Art Dirt: Discussing Houston’s Alternative Spaces with Pete Gershon

by Glasstire December 4, 2022
Seven college students sitting and standing in front of a big bird-looking puppet with yellow head feathers and colored wing feathers.

University of Houston students building Anthony Braxton’s puppet theater, spring 1982 at the Lawndale Annex. Photo: Frank Martin, Lawndale Art Center Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Brandon Zech and special guest Pete Gershon discuss the history of Houston’s artist-run spaces, and also talk about Gershon’s new position as Curator of Programs at the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

“If a space lasted for a year or a couple of years and then the proprietor moved on to do something else, that’s hardly a failure.” 

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This week’s podcast is sponsored in part by the Nasher Sculpture Center. Muse on art, the body, and change in Nairy Baghramian: Modèle vivant, an exhibition that The Dallas Morning News calls a “human and industrial mix.” See new works by the artist and explore the dialogue with classic masterpieces at the Nasher Sculpture Center, including Roy Lichtenstein, Aristide Maillol, and Henri Matisse. Plan your visit at

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