Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017 – Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017

06:30 PM



A Diverse Discourse Lecture by Claudia La Rocco

April 12, 6:30 pm, Matchbox 4
Reserve free tickets here

Claudia La Rocco is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), selected poetry, performance texts, images and criticism, and the novel petit cadeau, published by The Chocolate Factory Theater as both a print edition of one and a four-day, interdisciplinary live edition. She edited I Donʼt Poem: An Anthology of Painters (Off the Park Press) and Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, the catalogue for Danspace Projectʼs PLATFORM 2015, which she curated. Her collaborators include the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark and the saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief, with whom she is animals & giraffes. A columnist for Artforum, a contributing editor to Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Press), and writer-in-residence at On the Boards theater, she is editor-in-chief of SFMOMA’s Open Space.

About this talk, La Rocco says:
The demise of traditional criticism has long been rumored. But of course it continues, in various fits and starts, alongside platforms that (need it be said?) make everyone a critic. What now is the role of this tradition of public thinking out loud within current public discourse, which seems at once ever-more expansive and ever-more diminished (or at least fractured)? Here are a few attempts at answering this very big question (which is actually a series of questions), drawing on my years as a writer and editor. These attempts will likely be oblique. They might not work. The elucidation of ideas is, after all, a dicey business.

About the Lecture


Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors, and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with selected Houston-area artists, performers, and writers.  Diverse Discourse provides a significant opportunity for area artists in all disciplines to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals, fostering a cultural exchange across the nation between artists and cultural producers.


Application Deadline: March 20 (online)
Click here application and more info: http://diverseworks.org/in-the-works/diverse-discourse/studio-visits
Image, L to R: Davison Scandrett, Silas Riener, Claudia La Rocco and Rashaun Mitchell in Taste, a site-specific performance and installation by Mitchell and Riener, in collaboration with La Rocco and Scandrett. Costumes by James Kidd. Presented at the BFI Gallery in Miami, in collaboration with the O, Miami Poetry Festival. Photo: Gesi Schilling.


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  • MetroRail The MetroRail makes a stop a half-block south of the MATCH at the Ensemble/HCC Station. General Parking These are the places to park when you visit the MATCH. Like most of Midtown, you will have to pay to park, but prices are reasonable. Mid-Main Close to the MATCH is the Mid-Main Garage directly to the south across Holman. This garage is accessible through Holman or Travis Street and is open 24 hours. Parking can be paid by credit card or cash at the designated pay machines. Parking rates are as follows: 5 am- 6 pm
    • First 15-minutes are free
    • 1 hour or less - $3
    • 1.5 Hours - $4.50
    • 2 Hours - $6.00
    • 2.5 - 3 Hours - $7.50
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    6 pm-4 am
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    • 1 hour or less - $4
    • Each additional 1/2 hour - $1
    • Nightly Max Rate - $7.50
    • Cars left after 4 am - $15
    6 pm-4 am
    • Flat Rate - $6
    • Cars left after 4 am - $15
    Please note that Travis St. is a one way street traveling north. Mid-Main has two surface lots. One lot is located at the southeastern corner of Main and Holman, directly to the south of Trinity Church. This lot is available all day on weekdays and Saturday, and after 2 pm on Sunday. The other lot can be found at the southeastern corner of Fannin and Winbern. This lot is open to the public. Both of these lots have their own pay station where patrons can pay to park. Parking can range between $3 to $7, depending on the hour of the day. Cash only. Street Parking There is also street parking available nearby (marked in yellow on map). Some of this is free and some is metered. Please be observant of all parking signage when choosing to park on the street. *Please note that parking on Holman Street in front of the MATCH is NOT available. Valet Valet service will be available for many performances through Mid-Main Development. To find out if valet services will be available for your performance, please call the box office at (713) 521-4533. Their location will be off of Travis St. Price can range between $5 to $10, cash only.

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