Social Fabric Book Launch and Conversation with Adele Nelson and Arden Decker

Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino | Art Gallery 1506 W. Alabama Street Houston, Texas 77006

Social Fabric Book Launch and Conversation

Please join us at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino Saturday, April 20 at 11am for the launch of Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil, a publication supported by a grant from the Instituto Guimarães Rosa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil through the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston. On this occasion, we are delighted to have Adele Nelson, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin and editor of the publication, present the book. Dr. Nelson will be joined by Arden Decker, Associate Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, for a conversation on the translation and dissemination of primary source materials that are critical to the fields of contemporary Latin American and Latinx art histories.

Social Fabric brings together the work of 10 contemporary Brazilian artists who blur the line between art and activism. Featuring 20 texts, including an essay dedicated to each artist, artist interviews, artist texts, and specialist essays, and 130 illustrations, this publication presents the work of Denilson Baniwa, Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro, Guerreiro do Divino Amor, Jaime Lauriano, Maré de Matos, Aline Motta, Lais Myrrha, Antonio Obá, Rosana Paulino, and Sallisa Rosa.

Edited by Adele Nelson, Maria Emilia Fernandez, and MacKenzie Stevens and distributed by Tower Books, University of Texas Press, Social Fabric documents and builds on UT Austin’s Visual Arts Center exhibition of the same name in 2022–23. The book reflects the interdisciplinary study of art of Latin America at a leading university and spans in its 168 pages texts, object and exhibition images, a conceptual mapping of Brazilian history, and artist biographies.

For more information and to purchase a copy of the publication, contact Mónica Hernández at and Will Isbell at or call the gallery at 713-529-1313.