Lawndale Art Center Openings

By jacqueline beretta
Exhibitions Opening: January 18, 2018
Opening Reception
Thursday, January 18, 2018
6 – 8 PM
Between Love & Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s
Organized by Christopher Sperandio in collaboration with students from Practical Curation,
Rice University
January 18 – March 25, 2018
O’Quinn Gallery
Entre el amor y la locura: Arte del cómic mejicano de los 1970
Organizado por Christopher Sperandio en colaboración con estudiantes de Conservación Práctica de la Universidad de Rice
Del 18 de enero al 25 de marzo del 2018
Galería O’Quinn
Wildly popular in Mexico, the art of micro-cuentos, or “mini-tales,” are little known internationally. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the mid-seventies, these idiosyncratic Mexican comic books, measuring three by four and a half inches, present genre stories that carry subtle political critique. Between Love & Madness is comprised of approximately 380 works, including original interior art, original painted cover art, and ephemera.
Extremadamente popular en Méjico, el arte de los micro-cuentos, o “mini-historias”, es poco conocido internacionalmente. Desde sus inicios en los 1960 y continuando hasta mediados de los setenta, estos libros de cómic idiosincráticamente mejicanos de una medida de tres por cuatro y media pulgadas, presentan historias con una crítica política sutil. Entre el amor y la locura está compuesta de aproximadamente 380 obras, incluyendo arte original interior, pinturas originales de portadas y piezas de colección.
Augusto Mora: Where Are They Taking Us To?
January 18 – March 25, 2018
Cavnar Gallery
Augusto Mora: ¿A dónde nos llevan?
18 de enero al 25 de marzo del 2018
Galería Cavnar
Where Are They Taking Us To? is an exhibition based on the eponymously titled graphic novel by Augusto Mora, a comic artist based in Mexico City. Where Are They Taking Us To? attempts to provide the reader with a timeline of and framework for understanding the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 43 students of Ayotzinapa’s Teacher Training College in Iguala, Guerrero, on September 26, 2014, and the subsequent demonstrations worldwide that demanded justice for the victims and their families.
¿A dónde nos llevan? es una exhibición basada en la novela gráfica homónima de Augusto Mora, un artista de cómic de la Ciudad de México. ¿A dónde nos llevan? intenta proporcionar al lector una cronología y un contexto para entender las circunstancias que rodean la desaparición de 43 estudiantes de la Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa.
Workshop with Augusto Mora: Creating Comics and Developing the Imagination
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
5 – 6:30 PM
*This workshop will be conducted in Spanish with live translation by Antena.
*This workshop is free and open to the public.
Taller con Augusto Mora: Creando cómics y desarrollando la imaginación 
Miércoles 17 de enero del
5-6:30 PM
* Este taller se llevará a cabo en español con interpretación en vivo proporcionada por Antena.
* Este taller es gratis y abierto al público.
Join exhibiting artist Augusto Mora to create your own graphic novel! This workshop is divided into two parts. First, participants will review the essential steps necessary to create a comic (sequential art, storytelling, the script, drawing, style). Second, participants will engage in an exercise to enhance their creativity and imagination. Each participant will create a one-page comic book to take home. This workshop will be conducted in Spanish with live English translation provided by Antena.
Participation is free

¡Únete al artista en exhibición, Augusto Mora, para crear tu propia novela gráfica! Este taller está dividido en dos partes. Primero, los participantes examinarán los pasos esenciales necesarios para crear un cómic (arte secuencial, narrativa, argumento, dibujo, estilo). Luego, los participantes participarán en un ejercicio para fomentar su creatividad e imaginación. Cada participante creará un cómic de una página que podrá llevarse a casa. Este taller se realizará en español con interpretación en inglés en vivo proporcionada por Antena.

Participación es gratis.

Exhibitions Opening: February 9 – March 25, 2018
Jamal Cyrus x Jamire Williams: Boogaloo & The Midnite Hours
February 9 – March 25, 2018
Horton Gallery
“And whatsoeever master, owner or overseer shall permit or suffer his or their Negro or other slave or slaves, at any time hereafter, to beat drums, blow horns, or use any other loud instruments […], shall forfeit ten pounds, current money, for every such offence […]”
– South Carolina Slave Code Article 36 (1740)
Taking as its starting point the phenomena of percussive “rudiments”, and in particular a drum pattern known as the “Boogaloo”, in this exhibition Jamire Williams and Jamal Cyrus artistically mine the most generative phases of Black musical evolution. Born out of the convergences between Africa and the Americas, the Boogaloo is a diasporic rhythm, speaking to multiple origins, and ways of being. Pulling from their respective disciplines of the visual arts and sound, Cyrus and Williams delve into the graphic, sculptural, and sonic possibilities inherent within the tradition of Black music, mixing aspects of the past, present, and future into their recombinant formulas.
Dani Antelo: Intersections and Interactions on Language
February 9 – March 25, 2015
Project Space
Essay by Georganne Fronimos
Documentation image courtesy of the artist
Intersections and Interactions on Language is a performance-based video work documenting nine separate interactions between the artist and nine strangers. Documented over a five-month period in 2017, the work examines the ways that communication can be forged when there is no common language to rely upon. The exhibition is accompanied by documentation unique to each of the nine interactions.
Michelle Matthews: Sculpted
February 9 – March 25, 2018
Sculpture Garden
Essay by Perry Price
Sculpted (Studio View), 2017    Image by Lauren Lohman
Using traditional methods such as a hand formed clay coils and carving techniques, ceramic artist Michelle Matthews constructs intuitive forms that balance formal integrity and chance. For this site-specific installation, Matthews will create a large-scale, interactive work comprised of nine clay-based sculptures that will be subject to the natural effects of Houston’s environment for the duration of the exhibition.