Zine Fest Houston 2017


This year the annual Zine Fest Houston event will be at Lawndale
Art Center on Saturday, November 11 from 1-7 PM! Zine Fest Houston 2017
is open to the public free of charge and all ages are welcome. With 100+
vendors and over 1,000 attendees in 2016, the fest continues to grow
apace and 2017 promises to be its biggest year ever.

The theme of this year’s festival is T H E C Y B E R F U T U R E I S N O W !

theme is all about indulging our wildest and most ~aesthetically
robust~ fantasies about our cybernetic future! What does a C Y B E R F U
T U R E look like to you? For those of us who grew up in the 90s, or
spent much of those early consumer PC years immersed in a freshly
created digital universe, we imagined a lush world like the ones in our
coolest screensavers, or that amazing-looking open-world game slash
chatroom we would spend hours in. But what about the DANGERS of
cyberfuture? Will sentient AI rise up and smash the oppressive and
small-minded humans that engineered it? Will we never escape the
all-seeing-eye of targeted advertising until we have to pay-to-play for
ad-free vision?

What do you see when you look into your crystal
ball emoji? C Y B E R U T O P I A, or C Y B E R D Y S T O P I A ? The
future is yours to decide… Now!

Programming during the day
includes “Zine Distros in the Digital Age: Releasing Your Work via
Blockchain” presented by Conner Clifton, a lecture by Houston Anarchist
Black Cross, a live podcast recording with Veer Queer, an all inclusive
LGBTQ+ podcast based out of Houston, TX, and a screening of selected
zine clips as well as a teen zine workshop and animation workshop with
DIY Animation Club.


2:15-3:00 PM "Zine Distros in the Digital Age: Releasing Your Work via Blockchain" presented by Conner Clifton
3:15-4:00 PM Spotlight On: Anarchist Black Cross Houston Chapter
4:15-5:00 PM Screening of Selected Zine Clips
5:15-6:00 PM Live Podcast Recording with Veer Queer

2:30-3:30 PM Teen Zine Workshop with Jasmine Monsegue
4:00-6:00 PM DIY Animation Club Workshop

*All programming will take place on the 3rd Floor at Lawndale Art Center.

Featured food vendors at this year's fest include Moon Rooster Food Truck, Food Music Life Food Truck and Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream Co.!

Fest Houston is a local volunteer-run organization and annual event
dedicated to promoting zines, comics, and other forms of small press,
alternative, underground DIY media and art. It is also a grassroots
attempt to build the local zine, DIY, and alternative media scenes and
form networks with media creators in other areas. ZFH is committed to
providing accessible space to celebrate self-publishing and small
presses, encouraging the distribution of independent art, writing, and
media primarily through the medium of zines. The goal of the event is
for attendees to discover new zines and be inspired to create their own
DIY art and media projects.

For more information, please visit the Zine Fest Houston website at www.zinefesthouston.org or send an email to info@zinefesthouston.org.

Nov 11, 2017
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Invisible No More: Reclaiming the Significant Roles of Prehistoric Women

Sankofa - revealing how the past impacts our future.

The 50th
Anniversary Season of the
Archaeological Institute of America,
Houston Society

continues its Sankofa year –
revealing how the past impacts our future – with a FREE Discover Lecture on the
significant societal contributions of prehistoric women. Dr. James M. Adovasio,
shares his compelling scientific research on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:30
p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium Theater at a talk,
“Invisible No More: Reclaiming the Significant Roles of Prehistoric Women.” Dr.
Adovasio is an expert on uncovering perishable items such as baskets, weaving,
ropes and cords, etc. which were made and used by women. His research has
revealed how women were pivotal in a wide range of culture-building endeavors,
including the invention of language, the origins of agriculture, and the
conceptualization of boat building. His gender-busting book, The Invisible
Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Pre-History
exploded the view of
pre-historic women cowering behind boulders while their men hunted in fur
skins. Join us as we learn a new story of women in pre-history which emerges
with provocative implications for our assumptions about gender today.  KMPG is the underwriter of this
boundary-breaking lecture sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America,
Houston Society.   



is free and open to the public. To become a member of the AIA, Houston Society


Jan 25, 2018
6:30 pm
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Lois Stark: The Telling Image

Join documentary filmmaker Lois Stark as she explores the topics in her newest book

Lois Stark: The Telling Image
Presented by the Houston Seminar

Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: American General Conference Room, Mezzanine Level, Audrey Jones Beck Building, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 5601 Main Street. Parking available in garage. 

