The central feature of the Texas Biennial is a group survey exhibition curated from a statewide open call. All artists living and working in the state, as well as those within 10 miles of any border, were eligible to enter. Out of 1,217 applicants, 33 artists are selected for the sixth edition of the Biennial.
Artists selected for TX★17 will be represented at a single venue, located at 211 E Alpine Rd, #700 in Austin, TX, September 30 - November 11, 2017. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, September 30, from 7-10pm. Following the opening, the show will be on view for regular gallery hours, Thursday through Saturday, 12-6pm.
The exhibition will focus on three elements, all of which are relevant to our present cultural climate and the state of contemporary art: 1) exploring current art making across the state, 2) deconstructing the Texas identity, and 3) examining the state as a border zone.
Big Medium welcomes independent curator Leslie Moody Castro as TX★17 Curator and Artistic Director. Moody Castro has a history of making artistic voices and the communities they work within central to her practice, all of which oscillate around the importance of place. Moody Castro toggles between Mexico City and Austin as her primary locations, but has an identity in itinerancy. Under Moody Castro’s leadership, TX★17 will magnify the excellence and diversity of contemporary art being produced in the state.
Leslie Moody Castro has organized and collaborated on exhibitions at Artpace San Antonio, for the Contemporary Art Month, San Antonio, Texas State University, CentralTrak Dallas, and Co-Lab Projects. She is committed to creating moments of artistic exchange and dialog and as such recently co-founded Unlisted Projects, an artist residency program in Austin, Texas.
Moody Castro is also a regular contributor for Artforum, Flash Art International, Frieze Magazine, ArtNews, and ArtCritical. Moody Castro earned her Master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin in Museum Education with a portfolio supplement in Museum Studies in 2010, and her Bachelor's degree in Art History at DePaul University in Chicago in 2004.