June Artful Thursday: Amy Blakemore, Photographs 1988-2008

This month’s Artful Thursday at the MFAH will focus on the works of photographer Amy Blakemore, but through the eyes of two of her students: author Katherine Center and photographer Will Michels. The presentation is this Thursday, June 18th at 6:30 PM in the Caroline Weiss Law Building of the MFAH. To preview the event, KUHF’s Eric Ladau sat down with the two artists, as well as MFAH curator Alison de Lima Greene.

“The word inspired has more meaning to me than influence.”
Amy Blakemore, 2008

Amy Blakemore offers viewers incomplete narratives. While at a glance many of her photographs assume the casual immediacy of a snapshot, on closer examination they reveal the intimate disjunctions and psychological tensions concealed within our everyday landscape. Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988-2008, on view through May 9 to September 13, 2009 at the MFAH, is the first mid-career survey of Blakemore’s frequently mysterious and always beautiful work.

Blakemore came to Houston as an artist-in-residence at the celebrated Core Program at the MFAH Glassell School of Art, and she joined the Glassell faculty in 1986. This June, Artful Thursday examines Blakemore’s achievement through the eyes of two of her acclaimed former students: the author Katherine Center and the photographer Will Michels. Finding inspiration in Blakemore’s example, they describe their experiences in her classes, respond to individual works, and discuss how Blakemore has been an influence on their own artistic careers. Additionally, Ms. Center will discuss her new novel, Everyone Is Beautiful. A catalogue and book signing will follow.

In anticipation of the upcoming presentation, KUHF’s Eric Ladau sat down with curator Alison de Lima Greene, author Katherine Center and photographer Will Michels.


Eric Ladau

Eric Ladau


NightClassics host and Station Tour Coordinator Eric Ladau graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. While in college, he worked at KFJM in Grand Forks North Dakota and WGLT in Bloomington, Illinois. He hosted jazz, classical, folk and blues music programs and even...

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