October 1-4, 2015
George R. Brown Convention Center
Special Programs include The Other Mexico, The Haas Brothers, & MarketWorks
Houston – September 25, 2015 – Texas Contemporary returns to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston’s historic downtown district this October 1 – 4 to build on its years of success as the region’s leading contemporary and modern art fair. New dates, a robust programming schedule, top local and national galleries, and the launch of The Other Mexico will afford the fair and the region’s active arts community new opportunities for engagement with the best in modern and contemporary art from around the world.
2015 VIP PROGRAM
Texas Contemporary will kick off on Thursday, October 1st, in Downtown Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center with an exclusive Preview benefiting the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Led by Honorary Chairs John and Becca Cason Thrash, the event will feature live music, special performances, and an exclusive First Look at all sixty exhibitors, affording attendees the opportunity to make important acquisitions before the fair opens to the public. The exciting VIP access continues through the weekend with tours of the esteemed private collections of Barbara and Michael Gamson, Bridget and Patrick Wade, Noble Energy, Brad and Leslie Bucher, and Fayez Sarofim.
THE OTHER MEXICO
Texas Contemporary’s fifth edition marks the launch of the fair’s dynamic partnership with The Mexican Consulate in Houston’s Department of Cultural Affairs to present The Other Mexico, soon to be a conduit for contemporary art between Houston and Mexico. Bernardo Paz said “Otherness is what constitutes us…those realities we call cultures and civilizations are elusive.” This innovative program is meant to highlight Mexico City’s ground-breaking arts scene, one that reflects its city’s constantly churning internal dialogue. Houston and Mexico City have long been connected – the roots of Texas patronage span across the state’s southern border into the heart of the booming city. Curated by Mexico City based independent curator Leslie Moody Castro in partnership with Bill Arning, Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), the presentation will feature seven galleries and project spaces including Yautepec, Anonymous Gallery, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Galería Parque, Diagrama, MARSO, and Casa Maauad, reflecting Mexico City’s rapid materialization as an incredibly unique focal point of the global art forum.
Texas Contemporary is proud to present the fifth edition of the fair’s charity art auction, MarketWorks. This year’s online auction will incorporate the fair’s focus section The Other Mexico to further new relationships with Mexico City based galleries and cultural organizations. The artwork will be donated from the fair’s participating Mexico City exhibitors: Casa Maauad, Yautapec Galeria, and Anonymous, and will be on view at the fair. Sales will benefit three Mexico City based non-profits: SOMA, Cenyeliztli and Aeromoto.
Texas Contemporary Sponsors J.P. Morgan Private Bank, The Wall Street Journal, and Perrier will work alongside J.P. Morgan Private Bank VIP Lounge Designers Kelie Mayfield and Erick Ragni of MaRS, in collaboration with Houston’s Internum, to ensure an engaging and vibrant space for the exhibition of outstanding art.
HOURS, LOCATION & TICKETING
Texas Contemporary Preview at the George R. Brown Convention Center
Benefitting Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Hosted by John and Becca Cason Thrash
Thursday October 1, 2015
Early Access | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Exclusively for those who have paid to receive a Patron VIP Pass
8:00pm – 10:00pm The Preview opens to VIP Pass and Fair Pass holders
Friday, October 2, 2015 | 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, October 3, 2015 | 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, October 4, 2015 | 12:00pm to 6:00pm
From Thursday, October 1 to Sunday, October 4, Texas Contemporary will be offering 3 convenient parking options for attendees and exhibitors for easy access to the fair.
Valet: Valet parking is the fastest way to access the fair. To utilize this service, head east on McKinney Street or south on Avenida de las Americas towards the valet entrance at Hall B. Texas Contemporary staff will be there to guide you once you leave your car with the attendant.
Self-Parking Option 1 will be available in the Discovery Green Parking Lot on Avenida de las Americas, across from the George R. Brown Convention Center Hall B. To enter the lot, head south on Avenida de las Americas. Texas Contemporary staff will meet you at Discovery Green Parking Lot exit to guide you towards the fair entrance at Hall B.
Self-Parking Option 2 will be available at the parking lot between Jackson Street and Crawford Street heading east on Rusk Street. To enter this lot head east on Rusk and make a left into the Parking lot just after the light at Crawford. Texas Contemporary staff will meet you at the Parking Lot exit to guide you towards the fair entrance at Hall A.
Uber: Uber is partnering with Texas Contemporary this year to offer a free first Uber ride up to $20 for anyone attending the event. Uber will also be making a $2 donation to the fair’s preview beneficiary partner, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, for each ride taken during the fair. Texas Contemporary staff will be there to guide you once your driver leaves you at the fair entrance at Hall A. Please use PROMO Code: TEXAS CONTEMPORARY
ABOUT ART MARKET PRODUCTIONS
Art Market Productions is a Brooklyn-based production firm owned and operated by Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause. Working in concert with a talented and passionate network of dealers, curators, and arts professionals, Art Market Productions is proud to present forward thinking, progressive, and successful events across the country.
For more information about Texas Contemporary and Art Market Productions, please visit www.txcontemporary.com