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Brief “Stay of Execution” Granted for Houston’s Art Barn

The Art Barn, which was slated to be demolished yesterday, has been granted a brief “stay of execution” for one or two weeks as Rice University considers an option to have the much-loved building moved rather than demolished. This follows after a group of Rice alumni offered to pay to have the building dismantled, moved and stored until a new site for it can be found.

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Affectionate graffiti scrawled on the side of the Art Barn. Photo By Cody Duty/Staff, courtesy Houston Chronicle

The corrugated-metal building was erected by Houston art patrons John and Dominique de Menil in 1969 for a temporary exhibition. Designed by architects Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry, the building proved an incredibly influential work of architecture. Rice University, saying the metal structure is in poor condition, has planned to raze the building to make way for lawn.

Houston’s First Ward Welcomes New Gallery

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Sandra Chen Weinstein’s “The Wedding Singers” will be shown at Chinelli La Fratta Gallery in conjunction with Fotofest 2014.

Houston’s First Ward arts district welcomes the new space Chinelli La Fratta Gallery to the neighborhood. The gallery will primarily feature local artists, with a focus on works on paper and 3-D work. Owner Jeanette Chinelli hopes to create a welcoming art-viewing environment for new and established collectors with work that isn’t “intimidating or confusing,” she says. She hopes to “insure the art is approachable.”

Prior to entering the commercial gallery scene, Chinelli operated Inner Art Corridor in the area for six years, an operation that worked to promote and support the burgeoning artist community in the Washington Avenue corridor.  She also founded the street sign topper program for the First Ward arts district, as well as spear-heading the cultural district designation to the neighborhood while serving as the first project manager to the committee two years ago.

For its inaugural show, Chinelli La Fratta Gallery will host two photographers for Fotofest, Houston-based Joe Acker and Los Angeles’ Sandra Chen Weinstein. In keeping with Fotofest’s theme of Middle Eastern Culture, Acker will present a series of photographs taken through the window of a cab in Cairo, while Weinstein presents her series of portraits, Women of Arab Spring.  The show opens tomorrow, March 11, with a reception on March 22.

Chinelli La Fratta Gallery is located at 1813 Crockett Street, Houston 77007, (713)869.2727

Triple Canopy at the FW Modern + Open Call for Artists/Writers

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Triple Canopy, Pointing Machines III (Chestertown, Maryland), 2013. Pigmented inkjet print, 15 × 22 1/2 in. (38.1 × 57.2 cm), Collection of Triple Canopy

This Tuesday, March 11 at 7 pm, the editors of the innovative digital magazine Triple Canopy, Alexander Provan and Lucy Ives, will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to discuss the magazine’s project for the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Called Pointing Machines, the project considers an art object’s public life, from the commissioning of a work to its published photograph in a catalogue or media outlet.

Few publications have so intelligently navigated the rise of digital media as Brooklyn-based Triple Canopy.  The magazine began in 2007 in an effort to expand the agency of the written word in the digital age by creating a model that “hinges on the development of publishing systems that incorporate networked forms of production and circulation.” I think that means Triple Canopy uses the name “magazine” loosely, allowing the group to work closely with artists, writers, designers, and technologists to produce “digital works of art and literature, public conversations, exhibitions, and books. . . that demand considered reading and viewing”– a tall order in an age defined by glitchy little attention spans.

Also of note, artists and writers and artist-writers: Triple Canopy has just recently announced an open call for its Summer Intensive program which is open to higher-level college students, graduate students and recent college graduates. The program is aimed at helping students “research, analyze, and enact an approach to publication that hinges on today’s networked forms of production and circulation but also mines the history of print culture and artistic practice.” The TC crew will help the lucky twelve selected canidates to bring an art/publication hybrid to life. Applications due April 7.

The One Texan in the 2014 Whitney Biennial

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Andrew Bujalski, Still from Computer Chess, 2013. NTSC analog video, black-and-white, sound; 92 minutes. Courtesy the artist. © 2013 Computer Chess LLC. Photograph by Alex Lipschultz

Of the dozens of artists featured at this year’s Whitney Biennial, only one currently works in Texas, Andrew Bujalski, and he’s a filmmaker. He hails from Austin, a city which is currently besieged with filmmakers, industry moguls, techies and press, all clamoring to make a filmic discovery at South by Southwest. Bujalski’s film, Computer Chess, far from that maddening crowd, will have its day with another on the second floor at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Film and Video Gallery where curator Stuart Comer has determined it as Art. He’s right.

Bujalski’s movie is about a 1980 competition between computer programmers who pit their programs against one another in a chess tournament. Though it’s fictional, when I saw Computer Chess last spring at the Oak Cliff Film Festival, I spent the first half hour of it utterly convinced that it was a documentary made from vintage footage discovered in the trunk of an old burnt-out Datsun. All the signs of the era are there to prove it, from the pure monochrome film quality to the pitch-perfect polyester suits and thick, rimless glasses to the cumbersome grey computers all the nerds lug around the innocuous hotel. Watching it feels like opening a sterilized time capsule or, perhaps more aptly, like seeing a live-action version of one of Thomas Demands highly articulated paper history scenes.

So why does Comer think Bujalski’s movie is Art? Mostly it has to do with capturing, so adroitly, the late 20th century’s seismic movement  towards human dependence on digital technology:

Bujalski allows the viewer to observe as the characters tinker with their machines and discuss the scientific and philosophical implications of artificial intelligence. With wit, intelligence, and occasional bursts of psychedelic oddness, Computer Chess draws the analog past into our digital present, reviving the ghosts of a moment defined by technological transition while elucidating our increasingly computer-controlled present and future.

Faux real, ya’ll.

Computer Chess shows today, March 9, at 12:00 and 2:00, in the Film and Video Gallery on the Second Floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Study Reveals Gender Gap in Museum Directors

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New Museum founder and long-time director Marcia Tucker (second from left) with dealer Marian Goodman, curator Simon Watson and curator France Morin. Courtesy the New Museum Archives.

A joint study by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR), released yesterday, finds that museum directors that are female make lower salaries than those that are male. The study’s research considered two main questions: “What is the current state of women in art museum directorships?” and “What are some factors that may drive the gender gap?”

Some of the study’s most notable findings show that, on average, women museum directors make $0.79 to every $1.00 of their male counterparts and $0.71 to every male dollar in the top tier museums whose annual budgets exceed $15 million. However, the study also found that in the lower tiered museums, that is, those with budgets less than $15 million, women directors made more than male directors. In this segment, women directors made an average of $1.02 compared to the $1.00 for male directors.

The AAMD/NCAR study also found that the gender gap could be accounted for by the salary disadvantage dealt to directors that achieve their positions through internal promotions from within an institution. The same disadvantage falls to both men and women; however, the percentage of women promoted to director internally is greater than men, accounting for some aspect of the salary differential between their male colleagues.

As reported by the New York Times in regards to the study, many professional arts training programs formed in recent years have helped facilitate the success of more female museum curators and professionals, landing many of them directorial positions in many mid-size museums. These have helped add more diversity to the professional museum pool, even if it was a man coming out of one of those programs (the Center for Curatorial Leadership) who landed the biggest job, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which boasts a $52 million budget.

The Report on Gender Gaps in Museum Directorships, spearheaded by New Museum Director Lisa Philips, AAMD’s Professional Issues Committee Chair, was released yesterday in time for International Women’s Day.

San Antonio Gallery Returns for Contemporary Art Month

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After Three Walls gallery was displaced from Blue Star Arts Complex in 2012, Founder/Director Michele Monseau announced last June that the gallery would not return to the complex but would start anew as a pop-up venue for special projects. Three Walls now has a special pop-up project in its upcoming exhibition, La Tensión Extendida, which will be installed at The Warehouse located at 1119 S. St. Mary’s and will run from March 14-31.

