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Open Letters by Mark Menjivar

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
7:00 PM

Registration will open on September 26, seating is limited to 40 guests

Open Letters by Mark Menjivar
Pay What You Can, suggested contribution of $10
Reception follows the program

Doors will open around 30 minutes before the program begins. We suggest arriving early to park and claim your preferred seat. If you have registered, you must check-in at least 15 minutes before start time in order to guarantee your seat. Please note any unclaimed seats will be released to walk-ups 15 minutes before the program begins. Walk-ups are welcomed, but not guaranteed a seat.

Open Letters is an ongoing project by artist Mark Menjivar that engages Texas communities in dialogue around capital punishment issues. Participants will be invited to respond to letters written by prisoners on death row that speak about their experiences and the trauma they and their families have faced post-conviction. 

This program is presented in conjunction with Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, an exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) featuring work by artists from across the nation that addresses the criminal justice system, mass incarceration, and the prison-industrial complex. The exhibition is on view August 25, 2018 - January 6, 2019. To learn more about the exhibition, click here
About the presenter:

Mark​ ​Menjivar​ ​is​ ​an​ ​artist​ ​and​ ​Assistant​ ​Professor​ ​in​ ​the​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Design​ ​at​ ​Texas State​ ​University.​ ​His​ ​work​ ​explores​ ​diverse​ ​subjects​ ​through​ ​photography,​ ​archives,​ ​oral​ ​history and​ ​objects.​ ​Mark​ ​received​ ​a​ ​BA​ ​in​ ​Social​ ​Work​ ​from​ ​Baylor​ ​University​ ​and​ ​an​ ​MFA​ ​in​ ​Social Practice​ ​from​ ​Portland​ ​State​ ​University. Mark​ ​has​ ​engaged​ ​in​ ​projects​ ​at​ ​venues​ ​including​ ​the​ ​Bemis​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art,​ ​The Houston​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​Photography,​ ​The​ ​San​ ​Antonio​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Art,​ ​The​ ​Puerto​ ​Rican​ ​Museum of​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Culture,​ ​Blue​ ​Star​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art​ ​Museum​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Krannert​ ​Art​ ​Museum.​ ​His​ ​work has​ ​been​ ​featured​ ​by​ ​National​ ​Geographic,​ ​Artforum,​ ​TED,​ ​NPR,​ ​The​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Times,​ ​The New​ ​Yorker,​ ​Slate,​ ​Good​ ​Magazine,​ ​The​ ​Village​ ​Voice,​ ​Gastronomica​ ​and​ ​Orion​ ​Magazine

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  • Rothko Chapel

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