An Exhibition of Proposals for a Socialist Colony

20100314-005An Exhibition of Proposals for a Socialist Colony
Opening March 27th 6-9pm
2318 Elgin (Eldorado Ballroom @ Project Row Houses) in Houston

Project Row Houses is happy to host an Exhibition of Proposals for a Socialist Colony in one of the gallery spaces in the ground level of the Eldorado Ballroom. This exhibition features artists’ works that contribute to the fruitful paradoxes residing in the common quest for individual freedom.

Mounted in Houston, Texas, and developed under the premise that the land on which SKYDIVE gallery stands is available for claim by any group who wishes to establish a socialist colony on the property, the resulting exhibition is set against a backdrop of the state’s historical independence from Mexico and the United States.

An Exhibition of Proposals for a Socialist Colony is informed by a regional libertarian spirit and built from proposals for systems, tools, collective processes, social and legal contracts, and contradictions of implementation. In turn, these proposals build on local civic laws to designate a global zone for debate regarding the distinctions between personal necessity and public life. The artists and curators engaged in a collaborative process to produce the exhibition, highlighting early Texas Socialist history and examining the roles played by self-organization in the development of social and legal contracts.

Participating artists and works include BAW, N55, Aharon, Amy Balkin, Zanny Begg, The Copenhagen Commune, Chto Delat/What is to be Done?, Erin Elder, Amy Franceschini, Alex Lockett, David Mabb, José Filipe Moreira da Costa, Anna Pickering, The Public School, Jon Sack, Temporary Services, Chin Xaou Ti Won, and Duncan Wooldridge.

Exhibition details and free public events are as follows:

Saturday March 20, 2:00-4:00pm
A Saturday Free School presentation: How to Build a Video Projector for $100
SKYDIVE, 3400 Montrose, Suite 907

Thursday March 25, 7:00pm

In the Freed Auditorium at Glassell School- A discussion with Erin Elder, David Mabb, José Filipe Moreira da Costa, Chin Xaou Ti Won and Duncan Wooldridge
Glassell School, Freed Auditorium, 5101 Montrose

Time and location TBA:
Screening Of Thomas Harlan’s Torre Bela, a documentary of a group of workers that take over of a privately owned estate to start a collective farm
Domy Books, 1209 Westheimer

Saturday March 27, 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition opening reception
Eldorado Ballroom at Project Row Houses, 2318 Elgin (at Dowling)

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About Skydive
SKYDIVE utilizes an open and collaborative model for producing its programming. It consists of a group of artists and curators that function as advisors to help create shows, invite artists, and collaborate in the programming of the space. The Saturday Free School for the Arts is also a project of Skydive and offers community proposed classes free in content and cost.

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