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The Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series, 2015-16
Joshua Decter and Rick Lowe in Conversation
February 12, 2016
12:00 p.m.
Rice Media Center Film Auditorium (reception to follow talk)

Joshua Decter Joshua Decter is a New York-based writer, curator, theorist, and art historian.  His curatoral approach continues to challenge and surprise us by proposing unusual interactions between visual art, architecture, and the materials of everyday, popular, and media cultures.  Joshua is a prolific writer and does not shy away from institutional  critique or issues like art and politics and the privatization of the public sphere. 
Rick Lowe Rick Lowe is a Houston-based artist, whose Project Row Houses is considered an important example of social-practice art.  In 2014, he was among 21 people awarded a MacArthur Genious Fellowship.  Project Row Houses dates from 1993, when Mr. Lowe, working with other artists such as David Chung and community organizers, arranged for the purchase and restoration of a block and a half of derelict propeties -- 22 shotgun houses from the 1930s -- in Houston's predominately African American Third Ward.  More than 20 years later, according to an ArtNews article, the project has grown into 49 buildings spread out over ten blocks and has a support program of young mothers.