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Today, December 18


Brittany Ham: About Ritual

BLUEorange Contemporary

Last Chance - November 18 through December 21, 2017

Brittany Ham's series About Ritual observes the way that social media has impacted the ritual of daily life, and examines the way that digital media has affected traditional modes of art making.

Alejandro Diaz: Paintings

David Shelton Gallery

Last Chance - November 17 through December 23, 2017

Alejandro Diaz, originally from San Antonio but now a longtime resident of New York, has been known for his consummately clever art that was large, high production value, and often made by others. But in a statement for these new works, he explains that after his last show, he fell into a deep depression and returned to the craft of making small paintings in an effort to pull himself out of it. These works, widely different in style, were made by Diaz over the course of two years in his New York apartment, where he says he was able to recapture the "sheer joy of the act of painting."

Paul Carola: Eye Spy

Front Gallery

Last Chance - November 18 through December 23, 2017

An exhibition by Houston artist Paul Carola. Carola's work "offers a sense of gravity with reference and deference to Constantine Brancusi, while it maintains a sense of playfulness with anomalous color, oblique angles, and unpredictable curves."

Árpád Forgó: Tales From the First Floor

Anya Tish Gallery

Last Chance - November 17 through December 23, 2017

An exhibition of works by Budapest-based artist Árpád Forgó. "Forgó utilizes shaped canvas to create visually alluring, subtle kinetic works while embracing the heritage of European abstraction and developing it further through his own geometric methods, such as reflection, shifting and rotation."

Matt Messinger: Argus

Devin Borden Gallery

Last Chance - November 17 through December 23, 2017

The pieces in Matt Messinger's exhibition Argus are inspired by the the myth of Argus, Io and Mercury from Ovid's Metamorphoses.

The Political Seducer's Diary

Performance Art Houston's Instagram

November 4 through December 29, 2017

An Instagram-based exhibition organized by Performance Art Houston. The show is curated by Jeanette Joy Harris and features week-long performance by:VINCENT CAMPOS (FR) 4 – 10 NOV BROOKE LEIGH (AU) 11 – 17 NOV STEVEN MARTZ (UK) 18 – 24 NOV JEANETTE JOY HARRIS (US) 25 NOV – 1 DEC RYDER RICHARDS (US) 2 – 8 DEC DANIEL CABALLERO (US) 9 – 15 DEC KATYA PETETSKAYA (AU) 16 – 22 DEC YOSHIE SAKAI (US) 23 – 29 DEC

Hills Snyder: Altered States

Gallery Sonja Roesch

November 4 through December 31, 2017

An exhibition of drawings San Antonio-based artist Hills Snyder created on his travels across America. From the gallery: "Altered States features drawings based on explorations to Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Nevada, California, New Mexico, and South Dakota. Snyder’s travels follow a line that 'goes through towns selected by the virtue of their names—not because they are odd or funny, but because they are evocative—emotional states, hoped for ideals, downers and reckonings: Nowhere, Happy, Bonanza, Lost Springs, Recluse, Keystone, Opportunity, Diamondville, Eden, Eureka, Bummerville, Nothing, Truth or Consequences, Eldorado'."

Kelly Costlow: Feral

Redbud Gallery

December 2 through 31, 2017

A show of ceramic works by Kelly Costlow. In Costlow's pieces, animal qualities and human-like bodies are combined to show the harmony between man and nature.

Stephen Adams and James Perry: Strata

Gremillion & Co. Fine Art

December 6, 2017 through January 3, 2018

An exhibition featuring sculptures by Stephen Adams and James Perry. The artists "both gravitate to natural forms: spirals, circles, parabolas and ellipses, which appear repeatedly in nature in varying degrees of complexity as a source of wonder and inspiration."

Wild Abandon

Archway Gallery

December 2, 2017 through January 4, 2018

Wild Abandon is an exhibition featuring wood containers by Thomas Irven and oil paintings by Margaret Miller.

