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More Real Than Reality Itself

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

Last Chance - 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.

Love Street, the Houston Scene, Market and First Ward Editions (sept 6 houston)

MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown

September 6 through 28, 2014

20 artists share their profound love for Houston’s love of its local arts community at A grocert store across from the TX Contemporary Art Fair. Artists include David A. Brown, Suzan Budge, Michael De La Cerda, Craig Dunn Clark, Kristen Cliburn, Gallery Homeland, GONZO247, David Graeve, Kimberly Gremillion, Merideth Jack, Kelli Scott Kelley, Laura Lark, Felipe Lopez, Lester Marks, MOD Museum of Drawing, Michael Macedo Meazell, Nate Nash, Mark Ponder, Patrick Renner, Alfredo Scaroina, and Stephanie Villareal. Curated by Michael Macedo Meazell.

Stephanie Darling: Biomorphic

Redbud Gallery

September 6 through 28, 2014

"Biomorphic is the result of her aim to absorb those transmutational qualities of decay related to the physical progression of death and the effects of scavenging within the animal kingdom into a deconstructive/reconstructive collage process analogous to the deterioration and resilience of life through death." - the press release


Gallery M Squared

September 6 through 30, 2014

Featuring graffiti artists from all over Texas: Austin: SLOKE - MEZ ONE - JONNY SLIE - REI ALVAREZ Houston: COLORS ONER - WEAH - SODE - GONZO247 Dallas: SONER San Antonio: SAINT - SUPHER - SOUPE - DUO ONE EL Paso: GRAVE - GEMS ONE - BRAVE ONE The Valley: NEWS

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.)  

Pieces of the Whole

The Community Artists' Collective

September 5 through October 4, 2014

Works by Aesha Lee, Gail E. Mebane, Marsha Outlaw, Daniel Daigle, Rose Sprott Swain, Shannon Duckworth, Eddie Hall and Ava Cosey. NB Community Artists Collective's new quarters at 4101 San Jacinto St., Suite 116, in the Bermac Arts Building!

Some Collages

Texas Gallery

September 4 through October 11, 2014

A large group show of seasoned artists working in collage. Pictured is Marnie Weber's "Wild Birds Under Pine” from 2000. This will be a fun grab bag of a show, with some very strong works not previously seen in Houston.

Four Worlds

Mariago Collective

September 13 through October 11, 2014

Kelly Moss, Brian Moss, Eric Ockrassa, and Luc Sokolowski, curated by Felipe Contreras.

Autumn Knight: GYN

Fresh Arts

September 5 through October 17, 2014

A multi-disciplinary installation and performance that tells a fictional story about the relationship between a woman and her multiple male gynecologists. After a variety of serious, life-threatening gynecological procedures, the patient begins to confuse the ongoing invasive medical examinations with romantic intimacy.

Fool's Gold: Katy Heinlein & Alika Herreshoff

Art Palace

September 5 through October 18, 2014

Two Houston artists share a common interest in simple forms with suggestive contours and keyed-up color, tempering the sublime with the slapstick comedy of spoonerisms, belches, and blank expressions.

Michael Villarreal: OOMPH

Art Palace

September 5 through October 18, 2014

Tactile paintings blur one's ability to distinguish landscape from figure and movement from stillness. In a palette ranging from mouthwatering frosting to sallow drywall putty, his work polarizes the viewer between an accessible image and aloof painterly expression.  In the passages of Villarreal's work, lines become ravines, figures become mountains, at once delicate and hasty.

Stories About Place

Sicardi Gallery

August 30 through October 18, 2014

Recent work by Gustavo Bonevardi, Dias & Riedweg, Cesar González, Liliana Porter, and Melanie Smith, on view in Sicardi's Project Room

Jerry Jeanmard: Paper People

Moody Gallery

September 13 through October 18, 2014

Collages from the Houston interior designer and artist, as featured in his new book from Herring Press. Jeanmard will sign copies of the book at the opening!

Regina Scully: Translations

Octavia Art Gallery

September 13 through October 20, 2014

Octavia Art Gallery of New Orleans' inaugural exhibition at their new Houston gallery space features imaginary landscapes by Regina Scully. She excavates her mind as she paints.  

Pepe Mar: Parco dei Mostri


September 5 through October 25, 2014

DiverseWorks has comissioned a large-scale, immersive installation from Miami artist Pepe Mar , who creates brightly-colored shadow boxes populated by handmade figurines cobbled from thrift store finds and glossy fashion magazines.  Mar will collaborate with schoolchildren on a series of live events that fuse Mexican folk traditions with contemporary urban life.

Eric Schnell: The Book of Pure Science

Devin Borden Gallery

September 5 through October 25, 2014

A delicate, tentative, room-sized installation of spindly twiggy things pasted together with scraps of watercolor drawings, augmented with more drawings, odds, ends and rocks. It's all about slowing down and thinking things over.

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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