Exhibitions Opening and Public Programs

Lawndale Art Center
Exhibitions Opening
Opening Reception: May 25, 2018 
6 – 8 PM
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2018 Artist Studio Program Exhibition featuring Regina Agu, Shannon Crider, and htx people project: In Real Life
May 25 – July 29, 2018
John M. O’Quinn Gallery
This annual exhibition showcases the work of Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program participants. The Artist Studio Program is a nine-month program that supports three artists annually with an honorarium, project grant, studio space, and curatorial support.
Elaine Bradford and Sara Cress: Routine Fables
May 25 – July 29, 2018
Cecily E. Horton Gallery
Elaine Bradford, Mad as Hell (Week 43), mixed media, 2017
Routine Fables is a year-long collaboration between writer Sara Cress and artist Elaine Bradford in which they created weekly “sculpture poems.” Taking place over the course of 2017, each week Bradford created a sculpture that Cress responded to with a poem, culminating in this 2018 exhibition featuring all 52 works.
Accompanying the exhibition is a publication created by Bradford and Cress, which features all 52 sculptures and poems. Pre-sale for the book is currently underway and copies will be sold throughout the run of the exhibition. More information regarding the book can be found at the Routine Fables website.  
ttweak: ttwenty
May 25 – July 29, 2018
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery
Image courtesy of ttweak.
ttwenty is an installation by ttweak, celebrating 20 years of creating media and telling stories in and about Houston. Founded in 1998 by David Thompson and Randy Twaddle, ttweak has worked with non-profits, politicians, corporations, and creators, in a variety of media, and has consistently focused on authenticity, insight, and humor. This exhibition coincides with the launch of Lawndale’s rebrand and website, a multi-year project with the communications and design firm.
Upcoming Public Programs
Presented in collaboration with Nameless Sound
Experimental sound making, improvised music, noises,
 the sounding of art, and the performance of art and…
Every Monday at Lawndale
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Doors open at 7 PM
Free Admission. 
Monday, May 28, 2018 – LAST SHOW OF THE SEASON
Christina Carter (Houston) – voice
Christina Carter (Houston) – voice
Thicket members:
Austin Cooley (Houston)
Carol Cooley (Houston)
Rebecca Novak (Houston)
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If you would like to receive regular emails for these weekly concerts, please email administration@namelesssound.org and put “TWS” in the subject line.
concept; queerdom: an htx people project visual portrait
John M. O’Quinn Gallery
Sunday, May 27, June 24, and July 1, 2018 
1 PM
Thursday, June 14, and July 12, 2018
6:30 PM
Image courtesy of htx people project.
[film screening + interactive discussion]
/an expedition of healing tools to examine+encourage language, gender identity, healing, gathering, discussion, and a safe space for people to arrive exactly as they are.
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Letters to Akilah
Sunday, June 3, 2018
John M. O’Quinn Gallery 
2 PM

Image courtesy of Regina Agu.
Letters to Akilah is a performative lecture by artist Regina Agu in response to the work of late poet Akilah Oliver. Agu’s first encounter with Oliver’s work was the poetry collection A Toast in the House of Friends, which includes the essay “The Visible Unseen” that has served as a contextual home for Agu for many years. The program will include a range of responses to Oliver’s work, including texts, readings, images, and sound.
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Screen Queens Book Club
June 20, July 18, August 15, 2018
John M. O’Quinn Gallery
6:30 – 8 PM 
Image courtesy of Shannon Crider. 
From the moment they are born, girls internalize popular culture’s depiction of who they are versus who they aren’t, what they want versus what they shouldn’t, and who they can be versus who they can’t. What it means to be a “girl” towers over us. It casts a shadow over everything and obscures our sense of reality. 

Join Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant Shannon Crider for a Summer Book Club that examines the representation of women in popular culture and how it affects us. A voracious consumer of popular culture, particularly television, Crider is eager to explore this topic through an open discussion with the community. Each month, participants will discuss themes from that month’s book, as well as video clips curated by the artist. Light refreshments will be provided.

For this workshop, the following books will be available at Brazos Bookstore on Bissonnet with a 10% Book Club Discount and free through the Houston Public Library.

Wednesday, June 20 from 6:30 – 8 PM
You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages by Carina Chocano

Wednesday, July 18 6:30 – 8 PM
Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television by Joy Press

Wednesday, August 15 6:30 – 8 PM
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen
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New Merchandise Launch
Lawndale is excited to announce new merchandise! Our collaboration with ttweak has provided us with a new logo that we are excited to show off. New merchandise includes updated patches, new enamel pins, and a new Baggu bag screen printed with a custom Lawndale design. These items will be available for purchase beginning at our opening, Friday, May 25 and any time during gallery hours. To purchase during gallery hours, see Lawndale’s front desk. 

Image by Shelbi Ragsdale