Lecture

Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae's Early Stone Age Dwellings

Sankofa: Our Past is 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 an engrossing lecture by Martin Carruthers on a
UNESCO World Heritage site – Skara Brae, a superbly preserved Neolithic hut
settlement on Orkney Island, Scotland, which is surrounded by more than 20+
structures.  “Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara
Brae’s Early Stone Age Dwellings” will be presented by Martin Carruthers on Tuesday,
February 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555
Hermann Park Drive, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre.  

 

The site includes the 5,000-year-old
village of Skara Brae; the giant chambered grave of Maeshowe; and the Stones of
Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, two huge neighboring circles of standing
stones.  Carruthers believes that this
farming community of a few thousand-people coalesced into larger tribal units,
perhaps with an elite ruling class, which began to construct bigger and bigger
monuments.  Discovered in 2003, archaeologists
believe the Orkney Islands served as a cultural center for people of the New
Stone Age. He will focus his discussion on the hut settlement, Skara Brae. The
settlement is the first place discovered on the Island, and consists of eight
stone-built structures connected by low covered passageways with stone slab
roofs – structures we would refer to as a “home.”  Each featured a large square room with a
fireplace, a bed and a shelved dresser. 
They sheltered people for 600 years from 3200BC to 2200BC.  What does “home” mean to you? How do you know
when you are “home?”  Join members of the
Archaeology Society for Carruther’s lecture “Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae’s
Early Stone Age Dwellings,” to learn more about this site, described as the “World’s
Greatest Neolithic Find.”

 

Tickets

Admission is $18.00. HMNS and Archaeological
Institute of America member tickets are $12.00. Tickets are available at the
HMNS Box Office on the night of the event or in advance by phone at (713)
639-4629.   Tickets are not available
online. To become a member of the AIA, Houston Society visit
http://www.houstonarchaeology.info

    

When:
Feb 20, 2018
The 50th Anniversary Season of the Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society continues its Sankofa year – revealing how the past impacts our future – with an engrossing lecture by Martin Carruthers on a UNESCO World Heritage site – Skara Brae, a superbly preserved Neolithic hut settlement on Orkney Island, Scotland, which is surrounded by more than 20+ structures.  “Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae’s Early Stone Age Dwellings” will be presented by Martin Carruthers on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre.     The site includes the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae; the giant chambered grave of Maeshowe; and the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, two huge neighboring circles of standing stones.  Carruthers believes that this farming community of a few thousand-people coalesced into larger tribal units, perhaps with an elite ruling class, which began to construct bigger and bigger monuments.  Discovered in 2003, archaeologists believe the Orkney Islands served as a cultural center for people of the New Stone Age. He will focus his discussion on the hut settlement, Skara Brae. The settlement is the first place discovered on the Island, and consists of eight stone-built structures connected by low covered passageways with stone slab roofs – structures we would refer to as a “home.”  Each featured a large square room with a fireplace, a bed and a shelved dresser.  They sheltered people for 600 years from 3200BC to 2200BC.  What does “home” mean to you? How do you know when you are “home?”  Join members of the Archaeology Society for Carruther’s lecture “Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae’s Early Stone Age Dwellings,” to learn more about this site, described as the “World’s Greatest Neolithic Find.”   Tickets Admission is $18.00. HMNS and Archaeological Institute of America member tickets are $12.00. Tickets are available at the HMNS Box Office on the night of the event or in advance by phone at (713) 639-4629.   Tickets are not available online. To become a member of the AIA, Houston Society visit http://www.houstonarchaeology.info     
Cost:
$18.00
Time:
6:30 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
6:30 p.m., $18.00
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Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae's Early Stone Age Dwellings

Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society

“WORLD’S GREAT
NEOLITHIC FIND” AND THE CONCEPT OF HOME ARE THE SUBJECT OF DISCOVER LECTURE
SERIES 
 

Home is where the
hearth is in Skara Brae
 

January 8,
2018 (Houston, Texas) — The 50th Anniversary Season of the
Archaeological
Institute of America, Houston Society

continues its Sankofa year – revealing how the past impacts our future – with
an engrossing lecture by Nick Card on a UNESCO World Heritage site – Skara
Brae, a superbly preserved Neolithic hut settlement set on Orkney Island,
Scotland, which is surrounded by more than 20+ structures. The site includes
the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae; the giant chambered grave of Maeshowe;
and the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, two huge neighboring
circles of standing stones.  Card
believes that this farming community of a few thousand-people coalesced into
larger tribal units, perhaps with an elite ruling class, which began to
construct bigger and bigger monuments.  Discovered
in 2003, archaeologists believe the Orkney Islands served as a cultural center
for people of the New Stone Age. Card, Project Research Manager, Orkney
Research Centre for Archaeology, (ORKA) has been part of the team excavating
the site since its discovery.  He will
focus his discussion on the hut settlement, Skara Brae. The settlement is the
first place discovered on the Island, and consists of eight stone-built
structures connected by low covered passageways with stone slab roofs –
structures we would refer to as a “home.” 
Each featured a large square room with a fireplace, a bed and a shelved
dresser.  They sheltered people for 600
years from 3200BC to 2200BC.  What does
“home” mean to you? How do you know when you are “home?”  Join members of the Archaeology Society for
Card’s lecture “Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae’s Early Stone Age Dwellings,”
to learn more about this site, described as the “World’s Greatest Neolithic
Find.”

Tickets

Admission
is $18.00. HMNS and Archaeological Institute of America member tickets are
$12.00. Tickets are available at the HMNS Box Office on the night of the event
or in advance by phone at (713) 639-4629.  
Tickets are not available online. To become a member of the AIA, Houston
Society visit
http://www.houstonarchaeology.info.

About the Speaker

Nick Card has worked widely
throughout Britain since graduating from Glasgow University with an MA Honors
Archaeology. Over the last decade he has directed and managed a wide range of
both research and commercial projects for the Orkney Archaeological Trust and
latterly for the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology of the University of
Highlands and Islands (ORCA). He also contributes to various teaching modules
within the Archaeology Department of the University of the Highlands and
Islands and has assisted with the establishment of an Archaeology Institute
within the University of the Highlands and Islands.




Since the inscription of Orkney’s World Heritage
Site (WHS) the 
Heart of Neolithic Orkney, he has been involved in research and fieldwork
relating to the sites: as director of the excavations at Bookan Chambered Tomb;
as coordinator of the WHS geophysics program; and as a major contributor to the
Research Agenda. His interests lie in all aspects of the prehistory of Britain
and the Highlands and Islands with particular reference to the Neolithic. He
has also co-directed the major excavations at the extensive Bronze Age cemetery
of the Knowes of Trotty and the Iron Age complex at Mine Howe.




Since 2004 Nick has directed the Ness of Brodgar
excavations in the very heart of the WHS. This project has evolved from several
seasons of small-scale test trenches and evaluations to large scale excavation
that has become internationally recognized and reported widely in both the
popular and academic press including the cover article in 
National
Geographic
 August 2014.  In 2009
the Ness was recognized by the American Institute of Archaeology; in 2011, it
won the Current Archaeology Research Project of the Year; and in 2012 was
awarded the international Andante Travel Archaeology Award, having been runner
up in 2008.




Nick has lectured widely in the UK and abroad at
all levels on the Ness excavations, the WHS and Orcadian archaeology in
general. Since 2010 he has also undertaken four mini-lecture tours of the USA
speaking by invitation to a number of institutions including the Smithsonian,
Harvard Clubs of DC and NY, the Sorbonne, the British Museum, the Australian
Museum, the AIA in Salem, Oregon, the George Bush Memorial Library in Texas, and
the Explorers Club in DC.  Recently he was awarded the Samuel Kress
lectureship for 2016-17 by the Archaeological Institute of America.


About Archaeological Institute of
America, Houston

The
Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society promotes awareness and
appreciation of world cultures though archaeology. Fifty years ago, the
organization was founded by Dominique de Menil, Philip Oliver-Smith, and Walter
Widrig. Today, through our programming, we seek to find common links to those
who have come before us, to acknowledge the basic dignity of all humankind, and
ultimately to advance mutual understanding among Houston’s diverse community.

 

Additional
programs sponsored by The Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society
include Family Events; Ancient Encounters; and area tours.  Please visit the AIA, Houston Society website
for details
http://www.houstonarchaeology.info.

When:
Feb 20, 2018
Cost:
$18.00
Time:
6:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Tuesday Time & Price:
6:30 p.m., $18.00
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Inspired by Robert Frank: Publishing the Photobook in the 21st Century

The Museum’s Hirsch Library and the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) jointly present this panel discussion about the current environment in the field of photography and photobooks, as well as perspectives on the future.

Held in the Brown Auditorium Theater at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Moderator: Ashlyn Davis, executive director, Houston Center for Photography | Introduced by Jon Evans, chief librarian and archivist, MFAH

Panel participants:
• Alejandro Cartagena, photographer and editor
• Manfred Heiting, designer, editor, and collector
• Kevin Messina, publisher and editor
• Gerhard Steidl, printer and publisher

The publishing of Robert Frank's landmark photobook, The Americans (1959), inspired generations of photographers to embark upon their own artistic careers. His searing views of postwar America created a new kind of poetry for the medium that was distinctly tied to the form of the photobook, and subsequently inspired generations of photographers to use the photobook in unconventional and impactful ways. Surprisingly, the digital age in which we live has spawned a photobook renaissance, with increased interest in publishing, collecting, and scholarly research in the field.

The Museum’s Hirsch Library and the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) jointly present this panel discussion about the current environment in the field of photography and photobooks, as well as perspectives on the future. This program, which brings together a distinct group of leaders in the field, is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2017, on view at HCP from December 8, 2017, through January 5, 2018.

For more than three decades, the MFAH has had a commitment to Frank’s work through its collection of more than 400 of the artist’s photographs, distribution of many of his films, virtually complete holdings of his books, and maquettes for two seminal book works, The Americans and Lines of My Hand.


When:
Dec 9, 2017
Cost:
• $5 Students with ID & members of the MFAH and HCP • $10 Adult nonmembers
Time:
11:00 am
Saturday Time & Price:
11:00am - 12:30pm • $5 Students with ID & members of the MFAH and HCP • $10 Adult nonmembers

Zine Fest Houston 2017

T H E C Y B E R F U T U R E I S N O W

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 !

This
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.

2017 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE*

PROJECT SPACE
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

CLASSROOM SPACE
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.!

Zine
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.

When:
Nov 11, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
1-7PM, FREE

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.   

 

Tickets

Admission
is free and open to the public. To become a member of the AIA, Houston Society
visit
http://www.houstonarchaeology.info.

 

When:
Jan 25, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Thursday Time & Price:
6:30 p.m., Free
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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.
When:
Nov 14, 2017
Tickets available via the Houston Seminar. Space is limited. 
Cost:
$40
Time:
6:30 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
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.
They've
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. 

When:
Sep 19, 2017
Event held in the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston. Parking available in UH Lot 16.     
Cost:
Free, RSVP required.
Time:
7:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
7:00pm, Free, RSVP required.
Event Type: 

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
When:
May 24, 2017
Cost:
$5 non-members; FREE members
Time:
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.
When:
May 23, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
Event Type: 

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.

When:
May 11, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
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