Documentary filmmaker Lois Stark notes that history is often told as a story of rulers and wars; she prefers to tell the story of human history through the lens of shape. 

Ms. Stark will illustrate the mental maps that shape how humans build shelters, bind social systems, and form sacred sites. She avers that early humans understood the world as a web, building round thatched huts and stone circles. In contrast, industrial age humans saw the world as a ladder, ordered by hierarchy and measurement, from pyramids to skyscrapers. In today’s interconnected world, she contends, networks are our mental map, as seen in everything from architecture to biology to social media. By noticing past shapes, Ms. Stark asserts that we can anticipate what’s next. Nature does not change, only the map in the human mind.

Lois Farfel Stark is the author of the forthcoming book The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times. She has been a producer and writer for NBC News, filming in Africa, the Middle East, Cuba, Northern Ireland, Europe, and the USA. She has produced and written over forty documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists, and social issues. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and has master’s degrees in communication and in education.
Nov 14, 2017
Tickets available via the Houston Seminar. Space is limited. 
6:30 pm
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6:30pm $40
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2017 Mitchell Artist Lecture featuring The Yes Men

The Mitchell Center presents artists and activists The Yes Men!

Join the
University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts for the 2017
Mitchell Artist Lecture, a landmark public program that annually features major
figures in the world of artistic collaboration. This year’s speakers are
artists and political activists,
Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno,
known together as The Yes Men.
been doing "identity correction" or "laughtivism" for
nearly two decades. By impersonating leaders and big corporations who put
profits ahead of everything else, The Yes Men publicly humiliate them and
expose their criminal practices. They've made three award-winning feature films
about their actions, and gained international notoriety for impersonating big
businesses on international TV and conferences around the world.

About the
Mitchell Artist Lecture

The annual Mitchell Artist Lecture features individuals emblematic of artistic
collaboration and innovation. Each fall, a leading artist discusses the power
and potential of interdisciplinary collaboration to a combined audience of
university community and the greater public.


About the Mitchell Center

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for
the Arts is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration across the performing,
visual and literary arts. Based in the University of Houston Kathrine G.
McGovern College of the Arts, the Mitchell Center commissions and produces new
works, presents public performances and exhibitions, offers scholarships, and
hosts residencies with renowned visiting artists from throughout the world. In
addition to the Mitchell Artist Lecture, the center produces CounterCurrent, an
annual spring festival of new performance. The Mitchell Center forms an alliance
among five departments at UH: the School of Art, Moores School of Music, School
of Theatre & Dance, Creative Writing Program and Blaffer Art Museum. The
Center was created in late 2003 with a gift from George Mitchell in honor of
his wife, Cynthia Woods Mitchell, whose long-standing love of the arts was so
evident throughout her life. 

Sep 19, 2017
Event held in the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston. Parking available in UH Lot 16.     
Free, RSVP required.
7:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
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Building Arts Lecture-Hurricanes, Homes, and History in Galveston

Galveston, a city rich in historic resources, has a long record of destructive hurricanes that have had enormous impact on its built environment. In response, the city has attempted major interventions to protect against future damage. One of the most visible interventions is the raising of Galveston’s grade level as much as 17 feet following the 1900 hurricane. As the Director of Galveston Historical Foundation’s Center for Coastal Heritage, Dr. Hal Needham is completing research on the grade raising and other impacts of storms on Galveston’s built environment. For this Building Arts Lecture, Dr. Needham will discuss what he has learned, including new discoveries and then-and-now images from the 1900 hurricane and grade raising.

Free from members, $5 for non-members
May 24, 2017
$5 non-members; FREE members
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Here to There, A Call to Arms

This event was organized by 2:2:2 Exchange artists Edra Soto and Gabriel Martinez. 

Kristin Korolowicz and Teresa Silva will guide an open discussion with the Houston community to address how artists, both directly and indirectly, impact the communities around them. This discussion will focus on the role of the artist within the complex politics of gentrification. Gentrification is loosely defined as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” With the intentions of sharing experiences and exchanging knowledge, we will begin by asking: What are the mechanisms of gentrification? How does it work? What role(s) do artists play within this rapidly growing economic force? Who benefits from the gentrification of urban neighborhoods? And, finally, in what ways can artists innovatively resist contributing to this process?

