Founded in 1998 by Houston-based media artist Andrea Grover, Aurora Picture Show is Houston's only non-profit microcinema. Aurora’s mandate from the start was to champion short artist-made films and videos, to host visiting film/videomakers and curators, and to encourage active audiences.
Through consistently visionary programming, Aurora has achieved a reputation as one of the world’s finest microcinemas offering year-round programming of short films, historical works, documentaries, kids film series and works by Texas filmmakers. Each year, Aurora presents more than 50 curated screenings, hosts more than 30 visiting artists, and presents outdoor, novelty and touring screenings in Houston, and around the country.
In 2007, Aurora Picture Show opened the Aurora Video Library (located at 1524 Sul Ross, adjacent to The Menil Collection) in order to provide free year-round access to works by and about contemporary media artists. The Library includes over 800 videos by contemporary artists including John Baldessari, Vito Acconci, Joan Jonas, Laurie Anderson, Ant Farm, Sanford Biggers, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark, William Wegman, Robert Rauschenberg, Ellen Spiro and Billy Sullivan, spanning from the early 1970s to the present. Educators, artists, and the general public may visit the library during normal office hours, but an appointment is recommended, especially for groups. Library visitors are hosted in a private viewing room with video projection and comfortable furniture. The viewing room can accommodate groups of 8 or less, while groups of 20 or more can use the Aurora conference room with LCD screen.