Co-chairs Lee Evans Lee and Rick Liberto invite you to the 2015 Happening at Artpace. The theme of Paris/Texas references Hubbard/Birchler’s film Grand Paris Texas; it also commemorates designer Coco Chanel’s arrival in Texas in 1957, which launched a decades-long love affair between texans and French Fashion and culture. The evening will celebrate the glamour of Paris with Texas flair.
SUZANNE DEAL BOOTH, a collector of Hubbard/Birchler’s work and friend of Artpace, has long been committed to promoting visual and cultural heritage. A native of Texas, Deal Booth attended the University of Texas at Austin and then Rice University, graduating cum laude with a degree in art history. As a work study student at Rice, and later during her studies at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, Deal Booth had the opportunity to work directly under the tutelage of art collector and philanthropist Dominique de Menil. This marked the beginning of a meaningful exposure to sophisticated cultural patronage, and has served as an ongoing inspiration throughout Deal Booth’s career and life.
Deal Booth has worked at notable institutions including les Monuments Historiques, France, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Menil Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Museums of New Mexico with a grant from the Smithsonian Institution. Her post-graduate fellowship, funded by the Kress Foundation, was at Centre Pompidou, Paris, where she restored important 20th century paintings for the permanent collection. For the past 10 years Deal Booth has served as the Director of The Friends of Heritage Preservation (FOHP), which has accomplished 36 preservation and conservation projects spanning four continents.
She currently serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, Rice University, Centre Pompidou Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, on the Art Committee of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is an Advisory Council Member at the Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin. She served as a gubernatorial appointee on the board of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment for the State of California where she was responsible for the disbursement of $125 million. In 2001, she and her family established the Booth Family Rome Prize Fellowship for Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome.
ARTPACE ALUMNI TERESA HUBBARD (Irish/American/Swiss, born in Dublin, Ireland) and ALEXANDER BIRCHLER (Swiss, born in Baden, Switzerland) have been working collaboratively in video, photography and sculpture since 1990. Their work invites suggestive, open-ended reflections on memory, place, and cinema. Hubbard/Birchler’s long-term relationship with Artpace began with their winter 2002 Hudson (Show)Room exhibition of the video, Eight, which was acquired by Linda Pace and now belongs to the Linda Pace Foundation Collection, along with their subsequent related work, Eighteen. Hubbard/Birchler’s work is held in numerous public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D. C.; Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland; Modern Art Museum Fort Worth; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; the Linda Pace Foundation, and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany.
Hubbard/Birchler are represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zürich; Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin; Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin. Hubbard grew up in Australia and later attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, as well as the graduate sculpture program at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut. Birchler grew up in Switzerland and attended the Basel School of Fine Arts and the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland. They began collaborating as artists-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and later completed graduate degrees at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada.
To see images of our past Happenings, visit the Happening Archive.