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AMSET to open two, new fall exhibitions Sept. 22
News Release
Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Beaumont, Texas -  The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will exhibit Deborah Luster —Passion Play and Woven Wonders: Textiles from the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art from September 22-November 25, 2018 in the main galleries.

On Friday, September 28, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., AMSET will host a free and open to the public opening reception featuring a gallery talk by artist Deborah Luster. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided complimentary of AMSET.

Recognized for her use of photography focusing on the relationship between humanity, violence, and its consequences, Luster lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galway, Ireland. The current exhibition features a video installation and portraits of inmates in costumes they created for a performance of the Passion Play at the Angola maximum-security prison in Louisiana. Author Zachary Lazar wrote an essay in conjunction with the exhibition, and Lamar University professor and artist, Keith Carter, will give a talk on Luster and her work at AMSET’s fall Taste of the Arts Lecture Series, Monday, October 22 at 12:30 p.m. Luster, who is currently represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (2013), and a residency in Dublin with the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2014).

Gifted by John Gaston Fairey, Woven Wonders is a part of AMSET’s permanent collection of Mexican Folk Art of contemporary and historic Mexican textiles and other woven materials, which exemplify the exceptional prowess of Mexican artists working in this media. Most of the artwork is from Oaxaca and from families of artists and artisans who create stunning costumes, clothing, blankets, and decorative table covers, as well as woven baskets from native plant fibers, demonstrating the pride in craftsmanship of the fiber arts of Mexico. An essay by Dr. Alejandro de Ávila B., co-founder/advisor/curator of the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, will be included in a free gallery guide.

For more information, visit or call (409) 832-3432.

Both exhibitions are generously funded, in part, by an award from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation. Deborah Luster —Passion Play is additionally funded, in part, by Mr. and Mr. Jerry Thacker and Rob Clark.

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