The exhibition is part of a collaboration between Monseau and Mexico City-based curator Barbara Perea called “Crossing the Line.” Perea is curating the show in San Antonio and then, in May, Monseau will curate a show at Centro Cultural Border in Mexico City. The Three Walls show has three functions: it’s the gallery’s new pop-up exhibition; it’s half of the Mexico City/San Antonio collaboration; and, as it takes place during Contemporary Art Month, it serves as the annual exchange intiative CAMx (CAM exchange), an exhibition exchange between San Antonio artists and artists from another city.

The Three Walls exhibition will feature Mexico City sound artist Manuel Rocha Iturbide, who will construct an installation that essentially turns the space into an interactive musical instrument. The Mexico City show will feature Texas artists Joey Fauerso, Beto Gonzales, Leigh Anne Lester, Cruz Ortiz and Ann Wood.

Art History Prof Returns to Houston as New MFAH Educator

Photo By Gregory Donley/The Cleveland Museum of Art

Photo By Gregory Donley/The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has announced that Caroline Goeser has been hired to lead learning, outreach and visitor-engagement efforts at the MFAH. Goeser comes to the Museum from the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she earned a national reputation for increasing outreach to underserved communities and for engaging new technologies.

Goeser earned a B.A. in art history at Carleton College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University. She has published and lectured widely in the fields of museum education and interpretation, as well as 20th-century American art history, in particular the work of African American artists. Her 2007 book, Picturing the New Negro: Harlem Renaissance Print Culture and Modern Black Identity, won the Vasari Award for best book in art history from the Dallas Museum of Art in 2008.

Houstonians will remember Goeser for her decade as associate professor of art history at the University of Houston’s School of Art, where she assumed various leadership roles and was involved with numerous local arts organizations. Goeser will begin her new role in April 2014.

President Releases Arts Budget: Advocate Groups Freak

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A couple of days ago, the Obama Administration released its FY 2015 budget request to Congress, which includes funding for the nation’s cultural agencies and programs, such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Office of Museum Services, and the Department of Education’s Arts In Education program. The latest e-newsletter from Americans for the Arts, titled “President Drops Support for NEA in 2015 Budget,” sounds pretty dire for those who are quick to read that as support was dropped (totally) as compared to support dropped (somewhat). Still, the Americans for the Arts President & CEO Robert Lynch noted, “To reduce support provides both an inconsistent and confusing message for the creative economy in America.” To further emphasize the inconsistency, the newsletter included a chart following the administration’s NEA funding requests:obamaneaaskchart_image

The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Boehm sums up the FY 2015 budget request in his article’s headline, “Obama budget: Good for D.C. museums, not for NEA and arts grants.” The National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution are to receive the entire proposed arts increase for museums, but that will include funds for renovations and new construction, most notably for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is expected to open in 2015. Boehm points out that the budget provides no increase for the three grant-making bodies that disburse money to nonprofit groups outside Washington, D.C. and is certainly far less than the 10% Obama advocated a year ago.

Anyone who has ever overseen a budget knows the difficulties in returning to pre-emergency budget cut (such as last year’s sequestration) numbers, much less account for inflation. Once the folks who hold the purse strings realize that it’s possible to live on less, people resort to kicking and screaming to remind them that the temporary measure is not sustainable. While many are upset about the proposed budget for the NEA and other groups, the NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa is not biting the hand that feeds it, releasing the following statement: “In these challenging economic times, it is heartening that President Obama has put forward level funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, allowing the NEA to continue our mission of providing all Americans opportunities for arts participation.” But Americans for the Arts plans to make some noise, and asking grassroots advocates to join them for National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, on March 24-25.

Hunting Art Prize Finalists Announced

Hunting PLC has announced that its jurors have whittled down the 2014 Hunting Art Prize entrants to 115 artists to move on to the final round of judging. The panel will reconvene in April to make its final selection, which will be announced at the Hunting Art Prize gala on May 3.

lotteryThe $50,000 prize makes it one of the largest annual art awards in North America. Anyone in the state of Texas may enter one single image of a two-dimensional, non-photographic work (painting and drawing). The much-appreciated award has not changed its often-criticized selection process much since 2007, even after Glasstire founder Rainey Knudson published her article “How to Fix the Hunting Prize” later that year. As one artist remarked recently, “The prize money is so large and the judging criteria so small (one image), you can’t help but enter even though it’s such an arbitrary long shot.” Further explaining the anxiety of the process, he added, “I’m just not sure I’d want to know that I was on the ‘short list’ for a huge lottery jackpot.”

