DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and The Menil Collection present an outdoor screening of selections from Mark Tribe’s Port Huron Project.*
A central question of Mark Tribe’s artistic practice asks how media and technology have shaped the way we define our politics. The Port Huron Project (2006–9), is a series of reenactments of protest speeches from the New Left movements of the Vietnam War era. Each speech took place at the site of the original event, and was delivered by an actor or performance artist to an audience of invited guests and passers-by. Videos of these performances have been screened on campuses, exhibited in art spaces, and distributed online as open-source media.
More than just recovering the past, these re-speaking projects use archival speeches to ask questions about the current place of stridency and forceful dissent, and the possibilities of effective, galvanizing political discourse.
—Julia Bryan-Wilson, Artforum, January 2008
This event is presented as part of Ghandi’s Legacy: Houston Perspectives, an initiative of The Menil Collection with cultural, educational, and social justice organizations in the Greater Houston area.
*In the event of rain, the screening will be held in The Menil Collection’s foyer.