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Aurora Picture Show, Houston

UTSA New Media Series hosts film curator March 3

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(March 3, 2008)--The UTSA New Media Series, a program of the Department of Art and Art History, will host a lecture and film presentation by Andrea Grover, founder and artistic director of Houston's renowned Aurora Picture Show. Free and open to the public, the presentation is 7-9 p.m., Monday, March 3 in the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Glover will preview and discuss a new collection of videos she assembled for a DVD that will be included in the spring issue of Artlies magazine due in mid-March. The DVD is a collection of artists' ephemera -- material that was generated with new artwork. The ephemera are in the form of video documents created by artists as they created their work in order to describe the various processes and projects.

Grover has been cited as one of the first curators of "crowd-sourced" or participatory art with her show, "Phantom Captain: Art and Crowdsourcing" at Apex Art in New York City in 2006. She recently taught a course on participatory art at the University of Houston School of Art.

Aurora Picture Show is a nonprofit cinema dedicated to short films, video and new media. The organization has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional moviemaking and traditionally has fewer exhibition outlets. Though screenings are in a variety of settings, the home venue is a 1924 church building in Sunset Heights, Houston.

Leslie Raymond, UTSA assistant professor of art and art history, coordinates the New Media Series.

For more information, contact Leslie Raymond at (210) 458-4386.

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