Congratulations to the finalists; may the best artist’s number be called!

  • Fariba Abedin, Houston
  • John Adelman, Houston
  • Michael Bane, Fort Worth
  • Vera Barnett, Grandview
  • Awadh Baryoum, Dallas
  • Sylvia Benitez, Seguin
  • Jason Bennett, Tyler
  • Carol Benson, Fort Worth
  • Linda Blackburn, Fort Worth
  • Dennis Blagg, Fort Worth
  • Darnell Bolton, Arlington
  • Martin Bouska, Richmond
  • Natasha Bowdoin, Houston
  • Valerie Burkes, Houston
  • Shawn Camp, Austin
  • Todd Camplin, Jefferson
  • Jose Cardenas, San Antonio
  • Elizabeth Chapin, Austin
  • Stephanie Clark, Spring
  • Joseph Cohen, Houston
  • Catherine Colangelo, Houston
  • Nika Cranmer, Houston
  • Keith Davis, Austin
  • Hannah Dean, Slaton
  • Andrew DeCaen, Denton
  • Lindsey Dunnagan, Grapevine
  • Joey Fauerso, San Antonio
  • Orna Feinstein, Bellaire
  • Vincent Fink, Katy
  • Christopher Fitzgerald, Pflugerville
  • Tommy Fitzpatrick, Austin
  • Todd Ford, Krum
  • Valerie Fowler, Austin
  • Janice Freeman, Houston
  • Adam Fung, Fort Worth
  • Sarah Garcia, San Antonio
  • Melissa Garner, Dallas
  • Larry Gentry, Midlothian
  • Raul Gonzalez, San Antonio
  • Sarah Graham, Grand Prairie
  • Helen Green, Austin
  • Sharon Grimes, Longview
  • Michael Guidry, Houston
  • Starla Halfmann, Austin
  • Roberta Harris, Houston
  • Sherry Tseng Hill, Houston
  • Nancy Hines, Montgomery
  • Erin Hinz, Dallas
  • Ann Huey, Lancaster
  • Thomas Jennings, Houston
  • Anna Elise Johnson, Houston
  • Bethany Johnson, Austin
  • James W. Johnson, Lubbock
  • Rance Jones, Richardson
  • Angela Kallus, Fort Worth
  • Patrick Kelly, Albany
  • Hogan Kimbrell, Houston
  • Jason Kinney, Fort Worth
  • Padaric Kolander, Austin
  • Travis LaMothe, Coppell
  • Joan Laughlin, Houston
  • Jayne Lawrence, San Antonio
  • Antonio Lechuga, Jr., Dallas
  • Patrick Lewis, Dallas
  • Jane Liang, San Antonio
  • David Lindsay, Lubbock
  • Brian Moss, Houston
  • Linda Martin, Cedar Hill
  • Arturo Martinez, Laredo
  • Winston Lee Mascarenhas, Dallas
  • Vickie McMillan, The Woodlands
  • Kathleen McShane, Fayetteville
  • Renea Menzies, Houston
  • Courtney Miles, Dallas
  • Steve Miller, Grand Prairie
  • Richard Nix, Houston
  • Kevin Owens, Dallas
  • Igraine Perkinson, Houston
  • Kevin Peterson, Houston
  • Chuck Petty, Plano
  • David Philips, Dallas
  • Gordon Phillipson, Kemah
  • Leslie Pierce, Austin
  • Erika Pochybova, Lubbock
  • Cary Reeder, Houston
  • Kit Reisch, Dallas
  • Ted Reves, Sugar Land
  • Clifton Riley, San Antonio
  • Shaun Roberts, Nacogdoches
  • Anat Ronen, Houston
  • Joyce Rosner, Austin
  • Ricardo Vicente Ruiz, Corpus Christi
  • Ricardo Ruiz, Corpus Christi
  • Alexis Serio, Troup
  • Yvette Shadrock, Macdona
  • Caroline Sharpless, Houston
  • David Smith, Sugar Land
  • Joel Stanulonis, Katy
  • Woodrow Starkey, Wylie
  • Pablo Taboada, Austin
  • Lorraine Tady, Dallas
  • Saralene Tapley, Dickinson
  • James Tennison, Fort Worth
  • Prince Thomas, Houston
  • James Van Patten, Pflugerville
  • Kelli Vance, Houston
  • Louis Vega Trevino, San Antonio
  • Michael Villarreal, Dale
  • Christopher Wallace, Conroe
  • Robert Wardle, Plano
  • Wendy Wight, Houston
  • Taylor Winn, Austin
  • Matthew Winters, Austin
  • Lee E. Wright, Houston
  • James Zamora, Denton

