Houston, TX, February 6, 2019) - This spring, DiverseWorks is proud to present Collective Presence, a curatorial initiative led by DiverseWorks Assistant Curator Ashley DeHoyos. Collective Presence is a hub for creative and cultural activity to address topics related to social, political, and environmental issues of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Through a series of micro-residencies, workshops, and community discussions, invited artists will join DiverseWorks from February 21 – April 14, 2019, to create new work on site and in conversation with each other. Rabéa Ballin (Houston), Rafa Esparza (Los Angeles), Joshua Rios (Chicago) and Awilda Rodríguez Lora (San Juan, Puerto Rico) will each be at DiverseWorks for 10-day micro-residencies.
Collective Presence will kick-off in the MATCH Gallery (3400 Main Street) on Thursday, February 21, 7 - 9 pm featuring a curator’s talk by DeHoyos at 7:30 pm, followed by music and hands-on art activities. Programs will be presented throughout the run of the project in a community flex space in the gallery with events hosted by community partners Raul Edwards and Reinaldo Costa of Strictly Street Salsa, S Rodriguez and Sara Balabanlilar of Paraspace Books, Lisa E. Harris of Studio Enertia, and Risa Puleo.
Collective Presence seeks to bring together multiple perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches to creative leadership and critical inquiry. Through the artistic practices of those involved, a collective call and response will be activated in the gallery to address the current trends of futurism and decolonization practices. This project continues the curatorial thinking of Dehoyos's previous projects Cultural Platform for Resistance, curated as part of VisArts Emerging Curator program in Rockville, Maryland, and Journey to Aztlan: Contemporary Conversations with the Land at Sam Houston State University.
Thursdays, 12 - 6 PM / Fridays & Saturdays, 12 - 8 PM
(except as noted below)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, February 21, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, February 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Paraspace Books Film Screening I: Oil on My Mind
Friday, March 1, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dance Class: Heritage in Motion: Not So Equal with Raul Orlando Edwards & Reinaldo Costa
Friday, March 15, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Paraspace Books Film Screening II: Sofia Cordova
Saturday March 16, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Workshop: The Politics of Collage with Joshua Rios
Saturday March 16, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Artist Talks with Rabéa Ballin and Joshua Rios
Thursday, March 21, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Workshop: Threshold: Deep Listening & Creative Sound with Lisa E. Harris, Studio Enertia
Friday, March 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dance Class: Heritage in Motion: From the Soul to the Dance Floor with Raul Orlando Edwards & Reinaldo Costa
Thursday, April 4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Paraspace Books Film Screening III: Drexciya
Saturday, April 6, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Performance Lecture: Heritage in Motion: Salsa—A Tale of Discovery, Blood, Rhythm & Identitywith Raul Edwards and Reinaldo Costa
Sunday, April 7, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Brown Artist Retreat: Houston with Risa Puleo & Rafa Esparza
Friday, April 12, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dance Class: Heritage in Motion: Que Viva la Salsa! with Raul Orlando Edwards & Reinaldo Costa
Saturday April 13 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Performance Workshop Part I: Anatomy of Our Land / Anatomia de Nuestra Tierra with Awilda Rodríguez Lora. Pre-registration required.
Sunday, April 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Performance Workshop Part II: Anatomy of Our Land / Anatomia de Nuestra Tierra with Awilda Rodriguez Lora. Pre-registration required.
Sunday, April 14, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Closing Party and Collective Performance of Anatomy of Our Land / Anatomia de Nuestra Tierra with Awilda Rodríguez Lora
DiverseWorks and the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts are co-presenting Awilda Rodríguez Lora as part of the CounterCurrent Festival (April 9 – 14, 2019). www.CounterCurrentFestival.org.
Collective Presence programs are presented in conjunction with the Latino Art Now! 2019 National Conference, a program of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research and hosted by the University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies and the Smithsonian Latino Center (April 4 – 6, 2019).