Jul 31,2014: Exhibition

Charles James (1906-1978) is considered by many to be America’s first couturier. Starting out as a milliner, by the 1940s he had established himself as a premier fashion designer with an elite clientele that included Millicent Rogers and Gloria Swanson. John and Dominique de Menil were introduced to James during that decade, and Dominique de Menil began to buy pieces from him soon thereafter. As the relationship deepened, the couple became great champions of James, commissioning both furniture and couture, collecting his sketches, donating examples of his work to museums, and hiring him to dress the interior of their home, his only residential commission.  A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James explores the work of the designer in relation to two of his most committed patrons and clients.

 As a couturier, James was known for his virtuosic design and construction. His clothes fuse a Victorian aesthetic with forms derived from nature and are defined by dramatic curves and metamorphic extensions from the body. The silhouettes are further accentuated by unusual color choices that heighten their sculptural dimension. For James, the true possibilities of design lay not in the human form or in the material, but in the space between the body and fabric, which he described as a “wall of air” and later fashion photographer and close friend Bill Cunningham called “a thin wall of air.” Such a design theory connects James’s fashions to sculpture and architecture, where the body is transformed by the engineered structures surrounding it.

 After the completion of their Philip Johnson-designed home in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston in 1950, John and Dominique de Menil hired James to dress the interior. James’s style was the very inverse of Johnson’s minimal, sparse modernity. He introduced felt and velvet covered walls in butterscotch and fuchsia; hand mixed paint colors in mauve, aqua, grey, and blue; and installed sweeping curves through custom furniture and other carefully selected items. As in his fashion designs, the juxtapositions often have a surreal undertone that dovetailed with the de Menils’ artistic interests and collection. Further, James’s intervention in the de Menil home results in a multitude of rich tensions as the structures of international modernism interact with the voluptuous fluidity of James’s interior design.

A conversation between wardrobe and interior, this exhibition presents a selection of evening gowns, suits, coats, and daywear from Dominique de Menil’s personal collection, complemented by furniture James designed for the de Menils and wall colors that evoke their home. Several of James’s sketches for furniture and sculpture reveal his working process, and a carefully curated selection of works from the Menil Collection reflect James and the de Menils’ mutual affinity for the surreal.

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Vickie’s Angel Foundation is a nonprofit that provides immediate and tangible relief to patients and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis. They don’t raise money for research, which is not to discount the value of research, but when you’re knee deep in medical treatments and appointments, racking up expenses and sometimes without insurance or income their offer of financial help can make a huge difference. 

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Jul 30,2014: Exhibition

Martin Durazo’s new paintings are comprised of layers of luminous colors varying in translucency, inspired by nightclub light strobes and their ensuing trace images. Durazo explores the experience to achieve an alternative spirituality, in which surges of energy motion upward searching for a heightened sense of awareness. The ground of each painting is a neon yellow, which suggests a hyper real color, as well as a color that illuminates under black light. Subsequently, multiple realities exist for the singular image. Transcendental in nature, these paintings are a part of a continuing body of work that examines the spiritual nature of lurid and illicit behavior, which travels through toxification and detoxification.

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Jul 29,2014: Archway 6th Annual Juried Exhibition

Benefiting Houston Audubon

A portion of the proceeds from the sale from this year’s exhibition will benefit Houston Audubon. Houston Audubon began serving Houston in 1969. Today, it is one of the only financially independent chapters of the AudubonSociety that manages and maintains sanctuaries: 17 that span approximately 3,400 acres. These sanctuaries protect a number ofhabitats vital for the region’s biodiversity, including piney woods, marshes, and endangered coastal prairies. For the last 22years, Houston Audubon has constructed a strong foundation of environmental education and outreach. These programs arefirmly rooted in a science-based curriculum that is inextricably linked with the area’s unique environment and history. HoustonAudubon has over 750 local supporting members and provides for nearly 5,000 national member households in the area. In thepast year, 641 volunteers contributed over 15,600 hours of hard work sustaining our sanctuaries and reaching out to the public.

Juror: Mark Larsen

Mark Larsen attended undergraduate school at the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University. He moved to Texas in 1983 to attend graduate school at the University of Houston; upon completion of his MFA in painting he began construction of the Artery, a site-specific multi-media artspace in Houston’s museum district. Since 1988 Mark has curated shows and performances at the Artery and has directed several performance pieces. In 1992 he wrote and directed “The

Imminent Asteroid, a Geological Opera”, an ambitious performance art production. For several recent years, Mark and his production team have produced a high-quality video archive of Artery performances, featuring artists from all over the world. In August, 2007, the Artery Media Project television program aired its first episodes on Houston PBS. Mark has taught studio art courses and art history for many years. He divides his time between his art installation business and editing event footage for the Artery Media Project.

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Jul 28,2014: Archway 6th Annual Juried Exhibition

Benefiting Houston Audubon

A portion of the proceeds from the sale from this year’s exhibition will benefit Houston Audubon. Houston Audubon began serving Houston in 1969. Today, it is one of the only financially independent chapters of the AudubonSociety that manages and maintains sanctuaries: 17 that span approximately 3,400 acres. These sanctuaries protect a number ofhabitats vital for the region’s biodiversity, including piney woods, marshes, and endangered coastal prairies. For the last 22years, Houston Audubon has constructed a strong foundation of environmental education and outreach. These programs arefirmly rooted in a science-based curriculum that is inextricably linked with the area’s unique environment and history. HoustonAudubon has over 750 local supporting members and provides for nearly 5,000 national member households in the area. In thepast year, 641 volunteers contributed over 15,600 hours of hard work sustaining our sanctuaries and reaching out to the public.

Juror: Mark Larsen

Mark Larsen attended undergraduate school at the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University. He moved to Texas in 1983 to attend graduate school at the University of Houston; upon completion of his MFA in painting he began construction of the Artery, a site-specific multi-media artspace in Houston’s museum district. Since 1988 Mark has curated shows and performances at the Artery and has directed several performance pieces. In 1992 he wrote and directed “The

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