Vernacular Systems: the 2024 CAM Perennial exhibition
Mar 1–Jun 9, 2024
Curated by Christopher Blay
Featuring: Ricky Armendariz, Nela Garzón, Jennifer Battaglia, Juan Carlos Escobedo, Preston Gaines, Raul Rene Gonzalez, Mark Anthony Martinez, Shavon Morris, Marc Newsome, Alán Serna, Monique Sullivan, and Zulma Vega.
Vernacular Systems highlights themes of interconnectivity from personal and globalized perspectives. The artists reflect on the human nature to connect to the world around us–from nature, to family, to work, and the day to day. They also critique histories and systems which thrive on disconnection, yet resolve in knowing that even when connection is not visible, there exists networks of systems linking humanity, roots that may unify.
Contemporary Art Month and the Contemporary at Blue Star partner to bring you the 2024 CAM Perennial exhibition. The Perennial will take open March 1, 2024 at the Contemporary at Blue Star and is curated by Houston curator Christopher Blay.
Currently serving as Chief Curator at the Houston Museum of African American Culture, Christopher Blay brings his extensive experience as an artist and curator to the role as the 2024 Perennial Curator. Blay has a history of bringing communities together as an artist with a robust practice and as a leader of a respected organization in Houston.