rice Building Workshop and Danny Samuels (FAIA), Smith Visiting Professor and Director, Rice Building Workshop

11:15am–12:30pm Keynote Address: “Decorating the Way to Other Worlds: Project Row Houses at Twenty”

For more than two decades, Project Row Houses has mobilized artists in the Third Ward to open up worthy paths to other worlds, where the emphasis is on the creative act not just the created object, where makingthe right path trumps merely taking the right path, where community is not simply found, but forged. Like many other place-based art initiatives, Project Row Houses compels us to link up with both our ancestors and our descendants in decorating the world with work that is a vital part of what Martin Luther King Jr. described as “the long and bitter—but beautiful—struggle for a new world.”

  • George Lipsitz, Professor, Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

1:30–3pm Session 2: Inside Social Practice Art

Social practice art has become a broad category that blurs the lines of object making, performance, political activism, and community organizing. Yet its expansive, often vague, nature has also made it difficult to qualify. This panel will get underneath the name “social practice” to examine both the impetus for and future trajectory of the genre.

  • Jamal Cyrus and Robert Pruitt, Otabenga Jones & Associates
  • Assata Richards, Program Manager, Young Mothers Residential Program, Project Row Houses
  • Risë Wilson, Founder, The Laundromat Project, Inc.
  • Moderated by Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director, Queens Museum of Art

Social Practice.Social Justice is organized in conjunction with Project Row Houses’ 20th Anniversary celebration, a 15-month-long commemoration of PRH’s role as a catalyst for change in the community.

Ticket info: As of Thursday, January 23rd, tickets can ONLY be purchased at the door.