Top Five: November 12, 2020

by Glasstire November 12, 2020

Christopher Blay and William Sarradet on a show about Black hair, an artist creating voids in space, and another artist’s  take on the grit and grind of the working class.

“Giovanni Valderas is a great example of an artist who makes work about his community, but then he’s also on the ground, organizing and doing political work.”

To watch last week’s episode in which Brandon Zech and Christina Rees talk about the solo debut of a Texas transplant, a show about sanctuary cities, and a show of disappearing Austin, please go here.

Giovanni Valderas- Grit/Grind at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas November 12 20201.  Giovanni Valderas: Grit/Grind
November 12 – December 6
Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas)

From Valderas, via the Nasher Sculpture Center:

“The grit that we all have coming from working class families, we get it done no matter what. Our bills need to be paid, so we are going to figure out a way to do that. But it is also the grind that takes a toll on us through constantly driving or constantly working these low-paying jobs and we see that reflected in our health. We have brown and black families that have shorter life expectancies than say a white family in North Dallas.”


2. Casey Leone: What is to give light must endure burning
November 12 – December 13
Fort Worth Community Arts Center (FWCAC)

From FWCAC and Rafael Barrientos Martinez:

“At the heart of Casey Leone’s artistic method, using gestures both constructive and deconstructive, is a drive to seek out and explore narratives oftentimes buried within the seemingly familiar. Leone beckons viewers to consider how these spaces perform as stages for the viewing and judgement of cultural production while questioning such places’ role as purveyors of greater enlightenment. This line of investigation is all the more timely given such spaces’ ongoing transformations to cope with and adjust to the challenges and growing needs that face them today.” 


BREAKING TRADITION- CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO THE DECORATIVE ARTS at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston September 24 2020

3. Breaking Tradition: Contemporary Approaches to the Decorative Arts
October 15 – January 2, 2021
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC)

Form the HCCC:

“Breaking Tradition: Contemporary Approaches to the Decorative Arts features three artists — Sophie Glenn, Steven Young Lee, and Beth Lipman — who challenge the dominant cultural narratives of the decorative arts through unconventional furniture, porcelain, photography, and cast-metal pieces.

“Historically, the decorative arts prize a strict hierarchy of material and technique set forth by a select group of arts professionals and collectors. HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall says the artists in this exhibition disrupt assumptions about the genre’s history, by making it relatable to a broader audience: “By recontextualizing traditional archetypes, patterns, and decorative motifs in a modern world, these three artists look critically at how they identify with these cultural artifacts.”



Hair Story- Myths, Magic and Methods of Black Hair at the African American Museum of Dallas November 14 20204. Hair Story: Myths, Magic and Methods of Black Hair
November 14 – February 13, 2021
African American Museum (Dallas)

From the Museum:

Hair Story seeks to explore how Black hair is more than mere follicles: it’s economic, political, and spiritual. The exhibit is curated by and features work from Dallas-based visual artists LaShonda Cooks, Art-Fro Kreationz, Ciara Elle Bryant, Danielle Demetria, Feniiix Raiii, Loosemedium, and Youveline Joseph and seeks to celebrate Black hair and its complicated roots.


Finding Necessities at ICOSA Collective in Austin November 13 2020

5. Finding Necessities
November 13 – November 22
ICOSA Collective (Austin)


Finding Necessities navigates the viewer through works of curiosity, resistance, healing, and imagination. Without curiosity we remain stagnant, without resistance we don’t evolve, without healing we lack tenderness, and without imagination we cannot escape. These grounding gestures ebb and flow throughout one’s existence, playing a role in the evolution of self. The eight selected artists: Alejandro T. Acierto, Yunkyoung Cho, B. Chehayed, LJANELLE, Kirsten Lofgren, La Rissa Rogers, Luis Vasquez, and Rodell Warner create works that speak to various pivotal moments of movement and restoration.

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