Aurora Picture Show Award Dinner
15th Annual Aurora Award Honoring Oscar Muñoz
Aurora Picture Show will honor internationally renowned artist Oscar Muñoz with the 2015 Aurora Award. The award, will be presented to Muñoz at the 15th annual Aurora Award Dinner held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Leslie & Brad Bucher's converted warehouse in Houston's Montrose neighborhood. Individual tickets begin at $250, tables at $2,500.
Chaired by Leslie & Brad Bucher, Rose Mary Salum, and Loris Simon S., the seated dinner is the most significant annual fundraiser for Aurora Picture Show. Proceeds support the organization's artistic and educational programs while ensuring that Houston residents have exposure to the best moving image being created today. Houston-based Columbian artist Camilo Gonzalez has been commissioned to create the 2015 Aurora Award.
ABOUT THE HONOREE
Oscar Muñoz's work defies categorization as he blurs the boundaries between mediums including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and video. Using temporal materials such as water, fire and breath, he experiments with ephemeral ideas such as memory and identity. Art in America's Sarah King recently wrote, "Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz poetically destabilizes the fixity of images, focusing on the elusive, introspective moments when memories develop."
Muñoz has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Jeu de Paume, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Site Santa Fe; Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá and the Venice Biennale, Venice, among many other prestigious international institutions. His work is included in the collections of Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá; Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA); Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH); The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA); and Tate Modern, London, among others. Muñoz has been represented by Sicardi Gallery (Houston, TX) since 2001.
In 2013, Muñoz received the Prince Claus Award for "his highly original, profound and poetic artworks on the transitory nature of human existence, memory and history; for his dedicated commitment to heightening public awareness of both the power and fragility of the image in a context of violence and disappearance; for expanding the boundaries of the visual arts in his pursuit of accessible and deceptively simple ways to convey complex ideas; and for his generosity as a public intellectual, influencing younger generations and supporting the development of contemporary culture."
MORE INFORMATION ON OSCAR MUÑOZ
Past Aurora Award honorees
include Carolee Schneemann (2014), Bill Viola (2013), Laurie Simmons (2012), Joan Jonas (2011), Christian Marclay (2010), Doug Aitken (2009), Steina and Woody Vasulka (2007), Miranda July (2006), Isaac Julien (2005), Ant Farm (2004), Laurie Anderson (2003), William Wegman (2002), and Tony Oursler (2001).