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This era of social distancing has brought forth a wide variety of virtual entertainment. Think you’ve seen it all? On April 17th, Houston-based Laura Gutierrez will take to the Carmen Herrera art at the Buffalo Bayou and provide a virtual performance unlike any other.

Who is Laura Gutierrez?

Gutierrez is a contemporary dancer and choreographer especially known for her site-specific solo performances. The artist has performed in a plethora of noteworthy spaces, such as The Guggenheim, the SCAD Museum of Art, and several acclaimed dance festivals. In addition to these prestigious landscapes, she often performs in unconventional spaces as well.

In true fashion, Gutierrez will be taking Buffalo Bayou Park as her non-traditional stage in Line x Light x Color. This 30-minute virtual performance will feature Gutierrez carrying out an original performance alongside Carmen Herrera’s Estructuras Monumentales — a public work brought to life in the form of varied aluminum sculptures. In doing so, the performer will pay homage to Herrera’s astonishing art while simultaneously integrating her own.

Who is Carmen Herrera?

Born in 1915, Carmen Herrera is a Cuban-American artist who has had a profound effect on the art history of this country. She was involved in important New York art movements throughout the 50s and 60s alongside many other renowned artists, including Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Although not as well-known as her male counterparts, the much-deserved recognition of her work has increased over the years.

Herrera’s Estructuras Monumentales is a testament to her architectural background and affinity for hard-edge painting. On view at Buffalo Bayou Park throughout April 23rd, these boldly colored aluminum sculptures are a sight worth seeing.

Details

This event will take place on Saturday, April 17th, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 6 pm. This is not an in-person event: all attendance and viewing will be through Zoom. This event is completely free to the public; however, registration is required. To receive a Zoom link, simply visit the Buffalo Bayou Park website in advance.

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