The Texas Biennial is back.
After a several year hiatus, arts organization Big Medium announced today that its rebooting the statewide survey of contemporary art.
The last biennial was in 2013. A group of Austin artists and smalle galleries started a very indie Lone Star State version of the art world’s now-standard expo-cum-happening in 2005.
The happening grew and morphed, more organizations got involved, it expanded to other cities and it tried to different approaches.
Then poof. Though the 2013 iteration seemed promising, there was radio silence when 2015 came along and no biennial appeared.
In a statement Big Medium director Shea Little said: “The 2017 Texas Biennial will magnify the excellence and diversity of contemporary art being produced in the state through three lenses and exhibition layers: 1) a survey group exhibition from an artist open call, 2) unpacking the diverse and intertwined Texas regions, and 3) an invited artist exhibition focused on all of the Texas borders.”
Independent curator Leslie Moody Castro will serve as artistic director and curator.
Widely respected and increasingly sought-after, Moody Castro has organized the sprawling, interactive installation “Placeholder” currently up at UT’s Visual Arts Center. She also curated Texas Contemporary art fair special project The Other Mexico, on view Sept 29. – Oct 2. in Houston.