Daniel Hipolito: Developments

Civic TV Laboratories

November 18, 2017 through January 5, 2018

Daniel Hipolito's Developments series is an ongoing Instagram-native photography project exploring the elements and themes of urban development and surveillance through the lens of outdated and “castoff” technologies. The show will also feature the publication of a book chronicling Hipolito's works. The book is published by Civic TV Laboratories and the Free International Univeristy-Texas: Writing & Publication Lab.

Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2017

Houston Center for Photography

December 8, 2017 through January 5, 2018

"Conceived by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl, this exhibition shows Frank’s work in photos, books and films in a direct accessible manner. Frank’s images are printed on sheets of newsprint and hung on the walls or from the ceiling. Frank’s films and videos, which are so often overshadowed by his photographic work are shown on small portable “beamers”, projecting them directly onto the walls."

Real Fictions

Williams Tower Gallery

December 6, 2017 through January 5, 2018

An exhibition curated by Curtis Gannon and featuring works by Daria Aksenova, Kenneth James Beasley, Rebecca Cook Gear, Nerissa Gomez, Emily Link, Jennifer McClish, Deborah Morris, Leo Phoenix, Anat Ronen

Sarah Williams: Unseen America

Moody Gallery

December 1, 2017 through January 6, 2018

A show of small oil paintings by artist Sarah Williams. The works are based on photographs of buildings and signs Williams takes using an old digital camera.

Sarah Elise Hall: Composite

Gray Contemporary

December 2, 2017 through January 6, 2018

A show of works by artist Sarah Elise Hall. The pieces in the exhibition play with ideas of sculpture and painting and are created using casts of discarded and recycled plastics.

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz: Telepathic Improvisation

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

September 15, 2017 through January 7, 2018

A show featuring a new video and two sculptures by Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz. The video, Telepathic Improvisation, "uses humans and non-humans, movement, speech, gesture, music, light, and smoke to interpret composer Pauline Oliveros’s 1974 score of the same title. While the action of the film may appear abstract, it nonetheless references specific moments of leftist protest, queer S&M club life, acts of surveillance, and fantasies of new relations between human and non-human objects in an insterstellar dimension."

For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

September 22, 2017 through January 7, 2018

For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America "showcases a range of contemporary sign painters who use traditional methods to create banners, sandwich boards, paper signs, murals, fictional advertisements, and more. Some pieces will be installed from the start of the show, while others will be created in the gallery, during public hours, over the course of the exhibition. Featured in the exhibition are sign painters Remy Chwae (Los Angeles, CA), Forrest Wozniak and Ira Coyne (Minneapolis, MN and Olympia, WA), Norma Jeanne Maloney (Taylor, TX), Shelby Rothenhöfer (Chicago, IL), and Sean and Kayleigh Starr (Denton, TX), among others." 

Meredith Butch Jack: Playing in the Sandbox Too

Lawndale Art Center

November 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018

"In his site-specific installations, Meredith "Butch" Jack constructs structural and sculptural vignettes from common materials. Playing in the Sandbox Too highlights the alternate use of those daily materials towards the same concerns of his more commercial works: small mysteries; personal loss; physical tension, imbalance, or peril; and mortality."

Layla Luna: I Saw Noboday Coming, So I Went Instead

Lawndale Art Center

November 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018

"With the mixed media works of I Saw Nobody Coming, So I Went Instead, Layla Luna explores personal histories through personal collections. Building her own collections to document time and create stories in a pro-active manner Luna questions our reasoning for holding on to objects and creating our own collections and displays of those items; is it the object its self or the haunt of the memory tied to the object?"

Taiguruma Radio Station

Galveston Arts Center

November 25, 2017 through January 7, 2018

"Taiguruma Radio Station reintroduces the lost art and tradition of Japanese “fish cart” lanterns through an installation by Motoyuki Noguchi and Toshimichi Minagawa. Expanding on the tradition of communicating with our ancestors, Noguchi and Minagawa’s installation offers visitors an opportunity to open a line of communication across borders, generations, and cultures through postcards and a local radio broadcast."

