1. November 16, 2011
    Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston

    Part of: Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action Series, collaboration between Project Row Houses and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

    Mierle Laderman Ukeles is a New York based artist known for her feminist and service oriented artwork. Her manifesto Maintenance Art—Proposal for an Exhibition, challenged the domestic role of women and proclaimed herself as a “maintenance artist”. Maintenance, for Ukeles, is the realm of human activities that keep things going, such as cooking, cleaning and child-rearing.

    Since 1970 Ukeles has been the non-salaried Artist in Residence for New York City’s Sanitation Department, where she builds and orchestrates public projects that explore the social and ecological issues of waste management.

    A conversation addressing labor and art will follow Ukeles’ talk, with Zach Moser and Eric Leshinsky of Shrimp Boat Projects.

    Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action is offered in conjunction with Communograph, an original project by artist Ashley Hunt commissioned by Project Row Houses (PRH). This series is curated by Bree Edwards (MC) and Ashley Clemmer Hoffman (PRH).

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  2. Location: University of Houston, Houston, TX
    October 12, 2011

    This is part of the Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action series, a collaboration between Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and Project Row Houses.

    Project Row Houses Founder Rick Lowe is an artist whose work is inspired by the art of painter and muralist John Biggers who celebrated shotgun communities and Joseph Beuys who spoke about “social sculpture” and the idea of society as a whole as a work of art. Lowe has been recognized internationally for his work in urban revitalization and cultural preservation most recently receiving the Leonore Annenberg Award for Art and Social Justice in 2010. He was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard and also received the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities.

    Ashley Hunt is an artist and activist who uses video, photography, mapping and writing to engage social movements, modes of learning and public discourse. He is Co-Director of the Photography and Media program at CalArts. Hunt is currently an artist in residence at Project Row Houses and the creator of the Communograph project.

    Lowe and Hunt will have a public discussion about art and social practice, a practice that emphasizes people in their relationships to each other and their surroundings.

    Mapping Community Through Creative Action is a series of public programs presented by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts (MC) and offered in conjunction with Communograph, an original project by artist Ashley Hunt commissioned by Project Row Houses (PRH).This series is curated by Bree Edwards (MC) and Ashley Clemmer Hoffman (PRH).

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  3. Ray Carrington, photographer known for his innovative Arts Education program at Yates High School, Eye on the Third Ward, leads a walking tour focused on community spaces that are the result of creative thinking and grassroots leadership. The tour will be followed by a lunch at the Eldorado Ballroom featuring cultural leaders within the Third Ward who will serve as conversationalists.

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  4. Location: Eldorado Ballroom, Houston, TX
    October 2, 2011
    Part of: Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action, a collaboration between Project Row Houses and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

    The inaugural event of Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action features Houston native Mel Chin, an internationally known artist who explores the ways art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. Though classically trained, Chin makes art that is both analytical and poetic, evading easy classification. Alchemy, botany, and ecology are a few of the disciplines that intersect in his work. Chin insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television. Unconventional and politically engaged, his projects also challenge the idea of the artist as the exclusive creative force behind an artwork. Chin received a BA from Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1975, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988 and 1990.

    Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action is offered in conjunction with Communograph, an original project by artist Ashley Hunt commissioned by Project Row Houses (PRH). This series is curated by Bree Edwards (MC) and Ashley Clemmer Hoffman (PRH).

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Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action

Together with Third Ward organization Project Row Houses, the Mitchell Center will present a three month series about how the arts can inspire debate and catalyze social change.

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Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action

Together with Third Ward organization Project Row Houses, the Mitchell Center will present a three month series about how the arts can inspire debate and catalyze social change.

Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action brings world-class contemporary artists including Mel Chin and Mierle Laderman Ukeles to Houston for talks and workshops. The series also features many artists working in the Third Ward, and explores the history of creativity within this African American neighborhood.

Communograph also adopts a field-based model designed to immerse University of Houston arts students in the multi-disciplinary discourses of social arts practice and give them the opportunity to work in a variety of public spheres, urban environments and social groups.

This partnership with Project Row Houses provides the context in which art can create real social change. Combining public art and social practice, PRH regularly invites Third Ward residents and artists to play a vital role in activating the community. Central to the vision of PRH is the social role of art as seen in neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, community service, and youth education.

Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action is offered in conjunction with Communograph, an original project by artist Ashley Hunt commissioned by Project Row Houses (PRH). This series is curated by Bree Edwards (MC) and Ashley Clemmer Hoffman (PRH).

View the Communograph website designed by the University of Houston School of Art and Graphic Communications departments. Facilitated by UH faculty Cheryl Beckett and Beckham Dossett.
Admission to Communograph events is free unless otherwise noted.

Related events:
Oct 2, 2011 Communograph Artist Talk: Mel Chin
Oct 12, 2011 Communograph Artist Talk: Rick Lowe and Ashley Hunt
Oct 15, 2011 Communograph PRH Exhibition Opening: Round 35
Nov 16, 2011 Artist Talk: Mierle Laderman Ukeles in Conversation with Shrimp Boat Projects
Nov 19, 2011 Communograph Walking Tour: Experience the Third Ward with Ray Carrington
Dec 3, 2011 Communograph Bus Tour: Architecture and Community with Stephen Fox

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