Artist reception for Karin Broker’s ‘damn girls’ at Rice University’s Pop-Up Gallery will be Jan. 28

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> Artist reception for Karin Broker’s ‘damn girls’ at Rice University’s Pop-Up Gallery will be Jan. 28

HOUSTON – (Jan. 15, 2015) – Rice Public Art is featuring a Pop-Up Gallery installation, “damn girls,” by Houston artist and Rice University Visual and Dramatic Arts Professor Karin Broker. A reception with the artist will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the university’s BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) at 6500 Main St. The Pop-Up Gallery is located in the BRC’s first-floor lobby and the installation will run through Feb. 28. 

Karin Broker, "nice and quiet," 2013, Conté on Formica. Photo courtesy of Broker and McClain Gallery

“Damn girls” presents a triptych of Broker’s recent large-scale drawings. Using Conté on Formica panels, Broker depicts bouquets of lush, overripe blooms and singular flowers in the manner of early Dutch masters. The drawings’ surfaces are covered in thousands of lines of text, and each work references a particular theme in the history of women, thus the installation’s title, “damn girls.”

“This installation offers us an important opportunity to showcase Karin Broker’s incredible talent,” said Rice Public Art Director Molly Hubbard.

The Jan. 28 event is open to the public. Parking is available in the BRC garage located on Dryden Road between Main Street and Travis Street.

Rice Public Art is hosting the exhibition and reception.

The BRC Pop-Up Gallery is an opportunity for Rice Public Art to further its interdisciplinary mission and partnerships, both throughout the university and the Houston community. For more information about Rice Public Art, visit

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Art expands our capacity to perceive, understand and represent the world. Rice Public Art seeks to generate encounters with art that advance the culture of inquiry that characterizes our university. By incorporating site specific works into the campus landscape and interior spaces, the program aims to challenge and inspire the community to imagine its work and lives from unconventional and potentially transformative perspectives. Rice Public Art works in collaboration with The Shepherd School of Music, the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA), the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) and the student organization Art Lab, among others, in an effort to broadly integrate our programming into the academic life at Rice University. 

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