Houston Center for Photography Opening Three FotoFest Exhibits

March 5, 2010

Houston Center for Photography is opening three new exhibits on March 12 as part of FotoFest 2010. The FotoFest Biennial, the longest running international biennial of photography, brings together photographers, curators, publishers, gallerists, and photography specialists from around the globe to share work and exchange ideas about photography.

The three new exhibits at Houston Center for Photography, 1441 W. Alabama St., include:

Anthony Goicolea’s RelatedAnthony Goicolea’s Related
March 12 to April 25
Opening Reception: March 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Artist Talk with Anthony Goicolea: March 12, 5:30 p.m.

HCP’s Main Gallery features first generation Cuban-American Anthony Goicolea’s Related. The artist strings together a complex series of dialectics denoting the Cuban-American experience of assimilation and desire to maintain ancestral histories. The focal point for this body of work is Goicolea’s family: four generations of Cubans who fled for the U.S. in 1961. They exited their country with little more than photographs – studio portraits of relatives in their prime, wearing their Sunday best.

Beatrix Reinhardt: Members' Only AmericaBeatrix Reinhardt: Members’ Only America
March 12 to April 25
Opening Reception: March 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Artist Talk with Beatrix Reinhardt: March 13, 5 p.m.

Social space – how we sculpt it, utilize it, and interrelate within it – is the subject of artist Beatrix Reinhardt’s work. While conducting a residency in Australia, Reinhardt took an interest in the world of private clubs, sites where social networking occurred. The East Germany-born artist was struck by how common it was for many Australians to embrace these institutions, often belonging to several clubs at once. Within the club environs are physical remnants of events past: trophies, carpet worn in a particular fashion marking the flow of human traffic, stacked metal chairs, team posters. The physicality of such spaces suggests the importance of “togetherness” – social landscapes where commonalities such as values, hobbies, ethnicities, and heritage unite individuals in celebration.

American Photographs Before 1950 from Collection Blind PirateAmerican Photographs Before 1950 from Collection Blind Pirate
March 12 to April 25
Opening Reception: March 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Discussion with W.M. Hunt and Edward Osowski: March 12, 5 p.m.

W.M. Hunt will curate an exhibition of his recently formed personal collection of American groups in HCP’s X&Y galleries. This assemblage, known as Collection Blind Pirate, has never been exhibited before and is at once a massive and eclectic collection representing various societies, clubs, schools, rallies, and posses that make up part of the history of 20th century America. This selection of photographs at HCP includes over 150 groups of people and speaks to the importance of group culture.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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