University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is dedicated to ground-breaking, transformative collaborations across the performing, visual, and literary arts. Based at the University of Houston, the Mitchell Center commissions and produces new works, presents public performances and exhibitions, offers curriculum and scholarships, and hosts residencies with renowned visiting artists from throughout the world. The Mitchell Center forms an alliance among five departments at UH: the School of Art, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre and Dance, Creative Writing Program, and Blaffer Art Museum.

On Vanishing
Photo credit: Michael Hart

Upcoming Events
On Vanishing
May 17-18, 5:30PM

Presented in collaboration with Asia Society Texas Center, On Vanishing, a new site-specific choreographic work by Jonah Bokaer. Originally created for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in response to the exhibition Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity, On Vanishing will be recreated for the Texas Center in response to Relatum — signal, a commissioned sculpture by Lee Ufan.

On Vanishing unfolds as an uninterrupted 40-minute work and presents an accumulation of changes in the bodies of five performers of diverse backgrounds. Through movement and gesture, dimensions of space grow and expand over time, while other dimensions shrink. In his first-ever choreographic dialogue with sculpture, Bokaer poses the question, “How does the body erase itself, to prefer matter against presence?” Loren Kiyoshi Dempster contributes music with a rare live performance of John Cage’s One⁸ (1991) for solo cello.

This presentation is part of Bokaer’s residency at the Mitchell Center and is sponsored by Houston Arts Alliance.

Jonah Bokaer is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and media artist. He is dedicated to expanding live performance through choreography, digital media, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and social enterprise, in the United States and internationally. Recruited for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the unprecedented age of 18, Bokaer now takes a rare, multi-disciplinary approach to choreography, addressing the human body in relation to contemporary technologies.

LOCATION: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd
ADMISSION: Texas Center members $10; seniors/students with ID $15; nonmembers $20; buy tickets here

A weekend festival of media and live performance

May 19-20
Insight|Out is a weekend festival of site-specific media and live performance events including music, outdoor dance, and films that highlight Houston history and explore how we traverse our local landscape. Presented collaboratively by the Mitchell Center, Aurora Picture Show and DiverseWorks.

May 19 & May 20, 2PM & 4PM
Choreographed by international award winning artist Stephan Koplowitz, this water themed site-specific work is a collaboration with 16 local professional dancers, Houston composer Aaron Hermes and Space City Gamelan in a 45 minute promenade performance event that physically and visually animates the entire park and its unique fountain.
LOCATION: Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, 2800 Post Oak Blvd


May 19, 8PM

This unique drive-in film event features artist-made short-length films and videos about two-wheelers (scooters, bicycles, unicycles, tricycles and motorcycles). With Houston’s foundation on oil and energy, the Scoot-In will encourage conversation around alternate modes of transportation. Bart Weiss of the Dallas Video Festival will be the guest curator for this program.
LOCATION: Sesquicentennial Park, 500 block of Preston St (between Bagby and Smith)
PARKING: Click here

Seven in the Third
May 20, 12PM & 3PM
Austin-based composer Travis Weller’s new work is a site-specific chamber music performance spread across seven historic row houses. Audience members will be provided with portable radios and headphones and sent on a sound walk through the interiors, where they will encounter musicians performing refracted solos in each setting.
LOCATION: Project Row Houses, 2505–2521 Holman St


Things We Love….
Luck of the Draw
Luck of the Draw
DATE: May 18
TIME: 6:30PM
LOCATION: DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway
ADMISSION: Purchase tickets here

Perspectives 178: CINEPLEX

Perspectives 178: CINEPLEX screening: Los Angeles Plays Itself
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
DATES: Screening of Part 1: May 24, Screening of Part 2: May 31
TIME: 7:30PM
LOCATION: Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd