Diverse Discourse Lecture Series Continues with Grand Arts' Stacy Switzer, 5/1

April 30
9:52 PM 2013


Diverse Discourse Lecture & Studio Visit Series will continue on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Stacy Switzer, Artistic Director at Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO.

In "Art Production and the Human Pang", Switzer will present and discuss a handful of Grand Arts projects through the lens of the "human pang" (a concept borrowed from poet Dean Young's book The Art of Recklessness) - which is to say, thinking about empathy, compassion, ambition, success, failure, activism, and politics. When it comes to art-making in public, is something always better than nothing?

Seating is limited. DiverseWorks members may reserve a seat by emailing jennifer@diverseworks.org. Public programs at DiverseWorks are always FREE.

Stacy Switzer is artistic director of Grand Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. At Grand Arts, Switzer works with artists to realize ambitious, research-driven projects that test the limits of what is possible within a given context. Switzer's current curatorial projects include Ellie Ga's Notes from Alex opening at Grand Arts in September 2013, and a collaboration with Glenn Kaino slated for 2014-15. Other recent exhibitions include Anthony Baab, A Strenuous Nonbeing; Sissel Tolaas, SmellScape KCK/KCMO; Pablo Helguera, Juvenal Players; Ryan Mosley,Painting Séance; William Pope.L, Animal Nationalism; Mariah Robertson, Let's Change; spurse, Deep Time Rapid Time; and Tavares Strachan, Orthostatic Tolerance. In 2011, Grand Arts commissioned and produced John Salvest's IOU/USA, a seven story installation comprised of 115 cargo shipping containers sited in a public park across the street from the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. In 2007, Grand Arts produced Sanford Biggers' sculpture "Blossom," which anchored his survey exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 2011-2012. In 2005, Switzer curated Fritz Haeg's first Edible Estate garden as part of a group exhibition at the Salina Art Center in Salina, Kansas.

Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors, and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with selected Houston-area artists, performers, and writers. Diverse Discourse provides a significant opportunity for area artists in all disciplines to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals, fostering a cultural exchange across the nation between artists and cultural producers.

Diverseworks is located at 4102 Fannin, STE 200, Houston, TX, 77004. Phone: 713 223 8346. For more information, email info@diverseworks.org or go to diverseworks.org.

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