With this subject in mind, we aim to catalyze an exploratory conversation about artistic exchanges between creative communities in other cities. Artist residency exchanges foster connections and the sharing of ideas and knowledge that tap into the creative production of a specific geographical region. Intimate and open discussions could lead to fostering new avenues for collaboration and nurture artistic relationships.

About the Speakers

Teresa Silva is a writer, curator, and the Director of the Exhibitions & Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition. She is a member of the artist-run spaces: Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Chicago), Video Game Art (VGA) Gallery (Chicago), and Exgirlfriend (Berlin).

Kristin Korolowicz is an independent curator and writer. She has worked previously at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Bass Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. As the Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the MCA Chicago, she co-curated Theaster Gates’s “13th Ballad,” an extension of his multifaceted project for dOCUMENTA (13), with chief curator Michael Darling. Korolowicz also curated solo exhibitions of commissioned works by Gaylen Gerber and José Lerma. Her current independent curatorial research interests include investigating multivalent forms of collaboration. Over the course of her career, she has worked with an array of emerging to established artists, such as: Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh, Roman Ondák, Mark Dion, Felipe Mujica & Johanna Unzueta, Laurent Grasso, Sanford Biggers, Glenn Kaino, Victoria Martinez, Chemi Rosado-Seijo, and Jillian Mayer, among others. She earned her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.
May 23, 2017
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Artists, Community, and the Coenties Slip

In conjunction with Between Land and Sea, art historian Suzanne Hudson explores the reciprocity of ideas influencing art making in the seaport of lower Manhattan, where numerous artists, including Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, and Lenore Tawney, worked in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Following the talk, pianist Sarah Rothenberg joins Hudson in a conversation about the influence of nature on abstraction in art, and concludes the program with a performance of "In a Landscape" by John Cage. Hudson is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Southern California.

All public programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For the latest information, visit https://www.menil.org/events/public-programs.

May 11, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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OFF ROAD: Catherine Opie & Eileen Myles

Glasstire is pleased to announce Catherine Opie and Eileen Myles as the Spring 2017 speakers for OFF ROAD: Conversations with Artists Offline. In addition to being longtime friends, Opie and Myles are both seminal figures whose works address themes of gender, sexual identity, and one’s place in the world. Their conversation promises to be funny, honest and thought-provoking. The duo will be in conversation at Houston’s Alley Theatre on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Cash bar opens at 4PM. The talk will begin at 5PM. A book signing will follow the talk.

Glasstire, the online magazine of art in Texas, launched OFF ROAD in 2015, to invite our digital audience to log off of their devices and experience an exchange of ideas with artists live and in-person. OFF ROAD invites the great minds of our time to engage in conversations about their work and ideas.

For the inaugural OFF ROAD talk in October 2015, Glasstire hosted the legendary artist Robert Irwin and Michael Govan, director of the LA County Museum of Art. In April 2016, for the second OFF ROAD talk, Glasstire brought artist William Wegman to speak about his life and work. Watch both of the previous talks on Glasstire’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/glasstireonline

Catherine Opie (b. Sandusky, OH 1961) is known for her photographic portraits and landscapes that comment on how we look at the world around us. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary art in Los Angeles, The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among many others. Opie lives and works in Los Angeles and is currently a Professor of Photography at UCLA.

Eileen Myles (b. Cambridge, MA 1949) is a poet, novelist, performer, and art journalist working in Marfa, Texas and New York. Myles has written the acclaimed collection of stories Chelsea Girls as well as multiple books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Myles has performed at many venues across the US and has received numerous awards for their writing, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant, and four Lambda Book Awards.

OFF ROAD: Catherine Opie & Eileen Myles will be held at the Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Parking will be available for purchase in the Theater District Parking Garage.
For more information: http://glasstire.com/offroad
Apr 29, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Curating Prospect New Orleans


Get the inside scoop on one of America's most forward thinking contemporary art triennials, Prospect New Orleans. Hear from Prospect.4 Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, in conversation with Rick Lowe, Founder of Project Row Houses, Houston.

