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This Week in Texas Art: New Year, New Sincerity

Billboard by Christopher Blay and Gerardo Robles

Billboard by Christopher Blay and Gerardo Robles

The “New Sincerity” movement began with music in the mid-eighties (thanks, Austin!), spread to literary and film criticism in the nineties, and now—from the looks of upcoming events in Texas—the art world is finally catching up. Even the subject line of Monday’s Glasstire newsletter was cautiously sincere: “All the artists this week are either completely sincere or they’re messing with us.” (To sign up for the weekly newsletter, go here.)

In Austin, a show entitled Friendship and Freedom (can an exhibition title be more sincere?), including contemporary queer and feminist art will open at Mass Gallery on Friday night with a gallery talk on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday night in Houston, artists Autumn Knight and Chelsea Knight will present a performance/lecture/dinner/psychology session on “their relation to each other and the world as women.”

On Saturday afternoon, Houstonians can hop from a festive celebration of the life and work Martin Luther King Jr., presented by Phillip Pyle the Second, at the African American Library at the Gregory School (in conjunction with Organized Love: Ideas on Non-Violence) at 1pm to a performance in the Menil’s foyer called “Dances to Songs Beloved by Gandhi” at 3pm (in conjunction with Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence).

Tomorrow night, Dallas’ CentralTrak will present “Dialogues on Race,” a conversation with artists and community leaders about issues connected to race, including presentations by artists that were involved in Make Art with Purpose (MAP)’s “Dialogues on Race” billboard and mural campaign.

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