Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola, “when the moon shines,” 2024


This week brings in a site-specific projection-based poetry event by Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola and a survey of New York-based artist Blake Rayne at Blaffer Art Museum, as well as a number of exhibition openings, performances and discussions as part of Sculpture Month Houston.


Thursday, October 20


Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola: Eastext at galleryHOMELAND

As the second of three live projection performances, multimedia artist Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola presents Eastext at galleryHOMELAND (3401 Harrisburg) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  The event takes place outside with text projections on the building’s façade from a moving vehicle, followed by an artist talk and recitations by local poets. By literally using the East End as a canvas for his poetry, Gimenez-Zapiola seeks to promote the integration, engagement and enrichment of the community with its various cultural identities. Check out FPH’s interview with Gimenez-Zapiola to find out more about the project and his creative process.


Discussion — Paul Kittelson: 30 X 30 at Rudolph Blume Fine Art

At 7 pm, join Rudolph Blume Fine Art (1836 Richmond) for a micro-lecture by Houston-based sculptor Paul Kittelson as part of the programing for Sculpture Month Houston. In the talk, Kittelson will attempt to share his thirty years of art making in a thirty minute presentation, followed by a Q & A session.


Friday, October 21


Opening Reception — It’s Going to be Huuuge at Gspot Contemporary Art Space

From 6 to 8 pm, Gspot Contemporary Art Space (310 E. 9th) is hosting the opening reception for It’s Going to be Huuuge, a group exhibition of Houston-based sculptors as part of Sculpture Month Houston. The exhibition features work by Rahul Mitra, Hank Bond, Claire Webb, Randall Mosman, Brandon / Ashley Nepote, and Conner / Larson / Renner. The exhibition will be on view through November 3.


Opening Reception — Proof Through the Night at Capitol Street Gallery

From 6 to 9 pm, join Capitol Street Gallery (6701 Capitol) for the opening reception of the group exhibition, Proof Through the Night. In conjunction with Sculpture Month Houston, featured artists include Chaffee+Huerta, Felipe Contreras, Casey Arguelles Gregory, Joseph Havel, Benito Huerta, Ken Little, Gissette Padilla and George Smith. The exhibition will be on view through November 19.


Opening Reception — Michael Bhichitkul: Five New Paintings at Blank Check Gallery

From 6 to 10 pm, Blank Check Gallery (1834 1/2 Westheimer) is hosting the opening reception for Michael Bhichitkul’s solo exhibition Five New Paintings. The exhibition consists of site-specific works that explore themes of trial and error and the organizational process referencing Bhichitkul’s day-to-day studio practice, subverted with the artist’s trademark sense of humor. The exhibition will be on view until November 13.


Blake Rayne, “Almanac,” 2024

Opening Reception — Blake Rayne: Cabin of the Accused at Blaffer Art Museum

From 7 to 9 pm, Blaffer Art Museum (4173 Elgin) is hosting the opening reception for Blake Rayne’s midcareer survey Cabin of the Accused. The exhibition by the New York-based artist features major works completed from 2024 to present which showcase the scope of his work in various media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking and installation, and will feature new site-specific projects as well. The exhibition will be on view through March 18, 2024.


Discussion — Liberate Tate at Art League Houston

From 7 to 9 pm, join Art League Houston (1953 Montrose) for a performance lecture as part of the Liberate Tate tour. The Tate galleries are sharing their experience of successfully removing the oil sponsor BP from their galleries with a discussion by artists, activists, cultural allies and friends. Through the tour’s events, the Tate will share their strategies, tactics and experiences of making unsanctioned Live Art in the Tate galleries for the past six years and explore how they operated both inside and outside of the gallery to shift power and transform perceptions.


Screening — Midnight Madness: American Psycho at River Oaks Theatre

The River Oaks Theatre (2009 West Gray) is hosting another of their popular “Midnight Madness” screenings, this time of American Psycho. The film, based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, follows Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), a wealthy Wall Street alpha-male who also happens to be a psychotic killer. Tickets are $10 and the screening starts at midnight. An additional screening will be held on Saturday at midnight.


Saturday, October 22


Dan Havel and Dean Ruck: Sharp at 6822 Rowan Lane

Also in celebration of Sculpture Month Houston, Dan Havel and Dean Ruck present a new “open house” installation Sharp, hosted by Seeds of Sharpstown, at 6822 Rowan Lane. The installation, which explores redefining condemned architecture prior to its demolition or restoration, runs from noon to 8 pm.


Performance — What is Art: A Composition by Robert Nelson at The Silos on Sawyer

As part of the programing for Sculpture Month Houston, head over to The Silos on Sawyer (1502 Sawyer) for a performance of Robert Nelson’s composition, What is Art. Performed by mezzo-soprano Sonja Bruzauskas, oboist Anne Leek and cellist Chris French, the performance begins at 2 pm. A tour of SITE Gallery Houston, featuring the artists, will follow the performance.


Artist Reception — Dirk Rathke: Foldings at Gallery Sonja Roesch

Dirk Rathke, “Distorted Square, Pink (#762),” 2024

From 5 to 7 pm, join Gallery Sonja Roesch (2309 Caroline) for an artist reception for Berlin-based artist Dirk Rathke’s exhibition Foldings. Rathke creates geometric objects of painted metal, with the relationship between line, area, space and movement as the primary emphasis. The exhibition is on view through October 29.


Opening Reception — Ed Wilson: Soaring in the Clouds at Moody Gallery

From 6 to 8 pm, Moody Gallery (2815 Colquitt) is hosting the opening reception for Ed Wilson’s solo exhibition Soaring in the Clouds. The exhibition is concurrent to the unveiling of Wilson’s public sculpture commission at the George R. Brown Convention Center, awarded by the Houston Arts Alliance. Support material for his commission will be featured at Moody Gallery, including a model of the sculpture at GRB. The exhibition will be on view through November 19.


Opening Reception — Outta Space at Rudolph Blume Fine Art

From 6 to 9 pm, join Rudolph Blume Fine Art (1836 Richmond) for the opening reception for the group exhibition Outta Space. The exhibition, curated for Sculpture Month Houston, features work by Emily Fleisher, Emily Link, Michael Kirby, Anthony Suber, Abby Sherrill, Antarctica Black, Ken Beasley and Gaison Alvizures. Outta Space will be on view through November 19.