From 1994 to 1998, DiverseWorks, an alternative art space in Houston, Texas, presented DiverseDialogues
, a performance and exhibition program that brought nationally recognized artists to Houston for extended residencies. Interacting with varied social and cultural communities in Houston in addition to more than thirty organizations around the country, DiverseDialogues
resulted in seventeen performances and exhibitions which are documented in this publication, both on DVD as well as in a printed catalog detailing the events and the artists. Many of these artists created new works with strong political and social statements at a time when publicly funded arts in the United States were under siege. This DVD is a reminder of the importance of the voice of the artist and the record of the innovative creative process which supports that voice.
Artists included are Elia Arce, Jaime Bailleres, Waldo Bien, Gabriel Cardona, Julián Cardona, Joe Chvala and The Flying Foot Forum, Jim Clarage, Dave Darraugh, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Pat Graney Company, Robert Henry Johnson Dance Company, Philip Mallory Jones, Rhodessa Jones, Brian Jucha and Infernal Bridegroom Productions, Joe Lambert and Nina Mullen, James Luna, Tierney Malone, Robbie McCauley, David McGee, Tere O’Connor Dance, Joyce Pensato, Queer Artist Collective, Lázaro Saavedra, Manuel Sáenz, Roberto Sifuentes, Carl Stone, Mary Ellen Strom, Aurelio Suárez Nuñez, and Victoria Vesna.