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Blaffer: Gabriel Martinez Opening Reception

Friday, October 27, 2017

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gabriel Martinez: Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely

Opening Reception Friday, October 27 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Exhibition on view through 
January 27, 2018

Blaffer Art Museum is proud to present the first major institutional exhibition by Gabriel Martinez.

About the Artist
Houston-based Chicano artist, performer and UH educator Gabriel Martinez digs into the relationship between art, public space and collective memory in "Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely."Over the last 15 years, Martinez has established a set of ongoing gestures based on his interactions with American cities, including urban guerrilla interventions, gathering and repurposing street debris and re-appropriations of public semiotic codes. Martinez understands the relationship between art and public spaces not from the standpoint of an integration with architecture and the landscape, but in a more radical if precarious, civic sense of art in the public interest. Wandering through the narrow shoulders of car-centric cities, Martinez operates as a gleaner in a wasteland, rummaging through glass, dust, trash and signage. Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely is the first museum solo show by Martinez. The exhibition presents a series of ongoing projects as well as new commissioned work. 

The exhibition is curated by Javier Sanchez Martinez, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum. More information at

Blaffer Art Museum University of Houston 120 Fine Arts Building Houston, TX 77204
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