SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
NOON - 4 pm.
As part of the City of Houston's SUNDAY STREETS HOUSTON
Gallery M Squared is proud to announce the kick off for, "A LOT OF ART on 19th"
"A LOT OF ART" is an opportunity for artists, artisans, and others to set up in, and help create a community market/public area. We wish to make the space available to artists of all genres in order for them to showcase, and sell their works directly to the public. A stage is being constructed for musicians, comedians, and performers to utilize during the day when no private events are scheduled. Activities held at, "A LOT OF ART" will add to the festive, and creative atmosphere of 19th Street, allowing visitors a place to relax with family and friends, see a puppet show, listen to some music, or shop for that special something. Following in the tradition of Gallery M Squared, "A LOT OF ART" is being created for you, we thank you for supporting the arts community and the merchants along 19th Street.
EVERY WEEKEND (weather permitting.)
Interested artists, and others please contact,
Max B. Harrison (713) 861.6070
Wednesday ONLY Noon til 3p.m.
Ulises R. Consuegra (808) 557.9384
Thursday thro Sunday 2p.m. til 5p.m.
in order to discuss possible opportunities.
Dario Robleto: The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed
Artist Dario Robleto (b. 1972) has long explored emotional themes of the human condition, including love, loss, and grief. His sculptural work, which is labor-intensive and many times involves the transformation of materials, distills these complex and universal states into meditations on fragility and change. This site-specific project at the Menil will revolve around his most recent area of inquiry: the largely unexplored history of the human heartbeat. The installation and series of public talks, will link together the earliest historical attempts to record and visualize the human pulse and heartbeat, the female brain wave and heartbeat recordings onboard a NASA probe at the edge of the Solar System, and recent developments in artificial heart research that suggest a “beatless” heart may hold the answers for this life-saving technology to progress.
Robleto’s research has gradually expanded to examine those in unique positions who monitor contemporary forms of loss that raise analogous issues; for example, scientists monitoring the demise of glaciers, longevity researchers studying the oldest people on the planet, and audio historians on a quest to find the oldest sound recordings ever made. For the artist, these areas of study and the connections between them provide a framework to examine our larger understanding of existence, and of the positions held by certain individuals in our contemporary moment that stand at new thresholds of life and death. Unique to our time as the moon landing and artificial heart were to earlier generations, new discoveries in these fields of inquiry pose ideological obstacles as well as moral and theoretical challenges to our understanding of what it means to be human.
Dario Robleto: The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed has been commissioned and developed through a joint research residency with the Menil Collection and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston. As the culmination of the artist’s research, the project will be realized at the Menil as a sculptural assemblage including rare historical recordings, and objects made by the artist. It will be contemplated by a series of public programs conceived of by the artist that will bring Houston’s greatest scientific resources, the medical community, and NASA together with the art world. In so doing, Robleto poses the idea that perhaps it is only through a conversation between art and science that certain questions can be asked. Perhaps the more poetic vocabulary offered by an artist is better suited to helping us grapple with the ramifications of the shifting boundaries of life.
This exhibition is generously supported by Chinhui and Eddie Allen; Robert J. Card, MD and Karol Kreymer; Jereann and Holland Chaney; Allison and David Ayers; The Brown Foundation; Brad and Leslie Bucher; Anne and Jack Moriniere; Bridget and Patrick Wade; and the City of Houston.
Image: Étienne-Jules Marey’s sphygmograph.
Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence
Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence is the first international project to explore the resonance of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s (1867-1948) ethics of non-violence, or “satyagraha,” in the visual arts. This exhibition presents approximately 130 works spanning several centuries and includes paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculptures, rare books, and films by artists from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. The exhibition’s themes echo the expansive humanitarian concerns of the Menil Collection’s founders, John and Dominique de Menil. Following their example, we aim to create a platform for international conversation on world-wide issues surrounding human rights, compassion, civil disobedience, and progress through non-violence.