Austin Cartoonist Becomes First Woman to Receive Herblock Prize

sorensenThe Herb Block Foundation, which awards the annual Herblock Prize for excellence in editorial cartooning, announced today that Jen Sorenson has become the first woman to win the award. “Winning the Herblock is one of the finest moments in a political cartoonist’s life,” Sorensen told The Washington Post. “Being the first woman to win the prize makes it an extra-special thrill.”

The former Charlottesville alt-weekly cartoonist is the creator of “Slowpoke” comics and now draws for the Austin Chronicle. Jen Sorensen’s comics and illustrations have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Daily Kos, The Progressive, NPR.org, Ms. Magazine, Politico, AlterNet, MAD, Nickelodeon, The Village Voice, and dozens of other publications around the country. The award comes with a $15,000 cash prize.

Below is her illustration inspired by the recent Austin PD/jaywalker incident:pedxing

Open Call for Artists at the Fringe

Yes, this image is a repeat from last year's announcement, posted by Bill Davenport, but there's no way to top this!

Yes, this image is a repeat from last year’s announcement, posted by Bill Davenport, but there’s no way to top this!

Those who survived the recent Lone Star Explosion, Houston’s International Performance Art Biennale, may have been left feeling creatively inspired or, at least, challenged. Artists don’t have to wait until next year to realize their crazy performance or art project ideas; the Houston Fringe Festival has announced that it is now accepting proposals for its own three-day extravaganza, which takes place at theatrical and non-traditional venues in Houston’s East End in late September.

Proposals should adhere to the Houston Fringe mission: “to present daring and conceptually challenging performances that fit outside the mainstream.” Open to both emerging and established theater, dance, film, music, and visual artists, applications are due by May 1.

It’s Back to the Real World: Global Politics Come to Texas Art

Photo by Reuters

Photo by Reuters

Now that the Olympics and the Oscars are over, it seems a shock to realize that politics as (un)usual have been steadily marching forward in the international community. Politically minded artists and art lovers with a global view are now eagerly looking forward to the FotoFest 2014 Biennial, which begins on March 15 in Houston and focuses on the theme “Contemporary Arab Video, Photography and Multi Media.” Also, as images of Ukranian art critics (okay, angry protestors) toppling statues of Lenin are released in the media, the Ukranian American Society of Texas, based in North Texas, has initiated art and poetry contests on the theme, “What does freedom mean to you?” (Get to work! The deadline is March 16.)

Those who want to jump into the global conversation may wish to attend CentralTrak’s lecture on Thursday evening at 7 pm entitled, “The Psychogeography of Occupation,” given by writer/curator/artist/smart guy (and former guest blogger for PBS’ Art21) Noah Simblist. It sounds like attendees might learn about some really interesting contemporary art that comes from a different perspective, according to CentralTrak’s description:

Simblist will be interpenetrating relationships between art, activism, architecture, archaeology and film and their connection to the flourishing new forms of art practices in the Israel-Palestine-Lebanon region, a geographical zone where tremendous political turmoil is nothing new.

