Michael Agresta

Michael Agresta, an Austin resident, has written for Slate, the Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal.

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Degrees of Separation at the Station Museum in Houston
Art

Lives in Limbo

How activism, art and architecture are bringing the shadowy immigrant detention system into clearer view

“These are public institutions,” Lopez says. “It's taxpayer money. And it's immigration — a national issue. But it's not something that we're having the kind of access to, even just finding out how it's running and how it's working, that we should.” Read More

August 2016 art review Huckaby
Art

Rattling Cages

Dallas artist Sedrick Huckaby’s new work portrays the grief of incarceration for black men and their families.

Dallas artist Sedrick Huckaby’s new work portrays the grief of incarceration for black men and families, exploring the trappings of race and fatherhood. Read More

June 2016 TOC art, Trapped film, abortion rights protest
Culture

‘Trapped’ in the Limelight

The everyday struggles of a San Antonio abortion clinic services director are at the heart of the acclaimed documentary 'Trapped.'

San Antonio clinic director Marva Sadler is at the center of an acclaimed new documentary tracking anti-abortion laws' effects on providers and patients. Read More

Nastassja Kinski and Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas (1984).
Culture

Texas’ Strange Brand of Cool

Revisiting 'Paris, Texas' — the film that made nowhere hip.

'Paris, Texas' invented a certain flavor of Texas cool, an updated take on the archetypes of the state (men wandering out of the desert, trailer-park romance, drive-up banks and neon roadside diners) that appealed to cultured outsiders. Read More

“Rock of Ages #7,” Edward Burtynsky
Culture

Photos of Dystopia

FotoFest, Houston’s biennial art photography fair, bears witness to a planet in peril.

FotoFest, Houston’s biennial art photography fair, bears witness to a planet in peril in alternately beautiful and disturbing ways. Read More

Mark Rothko with “No. 7,” 1960. Photograph attributed to Regina Bogat.
Art

Houston’s Absent Son

The Bayou City displays the personal collection of its beloved-in-absentia Mark Rothko.

The Bayou City displays the personal collection of its beloved-in-absentia Mark Rothko. Read More

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