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Redbud Gallery

Last Chance - October 4 through 26, 2014

Featuring a selection of drawings by Houston-based artist Juan Aaron Castillo, whose artist statement about the show includes sentences such as this: “These sources converge intuitively toward graphic Debordian spectacle where all elements vie for meaning, context and relevance within a steam-hazed ectopic social narrative.”

Jim Roche: The Basic Rules

Art Guys World Headquarters

Last Chance - October 18 through 26, 2014

Before Jeff Koons and Matthew Barney, there was Jim Roche. Since his 1974 show at the Whitney, he's been steadily cranking it out. Described as "the artist as hippie dandy" and a "troublemaker," Roche will be exhibiting audio work, video work, and a brand new suite of drawings.  

Larry Bell: Three Decades of Art

Nicole Longnecker Gallery

Last Chance - October 25 through 26, 2014

For those who can’t make it out to Marfa to see his current installation, here’s your chance to catch bunches of work by one of the most well known artists to come out of the 60s West Coast “Light and Space” movement.

Abinadi Meza: Air, Condition

Blaffer Museum's Window Into Houston

Last Chance - 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.

Peter Lucas and Camilo Gonzalez: One Small Step

Matchbox Gallery Rice University

Last Chance - October 15 through 30, 2014

On the 45th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon and the 25th anniversary of the acclaimed documentary film For All Mankind, Lucas and Gonzalez have creatively transformed that film’s restored footage of the Apollo Moon missions, astronaut interviews, and ambient music soundtrack into an engaging, impressionistic, audiovisual installation triptych.

Josh Hagler: My Name is Nobody

Avis Frank Gallery

Last Chance - October 11 through 31, 2014

Known mainly for his large-scale semi-figurative canvases, Josh Hagler’s work has followed a natural evolution in the artists’s personal exploration and anxiety around religious thought and its history. In 2012, his animated video projection “The Evangelists” was based on interviews with four middle-aged men dealing with psychological trauma and included Hagler’s former neighbor who burned down their mutual San Francisco apartment building in 2007.


d. m. allison

Last Chance - October 11 through 31, 2014

We'll have to wait to analyze the evidence, but there are some interesting suspects in this group exhibition: Rick Lowe, Jesse Lott, Tracy Hicks, Noah Edmundson, Kelly Moran, Ken Little, Bob Schneider, Dr. Rockit, William Cokeley, Elizabeth Fox, Inka-Maaria Jurvanen, Ann Harithas, and Meredith Jack.

Women Who Wood Fire

18 Hands Gallery

Last Chance - October 18 through 31, 2014

The exhibition title says it all—five nationally-recognized women artists who use the process of wood-firing: Linda Christianson, Tara Wilson, Joy Tanner, JoAnne Dekeuster, and local artist Michelle Matthews

Billy Hassell: Welcome Home!

William Reaves Fine Art

Last Chance - October 17 through November 1, 2014

Billy Hassell has been painting grand scenes of Texas flora and fauna with his signature pulsating color for more than thirty years. This show includes twenty works from 1981 to present day.


Carol Piper Rugs

October 8 through November 5, 2014

Please join us for this, our LAST auction fundraiser! We have elegant, funny, handsome works by 16 artists, and they are looking for a good home! Special thanks to the artists and galleries who have participated the past couple of years, and please help us go out with a bang as we raise funds for the participating artists and Glasstire's writers. We're the biggest employer of arts writers in Texas, and we need your support!

James Buss: Outside the Phantastikon

Hello Project

October 10 through November 8, 2014

James Buss came from a school of thought that touted painting's demise and denounced the medium. In this exhibition, Buss defiantly asserts the value of the painting process without adhering to its familiar constraints. The exhibition consists of a series of works created from experimental procedures including photography, sculpture, books, drawing, and film.

Fusion: Steffani Frideres

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts

October 2 through November 8, 2014

Frideres’ cuurent work features encaustic silver gelatin prints produced through a labor-intensive process of multiple layers of wax, damar varnish, and oil pigments. The artist calls them, “a slightly fogged or soft focus memory reminiscent of another time and place, forgotten yet uncovered.”

27th Annual Día de los Muertos

Lawndale Art Center

October 20 through November 8, 2014

Almost three decades ago, Lawndale started handing out small 8 x 10” tins and inviting artists to create small works inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. Always a fun show including amateurs to big names, with proceeds going towards Lawndale programming.

Danny Rolph: Paradiso

Barbara Davis Gallery

October 10 through November 15, 2014

London-based artist Danny Rolph populates his work with Pop Art references and gestural marks located in sunsets inspired by the skies of West Texas and Baroque Venetian painting.

HJ Bott: Scribble Morphings

Anya Tish Gallery

October 10 through November 15, 2014

In his 67th year of exhibitions, Bott presents a collection of works expanding on what is known as the “24 Basic Scribbles,” the inherent, fundamental marks that are consistently found in the drawings of children—the building blocks that ultimately make up all written and visual languages across every culture.

Joanna Pousette-Dart: New Paintings

Texas Gallery

October 16 through November 22, 2014

Pousette-Dart has been making paintings since the early 70s and, in her new work, continues to be committed to abstract painting but with a strong emphasis on both color and line to make form, creating a vibrant painting style.

