ArtWHERE?, San Antonio's newest downtown real estate promotion vehicle and art project combo, will showcase the work of Pip Culbert and David Jurist throughout April. The exhibition opens with a reception on Thursday, April 3, from 6-8 p.m. German-born, UK-based Culbert holds a M.A. in design from the Royal College of Art. Her work is centered on the visual deconstruction of domestic objects, which should be complemented by San Antonio transplant Jurist's surreal, semiotic naturalism. ArtWHERE is located at 110 Broadway, Suite 140 at Houston Street. Call 736-1307 for more details. ArtPace is hosting its bi-annual ArtPace Conversations symposium, "Is Anybody Listening?" on Friday, April 4 through Saturday, April 5 at the Empire Theater at 226 N. St. Mary's downtown. The two-day symposium features curators, critics,
Recent sculpture by Robbie Barber is on view at the Center for Spirituality and the Arts through May 11.
cultural theorists, and artists exploring the "implications of growing evidence that the popular audience for contemporary art is shrinking, displaced by professional and insular constituencies." Keynote speaker Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, opens the dialogue on Friday at 6:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of speakers, panels, and discussions, contact ArtPace at 212-4900. The Center for Spirituality and the Arts is holding its spring fundraiser, On the Lawn, on Sunday, April 6, from 4-8 p.m. Festivities include a silent auction and art sale, as well as food and musical entertainment. The facility is located at the University of the Incarnate Word at 4707 Broadway. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door for $25 per person or $40 per couple. More information is available at 829-5980. Blue Star Art Space is hitting hard again this First Friday, opening four shows simultaneously within its newly compartmentalized interior. In the Main Gallery, "PRESSure: Marks in Printmaking" hangs in honor of National Printmaking Month. The Flatbed Press of Austin and the Hare & Hound and Stonemetal presses of San Antonio have contributed prints by locally and internationally renowned artists for the exhibition, including Turner Prize-winning ArtPace alumni Isaac Julien. In the Project Space is San Antonio-based conceptual artist Mark Hansen's "The Dance Band Era," a multimedia installation inspired in part by a Richard Thompson song. Respected El Paso filmmaker Willie Varela occupies the Middle Gallery with new video work and photographic stills culled from his 30 years of work. Gallery 4 presents "TP," an installation by Roxanne Hopper, a young San Antonio art maker whose work hinges on the theme of rampant American consumerism. All exhibits run from April 4 to May 4. Blue Star can be reached at 227-6960. The Urban-15 Group, headed up by founding members Catherine and George Cisneros, has announced its purchase of the former Battered Women's Shelter at 2500 South Presa. The group plans to use the building to continue with its currently scheduled activities, including free music-oriented workshops and international dance residencies. Urban-15 also plans to expand its role and programming by bringing film and video screenings, dance productions, and media and yoga classes to the South Side community. For more information, contact the main office at 736-1500. •


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