September 14–16, 2012 at Reliant Center
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Opening Night Benefits MFAH Glassell School Core Program
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Plus How to Be a VIP: Panels, Parties, Lectures, Tours and One Big A$* Breakfast
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Your Go-To Guide to Houston's Fine Art Fair's Sizzling 2012 ARTWEEK
Seven Days and Nights of Action: From One Big A$* Breakfast to a Slice of Art Heaven at the Art Loaf Kick-Off Party Plus How to Be a VIP at HFAF 2012
Preview: Thursday, September 13, 2012
6 – 7:30 pm: Opening Night VIP Preview Party (including cocktails/bites)
7:30 – 9 pm: Opening Night Reception (cash bar). Both events benefit the Core Program of the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Friday, September 14, 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday, September 15, 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday, September 16, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Reliant Center, One Reliant Park, Houston, Texas 77054
Tariff: $25 to $125 per person
Students receive 20 percent off ticket prices with valid student ID
One-Day Ticket, $25 (admission to the Fair for one day: Friday, Saturday
Three-Day Ticket: $40 (admission to all three Fair days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Preferred Pass: $75 (access to the Opening Reception on Thursday, September 13, and entry to the Fair all three days)
VIP Pass: $125 (access to the Opening Night VIP Preview Party and Opening Reception on Thursday, September 13, entry to the Fair all three days and ARTWEEK VIP access)
Contact: www.houstonfineartfair.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Be a VIP
What’s the best way to attend the Houston Fine Art Fair 2012? Go the VIP route, all the way. For a mere $125, experience a wealth of parties, insider tours (clink cocktails at some very celebrated private collections and James Turrell’s newest Skyspace at Rice University), intriguing panels and an afternoon walk through of the intensely private, rarely seen Menil House. Your VIP pass also provides the most important perk: the very first Opening Night peek at the Fair and admission during all three ensuing Fair days. Here’s the scoop on the complete ARTWEEK VIP action.
(VIP ticket required)
Monday, September 10
6 – 8 pm: Blaffer Blow Out with Houston Young People for the Arts (HYPA); color (dress) code neon; preview the Blaffer’s cool new digs by Work AC. Where: Blaffer Art Museum, U of H,
Fine Arts Building, entrance 16
Tuesday, September 11
7 – 9 pm: Tootsies Kick-Off Party, Art Loaf, co-sponsored by PaperCity; contemporary cocktails, abstract moments, impressionistic art stars. Where: Tootsies at West Ave, 2601 Westheimer Road
Wednesday, September 12
6:30 – 8:30 pm: Asia Society VIP Reception (6:30 pm) followed by “What Lies Between: Contemporary Asian American Art, Politics, and the Social Value of Collecting” panel (7:30 pm), moderated by Kimberly Davenport, Rice University Art Gallery director; featuring Houston-born international artist Mel Chin in dialogue with top contemporary Asian collector Jereann Chaney. Note: Panel opens to the public at 7:30 pm. Where: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd.
8 pm: Collectors Dinners (private invitation) at the homes of Houston’s top collectors; dinner, drinks and discussion; catered by gourmet foot trucks.
Thursday, September 13
10:15 am check-in; 10:30 – 11:30 am tour: Private MFAH Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens Tour.
Where: Begin at Bayou Bend’s cottage, 6003 Memorial Dr. at Westcott St.
10:30 am – noon: AIA Metro Rail Architectural Tour of Texas Medical Center, Museum District and Downtown; Rusty Bienvenue, executive director of AIA Houston, leads the tour. Where: Meet at entrance to MFAH Cullen Sculpture Garden, Bissonnet St.
6 – 7:30 pm: Opening Night VIP Preview; be the first through the doors for the Fair; enjoy Jackson and Company catered fare and cocktails; Opening Reception ticket holders enter at 7:30 pm; Opening Night until 9 pm. Where: Reliant Center. Note: VIP ticket required; $125 in advance and at the door.
Friday, September 14
9 am: Breakfast at Sicardi Gallery; rub shoulders with the MFAH’s acclaimed curator of Latin American art, Mari Carmen Ramírez. Where: Sicardi Gallery, 1506 W. Alabama.
