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Public Programs for Mel Chin: Rematch

Gallery Talk + Lunch

February 11, noon

Your lunch break is a perfect opportunity to visit Blaffer Art Museum’s contribution to Mel Chin: Rematch. Tour the exhibition with Hellen Vallier, associate director of the University of Houston Honors College’s Medicine & Society Program, then keep the conversation going over lunch, which is on us!

Free parking spaces are reserved for Blaffer visitors directly across from the museum in UH Arts Lot 16B. Metered parking is also available in the center of the same lot and is accessible from Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. or off Elgin Street.

Mel Chin with Tyler Green

February 19, 7 p.m.

Join Mel Chin in conversation with journalist Tyler Green for a live-audience taping of an episode of The Modern Art Notes Podcast, America’s most popular audio program on art. It is published each Thursday at 2 p.m. CST at manpodcast.com and is available wherever podcasts are downloaded.

Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee has called The Modern Art Notes Podcast “one of the great archives of the art of our time.” Guests have included artists Richard Serra, Robert Irwin, Robert Gober, Jackie Winsor, Jack Whitten, Ross Bleckner, Julie Mehretu, Shirin Neshat, Fred Wilson, Barbara Kruger, Carrie Mae Weems, Mark Bradford and Chris Burden.

Rematch curator Miranda Lash with Devon Britt-Darby

March 3, 7 p.m.

Exhibition curator Miranda Lash will discuss Rematch with Blaffer Art Museum public affairs director Devon Britt-Darby.

Lash is curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. She organized Rematch for the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she founded the modern and contemporary art program in 2008 after serving as a curatorial assistant at The Menil Collection, Houston (2006-07).

Prior to joining Blaffer Art Museum, Britt-Darby was the Houston Chronicle art critic and the founding visual arts editor of Arts+Culture Texas magazine. He covered the New Orleans launch of Mel Chin’s Operation Paydirt for the Chronicle in 2008.

Saleri Studio Saturday

March 7, 1-4 p.m.

Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of art-making inspired by some of Mel Chin’s most innovative projects. Beginning at 1 p.m., we offer free guided tours of Rematch to spark your imagination so that you can bring your ideas to life in creations of your own. We will supply guidelines, materials, encouragement and refreshments throughout and conclude with a discussion your projects around 3:30 p.m.

Reservations are suggested; email kveneman@uh.edu or call 713.743.9526 with questions. Bring your imagination and wear clothes that are suited to making art.

Gallery Talk + Lunch

March 11, noon

Your lunch break is a perfect opportunity to visit Blaffer Art Museum’s contribution to Mel Chin: Rematch. Tour the exhibition with a Blaffer staff member, docent or invited speaker, then keep the conversation going over lunch, which is on us!

Free parking spaces are reserved for Blaffer visitors directly across from the museum in UH Arts Lot 16B. Metered parking is also available in the center of the same lot and is accessible from Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. or off Elgin Street.

Public Programs for Janet Biggs: Echo of the Unknown

The Blaffer Art Museum Innovation Series is the most ambitious lineup of public programs the museum has ever organized around a single exhibition. Janet Biggs: Echo of the Unknown features works inspired by the artist’s memories of the effects of Alzheimer’s on family members. Combining video, sound and objects, this multidimensional exhibition draws on heroic stories of public figures coping with the disease and research conducted with neurologists and geoscientists to raise fundamental questions about how we become—and lose our sense of—who we are.

Designed to amplify the exhibition’s role as a catalyst for cross-disciplinary learning, the series’ lectures, presentations, gallery talks and interactive programs will highlight collaborations across the UH community and beyond.

Event Schedule

Jan. 16, 7 p.m., Blaffer Art Museum: Janet Biggs in conversation with writers Paul Ardenne and Barbara Polla

Jan. 28, noon, Blaffer Art Museum: Dr. Jason Eriksen, UH associate professor of pharmacology, on the science of exercise and Alzheimer’s Disease

Feb. 3, noon, Blaffer Art Museum: Dr. Larry Shi, UH assistant professor of computer science, will present previous work and envisioned research on applying smart and computing techniques in the area of Alzheimer and dementia.

Feb. 17, 4 p.m., Blaffer Art Museum: David MacLean, PEN/American award-winning author of The Answer to the Riddle is Me, leads a panel exploring the difference between how we experience things, how we understand things, and how a memoirist navigates between the two.

Feb. 19, noon, Cullen Performance Hall: Lecture by Dr. Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and author of Still Alice; Q&A led by Dr. Joseph Masdeu, medical director of Nantz National Alzheimer Center at Houston Methodist Hospital. The presentation will be simulcast into the Research Institute at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.

Feb. 25, noon, Blaffer Art Museum: “Your Brain on Art: Understanding the Brain in Creative Action and Context” by Dr. Jose L. “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor, UH Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and full affiliate member, Neurosciences Research Program at Houston Methodist Research Institute.

Feb. 26, noon, Blaffer Art Museum: Dr. William Winslade, UH professor of law, on “Legal, Ethical, and Psychological Issues of Alzheimer’s and other Dementias.”

Feb. 27, noon*, Quintero Theater: Becky Valls, UH associate professor of dance, leads a demonstration with dancers wearing electroencephalography (EEG) caps that control the dance environment (e.g. the room lights)

March 3, 1 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall: Dr. Corene Hurt-Thaut, professor of neurologic music therapy at Colorado State University and researcher at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music.

March 4, noon, Blaffer Art Museum: Dr. Robert Zaretsky, UH Honors College, author of Boswell’s Enlightenment (Harvard, Spring 2015); on the French Encyclopédie and the reshaping of the modern self. (Also in conjunction with Mel Chin: Rematch.)

March 10, 3 p.m.*, UC Ballroom: Dr. Dan O’Connor, UH associate professor of health and human performance; Dr. Donald Ingram, professor of nutritional neuroscience and aging, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System; and Dr. Felipe Sierra, director, Division of Aging Biology, National Institute on Aging on “The Serious Search for an Anti-Aging Pill.”

* This is event time is tentative – please check back for updates.

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