Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 16, 2013
AMOA-Arthouse, with new leadership in place, has announced three exhibits for this summer at the museum’s Jones Center location at 700 Congress Ave. All of the exhibits run July 14-Sept. 1
- “Please: An exhibition by Devon Dikeou,”
- “The Syphilis of Sisyphus: An exhibition by Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley”
- “Advanced Young Artists 2013 Exhibition”
In “Please,” Austin-based artist, curator, writer, and collector Devon Dikeou draws inspiration from the final 16 still lifes made by 19th-century modernist painter Édouard Manet. Painted in Manet’s last days while his health was in dramatic decline, these often-overlooked, intimate flower paintings were devoid of the scandalous subject matter prevalent in many of his earlier, iconic portraits. Dikeou derives the exhibition’s title from an essay by the art critic Peter Schjeldahl, in which he describes Manet as a man striving to please his viewers while simultaneously tackling subjects of wealth, remembrance, love, sex, death, and loss.
Dikeou recreates the still life scenes in meticulously fabricated sculptures. “Please” was originally commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio.
“The Syphilis of Sisyphus,” co-directed by Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, is an 11-minute monologue set in 1852 in Paris, France. As the protagonist — a young, pregnant prostitute named Sisyphus — traverses the narrow alleys of the city, she spouts poetic, pun-filled verses A cast of historical characters, ranging from Napoleon and Jesus to Karl Marx and Marie Antoinette, acts out a series of vignettes while Reid Kelley questions the fate of women. “
Appointed last year, Louis Grachos began his position as AMOA-Arthouse’s executive director in Januayr. Heather Pesanti also joined the museum as senior curator in January.
Image: “Please,” Devon Dikeou