Art Takes Over Houston’s Hermann Park

Patrick Dougherty’s big twig installation (Photo: James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

Patrick Dougherty’s big twig installation (Photo: James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

In celebration of Hermann Parkʼs centennial year, the Hermann Park Conservancy has started a public art campaign to bring contemporary art installations to the park in 2014. “Art in the Park” has already installed Wind Waves by Yvonne Domenge by the Sam Houston Monument and Patrick Dougherty’s Boogie Woogie at the entrance of the Japanese Garden.

The next few days will mark the completion of Destination Mound Town by Trenton Doyle Hancock, located in the train tunnel and, on March 13, there will be a public reception for Orly Genger’s Boys Cry Too, located near the Bill Coats Bike Bridge. Upcoming installations will include Louise BourgeoisSpider, as well as works by Sharon Engelstein, Ugo Rondinone, the University of Houston’s Graduate Design/BUILD Studio and the Rice University School of Architecture.

Kid-friendly Trenton Doyle Hancock (Artist Rendering: copyright Trenton Doyle Hancock; courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai.)

Kid-friendly Trenton Doyle Hancock (Artist Rendering: copyright Trenton Doyle Hancock; courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai.)

Glasstire’s New Associate Publisher to Show Off Book Smarts

Alecia Harris. Photo: Alex Rosa

Alecia Harris. Photo: Alex Rosa

Saint Cloud, the new ultra-hip boutique in Houston’s Rice Village, is maintaining its art smart cred by launching a guest-curated reading series called “Read This Now.” Its inaugural edition will be led by graphic designer Ashley Putman and Glasstire’s very own new Associate Publisher Alecia Harris.

Saint Cloud says that Putman and Harris will “collaborate to let us know what should be on our bookshelves and coffee tables NOW.” To get the book selection advice and to meet and welcome Alecia (with champagne and sweet treats!), check out the reading, which starts at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 12.

FW Modern to Host Oscars Party

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Image via ffrreeyyoouurrsseellff.tumblr.com

The big Oscars party in Fort Worth takes place at The Modern tomorrow night, complete with red carpet. It’s not quite the same as Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, but that takes the pressure off. There are less paparazzi and attendees can dress up, dress down or dress in costumes inspired by the nominated films. This year, that means there are a lot of possibilities in the back of the closet for some cheesy eighties outfits, or just pull out that old spacesuit. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

The sixth annual Oscar Watching Party will not be issuing any advanced ticketing this year to the free event, so arrive early. Doors open at 6 pm and, beginning at 7 pm, the broadcast will be shown live via satellite in Café Modern and in the Modern’s auditorium.

“Godfather of Helvetica,” Mike Parker: 1929-2014

mikeparkerMike Russell Parker, legendary typographer, type designer and type historian, has died at the age of 85. Credited with the development of over 1,100 typefaces, Parker is perhaps best known for introducing Helvetica to the world.

As director of the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, Parker was a fan of the “rational” Swiss style of letter design, in which, he said, “you draw the counters and let the black fall where it will.” reports Fast Company. Parker and his team took the font Neue Haas Grotesk and reworked it for Linotype’s machines, The font eventually became known as Helvetica, one of the most popular fonts in the world (used by McDonald’s, Verizon, NYC subway signs, and NASA, to name a tiny fraction). In 2007, the year of the font’s 50th anniversary, it was celebrated and strangely debated in the critically acclaimed documentary Helvetica and was the subject of the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition 50 Years of Helvetica.

Parker was born in London and originally planned to become a geologist like his father, but then decided to become a painter, but discovered he was colorblind. He graduated from Yale with an undergraduate degree in architecture and master’s in design. After working at Linotype, he co-founded Bitstream, the first company dedicated to producing digital fonts, according to CNN.com. He also founded Pages Software and served as historian for the Font Bureau. Parker died on Sunday, four days after suffering a stroke, after a long fight with Alzheimer’s. According to his caregiver and ex-wife, his ashes will be scattered at his family home in Massachusetts, without a tombstone.