Dan Schmahl: Sufer’s Beach

Galveston Arts Center

November 25, 2017 through January 7, 2018

An exhibition of photographs, video, printed matter, and a 13-foot-tall viewing platform resembling a seawall lifeguard stand by artist Dan Schmahl. Schmahl’s exhibition documents the romantic pipe-dream of a Galveston, Texas, beachfront utopia.

Joan Laughlin: Entanglement

Galveston Arts Center

November 25, 2017 through January 7, 2018

Joan Laughlin’s detailed paintings of forest undergrowth and tree knots highlight the resilience of the natural world and allude to the fleeting nature of memory. The works border between hyper-real and abstract in their attention to detail.

Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-Time Star

Moody Center for the Arts

September 28, 2017 through January 13, 2018

"Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-Time Star features paintings, photographs, collages, prints, and mixed-media works that explore the artist’s complex vision of female sexuality, identity, and power. Thomas’s portraits, landscapes, and interiors examine how women are represented in art and popular culture and confront our assumptions about what defines the female experience in the 21st century."

A Sun That Never Sets

McClain Gallery

November 11, 2017 through January 13, 2018

An exhibition featuring works by Charles Burchfield, Kent Dorn, Barnaby Furnas, Alex Katz, Patrick Jacobs, Joan Nelson, Tal R, and Joseph Yoakum.

Shaun O'Dell: More Love

Inman Gallery

November 10, 2017 through January 13, 2018

A show of works on paper by artist Shaun O'Dell. The drawings in the exhibition are part of O'Dell's larger project and film, At Last.

Shaped by Subtraction

BOX 13 ArtSpace

November 18, 2017 through January 13, 2018

Shaped by Subtraction is an exhibition curated by Kelly Montana and featuring works by Dylan Connor, Ronald L. Jones, Jessica Ninci, and Xochi Solis. The exhibition " seeks out the relationship that a work maintains with the elements and ideas obscured and embedded over the course of its making."


BOX 13 ArtSpace

November 18, 2017 through January 13, 2018

An exhibition featuring works by Kendall Bradley, Erin Miller, and Sarah Ott. The three artists "investigate ‘home’ though the rendering of individualized objects as well as rituals and routines embedded in tradition."

Susi Brister: Everything Must Go

BOX 13 ArtSpace

November 18, 2017 through January 13, 2018

Everything Must Go is a window installation by Susi Brister. The piece "explores the complex relationships we have with objects as a medium of personal representation."

Contemporary Texas Regionalism Winter Show

William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art

December 8, 2017 through January 13, 2018

An exhibition featuring works by Contemporary Texas Regionalists, including: Randy Bacon (Albany), Mary Baxter (Marfa), David Caton (Utopia), Margie Crisp (Elgin), Keith Davis (Austin), Fidencio Duran (Austin), Pat Gabriel (Fort Worth), Billy Hassell (Fort Worth), Lee Jamison (Huntsville), Laura Lewis (Mason), William Montgomery (Elgin), Noe Perez (Corpus Christi), Jeri Salter (Round Rock) and Debbie Stevens (Cypress).

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Spring street studios

September 29, 2017 through January 15, 2018

A group exhibition curated by Zachary Gresham and featuring works by Spring Street Studios artists. The show highlights the "artist’s journey into making art and the memories embedded in the works" that are on view.

Nicola Parente and Tami Merrick: Scaped Senses

3517 Irvington Blvd.

December 2, 2017 through January 19, 2018

"Scaped Senses is an interactive civic art installation conceived by artist Nicola Parente and Tami Merrick. Community workshops created 1,700 painted PVC grass strands surrounding the labyrinth mulched walking paths. Over 600 feet of recycled vinyl signs were painted by YES Prep East End students working with art instructor Michael Healy. The painted vinyl pieces were woven into a central baskets sculpture by volunteers."