Jonathan Higgins and Chi Wara Pairs

Gallery Jatad

October 23 through November 22, 2014

Recent watercolor monotypes from master printmaker Higgins explore the balance between the rigidity of a system and the organic nature of material and impulse. In the small gallery, several Chi Wara Pairs from the Bamana people of Mali highlight the selection of antique African art.

Alexa Kleinbard and John Geldersma

Koelsch Haus

October 25 through November 22, 2014

Kleinbard is a self-taught painter, who for more than 30 years has explored folk medicines, scientific advances, the environment and the unsettling role of humans in the balance of nature through her work. Geldersma transforms raw materials into totemic poles, cairns, and tablets.

Yusuke Asai: yamatane

Rice University Art Gallery

October 2 through November 23, 2014

Rice University Art Gallery has commissioned Japanese artist Yusuke Asai to create an installation in conjunction with The Menil’s exhibition Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. In his immersive murals, Asai paints with different types of mud, dust, soil, and other natural materials he finds locally. For his first U.S. exhibition, Asai will transform Houston's swampy soil found in its bayous and surrounding areas into a stylized, fantastical landscape.

Creature Worlds

Rice University Art Gallery

October 2 through November 23, 2014

In the six short videos presented in Rice's RG Cubicle video space, animators create imaginative mini-universes full of animals, humans, and characters in between the two. Using stop-motion animation and other techniques, these creatures often playfully shift and morph to tell stories of larger cycles of life and evolution.

Rusty Scruby: Line to Circle

McMurtrey Gallery

October 25 through November 26, 2014

Scruby's obsessive mixed media works show his fascination with the beauty found in mathematics and personal memory.

Bethany Johnson: Field Notes

Moody Gallery

October 25 through November 26, 2014

Field Notes presents a selection of drawings that reference the careful study of natural sciences. Johnson's methodically drawn tight parallel lines evoke a variety of historical referents, from antique engravings and cartography through early computer graphics, television monitors and contemporary printing technologies.

Christopher St. Leger: Mass and Void

Hooks-Epstein Galleries

October 25 through November 26, 2014

St. Leger chooses the city and its people as the focus of his watercolors, "because the delicate spilling of watercolor on concrete isn't a gesture of expressionism—it's human vulnerability.”

Seeing the Light

Williams Tower Gallery

October 22 through November 28, 2014

Seeing the Light presents a diverse group of works in which light plays an essential role. Artists: Adela Andea, Steve Burtch, Marta Chilindron, Kristen Cliburn, Gabriel de la Mora, Don Foster, Thomas Glassford, Will Henry, Barbara Jackson, Perla Krauze, Michelle Prazak, Robert Ruello, Sigrid Sandstrom, Rusty Scruby, Brent Steen, Luis Tomasello, Liz Ward.

Vernon Fisher: Dissent of Man

Hiram Butler Gallery

October 4 through November 29, 2014

More meticulously crafted, deadpan goofy works from Fort Worth’s own Vernon Fisher. Internationally celebrated for well over three decades, he just stays in Texas and keeps making stuff.

Collector's Eye: The Maloney Collection


October 23 through November 29, 2014

The collection of James Edward Maloney features a wide range of museum-quality photography, from the classical and avant-garde to the contemporary.

Judith Foosaner & Gian Garofalo

Laura Rathe Fine Art

October 25 through November 29, 2014

Two artists explore abstraction, Garofalo paints in vivid stripes and Foosaner investigates the relationship between black and white tones and shadows.

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.

Buildering: Misbehaving the City

Blaffer Art Museum

September 21 through December 6, 2014

A traveling group exhibition exploring the creative misuse of built structures, suggesting the possibility of alternative forms of engagement, both physical and psychological— “parkour turned into art.” Organized by Steven Matijcio for the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati.

Deborah Roberts: One and Many

Art Palace

October 25 through December 20, 2014

Deborah Roberts contradicts and exposes uncomfortable truths, taboos and myths about Black identity and idealized beauty, giving a contemporary voice to personal and political histories.

Ebony Porter: The Quilt Show

Art Palace

October 25 through December 20, 2014

Ebony Porter presents a selection of hand-quilted pieces inspired by a cross-section of the American landscape, cultural histories, folklore, and minimalism. As studies in patience and repetition, her work pieces together time, space, heritage, and destiny.

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."

Robert Hodge: Destroy and Rebuild

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

October 3, 2014 through January 4, 2015

The first  solo museum show for Houston musician and visual artist, Robert Hodge. Though his practice has expanded to include site-specific sculpture and hip hop recording, Destroy and Rebuild features fifteen paintings and an off-site presentation of The Beauty Box, a second iteration of Hodge's 2013 site-specific sculpture, this time in Houston's Fifth Ward at 3705 Lyons Street.

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.

How the Light Gets In: Recent Work by Former Core Fellows

Glassell School of Art

October 10, 2014 through January 11, 2015

In homage to the building that has been the MFAH’s Core program's home since its inception, Mary Leclère and Lily Cox-Richard have organized a show of seven former Core fellows. Featuring works by Mequitta Ahuja, Vasco Araújo, Nick Barbee, Steffani Jemison, Karyn Olivier, Fraser Stables, and Jeff Williams. After this show, the Glassell will host the spring 2015 Core Exhibition and then THAT’S IT for this iconic building.

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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