When: Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm
Where: DiverseWorks, MATCH Rehearsal Room, 3400 Main Street, Houston

Prospect New Orleans is a citywide triennial of contemporary art. Emphasizing collaborative partnerships, Prospect presents the work of diverse local, national, and international artists in unique and culturally exceptional venues, creating an optimistic cartography through the education and engagement of residents and visitors. The fourth iteration of Prospect New Orleans' international art exhibition, Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp (P.4) opens to the public on Saturday, November 11, 2017 and runs through February 25, 2018, aligning with the City of New Orleans's Tricentennial celebration.

Presented by DiverseWorks, in collaboration with Prospect New Orleans.

Trevor Schoonmaker is the Artistic Director of the U.S. Triennial, Prospect New Orleans 4 (P.4), scheduled to open November 11, 2017. He is also the Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Hired in 2006 as its first contemporary art curator, he has been instrumental in shaping the museum’s curatorial vision and contemporary art collection. His Nasher Museum exhibitions include Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection (2015), Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey (2013), The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (2010), Christian Marclay: Video Quartet (2009), Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool (2008), and Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode (2007). He most recently co-curated Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art with Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Southern Accent opened at the Nasher Museum in 2016 and will be on view at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY from April 30 until October 14, 2017. 

Prior to the Nasher Museum, Schoonmaker’s exhibitions included The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and Fútbol (with Franklin Sirmans, 2006), DTroit (2003), Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (2003), and The Magic City (2000). His exhibitions have been presented at museums in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Cincinnati, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Manchester and London. He is the editor of several exhibition catalogs as well as the book Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway (2003). In 2001 he cofounded New York’s first Afrobeat club night Jump N Funk with DJ Rich Medina, and in 2013 he curated the artwork for Luaka Bop’s LP release of Who is William Onyeabor? Schoonmaker serves on the board of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Rick Lowe lives in Houston. His exhibitions include; Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York; Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School; the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; Venice Architecture Biennale; Cittadellarte, Biella, Italy; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; and Documenta 14, Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece. Community building projects include Project Row Houses, Houston; Watts House Project, Los Angeles; Arts Plan for Rem Koolhaus designed Seattle Public Library with Jessica Cusick; Borough Project for Spoleto Festival with Suzanne Lacy and Mary Jane Jacobs, Charleston, SC; Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Delray Beach, Florida; a project for the Seattle Art Museum in their new Olympic Sculpture Park with David Adjaye; and a project for the Anyang Public Art Program 2010, Anyang, Korea. 

Among Lowe’s honors are Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence, AIA Keystone Award, the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Governors Award, Skandalaris Award for Excellence in Art Architecture, U.S. Artists Booth Fellow, and the Creative Time Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, and in 2014 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. In 2015 he received the University of Houston’s President’s Medallion Award. Academic appointments include: Loeb Fellow at Harvard University (03), Mel King Fellow at MIT (14), Auburn University Breedan Scholar (15), Stanford University Haas Center Distinguish Visitor (16). In 2015, he received honorary doctorate degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art and Otis College of Art. In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Lowe to the National Council on the Arts.
Mar 30, 2017
Free; RSVP
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Walking & Talking around Architecture, Sculpture & Female Body



This discussion takes as its point of departure Kate Gilmore and Heather Rowe’s exhibition Only in Your Way, on view at DiverseWorks through Saturday, March 18. The new works in this exhibition address sculpture and architecture in relation to the female body, raising questions about definitions of labor, physical and psychological spaces, acts of looking and seeing, and how framing devices shape our contemporary world. The conversation includes architects, designers, and thinkers to present various examples of how architecture, sculpture, and the female body are physically and conceptually intertwined.

Theresa Escobedo is a multimedia artist, curator, and arts director. She received a Bachelor Degree of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from the University of Houston. Her recent work explores such themes as time and memory and considers the relationship between objects and the spaces in which we dwell.

Evan McCarley is a performance artist and co-founder of Experimental Action Performance Art Festival in Houston, Texas. She is currently one of the performers for Only In Your Way.

Jennifer Traina-Dorge is originally from New Orleans. She received her Bachelor Degree of Architecture from Cornell University. She is a registered architect and currently developing an interdisciplinary art practice in Houston.

Mar 16, 2017
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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