Texas Biennial rebooting in 2017

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.

Sam Sanford's video installation 'Kitty Pilgrim' part of the 2011 Texas Biennial. Photo by Laura Skelding/American-Statesman.
Sam Sanford’s video installation ‘Kitty Pilgrim’ part of the 2011 Texas Biennial. Photo by Laura Skelding/American-Statesman.

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.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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