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Nasher Names First Artist-in-Residence: Rick Lowe

Lowe in Vickery Meadow. Photo by Allison V. Smith for the Nasher Sculpture Center

Lowe in Vickery Meadow. Photo by Allison V. Smith for the Nasher Sculpture Center

Rick Lowe’s “social sculpture” Trans.lation, initiated as part of the Nasher Sculpture Center’s 10th anniversary exhibition Nasher XChange, has been a success so far. There have been workshops, three free-standing White Cube exhibition spaces, and pop-up markets in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood. The project was designed to encourage residents of Dallas’ most culturally diverse area to share their talents and traditions with each other and with the larger city.

But the Nasher XChange exhibition is now officially over and Lowe, founder of Houston’s Project Row Houses (currently celebrating its 20th anniversary), knows that you don’t start something like Trans.lation and walk away. “I was kind of nudging them to think about an expanded engagement with that project,” he told the Dallas Morning News. They seem to have taken the hint. Today, the Nasher announced that it is starting a residency program with Lowe as its first artist-in-residence. “Trans.lation has already seen important successes,” stated Director Jeremy Strick, “and through the platform of this residency the Nasher will be able to support its continued growth.”

Houston Art Collective to Unveil Mural and Public Health Program

lawndale_OJATomorrow evening, the Houston art collective Otabenga Jones & Associates (OJ&A) will officially unveil a new mural at Lawndale Art Center. A project of Creative Capital, the mural kicks off The People’s Plate, OJ&A’s year-long collaborative art project/public health program. Programs at Lawndale and other venues will include cooking classes, a foraging workshop, an urban gardening workshop, an instructional cooking video and a line of mass-produced lunchboxes that will be made available to the public. OJ&A cite the Black Panther Free Breakfast for School Children Program as inspiration for the program. The artwork for both the mural and the upcoming lunchboxes are inspired by the graphic art of the Black Panther’s Minister of Culture, Emory Douglas.

OJ&A may need more than four members (who are Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans, and Robert A. Pruitt) because it will be a busy year: next month, the collective will open Monuments: Right Beyond the Site at Project Row Houses (PRH), in which they will utilize all seven of the Art Houses for PRH’s Round 40 through installations that happen on and off-site.

George W Gets His Own Museum Painting Exhibition

The former President’s portrait of Barney Bush (2000-2013) will probably not be included in the exhibition, although some conspiracists believe he may have served as a mascot for some sort of “shadow government.” It is rumored that, like both Presidents Bush, he was a member of the secret society, Skull and Milk-Bones.

The former President’s portrait of Barney Bush (2000-2013) will probably not be included in the exhibition of world leaders, although a few conspiracists believe Barney may have served as a mascot for some sort of “shadow government.” It is rumored that, like both Presidents Bush, he was a member of the secret society, Skull and Milk-Bones.

Some people have been following George W. Bush’s recent painting career with a bit more affection than they did his political career but, with last month’s reported arrest of the notorious hacker Guccifer, there were some fears that the public would no longer have access to the former President’s artistic journey. Guccifer was the original email hacker who released images of Bush’s self-portraits in the shower, pet portraits and the occasional landscape. A few months ago came the interesting announcement that Bush was working on a series of portraits of world leaders but, without Guccifer, would we ever see them?

On Monday, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum sent out a press release announcing the exhibition of The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy, which will open in early April at the Presidential Library, located on the campus of Dallas’ Southern Methodist University. The show will feature more than two dozen never-before-exhibited portraits painted by Bush, along with artifacts, photographs, and personal reflections which “will explore the relationships that President George W. Bush forged with world leaders to shape international policy and advance American interests abroad.”

Vote Now: Countdown to DMA Art Madness

John Hernandez, HI-C Avenger, 1992. Will it make it to the Final Four?

John Hernandez, HI-C Avenger, 1992. Will it make it to the Final Four?

In celebration of March Madness, the Dallas Museum of Art is presenting the DMA Art Madness Tournament online. Hokey? Yes, but everybody just loves to vote on stuff! Art lovers can vote once a day through March 16 to determine the Elite Eight, Final Four, and the DMA Art Madness Champion. Voting for the current round ends this Friday, February 28th. The Art Madness bracket can be downloaded here. May the best aesthete win!

Now, we’re just waiting for the online personality quiz, “Which DMA artwork are you?”