Hurricane Harvey has done more than pull in aid and boats from Mobile to Houston. It’s altered Azalea City cultural schedules.
A Mobile Museum of Art collaborative exchange with Houston Baptist University set for October has been delayed. The tentative opening is now January 2018.
“It was determined [Aug. 28] this wasn’t going to work. Two of the three abstract painters in the exhibit have had their studios flooded,” Mobile Museum of Art’s Stan Hackney said.
As MMoA’s manager of external affairs and curator of contemporary art, Hackney has been in extensive contact with HBU’s Jim Edwards, director and curator of its Contemporary Art Gallery.
“We were within days of talking about transportation and now that’s not going to happen. Frankly, January may be a little optimistic depending on what happens,” Hackney said.
Mobile’s offering was the “Contemporary Alabama Photography” exhibition curated by Richard McCabe of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The collection by 11 photographers was to be adjusted for tighter Houston confines before departure, but will now remain in Mobile until the state of the Texas facility can be better assessed.
“The school was supposed to start classes yesterday but, of course, has been closed. Jim said the water has been lapping at the door of his apartment,” Hackney said.
The additional time has altered parameters and goals.
“Originally he was thinking eight to nine pieces each by three different artists, but we decided we’re going to expand on it. He’s going to make a larger selection, and hopefully it can be something to help and support artists dealing with this crisis,” Hackney said.
An expanded show would entail moving the location. Originally slated for the West Gallery where Janet Cardiff’s sound installation spent much of last year, it might be moved to the other side of the building where the exhibit “American Art, 1945 to the Present” sits currently.
“We don’t even have a title right now, but we just want to help,” Hackney said.
Canadian trio leads chamber music season
Nearly a quarter century ago, a violinist, a cellist and a pianist from the University of Toronto’s music faculty pooled their talents for a go at an international career. The Gryphon Trio has since found themselves the toast of Europe, Canada and the United States, logged 15 albums for Analekta and commissioned and premiered more than 75 new works for contemporary composers.
On Sept. 10, Mobilians can indulge in the sounds of this two-time Juno Award-winning combo as they launch Mobile Chamber Music’s new season with a program that includes works by Haydn, Wijeratne and Schubert. The 3 p.m. show is at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the Main Campus of the University of South Alabama.
For ticket information, call 251-476-8794 or go to mobilechambermusic.org.