Liminal: A Conversation with Jorge Pardo

Thursday, October 20th, 2022

5:00 – 6:00pm 

Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston

Jorge Pardo, artist, in conversation with María C. Gaztambide, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Public Art UHS, and Roberto Tejada, author and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston. Join us as we discuss Folly and the Mexico-based artist’s exploration of life in between cultures and a creative production merging art and life, form and function, ornament and utility.

Event Address

Fine Arts Building, 3401 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77004

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About the Artist

Jorge Pardo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1963 and studied at the University of Illinois, Chicago and received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Pardo’s artwork explores the intersection of contemporary painting, design, sculpture, and architecture. Employing a broad palette of vibrant colors, eclectic patterns, and natural and industrial materials, Pardo’s works range from murals to home furnishings to collages to larger-than-life fabrications. He often transforms familiar objects into artworks with multiple meanings and purposes, such as a set of lamps displayed as both sources of illumination and as freestanding sculptures, or a sailboat exhibited as both a utilitarian, seaworthy vessel and as a striking obelisk. Working on small and monumental scales, Pardo also treats entire public spaces as vast canvases. Pardo engages viewers with works that produce great visual delight while questioning distinctions between fine art and design.

His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including Pinacoteca de Estado São Paulo, São Paulo (2019); Hacienda la Rojeña, Tequila, MX (2019); Victoria Miro, London (2018); Petzel, New York (2017); José García, Mérida, MX (2016); David Gill Gallery, London (2015); Musée des Augustins, Toulouse (2014); neugerriemschneider, Berlin (2014); Gagosian Gallery, New York (2010); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2010); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2009); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2008); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2007).

His work is part of numerous public collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Jorge Pardo has been the recipient of many awards including the MacArthur Fellowship Award (2010); the Smithsonian American Art Museum Lucelia Artist Award (2001); the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1995).

Jorge Pardo currently lives and works in Mérida, Mexico. 

Folly Public Opening and Housewarming

October 19, 2022 | 4–6pm | Join Public Art UHS and artist Jorge Pardo for the public opening and housewarming of Folly, his new temporary commission at the University of Houston.

Liminal: A Conversation with Jorge Pardo

October 20, 2022 | Artist Jorge Pardo in conversation with María C. Gaztambide, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Public Art UHS, and Roberto Tejada, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor at UH.

Friday Focus Tour: Jorge Pardo’s Folly with Maria Gaztambide

October 21, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:00pm | Explore Folly, an immersive, architectural installation by Jorge Pardo, with a tour presented by Director and Chief Curator Maria C. Gaztambide.