Works by The Art Guys: "Suits" and "Billboard"

Now at UTSA: 'Art Guys: Cloud Cuckoo Land' exhibit

By Scott Sherer
Associate Professor of Art and Art History

(Sept. 9, 2008)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History presents the exhibit, "The Art Guys: Cloud Cuckoo Land," through Oct. 12 at the UTSA Art Gallery on the 1604 Campus. The exhibition features the visual, performance and conceptual art of the Houston artist team of Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing, who have worked collaboratively as The Art Guys since 1983. The exhibition includes drawings, maquettes (French for "scale models"), ephemera and documentation from 25 years of projects, proposals, failed schemes and pipe dreams.

>> A lecture/performance, "The Art Guys: Truth Be Told -- A Multimedia Journey Through 25 of Our Best Years as Collaborators in the Visual Realm," is 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9 in the Arts Building Recital Hall at the 1604 Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit title, "Cloud Cuckoo Land," is an idiom referring to people with "ideas or plans that are unrealistic and who are living on cloud cuckoo land." Several works from the series 101 of "The World's Greatest Sculpture Proposals" will be on view, including "The Big Sneeze" (Study), 1991, and "Suitcase Wheel" (Study), 1989.

The exhibition also includes studies from "Travel Light," 2004, the public art project chosen by Art in America magazine as one of the 21 best public art projects of 2005. Permanently installed in the international baggage claim area of Terminal E at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, the work is comprised of 360 cast translucent suitcases assembled into a halo and illuminated with computer-controlled L.E.D. lights.

The exhibition was organized by Clint Willour, curator of the Galveston Arts Center. It is accompanied by a catalog with an essay by Lynn M. Herbert, former senior curator of Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum and curator of the 1995 exhibition, "The Art Guys: Think Twice 1983-1995." This project is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Free and open to the public, gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and 2-4 p.m., Sunday. For more information, contact Laura Crist at (210) 458-4391.


Directions to the UTSA Art Gallery

The UTSA Art Gallery is in the Arts Building on the UTSA 1604 Campus. From Interstate 10, take exit 557 to UTSA Boulevard and go west toward UTSA. At the second traffic light, turn right onto James Bauerle Boulevard. Turn left onto O'Neil Ford Avenue and make an immediate right into parking lot 8. The Arts Building is on the right at the top of the stairs and walkway to the center of campus.

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