Glasstire counts down the top five art events in Texas.
For last week’s picks, please go here.
1. JAMES DRAKE: CAN WE KNOW THE SOUND OF FORGIVENESS
Moody Gallery (Houston)
September 18 – November 20, 2021
A show of works by artist James Drake. This is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition with the gallery. From Moody Gallery: “For this exhibition, Drake continues to explore the themes of humanity and the complexities surrounding the borders between chaos, desperation, and forgiveness. A monumental twelve by twenty-four foot charcoal drawing mounted on canvas is featured. Working drawings and sketches will also be on view.”
2. Black Bodies, White Spaces: Invisibility & Hypervisibility
Dallas Art Fair Projects
October 9 – January 27, 2022
From the Green Family Art Foundation
“The Green Family Art Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition Black Bodies, White Spaces: Invisibility & Hypervisibility, an exhibition curated by London-based curator Aindrea Emelife.
Inspired in part by the pivotal 20th century text Black Skin, White Masks by French philosopher Frantz Fanon, this exhibition explores how artists have critiqued, navigated, and engaged with the complexity of constructed and produced Blackness.
The work in this show depicts a legacy of artists who have expanded the artistic language and public understanding of the role and function of ‘Black art.'”
3. Molly Zuckerman-Hartung: Comic Relief
Blaffer Art Museum (Houston)
October 31 – March 13, 2022
From the Blaffer Art Museum:
“Comic Relief is the first major museum survey devoted to the iconoclastic American artist, writer, and educator Molly Zuckerman-Hartung (b. 1975). Featuring over 100 artworks made across the past 20 years, this exhibition celebrates multiple dimensions of Zuckerman-Hartung’s punk-influenced aesthetic — tracing an expansive practice that spans assemblage, paintings and sculptures, drawings and prints, photographs, writing, and performance.”
B-Space Art House (New Braunfels)
September 25 – November 6, 2021
From B-Space Art House:
“Welcome, B-Apace Art House’s inaugural exhibit, will highlight the works of thirteen compelling contemporary artists including Lane Banks, Veronica Ceci & Hunter LV Elliott, Andrew Decaen, Abigail Edwards, Brent Fogt, Maria Haag, Megan Hildebrandt, Theresa Newsome, Ken O’Toole, Nathan Porterfield, Madelline Vicencio, and Michael Villareal.
This show displays a range of approaches tied together through a loosely modern and fresh aesthetic. A common thread is an experimental yet particular and refined attitude towards the various mediums exhibited. A prevalent theme is the transformation of everyday materials, objects and forms, while some works translate ideas with abstract composition and surface as the driving element.”
5. As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes + As, Not For: Juntos Desmantelando
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Downtown
November 5 – 18, 2021
From Texas A&M-Corpus Christi:
“Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s (TAMUCC) department of Graphic Design presents the exhibition, As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes, an incomplete historical survey of work created by African American graphic designers over the last century. In collaboration with curator Jerome Harris, As, Not For: Juntos Desmantelando is a new companion exhibition that highlights the missing Latinx experiences and influence throughout graphic design history based on the research by TAMUCC graphic design students.
Both exhibitions will be simultaneously installed on the exterior of the Downtown TAMUCC Building at 401 Lomax St, Corpus Christi, Texas from November 5 to 18, 2021. The TAMUCC edition of As, Not For is organized by Assistant Professor of Art, Joshua Duttweiler.”
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In all the descriptions and reviews of James Drake’s “Can We Know the Sound of Forgiveness”, an exhibition at Moody Gallery, I have not seen or heard an acknowledgement of a very possible influence: the Flemish artist Louis Finson (1580-1617) as he portrayed Air, Fire, Water, and Earth as flesh-and-blood rivals, faces contorted with exertion, muscles bursting with energy. (Quoting from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Magazine “The Body” Issue 17 2020) ” Finson greatly admired Caravaggio, evident in the dramatic lighting, bold colors, cropped composition, and realistic forms”. Finson’s churning circle of primeval struggle could address Ovid’s description of Chaos and the Four Elements from the Metamorphoses: “Nature showed alike in her whole round, which state have men called chaos: a rough unordered mass of things, nothing at all save lifeless bulk and warring seeds of ill-matched elements heaped in one.” See this work in the collection of the