Aurora Picture Show (Aurora), Houston, Texas, is a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made film and video. Aurora is dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art.
Founded in 1998 by Andrea Grover, the first home for Aurora Picture Show was Grover's home—a former church building on Aurora Street in the Heights neighborhood of Houston. Under her leadership, Aurora established the Aurora Award honoring pioneers of moving image art, the Aurora Video Label, the Aurora Video Library, and the annual Media Archeology Festival. A core value of Aurora continues to be partnership and collaboration with other arts institutions like the Menil Collection, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, as well as dozens of nonprofits, civic groups, and citywide businesses. Aurora was invited into the prestigious Warhol Initiative program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, and is regularly awarded major grants from Brown Foundation, Houston Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, among many others.
Now entering its eighteenth year, Aurora has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional moviemaking. Aurora’s screenings are known for being singular not-to-be-missed events—from video projections on grain silos to one night only drive-in movies to screenings aboard boats or in swimming pools—Aurora continues to create unforgettable cinematic experiences.
Photos: Aurora Picture Show original cinema, 2007. Photo by Kenny Haner.
Luke Savisky, E/X, presented at Media Archeology Festival, 2010. Photo by Camilo Gonzalez.
Floating Cinema on Buffalo Bayou, 2006. Photo by Jim Caldwell.
Quintron & Miss Pussycat performing at Media Archeology Festival: Below-Fi, 2007. Photo by Steve Patlan.
Shauna Moulton performing at Media Archeology Festival: Live & Televised, 2008. Photo by Steve Patlan.
Tara Mateik performing at Media Archeology Festival: Live & Televised, 2008. Photo by Steve Patlan.