Host: Book People, 603 North Lamar

Date: Saturday, September 29, 6-8 p.m.

“You don’t have to be from Houston to enjoy this uniquely Texan tale, a microcosm of the trials and tribulations of an ambitious city’s art scene. Part regional history, part institutional critique, always sympathetic to artists, ‘Collision’ is a well written, fast moving, and entertaining fusion of archival detail and art world exposé.” -Lucy R. Lippard, curator & critic

In this expansive, vigorous, and lavishly-illustrated survey of the Houston art scene of the 1970s and 1980s, author Pete Gershon describes the city’s emergence as a locus for the arts, fueled by a boom in oil prices and by the arrival of several catalyzing figures, including the maverick museum director James Harithas and the chainsaw-wielding sculptor James Surls. The artwork, exhibitions, and loading dock fistfights at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Lawndale Annex at the University of Houston inspired the rise of a network of alternative art spaces, the activism of the Houston Women’s Caucus for Art, and the development of a diverse and dynamic visual art culture that earned national recognition.