Between Land and Sea: The Hidden Agenda
Debra Barrera, “E,” 2024 (detail). From “Meninas” at Moody Gallery.
This week brings in a number of unique arts events, including a new exhibition at The Menil Collection and the first installment of an experimental music series at The Station Museum of Contemporary Art.
Tuesday, April 11
Screening — CORE Artists-in-Residence Short Films at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
From 7 to 8 pm, join the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (1001 Bissonnet) for a free screening of several short films from 2024 CORE artists-in-residence, including Felipe Steinberg, Sondra Perry, Yue Nakayama and Shana Hoehn. A panel discussion led by critic-in-residence Ruslana Lichtzier will follow after the screening.
Wednesday, April 12
Performance — Station Sound Series at The Station Museum of Contemporary Art
Starting at 6:30 pm, The Station Museum of Contemporary Art (1502 Alabama) hosts the first of a series of experimental sound and music performances. For this installment, artists include Collin Hedrick, Edison Carhuaricra, Briefcase Brad, Tsuyoshi Anzai, Megan Easely and Gerritt Wittmer. You can expect dynamics to run the gamut from electronic, ambient and industrial to field recordings, noise and drone.
Thursday, April 13
Opening Reception — Hedwige Jacobs: Drawn to the Inside at The TANK Space
From 6 to 8 pm, The TANK Space at Spring Street Studios (1824 Spring) will host the reception for Hedwige Jacobs’ installation Drawn to the Inside. The installation presents a window into an interior space covered floor to ceiling in Jacobs’ massive, hand drawn, woven patterns, creating a unique perspective into the artist’s meticulously crafted world. The exhibition is on view through April 23.
Performance — A Conversation with Sol at Rice Gallery
From 8 to 9 pm, the Transitory Sound and Movement Collective premieres a new collaborative experiential work A Conversation with Sol at Rice Gallery (6100 Main). Multimedia and sound artist Lynn Lane will present a new work that combines sound art, music and dance to pair with the current installation, Sol Lewitt’s Glossy and Flat Black Squares.
Friday, April 14
Exhibition Opening — Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip at The Menil Collection
The Menil Collection (1533 Sul Ross) presents Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip, a selection of early work by Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney, Chryssa, Robert Indiana and Jack Youngerman. The featured artists were among a group of creatives living and working during the late ’50s and early ’60s in the old seaport at the lower tip of Manhattan called the Coenties Slip, an area distinguished by its views of the Brooklyn Bridge and proximity between land and sea. Featuring 27 aesthetically unique works, the exhibition is tied together with the artists’ desire to create distinct abstract pieces. The exhibition will be on view through August 6.
Closing Reception and Discussion — Ryder Richards: There’s no “I” in “Win” at BLUEOrange Contemporary
From 6 to 9 pm, BLUEorange Contemporary (1208 West Gray) is hosting the closing reception for Ryder Richards’ solo exhibition There’s no “I” in “Win.” Richards theorizes the ideological stance of social signaling through truck modification, hunting, and partisan language. Richards will discuss the concepts behind the works, which he realizes using his knowledge of precarious labor politics and modern American culture.
Saturday, April 15
Closing Reception — Orna Feinstein: Asherah at Anya Tish Gallery
From 3 to 5 pm, Anya Tish Gallery (4411 Montrose) will host the closing reception for Houston-based artist Orna Feinstein’s exhibition Asherah. The exhibition features new multi-dimensional monoprints and large-scale installation by the Israel-born artist. Feinstein’s process-oriented work draws heavily from the inherent geometry found within nature, most notably trees, and the idea that each tree and its forms are as unique as the prints she produces.
Discussion — Debra Barrera: Menina at Moody Gallery
At 3 pm, Moody Gallery (2815 Colquitt) presents a talk by Texas artist Debra Barrera as she discusses her current exhibition Menina. The artist will reflect on the collection of photographs, drawings and sculptures inspired by the lavish rooms and opulent decorations of Barrera’s childhood home. The exhibition is on view through May 13.
Discussion — five missing objects: 2017 CORE Exhibition at Lawndale Art Center
In conjunction with the acclaimed CORE Program at Glassell School of Art at the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main) will host five missing objects, a presentation by critic-in-residence Ruslana Lichzier, reflecting on five historical cases spanning from the time of Pompeii’s eruption to the advent of “alternative facts.” Lichzier will explore the ignorance and desire related to knowledge production based on these events and the implied dynamics of what is missing from each.