Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern (December 10, 2016 to June 25, 2017)
BBP and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston co-presented the inaugural art installation in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern and featured 2iPM009 from Venezuelan artist Magdalena Fernández’s video series Mobile Paintings. 2iPM009, an abstract video-projection piece, lasted 1 minute and 56 seconds in length and evoked a rain-soaked night. The soundtrack is an acoustic montage that Fernández has meticulously edited, of sounds made by members of the a cappella Slovenian choir Pertuum Jazzile, who snap their fingers, slap the palms of their hands against their legs, and stamp their heels on wood to evoke both the drumming and gentle patter of rain. With ingenuity and humor, the artist constructs a language that, though concrete and deeply rooted in Constructivism and its legacy, challenges and transcends those parameters.