Top Five: March 24, 2022

by Glasstire March 24, 2022

Glasstire counts down the top five art events in Texas.

For last week’s picks, please go here.

An installation view of work by Ursula von Rydingsvard. A large freestanding wooden sculpture sits at the back of the gallery and two smaller relief sculptures hang on the gallery walls.

Ursula von Rydingsvard, 2022, installation view at Talley Dunn Gallery.

1. Ursula von Rydingsvard
Talley Dunn Gallery (Dallas)
January 22 – April 2, 2022

From Talley Dunn Gallery:
“Talley Dunn Gallery is deeply honored to announce a solo exhibition of one of the foremost contemporary sculptors of our time—Ursula von Rydingsvard. Having exhibited extensively in the United States and in Europe, this is the first major exhibition of the artist’s sculpture in Texas. Ursula von Rydingsvard works with uniform beams of milled cedar and intuitively sculpts these towering pillars of wood with her own two hands, wielding a circular saw like a painter might hold a paintbrush. Von Rydingsvard’s organically abstract sculptures are finished with a graphite patina applied by the artist, and rubbed into the gestural grooves of the sculptures’ lyrically multifaceted surfaces.”

A still image from a digital video by Sindhu Thirumalaisamy. The image shows a blurred background of what appears to be rows of buildings. In the foreground, a person holds a cell phone that displays an image of a colorful sunset.

Sindhu Thirumalaisamy, “The Lake and The Lake,” 2019, digital video. © Sindhu Thirumalaisamy

2. 2022 Core Exhibition
Glassell School of Art (Houston)
March 10 – April 22, 2022

From the Glassell School of Art:
“Every year, the Core Program at the Glassell School of Art awards residencies to artists and critical writers, culminating in the spring with an exhibition and yearbook.

The 2022 Core Exhibition features work by the 2021–2022 artists-in-residence: Mickey Aloisio, Bryan Castro, Maggie Jensen, Jagdeep Raina, Fred Schmidt-Arenales, and Sindhu Thirumalaisamy. This year’s Core critics-in-residence, Víctor Albarracín Llanos and Karen Schiff, have contributed essays based on their independent research to the 2022 Core Yearbook, published in conjunction with the exhibition.”

A photograph of a ceramic object made by Keita Suto. The sculpture is of a sake bottle which appears to be broken at the top. The bottle is painted black and has white nails sticking out of it. The nails form an X pattern across the object and are connected by a white thread. There are also spots or red paint on the vessel.

Keita Suto, “SAKE bottle,” 2022, ceramic, nails, paint, and thread,
approximately 4.5 x 4 x 6.5 inches. Image courtesy of Peter Augustus Gallery.

3. The Congregation
Peter Augustus Gallery (Dallas)
March 19 – April 30, 2022

From Peter Augustus Gallery:
“After spending our first year in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Dallas, the gallery is pleased to announce our relocation to the Design District: 2268 Monitor Street, Unit C
Dallas, Texas 75207.

The Congregation, is a ceramics and textile show featuring 7 artists from Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States. Featured artists include Ryan Cheng, Nishiko Hariko, Yuri Hasegawa, Stephanie H. Shih, Keita Suto, Mari Tranimoto, and Hiroyuki Yamada.”

A slightly stylized painting of a calico cat resting on a green chair. Artwork by Isabelle Zimmerman.

Isabelle Zimmerman, “Cat’s Cradle,” 2022.

4. 44th MFA Thesis Exhibition
Blaffer Art Museum (Houston)
March 25 – April 10, 2022

From the University of Houston:
“Join the School of Art for the 44th Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in the Blaffer Art Museum. The exhibition is the culmination of the School of Art’s three-year MFA program and will present the work of thirteen graduate students from the School’s five studio programs.

Featuring: Haoua Amadou, Jen Bootwala, Marcelese Cooper, Miriam A. Donis, Noelle Dunahoe, Liz Gates, María Jacinta Majithia, Tiffany Angel Nesbit, Sydney Parks, Brent Reaney, Ashita Sawhney, Douglas Welsh, and Isabelle Zimmerman.”

A painting by an unknown artist that depicts symbols related to the Odd Fellows. There is one large circle in the center depicting a tent and around that are six smaller circles. The smaller circles contain the following items: a balance scale, a bow with three arrows, a bundle of sticks, a linked chain, a skull with two swords, and a hand holding a red heart.

Unidentified Artist, “Independent Order of Odd Fellows Tracing Board,” 1850-1900, oil on canvas. Courtesy Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel, 2015.1.29

5. Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Gift to the American Folk Art Museum
The Bullock Texas State History Museum (Austin)
November 20, 2021 – March 27, 2022

From the Bullock Museum:
Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Gift to the American Folk Art Museum explores the symbolism and rich histories that have fascinated and influenced American culture for hundreds of years.

The Masons and Odd Fellows trace their roots back to Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries before reaching America by the 1700s. By the early 1900s, Freemasonry and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows had reached a popularity where it is estimated one in five men belonged to one of the secret societies. Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges began in Texas in the 1830s and continue today. There are currently 914 Masonic lodges in Texas with more than 122,000 members and 36 Odd Fellows lodges that serve 1,600 members. Both societies were formed as benevolent groups that serve their communities through the charitable support of orphans, the sick, and the poor.

Mystery and Benevolence guides visitors through the fraternal ideals of Passage, Wisdom, Fellowship, Labor, and Charity, and artifacts within each section demonstrate the ways Freemasons and Oddfellows teach these concepts and values through secretive iconography.”

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