Top Five: May 12, 2022

by Glasstire May 12, 2022

Glasstire counts down the top five art events in Texas.

For last week’s picks, please go here.

A digitally collaged image that includes six digitally manipulated photographs of road signs. Artwork by Ethel Shipton.

Ethel Shipton, “Los Dos Laredos y Más,” at the Laredo Center for the Arts

1. Ethel Shipton: Los Dos Laredos y Más
Laredo Center for the Arts
April 8 – June 3, 2022

From the Laredo Center for the Arts:
“Los Dos Laredos is a space from my past. It conjures the border towns of my youth, Laredo and Nuevo Laredo. This place, now so changed, lives on in my memories and in the stories my family chooses to tell. It is a magical place, and a large one with a combined population of 775,481, together the two towns spread over 786.26 square miles. There, people moved freely back and forth across a river, between two cities, between two countries, and between two languages.”

2022 SpeedBump Tour at various venues in Dallas Ma 14 2022

2. 2022 SpeedBump Tour
Various Venues Across Dallas
May 14, 12-6 PM

From the the tour organizers:
“The artists of Oak Cliff welcome you into their homes and studios for the annual SpeedBump Art Tour. Featuring: Chuck & George, Divine Shrine, Dragons Fire Pottery, Human Beams, Claire Moore, Oak Cliff Cultural Center—Juried Exhibition, Oil and Cotton—Lots happening!, Oak Cliff Pottery, FurrRader Workshop, Robb Conover, Terrain Dallas, Elizabeth Mellott, Scott Winterrowd, Angela Faz Studio, and Savoy Street Studio.

A detail of a painting by Hayley Labrum Morrison. The image depicts a person's eye with both the pupil and white areas replaced by an image of a sculpture of Christ set against a starry blue sky.

Exhibition graphic for “Hayley Labrum Morrison: Of(f) the Body,” at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin

3. Hayley Labrum Morrison: Of(f) the Body
Dougherty Arts Center (Austin)
May 7 – July 2, 2022

From the artist:
“Teachings of purity, modesty, and meekness are central to a young Mormon woman’s spiritual curriculum. Of(f) the Body examines the effects these definitions of worthiness can have on the female spirit, mind, and body.”

A woven work by Marcos Hernandez Chavez featuring two vaqueros sitting and eating corn.

Marcos Hernandez Chavez, “The corn eaters” from “El baile de los que sobran.” (full image, left; detail image, right), 2022, wool yarn woven on hand built frame, 96 x 96 inches

4. Marcos Hernandez Chavez: El baile de los que sobran
Hooks-Epstein Galleries (Houston)
April 23 – May 26, 2022

From Hooks-Epstein Galleries:
“Marcos Hernandez Chavez has developed his creative style over time as a result of his constant experimentation and transformation of everyday construction materials such as tar, sand, asphalt, and drywall sheets. In his most recent body of work, Chavez leans into finding new materials to create his pieces and often relies on an expressionist compositional origin for his artwork. His practice has evolved to focus on the use of fibers; he constructs wooden pegboards and weaves various colored strings, layering them until he can no longer entwine the pegs.

In this exhibition, entitled El baile de los que sobran, which translates to ‘The dance of those left over,’ Chavez means to create a more concrete emphasis on the subjects in his work, while showcasing the craft authorship and the human heritage that are inherent in each piece. He further delves into themes of labor, environmental issues, and economic and social disparity.”

A photograph of a Black mother with her arm around her pre-teen daughter. They stand in their backyard and the mother olds a large gun in her other hand. Photograph by Christian K. Lee.

Christian K. Lee, “Armed Doesn’t Mean Dangerous,” at San Antonio Center for Photography in San Antonio

5. Christian K. Lee: Armed Doesn’t Mean Dangerous (SA)
San Antonio Center of Photography
May 6- July 23, 2022

From the San Antonio Center of Photography:
“In America, Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. Christian K. Lee set out to change that. Growing up in Chicago, Lee routinely saw negative portrayals of Black Americans with guns. Black men across America who owned handguns were associated with gangs and criminals. This phenomenon made it difficult for him to grasp wanting to own a firearm. But at home, Lee saw a positive, responsible side of firearms ownership. His father was an Army veteran and a police officer.

Armed Doesn’t Mean Dangerous aims to promote a more balanced archive of Black Americans with firearms by showing responsible gun owners — those who use these weapons for sport, hobby, and protection. Many of the subjects Lee photographs are middle-class professionals, which he believes are designations that have allowed them to escape much of the stigma attached to Black gun ownership in America. Lee hopes to dismantle outdated stereotypes that deem being Black and armed as dangerous, threatening, and contrary to what it means to be a law-abiding citizen in the United States. He often wonders if people’s perceptions would change if his subjects lived in different ZIP codes or were photographed in attire stereotypically connected with violence.”

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