“A Trip to the Grocery Store” by Alec Phipps | Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston

Take one last look or take a first look at the opening and closing of the museum’s exhibits and facilities in Greater Houston in August 2021.

This month, Project Row Houses reopens for Round 52, living artefacts from the Central Andes are on display at Menil Collection, and resident artists are on display at Archway Gallery and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Several exhibits are also set to release this month, including the stimulating work of teenage artists at CAMH, nearly 200 artists on display at Lawndale’s The big show, a deep dive into the subconscious at the Jung Center in Museum District, and more.

Click here to see other installations and exhibits currently in the Greater Houston Museums.

“The love that would be imbued at the center of being” by Michael Velliquette | Courtesy of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

First look: Exhibitions open in Houston this month

  • Enchanted: Visual Stories of the Central Andes to the Ménil Collection | Opening Friday July 30 | FREE – This collection explores pre-Hispanic archaeological finds, including textiles, ceramic vessels, ceremonial works and religious painting, in combination with photographs by Pierre Verger taken on journeys through the central Andes.
  • Round 52: Anthropocene of the Gulf Coast to the townhouses of the project | Opening on Saturday July 31 | FREE – The arts and community institution Third Ward reopens its doors to the public for the first time since its closure in March 2020. Round 52 addresses the Anthropocene, a geological era associated with the impact of man on the earth, by regarding the disastrous weather and pollution events encountered on the Gulf Coast. Through the work of 8 artists, Project Row Houses looks at what we can learn about this era, how we connect to built and natural environments, and the need for a more just and sustainable world.
  • Respite: New paintings by Margaret Miller at the Archway Gallery | Opening on Saturday August 7 | FREE – With this exhibition looming in 2021, oil artist Margaret Miller spent the pandemic painting through it as a form of self-expression and working through the tension of the times. The resulting works on display represent the artist’s journey through the pandemic and reflect the turbulent times of the past year and a half.
  • In residence: 14th edition at the Houston Contemporary Craft Center | Opening on Saturday August 14 | FREE – The annual exhibition of resident artists at the HCCC presents works in paper, metal, clay, fiber and stone by 7 artists; Chloe Darke, Abbie Preston Edmonson, Hong Hong, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Stephanie Robison, Michael Velliquette and Kirstin Willders.

Click here to see other installations and exhibits currently in the Greater Houston Museums.

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Part of “The Big Show 2021” | Courtesy of the Lawndale Art Center

Last chance: Exhibitions in Houston close this month

  • 13th annual exhibition with jury at the Archway gallery | Ends Wednesday August 4 | FREE – Explore award-winning works and original creations by local artists in one of the spaces owned by Houston’s best-known artists at the Archway Gallery.
  • Turn on, connect, press at the Houston Museum of Contemporary Art | ends Monday August 9 | FREE – This group exhibit features works in painting, sculpture, video and photography by more than 30 teenage artists from the Houston area in response to the changing lifestyle during the pandemic. The works reflect on questions such as “How do you define ‘the screen’? “And” How does ‘The Screen’ protect or hold you back? “
  • The big show 2021 at the Lawndale Art Center | Ends Saturday August 14 | FREE – The annual open-call jury exhibit returns to Lawndale, offering visitors the opportunity to view works by local and regional artists who practice within a 100 mile radius of Houston. This year’s edition curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill features 212 works by 182 artists, selected from over 500 submissions.
  • Robert Hodge: Will they remember you? at the Lawndale Art Center | Ends Saturday August 14 | FREE – Featured on Lawndale’s windows facing Main Street, this work by Third Quarter-raised artist Robert Hodge explores themes of remembrance and commemoration as part of the Sankofa Project, which aims to examine historical events that have led to our present moment of social life. racial unrest and calculus.
  • Spanish colonial paintings from the Thoma collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Ends Sunday August 15 – Visible since 2018, this collection of Spanish colonial paintings dates back to a period from the 16th to the 19th century in Latin America, where Spanish colonialism brought with it a flood of religious works of art from artists from the region and from those who have traveled from Europe to meet the enormous demand. Included with general admission.
  • Styling by the sea: 140 years of swimwear at the Bryan Museum | Ends Saturday August 21 – Launched in conjunction with the return of the Galveston Island Beach Revue, the closing summer exhibit features a unique selection of swimwear, sunglasses, beach bags, hats, tote bags, sandals and other designer accessories. decades of fashion and function.
  • Sheila Hicks: The questioning column at the Moody Center for the Arts | ends Saturday August 28 | FREE – Known for their fiber work, Sheila Hicks transforms the vertical column of the Pitman oculus, an architectural feature of the Moody Center building, using vibrant colors of textiles that reveal an intricate structure when viewed from different sides.
  • Brie Ruais: Movement at the edge of the pitch at the Moody Center for the Arts | ends Saturday August 28 | FREE – This first solo exhibition by the Brooklyn ceramist presents works that address subjects concerning the American landscape and its deterioration. His sculptures highlight the effect that industrialized civilizations have had on landscapes and the disregard for environmental, human or spiritual concerns.
  • What I did on my COVID vacation at the automobile art museum | ends Sunday August 29 | FREE – In the 15th annual open call show, local artists perform a piece, premiered last year, that has helped explore and relieve the pressures of the COVID lockdown.
  • Welcome aboard: colorful nostalgia for commercial flight at the Lone Star Flight Museum | Ends Sunday August 29 – Take to the skies for the latest exhibition at the Lone Star Flight Museum, welcome aboard, which highlights the colorful history of commercial flying with vintage aircraft, the industry’s first in-flight amenities, and more. Included with general admission.
  • Following General Sam Houston: Engravings by Bernhardt Wall at the Printing Museum | Ends Sunday August 29 Artist and historian Bernhardt Wall was a producer of fine newspaper books that dealt with a wide range of topics, including Texas and the Southwest. Today, Wall’s books are highly collectable and can be found in private collections, libraries, and universities around the world. The prints for this pictorial biography of Sam Houston were made in 1935 while he was wintering at La Porte, near the San Jacinto battlefield.
  • The Light of Darkness: The Art of Peter Birkäuser at the Jung Center | Ends Tuesday, August 31 – Following a bout of depression, the Swiss artist sought answers through analysis with Marie-Louise von Franz and Carl Jung, which led him to illustrate images of his dreams that emerged from his deep unconscious. These exhibited works, although poorly received by the artistic community at the time, offer a vivid glimpse into the disruptive and transformative reality of the individuation process.

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“The Magic Fish” by Peter Birkhauser | Courtesy of the Jung Center

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