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Aloe Vera

Gray Contemporary

Last Chance - August 15 through September 5, 2014

Group show with Christopher Derek Bruno, Mary Bucci McCoy, Ron Buffington, Galen Cheney, Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Myongwon Kim, Dmitri Obergfell, Nathan Westerman, Douglas Witmer and Deborah Zlotsky.

Candice Breitz: The Woods

Blaffer Art Museum

Last Chance - June 1 through September 6, 2014

Three video installations by the South African artist that examine the world of child performers. Before there was Lindsey Lohan, tabloid cash cow, there was Lindsey Lohan, unknown little girl auditioning for a camera. Shot in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Lagos.

A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James

The Menil Collection

Last Chance - May 31 through September 7, 2014

Neatly coinciding with Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Menil's version explores the commissions, both clothes and furniture, that James received from the de Menils. His plush velvet furnishings (including this settee) were in stark contrast to the hard-edged minimalism of their Philip Johnson-designed home in River Oaks. Let the sartorial saturnalia begin!

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

June 15 through September 14, 2014

Here you go, urban planning buffs and historical architectural hand-wringers: "At the heart of the show are compelling views of Paris both before and after many of its historic neighborhoods were razed to make way for broad boulevards, monumental buildings and manicured parks."

Project Row Houses 2014 Summer Studios

Project Row Houses

August 23 through September 14, 2014

Project Row Houses Summer Residents reveal the fruits of their 6 weeks' labor! The opening will run in tandem with this month's Third Ward Community Market and Talent Showcase. Featuring the work of Jessica Fuquay, Rice University; Mayra Huerta, University of Houston; Layla Jones, Texas Southern University; Katelyn Newman, Sam Houston University; Trinh Nguyen, University of Houston; Randi Long & James Radcliffe, University of Houston; and Charisse Weston.

More Real Than Reality Itself

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

June 27 through September 21, 2014

New video works Andrea Geyer, Camille Henrot, Laure Prouvost, and A. L. Steiner. The lineup is a who's who of recently lauded video artists (who also all happen to be women): Prouvost won the 2013 Turner Prize; Henrot won a Silver Lion award as the most promising young artist at the 2013 Venice Biennial; Geyer was a recent MoMA resident; and Hyperallergic said that Steiner's piece in this year's Whitney Biennial was "one of the few pieces that pulls you in with a seductive complexity." Overheated star machine claptrap, or something genuinely worth spending your time on? We're betting on the latter, at least for some of these works.

Earl Staley: Reconstructions

Jung Center

September 2 through 25, 2014

Local legend Staley has reconfigured his own paintings of Greco-Roman mythology from 30 years ago by cutting the work into strips, repainting each with strokes and dots, and reattaching the strips to new canvases.

Texas Sculpture Group 2014: A Panoramic View

Lawndale Art Center

August 22 through September 27, 2014

Curated by James Surls in memory of late Texas Sculpture Group members Lee Littlefield, Bert Long, Jr. and Damian Priour, this giant show of 80+ artists will include bronze casting, video and performance, site-specific installations, light and sound, and craft bombing. This is a biggie: Lawndale is giving over all of its galleries, as well as its outdoor garden space, to this enormous show. A rare chance to see many of the big names in Texas sculpture in one shot.

Houston Founder's at City Hall

Houston City Hall

June 20 through October 1, 2014

Works by Houston's "earlier painters" installed in various conference rooms throughout city hall. Included are works by David Adickes, John Biggers, Jack Boynton, Roylin Bradley, Lamar Briggs, Emma Richardson Cherry, Bill Condon, Diedre Curnell, Charles Criner, Don Edelman, Frank Freed, Henri Gadbois, Karl Hall, Dorothy Hood, Otis Huband, Earlie Hudnall, Grace Spaulding John, Paul Maxwell, Leila McConnell, William McKenna, Herb Mears, Adrienne Rison, E.M. “Buck” Schiwetz, Charles Schorre, Chester Snowden, Earl Staley, Richard Stout, Stella Sullivan, Anthony Thibodeaux, and Dick Wray. (And no, we're not sure about the apostrophe in the title either.)  

Ariel and Christopher Lavery: Anything That Has A Front

SHSU Student Satellite Gallery

September 2 through October 9, 2014

It's hard to tell whether emerging artists Ariel and Christopher Lavery are related or not; we know for sure that they're young and they have strong ties to Colorado. In Huntsville they'll be showing conceptual sculpture about "some mammoth and fraught concerns about our human footprint."

Abinadi Meza: Air, Condition

Blaffer Museum's Window Into Houston

August 8 through October 29, 2014

A sound and video installation composed of field recordings collected throughout Houston. "Paired with a video looking towards the Houston sky, Air, Condition explores the uncontainable sources and receptors of this soundscape as political matter, for even the air is not neutral." Golly.

Right Here, Right Now: Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

August 23 through November 30, 2014

The first of "an occasional and ongoing series through which the museum will investigate localized artistic practices." (Read: we'll do shows of local artists from time to time, but don't hold us to any kind of schedule!) The CAMH's Bill Arning, Valerie Cassell Oliver and Dean Daderko each chose a Houston artist to feature: Debra Barrera, Nathaniel Donnett, and Carrie Marie Schneider, respectively.

Transported + Renewed

September 1 through November 30, 2014

A massive three-month project involving parades, visual arts installations, performances, outdoor concerts, and much more—all in celebration of the centennial of the Houston Ship Channel. We'll be selectively posting some of the individual events as they occur, but click here for the full, hefty listing of this ambitious project.

Dario Robleto: The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed

Menil Collection

August 15, 2014 through January 4, 2015

This exhibit is the perfect union of cabinet of curiosity artist and cabinet of curiosity. Robleto has been researching NASA heartbeat recordings as well as the recent medical breakthrough of the beatless artificial heart, for "the largely unexplored history of the human heartbeat."

The People's Plate with Otabenga Jones & Associates: Lawndale 2014 mural

Lawndale Art Center

February 28, 2014 through January 10, 2015

The 2014 mural at Lawndale Art Center will feature Otabenga Jones & Associates. This project will be the fourth mural at Lawndale Art Center. In addition to the mural at Lawndale there will be a series of adjacent programs, kicking off a year-long commitment to health education. Programs will include cooking classes, a foraging workshop, an urban gardening workshop and a line of mass produced lunchboxes that will be made available to the public.

Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel

Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson Building

September 2, 2014 through January 31, 2015

Houston wouldn't be Houston without the Ship Channel, and this show will explore the "lore of work" associated with the city's port — and there is nothing not to love about their press image of the heavily tattooed young man suggestively wrangling two big ropes. Dockworkers of the world, UNITE! In conjunction with Transported + Renewed.

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Top Five: August 28, 2014

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