A renowned photograph of Gandhi’s last possessions, a carefully constructed “still-life” of the few objects he owned at the time of his death (two dinner bowls, wooden fork and spoon, porcelain monkeys, diary, watch, prayer book, spittoon, letter openers, and two pairs of sandals), is the catalyst for the exhibition. The striking simplicity of this photograph, whose author remains unidentified, conveys the deep significance of these items, which serve as incarnations of Gandhi’s ascetic lifestyle and his conviction that the practice of satyagraha must begin “with the individual, at home,” as he once explained.
Among the diverse artworks and artifacts on display will be iconic photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson from the tumultuous time of India’s independence and partition in 1947, along with another group taken just before and immediately after Gandhi’s assassination in 1948. Portraits and documents of Gandhi’s most important predecessors and contemporaries (Ruskin, Thoreau, Tolstoy, Sojourner Truth), as well as his most eminent followers and leaders of significant movements of social and political reform in the last decades are included. The exhibition will also present major works illustrating the complex artistic visualizations of non-violence throughout world religions including iconography based on themes of asceticism, compassion, abolition of slavery, and racial equality. Finally, artworks by modern and contemporary artists that resonate with Gandhi’s vision and contemplate in a critical way the unfinished conflicts of past and present will appear throughout the exhibition.
The exhibition will include works by living artists such as Mel Chin, Marlene Dumas, Suzan Frecon, Theaster Gates, Robert Gober, Shilpa Gupta, Amar Kanwar, William Kentridge, Kimsooja, Ai Weiwei, and Zarina. Also on display will be examples by Eve Arnold, Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dan Flavin, Yves Klein, René Magritte, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Jean Tinguely, Shômei Tômatsu, and Andy Warhol.
The opening events at the Menil Collection will coincide with the 145th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, October 2, 2014, and the exhibition will remain on view until February 1, 2015, before traveling to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva. In Houston the presentation will activate a city-wide initiative at various sites within the Menil campus and many cultural organizations in the city. Curated by Menil Director, Josef Helfenstein, in consultation with Indian artist Amar Kanwar, Experiments with Truth will be accompanied by a publication intended to introduce the exhibition’s significant figures, ideas, historical events and trends to a non-specialist audience.
This exhibition is generously supported by Clare Casademont and Michael Metz;
The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation; Franci Neely Crane; Anne and David Kirkland;
Nidhika and Pershant Mehta; Anne and Bill Stewart; Michael Zilkha; H-E-B; Skadden, Arps;
Suzanne Deal Booth; Janet and Paul Hobby; Marilyn Oshman; Baker Hughes Foundation;
Diane and Mike Cannon; Molly Gochman in honor of Louisa Stude Sarofim;
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray; Bert Bertonaschi; Mahatma Gandhi Library and the City of Houston.
United Airlines is the Preferred Airline of the Menil Collection.
Jennifer Steinkamp: Mike Kelley Projections
About the exhibition
Jennifer Steinkamp has transformed the landscape of Contemporary art with her profoundly beautiful light-based installations that celebrate the ebb and flow of the natural world. Using digital animation to distill the forces of nature and the passage of time, Steinkamp further builds her work around the way that light can both define and dematerialize space.
In 2007 Steinkamp embarked on an extended series of flowering trees in tribute to artist Mike Kelley (1954–2012), who was among her chief mentors during her years at the Art Center College of Design in California. The series, titled Mike Kelley, now comprises 17 projections, each a variant on a single tree that passes through the four seasons: going from bare, to tender green, to autumnal incandescence, and back to the barren boughs of winter. At the same time, the boughs gyrate in a sinuous ballet, implying the larger earth cycles of wind, storm, and change.
Mike Kelley, 14 entered the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 2011. On the occasion of the Museum’s 2014 Grand Gala Ball, which takes place October 18, Steinkamp selected five additional works from the series to fill the majestic space of Cullinan Hall. Her luminous grove dances across the surfaces of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s soaring architecture, creating an unforgettable, all-encompassing environment.