11 am: The architect who restored the Menil House, Bill Stern, opens up his own home/collection and leads a tour. Where: Private residence.
3 pm: Fair Tour led by Bill Arning, director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
3 pm: Menil House Tour; this VIP perk offers a behind-the-scenes look into one of Philip Johnson’s first commissions, as well as the house that provided the DNA for The Menil Collection. Where: 3363 San Felipe.
5 pm: Fair Tour led by Joe Havel, MFAH Glassell School of Art director.
6:30 – 8:30 pm: Turrell Skyspace Experience, complemented by pre-show cocktails; the sublime
light show commences at sunset (7:05 pm). Where: Rice University Campus.
7 – 8:30 pm: MFAH Latin Maecenas Reception: The curatorial support group for the museum’s stellar Latin American initiative hosts an HFAF VIP Reception; legendary MFAH Latin American curator Mari Carmen Ramírez gives a tour of “Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric, and Kenetic Art from the Latin American Art Collection." Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Beck Building, 5601 Main St.
Saturday, September 15
8:30 – 10:30 am: MFAH Glassell Big A$* Breakfast: Big A$* art connoisseurs Judy Nyquist and Lee Ellis host a breakfast blowout; quaff cocktails and coffee, consume food art, then hop the train to HFAF. Fittingly, H-E-B serves as the sponsor. Where: Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose.
1 pm: Fair Tour of Latin galleries led by Rachel Mohl, curatorial assistant, Latin American and Latino Art, MFAH
Sunday, September 16
1 pm: Fair Tour of Latin galleries led by Mike Wellen, assistant curator of Latin American and Latino Art, MFAH
Registration required, space is limited; tours begin at MFAH Core Factor booth.
Public Programming (Open to All Fair Goers)
Note: All the following programming is at Reliant Center. Panels held in the HFAF Theatre.
Thursday, September 13
7:30 – 9 pm: Houston Fine Art Fair Opening Reception for Opening Night ticket holders,
with HFAF Artist of the Year Award bestowed upon Texas’ own Trenton Doyle Hancock
Friday, September 14
Noon: “From Vision to Reality: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art” presented by Don Bacigalupi, Crystal Bridges director; a look into the art and architecture of one of America’s most exciting new museums, designed by Moshe Safdie in Bentonville, Arkansas, commissioned by Walmart benefactress Alice Walton
1 pm: MFAH Core Factor Talk with collectors/exhibition curators Brad Bucher and Victoria Lightman; to be held in the Core Factor booth
2 pm: “Art As Investment” moderated by Fran Kaufman; featuring panelists collector Brad Bucher; Tabitha Doby, partner/director of Appraisals, MKG Art Management; collector Barbara Gamson; and Jessica Phifer of Christie’s
4 pm: “Art, Business, and Value” moderated by Janet H. Moore, lecturer, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University; featuring panelists Ian Peck, CEO and founder, Art Capital Group; James Weston, associate professor of Finance, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University; Katja Zigerlig, vice president, Art, Wine & Jewelry, Private Client Group, Chartis Insurance; and Gabriela Palmieri, senior vice president, Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s, New York; panel sponsored by the Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Saturday, September 15
Noon: “Trading Ideas: The Curator and the Art Market” discussion with Claudia Schmuckli, director and chief curator, Blaffer Art Museum at U of H; Michelle White, curator, The Menil Collection; and Janet Phelps, independent curator and advisor, Houston
1:15 pm: “Artist as Designer: Artware Editions” presented by Rebecca Kong,
co-founder of Artware Editions.
