Author: Emily Sloan (Houston, TX, USA)

Featured: Hilary Scullane (Houston, TX, USA)Featured: Hilary Scullane (Houston, TX, USA)

Featured: Hilary Scullane (Houston, TX, USA)

Hilary Scullane is an interdisciplinary artist who was born and currently lives in Houston, Texas. She utilizes performance with sculpture and video to explore issues within social and personal realms. Her body is her primary tool. Using personal narrative as her starting point, she “pulls from the quotidian for material.” What initially got you involved in performance art? Having heard about perf...

Featured: Sway Youngston (Austin, TX, USA)Featured: Sway Youngston (Austin, TX, USA)

Featured: Sway Youngston (Austin, TX, USA)

Sway Youngston, a recent addition to the Austin, Texas performance art scene, is a founding member of the Houston performance art group, Continuum and has been performing since 2009. She loves to perform nude when possible in an attempt to overcome fear of vulnerability and to desexualize the female form. What initially got you involved in performance art? I was in a poetry course at The Universit...

First Person: The Human Tour 2013 (Houston, TX, USA)First Person: The Human Tour 2013 (Houston, TX, USA)

First Person: The Human Tour 2013 (Houston, TX, USA)

  The Human Tour 2013, a walking project recreating and expanding upon “Art Guy” Michael Galbreth’s 1987 project The Human Tour: An Anthropomorphic Route Through The City of Houston, has been undertaken by Carrie Schneider and Alex Tu. From February 12 through March 10, there have been 10 walks tracing the human figure lined out in Galbreth’s 1987 map. The public has been encouraged to join o...

In Performance: Spring 2013 Performance Series, Orange Show, Center for Visionary Art (Houston, TX)In Performance: Spring 2013 Performance Series, Orange Show, Center for Visionary Art (Houston, TX)

In Performance: Spring 2013 Performance Series, Orange Show, Center for Visionary Art (Houston, TX)

Tyagaraja, courtesy of Orange Show, Center for Visionary Art The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, Houston’s pre-eminent folk art organization, has announced its lineup for their Spring 2013 Performance Series taking place at the internationally-renown Orange Show Monument, located at 2402 Munger St. From March 2 through April 20. For over 30 years the Orange Show Monument has been a memorable...

In Performance: Liz Magic Laser, Tell Me What You Want to Hear, Diverseworks Art Space (Houston, TX, USA)In Performance: Liz Magic Laser, Tell Me What You Want to Hear, Diverseworks Art Space (Houston, TX, USA)

In Performance: Liz Magic Laser, Tell Me What You Want to Hear, Diverseworks Art Space (Houston, TX, USA)

Liz Magic Laser’s Tell Me What You Want To Hear will be on view at Diverseworks Art Space from April 6 – May 25, 2013. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5, from 7 – 9 pm. Liz Magic Laser’s live performances and videos intervene in public spaces such as banks and movie theaters, and have involved collaborations with actors, dancers, surgeons, and motorcycle gang members. As in her...

First Person: Elia Arce, First Woman on the Moon (Houston, TX, USA)First Person: Elia Arce, First Woman on the Moon (Houston, TX, USA)

First Person: Elia Arce, First Woman on the Moon (Houston, TX, USA)

First Woman on the Moon by Elia Arce, was presented by DiverseWorks at Frenetic Theater on November 30 and December 1, 2012. This remounting of Arce’s seminal performance was timed with a 25 year retrospective of her career and the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. The performance has historical significance due to giving a unique perspective to the Latino identity movement. The perspective Arce ...

First Person: Stacks at Art League Houston (Houston, TX, USA)First Person: Stacks at Art League Houston (Houston, TX, USA)

First Person: Stacks at Art League Houston (Houston, TX, USA)

Stacks is on view at Art League Houston from November 16 through January 4, 2013. The exhibition was kicked off with collecting objects the artists defined as “negatively antiquated Black memorabilia and paraphernalia” which were then obliterated in a wood chipper at the opening. The week prior to the opening, show curator Robert Pruitt and artists Jamal Cyrus, Nathaniel Donnett, Autumn Knight, Ph...

First Person: Jill Bernard’s “Drum Machine” (Houston, TX, USA)First Person: Jill Bernard’s “Drum Machine” (Houston, TX, USA)

First Person: Jill Bernard’s “Drum Machine” (Houston, TX, USA)

Drum Machine was performed by Jill Bernard, special guest of Station Theater, at Avant Garden on November 25, 2012. Station Theater is a comedy and arts conservatory in Houston, Texas. Bernard began the solo performance with calling an audience member onto the stage. This person was asked questions such as: “What do you do for a living?” The volunteer was then allowed to return to thei...

In Performance: Continuum Live Art Series, AvantGarden (Houston, TX, USA) NSFWIn Performance: Continuum Live Art Series, AvantGarden (Houston, TX, USA) NSFW

In Performance: Continuum Live Art Series, AvantGarden (Houston, TX, USA) NSFW

Continuum Live Art Series will take place at AvantGarden from November 2012 to April 2013. The series will include evenings of performance events and evenings of workshops. The first workshop will be Sunday, November 5 at 8pm. The opening night of performances will be on Friday, November 30 beginning at 7:30pm. This is Continuum’s first artist residency. For the November 30 opening night event, th...

First Person: Karen Cytter, Show Real Drama, DiverseWorks (Houston, TX, USA)First Person: Karen Cytter, Show Real Drama, DiverseWorks (Houston, TX, USA)

First Person: Karen Cytter, Show Real Drama, DiverseWorks (Houston, TX, USA)

Keren Cytter’s Show Real Drama was performed at DiverseWorks Art Space October 10 through October 13, 2012. This performance is in conjunction with Cytter’s exhibition Video Art Manual about the history and development of video art, on view in DiverseWorks’ galleries. For Show Real Drama, the actors are in the role of actors who are creating their own scenes following failed attempts at finding wo...

In Performance: City Council Meeting, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, DiverseWorks (Houston, TX, USA)In Performance: City Council Meeting, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, DiverseWorks (Houston, TX, USA)

In Performance: City Council Meeting, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, DiverseWorks (Houston, TX, USA)

City Council Meeting is a participatory theater event taking place at three different venues in Houston, Texas from November 1-3, 2013. The November 1 event will take place at Palm Center, 2nd floor courtroom, 5300 Griggs Road at 7:30pm. The November 2 event will take place at Project Row Houses’ Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St. at 7:30pm. The November 3 event will take place at DiverseWorks, 410...

First Person: Deborah Hay, Richmond Hall (Houston, TX, USA)First Person: Deborah Hay, Richmond Hall (Houston, TX, USA)

First Person: Deborah Hay, Richmond Hall (Houston, TX, USA)

Deborah Hay, a member of the Judson Dance Theater and a founder of postmodern dance, performed at Richmond Hall on October 13 at noon and again at 3pm. Her site specific work called Richmond Hall was performed by the audience, six dancers and her within the Dan Flavin installation. The event began with six dancers/conductors gathering and forming the audience into six groups. Each group was lead b...