April Public Art Tour at the University of Houston

Apr 05 2019

María C. Gaztambide, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art of the University of Houston System

Meeting location:
Wilhelmina's Grove, 3333 Cullen Blvd, Houston TX 77204

Public Art of the University of Houston System hosts free Public Art Tours on the first Wednesday of each month. These tours will alternate between University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, and the University of Houston Sugar Land. Each iteration of the tour will vary featuring select artworks led by public art staff and guest tour guides. The walk will begin with a brief welcome and introduction of the day’s tour. Participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes and bring water.


Tour Guide Biography

María C. Gaztambide is the inaugural director and chief curator of UHS Public Art. Most recently, she served as associate director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. There her work straddled administration, research, publications, and long-term exhibition projects such as Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955–1975 (2018), Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America (2015); and Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from the Brillembourg Capriles Collection (2013).

Previously, she taught art history and served as the curator for Tulane University’s visual resources collection; conducted field research projects for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; and worked for the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico during its gestational phase. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Gaztambide, holds M.A. degrees in Art History (Tulane) and Arts Administration (University of New Orleans), and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Latin American Studies (Tulane). She publishes regularly on modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art and her first monograph, titled El Techo de la Ballena: Retro-Modernity in Venezuela, is forthcoming (2019) from the University of Florida Press.