DiverseWorks Announces Fall 2017 Diverse Discourse Lecturers

DiverseWorks Announces Fall 2017 Diverse Discourse LecturersDiverseWorks is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 Diverse Discourse Lecture and Studio Visit Program, co-presented with the Art History Program of the University of Houston School of Art:

Christopher Y. Lew, Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art and Mia Locks, Independent Curator, New York

Dudley Recital Hall
Fine Arts Building, Room 132
University of Houston
Campus Map

FREE - seating is first come, first served.

Enter the University of Houston Campus from Cullen Blvd., and turn into Entrance 16. Visitor parking is available in Lot 16B.

Houston-area artists of all disciplines (including visual artists, writers, dancers, choreographers, and performance artists) may apply for studio visits with Diverse Discourse lecturers.

Application Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017

For application guidelines and to submit, please visit:


CHRISTOPHER Y. LEW is the Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lew oversees the emerging artist program at the Museum and, most recently, was co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial (with Mia Locks). He has organized the first US solo exhibitions for Sophia Al-Maria, Jared Madere, and Rachel Rose. Lew also organized Open Plan: Lucy Dodd (2016) and was co-curator of the group show Mirror Cells (2016). Prior to joining the Whitney, he was Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1 and organized numerous exhibitions there. Lew has contributed to several publications including Art AsiaPacific, Art Journal, Bomb, Huffington Post, and Mousse.

MIA LOCKS is an independent curator based in New York. Recent exhibitions include the 2017 Whitney Biennial, co-organized with Christopher Y. Lew at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Greater New York (2015), co-organized with Douglas Crimp, Peter Eleey, and Thomas J. Lax at MoMA PS1, as well as solo exhibitions of work by Samara Golden, Math Bass, and IM Heung-soon. Additionally, she organized The Little Things Could Be Dearer (2014), which included the work of Carina Brandes, Melanie Gilligan, Ulrike Müller, and Michael E. Smith; and Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 (2011) at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative. Locks is currently on the faculty of the MA program in Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts, New York.



Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors, and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with 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. Previous lecturers have included Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Curator of Contemporary Art, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; Diana Nawi, Associate Curator, Perez Art Museum Miami; Thomas Lax, Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Chris Sharp, independent curator, writer, and critic, Mexico City, among others.


This Diverse Discourse Lecture is co-presented with the Art History Program of the University of Houston School of Art.

DiverseWorks is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, foundations, corporations, and individuals - including DiverseWorks members.

DiverseWorks Season Sponsors: The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Houston Endowment, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Additional In-Kind Support: American Business Supplies, Consequence of Innovation, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and Topo Chico USA

DiverseWorks commissions, produces, and presents new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist's vision without constraint.

DiverseWorks is committed to equitable compensation for artists and is W.A.G.E. (Working Artists in the Greater Economy) Certified. More information at http://www.wageforwork.com/.

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