April 18-23, 2017
University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Photo by Heather Bause
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Raphael Rubinstein + Heather Bause

The Miraculous: Houston

Feats of endurance, acts of absurdist wit, public actions confronting political repression, celebrations of the natural world, accidental moments of revelation. Short stories—from one sentence to several paragraphs—recount acts from the past fifty years of contemporary art at site-specific installations throughout the University of Houston.

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Public Art Installation

The The Miraculous: Houston website features a virtual map and location finder. Physical maps are also available at all CounterCurrent festival venues.

Feats of endurance, acts of absurdist wit, public actions that confront political repression and racism, celebrations of the natural world, accidental moments of revelation. All this and more can be found at 50 locations where chapters of this site-specific installation are placed throughout the campus of the University of Houston.

Taken from Raphael Rubinstein’s book The Miraculous (Paper Monument, 2014), short stories—from one sentence to several paragraphs, recounting acts from the past fifty years of avant-garde and contemporary art—are documented at unexpected spots and in unexpected ways. Rubinstein and visual artist Heather Bause insert these narratives into the interior and exterior architecture and landscape of the University of Houston campus using large-scale building graphics, outdoor canvases, and vinyl “pages” affixed to paths and stairways.

Whether guided by a map or encountered by chance, viewers can expect to encounter and participate in the transformation of the University of Houston campus into an innovative conceptual art installation.

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About The Artist

Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet, art critic, and Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston School of Art. From 1997 to 2007, he was a senior editor at Art in America, where he continues to be a contributing editor. His most recent book of poetry is A Geniza (Granary Books, 2015).

Heather Bause
is a painter, a writer, and a Professor of Design at CUNY in Brooklyn, New York. Bause was raised in Houston, TX, earning a BFA and MFA in Painting from the University of Houston. Her exhibitions include, among others, Hard Tension/ Soft Surface at Projects Gallery, Houston and The Stanford-Binet at Darke Gallery, Houston.