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Artist Talk: Dean Daderko with Katherine Hubbard and MPA

  • BLUEorange Gallery 1208 W Gray St Houston, TX, 77019 United States (map)

SUPLEX is pleased to announce an artist talk featuring CAMH Curator Dean Daderko with artists Katherine Hubbard and MPA, held in conjunction with the exhibition Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body. Daderko, Hubbard, and MPA will discuss the artists’ 2010 performance at Higher Pictures in New York and the performance documents on view in the Public Communication exhibition. Admission is free and open to the public; space is limited.

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About Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body
Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body is an exhibition featuring seven contemporary artists working in different regions of the world. Through live performance, photography, and video, the featured artists communicate an array of current issues that limit and confine the body. Each artist uses a body or their body to publicly exceed limitations and confinements inherent in culture, politics, or society at large. Public Communication culls together unique methodologies ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder therapy to re-performing a historical movie scene that took place in the Munich Zoo. The highly psychological performances survey a movement within contemporary art, where current oppressions are exhausted to locate knowledge of the body. The artists participating in the exhibition include: Jessica Borusky, Melanie Gilligan, Sarah Hill, Katherine Hubbard + MPA, Autumn Knight, and Katharina Swoboda. Public Communication is co-curated by Max Fields and Joe Joe Orangias. The exhibition is on view through February 27, 2015 with gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6PM. 

Accompanying the exhibition is a limited edition 80+ pg. catalogue designed by Texas-based designer Amanda Thomas. The catalogue extends Public Communication through essays and images by the artists, curators, and additional contributors from America, Europe, and New Zealand. The catalogue is available for sale at BLUEorange Gallery and at for $15 + S&H. 

Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts and is hosted and co-presented by BLUEorange Gallery Houston. Additional support comes from The Idea Fund Grant, and individual contributions.

About the speakers

Dean Daderko is the Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, in Texas. His most recent exhibition Double Life—with works by Jérôme Bel, Wu Tsang, and Haegue Yang—explores performance by blurring the boundaries between staged narrative and real life encounters. The exhibition references a range of temporalities and operates in spaces between the visual and performing arts, fiction and documentary, feeling and representation. As an independent curator, Daderko has presented exhibitions with Artists’ Space, Art in General, and The Kitchen in New York, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and the Contemporary Arts Center in Vilnius, Lithuania. Daderko has taught and lectured at the Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cooper Union in New York, and led the graduate seminar Queer Strategies at Yale University’s School of the Arts, among others. His writing has been published by the Americas’ Society, Art in America, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Rutgers University, and Terremoto. He was the recipient of a 2008-09 Curatorial Research Fellowship from the French American Cultural Exchange that took him to Paris for three months to conduct research on Gina Pane and contemporary French art, and in 2008 he was the Curator of the Americas In-Residence at the Fonderie Darling in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Katherine Hubbard is a visual artist based in New York. She earned an MFA from Bard College. She has worked collaboratively with the artists MPA and A.K. Burns on performances and projects that have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Higher Pictures, Recess Art in New York, and Renseriet in Stockholm. Hubbard is currently part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design.

MPA is visual artist based in 29Palms, CA. She earned a BFA from Hampshire College. MPA has performed and exhibited both nationally and internationally at: The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museo de Arte Comtemporaneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca City, Mexico; and Zendai MoMA, Shanghai, China. Recent performances include Direct Line To at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Nether Lands and Directing Light onto Fist of Father at Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant for Artists in 2013.