Pressed: Prints from Latin America

Sicardi Gallery

Last Chance - July 10 through August 26, 2014

Prints produced at the venerable Barcelona press Polígrafa. Featuring prints by artists Carlos Cruz-Diez, León Ferrari, Guillermo Kuitca, Nelson Leirner, Jorge Macchi, Nicolás Paris, Liliana Porter, and Luis Tomasello. And, uh, this guy.

Francesca DiMattio: Housewares

Blaffer Art Museum

June 1 through August 30, 2014

DiMattio is known for her iconoclastic personal style and her keen instinct for materials, particuarly domestic goods (her last show at her gallery was titled "Table Setting and Flower Arranging"). This is her first solo museum show and first time to exhibit in Texas.

Mexican Masters

Redbud Gallery

August 2 through 31, 2014

Works on paper by Diego Rivera, Jose Orozco, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Francisco Toledo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Francisco Mora and others.

Aloe Vera

Gray Contemporary

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

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

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."

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.

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.)  

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.

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.

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