Movement V: Ballroom

Photo by Leah Maghanoy courtesy of the artist and the Art Gallery of Ontario

Think MacGyver, but for the arts. Visual artist Kevin Beasley takes odd bits of machinery, obsolete technologies and the flotsam and jetsam of studio life to create sculptures that channel energy. For Movement V: Ballroom — part of CounterCurrent 17, presented by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts — Beasley drew inspiration from the Eldorado Ballroom to create 16 modular pieces in which footsteps create vibrations that feed into software that translates movement into light. “It’s so much about the people that have come through, not just the performers, but the people that have come to see the performances, the dancers, the people within the community,” says Beasley. After experiencing the exhibition, come back at 8 p.m. Saturday when Beasley becomes one with the machine for a one-night-only performance.

An opening reception is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Also noon to 8 p.m. April 18-23. 2310 Elgin. For information, visit countercurrentfestival.org. Free.

[Organizer's Description:]

Visual artist Kevin Beasley creates a site-specific sculptural and sound installation at the iconic Eldorado Ballroom, which served the Third Ward with a who’s who of the great blues and jazz players from the 1940s through the 1970s. Beasley explores cultural, personal, and historical contexts—and related materials—in assembling his art. The Installation will be available on April 18-23 from 12pm–8pm. Opening Reception will be held on April 20 from 7pm-9pm, and there will be a performance on April 22 beginning at 8pm.

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