Join us for the opening reception for “Tafsiri,” which means “interpretations” in the Kiswahili language of East Africa, on Saturday, March 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition, which is in conjunction with Women's History Month, Contemporary Art Month and Poetry Month SA, runs through May 5. Wanjiku will give a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Bihl Haus.
In her work “Gitiiro,” Kenyan-born artist Naomi Wanjiku has cut, dyed and linked pieces of sheet metal to assemble her wall hanging that mimics the swaying movement of a dancer.
Wanjiku explained that sheet metal is used mainly for roofing materials and walls and is particularly associated with Mabati women’s groups of the 1960s in Central Kenya. They organized to improve their communities by upgrading the roofs of their homes using sheet metal.
“I observed the success of their efforts, the harvesting of water from the new roofs, and the consequent ageing of the material itself,” Wanjiku said. “I mirror these effects in my own artistic process that weathers the surfaces of the materials. I occasionally add dye to create color and more complex effects. The delicate transformations etched in metal by the effects of weathering, chance, and time emphasize an ethereal, transient beauty.” More . . .
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HARD TO FIND BUT WORTH THE TRIP! Bihl Haus Arts is the historic building located inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments, at 2803 Fredericksburg Road(across from the Tip Top Cafe). Please park in the circle lot and enter through the walk-in gate. Overflow parking is available at Redeemer Church.
Thurs., Apr. 27, 7 pm: STONE IN STREAM/ROCA EN EL RIO. A reading by environmental writers, artists, and activists Kamala Platt, Cyra Dumitru, Janice Campbell, Rebecca Burroughs, Toni Falls, Jim LaVilla-Havelin y mas.
Fri., May 19, 6-9 pm:Opening Reception for “Cuerpo Cubano/Cuban Body,” an exhibition of works by six artists from Cienfuegos, Cuba. Three participants will visit from Cienfuegos: artists Adrian Rumbaut and Camilo Villalvilla and guest curator Liam Nodal Gonzalez. The evening includes live music by Cienfuegos of Austin (members are originally from Cienfuegos, Cuba), Cuban fare and libations. Suggested dress: Caribbean casual or 50s Havana.
Sun., May 21, 2 pm:Panel discussion with artists Adrian Rumbaut and Camilo Villalvilla and guest curator Liam Nodal Gonzalez, moderated by Prof. Andrea O'Reilly Herrera (U. Colorado, Colorado Springs).
Sat., June 3, 2 pm: reading by Cuban American poet Jo Reyes-Boitel.
Sat., June 24, 2 pm: Gallery talk on Cuba by historian Prof. Catherine Komisaruk (UTSA).
2018 Programming: Bihl Haus commemorates the San Antonio Tricentennial with an entire year of programming informed by critical commentary and diverse historical perspectives on the meaning of the Tricentennial. We are currently seeking thoughful proposals with deep and broad context and meaning from diverse voices across the City. Think 300 years in the past and 300 years in the future. Contact us with your ideas and proposals here