Nathaniel Donnett: In One Form or Another; Verse One

Art League Houston

December 1, 2017 through January 20, 2018

In his exhibition In One Form or Another; Verse One, Houston artist Nathaniel Donnett "explores the aesthetics and visual language of art embedded within the forms and structures of social protests against injustice while simultaneously looking at Black Art movements and their responses to the social movements and ideas about art of their time."

Aesha Lee: The Beauty of the Black Woman

Art League Houston

December 1, 2017 through January 20, 2018

In her show The Beauty of the Black Woman, Houston artist Aesha Lee explores the diversity found in the African American woman. "The idea behind the series is to address some of the many concerns that plague the black woman, and to challenge those notions with playful titles and beautiful images."

Ross Irwin & Harry Leverette: Houston Sinfonia: music for found sound

Art League Houston

December 1, 2017 through January 20, 2018

"Houston Sinfonia is an installation of experimental music featuring six motion-activated music boxes, each of which plays a different part from the work along with a video accompaniment. The random but over-lapping playback of these parts imitates background noise as we experience it, coming to us from many directions at once." The works in the show were created by Houston-based artists Ross Irwin & Harry Leverette.

Lynn Randolph: Between Worlds

Lawndale Art Center

October 6, 2017 through January 21, 2018

"Between Worlds responds to Lynn Randolph's ongoing work with palliative care patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Comprised of approximately twenty drawings, these painstakingly rendered works deftly combine elements of the weird and scientific with acute psychological and metaphoric realism and builds bridges to the spiritual." The show is curated by Susie Kalil.

Head Gear

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

November 17, 2017 through January 21, 2018

Head Gear is an exhibition "featuring three artists who use masks and portraiture to perform, interrogate, and subvert constructed identities." Featured artists include: Kate Clements, Arielle DePinto, and Matt Lambert.

HOME—So Different, So Appealing

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - MFAH

November 17, 2017 through January 21, 2018

"HOME—So Different, So Appealing features U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present who use the universal concept of “home” as a lens through which to view socioeconomic and political changes in the Americas over the past seven decades." The exhibition features more than 100 works by 39 artists.

David Janesko & Heather L Johnson: Refusing Providence

Flatland Gallery

December 15, 2017 through January 26, 2018

"Refusing Providence is an exhibition of works on paper and fabric by Houston-based artists David Janesko and Heather L. Johnson. The works in this show are byproducts of anxiety – fear in varying degrees of extremity brought on by rapidly changing forces governing modern life."

Sergio Prego: Rose-colored Drift/To the Students

Blaffer Art Museum

October 27, 2017 through January 27, 2018

"New York-based artist Sergio Prego creates unfamiliar perceptual and spatial situations in order to examine contemporary realms of experience.  His sculptural devices specifically created for the galleries, including inflatable structures, transform the pre-existing spatial and discursive context of the art institution so as to shape experiences beyond our conventional matrix of attitudes, habits and beliefs."

Gabriel Martinez: Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely

Blaffer Art Museum

October 27, 2017 through January 27, 2018

"Houston-based Chicano artist, educator and performer Gabriel Martinez digs into the relationship between art, public space and collective memory in order to uncover lost social histories. Over the last 15 years, Martinez has established a set of ongoing gestures based on his interactions with American cities, including urban guerrilla interventions, gathering and repurposing street debris and re-appropriations of public semiotic codes."

Thirty Works for Thirty Years

Menil Collection

August 11, 2017 through January 28, 2018

A show of thirty works selected to "tell a unique story about the Menil's history by constructing a narrative that walks visitors through the past thirty years."

The Local Show

The Studio @ Splendora Gardens

December 10, 2017 through January 31, 2018

The Local Show will feature the work of James Surls and Charmaine Locke, along with Lou Turpin, Carol Gilson, Ashlee Casey, Carlos Canul, Wanda Marsh, Sibyl Allenson, Oliver DuLaney, Chester Holloway, and Splendora Rocks. Musical entertainment will be provided by Kenny Cooper. The show is curated by Splendora's new art director, Alton DuLaney.

