Deborah Colton Gallery is pleased to present Focus on the 70’s and 80’s: Houston Foundations Part II, a group exhibition of multimedia works by artists who contributed to art scene in the 70’s and 80’s, which greatly influenced the Houston arts today. Focus on the 70’s and 80’s is part of the gallery’s Foundations Projects. Though conceived in 2013, Houston Foundations was launched during FotoFest 2016 with the Gallery’s Suzanne Paul PROOF exhibition.
As Deborah Colton states,
“Houston today is a dynamic international city that thrives on its rich diversity and has the potential to become a leading national and international destination city of the arts. Respecting our past in terms of how we became who we are today gives us a strong foundation to continue to build upon. Suzanne Paul’s archives and our PROOF exhibition was an important way to start this process, and I have been committed to making this investment for the city by perserving and working towards organizing her archives since 2005. Part II of this project is far greater than Suzanne Paul’s work alone, and includes an exhibition which highlights many of the artists who contributed to the vibrant art scene during a time of rapid and dynamic growth... and then changes.. The series of Panels and Discussions strives to help identify our artistic roots and how this and the city’s changing envinorment over the years have contrubited to what the Houston art community is today, as we all move forward together to the future.” .
In addition to the exhibition, there will be the Foundations Symposium Series which will consist of a series of seven filmed artist talks, panels and lectures that will also give the audience a chance to interact and address “where have we been, what is special and unique about us and where should we go collectively as a city in the future”. The professional videos will be available on line for all to have access to.