‘Folly’ by Jorge Pardo Unveiled as Newest Temporary Art Commission of Public Art UHS

“Folly” by Jorge Pardo is now on view in Wilhelmina’s Grove in the UH Arts District.
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Public Art of the University of Houston System, an arts organization that serves multiple campuses across the UH System and the greater Houston community, unveils its newest temporary installation: “Folly” by Mexico-based Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo. This work marks the third project in Public Art UHS’s temporary public art program and the second site-specific Grove Commission developed for Wilhelmina’s Grove, a serene on-campus gathering space anchoring the UH Arts District. 

Inspired by a garden folly — a decorative structure meant for delight rather than function — “Folly” blurs the lines between art, architecture and design. From the outside, the work appears to be a simple building; once inside, visitors are immersed in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors, eclectic patterns and a variety of materials and scales. Pardo’s piece features laser-cut, hand-painted wall panels, which are complemented by the artist’s signature sculptural chandeliers. “Folly” is meant to be appreciated slowly, over time, as its overall experience changes with the shifting sun and lighting conditions.

“Folly” will remain on view through 2023. Public Art UHS invites visitors to explore “Folly” at a series of events on October19, 20 and 21, or to visit the installation during opening hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Metered arts parking is available in UH Lot 16 (Zone B), across from Wilhelmina’s Grove near Moores Opera House, or at the neighboring Elgin Street garage. Find more information about parking here.

“Folly” Public Opening and “Housewarming”

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4 – 6 p.m.

Wilhelmina’s Grove, adjacent to Moores Opera House, 3333 Cullen Blvd.

Join Public Art UHS and artist Jorge Pardo for a “Housewarming” event marking the official opening of “Folly.” Meet the artist, explore the pavilion-like installation, and enjoy live music, light bites and refreshments.

Liminal: A Conversation with Jorge Pardo

Thursday, Oct. 20, 5 – 6 p.m.

Dudley Recital Hall, 4173 Elgin Street, 1st Floor of the UH Fine Arts Building; Find directions here

Artist Jorge Pardo in conversation with María C. Gaztambide, executive director and chief curator of Public Art UHS, and Roberto Tejada, the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston. The talk will focus on Pardo’s examination of life in between cultures, as well as his creative process that merges art and life, form and function, and ornament and utility.

Friday Focus Tour with María Gaztambide

Friday, Oct. 21, 12 – 1 p.m.

Wilhelmina’s Grove, adjacent to Moores Opera House, 3333 Cullen Blvd.

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