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Blaffer: Gabriel Martinez Roundtable

Thursday, January 25, 2018

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Roundtable discussion and exhibition launch for Gabriel Martinez's "Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely" at Blaffer Art Museum. Discussion moderated by the artist and Javier Sanchez-Martinez, Blaffer Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow.

Dorota Biczel, art historian, critic and curator
Dr. Roberto Tejada, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and Art History
Ronnie Yates, poet, musician and interdisciplinary artist

Exhibition on view through January 27, 2018

About the Artist
Houston-based Chicano artist, performer and UH educator Gabriel Martinez digs into the relationship between art, public space and collective memory in "Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely."Over the last 15 years, Martinez has established a set of ongoing gestures based on his interactions with American cities, including urban guerrilla interventions, gathering and repurposing street debris and re-appropriations of public semiotic codes. Martinez understands the relationship between art and public spaces not from the standpoint of an integration with architecture and the landscape, but in a more radical if precarious, civic sense of art in the public interest. Wandering through the narrow shoulders of car-centric cities, Martinez operates as a gleaner in a wasteland, rummaging through glass, dust, trash and signage. Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely is the first museum solo show by Martinez. The exhibition presents a series of ongoing projects as well as new commissioned work. 

The exhibition is curated by Javier Sanchez Martinez, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum. More information at

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