Texas Contemporary Art Fair 2016, Houston's premier modern and contemporary art fair, comes to the George R. Brown Convention Center this September 29th October 2nd.
Texas Contemporary 2016 will partner with influential institutions including Inprint, Gulf Coast, and the Houston Ballet, broadening the fair's outreach into the creativity and patronage that are so central to the city of Houston.
Launching the fair into a weekend of artistic celebration, Houston Ballet's Oliver Halkowich and renowned artist Chris Doyle, represented by Catharine Clark Gallery, will present a physical conversation between Houston Ballet Dancers and Doyle's projection piece Circular Lament. To be performed solely on Thursday, September 29, during the fair's Opening Night Preview produced in support of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the exciting collaboration speaks to the artistic innovation that sits at the heart of Texas Contemporary 2016.
Inprint, Houston's premier literary arts nonprofit organization, will present Poetry Buskers - an interactive installation of on-demand, responsive poetry - one of the many avenues through which Inprint supports and engages local readers and writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Fair-goers will have the unique opportunity to inspire a poem with a prompt of their choosing.
Houston's leading journal of literature, art, and critical art writing, Gulf Coast, will take over the Texas Contemporary Theater to present their erudite and insightfully curated program of artist talks, critical writing discussions, and a panel on the fair's focus section The Other Mexicofeaturing Rebecca Tejada, Rachel Cooke, and curator Leslie Moody Castro.
Houston's top design, architecture, and planning firm, Gensler, will design Texas Contemporary's Lounge. Central to the fair, the transformative design's three pavilions will shift and slide to accommodate special events, museum groups, and the fair's bar and cafe space.
2016 marks the return of Texas Contemporary's celebrated focus section The Other Mexico, this year featuring five spaces from four different cities. Produced in partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Houston, the program highlights the city's special ties to the galleries, artists, collectors, and tastemakers of Mexico and Central America.
Also joining the fair's sixty top local, national, and international galleries are New York City's Ziehersmith and Manhattan and Buenos Aires based Henrique Faria Fine Art, both making their Texas Contemporary debut this fall.
Mexico City's Galeria Enrique Guerrero returns to the fair along with Other Criteria, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, Walker Waugh, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Joseph Gross Gallery, and ACA Galleries as well as Houston tastemakers Moody Gallery, Inman Gallery, Barbara Davis Gallery, David Shelton Gallery, and Cindy Lisica Gallery.