CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

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DEBORAH LUSTER---Passion Play

On view September 22 through November 25, 2018
Opening Reception:  6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018
Free and open to the public

Artist Deborah Luster lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galway, Ireland. She is currently represented by Jack Shainman Gallery and has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (2013), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2004), and the Galveston Arts Center (2002). Luster is recognized for her use of photography and installation work, focusing on the relationship between humanity, violence and its consequences. Her One Big Self and Tooth for an Eye projects received numerous accolades and were published in book form. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in 2013, and a residency in Dublin with the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2014. Over the last few years, Luster has visited the prisons of Louisiana, including the infamous Angola maxim-security prison, where she has created portraits of inmates that capture the physiognomy of the sitter, focusing on their spirit and humanity often seen as lost due to incarceration. The current exhibition features portraits of inmates in costumes they created for a performance of the Passion Play performed at Angola, as well as a video installation. Author Zachary Lazar, a colleague of the artist and published writer, wrote an essay in conjunction with the exhibition that is published in the accompanying gallery guide (free to the public).

This exhibition is generously supported, in part, by an award from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the arts, Mr. and Mr. Jerry Thacker and Rob Clark, Goodyear Beaumont Chemical, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.



Woven Wonders: Textiles from the 
John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art

On view September 22 through November 25, 2018
Opening Reception: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018
Free and open to the public

This fall we will feature a stunning exhibition of contemporary and historic Mexican textiles from AMSET’s permanent collection of Mexican Folk Art, gifted by John Gaston Fairey in memory of his parents, Philip and Isabel Fairey. Most of the work is from Oaxaca and from families of artists and artisans. There are many works by unknown artists, and numerous pieces acquired after multiple visits to an artist’s home in remote and hard to find sites. The textiles on view example the vibrant colors and exceptional prowess of Mexican artists working in this field, creating stunning costumes, clothing, blankets, and decorative table covers. While many of these objects serve a practical function, their aesthetic significance is evidenced in the hand sewn details, indigenous dyes from snails and native plants, and ornate patterns, which set these objects as significant examples of the arts of Mexico and symbols of cultural pride. An essay by Dr. Alejandro de Ávila B., co-founder/advisor/curator of the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, will be included in a free gallery guide.   

This exhibition is generously supported, in part, by an award from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the arts, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.



Café Arts 

Andre Woodard: I Understand How You Feel

On view August 30 through November 11, 2018
Free and open to the public

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Andre Woodard is a fine art photographer whose photographs typically take a dreamlike and surreal approach to the photographic medium exploring conceptual art and digital manipulation to convey the ideas of sexual, personal, and racial identity through internal conflicts. This is influenced by his experiences he went through while discovering his sexual identity being gay and African-American, both of which are historical subjects of discrimination. “The voices of the individual deserve to be heard: especially those of the outnumbered”, Woodard says. Woodard earned his BFA in Photography from Lamar University. He currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is pursuing his MFA in Photography from The University of New Mexico.



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