Curatorial Project: FOLD: Art, Practice, and Metaphor

February 1 - April 2, 2018

FOLD: Art, Practice and, Metaphor was an exhibition of contemporary works by thirteen female artists who explored the concept of the fold in terms of form and conceptual metaphor in both stationary and time-based art media at four different locations in McAllen and Edinburg —the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS), The Visual Arts Gallery, Visiting Center, and Performing Center at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley— over a period of eight weeks in Spring 2018. The cycle of events also included the annual FESTIBA event. The fold is simple and complex at the same time – it is a physical act, a state of the material, and a way to explain things that happen in other realms.  The fold challenges space and even time, and as a symbolic paradigm, it offers an ever-expanding impulse for creativity. Along with the exhibition, six scholars from different disciplines; Philosophy, Psychology, Social History, the History of Art and Literature, and Women’s Studies explored the concept of FOLD in their respective areas. The exhibition, with its speakers and the panel discussions, provided a unique opportunity to engage with the many voices, and perspectives of notable, contemporary artists and demonstrated the way that art can offer inspirational insight into current societal issues and trends.

FOLD: ART, Practice, and Metaphor, Exhibition View

Exhibition #1

Location: International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) | McAllen

Artists: Laleh Mehran, Sibel Kocabasi, Giannina Coppaino Dwin, and Anja Marias

Exhibition dates: February 2 - April 1, 2018

FOLD: ART, Practice, and Metaphor, International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, Tx
FOLD: ART, Practice, and Metaphor, Exhibition #1 view:  IMAS
Giannina Coppaino Dwin, Untitled, Salt, Installation and performance
Laleh Mehran, Title: Tenuous Hierarchy [MCCCXCII] 4K Video Animation
Laleh Mehran, Title: Dominant Policy, Single Channel HD Digital Video
Sibel Kocabasi, Title; Lost Sanctuary, Rug, threads and gold blanket
Anja Marais, Title: Ouroboros, Photo-montage Mixed Media on found fabric
Opening night at IMAS
Closing ceremony at IMAS, Performance by UTRGV students
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FOLD: ART, Practice, and Metaphor, Exhibition View

Exhibition #2

Location: Visual Art Gallery Located in Annex Building | Edinburg

Artists: Linda Behar, Isabel Gouveia, Rojhaneh Hosseini, Dorotha Grace Lemeh, and Amber Scoon

Exhibition dates: February 15 - March 29, 2018

FOLD: ART, Practice, and Metaphor, Exhibition #2 view - Center piece by Isabel Gouvea
Exhibition view
Linda Behar, Title: Red High Heels, Print
Amber Scoon, Title: Philosophy. La Filosofia, Fabric
Dorothea Lameh, Title: Fold, Installation and performance
Dorothea Lameh, Title: Fold, Installation and performance, Audience participations at opening night
Dorothea Lameh, Title: Fold, Installation and performance, Audience participations at opening night
Rojhaneh Hoseini, Title: Mother, Installation (Ceramics, sand and video)
Opening night at School of Art Gallery, UTRGV, Edinburg, TX
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FOLD: Art, Practice, and Metaphor, Performance by Niurca Marquez in Collaboration with Jose Luis de la Paz

Performance:

Location: Performing Arts Complex, Edinburg

Artist: Niurca Marquez: Flamenco Dancer | Jose Luis de la Paz: Guitar

Time: Monday, February. 26, 2018 | 7 p.m.

Niurca Marquez (Flamenco Dance), Jose Luis de la Paz (Guitar)
Niurca Marquez (Flamenco Dance), Performing Arts Complex, Edinburg, TX
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FOLD: Art, Practice, and Metaphor, Exhibition View

Exhibition #3

Location: Visitors Center at UTRGV | Edinburg

Artists: Misoo Filan, Gulia Huber, Sibel Kocabasi, and Golnar Shahyar

Exhibition dates: February 26 - March 30, 2018

FOLD: Art, Practice, and Metaphor, Exhibition #3 view​
Gulia Huber, Title: Fold, Fabric, filament thread and wood
Misoo Filan, Untitled, Ink and pencil on paper
Sibel Kocabasi, Title: We Hide, Acrylic on canvas
Golnar Shahyar, Title: Rapture, Video
Opening night, Location: Visitors Center at UTRGV, Edinburg, TX
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FOLD: Art, Practice, and Metaphor, Panel, and Lectures 

FOLD at The Festival of International Books and Arts ( FESTIBA)
Lecture: Laleh Mehran, International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) McAllen, Texas
Opening night, Laleh Mehran's Lecture, (IMAS), McAllen, TX
FOLD Closing Ceremony, Lecture by Dr. Katherine McAllen, IMAS, McAllen, TX
Lecture: Dr. Brian McConnell, FOLD: Let the Metaphor Reveal, School of Art, UTRGV, Edinburg, Texas
Panel Discussion: Unfolding Social Issues  Location: Visitor Center at UTRGV, Edinburg. TX
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FOLD: Art, Practice, and Metaphor

Panel Discussion: Unfolding Social Issues

Location: Visitor Center at UTRGV| Edinburg

Time: Monday, February 26, 2018

UTRGV Faculty presenters:

Panel Moderator:

Dr. Friederke Brühöfener

Assistant Professor, Department of History

Assistant Program Director, Gender and Women's Studies Program

 

Panelists:

Dr. Young Rae Oum

Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Title of the paper: Immigrant Identities in the Folds of Narratives

 

Dr. Ruby Charak

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Department of Psychological Science

Title of the paper: Caught in the Folds of Sexual (Re) Victimization

 

Dr. Cathryn Merla-Watson

Assistant professor in the literature and Cultural Studies

Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies

Title of the paper: Difference, Feminism, and FOLD

 

Dr. Mariana Alessandri

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Mexican-American Studies

Department of Philosophy

Title of the paper: Unfolding the UTRGV Students

Lecture: Laleh Mehran, Art Talk, International Museum of Art and Science McAllen Texas

 

Lecture: Dr. Brian McConnell, FOLD: Let the Metaphor Reveal, School of Art, Edinburg, Texas 

 

Lecure: Dr. Katherine McAllen, Luxuries of Trade: Folding Screens in colonial Latin America, International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, Texas