Michael Agresta, The Texas Observer

Michael Agresta

The Texas Observer

Austin, TX, United States

Contact Mike

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

  • Unknown
  • The Texas Observer

Past articles by Mike:

In ‘Keeping House,’ the Unseen Is at the Forefront

Austin-based Veronica Ceci makes timely art about those who clean up other people’s messes. → Read More

How Texas Women Delivered the Nineteenth Amendment

Despite their importance to the Nineteenth Amendment’s eventual ratification 100 years ago, Texas’ suffragists remain relatively unknown. → Read More

The Fantastic World of Cande Aguilar

The wildly imaginative Brownsville painter Cande Aguilar fuses pop culture with abstraction, family life, and his love of South Texas. → Read More

Snakes and Ladders

In San Antonio, two artists explore hidden geometries of the city. → Read More

Ancestors in a Strange New Land

In Houston, an exhibit of vibrant, playful Egúngún costumes speaks to Nigerian tradition and migration. → Read More

A New Pray-the-Gay-Away Drama Suggests Conversion is Possible (Just Not the Kind You Think)

Poignant awards-season fare, “Boy Erased” makes the case against the Christian “cure” for homosexuality. → Read More

A San Antonio Art Show Quietly Foregrounds Migrants’ Stories

More people are displaced than ever before — nearly 69 million. The scale of that crisis is hard to grasp, but visitors to "One to Another" will see it in a new light. → Read More

100 Ways to Draw a Line

The edge becomes the center at the Transborder Biennial 2018 in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. → Read More

In ‘The Atomic Cafe,’ U.S. Cold War Propaganda Comes Out of the Bunkers for the Trump Era

Screening at SXSW on Saturday, the film's Cold War-era footage never feels distant — perhaps because both careless stewardship of the bomb and surreal official propaganda seem to be making a comeback. → Read More

Houston Photo Exhibit Documents First Markers of Modern U.S.-Mexico Border

How strange, David Taylor’s camera seems to say, that this haphazard line has survived nearly 170 years as an international border, when so much else around it has changed. → Read More

How Texas Artists Are Responding to Trump's Wall

"When I’m building spaces, they’re really to invite people in, oftentimes people who are excluded or don’t have access to more traditional art spaces.” → Read More

'Through the Repellent Fence' Celebrates Art that Transcends Borders

In "Through the Repellent Fence," artists speak passionately of the centuries-old importance of cross-border relationships. → Read More

First Major U.S. Show Since 1942 of Cuban Art Comes to Houston

The landmark exhibit Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), from March 5 to May 21. → Read More

Valeria Luiselli's 'Tell Me How It Ends' Is the First Must-Read Book of the Trump Era

The Mexican novelist writes that asylum-seekers come to the U.S. not in search of the American dream, but “to wake up from the nightmare into which they were born.” → Read More

At SXSW, ‘The Work’ Builds Case for Prison Program That Breaks Inmates Down

'The Work' raises important questions about masculinity and violence, but the film’s ties to a controversial men’s movement cloud the picture. → Read More

Houston's FotoFest Puts Environmental Dystopia on Display

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

Mark Rothko: Houston's Absent Son

Mark Rothko never visited Houston in his entire life, but the Bayou City displays the personal collection of its beloved-in-absentia son. → Read More

Mark Rothko: Houston's Absent Son

Mark Rothko never visited Houston in his entire life, but the Bayou City displays the personal collection of its beloved-in-absentia son. → Read More

Here Are All 21 Texas Mass Shootings from 2015

Nearly four dozen Texans, including at least six children, have been killed in mass shooting incidents in 2015. But the year's not over yet. → Read More

Catching up with Janis Joplin in 'Janis: Little Girl Blue'

Squint hard enough with modern-day eyes, and Janis Joplin can even start to look like a misunderstood prophet of 21st century sexual politics. → Read More