Diana Thater: The Starry Messenger

Moody Center for the Arts

February 24, 2017 through February 1, 2018

Diana Thater's nine-monitor video work The Starry Messenger nods to Houston's role in space exploration. The piece, which was filmed in the Griffith Observatory Planetarium in Los Angeles, documents the changing view of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Jesus Perez: When I Breathe Out, You Breathe In

Aether Space

November 4, 2017 through February 4, 2018

"The exhibition When I Breathe Out, You Breathe In asks the viewer to consider the widening triangular gap between our digital identities, the natural world, and one another." The show features works by artists Erin Carty and Jesus Perez.

Round 47: The Act of Doing: Preserving, Revitalizing and Protecting Third Ward

Project Row Houses

October 14, 2017 through February 11, 2018

Round 47: The Act of Doing: Preserving, Revitalizing and Protecting Third Ward explores how gentrification is reshaping the social and physical landscape of Houston's Third Ward. The exhibition will feature workshops, events, and direct actions by artists, residents, and community organizers.Participating artists include Right to Stay/Right to Say (Zeinab Bakhiet, Olutomi Subulade, & Melanie Meleekah Villegas); Brian Ellison; Danielle Fanfair, Harrison Guy, Marlon Hall, & Anthony Suber; Nikita Hodge; Sofia Mekonnen; and Marc Newsome. Round 47 also features Collaboration Timeline House, designed by Adelle Main.

The Rat Rod Review

Art Car Museum

December 9, 2017 through February 18, 2018

An exhibition featuring photography and art by  Owen Fisher, Keith Testa & Renee Tantillo Cars: Tony Lee, Smitty & Toni Silva, Bob Wink, Jim Jard, Sergio Rivera & Darrell Lamb.

Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place

Asia Society Texas Center

September 23, 2017 through February 25, 2018

An exhibition highlighting the long history, geographic expanse, and diversity of works of art in the Islamic world. Works in the exhibition cover nearly all media, ranging from carpets to dress to jewelry, ceramics, glass, metal, paintings, prints, calligraphy and photographs.

Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma

Menil Collection

October 13, 2017 through February 25, 2018

A show featuring nearly 50 sculptures, installations, and works on paper by Beirut-born Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum. The exhibition focuses on the "artist’s interest in exploring themes of placelessness and the fragility of home in a turbulent world."

Christopher Knowles: In a Word

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

December 15, 2017 through March 25, 2018

An exhibition of works by Brooklyn-based artist Christopher Knowles. The artist's work "records and reorders the everyday materials around us using incantatory rhythms and repetition. Typings of language permutations, reimagined song lyrics, interlocking blocks of raw color commonly depict family and close friends. Sculptures are precise and direct in construction: polka-dotted cones, brilliantly hued paper cutouts, Lego structures, and accumulations of wind-up alarm clocks."

Joseph Cohen: Looking at a flower

Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)

November 16, 2017 through April 8, 2018

A solo exhibition featuring works by Houston-based artist and scientist Joseph Cohen. This show follows Cohen's Rice Public Art residency in the Weisman NanoEngineering laboratory of the Department of Chemistry. "Under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Weisman and his colleagues, Cohen’s research will focus on the use of carbon nanotubes to produce paintings, photos, prints, and new sound works that both address and illustrate the unique optical and physical properties of the material."

The Fabiola Project

Byzantine Fresco Chapel

May 21, 2016 through May 13, 2018

An exhibition of paintings, wood carvings, ceramics, jewelry, needlepoints, and more depicting 4th-century Roman Saint Fabiola. The works in the show are copied from a 19th-century depiction of the Saint by French artist Jean-Jacques Henner and were collected by Belgian artist Francis Alÿs.

Zheng Chongbin: Clusters of Memory

Asia Society Texas Center

October 28, 2017 through July 8, 2018

"Artist Zheng Chongbin fuses western abstraction with the Chinese calligraphic tradition in works of ink and acrylic on paper, finding contemporary relevance from earlier forms of Asian ink art. Zheng’s works examine themes of time and memory, and their cumulative effects on both humanity and the natural world."

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