EXHIBIT “The Houston Brick Archive” in Julia Ideson Building at HPL’s Central Library

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EXHIBIT “The Houston Brick Archive” in Julia Ideson Building at HPL’s Central Library

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


ON VIEW FEBRUARY 5 – JUNE 1, 2024: “The Houston Brick Archive” in the Julia Ideson Building at Houston Public Library’s Central Library highlights a large collection of bricks salvaged by artist Alexander Squier from sites around the city over the past several years. The bricks are studied from various angles, their origins traced, and their qualities explored.

They are treated as invaluable ruins, processed in a way that is scientific but also impulsive, walking a line between curiosity and fetishism. Part theater, part research project, the Archive combines sculpture, photography, and other documents focusing on the bricks’ physical qualities and histories. By tracing their origins and migrations to become part of Houston, the bricks can server as a metaphor for change, migrations, and the diverse and dynamic fabric of the world.

The Julia Ideson Building at HPL’s Central Library is open Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Thursday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (closed Sunday).

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Alexander Squier is an interdisciplinary artist, working across media including printmaking, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, and sound. Based in his hometown of Houston, Texas, he works out of his studio at BOX 13 ArtSpace in the city’s East End District and teaches periodic printmaking classes at Art League Houston and the Houston Printing Museum. He has also taught at the University of Houston and headed up the Printmaking Department at the Glassell School of Art (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) from 2016-2020.


February 5
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Julia Ideson Building – Central Library, Houston Public Library
500 McKinney St.
Houston, 77002 United States
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