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Performances

MPA: RED IN VIEW (Prelude)

Location: Floor One, Lobby Gallery

RED IN VIEW unfolds in four movements throughout the Museum; the first is Prelude: a periodic live appearance in the lobby gallery by two Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos, performed by Lydia Okrent and Mariana Valencia.

Since relocating to California’s Mojave desert in 2013, artist MPA (b. 1980; Redding, CA) has been immersed in a broad inquiry into the potential colonization of Mars, often known as the red planet. In this multi-part exhibition the artist looks at Mars as a place for settlement and a resource for our own planet, as well as a site of possible human origin. MPA’s research considers unconventional sources such as mythology, psychic accounts, and personal narratives, as credible authorities. By reflecting more generally on histories of colonization, RED IN VIEW raises questions of militarism and patriarchy, prompting us to examine our own, often subconscious, colonizing behaviors.

Free with Museum admission.

Schedule

November 11, 2016
December 9, 2016
January 13, 2017

7:30–9:30 pm

Prelude body painting by Trina Merry

MPA (b. 1980), Mars, 2014–2015. Pigmented inkjet print mounted on mat board and painted wood, 48 x 48 x 4.75 in. (121.92 x 121.92 x 12.07 cm). Courtesy of the artist; commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

MPA (b. 1980), Mars, 2014–2015. Pigmented inkjet print mounted on mat board and painted wood, 48 × 48 × 4.75 in. (121.92 × 121.92 × 12.07 cm). Courtesy of the artist; commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston