Aurora Picture Show Announces 12th Annual Aurora Award Dinner Honoring Photographer and Artist Laurie Simmons
Aurora Picture Show is pleased to announce that photographer and artist Laurie Simmons will be the recipient of the 12th Annual Aurora Award. The award will be presented at an intimate dinner, which includes a screening of her work and an award presentation ceremony. The 12th Annual Aurora Award Dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. The annual fundraiser is chaired by Allison Ayers and Leigh Smith at the new home of Aurora Picture Show (2442 Bartlett Street, Houston, 77098).
Laurie Simmons is an internationally recognized artist. Since the mid-70's, Simmons has staged scenes for her camera with dolls, ventriloquist dummies, mannequins and occasionally people, to create images with intensely psychological subtexts. Marked by intentional dislocations and unexpected conjunctions, the nonlinear narratives she creates echo those of memories and dreams. By the early 1980's, Simmons was at the forefront of a new generation of artists, predominantly woman, whose use of the media as subject began a new dialogue in contemporary art.
As part of the event, Aurora will screen a selection of works by Simmons, including excerpts from The Music of Regret, from Tiny Furniture, and a short video with The Love Doll. During cocktails, a color-blocked slide show of still images created for The Gothenburg Museum in Sweden exhibition of Simmons' work will feature red, yellow and blue images.
Each year Aurora's Curator Mary Magsamen selects a Texas-based artist to create an art piece representative of the Aurora Award. This year Gabriel Martinez will create a sculpture that will be presented to Laurie Simmons during the award presentation at the dinner. Martinez is a a Houston artist who attended the Glassell School of Arts Core Residency Program and was also an artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses.
Past Aurora Award honorees include Joan Jonas (2011), Christian Marclay (2010), Doug Aitken (2009), Steina and Woody Vasulka (2007), Miranda July (2006), Isaac Julien (2005), Ant Farm (2004), Laurie Anderson (2003), William Wegman (2002), and Tony Oursler (2001).
Attendees to the intimate Aurora Award Dinner are treated to a catered meal, a video screening of exclusive works from the artist, and a brief award ceremony. Tickets start at $350. Attire is casual cocktail. For more information on the Aurora Award event and to purchase tickets, please visit www.aurorapictureshow.org.
ABOUT THE AURORA AWARD
Aurora Picture Show's Aurora Award Dinners are unparalleled events honoring some of the most significant media artists of the 21st Century and 22nd Century. The Aurora Award is an honor given to an artist who has exhibited extraordinary originality in the fields of media and multimedia art. This event is also the most important annual fundraiser or Aurora, providing the foundation of support for the next season of screening events, in addition to funding our education programs. Previous honorees include Joan Jonas (2011), Christian Marclay (2010), Doug Aitken (2009), Steina and Woody Vasulka (2007), Miranda July (2006). Isaac Julien (2005), Ant Farm (2004), Laurie Anderson (2003), William Wegman (2002), and Tony Oursler (2001).
WHERE AND WHEN
Aurora Picture Show Award Dinner Honoring Laurie Simmons
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2011
Location: Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett Street
The schedule for the evening is cocktails at 6:30pm, followed by dinner at 7:30pm and an award presentation at 8:30pm.
Advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets can be purchased and more information is available online at www.aurorapictureshow.org or by calling 713.838.2101. Tickets start at $350.
ABOUT AURORA PICTURE SHOW
Founded in 1998, Aurora Picture Show is a non-profit micro-cinema that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video. We are dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art. Aurora's human scale promotes a meaningful and community-oriented exchange between artists and audiences, and strives to not only be a launching pad for emerging artists but to create not-to-be-missed events for Houston.
Aurora Picture Show is funded by its stellar membership, Houston Endowment, Inc, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Brown Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Susan Vaughan Foundation, Target Corporation, the Hot Topic Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. Aurora Picture Show is a proud member of Fresh Arts Coalition www.fresharts.org.
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