The ''LaToya Ruby Frazier's Witness'' exhibit is ironically being held at a venue just yards away from Houston's impressive Texas Medical Center. We say ironically because the Center is a stunning contrast to Frazier's photographs chronicling the pathetic access to healthcare available to Pennsylvania's poor. At the heart of Frazier's ''Witness,'' which includes more than 30 photographs, are works from a series of self-portraits shot in the 1980s by the artist and her mother.
One of Frazier's more recent non-portrait works, the bleak black-and-white U.P.M.C. Braddock Hospital and Holland Avenue Parking Lot (2011), depicts the questionable demolition of her impoverished neighborhood's sole hospital. ''At 48x60 inches, it's also one of her largest prints to date and captures a stunning amount of detail,'' says Connie McAllister, CAMH's director of community engagement. Video and digital works are also being unveiled in this exhibit publicly for the first time, McAllister adds.
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There's an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. June 21. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Through October 13. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit camh.org. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 21. Continues through Oct. 13, 2013