Go Forth From Houston: Women in the Arts Take Action

Nov 7, 2017 - Nov 7, 2017

UH College of the Arts District

3333 Cullen Blvd
Houston, TX 77204

Time: 7 - 10 pm
Phone Number: 2148865256
Contact: Liia Thrasher, goforthfromhouston@gmail.com
Website: http://goforthfromhouston.com/
Description:

Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Presents: ‘Go Forth From Houston: Women in the Arts Take Action’


Two days of diverse, interactive arts programming coinciding with The National Women’s Conference: Taking 1977 into the 21st Century will highlight the legacies of contemporary women artists working in Houston. Celebrating the diverse arts scene from the 1970s to the present, “Go Forth from Houston: Women in the Arts Take Action” will feature two days of cultural events, interactive arts programming and live performances focused on the legacies of contemporary women artists working in Houston.


Presented by the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, the program will be held Nov. 7, 7pm-10 pm, in conjunction with “The National Women’s Conference: Taking 1977 into the 21st Century” event organized by the University of Houston Public History and Women’s Studies departments and taking place at the University of Houston-Main Campus. Go Forth from Houston will include gallery exhibitions curated and created by women, a live demonstration of Houston’s graffiti talents from five leading female muralists, live dance and music, including a performance by pioneering female-fronted art punk band Mydolls (1978-present) and voter registrars on site in the Wilhelmina Grove arts courtyard.


According to Liia Thrasher, an art history and women’s studies graduate student, the dynamic arts programming of the 1977 National Women’s Conference inspired Go Forth from Houston. “This year’s cultural arts programming is a testament to the wealth of talented women in the arts in Houston, as well as the immense support provided by the new Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, the University of Houston and other local institutions,” she says. Thrasher organized the massive effort with support from faculty, students and local arts and women’s organizations working toward the goals of the ’77 Conference.


The Go Forth From Houston archival exhibition will be on display in conjunction with selected readings in the Blaffer Art Museum Cafe on Nov. 7, 10 am-5 pm.An associated exhibit featuring the work of visual artists Thedra Cullar-Ledford, Anna Mayer, Caroline Ryan, Alexis Pye, and Elizabeth Gates will be on display in the Thirdspace Gallery in the UH School of Art (third floor). Mydolls, a legendary art punk band formed in 1978 and fronted by women artists, will perform at 8:30 pm on Nov. 7 in the Grove, where there will be an associated display of Houston art cars made by women artists. Thedra Cullar-Ledford will be doing live performance art as a part of her new series, The Doll Project. A guided tour of the UH public art collection’s women artists will commence on Nov. 7 at 2 pm. Associated archives and feminist zine displays will also be exhibited in the UH Library during the week of Nov. 6-11. During the celebration, Mobile Mai’s, a local favorite, female operated food truck, will serve delicious Vietnamese cuisine starting at 7:30 pm on Nov. 7. Beer will be donated by Saint Arnold Brewing Company.


Go Forth from Houston is generously sponsored by Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts and Council for Cultural Activities at UH. All arts and cultural events programming will be free and open to the public.


Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston is a dynamic home of creativity and collaboration in one of America’s most artistically vibrant and culturally diverse cities. Bringing together the performing and visual arts entities at the University of Houston, the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts has the ability to harness the power of the arts to ultimately impact our world. Our award-winning, internationally distinguished faculty provides top-quality instruction to the talented, emerging student artists from more than thirty programs of study. The Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts seeks to positively impact the community and empower students to use their talents to change the world. The mission of the College is to provide a space in which to master craft, value collaboration and act on the belief that the arts have the power to positively shape our world.

Event Type: Public Art Action