Leon casino, Pipilotti Rist, “Worry Will Vanish Dissolution.” Couresty of the artist, Luhring Augustine and Hauser & Wirth
This week presents a diverse selection of arts events, including exhibition openings at Art League Houston, Art Palace and Samara Gallery, a workshop on art collecting, and the opening of two new immersive installations at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Thursday, June 8
From 6 to 8 pm, Samara Gallery (3911 Main) will host the opening reception for two solo exhibitions, A Treatise on Love by Houston-based artist Ann Marie Vancas and Whispers by Iranian artist Maryam Lavaf. Vancas presents a selection of surrealist and abstract works featuring bright colors, images and shapes, while Lavaf’s complex yet subdued abstract works on canvas and ceramics provide an interesting counterbalance. The exhibitions will be on view through July 8.
From 6 to 8 pm, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will present a special introductory workshop on art collecting at Jonathan Hopson Gallery (904 Marshall). Led by Sara Cain and Cali A. Pettigrew, patrons will learn the basics of navigating galleries, artist studios and auction houses, as well as how to strategize purchases and maintain an art collection. Admission is free for CAMH’s Young Patrons members and the general public can purchase tickets for $10 online or $15 at the door.
From 6 to 8 pm, Art Palace (3913 Main) will host the opening reception for Break, a solo exhibition from Houston-based artist Mike Beradino. The artist presents 3D printed objects and custom laser cut panels to explore the relationship between the intangible virtual object and its real world simulation, challenging viewers to experience and analyze objects as illusions of reality. The exhibition will be on view through July 15.
Starting at 6:30 pm, Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main) presents a discussion and walkthrough with Dean Daderko, curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the guest curator for Lawndale’s exhibition Temporary Havens, which presents work from the residents of Round 11 of Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program. Daderko, along with residents Melinda Laszczynski, Randi Long and Sarah Welch, will discuss and guide patrons through the exhibition.
Friday, June 9
Starting at noon, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (5216 Montrose) presents a walkthrough with Ryan Dennis, the Public Art Director and Curator at Project Row Houses, as she discusses the work of artist Paul Ramírez Jonas and his current exhibition Atlas, Plural, Monumental. Dennis’ work focuses on African American contemporary art with a specific focus on socially engaged practices, site-specific projects, and public interventions. A light lunch will be provided following the walkthrough.
From 6 to 9 pm, Art League Houston (1953 Montrose) presents the opening reception for Shane Allbritton and Peter Bernick-Allbritton’s exhibition Suspended Memory. The exhibition includes a series of installations that explore the ephemeral nature of memory and the artists’ fascination with the ways that memories are formed, stored and retrieved as encoded fragments. Inspired by personal experiences and inaccessible memories, the artists present visual poetry with fragmented imagery representative of the coding process. The exhibition will be on view through July 22.
From 6 to 9 pm, Art League Houston presents the opening reception for Speak of the Devil, a solo exhibition by Iowa-based artist Edward Kelley. The exhibition features an interactive installation of over 250 surveillance cameras installed throughout the gallery, addressing the invasive nature of CCTV surveillance and its acceptance in our everyday lives. One-third of the cameras will be motion activated, responding to patrons movements, and others will capture surveillance-style photographs. Viewers are invited to either destroy the photo using a paper shredder, install it on the walls of the gallery, or take it away with them. The exhibition will be on view through July 22.
From 6 to 9 pm, Art League Houston presents the opening reception for Thingness, a solo exhibition by Dallas-based artist and curator Benjamin Terry. The exhibition features an installation of wall and floor-based paintings and sculptural works that showcase a highly developed sense of form, color, line and texture combined with a playful aesthetic, exploring the artist’s fascination with the boundaries between memory, imagination and reality. The exhibition will be on view through July 22.
Sunday, June 11
On Sunday, join The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1001 Bissonnet) for the opening of two immersive installations by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist. The artist, known for working at the forefront of video and digital imagery, presents Pixel Forest, which consists of thousands of hanging LED lights, each controlled by a video signal so that the lights are constantly changing. Worry Will Vanish presents a panoramic video projection that charts a dreamlike journey through the natural landscape, the human body and the heavens. The installations will be on view through September 17.