2 pm: “Defining Reality: Art and the Discussion of It Online” moderated by Michael Petry, director of MOCA London; featuring panelists Kelly Klaasmeyer, Glasstire editor; Tyler Rudick, staff writer, CultureMap; and Massa Lemu, artist and Critical Studies Fellow 2010 – 2012 at the Core Program, Glassell School of Art, MFAH
3:15 pm: “A Conversation with Cheech Marin” starring the comedian and actor who is a champion, author and leading collector of Chicano art. Then stop by the Thomas Paul Gallery booth to peruse the exhibition Marin has curated on Chicano artists hailing from Texas
4:30 pm: “Art and the City: Building a Public Collection,” moderated by Matthew Lennon, director of civic art and design, Houston Arts Alliance; featuring panelists Karen Farber, director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Houston, and Libbie Masterson, artist
Sunday, September 16
Noon: “The Mainstream and Other: Collecting Photography” moderated by Wendy Watriss, artistic director and co-founder of FotoFest; featuring panelists Anne Tucker, curator of photography, MFAH; Maria Ines Sicardi, Sicardi Gallery; John MacMohan, New York-based collector; and Paul Kopeikin, Kopeikin Gallery
2 pm: Houston Film Society presents Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2012: Visiting Artists Preview Program. Screening will be Phantom Canyon by Boulder, Colorado-based animator/visual artist Stacey Steers; Bridges Go Round by choreographer/filmmaker Shirley Clarke; and Richart, a tour through the mind of obsessive collagist/visionary artist Richard Tracy by installation artist/filmmaker Vanessa Renwick
4 pm: Trenton Doyle Hancock, HFAF Artist of the Year in dialogue with MFAH curator, contemporary art and special projects Alison de Lima Greene, and Contemporary Art Museum Houston senior curator Valerie Cassel Oliver
Around Town: Check out exhibitions at nine other HFAF cultural partners including the following museums and nonprofits: Art League Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, DiverseWorks, FotoFest, Houston Center for Photography, Lawndale Art Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Menil Collection.
Why We’re Going:
The Gallery Lineup (current as of press time)
Antena Estudio, Mexico City, Mexico
Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas
Arevalo Gallery, Miami, Florida
Art From the World, Houston, Texas
Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, Florida
Artered Gallery, New York, NY and Barcelona, Spain
Art-Variant Projects, Chicago, Illinois
Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, Texas
Beatriz Esguerra Art, Bogota, Colombia
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
Casterline / Goodman Gallery, Aspen, Colorado & Chicago, Illinois
Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, Florida
Cheryl Hazan, New York, New York
ClampArt, New York, New York
Collage Habana, Havana, Cuba
Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, England
Darke Gallery, Houston, Texas
Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas
David Shelton Gallery, Houston, Texas
Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, Texas
Dillon Gallery, New York, New York
Drexel Galeria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, New York
Flowers Gallery, New York, New York
Galeria Alfredo Ginocchio, Caracas, Venezuela
Galeria Moro, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland
Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, Texas
Gallery Tableau, Seoul, Korea
Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Santiago, Chile
Hempel Design, Houston, Texas
Hexton Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, New York
Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, Texas
Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas
Koelsch Gallery, Houston, Texas
Kopeikin Gallery, Culver City, California
La Casona, Havana, Cuba
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, California
Luis Perez Galeria, Miami, Florida
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, New York
McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas
McKenzie Fine Art, New York, New York
McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
Morton Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Pan American Art Projects, Miami, Florida
Patricia Conde Galeria, Mexico City, Mexico
Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, New York
PG Contemporary Gallery, Houston, Texas
Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana
Polyglot, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Pristine Galerie, Monterrey, Mexico
Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salar Galeria de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia
Sammer Gallery LLC, Miami, Florida
Schroeder Romero & Shredder, New York, New York
Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas
Susan Eley Fine Art, New York, New York
Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Ten472 Contemporary Art, Grass Valley, California
The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, California
The Mission, Chicago, Illinois
Thomas Paul Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
Toca | Galeria, Mexico City, Mexico
Tomlinson Kong Contemporary, New York, New York
Universal Limited Art Editions, Bay Shore, New York
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Dallas, Texas
Von Lintel Gallery, New York, New York
Wade Wilson Art, Houston, Texas
Western Project, Los Angeles, California
Woolff Gallery, London, England
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Andy Freeberg’s Sean Kelly, 2010, at Kopeikin Gallery. Photo courtesy the artist and Kopeikin Gallery, Culver City, California.
Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Induction Cromatique, Serie A, 2012, at Sicardi Gallery. Photo courtesy the artist and Sicardi Gallery, Houston
Andy Warhol’s Jackie II, 1966, at Hiram Butler Gallery. Photo courtesy Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston.
Eric Fischl’s Arching Woman, executed 2011/editioned 2012, at Hexton Gallery. Photo courtesy the artist and Hexton Gallery, Chicago.